UCLA In the News May 10, 2017

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

How to manage lung cancer side effects | U.S. News & World Report

“Side effects largely depend on the therapy given,” says Dr. Steven Dubinett, professor in the department of pathology and laboratory medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and member of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center…. “The management of symptoms and side effects is crucial to getting the best quality of life and the most benefit from your treatment,” says Dr. Jonathan Goldman, health sciences clinical instructor in the division of hematology/oncology at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

ACA spared some families from medical financial catastrophe | Reuters

Laura Wherry, professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, said she was encouraged by the study’s findings. But she remains concerned that people who buy insurance privately or through government exchanges still are struggling to pay for coverage and medical costs. “This study suggests that individuals in the non-group market are better off as a result of the ACA but that they remain particularly vulnerable to experiencing substantial financial burden associated with insurance and medical care,” she said in an email. (Also: Health Medicine Network)

Gut bacteria may explain benefits of breastfeeding | Reuters

“We were able to show that there are bacteria in milk and that these bacteria could be traced to bacteria in infant stools,” said senior study author Dr. Grace Aldrovandi, chief of the division of infectious diseases at Mattel Children’s Hospital at the University of California, Los Angeles. “This supports the hypothesis that milk microbes are a mechanism by which breastfeeding provides benefit,” Aldrovandi said by email. (Also: Health Medicine Network)

Do you overeat? Your brain wiring may be why | HealthDay

“At this point, these are only speculations which need to be tested in future experiments,” stressed study co-author Arpana Gupta. She is an assistant professor with UCLA’s Ingestive Behavior and Obesity Program in the Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience. But “considerable sex-related differences have previously been identified in factors driving craving and drug-seeking in substance abuse,” added Gupta. (Also: Health Magazine, Health Medicine Network)

A strategy to create more customer-friendly skies | San Francisco Chronicle

I believe research and practices in information and technology show that there are cost-effective ways to make sure overbooking is customer-friendly. Such a plan starts with earlier planning and action by the airline. For starters, check-in information for flights should be collected early; this means using technology. (Commentary written by UCLA’s Christopher Tang)

Change in income tax on House Republicans’ list | KCRW-FM’s “Marketplace”

“Every lawyer, doctor, dentist, accountant was involved in some kind of a tax shelter: movie tax shelters, alpacas, you name it. And that was not something the average person could participate in,” said UCLA’s Steven Bank. (Approx. 02:30 mark) [Audio download]

“American Idol” to go to ABC, and it’s a good move | KCRW-FM’s “Marketplace”

“It’s a true juggernaut,” said UCLA’s Tom Noonan. [The move] “is a major, major get for ABC. Bad ratings for ‘American Idol’ are still excellent ratings for everyone else.” (Approx. 00:35 mark) [Audio download]

Common painkillers tied to slight rise in heart attack risk | HealthDay

“Randomized trials and observational data have shown that use of NSAIDs can increase the risk of heart attacks and other types of cardiovascular events,” said Dr. Gregg Fonarow. He’s a professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. “The absolute risk is small, but all individuals considering the use of these medications should carefully weigh the benefits against this increased risk,” Fonarow said.

Doctors should not be paid by fee-for-service, economists say | Medical Xpress

“The high levels of job dissatisfaction reported by many physicians may result, in part, from the need to navigate the complexities of the fee-for-service arrangements,” said [Ian] Larkin, an assistant professor of strategy at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. “Instead of focusing on providing patients with the best possible medical care, physicians are forced to consider the ramifications of their decisions for their own paychecks.” (Also: ScienceDaily)

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