UCLA In the News July 3, 2018

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

Do patients care if their doctors have tattoos or piercings? | ABC News

“The good thing about this study is that it suggests perceptions are changing. Across the board, patients are looking to their provider as a coach and advisor to work with them and less as a traditional authority figure,” says UCLA’s Dr. Myles Spar. “People recognize that there are excellent physicians of all genders and backgrounds. At my office, we recognize that and something as simple as having casual Fridays, where we wear jeans, makes us more accessible to patients and they are thus more likely to tell us what’s going on with them.”

Life in this iconic mid-century suburb shows how California dreams are shrinking | KPCC-FM

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…. “And so now we don't build the housing we need, then we have huge ramp-ups in housing costs which has big economic impacts and means people often live much farther from where they would like to, which makes the traffic worse,” he said.

An end-of-life practice that is legal everywhere | HuffPost

Many doctors who use palliative sedation say the bright line that distinguishes palliative sedation from euthanasia, including aid-in-dying, is intent. “There are people who believe they are the same. I am not one of them,” said Thomas Strouse, a psychiatrist and specialist in palliative care medicine at the UCLA Medical Center. “The goal of aid-in-dying is to be dead; that is the patient’s goal. The goal in palliative sedation is to manage intractable symptoms, maybe through reduction of consciousness or complete unconsciousness.”

Why wildfires are burning much earlier this summer | Sacramento Bee

Why has the fire season shifted dates on the calendar? The reason partially has to do with climate change, said UCLA climatologist Daniel Swain. Simply put, California is getting hotter. “The overriding signal is that when it's warmer, whatever vegetation that's there ... it has the potential to burn more,” Swain said.

It’s summer, but L.A. is thinking about how to catch rain | LAist

“You see a storm year like [2016] and you see all the water that ends up going through the L.A. River and Ballona Creek and Dominguez Channel, and you say, ‘Wow. That could have been our water supply for the next year,’” said Mark Gold of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.

Why the death of democracy may be overhyped | Vox

(Q&A with UCLA’s Daniel Treisman) “I would say, if we look objectively at the measures of democracy that exist, they show that the proportion of democracies worldwide is at or near an all-time high. Clearly there’s been some democratic backsliding in some countries, and we shouldn’t be complacent about that, but at the same time there are other countries that have been moving forward. For instance, since about 1999, the number of democracies in countries in Africa has doubled, according to one major democracy indicator. So we should try to see the whole picture, rather than focusing on what’s happening in the US and in various European countries.”

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