UCLA In the News January 3, 2018

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

Spine surgery may be safer at hospitals than outpatient centers | Reuters Health

“We were surprised that the outpatient cohort had greater rates of postoperative renal failure since these patients are typically younger and healthier to undergo surgery in the outpatient setting,” said senior study author Dr. Don Young Park of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Our study is the first to show that outpatient ACDF is associated with some increased risk, even in ideal surgical candidates,” Park said by email.

Logan Paul video should be a reckoning for YouTube | Wired

“I think that any analysis that continues to focus on these incidents at the level of the content creator is only really covering part of the structural issues at play,” says Sarah T. Roberts, an assistant professor of information studies at UCLA and an expert in internet culture and content moderation. “Of course YouTube is absolutely complicit in these kinds of things, in the sense that their entire economic model, their entire model for revenue creation is created fundamentally on people like Logan Paul.”

Will state outmaneuver federal cap on tax deductions? | Orange County Register

Red states such as South Carolina and Florida already offer generous tax credits to those who funnel money into state funds for private school vouchers, for instance, while blue states like California use tax credits to promote environmental conservation and college scholarship donations, said Kirk Stark, professor of tax law and policy at UCLA School of Law, who is advising Democrats in California on the proposal. People who donate to these state funds often receive a double-benefit: federal deductions on top of state tax credits, Stark said.

Here are six scientific mysteries we still haven’t solved | Futurism

Jerry Siegel, a psychiatry professor at UCLA’s Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior, has been studying the sleeping habits of animals to understand why humans need to enter a hibernation-like state every night. “Our understanding and orientation [of sleep] is different than in any other animal because most of us would like to stay awake 24 hours a day. But in the natural world, animals that use a lot of energy are not going to survive,” Siegel tells Futurism.

How to keep your resolutions, according to science | Reader’s Digest

Second, as fMRI scans have shown, people tend to process thoughts about their present selves in a different area of the brain from where they process thoughts about their future selves, according to Hal Hershfield, a marketing professor at UCLA’s School of Management. In fact, the area of the brain associated with our future selves turns out to be the same area associated with thoughts about strangers. Neurologically-speaking, we think about our future selves as strangers, so we are less likely to empathize enough with that person to spark motivation.

What thin people don’t understand about dieting | The Conversation

(Commentary co-written by UCLA’s A. Janet Tomiyama) Diets do not work. The scientific evidence is clear as can be that cutting calories simply doesn’t lead to long-term weight loss or health gains. We suspect most dieters have realized this by now too. And yet, here they are again, setting the same weight loss goal this year that they set last year. (Also: CBS News, CNN, Quartz)

Nevada among most popular states to move to | Patch

“This year’s data reflects longer-term trends of movement to the western and southern states, especially to those where housing costs are relatively lower, climates are more temperate and job growth has been at or above the national average, among other factors,” said Michael Stoll, economist and professor in the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles. “We’re also seeing continued migration to the Pacific Northwest and Mountain West as young professionals and retirees leave California.”

Conversation on reconstruction after mastectomy | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“I think one of the things that we need to find out from our perspective is what are the patients’ goals, what is it they want to accomplish. It’s not an easy thing, everybody is different. People have different priorities and different goals of what they want to accomplish. But we can offer them immediate reconstruction after a mastectomy if that is something that they think they want,” said UCLA’s Maggie DiNome. (Approx. 2:00 mark)

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