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Chickenpox vaccine linked to lower rates of shingles in children, study finds | NBC News

Dr. Nina Shapiro, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine and the director of pediatric otolaryngology at UCLA, told NBC News that she was also impressed with the new findings. Doctors have thought that getting the chickenpox vaccine would reduce a person’s risk of shingles later, and “this study demonstrates, with a large population, that the vaccine is highly protective,” said Shapiro, who is the author of “Hype: A Doctor's Guide to Medical Myths, Exaggerated Claims, and Bad Advice — How to Tell What's Real and What's Not.”

The elderly are getting complex surgeries. Often it doesn’t end well | New York Times

Dr. Clifford Ko, a colorectal surgeon at the University of California, Los Angeles, recently performed major surgery on an 86-year-old with rectal cancer, for instance. “Ten years ago, I’d think, ‘My god, can this person even survive the operating room?’” Dr. Ko said. “Now, it’s increasingly common to see octogenarians for these types of operations.” … Frailty, an age-related physiological decline, particularly correlates with increased mortality and complications. “How we talk to them, how we care for them, their outcomes — there’s a lot of opportunity to do better” for older surgical patients, said Dr. Ko.

In wake of child’s death, dental group releases new guidance on anesthesia | Bay Area News Group

Parents need to ask a lot of questions before agreeing to anesthesia, explained Karen Silert, a past president of the California Society of Anesthesiologists and professor of anesthesiology at UCLA. “Anesthesia for children is risky business,” Silert said. “They have tiny mouths and a tiny airway behind it. It doesn’t take much to obstruct the airway, and their lungs are tiny so they don’t have a lot of oxygen reserves.”

As New York struggles to undo the lies of anti-vaxers, moms step in to help | CNN

“They offered information from people who are trusted within the community. They were non-threatening, they were influential, and that’s exactly the kind of move that should be made,” said Dr. Julie Cantor, a physician and attorney. Cantor’s journal article criticized the New York City Department of Health for fining residents of outbreak areas $1,000 if they don’t get vaccinated. “Evidence on health-related behavior suggests that people respond poorly to directives,” wrote Cantor, an adjunct faculty member of the UCLA School of Law. “Force, whether economic or physical, does not educate, develop trust, or protect human dignity. And it will never be an antidote to fear.”

How Trump tariffs on China and Mexico could hurt U.S. economy | Associated Press

Pinelopi Goldberg, chief economist of the World Bank, and economists Pablo Fajgelbaum of UCLA, Patrick Kennedy of the University of California, Berkeley, and Amit Khandelwal of Columbia University, calculated that the economic loss from the trade wars last year amounted a minuscule 0.04% of gross domestic product — the broadest gauge of economic output.

Beware the propagandist you see in the mirror | Zócalo Public Square

Hal Hershfield, a marketing scholar and psychologist at UCLA Anderson, said that propaganda isn’t necessarily bad; it can help people “do the things that they say that they want to do.” Consider the campaign to convince people to take 10,000 steps a day did not have scientific backing — it was promoted by a company that made pedometers, Hall said. Whatever the intentions behind messaging, if propaganda is “moving people in the right direction health-wise, is this a problem?” Hershfield asked.

‘Neverland’ ethics questioned as Michael Jackson lawyers speak at documentaries panel | Variety

UCLA School of Law Dean Jennifer Mnookin called this era “documentary films’ cultural moment,” stating, “Their role has been expanding into an ever more central part of contemporary media culture on television, streaming services and even in theaters. The public’s appetite for these untold stories and the filmmakers’ perspective is stronger than ever. Documentaries can change the way we see the world, unpack how we can understand wrongful convictions, but they can also lead to misunderstandings by approaching different subjects in both constructive and problematic ways.”

Netflix launches new LBGTQ+ campaign for pride month, ‘Prism’ | Observer

And according to a study conducted by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, an estimated 4.5 percent of American adults identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. That equates to roughly 11.3 million people, a demographic that skews younger with just 23 percent aged 50 or older. What this means is that there’s a numbers-based, under-served market of the entertainment industry.

UCLA economic forecast predicts slower economy and possible recession ahead | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“But the latest GDP numbers, so this is for the first quarter of 2019 for the U.S., came in at 3.1%, and there was a lot of celebration about that. That was faster than expected,” said UCLA’s Jerry Nickelsburg. “But when you look behind the numbers you see that consumption in the U.S., and that’s 70% of GDP, did not grow very fast.”

Undocumented seniors have tenuous chance at needed health care as coverage debate reaches a head | Southern California News Group

David Hayes-Bautista, director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at UCLA, says that by the time they become seniors, most immigrants have all their paperwork. “They age in place here, which offers them opportunities to regularize their status,” he said…. Hayes-Bautista of UCLA said insuring younger immigrant groups, particularly working-age Latino adults, can help balance out seniors’ needs because they tend to be in better health than their white counterparts.

What are the medical benefits of psilocybin, the drug found in psychedelic mushrooms? | KCRW-FM

“On the one hand, our research and those of our colleagues and other medical institutions around the country and in Europe have indicated a favorable response rate when psilocybin is utilized in a highly controlled, clinical treatment research setting,” said UCLA’s Charles Grob…. “However, when the drug is out in the community, all bets are off.”

White meat can raise cholesterol as much as red meat, new study shows | LiveScience

In general, medium- and smaller-size LDL particles are denser and heavier, and some doctors think they are more detrimental to cardiovascular health, said Dana Hunnes, a senior dietitian at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, who was not involved with the study. Slightly larger and less dense, or “fluffier” LDL cholesterol particles are thought to be less harmful to cardiovascular health than these smaller, dense particles, Hunnes said.

The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles adds three new board members | Broadway World

The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles announced today the appointment of three new members of its Board of Directors. They are Mark Steven Cohen Phd, Professor-in-Residence – UCLA… Mark Steven Cohen is an American neuroscientist and early pioneer of functional brain imaging using magnetic resonance imaging…. Professor Cohen’s significant achievements in MRI include the earliest clinical uses of echo-planar imaging, defining the safe boundaries of operation of high-end MRI units.

Why thousands of marijuana convictions were reduced and others were not | San Diego Union-Tribune

More people qualify than not, yet many are unaware of this aspect of Prop. 64. Keiara Auzenne, a local UCLA-trained lawyer, runs the free once-a-month San Diego Clean Slate Clinic. Of the 50 to 60 clients who show up for an average session, only a handful are familiar with the relief available under the 2016 initiative. “Most of them hadn’t heard about this or didn’t think they were eligible,” Auzenne said. “The expungement process in general tends to be very confusing and can be overwhelming to people.”

Three-drug combination helps curb the growth of deadly type of skin cancer | Medical Xpress

“Utilizing the three drugs together sensitized the patient’s own immune system to bolster the power of immunotherapy and block the growth of two genes — BRAF and MEK — that cause cancer cells to reproduce and grow out of control,” said Dr. Antoni Ribas, the paper’s senior author, a professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Tumor Immunology Program.