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U.S. News releases 30th annual 2019-20 Best Hospitals rankings | U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings, today released the 2019-20 Best Hospitals rankings. The new and revised 30th edition provides a multifaceted assessment on nearly every hospital nationwide that is designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to seek care…. UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, placed No. 6 in the U.S. (Also: Boston Globe)

Farewell to Mark Kleiman, one of America’s greatest sages in public affairs | Los Angeles Times Column

Looking back, there seem to be few issues of public debate on which Mark A.R. Kleiman didn’t contribute his judicious, well-researched and often contrarian insights. Nuclear power? Check. The housing bubble? Check. And of course criminal justice and drug policy, the fields in which he certainly was best known. Memorials have come from UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, where Kleiman taught from 1996 to 2015, ultimately holding the post of emeritus professor of public policy.

LGBTQ-centric neighborhoods offer home price premiums, studies suggest | Los Angeles Times

Residences in West Palm Springs boast a hefty 233% premium, compared with the average price of homes in the Riverside metro area, the Zillow study found. Palm Springs has the highest percentage of same-sex couples in California, according to an analysis of U.S. census data by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. Guerneville and West Hollywood rank second and third, respectively, in numbers of same-sex couples per 1,000 households.

A lesson from FaceApp: Learning to relate to the older person we will become | Los Angeles Times Opinion

(Commentary by UCLA’s Hal Hershfield) Why do we often fail to make sacrifices for the grayer versions of our present-day selves? My ongoing research might offer an explanation: We tend to think about our future selves as if they are someone else, wholly different from who we are today. A brain-imaging study I co-authored found the brain activity patterns that are evoked by thoughts about a future self are quite similar to the brain activity that arises when we think about other people today.

What is a concentration camp? It’s an old debate that mostly started in California | Los Angeles Times

Others, however, disagree. Michael Rothberg, a UCLA professor of English and comparative literature who holds the 1939 Society Samuel Goetz Chair in Holocaust Studies, said he agrees with Andrea Pitzer, a journalist and expert on concentration camps, who defines them as places of “mass detention of civilians without trial.” Under that definition, Rothberg said, using the term for the Japanese American camps and migrant detention facilities now along the U.S.-Mexico border is “within the realm of reason.”

Domestic batterers should be tracked on a watch list | New York Times Opinion

Victims of domestic abuse are frequently blamed for not leaving their abuser, a response that profoundly ignores the fatal danger victims — and their families — face when they leave or attempt to leave. Currently, victims have few ways to protect themselves. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and UCLA School of Public Health found that one-third of victims were murdered within a month of obtaining a restraining order. Abusers often become more violent after a victim leaves, when a restraining order is issued or when they are released on bail.

Study: The U.S. could have averted about 15,600 deaths if every state expanded Medicaid | Vox

Four researchers — University of Michigan economist Sarah Miller, University of California, Los Angeles public health scholar Laura Wherry, National Institutes of Health’s Sean Altekruse and Norman Johnson with the U.S. Census Bureau — used that difference to study what happened to people’s health outcomes in states that expanded the program compared to those that did not. A new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research details their results.

Why lactose-intolerant people don’t care about avoiding cheese | Mashable Column

Janelle Smith, a registered dietitian nutritionist who specializes in gastrointestinal disorders at the University of California, Los Angeles, told me that’s usually all the reasoning people need before inflicting digestive armageddon. It’s common for her patients to disregard their lactose intolerance and eat dairy products anyway, she said. “The short-term impulse to eat something that tastes good is sometimes more powerful than the long-term, logical part of yourself that says, ‘You know you’re not gonna feel good,” Smith said in a phone call. “The brain wants the reward immediately and will deal with the consequences later.”

Einstein’s theory of relativity stands — for now | KTTV-TV

“We have been able to increase the evidence for supermassive black holes by a factor of 10 million. And we have done this by watching how stars move,” said UCLA’s Andrea Ghez.

Good move to drop Houston parking minimums | Houston Chronicle Editorial

Crossley pointed to the work of Donald Shoup, a professor in the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA, who in his book, “The High Cost of Free Parking,” compares parking minimums to requirements that all hamburgers must come with fries. A great analogy that bears repeating.

Automakers defy Trump and make a climate deal with California | Los Angeles Magazine

“The deal doesn’t mean that the Trump administration will abandon its efforts to freeze auto standards and take away California’s permission to issue its own standards,” UCLA environmental law professor Ann Carlson said. “But the settlement does make the administration’s case a lot weaker.”

In most cases, vaping is still safer than smoking | Insider

Smoking marijuana releases carcinogens — substances or environmental factors that may lead to cancer — into the body. That’s because cannabis, the plant marijuana is derived from, is like any other plant, according to Dr. Jeffrey Chen, the director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative. “When you combust any plant, you’re creating significantly more carcinogens,” Chen said.

Botox, no longer just cosmetic but an aid in possible treatment of endometriosis | Science Times

Andrea Rapkin, an obstetrician, and gynecologist at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine not involved in the research said that Botox may be a promising tool for the treatment of endometriosis, but she also noted that the treatment is expensive and that the study size was very small. She noted that larger studies, where Botox is compared with placebo, need to be done in order to be able to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the botulinum toxin treatment.

Disney characters visit patients at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital | KABC-TV

“Some of our hospitalized patients who will never get the opportunity to meet these characters at the park, in real life, are getting to meet them here in the hospital today,” said UCLA’s Kelli Carroll.

Women’s conference participants stress focusing on people, passion, representation | The Hollywood Reporter

UCLA gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field and singer and actress Jenifer Lewis were joined by hundreds of female business owners, executives and entrepreneurs at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Sunday for Deal With It: A Women’s Conference presented by the Motion Picture & Television Fund in partnership with UCLA Health…. “Whenever you put winning medals, which equal money, over human lives ... when you care more about winning than people that are in your charge, you open your organization up to a corrosiveness that spreads like a cancer.... The system stripped their voices to the point where they couldn’t even hear themselves.”

Trump administration releases details on fetal tissue restrictions | Science

The policy also forbids the use of fetal tissue by young scientists on training grants and fellowships that support graduate students and postdocs. Scott Kitchen of UC Los Angeles, who uses human fetal tissue to create mice with humanlike immune systems to study AIDS treatments, says the ban will affect “many young investigators” who work with these “humanized” mice at a critical time in their training. “This would impact their ability to progress in many aspects of their career.”