UCLA In the News March 22, 2017

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

Notorious L.A. quake fault more dangerous than thought | Los Angeles Times

But new research shows that the fault may be even more dangerous than experts had believed, capable of producing more frequent destructive temblors than previously suggested by scientists… Besides Leeper and Scharer, the other co-authors of the study are Brady Rhodes, Matthew Kirby, Joseph Carlin and Angela Aranda of Cal State Fullerton; Scott Starratt of the USGS; Simona Avnaim-Katav and Glen MacDonald of UCLA; and Eileen Hemphill-Haley.

Doctor making medical advances worries about NIH cuts | Los Angeles Times

Michael Yeaman’s lab on the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center campus in Torrance is loaded with bacteria, and it’s been that way for a quarter of a century. Yeaman is a bug detective. To be more technical, he’s a medical science investigator.… “Currently there is an enormous threat of drug-resistant infections,” said Yeaman, chief of molecular medicine at Harbor-UCLA…. Much of his work — which includes some promising breakthroughs — is funded by the National Institutes of Health. 

Gun-related hospitalizations cost $700 million a year  | CNN

The gun-related homicide rate in the United States is about 25 times higher than that in other high-income countries around the world, said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, professor of health policy and management, and pediatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles’ Fielding School of Public Health, and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Although Fielding was not involved in the new study, he said, “I think the study is well-done, and it shows that the government does have an enormous percentage of firearm costs for initial hospitalization.”

Trump administration taking time on travel ban appeal  | San Francisco Chronicle

“In any ordinary case, the Justice Department’s delay would not be significant. But here it is a surprise,” said Adam Winkler, a UCLA law professor. “Trump claimed these rules were absolutely essential and requested immediate implementation. The department’s lawyers ... had ample time to prepare a rapid response. Yet we find delay.”

Nightclub shooting victims sue gunman’s employer, wife | Associated Press

UCLA law professor Adam Winkler said the plaintiffs are going to have to show that the security firm had a duty, failed in its duty and is responsible for what happened. With Salman, they are going to have to show that she was a co-conspirator or that her failure to report that her husband was dangerous led to the attack. “This will be a very challenging lawsuit,” Winkler said. “Victims of gun violence are looking for second-best options and that is what this is.”

Job market for black workers in county called ‘crisis’ | KCRW-FM

The job market for black workers in L.A. County is reaching a crisis due to institutionalized racism, lack of housing, little opportunity and poor wages. Those are the findings of a study released this week by the UCLA Labor Center. Researchers found that 10 percent of black workers are unemployed, and when black workers do find jobs they earn 25 percent less than their white counterparts. [Audio download] (Also: Fox “Morning News”)

Interviews effective in predicting postpartum depression | Scienmag

For non-depressed, pregnant women with histories of major depressive disorder, preventive treatment with antidepressants may not necessarily protect against postpartum depression, according to new UCLA research. In addition, asking questions about daily activities — especially work — appears to be an effective screening tool for helping doctors identify women at risk of depression after they have their babies. (Also: HealthCanal)

New way of visualizing distribution of cholesterol | News-Medical

“In the past, other scientists had speculated that microvilli play a role in moving cholesterol into and out of cells,” said the study’s co-author, Dr. Stephen Young, a distinguished professor of medicine and human genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “The discovery that ‘accessible cholesterol’ is highly enriched in microvilli lends support to that idea.”

Potential strategies to combat degenerative diseases | Medical Xpress

UCLA researchers have discovered the molecular basis of, and identified potential treatment for, an incurable disease known as inclusion body myopathy, Paget disease with frontotemporal dementia, or IBMPFD. Using both genetically engineered fruit flies that have the fly equivalent of the disease gene as well as cells from people with IBMPFD, the researchers discovered how mutations carried by those with IBMPFD cause cellular damage. (Also: ScienceDaily, HealthCanal, News-Medical)

Quarter of state’s snowpack loss from human-made warming | New Scientist

The models suggest snowpack loss in the Sierras will be severe even in the most optimistic scenario for future warming. “There’s no elevation that’s totally untouched here. There are significant reductions even at the highest elevations in the Sierras,” says [Neil] Berg, who led the study while at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Worker safety cuts could come with high cost | Huffington Post

And low-wage workers who’d received safety training were “significantly less likely to experience work-related injuries,” according to a 2015 report that UCLA prepared for California’s labor department. 

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