UCLA In the News October 9, 2018

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

Flea-borne typhus spreads across Los Angeles area | CNN

“Since the disease is spread by fleas, it is possible that endemic typhus could be transmitted year-round. Right now, it’s hard to speculate on why we are seeing more cases. There is an ongoing investigation by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health that seeks to answer this question,” said Anne Rimoin, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of California, Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health. As to whether the typhus outbreak could spread any farther, she said, "a thorough public health investigation will provide clues as to whether or not we should expect a rise in cases elsewhere."

How UCLA is engaging the next generation in politics | MSNBC

“Well, we want to make sure that we have a broad, diverse coalition of all voters. And particularly, a lot of attention has been paid to progressive white women, but it’s very important that Democratic candidates know that in order to get over the bar, that they’re going to have to include women of color, particularly African-American women,” said UCLA’s Lorrie Frasure-Yokley. (Approx :30 mark)

UCLA among top 10 most vegan-friendly college campuses | Insider

The University of California, Los Angeles, has garnered favorable reviews from vegan students. With a 92% student satisfaction rate, according to peta2, the University of California, Los Angeles is one of the most vegan-friendly schools in the country. Not only does plant-based restaurant chain Veggie Grill have a location on campus, but the college also has a vegan-focused club for students.

The Kavanaugh effect: Political debates shake up the workplace | Wall Street Journal

Traditionally, many people have avoided heated political debates at work. “You get on the freeways and highways, and you don’t know what you’re going to get. At least at work, people have decided they want it to be civil,” says Eric Flamholtz, professor emeritus of the University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management.

Nine subtle signs that you’re lonely — even if it doesn’t feel like it | Insider

A study from UCLA found that the immune system of lonely people focuses on bacteria rather than viruses, meaning that lonely people are more susceptible to viral infections. Loneliness can also lead to an increased risk of heart disease, arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, dementia, high blood pressure, inflammation, and even issues with learning and memory, and is said to be a bigger health risk than obesity or smoking.

Women are angry at Trump and his party — and it’s not just about Kavanaugh | CNN

While Trump is clearly repelling many college-educated female voters, UCLA political science professor Lynn Vavreck notes that antipathy toward the President overlays two longer-term trends that spell trouble for Republicans. “White women are moving away from the Republican Party, that’s been happening. And white college-educated people are moving away,” said Vavreck, a co-author of “Identity Crisis,” a new book about the 2016 election.

Wildfire concerns prompt SDG&E to upgrade infrastructure, explore new technology | Los Angeles Times

The public utility is also jointly working on a new fire behavior modeling analysis with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention and UCLA. The goal of the analysis is to determine which direction a fire is likely to move when it starts and what structures it might threaten, SDG&E meteorologist Brian D’Agostino told the Infrastructure Committee.

Connecting Chicano history and homosexuality: ‘Gaytino’ | KNBC-TV

While Guerrero’s life story is the backbone of “Gaytino,” he considers Chicano history to be a central character. Over the years, he has amassed countless artifacts connected to Mexican-American history. His collection has since been curated at UCLA and UC Santa Barbara into one of the most important stocks of Chicano history in Southern California.

Working past 65? It’s easier to do if you graduated college | Associated Press

Among men ages 50 and over, for example, 61 percent of workers without a college degree have to move heavy loads (or people) as a regular part of their job. That’s more than double the 23 percent rate of their college-graduate peers, according to researchers at Harvard University, RAND Corp. and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Four myths about breast cancer debunked | Medical Xpress

“Less than 10 percent of breast cancers are linked to genetics or linked to genes that you get from your family,” said Dr. Parvin Peddi, an oncologist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “So just because no one in your family has breast cancer does not mean you cannot get it,” Peddi said in an UCLA news release. “In fact, more than 90 percent of breast cancers are not linked to any family history whatsoever.”

Lari Pittman’s exhibition is both disturbing and delightful | KCRW-FM’s “Art Talk”

Of Colombian heritage and acutely aware of the current political climate, [Lari] Pittman is considered one of the most influential painters of his generation. With a graduate degree from Cal Arts, he is a distinguished professor in the UCLA art department. He is renowned for his use of motifs drawn from the unconventional sources of decorative arts as well as fine and popular arts.

