UCLA In the News October 30, 2017

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

Day of the Dead culture pulled into Halloween retail vortex | Los Angeles Times

Day of the Dead products are “dramatically more visible to me this year,” said Charlene Villaseñor Black, a professor of Ibero American Art and Chicana/Chicano Studies at UCLA. “The melding together of Halloween and Day of the Dead is becoming more apparent.”

Students’ mental health, stress levels affected in Trump era | Newsweek

In a poll released Thursday by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), more than half of U.S. teachers said they’ve seen more high school students experience anxiety in 2017 than usual. (Also: USA Today)

New therapy ‘rewires’ the brain to fight depression | Fox News

“This is a really transformative kind of therapy. But, in medicine there’s always the wish to do better, to help more people than what we do now,” Dr. Ian Cook, the director of the UCLA Depression Research and Clinic Program, said. (Also: Health Medicine Network)

Camus’ 1948 drama ‘L’État de siège’ carries new relevance | Los Angeles Times

“L’État de siège” (“The State of Siege”), presented by the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA at Royce Hall on Thursday and Friday, was a spectacular defeat for Camus when the play had its Paris premiere in 1948. This parable of resistance to a rising plague of authoritarianism was savaged by the French critics, who couldn’t help invidiously comparing the work to the author’s novel “The Plague.”

U.S. conspiracy came amid slow sales of opioid | Associated Press

The drug in question, fentanyl, is useful for managing pain for people with end-stage cancers, said Dr. Karen Sibert, an associate clinical professor with UCLA Health’s Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. But opioids are dangerous when used incorrectly and without medical supervision because they can cause a person to stop breathing, she said.

UCLA launches high-tech ‘mobile stroke unit’ | Xinhua Net

“With the UCLA Health Mobile Stroke Unit, we are bringing the hospital to the patient instead of the patient to the hospital, in order to save as much brain as possible,” Dr. Jeffrey Saver, director of the UCLA Comprehensive Stroke Center, was quoted as saying in a news release. (Also: News-Medical)

Why Bay Area economy outshines L.A., Sacramento | CALmatters

A team of researchers at UCLA reached that conclusion after an in-depth study of how the Bay Area and Southern California economies evolved over the last four decades. In essence, the region’s economic and political elites decided that its future lay in high technology and fostered its development through public and private investment, as the UCLA team reported in its recent book, “The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies.”

Glimpse of tunnels that will allow L.A. traffic to travel under city | Daily Mail (U.K.)

“Our recent experience with tunnels in the U.S. is that neighbours worry, you run up against various environmental laws, and you just never know what’s underneath the Earth,” Michael Manville, who studies urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, told Wired.

Some 200 million women work without laws against sex harassment | Reuters

Globally, nearly 82 million women work in countries without laws against gender discrimination in pay and promotions, said the study by the WORLD Policy Analysis Center at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Risk of irregular heart rhythm rises with weight, age | Reuters

“Prior studies have shown that the lifetime risk of developing atrial fibrillation is one in four, with increasing age, elevated blood pressure, obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption being major risk factors, said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a researcher at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, who wasn’t involved in the study.

Even a little Halloween candy is bad for kids | Newsweek

Erin Morse, a registered dietitian at UCLA, says that parents need to plan and establish boundaries up front. Then, she recommends clearly communicating your plan several days before Halloween. “The kids just get so excited and they think they can have it all,” she explains. “The key thing is communicating to your children and don’t just throw it all to them.”

The bizarre way you can get an STD in your eye | VICE

The technical term is a “root scaling and planing,” and it’s long been part of a dentist’s standard procedures. “This was old already when I was trained,” says Paulo Camargo, chair of periodontics at the UCLA School of Dentistry, who graduated dental school in 1984.

10 best art exhibits on display now in L.A. | KCBS-LA

Highlighting a key period in Latin American art and history, this exhibition at a free UCLA campus museum is showcasing works by more than 100 artists from 15 different countries, including Argentina, Puerto Rico, Peru, Cuba, Panama, Uruguay, Chile and more.

Common factors that could change PSA test results | News-Medical

“The PSA test does not specifically check for prostate cancer itself, but rather for the presence of a molecule in the blood naturally made by the prostate,” said Dr. Christopher Saigal, vice chair of urology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “Too much of the molecule in the blood can be a sign that the patient has prostate cancer.”

Colored contact lenses can damage your eyes | Healthline

“There is no way to know if those breaking the law and selling them without a prescription are selling quality lenses or dangerous junk. Poorly fitting or poorly manufactured lenses may cause scratches to the eye surface, which in itself are very painful,” Dr. Colin McCannel, a professor of clinical ophthalmology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and medical director of the Stein Eye Center, told Healthline.

Conversation topics that are instantly interesting | Reader’s Digest

“It’s a simple social truth: Being happy makes others more interested in being around you. Try starting a conversation by expressing a pleasant emotion, like pointing out what a beautiful night it is. You should never try to shock someone into a conversation as it suggests you are scary, not interesting,” said UCLA’s Nikky Prause.

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