UCLA In the News March 9, 2016

Daylight saving time can mess with your health | Los Angeles Times

Dr. Alon Yosefian Avidan, director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center, says “recent data shows that the rate of heart attacks spike during the immediate Monday after daylight saving time.” Car accidents and injuries can increase as well, he added.

Fight anti-vaccine sentiment with fear, not reason | Wall Street Journal

Late last year they got some help from a team of psychologists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of California, Los Angeles, who were interested in what might sway anti-vaxxers’ opinions…. Surprisingly, the “autism correction” approach was no more influential in changing anti-vaxxers’ minds than the control condition…. But showing people images of sick children with ugly rashes did, as did reading a parent’s account of how it feels to have a baby with measles who is spiking a fever of 106 degrees.

Obama’s immigration action heads to the Supreme Court | Los Angeles Times

The brief cites a UCLA study that estimates this program, if put into effect, “would generate 130,000 new jobs in California alone, increase the collective wages of undocumented immigrants in California by more than $5.5 billion annually and support public programs with $3.8 billion in new business, personal and sales tax receipts annually.”

The Gold Line could bring growth | Los Angeles Times

“I imagine that with planning and zoning changes and over a long time period, somewhat more transit-oriented patterns can be developed in the San Gabriel Valley,” said Martin Wachs, professor emeritus of urban planning at UCLA. “Pasadena is a good example that neighborhoods do change when investments are made.” Rail lines tend to be more efficient in high-density areas, Wachs said, pointing to bustling Wilshire Boulevard, where the Purple Line subway is under construction.

Janitors, security guards paid less by contractors | Los Angeles Times

Competition among contractors is often so fierce that the only way they can make money is by not paying their workers adequately, said Victor Narro, project director at the UCLA Labor Center. “The only way they make a profit margin is through labor violations,” Narro said. “Labor violations become the profit margins.”

Marijuana regulation left to voters in many states | The Washington Post’s “Wonkblog”

“It would be better, in my view, for the legislature to write a coherent legalization bill incorporating some of [the Senate report’s] restrictions, rather than trying to retrofit restrictions into a voter-passed initiative,” [UCLA’s Mark Kleiman] said in an email. “That debate would move attention away from the fun-to-argue-about ‘yes or no’ question to the much thornier ‘how’ questions.”

Many health apps are used for data mining | Reuters

“Simple privacy policies can help patients protect their personal information, but only 19 percent of the apps in our study had a privacy policy available pre-download,” said lead author Sarah Blenner, who did the study at ITT Chicago-Kent College of Law and is currently a public health researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles. “App developers avoid privacy policies because they want to be able to share health information to advertisers without the knowledge of the users.” (Also: STAT)

Developers claim luxury apartments trickle down to affordable housing | KCRW-FM

“The way the variance process has worked, hasn’t been appropriate really, and it has given priority to projects that didn’t have community interests,” said UCLA’s Dana Cuff. “Developers have run the city for decades, in many ways, because we had such a weak planning culture here.”[Cuff at 5:35]

“Underground” will center on journey out of slavery | The Wrap

“I’m not aware of any other show with that central storyline,” Dr. Darnell Hunt, Director of UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, told TheWrap. “I’m aware of shows where that theme may have occupied an episode or two … So this I think, with the exception of ‘Roots’ — which explored a different aspect of slavery — is rather unique.” 

Why Kim Kardashian is slut-shamed, but Donald Trump is respected | USA Today

“When Trump brings his penis to the limelight, while obviously this rankles the Republican establishment, nonetheless, there is a certain kind of respect he’s afforded for going there,” said Juliet Williams, a professor of gender studies at UCLA. “He gets credit for that swagger. But when a woman does it, the thinly veiled slut-shaming is immediate.”

For some narcoleptics, laughter can trigger sleep | Today

“Cataplexy is a sudden loss of muscle tone usually brought on by emotion and the most potent emotion for doing this is laughter,” Jerome Siegel, director of the Siegel Lab at UCLA, tells me. “Cataplexy is similar to the loss of muscle during REM.”

Wise-cracking neurological disorder is no joke | BBC

Finally, she arranged to visit the neurologist Mario Mendez at the University of California, Los Angeles. “He constantly cracked jokes during the interview, to the point of being difficult to interrupt,” recalls Mendez…. Mendez diagnosed him with a condition called Witzelsucht (addiction to wisecracking), brought on, it seems, by two strokes, five years apart.

China’s deadline to reduce carbon emissions | Vice

Alex Wang, who studies Chinese environmental law at University of California Los Angeles, expressed some skepticism that 2014 would mark the peak of Chinese CO2 output, but he agreed that emissions could be capped well before the present deadline. “The overall take-away is that China’s own 2030 target of peaking is most likely conservative, and much more can be done in China to make the peak as early as possible,” he said.

Eating hot peppers can curb appetite | Today

Another possibility is that the fire in your mouth slows food consumption, says Dana Hunnes, a senior dietitian and professor at the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA. “If you eat more slowly, you’re more likely to notice your body’s satiety cues.”

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