UCLA In the News November 20, 2017

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

Napping on job may be good idea for sleep-deprived nation | Washington Post

Itzhak Fried, the senior author of the study and a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Tel Aviv University, said in a statement that his team discovered that “starving the body of sleep also robs neurons of the ability to function properly.”

Americans seek more preventive cardiovascular care | KPCC-FM

“If you’re not looking for it, you won’t find it and you can’t treat it. So, by helping people be diagnosed, you have at least an opportunity to treat them,” said Dr. Joseph Ladapo, health policy researcher at UCLA.

When refusing the hour saves the day | Los Angeles Times

To fully refuse the hour might seem better the job of opera, and thus Kentridge turned “The Refusal of Time” into a chamber opera, “Refuse the Hour.” That show has, itself, toured the world over the last five years and the clock has now run out on it. The final performances were presented by the Center for the Art of Performance UCLA at Royce Hall on Friday and Saturday nights.

Can marijuana alleviate the opioid crisis? | Wall Street Journal

[Commentary written by UCLA’s Richard Boxer] For the most part, doctors and patients rely on anecdotal information when deciding on a treatment path involving cannabinoids. No rigorous scientific studies have been published that corroborate claims about marijuana’s medical benefits when prescribed and used properly.

Working to intervene earlier before brain illness crisis | San Francisco Chronicle

One would think that California would be on the forefront of enacting policies that make early intervention in brain illness the standard. But that’s not been the case. UCLA and UC Davis are among the institutions that operate model programs.

Mexico’s murder rate increases after capture of drug lord | KNBC-TV

“If you’re in the big cities or you’re in the major port areas — Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, these types of tourist destinations — you’re basically not going to have any impact at all,” said UCLA’s Raul Hinojosa. (Approx. 01:07)

Hydrogen cars for the masses one step closer to reality | Phys.org

“Hydrogen is a great fuel for vehicles: It is the cleanest fuel known, it’s cheap and it puts no pollutants into the air — just water,” said Richard Kaner, the study’s senior author and a UCLA distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and of materials science and engineering. “And this could dramatically lower the cost of hydrogen cars.” (Also: Scienmag)

What is a mistrial? | Fox News

A very common reason a mistrial is declared, however, is because the jury is deadlocked and unable to reach a verdict, Adam Winkler, a professor of law at the University of California Los Angeles, told Fox News.

Telomere length, childhood stress don’t always correlate | The Scientist

Judith Carroll, who studies the links between behavior and health at the University of California, Los Angeles, and who was not involved in the study, says the results are very interesting, but should be treated with caution. “I think the causal inference that the intervention is driving the differences is premature.” She notes that the authors did not take any measurements of telomere length before the intervention, which would have helped their interpretation about causality more clearly.

Why painting attributed to Da Vinci worries art historians | HuffPost

“On one level, a staggering figure in the art market reminds me of global financial disparity,” Bronwen Wilson, a professor of Renaissance and early modern art at UCLA, said. “But I also find myself ruminating on Dan Brown, video games and lineups to see Leonardo’s works ― for the ‘Mona Lisa,’ ‘The Last Supper,’ and exhibitions ― which is to say that there is also something about Leonardo’s particular purchase on the cultural imagination that plays a role in this instance.”

‘King of Opera’ wins UCLA medal | KPCC-FM

“One is tempted to say that this guy has a bargain with some really important supernatural beings, because most people of his age they physically cannot do it. I mean, he’s like a pitcher who’s still pitching at the age of 50. So it seems clear that, you know, he’ll go for as long as he wants to go,” said UCLA’s Peter Kazaras. [Audio download] (Approx. 05:55 mark)

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