UCLA In the News March 14, 2017

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

Mattel commits $50 million to UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital | KCBS-TV

One of the world’s largest toy companies has just given the largest ever gift to UCLA Health Sergvices, and it’s all for children. El Segundo-based Mattel announced it is donating $50 million to UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. The money will be used to build a pediatric care center and research facility. It’s already one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals and now it will be renowned as a model for pediatric care…. “The impact of this gift will be immediate, profound and far-reaching,” said UCLA’s Dr. John Mazziotta. (Also: City News Service)

Rising LPGA star (and Bruin) Alison Lee juggles tee times and class times | Golf

In two years on tour, [UCLA’s Alison] Lee has already played in a Solheim Cup and made more than $1 million between the ropes, to say nothing of a healthy endorsement portfolio. Yet she shares a bedroom with a friend in a modest Westwood apartment that’s crammed with three other young women…. In June, Lee will skip the Meijer LPGA Classic to walk in UCLA’s graduation ceremonies, and in a quiet moment during dinner she said, “I’m going to miss this so much. I’m honestly scared for school to end because then it will be all golf all the time.”

Our wet winter could be bad news for pollen allergies | KPCC-FM

The changing climate may lead to higher pollen levels in the future, according to Dr. André Nel, Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Public Health at UCLA. “As the global temperature and CO2 levels increase plant pollination, cycles have become longer and more intense and record pollen counts become routine,” he said.

Brain could be 10 times more active than scientists thought | CBS News

But the UCLA study could upend that understanding and reveal a bigger role for dendrites in thinking and forming memories… In short, dendrites do much more than play second fiddle to somas. “It totally shocked us,” UCLA neurophysicist Mayank Mehta, senior author of the study, told CBS News. “That turns the whole story upside down.”

Who should take omega-3 fish oil supplements? | CBS News

Additionally, “they found evidence in patients with congestive heart failure, a weakened heart muscle, it helps reduce their risk of death and reduce their risk of repeat hospitalization,” Dr. Ravi Dave, director of UCLA Santa Monica Cardiology and Imaging, told CBS News.

We can teach women to code, but that creates problem | The Guardian (U.K.)

But here’s the problem: the technology industry enforces a distinct gender hierarchy between front-end and back-end development. Women are typecast as front-end developers, while men work on the back end — where they generally earn significantly more money than their front-end counterparts. That’s not to say that women only work on the front end, or that men only work on the back end – far from it. But developers tell me that the stereotype is real. (Commentary by UCLA’s Miriam Posner)

Without gravitational force, human physiology out of whack | The Conversation

It wasn’t until explorers traveled to space that any earthly creature had spent time in a microgravity environment. Scientists observed that returning astronauts had grown taller and had substantially reduced bone and muscle mass. Intrigued, researchers started comparing blood and tissue samples from animals and astronauts before and after space travel to assess the impact of gravity on physiology. Astronaut-scientists in the largely gravity-free environment of the International Space Station began to investigate how cells grow while in space. (Commentary written by UCLA’s Andy Tay)

Company wants to analyze saliva to predict time of death | STAT

That quest led Sabes to Steve Horvath, the UCLA biostatistician behind a predictive method now known as “Horvath’s clock.” Horvath reported in 2013 that he had developed a statistical model to estimate the biological age of tissue from noting whether chemical tags known as methyl groups are attached at 353 spots in a person’s DNA.

Green Dot to open charter school in Inglewood | KPCC-FM

“When charter schools were begun in the early 1990s the idea was that they were going to be experimental stations that would develop new ideas that would benefit the system as the whole. In the 2000s we saw this dramatic expansion.… As we had this dramatic expansion, the role of charters has shifted from experimental stations to drivers of competition,” said UCLA’s John Rogers. [Audio download] (Approx. 01:20 mark)

‘Hidden Figures’ is now higher grossing than ‘Star Trek,’ ‘X-Men’ | The Wrap

A UCLA study released last month showed that the median global box office in 2015 for films with casts that were from 21 percent to 30 percent minority was $105 million, compared to $42 million for films with casts that were 10 percent or less minority.

Law would require children to be screened for lead | California Healthline

John Froines, a professor emeritus at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, said screening all children is a good step toward addressing lead contamination, but scientists still disagree on what should be considered safe levels of lead. “For years, regulatory agencies have tried to set blood lead standards, but the fact of the matter is that there are no safe levels,” Froines said. (Also: Kaiser Health News)

Contraceptive use up for women with congenital heart disease | Medical Xpress

Pamela D. Miner, R.N., from the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, and colleagues recruited women aged >18 years from nine adult CHD (ACHD) centers to examine contraceptive practices. A 48-item questionnaire was completed by 505 participants, and their medical records were reviewed.

Why California’s ‘gig economy’ could be hit by ACA repeal | Sacramento Bee

The credits likely won’t go very far in covering high medical costs and premiums in Northern California, said Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

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