UCLA In the News October 27, 2017

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

What it’s like to dine at best college dining hall in U.S. | Business Insider

Ranked the best college dining hall in America, UCLA’s Bruin Plate Residential Restaurant is pretty spectacular. Focused on serving locally sourced, all-natural produce and meats, sustainable seafood, unprocessed and preservative-free items, and vegetarian and vegan options, Bruin Plate (nicknamed B-Plate) is among the first health-themed dining halls in the country. In fact, they hope to inspire “mindful eating.”

Concern about unneeded scans and therapy when treating cancer | USA Today

Dennison’s oncologist, David Khan of El Segundo, Calif., notes that there are good reasons to prescribe a longer course of radiation for some women. 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.

Secondhand smoke causes health problems in apartments | La Opinión

“A survey in southern Los Angeles found that 80% of tenants live in buildings where smoking is allowed and 40% are affected by secondhand smoke,” said Marlene Gómez, supervisor of the Smoke free apartments LA (Smoke Free Apartments) with the UCLA Center. (Translated from Spanish)

Medical condition may factor into Bush’s recent lapses | USA Today

While most people with vascular Parkinsonism become introverted and withdrawn, there are “outliers,” said Dr. Jeff Bronstein, a neurologist and director of the Movement Disorders Program at UCLA. Such outliers “become disinhibited and do things they wouldn’t do. That’s very possible.” Vascular Parkinsonism can also cause depression, behavioral problems and memory problems, Bronstein said.

Signs that forgetfulness may be medical condition | Bustle

According to a study at UCLA, one in seven adults under the age of 40 report forgetfulness due to their poor short-term memory. Commonly referred to as brain fog, the feeling can be caused by any number of things. In most cases, it’s just a sign that you need to be getting more or better sleep. For others, brain fog is related to their anxiety, depression, or the medications they take to alleviate these conditions.

Could cataract surgery lengthen older women’s lives? | HealthDay

The investigators also said it’s not clear if the same finding would apply to men. Further study looking at how cataract surgery affects chronic illness or death from specific causes might help clarify “the benefits of cataract surgery beyond vision improvement,” said the team led by Dr. Anne Coleman, of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Air pollution kills millions each year | HuffPost

Some of the most polluted urban areas ― including Los Angeles and Beijing ― recognize these dangers and have taken steps to purge their skies of pollution. Though their problems are far from solved, their multipronged strategies can serve as a model for other cities. “Most cities would have healthier populations if their air was cleaner,” said Suzanne Paulson, a professor and director of the Center for Clean Air at UCLA.

Biomarkers can reveal traumatic injury that CAT scan won’t | Medical Xpress

In the lab, Ina Wanner, an associate neuroscientist at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, mechanically “injured” human astrocytes using abrupt pressure pulses. She found that the astrocytes leaked substantial amounts of certain proteins. When the researchers analyzed cerebral spinal fluid from patients who had suffered a TBI, they found the same set of astrocyte proteins.

Neuroscientists improve human memory | Science Daily

Neuroscientists at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA have discovered precisely where and how to electrically stimulate the human brain to enhance people’s recollection of distinct memories. People with epilepsy who received low-current electrical pulses showed a significant improvement in their ability to recognize specific faces and ignore similar ones.

Unneeded medical services drive up health care costs | Healthline

“Virginia actually got a grant for Medicare, an innovation grant, to look at wasteful health care using a waste calculator,” said [UCLA’s John] Mafi. “The way this works is it looks at administrative claims data, and it collects data from all the health insurance companies and all the health insurance plans other than the VA hospital. That’s why it’s unique. Most datasets don’t have this complete of a picture. It’s pretty presentative of health care in Virginia.” After analyzing the data, researchers concluded that services that provided no net health benefits to patients cost Virginia more than $586 million in 2014.

UCLA Health launches pioneering mobile stroke unit | Santa Monica Mirror

Roughly every 40 seconds, someone in the United States will have a stroke. Almost every four minutes, one of those people will die as a result. Against that backdrop, UCLA Health has officially launched the first mobile stroke unit on the West Coast, enabling rapid delivery of brain-saving medications to stroke patients who might otherwise face debilitating delays in treatment.

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