UCLA In the News June 9, 2017

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

These 16 everyday things pose huge health risks | Reader’s Digest

“When people come to the ER with a rapid heartbeat, tremors, or the jitters — especially if they’re young adults — we generally ask if they were drinking energy drinks before symptoms appeared,” says Dr. Wally Ghurabi, medical director, Nethercutt Emergency Center, UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. “Energy drinks with caffeine can be extremely dangerous — and even cause death,” warns Dr. Ghurabi.

Aid-in-dying requires more than just a law | NPR’s “All Things Considered”

At the University of California, Los Angeles, about 20 patients so far have received prescriptions — but only about half of them have taken the drugs, says Dr. Neil Wenger, a professor of medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Health Ethics Center. Wenger has helped develop the UCLA protocol that guides doctors through the requirements of administering the medication to qualified, terminally ill patients.

Journal criticized for not consulting black scholars on race | Associated Press

UCLA political scientist Melvin Rogers, one of the black scholars who raised objections with the journal, called the lack of black voices “especially egregious” in this case. “You have a major social movement that comes about because of police violence and a failure of the state to respond effectively,” Rogers said. “You put together a symposium ... and construct it in such a way that replicates the very problem the movement is trying to respond to. The signal this sends to scholars of color that care about this is that they, too, are invisible.”

Makeup of Clark County board raises eyebrows | Las Vegas Review-Journal

Jon Michaels, a UCLA law professor, said there is a “difference between personal gain and institutional gain. Saying, ‘I should get a tax refund’ is different than saying, ‘My organization should get a grant.’”

What L.A. mumps outbreak tells us about vaccine policies | Pacific Standard

In addition, it’s not clear whether mumps has become more common in America since anti-vaccine activists gained traction. It might be that new tools for diagnosing mumps have made identifying the disease easier, says Jeffrey Klausner, a doctor who studies infectious diseases at the University of California–Los Angeles.

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