UCLA In the News October 15, 2018

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

Scooter companies may have found a loophole in cities’ limitations | CNN

According to Meredith Hankins, an environmental law and policy fellow at UCLA Law School, cities are failing to seize the chance to change infrastructure to take cars off roads, given their huge impact on climate change. Roads that are more welcoming to pedestrians, cyclists and scooter riders will promote that shift. “These changes can be implemented in the next 15 months,” said Hankins, who noted there’s sometimes a lack of political will. In Los Angeles, multiple “road diets” — which convert a lane of car traffic to a bike lane and parking — were abandoned due to a backlash.

Former UCLA receiver Kenneth Walker III inspires through new children’s book | Los Angeles Daily News

Kenneth Walker III looks at an illustration of a smiling boy. The boy is the two-dimensional, cartoon version of the former UCLA receiver in a newly released children’s book based on Walker’s journey from Northern California kid to pro football hopeful…. The 36-page book, written by Bobby Mardis, a former UCLA track athlete who later transferred to USC to pursue film, and his nephew Stephen Ashford, a close family friend of Walker’s, hit Amazon shelves this month…. “I’m just trying to get the message out there that anything is possible if you put your minds to it,” said Walker.

Man discovers his doorstop is actually a meteorite worth $100,000 | Space

A sample of the meteorite was also sent to John Wasson, a professor in the Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences department at the University of California, Los Angeles. Wasson is considered the “guru of iron meteorites” and will perform a neutron-activation analysis to determine the meteorite’s chemical composition. This, in turn, could reveal rare elements that would increase the meteorite’s value, according to the statement.

20 states still don’t consider attacks on LGBTQ people as hate crimes | CNN

A study by the Williams Institute at UCLA’s School of Law found that only 6% of Wyoming’s adult population is covered by local laws that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in areas such as employment and housing.

Los Angeles can prevent green gentrification | Los Angeles Times Opinion

(Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Jon Christensen) Park, health-equity and environmental-justice advocates rightly applaud these investments. The benefits of regular access to nature, recreation and public spaces are well established. But fear of “green gentrification” is also legitimate. Around the country there is evidence that parks added to low-income communities have contributed to displacing the very residents they were intended to serve. Think of the iconic High Line in New York City or the 606 in Chicago, where abandoned rail tracks were transformed into linear elevated parks that are now flanked by multimillion-dollar condominiums.

When ignoring your spouse can help your relationship | Medical Xpress

One partner asks the other to change something and the partner who is asked shuts down. But that type of response may actually be beneficial for the relationship of lower-income couples, according to UCLA-led research published by the American Psychological Association…. “Even though it is easier for wealthier couples to access resources to address their relationship problems, it can also create higher expectations that partners will make accommodations for one another’s demands and needs that underlie their problems,” said Thomas N. Bradbury, Ph.D., of the University of California, Los Angeles, a co-author of the study. “But if those expectations are not met, rifts can occur in the relationship and exacerbate the existing problems.” (UCLA’s Jaclyn Ross also quoted)

UCLA honors National Coming Out Day | KNBC-TV

“We’re here to tell our patients, our employees, our staff that we see you, and we’re here for you, and we support you,” said UCLA’s Chris Mann.

Study finds discharge day won’t affect heart surgery outcome | HealthDay

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles looked at approximately 4,900 heart surgery patients discharged from the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center between 2008 and 2016. Nearly 20 percent left the hospital on a weekend or holiday. “We were surprised to find that patients discharged on weekends and holidays had similar readmission rates and outcomes as patients who were cleared on weekdays,” said co-author Dr. Peyman Benharash, a heart surgeon at UCLA. “Prior planning was likely a critical aspect of successful weekend and holiday discharges at our institution,” he added.

Devin Nunes is attacking his district’s newspaper before midterm election | Los Angeles Times

There is no downside for Republicans who attack the news media, said UCLA communications professor Tim Groeling. “The criticism makes any criticism of them that appears in the press less damaging, and any praise they receive is amplified.”

Loneliness is an emerging public health threat | The Hill Opinion

(Commentary by UCLA’s Jonathan Fielding) Everyone feels isolated sometimes, but with one in five Americans chronically lonely, has loneliness reached epidemic proportions? In 1988, the journal Science published a landmark study suggesting isolation was as strong a risk factor for morbidity and mortality as sedentary lifestyle, high blood pressure and smoking or obesity. Since then, loneliness has become an increasing public health concern and health officials are now taking the idea of an epidemic seriously. As the population ages, the burden of social isolation on public health will only increase.

California’s Central Valley health care is personal and political | McClatchy

About 10 percent of people in the Valley have diabetes, 26 percent have high blood pressure, 31 percent report some type of disability and 26 percent say they are in only fair or poor health, according to the most recent figures from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research… “These areas have lots of pre-existing conditions, lots of people who have benefited from Medicaid expansion and are vulnerable both financially and medically,” [UCLA’s Gerald] Kominski said. “And because they benefited more they stand to get really hammered if the Medicaid expansion is rolled back.”

Ebola cases spike as nervous communities stop cooperating with health care workers | The Hill

The security situation has made response efforts more difficult, said Anne Rimoin, an epidemiologist at the University of California at Los Angeles who researches the Ebola virus and other infectious diseases from Kinshasa. “Response teams have limited working hours to reduce security risks after dark and must be accompanied by security details,” Rimoin said in an email.

U.S. immigrants pay more for health insurance than they get in benefits | Reuters Health

“We live in a political time that is questioning the costs and benefits of immigration, and it’s a question that’s been analyzed for many decades now,” said Arturo Vargas Bustamante of the University of California, Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health, who wasn’t involved in the study. “To have a functional health insurance system, we need the rich to subsidize the poor, the healthy to subsidize the unhealthy and the young to subsidize the old,” he said in a phone interview. “The basic question is, ‘Who is subsidizing who?’”

Poverty may partly explain disparity in heart defect outcomes | Reuters Health

The findings didn’t surprise Dr. Gary Satou of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the fetal cardiology program at the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. “These are common things that happen commonly in underserved populations,” said Satou, who wasn’t involved in the study. Being Hispanic isn’t why these children have poorer outcomes, he said. It’s the socioeconomic factors that can make a huge difference in infants who are extremely fragile.

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