UCLA In the News May 12, 2017

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

The dangers of a not-so-neutral internet | U.S. News & World Report

Ramesh Srinivasan, as associate professor of information studies at UCLA, says a certain degree of online privacy can still be maintained. “I don’t accept a pure sense of privacy has been lost,” says Srinivasan, who is founder of the UC-wide Digital Cultures Lab. “Privacy doesn’t mean a person is guarding everything, every bit of information about himself or herself. It’s more multi-layered than that.”

Medical implant derives energy from human body | United Press International

In the future, pacemakers and other medical implants may not need batteries. They will be powered by the human body. That’s the hope of a team of researchers from UCLA and the University of Connecticut, who recently unveiled a so-called biological supercapacitor capable of turning the body’s ions into storable energy.

New drugs hit market with side effects no one knew about | Gizmodo

“Every individual taking prescription medicines has to understand that no medication, even those over the counter or those sold as food supplements, is without risk and no drugs are assessed for long-term use,” director of research at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research Nadereh Pourat told Gizmodo in an email. She continued: “When a doctor tells you that there are no risks associated with long term use of drugs as simple as ibuprofen, this simply means there are no studies that can tell you the risks or that the benefits may outweigh the risks.”

Would California lose tax credits because of AHCA?  | ABC Sacramento

“It’s directly at odds with the state,” University of California, Los Angeles health professor Nadereh Pourat said. “California has to change the law to allow policies to be sold without abortion coverage.”

Link between imbalanced gut microbiome, systemic sclerosis | Scienmag

Americans and Norwegians with systemic sclerosis had higher levels of bacteria that can cause inflammation and lower levels of bacteria that are believed to protect against inflammation compared with healthy people, according to a new study by researchers from UCLA and Oslo University.

The way doctors are paid makes them see nonexistent problems | Quartz

The clinical care business models employed in American medicine puts doctors at odds with their patients, say Ian Larkin, a UCLA professor of management who specializes in compensation, and George Loewenstein, a professor of economics and psychology at Carnegie Mellon. But that kind of conflict of interest is rarely recognized or discussed, according to their editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association on May 2.

Can California’s most vulnerable survive ACA’s replacement? | Capital & Main

“AHCA could further constrain the amount of money coming from the federal government to the state, with dire consequences for recipients of [IHSS],” said Kathryn Kietzman of the University of California, Los Angeles’ Center for Health Policy Research. She has published extensively on long-term care of the needy. “That wage is providing not only for the hours of personal care, but is a contribution to put food on the table,” Kietzman said. “More and more family members are going to assume unpaid care if AHCA passes in current form.”

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