UCLA In the News November 9, 2017

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

Rocket engine test failure won’t affect launch schedule | Los Angeles Times

Qualification tests are generally used to test new designs, changes in operating conditions or even slight modifications to a part, said Richard Wirz, director of the plasma and space propulsion laboratory at UCLA and a professor in the university’s mechanical and aerospace engineering department.

Germany must allow third gender category, court rules | New York Times

A United Nations study estimated the intersex population at 0.5 percent to 1.7 percent of the global population. In the United States, according to one estimate, transgender people made up 0.6 percent of the adult population, according to the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.

‘America, Laboratory of Democracy’ | BBC World Service’s “The Compass”

“Registrars sometimes informally regulated and they often did that by looking at your appearance. And so Latinos who were not covered by the law, say in California, might go in to marry a white partner and if there was too big of a phenotypical difference, the registrar might get uncomfortable,” said UCLA’s Rachel Moran. (Approx. 11:40 mark)

Lack of sleep has same effect as being intoxicated | Fox News

The results can have real-world consequences, says lead researcher Itzhak Fried of UCLA, who uses the example of a driver slow to pick up on a pedestrian. (Also: KTTV-TV’s “Good Day L.A.”)

To protect lungs, move bus stops away from intersections | KPCC-FM

“We expected there to be a difference between concentrations of fresh vehicle emissions near the intersection compared to further away,” said lead researcher Suzanne Paulson, an atmospheric chemist at UCLA. “But we didn’t know how much of a difference there would be.”

Texas gun law rules and regulations | Fox News

A 1968 Gun Control Act made it unlawful for a licensed firearms dealer to sell a weapon to any person who is given a dishonorable discharge. But because Kelley was discharged on bad conduct, the law was not triggered, Adam Winkler, a professor of law and a specialist in American constitutional law at the University of California at Los Angeles, told Fox News on Monday.

Democrats’ wins aren’t foolproof sign they’ll win big in ’18 | Independent (U.K.)

“I think one commentator had it right the other day when noting that it is easy to place too much weight on the Virginia governor’s race because it is an off-off election year and it’s just about the only real race to look at right now,” Mark Peterson, a political science professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, told The Independent. “That gives it attention but perhaps inflates its actual significance,” he added. 

Transgender Californians face health disparities | California Health Report

California’s transgender population is small, but much more vulnerable to poor mental health and other chronic health conditions than residents as a whole. That’s the conclusion of researchers at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, who for the first time gathered extensive data on transgender residents in 2015 and 2016 through its annual California Health Interview Survey.

5 things dermatologists refuse to use on their hands | Reader’s Digest

“Having worn latex gloves for many years doing research, I now avoid them since latex is so allergenic. While I never developed an allergy to latex (which comes from the rubber tree), it’s more common in people who’ve had regular exposure to rubber gloves. I don’t even wear latex gloves when washing dishes — there are many alternatives,” said UCLA’s Delphine Lee.

Should you be screened for Hepatitis C? | HealthCentral

“Birth cohort screenings of patients born during 1945 to 1965 may be more effective than screenings based on a patient’s individual risk factors alone because many patients may not remember—or even know—they were exposed to the virus,” says Sammy Saab, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine and surgery and head of outcomes research in hepatology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles. “Most people with untreated chronic hepatitis C will develop liver disease, so the benefit of being screened with a hepatitis C antibody test outweighs any risks.”

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