UCLA In the News July 24, 2018

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

Motherhood may affect Alzheimer’s risk, studies show | NBC News

“We are intrigued by the possibility that pregnancy may reorganize the mother’s body in ways that could protect her against developing Alzheimer’s later in life,” Molly Fox, a behavioral scientist at the University of California at Los Angeles who led that study, said in a statement.

Another heat wave descends on the state | KCRW–FM

“We are seeing a lot more really big, really intense wildfires in the West than we used to. It turns out, the folks who really specialize in doing this fire climate research have found that essentially half of that increase can be attributed to the warming that’s already occurred in this part of the world,” says UCLA’s Daniel Swain.

Who bought websites implying U.S. senators were ‘for sale’?  | Associated Press

“The lack of transparency is both concerning from a standpoint of the potential for other governments to do this type of thing and not be revealed, and our domestic politics,” [UCLA’s Tim] Groeling said. “I’m a big fan of transparency. I think a lot of things can be fixed with sunlight.”

Trump to seek repeal of California’s smog-fighting power | Bloomberg

The administration also will have a tough time proving that tailpipe emission standards don’t need to get tougher after 2020, said Ann Carlson, a University of California at Los Angeles law professor, pointing to evidence that the emissions are contributing to climate change and the fact that the technology to reduce them already exists.

Ebola in survivor’s family shows deadly virus’s lasting effects | Washington Post

The latest study “highlights the fact that we are just starting to understand the epidemiology and clinical course of Ebola virus infection,” said Anne Rimoin, an infectious disease expert at UCLA and longtime researcher on Ebola who was not involved in the study. “It also highlights the need for continued monitoring and study of Ebola virus survivors and their close contacts, long after an outbreak is declared ‘over.’ We still have a lot to learn about the nature of these persistent infections and what drives them.”

Kavanaugh could give conservatives the vote they need to rein in EPA rules  | Los Angeles Times

UCLA law professor Ann Carlson, who teaches environmental law, describes him as a “more polite version of Justice [Antonin] Scalia. He will acknowledge the existence of climate change, say that it’s a compelling public policy problem, say that Congress could and should do something, and then eviscerate EPA’s attempts to address the problem.”

Can new chancellor integrate the most segregated school system in the U.S.? | The Atlantic

In 2014, a study from the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that New York State has the most segregated public schools in the country, and that’s driven largely by New York City. Carranza, after just a few months on the job, has quickly positioned himself as the leading voice for integration — and he has his work cut out for him.

How to talk to your kids when a violent event hits close to home | LAist

[UCLA’s Melissa] Brymer says parents shouldn’t assume that just because a child has experienced a traumatic event that they are destined to have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. With parental support, many kids will do well despite the situation.

Americans’ view of marijuana is rosy and unscientific | Reuters Health

Classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug, which puts it in the same category as heroin, LSD and ecstasy, has gotten in the way of a lot of research, said Dr. Timothy Fong, a professor of addiction psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a faculty member of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative.

Traffic and pricey housing conspire to shrink our sliver of ‘paradise’ | Los Angeles Daily News

Brian Taylor, an urban planning professor who directs the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, said the housing crisis has exacerbated the dilemma in recent years, as new housing construction has lagged in parts of the state where well-paid employment in our more knowledge-based economy has multiplied.

Words matter when talking about pain with your doctor | NPR’s “Morning Edition”

“It’s perfectly OK to be a little more flowery in the description of pain,” says [UCLA’s Chrystina] Jeter. “My pain is aching, burning. What does it feel like to you? Where is it? Does it move?” Jeter typically asks patients to compare their current pain to the worst pain they ever had, such as childbirth or kidney stones. This helps put their pain in context, she says, and may help them realize their pain may not be that bad after all.

Trump ‘concerned’ about Russian interference |  KPCC–FM’s “AirTalk”

“The denial of this, in light of all of the evidence that the Department of Justice, the FBI and others have made public, the denial of it is just mind-boggling.… What they’re trying to do is to constantly confuse us,” says UCLA’s Matt Barreto (approx. 9:10 mark)

Controversial rental electric scooters may soon come to Canada | Globe and Mail

“These devices are showing people how many short trips they’re really doing that they maybe don’t have to take a car with,” said Madeline Brozen, assistant director of the Institute for Transportation Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

UCLA receives $2.7 million to help adults with HIV ward off heart disease | Los Angeles Business Journal

The National Institutes of Health had awarded the grant to two scientists who aim to address the under-prescribing of heart medication to people with HIV, the university announced on July 23. “Adults with HIV have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease compared to everyone else,” said Dr. Joseph Ladapo, an associate professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine in a statement. “And they’re simultaneously less likely to be prescribed evidence-based medicine for cardiovascular disease reduction — especially statins.” Ladapo will lead the research along with Dr. William Cunningham, a professor of medicine and public health.

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