UCLA In the News May 22, 2018

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

Injectable hydrogel helps brain tissue regrow after stroke in mice | New Atlas

The brain may be an incredible organ, but it has its weaknesses — for example, it struggles to repair itself after sustaining damage from injury or stroke. Now, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, have developed an injectable hydrogel that can coax healthy tissue to patch up damage by helping regenerate new brain tissue, nerve fibers and blood vessels…. “The study indicated that new brain tissue can be regenerated in what was previously just an inactive brain scar after stroke,” said UCLA’s Dr. S. Thomas Carmichael. (Also: KTTV-TV, MyNewsLA)

‘Sleep coaches’ can improve your fitness | Fast Company

Equinox, in conjunction with researchers at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, revealed findings linking behavioral “sleep coaching” to exercise performance. That’s right, they may have finally answered the question of whether or not that late-night cheesecake will slow you down in the morning.

Because food and people are terrible things to waste | Ozy

UCLA Extension’s horticulture and gardening certificate program, which offers classes ranging from urban food production to container gardening, has seen enrollment double this past year.… “We do tend to hop on a lot of the fads before anyone else has,” says Stephanie Landregan, program director of UCLA Extension’s horticulture and gardening certificate program. “But I think this has gone on longer than a fad. It is one of our passions.”

First urban case of Ebola in Congo is a ‘game changer’ | The Atlantic

The outbreak only spread to a city after a rural origin — and that could make a huge difference. “Having that advanced warning meant that a lot of things were already put in place,” says Nicole Hoff from UCLA, who is currently in the Congo. “All the emergency operations that were being set up were in Mbandaka, since it’s the closest city to Bikoro. We’ve always discussed what would happen if Ebola made it to the city.”

Army adapting football helmets to protect soldiers from blows to head | CBS’ “This Morning”

“I don’t know of any helmet that can reduce the acceleration or deceleration of the brain,” said UCLA’s David Hovda. (Approx. 3:10 mark)

Most people with earliest Alzheimer’s signs won’t develop dementia associated with the disease | Medical Xpress

That’s where the new predictions from researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health may be helpful. In a paper published by Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, the authors lay out the probabilities that a person will develop Alzheimer’s disease dementia based on age, gender and the results of biomarker tests, which can detect the presence of certain protein fragments in brain and spinal fluid or brain cell changes linked with the disease. The estimates show that most people with preclinical signs of Alzheimer’s disease dementia will not develop the full-scale disease.

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