UCLA In the News January 17, 2018

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

Friends with drawbacks: Social marmots die early | Cosmos

In a paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, biologists led by Daniel Blumstein of the University of California, Los Angeles, report that for this type of large squirrel, hanging out with others is likely to lead to premature death.

Green undergrad dining at UCLA Bruin Plate | KTLA-TV

More than 400 unique recipes featuring locally sourced and sustainable foods are being offered to students at UCLA. It’s a college dining hall unlike anything you’ve probably seen before.

Confronting others over racist remarks has positive impact | Independent

Research, though, shows that when people speak up, they generally feel better about themselves, said Edward Dunbar, a psychologist and professor of psychology at UCLA whose areas of study include hate crimes and harassment. “People find that they are most satisfied when they say ‘I find that offensive and discriminatory. That’s anti-Semitic. I would never use those words about my sister or your mother,’” Dunbar said.

USDA delays honey adulteration report | Politico

So the National Honey Board, whose members are appointed by the Agriculture secretary, asked an expert to look into the issue: Michael T. Roberts, the executive director of the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy at UCLA. He has worked with governments on food fraud in the U.S., China and Italy, and had been studying how the honey industry could continue to fight adulteration. A big problem for U.S. suppliers has been how to counter imported honey that has been diluted with corn syrup or other ingredients but passed off as pure.

ICE raids’ effect on undocumented immigrant laborers | Pacific Standard

“This is a highly unusual and much more aggressive tactic we have not seen even under George W. Bush,” says Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda, a Chicana/o studies professor at the University of California–Los Angeles whose research focuses on undocumented American laborers. “It is a clear psychological terror tactic intended to make people fearful of public spaces as well as workplaces.”

Better doctors’ notes after using best-practices program | Medical Xpress

The quality improvement study, led by Dr. Neveen El-Farra and Dr. Daniel Kahn of the department of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was conducted at four academic internal medicine residency programs. The residents participated in brief educational conferences and received an electronic progress note template that incorporated a set of best practice guidelines.

Children embrace virtual assistants and maybe that’s OK | KQED-FM

“Their lives are online. You know, some children have been tracked since they were in utero!” says Yalda Uhls, a research scientist who studies children and media at UCLA and consults with Common Sense Media, a non-profit advocacy group for parents. She says there is no privacy for anyone in the way older generations used to think of it. Not even for kids.

Screen time linked to worsening sleep quality in early childhood | Reuters

Nearly 40 percent of parents reported never reading books to their children. Dr. Yolanda Reid-Chassiakos, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved in the study, called that “surprising and disappointing.”

Immunotherapy effective against melanoma | Life Science Daily

UCLA study findings revealed two-thirds of desmoplastic melanoma patients responded positively when immunotherapy treatment was administered. Details of the probe published in Nature outlined the evaluation of 60 people with advanced desmoplastic melanoma who received anti-PD-1 or anti-PD-L1 therapies over a five-year period. The authors learned 70 percent of patients had a reduction in tumor size sustained over many months or years.

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