UCLA In the News August 29, 2018

UCLA In the News lists selected mentions of UCLA in the world’s news media. See more UCLA In the News.

Tuition-free med school touches off multimillion-dollar debate | California Healthline

UCLA covers tuition — about $41,000 this year — plus room and board, books and other expenses for about 20 percent of its medical students. As of June 2017, 127 students had received scholarships, and school officials estimate that 300 scholarships will have been awarded by 2022. “Our scholarship recipients regularly tell us that they feel freer to select a specialty … that may not pay as well,” including pediatrics and internal medicine, said Tami Dennis, a spokeswoman for the David Geffen School of Medicine, via email. (Also: Inside Philanthropy)

If confirmed, Supreme Court nominee could impact how regulations are made | NPR’s “Marketplace”

“Congress hasn’t passed a major environmental statute in 20 years,” said UCLA’s Ann Carlson. “That means the agency is left to try to figure out how we continue to tackle pollution problems.” (Approx. 3:35 mark)

Building new housing in a wildlife area: Good idea? | KCRW–FM’s “Press Play”

“We have to start rethinking the way we build our cities and where we put them in California so as to not exasperate things like exposure to fire hazard, exposure to high heat and increasing the use of fossil fuels to move around from one place to the next,” said UCLA’s Stephanie Pincetl.

Rewards don’t improve school attendance | BBC

The researchers, from Harvard University, Stanford University and the University of California, Los Angeles, said that such awards seemed to send “unintended messages” which could have a “demotivating” effect. Students winning awards could get the “inadvertent signal” that their attendance had been much higher than expected — and so they could take a more relaxed approach in future.

Trump takes aim at tech giants | The Hill

“There is a legitimate concern underlying this, which people on the left and the right should be concerned about, which is the relatively huge power over the public marketplace of ideas that these unregulated companies have,” [UCLA’s Tim] Groeling said. “This is the kind of power in the media we haven’t had since the days of the Big Three television networks.” Groeling added that there were particular challenges when it came to matters like search functions and algorithms. “When people aren’t shown search results, they don’t know what they don’t know,” he said. “People are very vulnerable on this.”

Thinking about a home birth? Experts share the pros and cons | NBC’s “Today”

“Since 2008, there has been a small increase in home births,” Shadman Habibi, director of the nurse-midwives program at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, told Today. “It is not an established way of having a baby.”

Deeper dive into California’s housing and homelessness crisis | KPBS San Diego

“A state with higher housing costs, higher rental costs, and lower household income has a higher homelessness rate,” said William Yu, an economics professor at UCLA. Yu’s research found that median household income, housing supply growth, and population density are also factors in predicting a state’s homelessness rate.

Study reveals the mechanism that helps malaria parasites take over human red blood cells | Phys.org

“Normal red blood cells are too simple to provide enough nutrients to support the actively growing parasites,” said Chi-Min Ho, a UCLA graduate student and first author of the study. “Each parasite is essentially living in an empty warehouse and has to produce hundreds of malaria ‘effector’ proteins to remodel the red blood cell into a home.” (UCLA’s Hong Zhou and Pascal Egea also quoted)

Children taking multiple medications at risk for severe reactions | Reuters Health

The findings were a surprise to Dr. Nathan Samras, an assistant professor in the division of pediatrics and internal medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. “It was eye opening,” said Samras, who was unaffiliated with the new study. “I was surprised by the prevalence of prescriptions for all kids as well as the potential for drug-drug interactions.” Samras said he hopes the new research will prompt parents to report all medications taken by their children — including those sold over-the-counter — to the children’s doctors.

More evidence ties stress to heart trouble | HealthDay

Heart specialist Dr. Gregg Fonarow is co-chief of the UCLA division of cardiology, in Los Angeles. He was not part of the current study, but said that while “few have looked closely at potential differences among different age groups and by gender or sex,” many studies have previously identified a link between mental health and heart health. “Psychological distress induces a variety of physiologic changes that may contribute to increased cardiovascular risk,” he explained. Fonarow added that only further study will tease out whether gender plays a significant role in the effect of stress on the heart.

Get paid to eat avocados | ABC 13 Houston

Do you like avocados? Do you really, really like avocados? How would you like to get paid to eat avocados for six months as part of a university study? Loma Linda University, along with Penn State, Tufts and UCLA, are looking for 250 participants for each college to conduct a study on whether eating a moderate amount of avocados promotes weight loss. The total number of participants in the study will be 1,000.

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