UCLA In the News June 6, 2017

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

Bill would end ‘purely profit-driven’ drug firm coupons | Los Angeles Times

Matt Schmitt, an assistant professor of strategy at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and coauthor of the study, told me that the legislation would help consumers by promoting use of generic drugs and eliminating at least one reason for insurance rate hikes. He said drug companies have figured out that it’s cheaper and more beneficial for them to offer discounts for name-brand meds than to cut prices. “That may be good for drug companies,” Schmitt said, “but insurers get stuck paying full cost for branded drugs, which drives up premiums for everyone.”

Is texting enough to convict? | New York Times

“It’s very rare to have the situation where it seems that someone is trying to deliberately encourage someone to commit suicide,” said Eugene Volokh, a law professor at UCLA who has written about issues of free speech.

Can air-conditioners cause sinus congestion? | New York Times

Those with allergies might develop congestion because small particles like pollen, mold spores, pollutants and dust mites can get trapped by air-conditioning filters and then released into the air when the machine is turned on, said Dr. Maria Garcia-Lloret, an allergist at the UCLA School of Medicine. Pollutants and bacteria wouldn’t cause an allergic reaction per se, she said, but could irritate the nose.

More evidence Hollywood should trust talented women | Los Angeles Times

Even if this is a generic comic-book story about a hero clad in brass armor, albeit on the skimpy side, its creative and commercial success is a noteworthy breakthrough in the still overwhelmingly white male club that is the film industry. Women directed only 7.7% of the top films of 2015, according to the 2017 Hollywood Diversity Report by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA.

Silicon Valley movers’ ways to live longer, look better | New York Post

According to Andrew Hill, who teaches brain aging at UCLA and helped develop [smart drug] nootropic, “The effect is subtle and it can take a few days to kick in. People watch [‘Limitless’] and expect immediate results. So they sometimes take too much and wind up with headaches.” He advises small doses and patience. [The product] Nootroo has not been evaluated by the FDA.

How a single-payer health plan would look | San Francisco Chronicle

“As far as consumers are concerned, more than likely it would be better,” said Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “The primary reason is because you’re no longer going to have insurance based on where you’re employed or how old you are or what your income is. Everybody will have the same insurance. It puts everyone in the same boat. That’s the benefit to consumers.”

Why 80,000 people applied for 2,400 L.A. port jobs  | KPCC-FM

It will likely take more than a decade for the new casuals to land a union position, said Chris Tilly, who studies labor markets at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. “It used to be that you were a casual for maybe three to five years and then you moved up into the permanent full-time ranks. At this point, people have been waiting a dozen years or more,” he said.

Portland train attack sparks free speech debate | KCRW-FM’s “To the Point”

“Well you’d have to first have a definition of what hate speech is. Let’s say, for example, that somebody is organizing a rally criticizing police officers and talking about how police officers are murderers and thugs and they deserve what’s coming to them … and then somebody goes off and … deliberately targets police officers for assassination. Would that be punishable hate speech on the theory that some small fraction of the public, of the listeners, are going to act violently?” said UCLA’s Eugene Volokh. (Approx. 12:50 mark)

What happens to insurance workers if state goes single-payer? | KPCC-FM

“It’s not a small part of the legislation,” says Dr. Nadereh Pourat, director of research at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “This is an impactful part of the legislation and it should be studied, so we actually know exactly what’s going to happen.”

Would more parking boost transit ridership? | Seattle Times

Donald Shoup, a professor in urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, who has received national attention for his parking-reform advocacy, supports imposing parking fees to solve capacity woes. Transit leaders should study local commuters’ habits to determine the right price to free up space, but still keep demand high, he said.

Is microwaving food bad for your health? | U.S. News & World Report

After all, microwaves heat your food through, well, microwaves. A form of electromagnetic radiation, microwaves have three characteristics that make them so darn good at zapping your leftovers, explains Dana Hunnes, adjunct assistant professor of community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Delta tunnels won’t help on climate change | Sacramento Bee

A recent UCLA study found that the Sierra snowpack will decrease by about 30 percent by the end of the century.

Church services can extend your lifespan | The Guardian (U.K.)

The study was led by Marino Bruce, a behavioral scientist and ordained Baptist minister. “Our findings support the overall hypothesis that increased religiosity — as determined by attendance at worship services — is associated with less stress and enhanced longevity,” said Bruce, who worked with nine co-authors on the study, including Keith Norris, professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles.

Benefit of arterial carbon dioxide in cardiac stress testing | Science Daily

“We have overcome these technical difficulties by incorporating new technology that can accurately, precisely and rapidly control arterial blood gas levels, and we have quantified the MBF response with 13N-ammonia PET, the gold standard approach for measuring MBF, in a clinically relevant animal model,” explains Rohan Dharmakumar, of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of California, Los Angeles, California. (Also: Scienmag, Medical Xpress)

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