UCLA In the News July 17, 2017

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

Shared culture helps doctor care for underserved | San Diego Union-Tribune

To help curb that disparity, Dr. Patrick Dowling of the University of California Los Angeles helped found a program that trains Spanish-speaking immigrants who went to medical school in other countries under the condition that they work in California for several years in areas with doctor shortages, particularly those that have communities of Spanish-speaking patients.

How to navigate conversations about mental health | CBS News

Peter Whybrow, M.D., chair of the department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA and an advisor to the Face the Issue campaign, notes that while every person’s experience with mental illness is different, there are some common signs. “Most of us are engaged in everyday activity with each other so the cardinal thing that we would look for is that that changes from your experience in the past,” he told CBS News. “It’s not one thing in particular but it’s more of an intuition.”

New generation of giant rockets about to blast off | Los Angeles Times

Liquefied natural gas, or methane, is cleaner than kerosene, a more conventional rocket fuel. That means it’s less likely to clog up fuel lines in the engine and makes it easier to purge and use again, said Ann Karagozian, a UCLA professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. Methane also self-pressurizes, which could eliminate the need for a separate tank pressurization system.

Why dentists give so many X-rays | New York Times

Many patients want to limit dental X-rays, because of cost, discomfort or fears of radiation. Dr. [Sanjay] Mallya, an associate professor of radiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry, has found “simply saying the dose is minimal doesn’t allay concerns.” Instead, he emphasizes the diagnostic benefits of dental X-rays, which “makes patients more comfortable.”

Trump’s Twitter blocks not a First Amendment violation | Los Angeles Times

Then there is the fact that Twitter is a private company, not a public utility. It should have a First Amendment right to set its own rules — even though, as professor Eugene Volokh of UCLA law school has pointed out, a federal judge has ruled that a Facebook page set up by a local government was a “limited public forum.” Facebook, like Twitter, is a private company.

Mueller already changing Washington’s lying ways | Los Angeles Times

(Commentary by UCLA’s Harry Litman) A careful parsing of the events of the last few days points to the importance of the federal criminal investigation overseen by a stalwart special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. His behind-the-scenes work already has changed the rules of the game for the White House and contributed to a more accurate public accounting.

The invention of human rights | NPR’s “Innovation Hub”

We all know Thomas Jefferson’s famous words immortalized in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” But when did the world start thinking about equality? Lynn Hunt, a distinguished research professor at UCLA, and author of the book ”Inventing Human Rights,” says we haven’t always recognized basic human rights, and the very concept wasn’t spoken much about until the end of the 1700s.

Search for beautiful voice leads to UCLA custodian | KNBC-TV (Los Angeles)

George Foulsham was sitting in his office the week after UCLA commencement — the campus quiet with students gone — when he first heard the incredible singing voice. He didn’t think much of it since the theater school is nearby. But the next day, he heard the voice again with his windows closed. It sounded louder. “I could tell already that it was a great voice,” Foulsham said. “So I thought, I’ve got to go investigate.” (Also: KNTV-TV [San Francisco])

Tasting the Impossible Burger | KCRW-FM’s “Good Food”

“So ‘heme’ is a co-factor of a protein like hemoglobin — also hemoglobin that’s found in our blood — but the protein engineered for the Impossible Burger is like hemoglobin that’s produced by yeast,” said UCLA’s Amy Rowat. (Approx. 2:50 mark) (UCLA’s Jennifer Jay also interviewed)

Gonorrhea bacterium is developing resistance | NPR

If a lab test told doctors within a few hours or less what antibiotics would work on a person’s gonorrhea, they could tailor the drug regimen, saving the most powerful antibiotics for the most resistant cases. Jeffrey Klausner, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, is working on a DNA test that will provide those answers. “It’s reasonable to be hopeful,” says Klausner. He notes that there have been promising developments for rapid, cheap and portable laboratory tests for infectious diseases in developing countries, including one for HIV.

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