UCLA In the News March 7, 2018

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

Why this year’s low snowpack doesn’t indicate a drought | New York Times

Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at U.C.L.A., warned that the current water levels don’t tell the full story about the year. Despite last week’s snowstorm, which he said effectively doubled the amount of available water stored in the snowpack, the low yearly precipitation could have secondary ecological impacts and wildfire risks. “We are always looking for the saving grace in California, the last-minute storm or series of storms that sort of saves the day and closes the gap for the water year,” he said. “Is this a miracle March? Is this an awesome April? Is this a miraculous turnaround? It’s amazing how often we ask that question here. I think we’ve come to rely on it a little bit too much.”

Phobias treated by ‘reading the brain’ | New Atlas

There may be new hope for people with severe phobias, thanks to a system devised by scientists in Japan and the US. It’s based around using fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) to actually see when a patient is envisioning the thing that they fear. The experimental technology was developed by researchers from the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International, Japan, and the University of California, Los Angeles. To start, fMRI scans were performed on the brains of 30 psychologically healthy test subjects, while they viewed images of a variety of animals. This allowed the scientists to establish which unique patterns of brain activity corresponded to perceiving images of which creatures. Even though there were physiological differences between all the participants, common identifiable patterns still emerged. (Also: Scienmag, ScienceDaily)

Anderson Forecast shows promising growth for California | KABC-TV

Promising economic news for California: employment and payrolls will continue to grow over the next three years, this according to a new economic forecast from UCLA. The report predicts employment growth of 2.2% this year. Payrolls will increase at about the same rate and personal income growth will also continue to rise. (Also: KTLA-TV)

Prescription opioids fail rigorous new test | Associated Press

“This is a very important study,” said Dr. David Reuben, geriatrics chief at UCLA’s medical school. “It will likely change the approach to managing long-term back, hip and knee pain.” He noted one limitation — most study participants were men, but Krebs said the results in women studied were similar.

L.A. River area getting bridges, parks | KCRW-FM’s “Design and Architecture”

“I think we’re on the verge of what I call our pre-Highline moment in Los Angeles. And with the coming of the Highline in New York City — a wonderful, evocative, fun project that turned an old abandoned elevated railway into a linear park, incredibly popular — it also became a magnet for gentrification and in those areas,” said Jon Christensen, professor at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability who has been focusing with his students on Taylor Yard in Cypress Park.

Trump’s policies are throwing whole communities into distress | Vox

That spillover is documented in some detail by a report by Patricia Gándara and Jongyeon (Joy) Ee of the UCLA Civil Rights Project, which surveyed teachers and other school officials from 730 schools (in 24 school districts) across 12 states about the impact they perceived of immigration enforcement in their classrooms.

California’s love of cars is fueling its housing crisis | Bloomberg

Adding an above-ground parking spot costs $27,000, just for construction, while an underground space runs around $35,000, according to 2014 estimates by UCLA planning professor Donald Shoup, author of “The High Cost of Free Parking.” That means the typical two-spot requirement adds between $52,000 and $70,000 to the cost of a new unit before a single two-by-four goes up. And that doesn’t include the land.

States strive to curb costs for hemophilia treatment | Kaiser Health News

“There are millions being made out there on these kids — it’s a huge business,” said Dr. Doris Quon, medical director of the Orthopaedic Hemophilia Treatment Center at UCLA.

Expert warns of potentially catastrophic ‘flu pandemic’ | New York Post

A new vaccine being developed by scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles hopes to bring us one step closer to that reality. The experimental drug was found to protect mice from two different strains in lab tests, it emerged earlier this year. The aim is for a universal vaccine to replace the yearly jab, which each year is developed based on predictions from the World Health Organization.

Look to sports, not video games, to boost driving skills | HealthDay News

Previous studies have shown that involvement in organized sports improves spatial perception, the study authors noted. The researchers were led by Nancy Wayne, associate vice chancellor for research and a physiology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, medical school.

Smart sleep tips to prepare for daylight saving | News-Medical

Given sleep’s vital importance to health, it’s smart to prepare for daylight saving time, which begins at 2 a.m., Sunday, March 11, when clocks move forward an hour. Dr. Alon Avidan, a professor of neurology and director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center, has these suggestions to help people adapt more quickly.

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