UCLA In the News October 4, 2018

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

Why your teen doesn’t want to talk to you — and what to do about it | NBC News

“Text, Snapchat are great ways to have a quick catchup with your kids and even talk about sensitive topics they may not feel comfortable talking to you about in person,” suggests Yalda T. Uhls, child psychologist, author of “Media Moms & Digital Dads,” and UCLA Adjunct Professor.

This is how we will successfully image a black hole’s event horizon | Forbes

But you know what? Except for crackpots on the internet, pretty much everyone now accepts that these objects are black holes, and it was Andrea Ghez’s group, at UCLA, that answered that question for us. You see stars, by looking in the infrared, orbiting a point of incredible mass, about 4 million solar masses. Yet no light (at least, in the infrared) comes from that mass.

Tiny clip could be life-saving treatment for severe heart failure | Healthline

“The mitral valve commonly has some degree of regurgitation with heart failure. This can frequently respond to medications. There are some patients where despite maximally tolerated medical therapy, the mitral valve continued to regurgitation severely. These patients were known to have worse prognosis,” Dr. Gregg Fonarow, director of the Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center in Los Angeles, told Healthline.

A high percentage of marijuana doesn’t pass the contamination test | KTTV-TV

“There is pesticides, which can be harmful in and of their own right. And now if you add heat to it, you’re transforming them into more harmful compounds. So one commonly used pesticide is myclobutanil, it’s an anti-fungal, and when you apply heat to it, it turns into cyanide, which is a neurotoxin. Now you’re inhaling it, straight into your lungs,” said UCLA’s Jeffrey Chen. (Approx. 2:30 mark – video download)

Autism prevalence program expands to include teenagers | Spectrum

Most autism research focuses on children, and there is an increasing focus on adults with autism. But work on adolescents is sparse, says Catherine Lord, distinguished professor in residence of psychology and education at the University of California, Los Angeles. “The reality is we don’t know much about what the services are that teenagers and young adults are getting,” she says.

How polluted are our skies? | KPCC-FM

“Recently, we’ve been looking at what causes the variations in pollution levels at very small spatial scales, close to roadways in urban environments with different building configurations, and even within a block. So we’ve been thinking about problems like, where’s the best place to put the bus stops, since people who use public transportation often spend a lot of time waiting for the bus,” said UCLA’s Suzanne Paulson. (Approx. 0:30 mark – audio download)

Drug agency ruling on marijuana may do little to ease autism research | Spectrum

“The DEA’s decision to maintain Schedule 1 designation for cannabidiol-rich extracts — or even other ‘pure’ cannabidiol preparations — is nonsensical,” says Shaun Hussain, assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles. “I don’t think anyone honestly believes that all other cannabidiol products, including those that inspired the pharmaceutical development of Epidiolex, lack any medical use,” he says.

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