UCLA In the News March 23, 2016

Experts see little chance of charges in Clinton email case | Associated Press

“One has to put this in perspective of what types of prosecutions have happened under the Espionage Act,” said Jon Michaels, a national security law professor at UCLA. “And the universe of prosecutions under the Espionage Act is quite small compared to the amount of information transferred through non-secure means.”

Diverse films perform better at global box office | Variety

According to UCLA’s latest Hollywood Diversity Report, films with more diverse casts perform better at the global box office than films with less diverse casts. The study, which hails from the university’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, examined 63 films released in 2014 and discovered that the median global sales of productions with a 41-50% non-white cast was $122 million, compared to $53 million for films with a non-white cast of less than 10%.

UCLA pioneer in Asian American studies dies | KPCC-FM

Don Nakanishi died Monday in Los Angeles. He spent 35 years on the UCLA faculty, 20 of those as director of the university’s Asian American Studies Center. Colleagues like UCLA professor David Yoo consider him one of the founding fathers of the ethnic studies movement. (Audio download)

Faculty members weigh in on proposed UC policy | Los Angeles Times

(Op-ed by UCLA’s Judea Pearl) Existing UC guidelines opposing anti-Semitism are grossly inadequate in curbing the current wave of anti-Jewish hostilities on campuses, which by and large are directed not against those who practice their religion but against those suspected of supporting Israel. (Counterpoint Los Angeles Times op-ed co-written by UCLA’s Saree Makdisi )

10 ways to relieve menstrual cramps | Huffington Post

Reducing fat and increasing vegetables in your diet may help ease monthly cramps. “A low-fat diet actually decreases overall levels of inflammation in the body,” says Aldo Palmieri MD, an ob/gyn at UCLA Health and professor of ob/gyn at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine in Los Angeles. A low-fat, vegetarian diet not only helps your health generally, says Dr. Palmieri, but it can have an indirect yet noticeable effect on menstrual cramps, too.

Man-made drugs are far more dangerous than users realize | Today.com

In fact, “in some cases it can look like schizophrenia,” says Dr. Larissa Mooney, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry and director of the Addiction Medicine Clinic at UCLA. “People can have breaks with reality and altered perceptions. They can experience paranoia and delusions.”

Study finds no heart risk from SSRI antidepressants | HealthDay

Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a professor of cardiology at UCLA, said that “most studies have shown that SSRI medications are safe and well-tolerated from a cardiovascular standpoint.” He agreed that the new study is “reassuring” and should assist patients and physicians when trying to decide whether a particular antidepressant drug's benefits outweigh the known risks.

Pre-pregnancy stress may affect baby’s size | HealthDay

Elevated levels of cortisol in mothers lowers blood flow to the fetus, reducing the supply of oxygen and nutrients, said study co-lead author Chris Dunkel Schetter, a professor of psychology at UCLA. Women planning to become pregnant should assess their stress levels and take measures to reduce them if necessary, the researchers said.  (Also: Tech Times)

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