UCLA In the News November 16, 2017

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

A breakthrough in concussion research on NFL players | USA Today

Our impression has been (CTE) is a very unique pattern” in the scans, said Julian Bailes, co-director of North Shore University Health System in Evanston, Ill., which has been working with scientists at UCLA to do PET scans of the brains of hundreds of former football players and military members.

Segregation in New Jersey schools worsens | NPR

Segregation in New Jersey schools is getting worse over time. That’s the finding from a new report published by the UCLA Civil Rights Project…. The report found that over 25 years the percentage of students in so-called “apartheid schools” has doubled. Those are schools that have less than 1% of white students. [Audio download] (Also: POLITICO)

From typist to first lady to presidential contender | Los Angeles Times

“She has recently gained the reputation of being very arrogant, very autocratic in terms of the way in which she deals with people who question her and who question her husband,” said Edmond J. Keller, a political scientist and Africa expert at UCLA.

Officials still searching for source of 4 Legionnaires’ cases | Los Angeles Times

“It’s too early to point fingers at Disneyland for those four people,” said Sanjay Mohanty, a UCLA environmental engineering professor who studies water systems.

Companies ordered to pay to clean lead paint out of homes | Los Angeles Times

“The cases are strikingly similar,” says Sean Hecht, an expert in environmental law at UCLA. “As of yesterday’s ruling, those sea-level rise cases are far more likely to advance past the first litigation hurdle.”

No Obamacare mandate could mean higher health costs in state | KPCC-FM

“The hope is that the subsidies themselves make sure that healthy people continue to sign up,” said Dylan Roby, a professor at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “Right now, people perceive the individual mandate as a significant penalty and that draws them into Covered California, and if they heard that it went away completely then they would just sit it out and wouldn’t even bother shopping for insurance,” he said.

Trump names former drug firm exec to be health secretary | Chicago Tribune

Stuart Schweitzer, a professor of health policy and management at UCLA, noted that Azar has made no secret of his disdain for Obamacare. The health care reform law, which extended coverage to about 20 million people, is “circling the drain,” Azar has said. “I think dismantling the Affordable Care Act, not lowering drug prices, is Trump’s priority,” Schweitzer said

A familiar-looking messenger from another solar system | Phys.org

From its changing brightness, the team inferred that U1 is highly elongated with rough dimensions 30m x 30m x 180m. About twice the height of the Statue of Liberty, the 6:1 aspect ratio of U1 is “similar to the proportions of a fire extinguisher—although U1 is not as red as that,” said David Jewitt (UCLA), the first author of the study.

Justice Department targets 29 ‘sanctuary cities’ | U.S. News & World Report

Hiroshi Motomura, a law professor specializing in immigration policy at the UCLA School of Law, says the letters could also be an attempt to stir up enough uncertainty that town councils, county freeholders and state legislators simply capitulate rather than risk losing crucial federal funds. “Even if a locality is in the sanctuary camp, it may get cold feet depending on whether or not it wants to go to court to defend its policy,” he says.

Senate finance strips compensation changes from tax plan | Bloomberg BNA

Despite the retention of the 162(m) provision, “most companies are likely to continue using performance-based compensation,” James D.C. Barrall, senior fellow in residence at the UCLA School of Law in Los Angeles, told Bloomberg Law.

Recent discoveries start to unravel pancreatic cancer’s mysteries | STAT

“This is a glimmer of hope into using immunotherapy,” said Dr. Zev Wainberg, co-director of the GI Oncology Program at University of California, Los Angeles. “That’s why this study is provocative: Until this point, there have been no responses with any immunotherapy drugs for pancreatic cancer.”

Staying active may lower odds for glaucoma | HealthDay

Study author [UCLA’s] Dr. Victoria Tseng said the research suggests it’s not only the act of exercising that may be associated with decreased glaucoma risk. “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,” she said.

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