UCLA In the News November 29, 2018

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

There’s nothing unscientific about gender identity | HuffPost

Gender identity didn’t emerge out of activist communities, but was coined in 1963 by psychiatrists Robert Stoller and Ralph Greenson, both professors of psychiatry at UCLA Medical School. The term allowed them to put into words the psychological experiences of trans people.

San Francisco prepares to be the first major city to nix parking rules for new housing | Quartz

When L.A. approved its 2,265-seat Walt Disney Concert Hall in the 1990s, city officials required it to have garage spaces for 2,188 cars. The subterranean garage cost of $110 million — about half the cost of the building, according to Los Angeles Magazine. Donald Shoup, a professor in the Department of Public Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, described it as the pinnacle of poor planning, leaving the area desolate and public transit obsolete. “L.A. required 50 times more parking under Disney Hall than San Francisco would allow at their own [music] hall,” he told the magazine. The city has yet to implement any major overhauls of its requirements for minimum parking.

Experts say risks of editing babies’ genomes outweigh benefits | Scientific American

Editing CCR5 may also have an effect on the brain. Research in mice suggests that deleting CCR5 boosts visual and spatial memory, according to a 2016 study led by Alcino Silva of the University of California, Los Angeles. Silva said via e-mail that deleting both copies of the gene showed greater benefit, but even “one copy alone is sufficient to see enhancements in certain forms of memory.” Other researchers at UCLA, including neurology chairman S. Thomas Carmichael, are currently conducting a clinical trial using the HIV drug Maraviroc to deprive stroke victims of CCR5, hoping it will boost their recovery. If the drug is successful, it would suggest that the human brain can also benefit from deleting the CCR5 gene.

U.S. life expectancy dropped in 2017. Drug overdose deaths are a big factor | Live Science

Dr. Larissa Mooney, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved with the CDC reports, said that she’s particularly concerned about the numbers; specifically, “the rise in number of Americans dying from drug overdoses every year. It just speaks to the urgency of coming up with new strategies to curb the opioid crisis,” Mooney told Live Science.

One in five readmitted after head, neck cancer reconstruction | HealthDay

Alexander N. Goel, from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California in Los Angeles, and colleagues assessed the rate, risk factors, and causes of 30-day readmission in 9,487 patients (median age, 63 years) with head and neck cancer following free or pedicled flap reconstruction…. “These findings may be useful to clinicians in developing perioperative interventions aimed to reduce hospital readmissions and improve quality of patient care,” the authors write.

UCLA study finds problems for workers in nail salon industry | KCRW-FM

“We wanted to think about, you know, it’s holiday time, people are probably getting their nails done and want that feeling of being pampered, and what about the people who are providing the services,” said UCLA’s Saba Waheed. “Go into a nail salon and you will see immigrant women and refugees…. They built the foundation of that sector.” (Approx. 0:30 mark – audio download) (Also Preeti Sharma on KPCC-FM)

UCLA develops technique to identify ‘small’ molecules to speed drug discovery and production  | Los Angeles Business Journal

UCLA has developed a new way to identify “small” molecules that could speed up drug discovery and manufacturing. The university announced Nov. 27 that a technique developed by a UCLA-led team of scientists can quickly identify specific organic molecules from a mixture of multiple compounds, using very small samples. “Using this technique, the speed at which we can formulate potentially life-saving drugs will be greatly accelerated,” said Hosea Nelson, an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and a senior author of the research.

Skin microbiota’s community effort | Nature

But initial attempts to solidify a link between acne and the skin microbiota were disappointing, says Huiying Li, a bioinformaticist at the University of California, Los Angeles. When she used next-generation sequencing to compare the microbial makeup of healthy and acne-prone skin, both tended to have similar relative abundances of C. acnes bacteria, which suggested that the microbiota might not play a part in acne after all.

Community Task Force on Homelessness establishes board; UCLA students to help create more accurate local count | Santa Clarita Valley Signal

The collaborative community task force leading the Santa Clarita Homelessness Plan made progress Tuesday with the official establishment of its board of directors. The group also said it’ll receive help from UCLA graduate students on developing a more accurate homeless count…. To provide a better count, five graduate students of the University of California, Los Angeles’ School of Public Policy are taking on the task, as part of a capstone project, of developing a model of measurement the city can use.

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