UCLA In the News August 3, 2018

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

Low-income UC graduates quickly make more than their parents | Bay Area News Group

Families asking themselves if college is a “great equalizer” or a financial burden, may be reassured by a new report released by the University of California which shows that among the UC’s low-income alumni, 77 percent were making more than their parents within the first five years of graduating…. “You come out in a completely different financial bracket than your parents,” said Christopher Perez, who graduated from UCLA last year in mechanical engineering and is now pursuing a doctorate in the same field at Stanford.

143-mph ‘fire tornado’ that left a path of destruction is an ominous sign of the future | Los Angeles Times

“Depending on the final number, this might actually be the strongest ‘tornado’ in California history, even if it wasn’t formally a tornado,” UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain said by email. There have been a couple of marginal EF-3 twisters in California’s past, “but this fire whirl was almost certainly longer-lived, larger in spatial scope and perhaps even stronger from a wind speed perspective.”

Exploring the underlying causes of morning sickness | New York Times

Marlena Fejzo, a geneticist at UCLA and the University of Southern California who studies hyperemesis gravidarum, had this severe form of the condition and, despite multiple medications, IV fluids and a feeding tube, miscarried at the beginning of the second trimester. One study led by Dr. Fejzo showed that hyperemesis runs in families, with sisters of women with the condition having a 17-fold increased risk of experiencing it themselves…. More recent research by Dr. Fejzo and colleagues has identified several genes that are associated with nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.

Why we cover pre-existing conditions | Los Angeles Times column

“Health insurance markets work best when the risk pool is broad, because ultimately everyone gets sick or injured, often through no fault of their own,” said Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “Segmenting the market by health status provides a benefit while you’re healthy, then penalizes you when you get sick and need insurance the most,” he told me.

California vows to fight EPA’s move to freeze fuel economy rules | Los Angeles Times

Automakers themselves have also confirmed they can build lighter cars to meet tougher emissions standards without sacrificing safety, UCLA environmental law professor Ann Carlson wrote Thursday. “The arguments about cost and safety are makeweights designed to provide cover for a proposal that is likely to be struck down in court.”

Community choice is driving California’s precocious energy revolution | Forbes

“The rise of CCAs has had both direct and indirect positive effects on overall renewable energy consumed in California, leading the state to meet its 2030 RPS targets approximately ten years in advance,” write [UCLA] Luskin Center director J.R. DeShazo, lead author Julien Gattaciecca and co-author Kelly Trumbull.

Trump begins his biggest assault yet on the environment | Washington Post Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Ann Carlson and Cara Horowitz) The EPA’s proposal is hypocritical, and the administration’s argument in its favor is incorrect. If the proposal is finalized and, as is inevitable, California sues, even a conservative Supreme Court would likely reject it as indefensible and wrong-headed.

An attack on California’s fuel economy rules | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“Well, for 51 years, California has had special authority under federal law to set its own emission standards for air pollution. And one of the things it’s done in recent years is to mandate that auto manufacturers produce more zero emission vehicles. So that’s part of what’s at stake right now. And then, the state has also issued regulations that are in combination with the federal government to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from tailpipes of cars,” said UCLA’s Ann Carlson. (Approx :30 mark – audio download)

Lifting the fog on ‘chemo brain’ | Cure

Although often associated with breast cancer, cancer-related cognitive impairment can occur with any type of the disease, including prostate and colon cancer, and in patients undergoing stem cell transplant for leukemia or lymphoma. It may be seen more frequently in people who undergo multiple modes of treatment, according to Patricia Ganz, M.D., director of cancer prevention and control research at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA.

Taking page from Trump playbook, politicians take aim at press | Christian Science Monitor

The rise of 24-hour cable news and then of social media has fueled a tendency to focus on political drama and scandal, as media companies struggle to attract consumers and advertisers. “News organizations are more under threat by [industry trends] than politicians criticizing the press,” says Tim Groeling, who researches political communication and new media at UCLA.

Hoping to save limbs and toes, California moves to curtail diabetes | CALmatters

That disparity is part of the impetus for a new diabetes prevention program for patients in Medi-Cal, the state’s version of the federal Medicaid health program for low-income residents. The rate of diabetes in California grew from 8.7% of the population in 2010 to 10.2% in 2016, while amputations increased by almost a third…. Experts say a multidisciplinary approach can bring patients back from the brink of amputation. Vascular surgeons, podiatrists and reconstructive microsurgeons have joined forces to treat diabetes at medical centers across the state, including those at UCSF, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Davis and USC.

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