UCLA In the News October 23, 2017

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

Memoir of growing up fat forces France to look in the mirror | New York Times

Abigail Saguy, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles, who has studied attitudes toward appearance in the United States and France, said that obesity is seen in France as a sign of being out of control. “Even if you’re not heavy, you can receive criticism if you are eating in a way that is perceived as out of control, such as not at meal times,” she said, citing a book whose French author described with horror seeing Americans eating alone, or at any time of day. (Also: Health Medicine Network)

How Airbnb affects home prices and rents | Wall Street Journal

“That may sound minuscule, but between 2012 and 2016, rents rose by about 2.2% annually [on average in the 100 areas], so a 0.39% increase in that context isn’t very small at all,” says Edward Kung, an assistant professor of economics at the University of California Los Angeles and one of the study’s authors. The same is true for home prices, which rose by an average of about 4.8% annually in the 100 areas, he adds.

13.5-mile tunnel will make or break state’s bullet train | Los Angeles Times

“Between now and the day the first passengers ride, issues like this will occur dozens and dozens of times,” said Martin Wachs, a UCLA transportation expert who serves on a state-appointed peer-review panel for the bullet train. “Many in my field have expected costs to rise, because there are uncertainties — and usually those increase costs.”

Many with breast cancer receive more radiation than needed | NPR’s “Shots”

[UCLA’s Dr. David] Khan, an assistant clinical professor at UCLA, said he was worried that the shorter course of radiation would increase the risk of side effects, given that Dennison had undergone chemotherapy as part of her breast cancer treatment. The latest radiation guidelines, issued in 2011, don’t include patients who’ve had chemo. (Also: Kaiser Health News)

LAPD arresting homeless in gentrifying neighborhoods | LA Weekly

Part of the goal of the UCLA researchers, says Kelly Lytle-Hernandez, founder of the Million Dollar Hoods project, is to comb through the records and make the specific arrest data available to community advocates working in the arenas of housing and policing. “It’s an evolving story about housing, houselessness and policing here in the city,” says Lytle-Hernandez, who is also director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA.

Candidates debate over single-payer health care | Los Angeles Times

He cited a UCLA study that found Californians already pay an estimated $367.5 billion for health care through private insurance and public programs, with 70% of the cost borne by taxpayers. (Also: KCRW-FM)

Families of youths with autism struggle with mental health needs | CNN

General hospitals “are not really equipped to handle someone who is autistic,” said Mark De Antonio, director of adolescent inpatient services at Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital in Los Angeles. Several times a month, he said, he hears about patients with no immediate care options being medicated and sedated as they’re held. “It’s a huge problem.”

A bipartisan bill is trapped by broken politics | VICE

“Given his latest vacillations and claims unrelated to fact,” said Mark Peterson, a UCLA health care expert, “it is fair to conclude, as many have long ago, that President Trump has no knowledge of health policy and … what the bipartisan compromise would or would not do, and in general, how health insurance markets in the U.S. work.”

Implants for opioid addicts: a hope or a scam? | Orange County Register

Walter Ling, professor of psychiatry and founding director of the integrated Substance Abuse Programs at UCLA, says most people don’t really understand how much time drug addicts think about getting drugs.

The myths silencing LGBTQ sexual assault victims | VICE

Lara Stemple, an assistant dean at UCLA’s law school and preeminent scholar on the male sexual victimization, believes reporting rates for men may not reflect reality because male victims are taught to see all sex as welcome. “Men are portrayed in our society as being sexually insatiable, which makes it hard to acknowledge that something that happened to them — which they did not fight off but which was nevertheless unwelcome — was abusive,” she said.

Star encouraged more women to get test for breast cancer | Daily Mail (U.K.)

“Many of these women have inherited genetic changes that put them and their family members at risk for future cancers,” said [UCLA’s] Dr. Christopher Childers, the study’s lead author.

The search for the Southern rubber boa | Phys.org

“This research will essentially see how different these lineages are, and thus the need to conserve and protect the Southern rubber boa,” said [UCLA’s Jesse] Grismer, a postdoctoral scholar with the UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science.

Brain signals hint at speech delay in babies at high autism risk | Spectrum

The findings show that the way researchers analyze EEG data can have a dramatic effect on the results, says Shafali Jeste, associate professor of psychiatry and neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved in the study. “We have to be mindful of that when comparing studies.”

Encouraging Latinas to seek help for anxiety, depression | News-Medical

“In my previous research, I found that Latina participants were hard-working and dedicated to their families,” said MarySue Heilemann, an associate professor at the UCLA School of Nursing, the study’s lead author. “To them, getting much-needed mental health care felt selfish and indulgent. If it doesn’t help the family, they just won’t pursue it.”

Reality of menopause and what to do about it  | South China Morning Post

What’s the cause? Carolyn Crandall, a professor of medicine at University of California at Los Angeles’ David Geffen School of Medicine, has bad news: “We don’t know the answer.”

Media Contact