UCLA In the News May 11, 2017

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

Reactions to the firing of FBI Director James Comey | KCRW-FM’s “Press Play”

“A special prosecutor would be appointed in this case probably by the deputy attorney general given the attorney general’s recusal from these issues. We use special counsel, special prosecutors, now instead of independent prosecutors, independent counsels, which came about after the fallout from the Saturday night massacre in the Nixon years when a special prosecutor was fired, Archibald Cox,” said UCLA’s Jon Michaels. [Audio download]

UCLA scientists, others create realistic computer-generated mud  | Gizmodo

Computer-generated mud — mixing water and sand — ­poses big challenges when it comes to making it look and move realistically, but a team of computer science researchers from UCLA, DreamWorks Animation, Jixie Effects, and the University of Pennsylvania, might have just had a breakthrough. In a paper that will be presented at the upcoming Siggraph 2017 conference in late July and published in ACM Transactions on Graphics, the team details their research into altering the cohesive properties of simulated sand when a simulated liquid is introduced.

Republicans don’t feel your pain | New York Times

Mark A. Peterson, a professor of public policy, political science, and law at UCLA, put the case in straightforward terms in an email: “The Medicaid cuts and caps would withdraw coverage from large swaths of the poor, the working poor, and lower-paid working class individuals who do not have access to affordable employer-sponsored insurance.”

The census won’t collect LGBT data | New York Times

That’s why the U.C.L.A. School of Law’s Williams Institute think tank and SAGE, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults, have called for better data on older L.G.B.T. people.

Study reveals link between the brain and gut | Newsweek

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles’s David Geffen School of Medicine found an association between these microbes and sensory areas of the brain in people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), an intestinal disorder. And it’s the first study to find this link in humans.

Too little focus on lifestyle, symptom prevention in artery disease | Reuters

“Patients with PAD tend to receive less guideline-recommended treatment than patients with coronary artery disease, even though PAD is an even bigger risk factor for death,” said study co-author Dr. Joseph Ladapo of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. “The surprising finding is that the quality of care patients with PAD receive did not appear to improve over time,” Ladapo said by email. (Also: Health Medicine Network)

Expert urges parents to know suicidal signs in children | News-Medical

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for ages 10 to 24. “That’s a terrifying fact,” says Joan Asarnow, a professor of psychiatry at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and an expert on youth suicide prevention. Asarnow calls suicide the “cancer of mental disorders” that can come on quickly. Know the signs, she says. She encourages parents to make sure they are engaged and communicating with their children.

Employment discrimination laws advance | KPCC-FM

“We need to recognize who has the power to hire and fire in set working conditions and come together and create an enforcement regime that protects all workers,” said UCLA’s Lola Smallwood Cuevas. (Approx. 00:30 mark) [Audio download]

How to prevent malaria while traveling abroad | U.S. News & World Report

So given the 1,469 hospitalizations a year cited in the tropical medicine journal, the total number of malaria cases would be higher, or on average about 2,128 each year, says study lead author Diana Khuu, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Los Angeles. (By comparison, the CDC says about 1,500 to 2,000 cases are reported annually in the United States.) “This means that about 659 cases are outpatient or untreated cases each year,” Khuu says.

Mobile device can monitor air quality using machine learning | Phys.org

“Scientists seeking solutions to this global issue have found that rapid, accurate and high-throughput sizing and quantification of particulate matter in the air is crucial for monitoring air pollution,” said Aydogan Ozcan, who led the research team and is UCLA’s Chancellor’s Professor of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering and associate director of the California NanoSystems Institute.

Reactions differ in male, female brains during cardiovascular activity | Scienmag

A region of the brain that helps to manage body functions including stress, heart rate and blood pressure reacts differently between men and women when presented with certain stimuli, according to a new study from the UCLA School of Nursing. (Also: Health Medicine Network, Medical Xpress, Science Daily, News-Medical)

In California, going to the beach can break the bank | KCET-TV

UCLA’s study found that out of those people who face challenges getting to the coast, an astonishing 75 percent say it’s because they’re priced out of lodging. “The average amount that people said they were willing to pay for overnight lodging on the coast was $117.65 per night,” noted the study, Access for All.

Tai chi relieves insomnia in breast cancer survivors | HealthCanal

While cognitive behavioral therapy treats insomnia, it’s too expensive for some people and there is a shortage of trained professionals in the field, said Dr. Michael Irwin, the study’s lead author and a UCLA professor of psychiatry. “Because of those limitations, we need community-based interventions like tai chi,” said Irwin, who is also director of the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. (Also: KCBS-TV, Health Medicine Network, Medical Xpress)

Breast milk contributes significantly to babies’ bacteria | The Scientist

“Breast milk is this amazing liquid that, through millions of years of evolution, has evolved to make babies healthy, particularly their immune systems,” UCLA’s Grace Aldrovandi, the study’s lead author, said in a press release. “Our research identifies a new mechanism that contributes to building stronger, healthier babies.”

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