UCLA In the News November 5, 2018

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

The mysterious herbs that supposedly alleviate your stress are explained | Vox

“Practically everything is listed as an adaptogen online, but an adaptogen is any herb or supplement that helps the body’s response to stress,” says [UCLA’s Rashmi] Mullur. She says there is no standardized medical definition for adaptogens, and that even the concept of “stress” is defined pretty broadly. It can be caused by endocrine issues (cortisol is the usual hormonal culprit there), physical problems, mental problems, and even temperature. They all can cause the sensation we think of as “stress” and make us feel like crap, to use a layperson’s term.

Drug giant Pfizer says it will return to ‘business as normal,’ which means price hikes | Los Angeles Times

Trump has proposed having Medicare pay for some drugs roughly what people in other countries pay, thus bringing U.S. prices in line with overseas prices without any messy governmental price controls. USC’s Hay called this “the boldest step taken by any administration for drug cost control ever.” But not everyone shares his enthusiasm. “It’s not going to happen,” said William Comanor, a professor of health policy and management at UCLA. “Nothing’s going to change.”

Threats from the right inspire a new left-wing gun culture | New York Times Opinion

The National Rifle Association is now perhaps the most powerful Republican lobby in the country, and its rhetoric increasingly echoes that of the apocalyptic far right. Over the last 20 or 30 years, [UCLA’s Adam] Winkler told me, “not only has the N.R.A. become more and more associated with the right, but there’s an increasingly militaristic, rebellious tone to the N.R.A. and the gun rights movement.” It’s become, he said, “all about arming up to fight the tyranny that’s coming.”

Giant ‘waves’ in the sky are wreaking havoc on our weather, study says | USA Today

Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research who was not involved with the new research, told Inside Climate News the study has some “compelling new evidence on the link between amplified Arctic warming and extreme mid-latitude weather during the summer months.”

Housing in California is expensive, but it’s not that expensive  Los Angeles Times Opinion

(Commentary by UCLA’s Richard Sander and Taylor Gumm) Housing is expensive, but it is not that expensive. The most authoritative source on housing costs — and many other matters — is the United States Census Bureau…. The inflated numbers come from private firms such as Zillow, Reis, Apartment List and other real estate brokerage firms, which generate data that are often cited by reporters and political candidates. But the data from these firms, while accurate for their individual listings, can be wildly inaccurate measures of overall price levels because they are based upon only part of the market.

Are California and Orange County too rich for their own good? | Los Angeles Daily News Opinion

The number of higher-paying professional services jobs like lawyers and accountants is stagnating, while there is robust growth among much lower-paying job categories — in tourism, leisure, construction, and food preparation. Many of those workers, unable to afford living in Orange County, commute in from cheaper Riverside and Los Angeles counties. The UCLA Anderson Forecast found that, for the first time on record, Orange County has more local jobs than it has people to fill them.

Meet the biochemist engineering proteins from scratch | Discover magazine

“Anfinsen showed that the information for both structure and activity resided in the sequence of amino acids,” says University of California, Los Angeles, biochemist David Eisenberg, who has been researching protein folding since the 1960s. “There was a hope that it would be possible to use sequence information to get three-dimensional structural information. Well, that proved much more difficult than anticipated.”

Short interval between pregnancies linked to increased risks for mom, baby | Reuters

“Many of my patients are older than 35 when they have their first child,” said [Leena] Nathan, an assistant clinical professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and medical director of UCLA Community OBGYN Practices. “And many of them do have short interval spacing between pregnancies because they are worried about their fertility. It is certainly a discussion during the postpartum visit after the first delivery.”

O.C. Museum of Art celebrates opening of temporary location in Santa Ana | Orange County Register

“When you take a form outside of content, it becomes really dangerous because in general the form by itself doesn’t mean anything,” says [Rodrigo] Valenzuela, an assistant professor at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture who maintains that abstract expressionists were rebelling against the bourgeoisie. “Right now you see a lot of big object paintings in L.A., a lot of abstraction and a lot of formalism in it because it’s hard to find the content, cause that rebellion doesn’t exist anymore. Right now it’s mostly about non-discursive art. There’s no message beyond that. So, that’s what I’m going after, the absence of discourse as a typically American act.”

What happens if California limits dialysis center profits? | California Healthline

There is nothing unusual about relying on consultants to supply ammunition for a political campaign. “The effort to marshal research to support an advocacy campaign is not at all uncommon,” said Edward Walker, a sociology professor at UCLA specializing in political lobbying by businesses. He also pointed out that the advocacy campaigns often try to distance themselves from the research they pay for.

Here are some reasons why people don’t get the flu  shot — and why they’re wrong | CNBC

“Getting the flu vaccine is better than getting the flu,” said Dr. Deborah Lehman, a professor of pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. “As someone who has watched children die from the flu and heard of adults dying from the flu, it’s hard for me to reconcile.”

A new approach to liquid-repelling surfaces | Phys.org

Chang-Jin Kim, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of California at Los Angeles who was not involved in this work, says “One of the most significant limitations of omniphobic surfaces is that, while such a surface has a superior liquid repellency, the entire surface is wetted once the liquid gets into the voids in the textured surface at some locations. This new approach addresses this very limitation.”

Study links gene mutation to neurodevelopmental disorders | Medical Xpress

“Our findings could lead to new insights for preventing and treating pediatric neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism, anxiety disorders and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder,” said lead author Dr. Sherin Devaskar, physician-in-chief of UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and executive director of the UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institutes.

Investigators study how a protein factor contributes to cancer cell migration | Medical Xpress

“We found that cleavage and polyadenylation factors are functionally important for fibroblast cells to migrate,” said [UCLA’s] Hilary Coller, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Department of Biological Chemistry at UCLA and member of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Gene Regulation Program. “These same factors are elevated in proliferating fibroblasts, and affect migration in cancer cells as well. The data from our study, taken as a whole, provide a deeper understanding of the role of mRNA processing in the close association between proliferation and migration.”

Diet can influence thyroid function | Healio

“Since certain micronutrients are recognized to influence thyroid function, the makeup of a person’s diet can indeed be important when evaluating thyroid disease,” [UCLA’s Dr. Angela] Leung told Endocrine Today. “In addition, specific components in foods can either increase or decrease the ability of these micronutrients, and thus consuming them can also indirectly affect thyroid hormone levels.”

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