UCLA In the News November 8, 2018

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

How scientists are unveiling the mysteries of a possible black hole at the heart of our galaxy | The Independent (U.K.)

“We already know Einstein’s theory of gravity is fraying around the edges,” says Andrea Ghez, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. “What better places to look for discrepancies in it than a supermassive black hole?” Ghez is the leader of a separate team that, like Genzel’s, is probing the galactic centre. “What I like about the galactic centre is that you get to see extreme astrophysics,” she says.

How Governor-elect Gavin Newsom could shape California’s future, issue by issue | CALmatters

Those challenges will likely keep Newsom from pushing for single-payer out of the gate, said Gerald Kominski, senior fellow at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “He understands the barriers are difficult to overcome,” said Kominski. “I suspect he’ll support ways to reduce the remaining uninsured further.”

College sports’ newest need: psychologists | Wall Street Journal

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, who wrote about suffering a panic attack during an NBA game last season, recently donated 850 subscriptions for the meditation app Headspace to athletes and coaches at UCLA, his alma mater. Meditation is part of UCLA athletics’ wellness programming, UCLA senior associate athletic director Christina Rivera said.

UCLA awarded $3.5 million to develop blood test for liver cancer  | Los Angeles Business Journal

UCLA scientists were awarded a $3.5 million federal grant to develop a blood test to detect early liver cancer, the university announced Nov. 7. The National Institutes of Health issued the five-year grant to develop a UCLA center focused on developing an affordable blood-based cancer screening test. “If you can detect any cancer early, it’s much easier to treat — especially for liver cancer,” said Xianghong Jasmine Zou, a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, in a statement.

Midterm election turnout | NPR

“This is likely to be the largest turnout in a nonpresidential election in memory. Normally Americans do not vote frequently in the congressional bi-elections and we have much bigger turnout in presidential election years. There’s some estimates to suggest that we’ll be somewhere near three-quarters of a presidential turnout in tomorrow’s vote,” said UCLA’s Gary Segura. (Approx. 1:53 mark – audio download)

Marijuana has economic benefits, but public health risks are undecided | The Hill Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Jonathan Fielding) Public enthusiasm for cannabis — and the private sector’s desire to capitalize on it — has outstripped acknowledgement of the drug’s inherent problems which need to be better understood if legal marijuana will remain in the public interest. The need for good science to better inform the public and elected officials so that the right decisions can be made and precautionary measures put into place has never been greater.

San Francisco tech billionaires go to war over homelessness | Wired

“It doesn’t take expenses into account, of course,” says Brett Trueman, an accounting professor at UCLA. “And companies that are just starting out, in some cases they want to boost their revenues because they don’t have a lot of profits, or have negative profits. They want to show they have potential.”

Cash cows no longer | Inside Higher Ed

Researcher Ozan Jaquette, an assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, last year noted that the typical “once glorious” flagship university in most states “is now the repository of a majority out-of-state students, many of whom are dramatically less academically oriented” than deserving, but in many cases lower-income, in-state students, but who can pay full out-of-state tuition.

High blood pressure can be more difficult to treat if you have gum disease | Healthline

Dr. Paulo Camargo, DDS, is professor and chair of the Section of Periodontics at the University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry. He says people often wait too long to go to a dentist. “Gum disease is silent. It doesn’t hurt, so people don’t know they have it and they’re waiting for it to hurt. What they need to do is go to the dentist. Oral disease, including periodontal disease, is not isolated to the mouth,” Camargo told Healthline. (UCLA’s Ravi Dave is also quoted)

The significance of the 2018 midterms | KCAL-TV

“I think it’s very significant,” said UCLA’s Zev Yaroslavsky. “The Democrats could pick up as many as 40 seats before the night is out. We don’t know what’s going to happen in the western part of the country yet. And that’s a huge deal. That may not be a tsunami but it’s a wave. And when you think about these congressional districts that were mostly gerrymandered by Republican legislators and Republican governors. So the Democrats had a steep mountain to climb under the best of circumstances.” (Approx. 1:00 mark – video download)

Millennials eager to cast ballots on Election Day | KTLA-TV

In Westwood, students say the atmosphere on the campus of UCLA helped get them excited to vote.

California’s racial disparities in coverage declined post-ACA, study finds | Fierce Health Care

“Part of the reason the uninsured rate has stayed high for Latinos is that many are ineligible for Medicaid or for subsidies,” explained Tara Becker, Ph.D., a researcher at UCLA who authored the analysis. Policies that expand access to coverage through Medicaid, another public program, or marketplace subsidies “to a wider variety of people would help to improve coverage rates,” she added.

Rat models of opioid use and addiction explore risk of abuse | Medical Xpress

“More effective preventions and treatments are desperately needed for managing the opioid overdose epidemic, which now claims the lives of more than 100 Americans every day,” said press conference moderator Chris Evans, Ph.D., of the University of California, Los Angeles.

10 reasons it’s time to take the flu more seriously | Reader’s Digest

Flu symptoms aren’t any fun, but don’t suppress the achoos and hacking too much: Sneezing and coughing are two ways your body tries to clear out the virus. “Certainly, there is the thought that you don’t want to suppress a cough too much or dry out your nasal passages because you want to get rid of the infection,” Tara Vijayan, MD, told the New York Times. The assistant clinical professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine also noted, “There’s a balance for sure. I don’t think you should suffer unnecessarily, but you need to weigh the true benefit.”

Media Contact