UCLA In the News March 28, 2017

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

UCLA surgical procedure stops boy’s epileptic seizures | ABC News

Dr. Aria Fallah, a pediatric neurosurgeon at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital who treated Justin, told ABC News that the area where the lesion occurred is deep within the brain and vital to keeping the body functioning normally. “The challenges of treating it is that medications don’t usually work, and left untreated it can cause cognitive impairment,” Fallah said.

Energy-saving programs facing cuts are working, study finds | Washington Post

“What we are doing has not been done before, just because there was no access to data of such quality and such coverage,” said study co-author Magali Delmas, a professor at the University of California at Los Angeles’s Institute of the Environment. Energy consumption data is typically private, she explained, which makes it difficult to compare the performance of buildings that participate in energy-saving programs with those that don’t. But thanks to a partnership program at UCLA, Delmas and co-author [UCLA’s] Omar Isaac Asensio were able to access energy data from buildings throughout Los Angeles and use it to evaluate the performance of three separate energy efficiency programs.

TV shows increase their fluency in foreign languages | USA Today

“We have seen television acknowledge the diversity of the American population, (but) that has been primarily depicted in casting. A natural outgrowth of this interest is to include language diversity,” says Bob Levy, a producer and lecturer at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.

Young L.A. Latinas forge activism, empowerment through biking | NBC News

Maylei Blackwell, associate professor at the University of California Los Angeles and author of “Chicana Power,” told NBC Latino that the “Ovarian Psycos” fit into a long legacy of women of color organizing. “What they are doing amounts to a kind of feminism that is organic to their communities and reflects a younger perspective,” said Blackwell. “What many women are shamed by, or what they are often the victims of violence over, they are claiming as their own and putting it upfront.”

An easy way to fight L.A. traffic, boost transit ridership | Los Angeles Times

Parking cash out increases the share of commuters who carpool, ride public transit, walk or bike to work. Studies of employers in Southern California who offer parking cash out found that for every 100 commuters offered the cash option, 13 solo drivers shifted to another travel mode. Of those 13 former solo drivers, nine joined carpools, three began to ride public transit and one began to walk or bike to work. (Commentary by UCLA’s Donald Shoup)

Can breast cancer return? | U.S. News & World Report

Dr. Maggie DiNome, associate professor of surgery at the UCLA Santa Monica Breast Center at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, says that some women with hormone-positive breast cancer will be on drug therapy for upwards of five years. And only after they complete that treatment can they be considered “cured.”

The secret in your sushi | Discover Magazine

A recent study performed by the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA sampled from 26 sushi restaurants in Los Angeles from 2012-2015. Led by Demian A, Willette and Sara E. Simmonds, this study found that a whopping 47% of samples were mislabeled.

Racial differences in public policy views | Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

A major survey conducted after the 2016 election led by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, in conjunction with scholars at the University of Maryland, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, shows widespread racial differences in public policy issues involving health care, climate change, federal spending, immigration, education and other issues.

When air pollution is bad, know how to protect yourself | Science Daily

Yifang Zhu, professor of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, says there are steps we can take to protect ourselves and our families from air pollution, which has well-documented negative consequences for childhood asthma, birth outcomes, pregnancy risks, cardiovascular health, and other diseases.

Unrestricted improvements in fishing technology threaten seafood | Phys.org

“The global fishery is simply the sum of many individual fisheries, and our results suggest that we may have recently passed the corresponding peak in global catch,” says co-author Daniele Bianchi, at the University of California, Los Angeles. “So, although there are a number of local exceptions, the big picture is that further improvements in fishing technology will mean less wild seafood for people to eat — without continued improvements in the regulation of fisheries.”

Seven signs your headache isn’t normal | Men’s Health

But speaking generally, you need to see your primary care physician if your headache status changes, says Mark Morocco, M.D., a clinical professor and ER doctor at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center. That means if you never had headaches, but now you seem to have them all the time, your doctor should know about that change, Dr. Morocco says. “People are always worried about brain tumors,” Dr. Morocco says. But headaches are actually not among the symptoms experts usually associate with a tumor.

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