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One-third of toddlers exposed to Zika in the womb suffer developmental problems, study says | Washington Post
“You can’t just look at them when they’re born and say they don’t have microcephaly and they look normal and they’re fine, because there are repercussions for the developing brain,” said lead author Karin Nielsen-Saines, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the University of California at Los Angeles. She noted these children should be watched for developmental problems because “if you see that these children are at risk for bad neurodevelopmental outcomes, you can implement measures” to help them. (Also: Medical Xpress, Healthline, HealthDay)
Americans shouldn’t have to drive, but the law insists on it | The Atlantic Commentary
In large part because of parking quotas, parking lots now cover more than a third of the land area of some U.S. cities… As the UCLA urban-planning professor Donald Shoup has written, this mismatch flows from legal mandates rather than market demand. Every employee who brings a car to the office essentially doubles the amount of space he takes up at work, and in urban areas his employer may be required by law to build him a $50,000 garage parking space.
She urged her boyfriend to die. Now she’s asking the Supreme Court to call it free speech | Washington Post
As compelling as the questions may be, Eugene Volokh, a law professor at University of California, Los Angeles, and an authority on the First Amendment, said he did not expect the justices to take the case. “The justices tend to look for questions on which there is a disagreement between lower courts, or for questions of real national importance,” he said. “This particular question, thankfully, comes up pretty rarely, so there hasn't been an opportunity for there to be a real disagreement.”
Were the Supreme Court to ultimately agree with the Trump administration, “then you can’t have anything that looks like a Clean Power Plan,” Ann Carlson, an environmental law professor at the University of California Los Angeles, said in an interview. “You really cabin the flexibility to come up with a rule that would result in greater greenhouse gas emissions reductions,” she added.
The U.S. wants to dump 1.5 tons of rat poison pellets on the Farallon Islands | Los Angeles Times
Not all animals exposed to brodifacoum die. But research shows that carrying even small amounts of the toxin in their tissue may compromise health. A 2018 study by UCLA and the National Park system found that exposure to the rodenticide appeared to weaken bobcats’ immune systems.
Test brain-reviving technology in infants first | The Scientist Opinion
The clinical definition of death still remains controversial. Daniel Shewmon of the University of California, Los Angeles, has reported cases showing that the bodies of patients diagnosed as brain dead do not necessarily “disintegrate,” as long as they are provided with mechanical ventilation and tube feedings. Such patients may “retain integrated functioning, including growth and development, wound healing, infection fighting, and gestation of a pregnancy, such that some of these patients may continue to have biological survival for many years.”
If the Affordable Care Act were to be suddenly dismantled, about 21 million Americans would lose their health insurance, said Gerald Kominski, a senior fellow at the University of California-Los Angeles Center for Health Policy Research.
Racial diversity continues to lag among college faculty | Education Dive
The University of California, Los Angeles, announced last year that it will require applicants to provide statements about their past and planned contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion.
Major Hollywood gifts in 2018-2019 | The Hollywood Reporter
Garry Shandling estate: $15.2 million. The comic bequeathed millions to UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine to endow research funds in endocrine surgery, infectious and pancreatic diseases, and create a general medical research fund.
Hong Kong’s new political lexicon | Los Angeles Times Opinion
(Commentary written by UCLA’s Ching Kwan Lee) Never in my lifetime has existential “desperation” been the talk of the town. Hong Kongers, who built a world-class city, like to speak of hope, aspiration and diligence, even in the face of grotesque inequality. Desperation in public discourse is new to the city’s emotional landscape. For young and old, there is a common belief that our future is all but doomed by the extradition bill, the last straw in a long list of legislation and policies chipping away Hong Kong’s freedom, civil liberty and rule of law, and with these, its identity and essence.
The toxic-gas catastrophe hiding beneath your home | New Republic
The June study’s senior author, UCLA Professor Michael Jerrett, said toxins could be seeping out of gas wells across the country every day, not just during catastrophic well blowouts. The leaks go undetected because few of the wells in the U.S. add mercaptan, a chemical that causes the distinct odor most associate with natural gas.
“Looking in terahertz frequencies allows us to see details that we can’t see in other parts of the spectrum,” said Mona Jarrahi, a UCLA professor of electrical and computer engineering who led the research. “In astronomy, the advantage of the terahertz range is that, unlike infrared and visible light, terahertz waves are not obscured by interstellar gas and dust that surround these astronomical structures.”
Fertility clinic sued over embryo mix-up | KNBC-TV
“People in these clinics need to have oversight after oversight measure after oversight measure. And my sense as to what was going on here is that there was some kind clerical error — human error — and it’s really hard for there to be ways to protect against that,” says UCLA’s Julie Cantor.
“When you ask them ‘where do you usually go for healthcare?’ they say ‘well nowhere in particular,’” says UCLA’s Steven Wallace. “So then when you have a need, or your baby has the flu and you’re worried because she’s getting dehydrated, where do you go?”
In the U.S., resomation, also known as alkaline hydrolysis, has been used since the mid-1990s and is legal in 19 states. The technology was initially developed in the U.S. to dispose of cows during a decade-long foot-and-mouth epidemic. In 2008, Dean Fisher, a doctor at the University of California, Los Angeles, realized that it could be used for donated medical cadavers once they were no longer needed. “Everything about this process is a win-win; everything is recyclable,” he says, adding that 1,200 bodies have gone through UCLA’s Resomator since it went into service in 2012.
“The most dramatic change in air quality when there’s a wildfire is a large increase in particulate matter in very, very small sizes able to penetrate deep into your lungs. We expect to see increases in cardiovascular events like heart attacks and strokes, and also, obviously, increases in respiratory symptoms,” said UCLA’s Suzanne Paulson.