UCLA In the News December 1, 2017

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

Hospital quality-control program tied to rise in heart failure deaths | Reuters

“Nationwide, there may have been thousands to tens of thousands of extra deaths in patients with heart failure resulting from this policy,” said senior study author Dr. Gregg Fonarow of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles. “No level of reduction in readmissions or cost savings should be considered adequate justification for this level of potential harm,” Fonarow said by email.

New tool could let patients contribute to doctors’ notes | Reuters

“Broadly speaking, OurNotes is an open acknowledgement that health care (particularly chronic disease health care) is continuous, requiring full-time engagement and not completely determined by 15-minute visits 2 to 4 times per year,” said lead study author Dr. John Mafi, a primary care physician at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Angelenos drive more than any other people | KCRW-FM

“And so you have more people driving a modest amount but crowded together and still depending largely on the automobile, that means that we have the most concentration of traffic but not people where they’re driving. They drive much more in Houston, much more in Atlanta, much more in Nashville, much more in many other large cities,” said UCLA’s Brian Taylor. [Audio download] (Approx. 01:50 mark)

Is an addiction to intimacy universal? | Washington Post

The concept of sexual addiction is controversial. It is not a clinical diagnosis recognized by the American Psychiatric Association and has long been disputed by psychologists such as David Ley, who wrote the 2014 book “The Myth of Sex Addiction,” and neuroscientists such as Nicole Prause, whose 2013 University of California at Los Angeles study showed that brain responses to sexual images were linked to desire, not addiction.

DACA uncertainty taking a toll on mental health | KPCC-FM

Nadereh Pourat is Director of Research at UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research. She co-authored a 2014 study which surveyed 61 DACA-eligible Latinos. Mental health issues topped the list of health problems reported by surveyees. Pourat’s research was conducted before DACA was rescinded. “The situation now could be very different, I mean, unfortunately for the worse,” she said.

No. 1 problem between China and U.S. is trust | Zócalo Public Square

“I think the one deep-rooted problem between the U.S. and China is trust,” said UCLA’s Chris Tang. “This is clearly understandable, that Americans feel they can’t trust the Chinese. But there are two sides to the coin. The reverse is also that the Chinese don’t trust the Americans. Given the past, in the Qing dynasty, in terms of how they were exploited by the Westerners, that has not been forgiven,”

Signs you’re stressed more than you realize | Reader’s Digest

Fifteen years of research by Benjamin Karney of the University of California at Los Angeles found that the greater the stress, the more reactive we’ll be to the normal ups and downs at home. One of the signs you’re stressed is when you’re more inclined to argue, blame, criticize and withhold affection.

Why autism seems to cluster in some immigrant groups | Spectrum

The Los Angeles researchers offered theories about maternal stress or other causes, but “we have no real proof for any of it,” says lead researcher Beate Ritz, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Parasitic worms don’t just wait to be swallowed by new hosts | Phys.org

However, in earlier work, Elissa Hallem of the University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues found hints of host-seeking behavior in the ingested ruminant parasite Haemonchus contortus. In the new study, Felicitas Ruiz, Hallem, and their colleagues examined the behaviors of the ingested mouse parasite Heligmosomoides polygyrus.

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