UCLA In the News October 22, 2018

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

Meet the UCLA professor who was there when the internet was turned on | PC Magazine

“Well, there were only three of us there that evening in late October,” said UCLA’s Leonard Kleinrock. “There was no fanfare, no cameras, no voice recorders, no nothing… Having said that, earlier on September 2nd after the IMP [interface message processor] was delivered and turned on, right after the Labor Day weekend, and we connected it to the host machine — an SDS Sigma 7 — the room was packed. AT&T, Honeywell, Scientific Data Systems, BBN [Bolt, Beranek, and Newman], ARPA, UCLA — all waiting to point the finger at the other guy if it didn’t work.”

Wealthy Los Angeles grapples with outbreak of typhus among its poorest | The Guardian (U.K.)

Dr. Timothy Brewer, a professor of medicine, epidemiology, and public health at UCLA, said: “It’s an uncommon disease.” He said in his six years of practicing medicine in Los Angeles, he had seen one confirmed case of typhus. Some people may not even know they have it. The common symptoms are headache, fever, and sometimes a rash, and they will often go away within a week or two, even without treatment, he said.

How Harvard admissions selects a student | Washington Post

Some universities draw more applications than Harvard. Two years ago, the public University of California at Los Angeles became the first to receive more than 100,000 bids for freshman admission. New York University, which is private, drew more than 75,000 for the class that entered this fall.

Women achieved enormous power in ancient Egypt; what they did with it is a warning for today | Time

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Kara Cooney) Breaking glass ceilings is one thing, but until women can act with their own agendas, most women in power, today as yesterday, are just serving the status quo — like Nefertiti and Cleopatra, part of a long line of women protecting their masculine overlords. It’s not always easy to tell the difference between merely working in a patriarchal system and those who have chosen not to advance causes that help other women, but it is crucial that we try.

Magnets might become miracle cure for pain | Voice of America

“Let’s say you have a wound,” said UCLA’s Dino Di Carlo. “You might then put this gel that has embedded in it some of these magnetic particles, these iron-oxide particles, into the wound to help heal it and at the same time you are able to apply some forces by having a magnetic patch over the wound. As we apply force to these cells, these pain-sensitive proteins, the number of them, decreases. This means you would have less sensitivity to pain signals.” [UCLA’s Alireza Sohrabi also interviewed]

MS bike ride preview | KTLA–TV

“We don’t cure most conditions in medicine,” said UCLA’s Barbara Giesser. “We can’t cure diabetes but we can treat it. We don’t cure high blood pressure but we can treat it. And we can’t cure MS yet, but we absolutely can treat it.” (Approx. 1:55 mark–video download)  

Adult bones healthier when kids participate in organized sports | Reuters Health

The new study is a reminder that bone building is an important part of childhood, said Dr. Daniel Vigil of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, who wasn’t involved in the study. “This is an important research study that demonstrates yet another important benefit of sports participation in children and adolescents,” Vigil said in an email. “We have known for decades about the benefits to bone health of exercise in adults. This study shows a benefit that is perhaps more important. The reason this study’s finding of benefit might be more important is the fact that people build the majority of their bone mass during adolescence — before age 20.”

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