UCLA In the News December 4, 2017

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

CVS-Aetna deal would shake up health care industry | Los Angeles Times

Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, said, “It remains to be seen whether this [merger] is actually going to drive costs down” for consumers but that savings could materialize “if it becomes a lower-cost alternative to sending people to a doctor’s office or having people show up in the emergency room. To the extent they can help manage the Aetna members’ conditions — particularly people who might otherwise end up in the ER or were recently hospitalized — this could lower costs,” Kominski said. “We’ll see how it pans out.” (Also: Kaiser Health News)

Words to turn a conversation around | The Guardian (U.K.)

“Anything else I can do for you?” Sounds like a perfectly reasonable question, doesn’t it? But John Heritage and Jeffrey Robinson, conversation analysts at the University of California, Los Angeles, looked at how doctors use the words “any” and “some” in their final interactions with patients. They found that “Is there something else I can do for you today?” elicited a better response than “Is there anything else?”

Mysterious illnesses plague Californians after massive gas leak | BuzzFeed News

Michael Jerrett, chair of the environmental health sciences department at the University of California, Los Angeles, conducted several studies in March 2015, after the leak was fixed, and found the toxic chemical compounds hexane and benzene inside two Porter Ranch homes. “In one of the positive tests we found it was almost like a viscous, oily material when I swabbed it,” he told BuzzFeed News. “It’s not conclusive, but it’s suggestive evidence that there was an oily substance that was being emitted from the wells.”

The first message to be sent via internet | KCBS-TV’s “Innovation Nation”

In 1969 researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles were working on transmitting a message a few hundred miles up the coast to the Stanford Research Institute. Trying to send the word “login,” but the system crashed after they typed the “l” and the “o.” About an hour later they were able to send the whole word.

Gun sales decrease since Trump took office | KNBC-TV

“Gun sales have started to decline since the election of Donald Trump,” said UCLA law professor Adam Winkler. “People feel less need to run out and buy guns.”

Ramifications of better L.A. transportation | KPCC-FM

A UCLA study has demonstrated that building transit can attract more investment, drive up prices and lead to displacement in some cases. [Audio download] (Approx. 00:45 mark)

California spends little on diabetes prevention | Los Angeles Daily News

A University of California, Los Angeles study last year found that 9 percent of adults in California have been diagnosed with diabetes, a chronic condition in which the body does not process sugar well and which can lead to blindness, heart disease, stroke and infections resulting in amputations.

‘OurNotes’ could boost patient engagement in care | Health Medicine Network

“If executed thoughtfully, OurNotes has the potential to reduce documentation demands on clinicians, while having both the patient and clinician focusing on what’s most important to the patient,” said lead author Dr. John Mafi, assistant professor of medicine in the division of general internal medicine and health services research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “Piloting OurNotes will start at four centers in 2018. (Also: Medical Xpress, Scienmag)

Michael Flynn’s guilty plea: 10 key takeaways | New York Times

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Harry Litman) Michael Flynn’s plea on Friday to a single count of lying to the FBI is a seismic event in the special counsel investigation. For starters, it portends the likelihood of impeachable charges being brought against the president of the United States. Mr. Flynn, a former national security adviser, acknowledged that he was cooperating with the investigation. His testimony could bring into the light a scandal of historic proportions in which the not-yet-installed Trump administration, including Donald Trump personally, sought to subvert American foreign policy before taking office.

Power-conscious approaches to campus sexual violence | Chronicle of Higher Education

(Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Jessica Harris) Feminists have long advocated that sexual violence is more about power than about sex, yet few people understand what this means. Further, when mainstream feminist movements (i.e., white, middle-class, educated, cisgender women) highlight that power is integral to understanding sexual violence, that usually (re)centers power connected with only sexist oppression.

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