UCLA In the News January 7, 2016

Clinton to begin outreach to Asian-American voters | New York Times

A study from the University of California, Los Angeles, last summer found that the Asian-American electorate is expected to double to 12.2 million people by 2040, making it increasingly influential.

Criminal inquiries after disease outbreaks at Chipotle | Los Angeles Times

“We’re sort of in new territory here,” said Michael Roberts, executive director of the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy at UCLA. “I think we’re seeing a new partnership between the FDA and prosecutors…. It’s a different age where I think consumers are more sensitive to these issues or looking at them more closely.”

Drug war in Mexico decreases male life expectancy | Newsweek

Despite six decades of increase in life expectancy for Mexicans … between 2005 and 2010 life expectancy for Mexican men between the ages of 15 and 50 across the country fell an average of .3 years. This decline is being attributed to drug war-related homicides, according to a new study from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, which was published in the journal Health Affairs on Tuesday. (Also: Associated Press, The Guardian  and Health Canal)

Big plans to end homelessness come with big price tags | Los Angeles Times

“It’s never been a shortage of ideas,” said retired UCLA law professor Gary Blasi, who is now with Public Counsel’s Opportunity Under Law project. “The money is the only thing you can count on.”

Diversity courses are more than symbolic | Chronicle of Higher Education

Mitchell J. Chang, a professor of education and of Asian-American studies at the University of California at Los Angeles who has researched diversity curricula, said evidence shows that the courses also improve students’ civic engagement…. [He] and others have found that “fulfilling such a requirement can expose students to academic materials that prepare them for the future in ways that higher education has not yet widely pursued in such a targeted way.” (UCLA’s Jerry Kang was also quoted)

Post-surgery lifestyle for heart transplant patients | Associated Press

“We have seen patients who are very motivated go back to high-stress jobs earlier, but it is very individualized,” said Dr. Mario Deng, medical director of the heart-transplant program at the medical center at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Medically speaking, it’s possible if there is no rejection and the (new) heart performs well.”

After a time of stress, illness can strike | U.S. News and World Report

It’s a phenomenon that’s often referred to as “the let-down effect,” a pattern in which people come down with an illness or develop flare-ups of a chronic condition not during a concentrated period of stress but after it dissipates, explains psychologist Marc Schoen, an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of California–Los Angeles and the author of “When Relaxation Is Hazardous to Your Health.”

New health plan offers gift cards to increase physical activity | Orange County Register

“They are innovative in that they do things like provide incentives for meeting certain wellness goals,” said Dylan Roby, a University of Maryland School of Public Health professor and UCLA Center for Health Policy Research researcher. “Those are fairly new to the insurance world.”

How violent felons get firearms | Politifact

“Violent felons aren’t allowed to buy guns, period,” said Adam Winkler, a law professor at the University of California Los Angeles. “But they can take advantage of the loophole in federal law that allows gun sales, including some gun sales over the Internet, to purchase from non-licensed sellers, who don’t have to conduct a background check.”

Work plan released for UCLA’s Sustainable LA Grand Challenge | Phys.org

The Sustainable LA goals are ambitious but achievable, said Mark Gold, UCLA’s associate vice chancellor for environment and sustainability. “We want to dream big,” Gold said. “There’s a futuristic component to it, because 35 years is a long way off. Think of where we were 35 years ago in 1980…. By 2050, people will be driving zero-emission vehicles and it will no longer be a major health risk to live near a freeway, rail yard or port.”

Family-level intervention can improve mental, emotional health | Science Daily

Using data from a sample of 2,615 active duty military families, living at designated military installations with a child ages 3-17, a group of researchers led by Dr. Patricia Lester, of UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, examined the impact of FOCUS on behavioral health outcomes, including depression, anxiety, and child pro-social behavior over two follow up assessments

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