UCLA In the News June 23, 2017

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

A mother and daughter graduate at the same time at UCLA | La Opinion

Despite challenges, a mother and daughter have realized their dream of earning degrees at UCLA. Gabriela Sanchez Abraham and her daughter Danielle participated in Commencement the same day. (In Spanish)

Questions on California’s proposed single-payer plan | Los Angeles Times

Several readers asked about medical “tourists” — those who could move to California to seek treatment under the new system. Gerald Kominski, a professor of health policy at UCLA, said he could envision such a scenario should the state implement single-payer health care. “There are people all over the country — especially in red states where Medicaid expansion has been denied — who may see this as an opportunity to get the care they need,” Kominski said. (Also: San Francisco Chronicle, KCBS-TV)

Women get more say on mammograms | NPR’s “All Things Considered”

“If a woman is told to get a mammogram starting at 40, it’s very reasonable to question that and ask, ‘Why? I’ve read that there are conflicting guidelines,’” says Deanna Attai, assistant clinical professor of surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She says women should know, or ask about, the risk factors for breast cancer so they can have the screening conversation with some understanding of where they fall on the spectrum.

Writers are ‘labor,’ ‘leprechauns’ behind TV’s Golden Age | Los Angeles Times

The “2017 Hollywood Diversity Report” by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA found that women were the creators behind 20.9% of scripted cable shows. They accounted for 20.4% of scripted streaming shows, such as Jill Soloway’s “Transparent,” a 5% jump from 2013-14. (Also: Salon)

How does bipolar disorder relate to depression? | U.S. News & World Report

Creativity and bipolar disorder have also been linked, says David J. Miklowitz, professor of psychiatry and director of the Integrative Study Center in Mood Disorders at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. “People with bipolar disorder often have very creative people in their family as well as being creative themselves,” he says. “But it is not by any means a 1-to-1 relationship.”

Charter school problems you won’t hear DeVos discuss | Washington Post

A 2016 study by UCLA Civil Rights Project found that nearly 50 percent of black secondary students attending a charter school were enrolled in schools where the suspension rate for black students was about 25 percent. 

Mac brings 24 decades of delirium, music to Los Angeles | Los Angeles Times

Mac is in town to begin work with Kristy Edmunds, artistic director of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, who commissioned a decade of the show when Mac was creating it. The show won’t open at the Ace for another nine months, as part of CAP UCLA’s 2017-18 season. But staging the piece — which will involve more than 200 performers, many of whom will be cast locally, and almost as many behind-the-scenes players — will be a Herculean effort of coordination, stamina and creativity.

Two Southland children’s hospitals join forces | City News Service

Two area children’s hospitals — UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, part of UCLA Health, and Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach, part of MemorialCare Health System — Thursday announced a “strategic affiliation” of their resources and academic, clinical and research expertise.

Best things to do in L.A. this week | LA Weekly

The UCLA Film & Television Archive is in the middle of an extensive salute to John Huston, the peripatetic filmmaker responsible for one of the most varied and honored careers in the industry. Of the four dozen or so films in his oeuvre, “The Misfits” earns a place near the top.

China’s ‘car-eating,’ traffic-straddling bus is officially dead | Quartz

Many transportation experts were worried about the viability of the project from its earliest stages, including one of the concept creators, Craig Hodgetts. An architecture professor at the University of California in Los Angeles, Hodgetts told Quartz last August that the TEB appeared be an “immature project” with some “fundamental problems.” He mentioned, for example, the tight space potentially having a psychological effect on drivers who might respond by braking when driving under the bus.

Grindr, other gay dating apps want to create connections | Slate

[Grindr] also participated in a University of California, Los Angeles, study that showed using the app to push banner ads and notifications for free HIV home test kits was an effective way to reach high-risk populations.

Innovation is an evolving process of trial and error | The Conversation

(Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Eric Scerri) Setting aside the Darwins and Einsteins —whose monumental contributions are duly celebrated — we suggest that innovation is more a process of trial and error, where two steps forward may sometimes come with one step back, as well as one or more steps to the right or left. Instead of revolution, think evolution. This evolutionary view of human innovation undermines the notion of creative genius and recognizes the cumulative nature of scientific progress.

Danger map reveals health threat zone | BBC News

James Lloyd-Smith from the University of California, Los Angeles, said: “Although most pandemics are zoonoses, most zoonoses do not cause pandemics. [The] “predictions are best used to prioritize research and viral surveillance efforts, not to drive specific policy decisions.”

High-fat diet leads to same intestinal inflammation as virus | Medical Xpress

A new study by scientists at UCLA found that when mice eat a high-fat diet, the cells in their small intestines respond the same way they do to a viral infection, turning up production of certain immune molecules and causing inflammation throughout the body. The scientists also found that feeding the mice tomatoes containing a protein similar to that in HDL, or “good cholesterol,” along with the generic cholesterol drug Ezetimibe, reversed the inflammation. (Also: HealthCanal)

From Cuba, a stolen myth | New York Times

With Ayón, you want to be cautious about interpretation. There is nothing simple about her art, and research on it has only begun. This show, organized by Cristina Vives, in collaboration with El Museo; the Fowler Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles; and the Belkis Ayón Estate, should help enormously.

Three things may save your brain | WebMD

Dr. Gary Small, director of the UCLA Longevity Center, says the report’s conclusions make sense. “Intuitively, we know that what is good for your heart is going to be good for your brain,” he says, referring to blood pressure control and exercise findings. While it’s not yet proven by research that these practices will also lower the odds of having dementia, the strategies are good for your overall health, he says. 

HIV-positive women with CMV likelier to pass AIDS virus | Edge Media Network

Dr. Karin Nielsen, a professor of clinical pediatrics in the division of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is the senior author of the study, which was published today in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. “The findings were surprising because prior studies in healthy pregnant women have not shown an association between CMV detection in urine or even cervical secretions, and congenital CMV infection,” Nielsen said.

Sedaris on his new book, ‘Theft by Finding’ | Los Angeles Times

But perhaps his most intimate is “Theft by Finding,” a collection of his diaries written between 1977 and 2002. That he began with a diary and finds himself returning to the form creates an arc that ties together his fraught and farcical art and life. Sedaris comes to L.A. next week; tickets for his June 28 event at Royce Hall at UCLA are still available.

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