UCLA In the News June 28, 2018

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

Justice Kennedy’s retirement could reshape the environment | The Atlantic

“The loss of Kennedy is not good news for environmental regulation,” said Ann Carlson, a law professor at UCLA and the co-director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. (Also: UCLA’s Eugene Volokh on KCRW-FM’s “Press Play”)

App potentially determines why babies are upset, based on how they cry | “CBS This Morning”

The app was developed by UCLA statistician Ariana Anderson.… “When I became a parent, I had just finished my Ph.D. and I thought I was very, very smart. Then I had a baby, and I felt like an idiot because I couldn’t understand what my baby needed. It was very stressful and overwhelming for me,” said Anderson.

Daughter was diagnosed with aggressive brain tumor; two weeks later, son was too | Los Angeles Times

“With radiating young children, you can essentially affect every part of the brain, but the way it manifests is most importantly cognitive. It severely delays cognitive development,” said Dr. Anthony Wang, who studies pediatric brain tumors at UCLA.

Unions brace for loss of members and fees in wake of Supreme Court ruling | Washington Post

Union membership in both states declined and so did their political clout, said Kent Wong, director of the UCLA Labor Center. “It undermined the unions’ ability to engage in politics with the diminished staff, with diminished resources. It had a very significant impact in the political direction,” Wong said. Both states, which had previously backed President Barack Obama, helped deliver victory to President Trump. Wong points squarely at those states’ efforts to undercut unions. (Also: UCLA’s Tia Koonse on KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”)

Blacks find longer wait times on Uber, Lyft, taxis than other races, study finds | KTLA-TV

Troubling results from a ride share study out of UCLA. Research shows black passengers hailing rides with taxis, Lyft and Uber are more likely to have to wait longer for their cars to arrive.… In Los Angeles, taxi drivers were 73 percent more likely to cancel rides for black passengers than white passengers, and 52 percent of black passengers had longer average wait times. (Also: KABC-TV, McClatchy)

L.A. needs to be more proactive on checking oil sites, city controller says | Los Angeles Times

“This is, on the whole, an excellent and wise report that recommends critical reforms that will make a big difference,” said Michael Salman, a West Adams resident and UCLA associate professor who has raised concerns about oil oversight. He urged the city to also press for 24-7 emissions monitoring at all sites and to make sure the planning department plays its role.

More toddlers appear alone in court for deportation under family separation | PBS NewsHour

Steve Lee, a UCLA child psychology professor, said expecting the children to advocate for themselves in court is an “incredibly misaligned expectation.” “That couldn’t be any less developmentally appropriate,” he said, adding that some children may not be mature enough to verbalize a response.

San Francisco-based startup offers at-home hormone tests for fertility | CBS News

Dr. Aldo Palmieri is the director of OB-GYN at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. He said it’s important to remember that hormone levels alone cannot predict whether a woman will be able to conceive naturally and worries women may misinterpret their test results. “Patients will be led to conclusions that may be incorrect because if the test results show all the levels are normal it doesn’t mean they are fertile necessarily,” Palmieri said.

A brain chemical tied to narcolepsy may play a role in opioid addiction | Science News

The new study comes from the opposite angle, showing changes in hypocretin neurons in response to drug use, rather than the other way around. “It does suggest the possibility that part of the reason it’s so hard to get off drugs is there’s this massive change in the brain,” says study coauthor and neuroscientist Jerome Siegel of UCLA. (Also: New Scientist)

Florida city sees third transgender murder of 2018 | The Advocate

Transgender people and LGBT people in general face widespread discrimination in northeast Florida, according to a new study by the Williams Institute, a think tank at the University of California, Los Angeles. Three-quarters of respondents to the survey reported ”everyday discrimination,” such as being disrespected, threatened or harassed, usually due to their gender or sexual orientation. “This study shows us that many of Jacksonville’s LGBTI residents have experienced discrimination in employment, housing, and banking and felt unfairly treated in their interactions with law enforcement,” said lead author Taylor Brown, a project manager at the Williams Institute, in a press release.

What’s the best way to treat plantar fasciitis? | Time

Plantar fasciitis results when that connective tissue is somehow injured or inflamed — a common occurrence among those who engage in “repetitive impact activities” like running, says Dr. Joan Williams, a foot and ankle surgeon at the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center. “People will start to notice some soreness in the heel after a run, but they tough it out and run through it,” she explains. That’s bad. “Inflammation and swelling and irritation of the plantar fascia cause the pain,” she says, and all of them tend to get worse if a person keeps training.

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