UCLA In the News November 2, 2018

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

Civil War POWs’ trauma shortened their sons’ lifespans | Fox News

Civil War-era data suggest that trauma experienced by POWs shortened the lifespan of their male children, according to a startling UCLA research study. UCLA Economics Professor Dora Costa analyzed records in the National Archives to track the lifespans of children of Union soldiers captured by the Confederacy. The study examined data on male and females born after 1866 who lived to at least 45 years of age…. “Because ex-POW stress was so extreme and because there were such big seasonal differences in maternal nutrition, it is easier to detect effects in the past,” Costa told Fox News. “The lesson for today is that effects are possible and they can be reversed.”

Ashley Sanchez has found her freedom on the soccer field and UCLA is all the better for it  | Los Angeles Times

When [Ashley] Sanchez steps on the field there is no visible trace of stress. She plays with intensity and brings a calming presence. Sanchez leads the team with eight goals and seven assists this season…. Said coach Amanda Cromwell: “The things she does on the ball, no one in the country does.” 

UCLA awarded $3.7 million federal grant for brain research  |  Los Angeles Business Journal

Three UCLA neuroscientists were awarded a nearly $3.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop imaging technology to study how the brain functions in disease and in health. The university announced that Peyman Golshani, Michele Basso and Daniel Aharoni will use the three-year grant to design, manufacture and test a miniature microscope to measure brain activity in non-rodent animals.

‘Boy Erased’ steps up battle against gay conversion therapy  | Reuters

Some 700,000 Americans have been forced to undergo a form of conversion therapy, according to the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. Some 36 U.S. states still allow the practice.

UCLA receives $25 million gift for Parkinson’s research  | KABC-TV

UCLA is getting a big financial boost to help its Parkinson’s research. The university was given $25 million from a Los Angeles foundation. Along with the funding research, the gift will establish five endowed faculty chairs in fields related to Parkinson’s, and support a new lab, in which scientists will closely examine the mechanisms of the disease.

Better schools may reduce teens' risk of marijuana abuse  | Reuters

Kids from low income neighborhoods who won a lottery and got into high-performing Los Angeles County high schools were less likely to get into trouble with marijuana compared to peers who lost in the lottery, a new study finds…. Because the lottery is very much like the randomized assignment that is often used in studies, the system offered a kind of “natural experiment,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Rebecca Dudovitz, a pediatrician at the University of California, Los Angeles Mattel Children’s Hospital. “This really suggests that schools directly impact how healthy kids are,” Dudovitz said. “And it suggests that we really need to invest in creating healthy school environments especially for the most disadvantaged kids.”

Thousands of Native voters in North Dakota getting free IDs  | Associated Press

The total of more than 2,000 IDs is approaching half of the roughly 5,000 Native Americans that U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland has said don’t possess a qualifying voter ID under state rules. He based the figure on research by UCLA and University of New Mexico professors who have been expert witnesses in several voter ID cases across the country.

America’s gender, racial divides on display in House races | Associated Press

Political scientists have been debating whether Congress’ low approval rating — now 21 percent — has something to do with lawmakers not seeming to reflect the country they represent, said Matt Barreto, a professor at UCLA who is also a pollster working to mobilize Latino voters this cycle. Overall, while the House is closer to reflecting the makeup of the country, which is still majority white, the representation is lopsided between the parties. “Everyone wants a representative from their community to stand up for their issues,” Barreto said. For the House, he said, “It’s the entire point: They’re representatives.”

Jack Black, Tom Morello go bowling at Ronnie James Dio charity event | Rolling Stone

Former Guns N’ Roses member Gilby Clarke, Dio Disciples drummer Simon Wright and keyboardist Scott Warren and radio host Eddie Trunk were also on hand for the charity event. Dio’s widow Wendy Dio bestowed a check for $61,000 to the UCLA School of Dentistry, which is developing a non-invasive saliva test to help detect cancer, Loudwire reported.

3 institutions partner with Otter on note-taking tool | Inside Higher Ed

Three institutions — Tulane University, Western Kentucky University and the University of California, Los Angeles — will offer students who need help with note taking the option to use Otter Voice Notes, which helps students with disabilities record and transcribe verbal notes, the company announced today.

A look at the phenomenon of paid protesters | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“It actually goes back to Senator Lloyd Bentsen in the mid-80s, who was on the receiving end of a deluge of letters coming from apparently independent citizens, but was actually funded by the insurance industry,” said UCLA’s Edward Walker. (Approx. 4:40 mark)

Off-patent drug appears promising as broad-spectrum antifungal | Medical Xpress

“There are currently only three major classes of antifungal drugs used in the clinic and several pathogenic fungi are resistant to them, so there is an urgent need to identify compounds that have novel molecular targets,” said principal study investigator Priya Uppuluri, Ph.D., assistant professor at Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor, University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center. “Repurposing existing libraries of drugs that are approved for other indications can potentially be used for a new purpose as an antifungal. This can considerably shorten the drug discovery process.”

Low-fat diet increases cancer survival rate in mice, study finds | Medical Xpress

The research team, led by Dr. Steven Mittelman, chief of pediatric endocrinology at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and member of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, administered the chemotherapy drug vincristine to obese and non-obese mice with leukemia. Researchers discovered that if they switched the obese mice from a high-fat to a low-fat diet immediately before starting chemotherapy, the mice had a dramatically improved outcome. The mice on the low-fat diet had a five times higher survival rate than the mice in the high-fat diet group.

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