UCLA In the News July 19, 2018

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

Why is Trump going after Montenegro? | Los Angeles Times

Richard Anderson, a political scientist at UCLA, said Montenegro’s vulnerability to Russian aggression illustrates the importance of including smaller countries in NATO. “Montenegro has a coastline so Russians have a way to get to them. But what makes them vulnerable is that they are next to Serbia” — a Russian ally.

UCLA researchers study new approach to fight breast cancer | KABC-TV

When Benzeevi was running out of options, her doctor, UCLA oncologist Sara Hurvitz, told her about the HER2CLIMB study. It uses an experimental drug called Tucatinib, along with Herceptin and a chemo drug called Xeloda. “It’s a small molecule that gets into the cancer cell,” Hurvitz said. “It targets the inside of the HER2 receptor and stops it from functioning on the inside.”

No difference when kids are raised by two moms | Los Angeles Times

“We knew the only way to capture longitudinal data was to capture it,” said [Nanette] Gartrell, who is a visiting distinguished scholar at UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute. In San Francisco, Boston and Washington, D.C., her team set about recruiting lesbian families with children conceived through donor insemination. By 1973, they had recruited 154 prospective mothers from 84 planned lesbian families. And last fall, the youngest of 77 “index offspring” still engaged with the study turned 25.

Heat’s effect on cognitive performance, in four charts | Washington Post

A March working paper by Jisung Park of Harvard University and the University of California at Los Angeles examined the effects of outdoor air temperature on 1 million New York City public high school students’ performance on the New York State Regents examinations, a standardized test required to graduate from high school.

Alcohol-related liver failure deaths rising among young adults | Reuters Health

Nevertheless, the number of deaths in women was surprising to Dr. Sammy Saab, a liver specialist and professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, who wasn’t involved in the study. “Unfortunately, the face of alcoholic cirrhosis has changed. We used to think of it as a disease of middle aged men. But today we are seeing it people in their 20s and 30s with alcohol-related liver failure. And there is this huge swing in women getting liver disease at a very young age. It’s extremely alarming. I’ve been talking to my colleagues around the country and it’s the first time they’ve seen it, ever.”

Omega-3 supplements may not have heart benefits | Reuters Health

Dr. Zhaoping Li, a professor of medicine and director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles … said the studies are relatively short and it would therefore be hard to see a difference in endpoints such as heart attack, stroke and death. “I think the jury is still out in terms of long term benefits.”

The value of networks at a time of fragmentation | Public Knowledge

(Interview with UCLA’s Michael Storper by UCLA’s Jon Christensen) “The most successful urban areas today are, on average, also the most internally unequal ones. Inequality is rising in most parts of the world, and among the Western countries, the United States is where inequality has risen the most for the country as a whole,” Storper said. 

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