UCLA In the News June 15, 2018

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

Which countries guarantee that new dads get paid paternity leave? | NPR

The data, mapped in an interactive chart produced by World Policy Analysis Center at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health, allows users to scroll over a country to see its policy on paid paternity leave: no paid leave, less than three weeks (for most countries, that means one week or less), three to 13 weeks or 14 weeks or more… For Jody Heymann, founding director of World Policy Analysis Center, the data draws attention to a glaring gap in expectations on gender roles. “To achieve gender equality both in the workplace and the home, it’s essential for men to have an equal chance to be there with their newborn babies,” she says.

Is America ready for the next plague? | The Atlantic

I listen to their stories in the company of Anne Rimoin, an epidemiologist from UCLA. During her 16 years working in the Congo, Rimoin has shown that monkeypox is on the rise, helped discover a new virus, and worked to create the first truly accurate maps of the country, down to the most-isolated villages. The Congo is a second home for her…. Rimoin emphasized to me the social rupture that disease outbreaks wreak on unprepared communities, and the difficulty of repair.

Future of L.A. landmark CBS Television City remains in flux | Los Angeles Times

“L.A. has many faults, and one of those is that it has not respected its historical buildings over the years. It’s been a hit-and-miss,” said Zev Yaroslavsky, a former county supervisor and current lecturer at UCLA. “L.A. views itself as new, and anything old needs to be replaced. It’s turned its back on its architectural history. It’s part of who we are. There was a city here before us, and as the city develops and grows we need to integrate historic buildings into new development.”

Philbin and art of the provocative thrive at Hammer Museum | Los Angeles Times

That reckoning spoke not only to [Ann] Philbin’s aesthetic but to a provocative instinct that art should define its era, challenge its politics and resonate with a truth that can startle and illuminate. Her 19 years as director of the UCLA Hammer Museum have personified that credo, turning the institution into one of the nation’s most enticing and risk-taking ventures, exhibiting not only contemporary and conceptual art, but holding hundreds of programs a year on topics including racism, civil disobedience, feminism, clean energy and talking sex with Dita Von Teese.

GOP bill would let crime victims sue ‘sanctuary’ cities | Los Angeles Times

Margaret Peters, an associate professor of political science at UCLA, said that “given his rhetoric on this issue,” the proposed change “feels like total political theater.”

Scant abortion-related ER visits suggest there’s no medical basis for restrictive laws | Los Angeles Times

UCLA public health professor Jeanne Miranda, who served on the National Academies panel, denounced assertions that abortion care needs a safety overhaul as “just untrue.”

California’s health exchange expects rate hike | California Healthline

“Insurers are going to have an extremely difficult time projecting rates for 2019 given this degree of uncertainty,” said Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. He said the impact on “California’s marketplace would be complicated.” (Also: Washington Examiner)

Why is Sacramento failing its black students? | Sacramento News & Review

According to researchers from San Diego State University and University of California, Los Angeles, Sacramento schools disproportionately suspend black boys. The researchers’ new study, “The Capitol of Suspensions: Examining the Racial Exclusion of Black Males in Sacramento County,” revealed that the schools with the worst record are right here in the state capital.

Vitamin D may lower colon cancer risk, especially in women | NBC News

Dr. Zhaoping Li, director at the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, said the research is informative, but does not prove increasing vitamin D levels would prevent colon cancer. Instead, “this gives us a good reason to invest time and effort to see whether vitamin D can have an impact on colon cancer incidence,” said Li. “This is not the smoking gun,” she said. Li was not involved with this latest American Cancer Society study.

‘You take a life, you’re going to go through something’ | Chicago Tribune

Aliza Luft agrees. She’s an assistant sociology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who has studied war and violence in countries like Rwanda and Israel. “Even if a shooting is justified, it is often still a harrowing experience for the person pulling the trigger,” she said. “Even a good guy with a gun would most likely still experience physical and emotional difficulties participating in violence.”

UCLA leads the nation in kidney transplants | Los Angeles Business Journal

“Without a doubt, we have one of the most active kidney programs in the nation,” said Dr. H. Albin Gritsch, surgical director of kidney transplantation and a professor of urology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, in a statement. “Even more important, we continue to make innovations to improve the chances for a successful kidney transplant.”

Primary care vs. research: Which medical school is right for you? | U.S. News & World Report

Dr. Clarence Braddock, vice dean for education with the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California—Los Angeles, says the best situation for an aspiring doctor is to attend a med school that excels in both medical research and primary care medicine. When assessing research-based and primary care-focused medical school rankings, applicants should determine which of these two rankings is most relevant to their personal situation, Braddock says. “If a student is entering medical school primarily to seek a research career, then it would be essential to apply to schools strong on the research ranking,” Braddock wrote in an email.

Single moms suffer from unaffordable housing | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“The cost of living in Southern California is pretty high, income inequality within this area is high so I would expect the relative disadvantage [for single mothers] to be higher here,” said UCLA’s Jennie Brand. (Approx. 11:40 mark)

Can Los Angeles build its way out of housing crisis? | Curbed LA

Researchers and elected officials generally agree that a statewide shortage of housing is making homes and apartments less affordable to Los Angeles residents. But will simply building more housing solve that problem? The answer is complicated, says economist Jerry Nickelsburg, director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast. In an analysis of housing affordability in California published this week, Nickelsburg argues that policy makers need to think about more than supply and demand when thinking about housing prices in Los Angeles and other pricey cities.

What to do if something’s stuck in your eye | Self

Dry eye happens when the amount or quality of your tears fail to keep the surface of your eye properly lubricated, according to the NEI—and that can lead to the weird feeling of having something stuck in there even when nothing is. “Dry eye can cause a rough, sandy feeling in the eye because of the lack of fluid to keep the [eyelid] gliding smoothly over the cornea,” Vivian Shibayama, O.D., an ophthalmologist at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, tells SELF.

Numerous health problems burden young adults with autism | Spectrum

Some of the problems in young people with autism, such as obesity, may be related to poor diet, medication use and limited physical activity, says Alice Kuo, associate professor of internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved in the study.

Study finds ride-hailing drivers are eager to organize | HuffPost

A new study from researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, suggests that many of his fellow drivers are ready to chip in — eight of 10 Los Angeles ride-hailing drivers said they would like to join an organization that would help them press for better pay and working conditions… Saba Waheed, one of the researchers who worked on the report, said the freedom Uber and Lyft tout “is pushing up against all of the things you’re losing in the process,” including minimum wage protection, employer-provided health insurance and workers’ compensation.

The consequences of stress during pregnancy | American Psychological Association Monitor

More than three decades ago, when psychologist Christine Dunkel Schetter, PhD, joined the faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles, the connection between stress processes and physiology was significantly fuzzier. In the intervening years, she has helped bring that picture into focus. Among her most important findings: The stress and anxiety that women experience while they are pregnant — or even before conceiving — can affect their health and the health of their future children, leading to problems including low birth weight, earlier delivery and postpartum depression.

Jack of all trades or master of one? | Science Trends

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Mairin Balisi) Which will be more successful: an animal with a flexible diet or an animal that eats meat only or plants only? Is it better to be a jack of all trades or a master of one? To answer these questions, UCLA life scientists (myself included) analyzed the 40-million-year fossil record of over 130 species of North American dogs and their predecessors. Dogs — the family Canidae — got their start on this continent. Today, North American dogs and their relatives include the gray wolf, the coyote, and a host of small foxes. But fossil dogs had a much broader range of sizes and ate a lot more different things compared to these living dogs.

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