UCLA In the News March 2, 2017

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

Canadian bacteria fossils may be the Earth’s oldest | New York Times

In 1993 J. William Schopf, a paleontologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, and his colleagues found what that they, too, argued were the world’s oldest fossils: chainlike blobs in 3.46-billion-year-old rocks made, they said, by bacteria.

Elephants are insomniacs, sleeping just 2 hours a night | Agence France-Presse

“We observed on five occasions that the elephants went without sleep for up to 46 hours,” said the study, noting that sometimes the elephants traveled significant distances, perhaps to avoid predators, poachers, or bulls seeking to mate. They exhibited no form of sleep rebound following a night without sleep.” … The study’s co-authors came from the Elephants Without Borders nonprofit and the University of California, Los Angeles. (Also: Scienmag)

An AIDS charity fights developers in Los Angeles | Bloomberg

While [the AIDS Healthcare Foundation has] fronted other ballot measures, those were more closely related to the agency’s core mission of providing health care to and advocating for AIDS patients, says Eric Sussman, a senior lecturer on the faculty of the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate, who’s given money to the foundation over the years. “To get into real estate — that’s a complete 180,” he says.

Trump policies could derail Los Angeles’ Olympic bid | Forbes       

“The election of Donald Trump and his subsequent pronouncements on immigration have not helped L.A.’s bid,” says Zev Yaroslavsky, Director of the L.A. Initiative at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and a former Los Angeles City Councilman and County Supervisor. “Anyone who thinks otherwise is living in La La Land.”

Walnuts may support sperm health, animal study suggests | Medical Xpress

“This animal research sheds light on how walnuts may improve sperm quality and is a great follow up to our human study that showed what effect walnuts may have,” says [UCLA’s Wendie] Robbins. “Studies that look at the factors underlying sperm quality improvements are very valuable for advancing research on this important topic.” (Also: News-Medical)

Breast cancer costs low-income women more jobs | Health Medicine Network

“The value of the paper is there does not seem to be much ethnic or racial bias here,” said Dr. Patricia Ganz, professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in Los Angeles. “The more important thing is the kind of employment. If you’re low income, your employer is more likely going to be inflexible about keeping your spot,” she said in a phone interview. “It’s a social and equity issue,” she said.

Poor diet tied to increased breast cancer risk | Science Daily

“Our results suggest that a habitual diet that promotes chronic inflammation when consumed during adolescence or early adulthood may indeed increase the risk of breast cancer in younger women before menopause,” said [UCLA’s Karin] Michels. (Also: NBC News, KCAL-TV, HealthCanal, Health Medicine Network, Indo-Asian News Service

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