UCLA In the News January 24, 2018

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

Curry substance helps improve memory, mood | United Press International

“Exactly how curcumin exerts its effects is not certain, but it may be due to its ability to reduce brain inflammation, which has been linked to both Alzheimer’s disease and major depression,” Dr. Gary Small, director of geriatric psychiatry at UCLA’s Longevity Center and of the geriatric psychiatry division at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, said in a press release. (Also: Scienmag, Press Trust of India)

Hate speech isn’t a crime — on Facebook or anywhere else | Los Angeles Times

But speech is often viewed as annoying or harassing by those who disagree with it. Eugene Volokh, a 1st Amendment expert at UCLA Law School, has suggested that the attorney general’s theory in this case is so broad that it could be used to criminalize critical comments posted on the Facebook pages of the National Rifle Assn. or a group supporting President Trump.

Preclinical Alzheimer’s already affects 47 million in U.S. | Reuters

“We were surprised by the magnitude of the numbers. We found that, in 2017, 46.7 million Americans had preclinical Alzheimer’s disease — amyloidosis, neurodegeneration, or both — although many of those people will not progress to clinical Alzheimer’s disease during their natural lifespan,” lead author Dr. Ron Brookmeyer, a professor of biostatistics at the University of California, Los Angeles, told Reuters Health by telephone.

In charter wars, bridge builder sought as next schools chief | EdSource

UCLA professor Pedro Noguera, the faculty director of the newly established Center for the Transformation of Schools in UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, said he thinks the board will want to avoid reviving the charter conflicts of recent years. “My sense is that the board is trying to work together and that it seeks to avoid polarization,” Noguera said.

Impact of stigma on students’ mental health | Inside Higher Ed

A new study published in the journal Social Science and Medicine finds wide variation in how much stigma students feel about mental health issues on campus. The study, by S. Michael Gaddis, a sociologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, finds significance in the varying levels of stigma.

Recommendations developed for optimizing child health | Medical Xpress

Alice A. Kuo, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues address the need for a population-based approach and collaboration between pediatrics and public health to ensure optimal health for children. The researchers note that the prevention of major threats to children’s health cannot be managed solely in pediatricians’ offices.

Call for greater attention to older women’s sexual health | Medical Xpress

“Sexuality in older women has been systematically ignored. We know older women are sexually active and interested in sex — that’s the most important reason for physicians and other healthcare providers to feel comfortable about addressing sexual issues in older women,” said co-author Dr. Janet Pregler, of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. “From a public health perspective, sexually transmitted infections are increasing in older women. That’s important, too.” (Also: Scienmag)

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