UCLA In the News January 30, 2018

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

California snowpack at 30 percent of normal | San Francisco Chronicle

“Right now we have a snowpack that is very close to the all-time record low for this time of year,” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA who closely tracks California’s water supplies. “Not only are we not adding to this dismal snowpack, but we’re detracting from it,” he said, noting that high temperatures may begin melting snow at lower elevations. “We’re going to be going in the wrong direction for the next couple of weeks.”

Brain scan can reveal which people you’re friends with | New Scientist

Carolyn Parkinson at the University of California, Los Angeles, and her colleagues scanned the brains of 42 classmates while they watched videos intended to elicit varying responses. Some people might find a romantic clip touching, for instance, while others would feel it was sappy. The activity of friends’ brains was more similar than that of people who didn’t know each other, particularly in regions involved in attention, emotion and language. This similarity was strong enough that it could be used to predict whether two people were already friends or not.

Why is loneliness so toxic? | Globe and Mail (Canada)

Chronic inflammation is “one of the major fertilizers” for many of the illnesses associated with loneliness, including heart disease, cancer and neurodegenerative disorders, says Dr. Steve Cole, a genomics researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Turmoil at the Los Angeles Times | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“I’ve only met [Jim] Kirk on a couple of occasions. He strikes me as a decent guy. I have no reason to believe he wishes the paper any harm. I don’t think, fundamentally though, that that’s the change that’s going to make the difference,” said UCLA’s Jim Newton. (Approx. 7:30 mark) (Audio download)

Fainting rarely tied to blood clot, study finds | HealthDay News

Dr. Gregg Fonarow noted the new study also found that among certain groups of patients, blood clot risk was as high as one out of every 25. That “could not be accurately described as rare,” said Fonarow, director of the University of California, Los Angeles Cardiomyopathy Center. While Fonarow agreed that fainting often has “entirely benign” causes, he said some cases are “life-threatening.” He therefore stressed the continuing “critical” need to consider blood clots as a possible cause when diagnosing fainting patients.

700,000 Americans subjected to conversion therapy | HuffPost

Despite widespread opposition from medical and mental health organizations, tens of thousands of LGBTQ youth in the U.S. will be subjected to anti-gay “conversion therapy” during their lifetime, a new report estimates. Released this month by the Williams Institute at University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, the report estimates that 698,000 LGBTQ Americans between the ages of 18 and 59 have undergone conversion therapy at some point in their lives. About 350,000 of those received that treatment as adolescents.

Stark disparities in senior mental health care | California Health Report

California is not adequately serving the needs of seniors with serious mental illnesses, according to a new study and documents released Thursday by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Services vary widely from county to county, the state lacks sufficient data to determine the demographics of the people served, and racial and cultural barriers are preventing people from getting needed services, the study said.

UCLA dean named 9th president of Quinnipiac University | Associated Press

A dean from UCLA has been appointed the next president of Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. Judy Olian, who currently serves as dean of UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, will become Quinnipiac’s first female president when she takes over for John Lahey, who will retire at the end of June.

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