UCLA In the News October 10, 2018

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

Major League Baseball’s pitch to IRS: Let us in on tax law’s new break | Wall Street Journal

Even as they’re written now, the rules could let some team owners get the break from income streams that aren’t directly related to athletics, including stadium rentals and broadcasting of games, which the regulations specifically exclude from the definition of athletics. “I would assume there’s plenty of games that can be played,” said Steven Bank, a tax law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. “I could see, absolutely, accounting tricks, and it won’t even be difficult accounting tricks.”

Implant device for epilepsy patients can help keep seizures under control | KABC-TV

It took Shafer 12 years and 14 different kinds of medications before she decided to come to a comprehensive seizure disorder center like the one at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Dawn Eliashiv is getting feedback from a device implanted in Shafer’s skull, called an RNS, or Responsive Neuro-stimulator device. It senses abnormal activity and sends a quick electrical pulse to Shafer’s brain, literally stopping a seizure in its tracks. The remarkable technology has given Shafer her life back.

In Los Angeles, Columbus Day is out; Indigenous Peoples Day is in | Reuters

Los Angeles, whose earliest settlers belonged to the Gabrielino-Tongva peoples, is home to the largest indigenous population of any U.S. city, according to the UCLA American Indian Studies Center.

Kavanaugh could extend Trump’s environmental legacy by decades | The Atlantic

That contribution will begin soon. Ann Carlson, a professor of environmental law at UCLA, worries about a case that the Court will likely hear in the next few years: whether the Trump administration can revoke California’s ability to set its own car-pollution rules. “Trump has been open in his disdain for California and Governor Jerry Brown, and Governor Brown has been open in his anger about the U.S withdrawal from the Paris Agreement,” she told me in an email last month. “If Kavanaugh were to provide the fifth vote to allow the Trump Administration to revoke the waiver, it’s hard not to wonder if his vote would be motivated in part by helping the President carry out his vengeance against California.”

Better insurance coverage of non-drug therapies might help ease opioid crisis | Reuters

While insurers may eventually fix the problem on their own, sometimes it takes legislation to make sure everyone gets what they need, said Nadereh Pourat, associate director of the Center for Health Policy Research at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. “The big question here is how do you get insurance providers to cover services,” Pourat said. “There used to be a similar lack of parity when it came to mental health. That led to the passage of the Mental Health Parity Act, a law requiring that mental health coverage has to be meaningful and that insurers don’t put too many restrictions on it or make it difficult to use.”

Doctors need to talk to families about guns and dementia | Kaiser Health News

Dr. Altaf Saadi, a neurologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, who has been practicing medicine for five years, said that she recently realized that talking to patients with cognitive decline about guns in the home was a “blind spot” in her clinical practice. She looked up the American Academy of Neurology’s advice on treating dementia patients. Its guidelines suggest doctors consider asking about “access to firearms or other weapons” during a safety screen — but they don’t say what to do if a patient does have guns.

Some health care workers in past Ebola outbreak may be able to ‘neutralize’ virus | Healio

“Historically, HCWs have perpetuated the spread of amplification of [Ebola virus disease] and serve as axes of viral transmission often before Ebola virus is even recognized as the causative agent,” Nicole A. Hoff, PhD, MPH, epidemiologist in the University of California, Los Angeles’ UCLA-DRC Health Research and Training Program, and colleagues wrote. “Despite HCWs’ increased risk of acquiring and transmitting the disease, there is limited research assessing the total burden of Ebola virus among HCWs.”

Don’t pick doctors based on where they went to medical school | Reuters

“There are ample anecdotes suggesting that both patients and physicians may use the ranking of the medical school a physician graduated from as a signal of provider quality,” said lead study author Dr. Yusuke Tsugawa of the University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine. But “although these rankings take into account many aspects of medical schools, the performance of graduates, including patient mortality, which arguably is what patients care about most, is not included in the calculation,” Tsugawa told Reuters Health.

What will Kavanaugh’s influence be on the new Supreme Court? | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“You know, it’s really hard to tell… People thought they knew which way Justice Kennedy would come down. And it was true that sometimes they were surprised. And partly because we don’t know exactly what issues are going to be coming before the court,” said UCLA’s Eugene Volokh (Approx. 1:40 mark)

UCLA team wins $5 million grant to develop lung cancer technology | GenomeWeb

The University of California, Los Angeles announced on Monday that a team of its researchers has been awarded a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to further develop a liquid biopsy technology for the early detection of lung cancer…. “Our ultimate goal is to use our new panel as a guide to identify at least 60 percent of lung cancer-associated biomarkers in those undetermined cases where the patient may or may not have cancer,” Denise Aberle, a UCLA researcher and EFIRM co-inventor, said in a statement. (UCLA’s David Wong also mentioned)

Donors pick up the tab as states reduce higher education funding | Forbes

Other major capital campaigns underway include $5 billion effort at the University of Virginia; $4.25 billion at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; $4.2 billion at the University of California, Los Angeles; $3 billion at both the University of Oregon and University of Florida, and so on.

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