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A mural at a Koreatown school pays homage to classic Hollywood. Some say it’s as offensive as a swastika | Los Angeles Times

Early in the Meiji era, which began in 1868, the military adopted the sun-ray flag, said UCLA associate professor William Marotti, a specialist in modern Japanese history. That flag became strongly associated in historical memory with the events leading up to and including World War II. (UCLA’s Katsuya Hirano and Jennifer Jung-Kim also quoted)

UCLA alumna Carol Burnett to receive inaugural Golden Globe television special achievement award | Variety

Burnett passionately supports the arts and education and established several scholarships around the country, including the Carol Burnett Musical Theatre Competition at her alma mater UCLA. (Also: Deadline)

Stock market’s severe drop: normal pullback or ominous sign? | Los Angeles Times

The UCLA Anderson School of Management last week predicted that the nation’s inflation-adjusted gross domestic product, or GDP, would slow from 3% this year to 2% in 2019 and 1% in 2020.

8 million people are working illegally in the U.S. Here’s why that’s unlikely to change | New York Times

But wage rates are not the main issue, some economists say, because there still would not be enough Americans willing to do blue-collar jobs. Expectations and status play a role, said Chris Tilly, a labor economist at the Luskin School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Not everybody will do dirty work,” he said.

U.S. move to restrict immigrants’ health care access would hit California’s economy | Los Angeles Times

The rules would likely cost the California economy more than 17,000 jobs and $2.8 billion in lost economic output if just 35% of the Californians in immigrant families currently making use of these programs decide to not enroll, said the study, which was done by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, UC Berkeley Labor Center and a nonprofit group, California Food Policy Advocates.… “Immigrants make crucial contributions to California’s workforce, economy and tax base,” Ninez Ponce, director of the UCLA center and an author of the study, said in a statement. “The proposed changes to the ‘public charge’ test would significantly reduce the use of much-needed public programs among those who are eligible, and the economic ripple effect would hurt communities statewide.” (Also: Sacramento Bee)

4,000 striking mental health workers protesting Kaiser Permanente | USA Today

“The demand for mental health care services far outstrips supply because we aren’t recruiting or educating people to join the mental health workforce,” said Imelda Padilla-Frausto, a research scientist at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the UCLA Center for Health Services and Society. “Once doing so becomes a priority, then maybe we’ll see fewer strikes among the few overworked therapists who remain in the field.” 

‘Culture of fear’ is detailed at CBS | Los Angeles Times

“Old Hollywood was rife with this type of behavior,” said Jonathan Kuntz, film historian at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. “You have beautiful young people seeking jobs, a lot of money involved and powerful people as the gatekeepers. And some of those powerful people take advantage of the situation.”

A sobering report on black student access | Diverse Issues in Higher Education

But there is hope because today’s students appear determined to hold institutions of higher learning to their promises to live up to their stated ideals regarding diversity and access, said Dr. Walter Allen, the Allan Murray Carter Professor of Higher Education and Distinguished Professor of Education, Sociology and African-American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Anti-Black sentiments are major drivers in inequality, enrollment and degree completion in higher education,” Allen told the gathering’s 700 attendees from 13 nations and five continents at a plenary in an Omni Shoreham ballroom.

Can space help us understand our cells? | Phys.org

Astronauts on long-duration space missions frequently develop “intracranial hypertension,” or high pressure within the skull, said Araceli Espinosa-Jeffrey, a neurochemist at UCLA’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center in the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Espinosa-Jeffrey is leading the experiment that will measure how these cells behave in a microgravity environment.

California explores how to counteract end of Obamacare mandate | CALmatters

But without more aggressive state intervention to counter Washington’s retreat from the program, an estimated 500,000 to 800,000 more Californians under 65 will be uninsured by 2023, according to the new study from the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.… These are not new ideas but they are politically and financially costly, said Gerald Kominski, a fellow at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “We know that the mandate drives people into the market,” said Kominski. “If you’re going to pay a tax penalty and not have health insurance, why not look for insurance when almost 90 percent of those who buy in through Covered California received some sort of subsidy.” (Also: KTTV-TV)

Sprayable gel could help body fight off cancer after surgery | Science Daily

“This sprayable gel shows promise against one of the greatest obstacles in curing cancer,” [UCLA’s Zhen] Gu said. “One of the trademarks of cancers is that it spreads. In fact, around 90 percent of people with cancerous tumors end up dying because of tumor recurrence or metastasis. Being able to develop something that helps lower this risk for this to occur and has low toxicity is especially gratifying.”

Have heart failure? Flu shot may save your life | WebMD

“Patients with heart failure are at high risk for illness and death, and studies have suggested that infection with influenza can substantially increase the risk for hospitalizations and death in these patients,” said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a cardiologist in Los Angeles, who wasn’t involved in the study.

Many diabetics needlessly check blood sugar at home | Reuters

Patients should discuss their home blood sugar testing needs at every checkup, advised Dr. Vanessa Arguello of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Diabetic patients who are using insulin or are on oral medications that may cause low blood sugars should monitor their blood sugars multiple times per day including before meals, at bedtime, occasionally after meals to learn about nutrition therapy, prior to critical tasks, and when they suspect low blood sugars,” Arguello said by email.

Museum exhibit to tell victims’ teal story | Detroit News

Allen F. Roberts, a professor in the world arts and cultures/dance department at the University of California, Los Angeles, said museums can be “contact” zones where people, ideas and opinions meet. “Rather than passive places, they should foster active learning through negotiations between what one brings as conventional wisdom and what one takes home as reflection upon who anyone is, and all of us are, in the world we share,” said Roberts.

Benefits of statins far outweigh risks | Reuters

While there can be side effects, even rare serious ones, patients should ask, “‘What is the side effect of not taking statins?’ It’s a 25 to 50 percent increased risk of having a heart attack, a stroke or a premature cardiovascular death,” said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles who was not involved with the new article.