UCLA In the News May 23, 2017

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

How to tell a person’s ‘brain age’ | The Scientist

This so-called epigenetic clock, which examines DNA methylation patterns to determine the age of various human tissues, was developed in 2013 by Steve Horvath, a geneticist and biostatistician at the University of California, Los Angeles. In a follow-up study in 2015, Horvath and colleagues discovered that people’s epigenetic age, determined by DNA methylation in blood, predicted their risk of mortality. (Also: STAT)

Display tweaks myth of all-powerful hero architect | Los Angeles Times

Sylvia Lavin, a professor of architectural history at UCLA and an independent curator, has a superb exhibition running through Sunday at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, better known as SCI-Arc. On the opening night of the show, “The Duck and the Document: True Stories of Postmodern Procedure,” she gave a lecture that began with a contradictory sort of disclaimer. “The Duck and the Document,” she said, is definitely not a SCI-Arc kind of show…. “The Duck and the Document” subtly skewers the machismo that has long been virtually impossible to separate from the heroic-architecture narrative.

L.A. bus ridership continues to fall; overhaul considered | Los Angeles Times

“The decline in ridership isn’t coming from people who use transit a few times a week who’ve shifted to Uber and Lyft,” said Juan Matute, the associate director of UCLA’s Institute of Transportation Studies. The reason those riders have left may vary, but officials believe many of them are now driving.

How to stop jumping to worst-case scenario | Quartz

Scientists at UCLA found that when we come up with a name for how we are feeling, we can distance ourselves from becoming consumed with that emotion. Using fMRI studies, [UCLA’s] Matthew Lieberman found that labeling disrupts the amygdala activity by increasing activity in the prefrontal cortex.

Kahane leaves orchestra as master musician, mensch | Los Angeles Times

Kristy Edmunds, the director of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, noted how Kahane exemplified the ideals of Josiah Royce, the 19th century California philosopher for whom UCLA’s hall was named. Royce professed that the role of the individual is to serve a greater whole, namely that of society. “Jeffrey,” Edmunds revealed, “puts love into the broken places. He puts love into the ebullient places.”

How self-driving technology could cost jobs | KCBS-TV

Terry Kramer, of the UCLA Anderson School of Management, says it will happen, the question is when. “When you have an autonomous vehicle, it can go 24 hours a day,” Kramer said…. Kramer points out there’s potential for fewer accidents and more productivity.

Tab for single-payer plan could run $400 billion | Kaiser Health News

To put that in perspective, about $367 billion was spent on health care last year statewide, including public and private spending by employers and consumers, according to the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

Plasmonics enhances sensitivity of smartphone microscopy | Phys.org

“We are now capable of detecting a few tens of fluorophores for each sample spot using a low-cost pocket microscope, enabled by plasmonics and mobile phones. This will create numerous opportunities for bringing advanced molecular testing and diagnostics for tackling global health problems, especially in developing countries,” said Aydogan Ozcan, who led the research team at UCLA and is a Chancellor’s Professor of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering and an associate director of the California NanoSystems Institute.

Rainforest map benefits climate, conservation efforts  | Phys.org

The map was created using methodology developed by Adjunct Professor Sassan Saatchi, an expert on tropical forests and the global carbon cycle with UCLA and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.… “It gives us a picture of how the land looks, the structure of the landscape, vegetation types and how it all changes over time,” Saatchi said.

‘Dictionary of genes’ could lead to biofuels, medicine advances | Scienmag

Knowing the genome is like having a “dictionary” of the alga’s approximately 15,000 genes, said co-senior author Sabeeha Merchant, a UCLA professor of biochemistry. “From there, researchers can learn how to put the ‘words’ and ‘sentences’ together, and to target our research on important subsets of genes.” (Also: Health Medicine Network)

The importance of a second opinion | San Diego Union-Tribune

Even the 30 percent who would [seek a second opinion] sounds too high to Dr. Mark Urman, a former medical director of the Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles and a clinical professor of medicine at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. “It’s probably closer to, some would say, 10 to 20 percent, if even that,” he says. “Most patients don’t end up getting a second opinion. I’m not saying everybody should. It depends on what you’re talking about.”

Test to identify best gonorrhea treatment | Medical Xpress

The research was conducted at UCLA Health’s hospitals, emergency departments and primary care clinics. After developing a test to detect a genetic change in gonorrhea that makes it resistant to ciprofloxacin, the researchers noted what treatments UCLA physicians had been using to treat gonorrhea.

How to stay hydrated | Health Medicine Network

“That includes caffeinated drinks, even though coffee and tea are mild diuretics and can cause you to urinate more often. But these drinks will add more to your liquid stores than you’ll lose from extra urination,” says Janet Mentes, Ph.D., a professor at the UCLA School of Nursing.

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