UCLA In the News December 5, 2018

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

Author wants ‘Boy Erased’ to be a ‘tool for activism’ | NBC News

Nearly 700,000 LGBTQ adults in the U.S. have gone through “conversion therapy” at some point in their lives, more than half of them as adolescents, according to a 2018 report from UCLA’s Williams Institute. And this practice — which has been denounced by nearly every major professional health association — is currently banned for minors in 15 states and Washington, D.C., according to the Human Rights Campaign.

The CRISPR baby scandal gets worse by the day | The Atlantic

“The children are test subjects for variants that haven’t been vetted in animals,” Ryder says. What’s shocking about this “is the blatant disregard of all the rules and conventions we have in place for how one should approach any proposed intervention,” said Leonid Kruglyak, a geneticist at the University of California at Los Angeles, on Twitter.

New male contraceptive gel under development | Forbes

Through the clinical trial, scientists will attempt to determine how well this gel actually has your back. Two principal investigators (Christina Wang, M.D. at the Los Angeles Biomedical Institute and University of California Los Angeles Medical Center and Stephanie Page, M.D., Ph.D. at the University of Washington) will lead the trial, which will involve various investigators and sites from NICHD’s Contraceptive Clinical Trials Network and has a target enrollment of 420 couples.

People defend Bush’s service dog after op-ed attacks | The Independent

In addition to making life easier for the 94-year-old, service dogs can actually improve the mental and physical health of their owners. According to UCLA’s School of Medicine, to petting a dog can release serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin (mood-enhancing hormones), decrease anxiety, provide comfort, and reduce loneliness.

Mueller’s targets seem to lie regularly | Los Angeles Times

“It’s like an organized crime consortium where everyone is lying and obfuscating, except it’s an investigation of the president of the United States and his campaign,” said Harry Litman, a University of California law professor and former federal prosecutor. “It’s such a hall of mirrors.”

Probiotics after antibiotics may not help your health | Healthline

“The traditional view has been that the negative effects of antibiotics on the gut microbiome are being attenuated by taking probiotics during and after the antibiotic course. There really hasn’t been any strong scientific evidence that this would be beneficial,” said Dr. Emeran A. Mayer, director of the G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience and co-director of CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Core Center at the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles.

Neuroscientists pinpoint genes tied to dementia | Science Daily

“Our study is the most comprehensive published effort to date to identify the source of neurodegeneration across species and provides an important roadmap for the development of potentially effective new drugs for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia,” said senior author [UCLA’s] Dr. Daniel Geschwind. (Also: Health Medicine Network, FierceBiotech)

Evidence that humans reached ‘roof of the world’ 40,000 years ago | Smithsonian

“It really is the first robust case to be made that there were human populations on the high plateau,” UCLA archaeologist Jeff Brantingham, who studies the Tibetan Plateau but was not involved in the study, tells National Geographic. (Also: The Weather Channel

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