UCLA In the News February 2, 2018

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

Do hangovers get worse as we age? | New York Times

The real “problem” might be that you’re drinking less as you age, which reduces your tolerance for alcohol, said Lara Ray, a professor of clinical psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, who researches alcoholism. Someone with the self-image of a partying twentysomething but the lifestyle of a responsible 42-year-old may simply have lost the tolerance for a lot of alcohol, she said.

Film director gets long-overdue recognition | Los Angeles Times

No one understood studio filmmaking better than Michael Curtiz, and the sheer amount of work he did was staggering. The prototypical contract director, he made 94 films during his Golden Age decades at Warner Bros., earning an impressive five best director Oscar nominations (he won for “Casablanca”) during an eight-year stretch. The UCLA Film and Television Archive is hosting a long overdue tribute to Curtiz, including a double bill of two of the director’s most entertaining films.

Transit ridership drops; rising car ownership may be to blame | Los Angeles Times

The study of U.S. Census data and ridership figures, prepared by the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies, called the increase in car ownership a “smoldering, if not a smoking, gun” to suggest why transit ridership across the region fell by 72 million trips over a five-year period. From 2000 to 2015, residents in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Imperial, Ventura and San Bernardino counties bought nearly four times as many cars per resident as they did from 1990 to 2000, researchers found. (Also: CityLab)

Debate rages over random weapons searches at L.A. campuses | Los Angeles Times

UCLA’s Civil Rights Project recently analyzed records of searches conducted from 2013 to 2015 and determined that they cover about 5,400 searches, with about 34,000 searches of students. Administrators, according to the analysis, confiscated many more school supplies than they did guns (0) and knives (37) during random searches. According to data from the UCLA analysis, schools choose an average of six students for every search. But that number can vary widely.

Her seizures looked like epilepsy, but her brain looked fine | NPR

PNES is a surprisingly common disorder, says John Stern, who directs the epilepsy clinical program at the University of California, Los Angeles. About 1 in 3 people who come to UCLA for uncontrolled seizures don’t have epilepsy. Usually, they have PNES, he says. That’s not something most patients want to hear, Stern says, especially if they’ve already been diagnosed with epilepsy somewhere else. (UCLA’s Patricia Walshaw is also quoted.)

The Super Bowl can affect our health | NPR’s “Hidden Brain”

What [Charles] Stoecker and his colleagues Alan Barreca at UCLA and Nick Sanders at Cornell did was track deaths caused by the flu among cities that send teams to the Super Bowl. Unsurprisingly, these are the cities that have the highest levels of excitement about the Super Bowl. And they analyzed mortality data over 30 seasons of the Super Bowl.

Black women more likely to die from pregnancy than white women | Jezebel

Instead, a theory proposed by Dr. Michael Lu, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and public health at UCLA, and Dr. Neal Halfon, the founding director of the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, and professor of pediatrics, public health, and public policy across UCLA’s Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Public Policy, suggests that “the social and economic forces of institutional racism set African American and non-Hispanic white women on distinct life tracks, with long-term consequences for their health and the health of their future children.”

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