UCLA In the News August 7, 2018

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

The genetic test some men don’t know they need | Wall Street Journal

Those inherited gene mutations have health implications for men, too. Men are at higher risk for developing prostate cancer, male breast cancer, pancreatic cancer and melanoma. “We were really struck by the massive disparity,” says Christopher Childers, resident physician in the department of surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and senior author of the JAMA Oncology paper.

Experts reject Trump claim that California water policies hurt firefighting | NBC News

“It’s just not the case with any of these fires that we don’t have the water,” said [UCLA’s Glen] MacDonald. “It’s a kind of basic misunderstanding of what wildfire is in the state of California, what caused them and the resources used to fight the fire.” MacDonald said that the more salient trend in California in the last several decades had been temperature increases that have come with global warming. “That has lengthened the fire season,” MacDonald said. “That means that fuels dry out more quickly during the season ... and when the temperatures are very high it means the fires burn more intensely.” (Also: Time, MSNBC)

Donald Trump Jr.’s potential legal troubles, explained | New York Times

Americans may have a First Amendment right to ask foreigners for opposition research information, Eugene Volokh, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, has argued.

How poor sleep can mess up your relationships | Bay Area News Group

Jennifer L. Martin, a clinical psychologist and behavioral sleep medicine specialist at UCLA, says that without enough rest, we overreact to situations that normally wouldn’t rattle us. “This can lead to more conflict and less satisfying relationships,” Martin told Time. “If you have ever seen a 2-year-old who skipped a nap, you can see a version of how we all react to sleep deprivation in terms of our emotions.… Small problems seem bigger. Our reactions are amplified. Some studies show that people are more likely to feel sad, depressed or anxious if they don’t sleep well or if they are sleep-deprived.”

A powerfully humane element of teaching | Washington Post Opinion

(Column by UCLA’s Mike Rose) Over the past several years, I have been interviewing a wide range of people, from students in high school and community college to professionals in their fifties and sixties, about experiences in or out of school that had a transformative effect on their education, that changed the way they thought about school and what school could enable them to do with their lives. A number of the people I talked to used some variation of Hazel’s statement about seeing, some visual metaphor of validation.

From hiking to sex ed, camp provides unique experience for transgender youth | NBC News

An estimated 0.7 percent of youth ages 13 to 17 identify as transgender, according to a 2017 study by the Williams Institute at UCLA Law, and many of these approximately 150,000 young people report pervasive hostility, discrimination and bullying at school.

How to cultivate top-notch educators in California | Sacramento Bee

“Authority needs to be properly distributed,” said UCLA Public Policy Lecturer Jim Newton. “Teachers need better pay and less of a role setting education policy.”

Women more likely to survive heart attack if ER physician is female | Reuters Health

There are some possible explanations for the new findings, said [UCLA’s Karol] Watson. “Everybody knows, but nobody has proven, that women are better listeners,” Watson told Reuters Health. “And women physicians spend more time with their patients. I can’t tell you how many times the critical piece of information comes as the patient is walking toward the door.”

Research shows how carbon-filled oceans affect a tiny but important organism | Phys.org

“We found that they were very resilient to high levels of carbon dioxide,” said Robert Eagle, author of the paper and UCLA assistant professor who works at the intersection of biology, oceanography and climate science. Eagle is part of growing contingent of scientists investigating coccolithophores because of the role they play in the carbon cycle and ecosystems. “In some cases, you find the plankton do much better. They grow faster.”

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