UCLA In the News October 16, 2018

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

National Academy of Medicine’s newest class includes UCLA doctor |  NBC4-LA

The new members from Southern California are Dr. Michael A. Caligiuri of the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte; Dr. Yan Chai of the Ostro School of Dentistry at USC; Dr. Linda M. Liau of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; and Dr. Licila Ohno-Machado of the UC San Diego School of Medicine…. Liau was recognized for achievements in understanding the immunology of malignant brain tumors and designing clinical trials of dendritic cell-based vaccines for glioblastoma.

Snopes, turning 25 next year, is the go-to debunking website | Los Angeles Times

“I haven’t done a paper in the past 10 years that I haven’t also checked to see what Snopes had to say about it first,” says Patricia Turner, professor of folklore at UCLA. “Anything that raises hairs on the back of my neck, I go to Snopes.”

Homeownership has become a luxury in California — but could tides be shifting? | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“It’s a bit of a mixed picture,” said UCLA’s Stuart Gabriel. “With respect to some of the slowing that we’re seeing, that slowing is more evidenced at the upper end of the market. We still, as has been discussed previously, have a very difficult affordability problem in this state, and that continues to be manifest in very significant access demand for any product that is affordable. So, we see homes selling, and selling well, and even a bit of appreciation at that most affordable range, whereas the upper ranges have slowed down.” (Approx. 8:15 mark)

Should you have knee replacement surgery?  | New York Times

Dr. Steven Teutsch of the UCLA Center for Health Advancement said it’s important for “patients to have a clear understanding of the benefits and harms of knee replacement surgery because recovery from it is no picnic. A significant number of these procedures can be avoided or delayed.” Still, he added in an interview, “this is an elective procedure that can be extremely valuable in the right person at the right time.”

L.A. judge reverses order barring journalists from describing appearance of murder defendants | Los Angeles Times

“It takes a very great deal for a judge to be able to order the media not to report what is in the public record, whether it stems from observing someone in court or based on a journalist’s own research and interviews,” said Eugene Volokh, a 1st Amendment law professor at UCLA.

What to know about affirmative action as Harvard trial begins | NPR

The Supreme Court that ruled that colleges could consider race as one of many factors in an admissions decision, but they couldn’t set quotas for racial groups…. “I think that was a very, very important turning point in how we’ve come to think about such policies used by highly selective institutions and frame the thinking around affirmative action,” said Mitchell Chang, a University of California, Los Angeles, professor who studies diversity initiatives in higher education.

Knee surgeries could soon be more successful, thanks to new technique | Healthline

One California team physician who uses MACI has achieved gratifying results with some of his patients, who include college and professional athletes. Dr. Kristofer Jones, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at University of California Los Angeles, is team physician for the UCLA Bruins and assistant team physician for the Los Angeles Lakers…. “The expected timeline for unrestricted return to high-level athletic activities is approximately 12 months. Patients can expect to return to pain-free simple activities of daily living within four to six months.” … Jones was the first UCLA surgeon to adopt the technique. He has performed nearly 50 MACI surgeries in his high-volume cartilage surgery practice.

Cataract surgery for senior drivers tied to reduced car crash risk, costs | Reuters Health

“I think that the findings that the likelihood of a motor vehicle accident is less after the first-eye surgery and also after the second-eye cataract surgery may influence individuals who are on the fence about having cataract surgery, especially on the second eye,” said Anne Coleman, a professor of ophthalmology and epidemiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine of the University of California, Los Angeles, who wasn’t involved in the study.

Dementia and guns: When should doctors broach the topic? | California Healthline

Dr. Altaf Saadi, a neurologist at UCLA who has been practicing medicine for five years, said the KHN article revealed a “blind spot” in her clinical practice. After reading it, 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.

Quitting junk food causes withdrawals like drug addiction | Healthline

Dr. Vijaya Surampudi, assistant professor of medicine in the division of human nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles, told Healthline that the kinds of processed items we think of that fall under “junk food” are usually high in four addictive things — salt, fat, caffeine, and sugar.

Why tropical forests are so ecologically diverse | ScienceDaily

Working with high-resolution satellite imaging technology, researchers from Brown University and the University of California, Los Angeles, have uncovered new clues in an age-old question about why tropical forests are so ecologically diverse…. Kellner and co-author Stephen Hubbell, an ecology professor emeritus at UCLA, used high-resolution satellite images to track individuals on Barro Colorado Island, a six-square-mile island in the middle of the Panama Canal, over 10 years.

Climate change dishes up dangerous heat, even in the Bay Area | KQED

Older people have to work harder to stay cool, says Dr. David Eisenman, who directs the Center for Public Health and Disasters at UCLA. “When your body normally gets hot, it cools down by transferring heat inside its core out to the skin.” For most people, sweat cools the body well, but not for older ones. “They have a less effective ability to sweat,” he says.

The ‘decolonization’ of the American museum | Washington Post

Museums say they face a pipeline problem. Steven Nelson, a professor of African and African-American Art at UCLA and a fellow at the National Gallery of Art, recalls only a handful of students of color in his classes during his three decades of teaching. “Museums are perceived as being for people of privilege,” Nelson said. “It starts early.”

How Ralph Nader’s fight against corporations gave them an even greater voice | NPR

“Well, the story of Ralph Nader is really one about some of the dangers of innovation. That sometimes innovation designed to help you ends up helping your direct competitors even more so,” said UCLA’s Adam Winkler. (Approx. 1:10 mark — audio download)

‘La Bamba’: An enduring All-American anthem | KPCC-FM

“This strum to ‘La Bamba’ — listen to it when I mute it. It’s there; [the rhythm is] embedded in the strum itself too. Because it is that Afro-Caribbean connection that’s been there for hundreds of years, mixed in with a little bit of the español and first nations,” said UCLA’s Alexandro Hernandez. (Approx. 4:15 mark — audio download)

As STD rates hit record highs, ocular syphilis climbs too | South Florida Gay News

“As we see the total number of syphilis cases go up we will see a rise in syphilitic eye disease as well,” said Jeffrey D. Klausner, Professor of Medicine and Public Health at UCLA. Klausner has seen a number of patients over the years with ocular syphilis but noted that it’s still rare.

2018 business grad schools for physician executives survey respondents | Modern Healthcare

The UCLA Fielding School of Public Health was named one of the top MBA Programs for Physicians in a Modern Healthcare survey.

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