UCLA In the News January 26, 2018

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

Can we end the flu for good? | Los Angeles Times

Last week, a UCLA-based team of researchers reported in the journal Science that they have found a novel way to protect mice and ferrets from some influenza strains that may well be applicable to other viruses and to humans. Influenza is able to make people ill because of its ability to hide from the immune system’s initial defenses. The UCLA team found it could disable this ability so the virus could be killed off before it can do harm.

Manfro turned in UCLA football uniform for LAPD uniform | Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Police Department has a rookie cop you shouldn’t even try to run away from. He used to run 40 yards in 4.41 seconds as a running back and a slot receiver at UCLA. Steven Manfro begins his LAPD career Tuesday, his 25th birthday. Working in law enforcement is in his blood.

When you cannot sue your employer | The Economist

Others argue that arbitration is ill-suited to employment disputes.... New recruits may not look at the small print, or think it will ever apply to them. “It is a fantasy of consent, rather than the real thing,” says Katherine Stone at University of California, Los Angeles.

Seven types of abdominal pain you shouldn’t ignore | NBC’s “Today”

This symptom, especially if you are vomiting blood, can be a red flag, says Dr. Daniel Hollander, an inflammatory bowel disease specialist and a professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. “This could be a sign of a bleeding ulcer or esophagitis or an obstruction or partial blockage of the small intestine,” Hollander says. “If it’s connected to flu-type symptoms, like a sore throat, then I wouldn’t worry.”

Will state voters continue to fund stem cell research? | NPR

For voters this time, there will be one major question, says Zev Yaroslavsky, a former member of the Board of Supervisors for Los Angeles County, and now a specialist in state politics and government at UCLA: “The public will want to know,” he says, “what they’ve gotten for their money.” … Partially funded by CIRM, a team of UCLA clinical researchers were able to genetically modify Evangelina’s own blood stem cells to correct the SCID mutation.

Hispanic activists weigh boycott amid Oscars protest | Hollywood Reporter

And yet, throughout film history, studios have also found short-term workarounds in response to protests from Latino advocates, says UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television professor Chon Noriega, the author of Shot in America: Television, the State, and the Rise of Chicano Cinema.” When Mexico and Panama boycotted Hollywood films in 1922 out of outrage over the “greaser” Latino character archetype, studios stopped demeaning those countries in their films “and just started locating the films, when they wanted to do that, in fictitious countries,” Noriega said.

How a deacon found biggest prime number yet | New York Times

Mr. Pace said that when he became a Gimps volunteer, 14 years ago, he was excited by the idea of finding the first Mersenne prime with at least 10 million digits, and winning the $100,000 prize. But that discovery was made on a UCLA computer in 2008.

Poor health literacy can be dangerous for heart failure patients | Reuters

“This study points to an important need to address low health literacy in heart failure and find effective strategies that can help overcome the risk,” said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, co-chief of University of California, Los Angeles’ division of cardiology, who was not involved in the study.

Your brain knows what songs are for | Smithsonian

Researchers have only recently begun hunting for universal features. Traditionally, anthropologists and ethnomusicologists, who study the diversity of the world’s music, have eschewed comparative studies, says Greg Bryant, a cognitive scientist at the University of California at Los Angeles, who wasn’t part of the new study. “A lot of cultural anthropologists weren’t as interested in comparing cultures because they thought it was comparing apples and oranges,” says Bryant. Instead, they focus on the nuances and complexities of individual cultures.

Somewhere in brain is storage device for memories | Science News

This process of bulking up, called long-term potentiation, or LTP, was thought to offer an excellent explanation for the physical basis of memory, says David Glanzman, a neuroscientist at UCLA who has studied learning and memory since 1980. “Until a few years ago, I implicitly accepted this model for memory,” he says. “I don’t anymore.”

Oscar season caught in crosshairs of deadly flu season | Hollywood Reporter

Dennis Evangelatos, an associate clinical professor of medicine at UCLA with a private practice in Beverly Hills, says the flu spreads very quickly through Hollywood this time of year.… “The industry shuts down the last two weeks of December,” Evangelatos says. “Productions and agencies shut down. During that time, people are off traveling, and they’ve been in airports and exposed to a lot of people. Then they come back, awards season starts, and there are parties and interactions with more people.”

High-cholesterol diet causes tumors to form 100 times faster | Independent (U.K.)

“We were excited to find that cholesterol influences the growth of stem cells in the intestines, which in turn accelerates the rate of tumour formation by more than 100-fold,” said Dr Peter Tontonoz from the University of California, Los Angeles’ David Geffen School of Medicine. “While the connection between dietary cholesterol and colon cancer is well established, no one has previously explained the mechanism behind it.”

Immigration crackdown raises fears of seeking health care | Roll Call

“That might be indicative of the interaction of local policies, whether it’s police cooperation with ICE, county welfare offices being less welcoming, or the whole raft of things that might be happening as a result of county policies interacting with broader national trends,” said Steven Wallace, an immigration expert and associate center director at the Center for Health Policy Research at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Public mental health care for older Californians lacking | Medical Xpress

California’s older adult population will increase 64 percent by 2035, and with it the need for more mental health services. Yet the state’s public mental health system lacks adequate services specifically tailored to older adults, according to a study and other documents released today by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

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