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President Trump blamed the transgender military ban on an inaccurate cost for surgery | Time

Dr. Amy Weimer, the founder and co-director of UCLA’s Gender Health Program, also said usual costs “reach nowhere near the amount stated by Trump.” She added that many transgender individuals do not desire or get gender-affirming surgeries, and for those that do desire it, having access to the surgeries is linked to cost savings in the long-term by reducing other health conditions, such as depression and substance use.

U.S. companies add fewest jobs since 2010 as economy shows weakness | Bloomberg

In a separate report issued Wednesday, the UCLA Anderson Forecast expects California’s unemployment rate will remain low but job growth will slow over the next two years. Nationally, job creation in goods-producing industries slumped, highlighted by a 36,000 decline in construction — the biggest drop since 2010 — along with losses in manufacturing and in natural resources and mining, according to the report.

Lavender graduations set to celebrate 20th anniversary next year | Diverse Issues in Higher Education

This year’s speaker was Dr. Joshua Javier Guzmán, a Georgetown alumnus who is now an assistant professor in the Department of Gender Studies at UCLA…. More importantly, Guzmán says that having students from all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds engaged in the Graduation demonstrates the unifying nature of such a ceremony. “It’s important that we don’t lose sight of what brings us together, and that is that we all share a desire in the belief that there has to be other ways of being in the world, regardless of race, ethnicity and sexual orientation,” he says. “We want something better. That’s what queerness is; refusing to let our desires be legislated in a normative way.”

Summer is sexist: Women have to sweat ‘bikini bodies,’ hair removal, crime | USA Today

“These are perennial issues that are always at play,” said Abigail Saguy, a cultural sociologist of gender and a professor at UCLA. “But I think there are things about summer that make people experience them more strongly.” … “Women and girls are more likely to be seen as completely lacking in value if they don’t live up to these narrow expectations of beauty,” Saguy said. 

Apple lets users track menstrual cycles on Health app, Watch with software update  | USA Today

The Cycle Tracker will help those who menstruate predict future periods, track symptoms such as spotting and cramps, record cycle history and even predict fertility windows — all of which can help take the surprise out of menstruation and reproduction, said Dr. Leena Nathan, assistant clinical professor at the Department of OB-GYN at the University of California, Los Angeles. “It is very beneficial for women to keep track of their cycles,” said Dr. Nathan. “We know that ovulation occurs approximately 14 days before your period begins, so for women who are either trying to get pregnant or trying to avoid pregnancy, it can be helpful to get a sense of how long your cycle is and when ovulation may be occurring.”

Where will all the water go? | Weather Channel

[UCLA’s] Daniel Swain has been studying the weather whiplash plaguing California in recent years, as the state lurches between wet years (including 2018-19) and intense drought years akin to those in the early 2010s. “If precipitation is falling in shorter but sharper bursts — as is an emerging trend around the world — that can result in increased short-term runoff, locally increasing flood risk but decreasing the amount of water that actually soaks into the soil and ultimately makes it into groundwater aquifers,” Swain notes. “That, too, can increase the preconditions necessary for drought, especially when coupled with rising temperatures.”

Grad breaks cycle of violence | KNBC-TV

Yvorn “Doc” Aswad witnessed the devastating pain of gun violence. Now he’s graduating from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

How well did ‘Sharp Objects’ and ‘The Act’ portray a rare psychological disorder? | Hollywood Reporter

Both Lasher and Feldman suggested consulting with Munchausen syndrome by proxy experts, including themselves, for projects involving the illness. “The Act” writers room consulted with UCLA psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences professor Dr. Brenda Bursch on the syndrome, while the production worked with medical tech advisor Doris T. Mehu on set; “Sharp Objects” had a medical consultant on set for a hospital scene between Camille and Det. Willis.

The accretion disk around our galaxy’s black hole has been spotted at last | ScienceNews

“I think it’s very exciting,” says astrophysicist Anna Ciurlo of UCLA, who was not involved in the new work. Her team has used the Keck telescope in Hawaii to look for signs of the disk in infrared wavelengths, but found nothing. If the disk’s activity can be picked up by ALMA, but not Keck, that “makes us think there’s some more peculiar process going on that is not totally understood yet,” Ciurlo says.

Rapamycin retards epigenetic aging of keratinocytes | Medical Xpress

In 2013, Steve Horvath (UCLA) described the remarkable mathematical precision by which chemical modifications on DNA called methylation, changes with age. With these methylation profiles, he derived a highly accurate age-predicting algorithm, which is essentially a time-independent yardstick to measure age based on biology.