How is Justice Kavanaugh likely to rule on critical issues? | NPR

“Kavanaugh believes in a very vigorous Second Amendment right to bear arms,” UCLA law professor Adam Winkler told Totenberg, “and he thinks there is little room for constitutionally permissible gun control.”

UCLA professor named Pritzker Family Chair in Education to Strengthen Families | Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Tyrone Howard, professor of education and founder of the Black Male Institute at UCLA, has been named the Pritzker Family Chair in Education to Strengthen Families at the university, effective July 2019. Howard is currently the director of the UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families, working alongside co-director Dr. Audra Langley…. “Schools are the place where foster youth spend the majority of their days, but these schools can do a better job of working in collaboration with providers, parents and county- and community-based services,” Howard said. 

Seven secrets about getting a good night’s sleep | Reader’s Digest

Yet many medications can interfere with sleep, says Dr. Mary Hardy of UCLA. These include beta blockers, thyroid medication, certain antidepressants like the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), decongestants, corticosteroids, and medications with caffeine (like Excedrin).

No soda or juice to be offered with kids meals in California under new law | Monterey Herald Opinion

More than 40 percent of California children drank at least one sugary beverage per day in 2014, according to the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, a habit that researchers have shown drastically increases a child’s risk of obesity and diabetes.

Kavanaugh proceedings a ‘vivid display of a broken process’ | USA Today Commentary

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Harry Litman) The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, after a bitter fortnight of operatic intensity, is the most damaging blow to the Supreme Court since it decided a presidential election with Bush v. Gore, and the most serious assault on the court by another branch of government since at least Franklin D. Roosevelt’s court-packing plan. Now what?

Chinese who study overseas battle dark clouds | China Daily

Nicole Green, executive director of counseling and psychological services at the University of California in Los Angeles, said the school has one clinician who speaks Mandarin, four who speak Spanish, two who speak Korean, and one who speaks Vietnamese. She said international students are more liable to discuss any mental health problems with their doctors first. “They might think they are not sleeping or eating, and that something is wrong with them physically,” Green said.

The one way to reduce traffic | WGBH-FM (Boston)

According to [UCLA’s Michael] Manville, there is only one real, proven solution to traffic: price our roads. What he proposes is a type of toll called a congestion charge. The toll is dynamic, with the level rising or falling based on demand for the road at a specific time. So at midnight, when few cars are on the road, it might be low, whereas at rush hour, when a bunch of people are trying to get to work, it would be higher. Unlike other tolls, it’s not designed to raise money; instead, it’s designed to make a few people decide not to drive.

Will 2020 Census miss reality of Latino numbers, identity? | NBC News

For Laura E. Gómez, UCLA law professor and author of “Manifest Destinies” — a book that traces the origins of Mexican-Americans — this group’s identity is deeply connected with the history of the United States and reflects the racial attitudes of the country as it expanded borders and settled annexed territories. Race was a category assigned by members of a dominant group, in this case, white Americans who won the Mexican-American War. Today, Gómez said, Mexican-Americans are in a similar situation — how they see themselves is largely at odds with how some white Americans see them.

Advances yield more organs for transplant | U.S. News & World Report

At UCLA, meantime, surgeon Jeffrey Veale last year transplanted a kidney into a 69-year-old woman from a deceased young man who’d only had the kidney for two years – because he, too, had received it from a donor. The worry has been that an organ that has gone through two “death events” is too damaged to use again, but Veale says that depends on the circumstances. He has “regifted” kidneys two other times and believes the approach has potential to extend to livers and hearts.

Novel technology enables detection of early-stage lung cancer when surgical cure still is possible | Medical Xpress

The potential to detect early-stage lung cancer patients with an affordable blood or saliva test could save thousands to tens of thousands of lives annually worldwide,” stated Charles M. Strom, co-director of the Center for Oral/Head and Neck Oncology Research at the UCLA School of Dentistry and Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of EZLife Bio in Woodland Hills. The EFIRM technology can also be used to monitor treatment and detect recurrence in patients already diagnosed with NSCLC.

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