UCLA In the News November 8, 2017

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

Pioneering woman in science you probably don’t know | Scientific American

In 1961 Elizabeth Stern was hired by the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine as the chief of the Cytology Laboratory, and began her research lab in the Department of Pathology. In 1963 her laboratory was transferred to the UCLA School of Public Health…. Stern would go on to lead over a dozen epidemiological studies providing nearly irrefutable proof that dysplasia is an early marker of cervical cancer. It’s difficult to overstate how important this discovery was to the medical community, and how innovative her theory was at the time. 

Driving while sleep deprived: The new DWI? | Los Angeles Times

[UCLA’s] Dr. Itzhak Fried, also involved in the study, explained that the disruptions in brain activity occurred in waves, sweeping across the brain as tiredness hit. “This phenomenon suggests that select regions of the patients’ brains were dozing, causing mental lapses, while the rest of the brain was awake and running as usual,” he said. (Also: USA Today, Newsweek, Quartz, Forbes, NBC’s “Today”, News-Medical, CBS News, KCAL-TV, HealthDay, Health.com)

The ‘good guy with a gun’ theory | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“Well it’s hard to know for sure because … it’s not like we have controlled experiments on this. It is the case that there have been shootings in the past, including in churches, that have been stopped by lay people, that is to say not police officers, who were armed,” said UCLA’s Eugene Volokh. [Audio download] (Approx. 01:30 mark)

7 things your doctor wants you to know about Alzheimer’s | NBC’s “Today”

Dr. Gary Small, a geriatric psychiatrist and director of the University of California Los Angeles Longevity Center, said that upon diagnosis, most people assume nothing can be done to help them, but that’s not the case. “There’s tremendous fear about the diagnosis, so people will try to downplay it and deny their symptoms,” Small explained. “But there are treatments that can stabilize symptoms temporarily so you can stay in the community longer and can have a higher level of functioning for longer.”

Massacre victims may have case against Air Force | San Francisco Chronicle

Adam Winkler, a UCLA law professor who has written about firearms issues, said a judge who heard such a case should be able to draw a connection between the omission of the shooter’s name from the database and the bloodshed at the church. “It is foreseeable that failing to report the court-martial would lead to someone passing a background check and committing a crime,” he said.

Parent exposure to hazardous agents tied to tumors in offspring | Reuters Health

“Retinoblastoma is an embryonal tumor, meaning that it arises from tissues of the embryo,” Julia Heck from the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA told Reuters Health via email. “Six to ten percent of retinoblastoma is ‘familial,’ where the child inherits a mutated gene from a parent. The remainder is ‘sporadic,’ meaning that these are new mutations that occur in a child’s eye cell, which end up causing the cancer.”

Relocating bus stops would cut riders’ pollution exposure, study finds | Phys.org

“The wait often means spending time in some of the most polluted locations in cities, close to intersections where cars, trucks and buses are continually stopping and accelerating, spewing out high concentrations of noxious exhaust,” said senior author Suzanne Paulson, UCLA professor of atmospheric sciences. (Also: Scienmag)

How domestic violence, bad paperwork can lead to mass shootings | Mic

The other, according to Adam Winkler, a constitutional law professor at UCLA, is to impose universal background checks, like the one in California. “You can’t sell a gun to someone without going to a gun store and running a background check,” Winkler explained of the California law. “And we’ve seen other states adopt similar laws. The state of Washington recently has adopted universal background checks.”

Relative says gunman had voices in his head from long-ago LSD trip | Fox News

Charles Grob, a psychiatry professor at UCLA, said it is unlikely that LSD would be the cause of a decades-long psychosis. It was more likely that Ostrem had “some severe disturbance to begin with,” he said. “I don’t think LSD is the right culprit,” Grob said.

Language patterns reveal body’s hidden response to stress | Nature

These biological changes seem to represent the body’s evolutionary response to threat, says Steve Cole, a genomicist at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a co-author on the paper. But he was always troubled by a “nagging observation”: they don’t tally well with how stressed people say they are.

GOP tax cuts would hammer California’s poor | Sacramento Bee

[Commentary written by UCLA’s Marcus Anthony Hunter] Republicans say their plan will boost economic growth to pay for it all. But the 1980s Reagan tax cuts show that’s unlikely so inevitably these tax cuts would drive up the federal deficit, leading to cuts in programs that many Californians need to survive.

UCLA to create center for Greek culture | Language Magazine

A $5 million grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation will enable UCLA to create a center for the study of Hellenic culture, which will be housed in the UCLA College and will build on the university’s strengths in Hellenic studies, supporting research across disciplines ranging from archaeology and classics to languages and digital humanities.

Fat cells may inactivate chemotherapeutic drug | Medical Xpress

“Anthracyclines such as daunorubicin are important chemotherapy agents used in a variety of cancers in children and adults, including leukemia,” [UCLA’s Steven] Mittelman said. “We need to better understand how some leukemia cells are able to avoid and resist this and other chemotherapies, so we can develop better strategies to improve our treatment outcomes.” (Also: Independent (U.K.), News-Medical, Scienmag, Health Medicine Network)

Many transgender people struggle with mental health | Kaiser Health News

Williams Institute researcher Bianca Wilson said the UCLA report underscores the need to determine how well these anti-discrimination policies are being implemented throughout the state. Across the nation, 30 states lack similar anti-discrimination laws, according to the study. (Also: News-Medical)

The words that give away that you’re stressed | Daily Mail (U.K.)

Doctors could drop self-reported stress measures and instead listen passively to the way patients speak, co-author Steve Cole, from the University of California, said. 

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