UCLA In the News November 14, 2017

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

UC most generous of top public universities on financial aid | Los Angeles Times

The University of California is the nation’s most generous public university in awarding financial aid to freshmen, a new study has found. UC campuses snared seven of the top 10 spots among 250 public universities surveyed about their financial aid packages, according to The Student Loan Report news site. According to the survey, UC Riverside was the nation’s most generous campus, giving freshmen an average of $22,241. UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine and UC San Diego, also on the top 10, had average awards ranging from $21,100 to $19,028.

New tool could let patients contribute to doctors’ notes | Reuters

In theory, patients might be more engaged with their care and better able to inform doctors about any health issues if they could directly contribute to their own electronic medical records, a small U.S. study suggests…. “Broadly speaking, OurNotes is an open acknowledgement that health care (particularly chronic disease health care) is continuous, requiring full-time engagement and not completely determined by 15-minute visits 2 to 4 times per year,” said lead study author Dr. John Mafi, a primary care physician at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

New high blood pressure guidelines | CBS

This change is expected to have the biggest impact on men and women who are under the age of 45. “They would have to exercise more, have a better diet, a diet that is low in sodium, restrict alcohol and lower stress,” says Dr. Ravi Dave of UCLA Health.

Bill Gates pledges $50 million to end Alzheimer’s disease | Men’s Health

In fact, [David] Merrill’s team at UCLA found in 2017 that people who stuck to a Mediterranean diet — so lots of fish and vegetables — and did moderate aerobic activity for at least 150 minutes per week had lower levels of brain plaques and tangles (symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s) than those who didn’t follow that regime.

Another reason to exercise: protecting your sight | Markets Insider

“Our research suggests that it is not only the act of exercising that may be associated with decreased glaucoma risk, but that people who exercise with higher speed and more steps of walking or running may even further decrease their glaucoma risk compared to people who exercise at lower speeds with less steps,” said Victoria L. Tseng, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Uninsured heart patients often face daunting bills | HealthDay

“This study really highlights how not only physiologically devastating an acute cardiovascular event can be, but how if somebody does not have health insurance, how in many cases it can be financially devastating,” said Dr. Gregg Fonarow. He directs the Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center and is co-chief of UCLA’s Division of Cardiology. “With such a significant proportion of individuals, where more than 40 percent of their annual income would just go to a single hospital bill, it really highlights the importance of access to health insurance that’s affordable,” Fonarow said.

Poor children benefit when parents have health care access | Reuters

The finding surprised Laura Wherry, professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved with the study. “When the authors control for a child’s health insurance status, their estimates still reveal a significant relationship between parental Medicaid eligibility and the receipt of well-child visits,” she said by email. “This suggests that there must be other explanations for why parental Medicaid coverage leads to an increased use of preventive care by their kids. It would be great to better understand these other mechanisms, and I’d be very interested to see a follow-up study looking at this,” she said.

Tinder, Grindr avoid talk of their role in rising STDs | Vox

“They are hesitant to support sexual health,” said Jeffrey Klausner, a professor of medicine and STD researcher at UCLA. “They realize that their sites could be stigmatized for being associated with STDs. They do as little as possible.”

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