UCLA In the News November 30, 2018

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

Your immune system responds to a financial crisis like it’s a disease | Wired

Avanidhar Subrahmanyam, researcher in behavioral science at UCLA, explains the importance of psychology in understanding the market: “Bull markets build as people’s confidence builds,” he says. “Optimism causes price rises, and because people see the future as naively representative of the past, they keep pushing them. That is what causes crashes.”

Meteorologists mull how to improve fire warning system | Washington Post

“There were many of us who were painfully aware of how bad things were about to get in #Paradise in the early hours of the #CampFire just using radar and satellite imagery from afar,” tweeted Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Why it’s harder to become a lawyer in California than in New York | Los Angeles Times Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Jennifer Mnookin) The bar exam is intended to be a measure of minimum competence to practice law following three rigorous years of law school. There is no evidence that California’s high bar protects the public, and considerable reasons to believe it actually makes our lawyers less competitive in the global legal marketplace. By all means, let’s keep studying the issues, but that shouldn’t hold us back from making the sensible decision to align the state’s cut score with the rest of the nation. Until this happens, California’s high failure rate remains both sui generis and a self-inflicted wound.

Can’t work toward your long-term goal? Blame your brain | Fast Company

Hal Hershfield, a psychologist at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, wanted to know why people weren’t saving for retirement. Hershfield and his team scanned the brains of study participants while asking them to what degree various traits  —  like “honorable” or “funny”  — applied to their current self, their future self, a current other, or a future other. As participants answered, Hershfield’s team recorded which parts of their brains lit up.

Older drivers taking multiple medications could be at higher risk of accidents | Reuters Health

The bottom line on this study “is it confirms what a lot of internists and geriatricians suspect,” said Dr. Zaldy Tan, an associate chief of geriatric medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. A big part of the problem is that older people often see multiple physicians, said Tan, who was not involved in the new research. Their physicians often don’t know about all the medications a patient is taking, just the ones they themselves prescribed.

How to get started on your path to healthier eating | Forbes

“Whenever I speak with patients about a healthy diet, a common misconception is that it has to be bland,” said UCLA’s Vijaya Surampudi. “That couldn’t be further from the truth. Variety is the spice of life when it comes to nutrition. Don’t view a healthy diet as being about limiting yourself; it’s about nourishing your body.”

It’s time to end ‘conversion therapy’ | Sacramento Bee Opinion

In January 2018, the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law estimated that about 700,000 LGBT adults in the United States have been subjected to conversion therapy at some point in their lives, including about 350,000 who received it as adolescents. The same study also estimated that 20,000 youth members of the LGBTQ community will undergo conversion therapy from a licensed healthcare professional before the age of 18 and that about 57,000 additional young people will receive the treatment from a religious or spiritual advisor.

Transgender woman challenging Chicago’s definition of the female breast | Washington Post

Nan Hunter, a law professor at Georgetown University and scholar at UCLA’s Williams Institute on sexual orientation and gender identity law, said that Sullivan-Knoff’s case reflects the complications transgender people encounter when trying to comply with laws written for a binary-gender world. Hurdles arise for those seeking to change their gender markers on driver’s licenses or passports, Hunter said, or for those seeking redress for discrimination based on gender identity, which can be complicated because many laws are restricted to sexual orientation or sex.

The unexpected effects of the HIV prevention pill | Medical Xpress

One study by researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles suggested another potential side-effect: a staggering increase in bacterial STIs among gay and bisexual men taking PrEP. In response, a second group of researchers from the same university contended that multiple mistakes had wildly inflated the study’s estimate.

Earliest evidence for humans on the ‘roof of the world’ found | National Geographic

“It really is the first robust case to be made that there were human populations on the high plateau,” says Jeff Brantingham, an archaeologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, who studies the peopling of the Tibetan Plateau but was not involved with this study.

The housing market is having a wobble | The Economist

In August of 2007 Edward Leamer of the University of California, Los Angeles, highlighted the predictive power of residential investment and home-building when forecasting downturns, in a paper called “Housing is the Business Cycle.” Eight of the ten previous recessions had been preceded by serious problems in housing, he pointed out, before forecasting that “this time troubles in housing will stay in housing.” 

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