UCLA In the News October 11, 2018

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

Google’s Waze introduces a new carpool matchmaking feature | NBC News

“Widespread carpooling that substantially reduces the number of cars on the road and therefore improves traffic has long been a challenge,” said Juan Matute, deputy director of UCLA’s Institute of Transportation Studies, in the press release.

UCLA receives $5 million federal grant to study early lung cancer detection | Los Angeles Business Journal

“The National Cancer Institute’s award moves the needle forward for oncologists and care teams who are trying to save lives,” said Dr. Denise Aberle, principal investigator for the grant and a professor of radiology at the UCLA medical school, in a statement. Researchers aim to enroll 300 at-risk patients in a study that would test their blood and saliva using a UCLA-developed liquid biopsy known as electric field-induced release and measurement (EFIRM), which takes a biological liquid sample to detect tumor mutations. (UCLA’s Dr. David Wong also mentioned)

Anita Hill calls Kavanaugh confirmation hearing a disservice to public | The Guardian (U.K.)

She spoke with Kimberlé Crenshaw, a law professor at UCLA and Columbia Law School, and an adviser to Hill’s legal team in 1991. Their conversation was moderated by Dorothy Roberts, a sociology and law professor at Penn. They were clear about what needed to change to stop this from happening again: a shock to the systems that make, and occasionally reward, sexual harassment. That included the government, the criminal justice system, the legal system and the media. (Also: NPR)

Why it’s so difficult to study the impact of minimum wage increases | Quartz

Edward E. Leamer, a UCLA Anderson economist, walked us through the controversies and confounding contradictions in this field, using his own research experience and talent for skepticism to find truths amid the fracas. He’s not a fan of minimum wage hikes, but he’s agnostic in his reviews of minimum wage research. “Ninety-nine percent of what economists believe is the theories they put forward,” he said. “That’s what leads most of them to ignore evidence. I’m a believer in evidence, not theory. The basic supply and demand model just doesn’t work for the labor market.”

UCLA professor a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award | Los Angeles Times

Other finalists in the category are Los Angeles [UCLA] author Adam Winkler’s “We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights,” Sarah Smarsh’s “Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth” and Victoria Johnson’s “American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic.”

Sustainable fashion brands explain that yes, they can be profitable | HuffPost

According to UCLA, one of the most quoted definitions of sustainability comes from the United Nations’ World Commission on Environmental Development. “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” it states.

Setting personal goals for dementia care | Medical Xpress

Participants were recruited from the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care (ADC) program, a dementia care management program. The program uses nurse practitioners partnered with primary care providers and community-based organizations. It addresses the complex care needs not only of people living with dementia but also of their caregivers.

Day of discharge does not influence heart surgery patient readmissions | Medical Xpress

“Hospital discharge is an intricate and dynamic process requiring choreography of patients, physicians, ancillary staff, and outpatient caregivers,” said Peyman Benharash, MD, from the University of California, Los Angeles. “As the rate of rehospitalization after cardiac surgery has been reported at up to 22 percent, we wanted to investigate the potentially modifiable elements in the discharge process.”

Irregular heartbeat tied to increased risk for dementia | Reuters Health

This is not the first study to suggest a link between atrial fibrillation and dementia, said Dr. Eric Buch of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, who wasn’t involved in the study. The new findings “could be considered as one more potential benefit to blood thinners, whose role in stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation patients is well established,” Buch said in an email.

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