UCLA In the News July 11, 2018

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

It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it | Forbes

A landmark UCLA study showed that gestures count for a whopping 55 percent of the impact you have on an audience, while your tone of voice makes up 38 percent. Your words? A measly 7 percent. So the non-verbal part of your presentation accounts for 93 percent of its impact.

Lawsuits alleging Roundup caused cancer can move forward | Associated Press

Beate Ritz, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, testified for the plaintiffs that her review of scientific literature led her to conclude that glyphosate and glyphosate-based compounds such as Roundup can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Ritz said a 2017 National Institutes of Health study that found no association between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma had major flaws.

World Health Organization classifies compulsive sexual behavior as mental health condition | CNN

“For centuries, people have been trying to understand what is the cause of hypersexuality. It has been called all sorts of names over the years, but it’s really only been in the last 40 years that we’ve tried to understand it from an academic perspective,” said Dr. Timothy Fong, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California, Los Angeles….  Like with gambling addiction, Fong said, some experts have questioned whether compulsive sexual activity can be an addiction, since there is no substance like a drug or alcohol being abused, but some of the science is starting to suggest that this repeated behavior changes brain function, he said.

Brett Kavanaugh: ‘The Earth is warming’ | The Atlantic

“It’s very clear he’s going to be significantly more conservative than Justice Kennedy, and his nomination does not bode well for climate-change regulation under the Clean Air Act,” [UCLA’s Ann] Carlson said. “When Gorsuch was nominated, there wasn’t very much in his record. With Kavanaugh, the record’s really clear.”

Hollywood sign neighbors wary of Warner Bros. tramway plan | Hollywood Reporter

A fault does indeed run through the north side of the Santa Monica Mountains near Burbank. But according to Jonathan Stewart, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at UCLA, the proposed people mover would be fairly forgiving during an earthquake. “As long as the towers aren’t situated over a fault, it’s really not that big of a deal,” Stewart says. “You’d be more concerned about things like landslides and the structural failure of the towers themselves. But those things could be overcome.”

Compton residents file suit against Sativa water district | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“Part of the issue for Sativa is actually that it hasn’t yet violated federal Safe Drinking Water Act standards. It’s much easier for the state or county to dissolve a system or try to consolidate a system when it has repeatedly violated those standards,” says UCLA’s Greg Pierce. (Approx. 17:50 mark)

The rise of hate incidents | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“These are individuals who are probably simply getting a sense of being given permission in the new cultural environment we’re in to threaten people,” says UCLA’s Edward Dunbar. (Approx. 23:44 mark)

Platypus venom may help in battle against diabetes | Healthline

“In type 2 diabetes, the body makes some insulin but not enough to keep the blood sugar normal. The body has what we call ‘insulin resistance,’ which means that the insulin isn’t working correctly in the body. This occurs because of inflammation and toxicity from too much fat in the body. This is the reason why patients who are obese are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes,” said Dr. Rashmi Mullur, assistant clinical professor in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at the University of California Los Angeles.

More evidence that supplements won’t help your heart | HealthDay

Dr. Gregg Fonarow helps direct the UCLA Preventative Cardiology Program in Los Angeles. He noted that upwards of 100 million American men and women take vitamins or supplements “frequently based on the misguided belief that doing so can improve their heart and vascular health.” … Fonarow added that “the false belief that these supplements are providing some level of protection distracts from adopting approaches that actually lower cardiovascular risk.”

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