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The Obama effect has helped Joe Biden with black voters. Will it last? | Washington Post Analysis

Those results, which come from weekly surveys conducted in July and August by UCLA political scientists Chris Tausanovitch and Lynn Vavreck in partnership with the marketing research firm Lucid, show that Biden performed best this summer among black and white Democratic voters who rate Obama very favorably…. In the UCLA/Lucid surveys, 83 percent of black Democratic primary voters rated Obama very favorably, compared with 70 percent of white Democrats…. In two large UCLA/Lucid surveys conducted in early September, African American support for Biden decreased by 10 percentage points from where it was earlier in the summer (45 percent to 35 percent).

City Council president proposes $30 hourly pay for Lyft, Uber drivers | KCBS-TV

Last year, the Economic Policy Institute found that the average employee equivalent wage for Uber drivers — after expenses, fees and taxes — was $9.21 per hour. According to Wesson’s office, a study by the University of California Los Angeles Labor Center found that nearly one in five rideshare drivers in Los Angeles received some form of public assistance and 44% struggled to pay for work expenses.

CDC reports STDs reach all-time high for 5th year in a row, and it’s killing babies | USA Today

“A lot of the funding for day-to-day public health work isn’t there,” said Jeffrey Klausner, a professor at the University of California-Los Angeles who ran San Francisco’s STD program for more than a decade…. It takes money, it takes training, it takes resources,” Klausner said, “and policymakers have just not prioritized that.”

Language regression in autism tied to motor milestones | Spectrum

“I do think it’s worth making a big deal out of this phenomenon that kids have some skills that seem to drift away,” says Catherine Lord, professor of human development and psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved in the study. “But I think trying to say who that occurs in and that it’s associated with later worse outcomes is probably much harder to do.”

The real secret to serenity? A sense of humor | Psychology Today

If you’re in the mood for something even more serious, consider doing some deep breathing to the background of om chanting — which itself has been shown to reduce stress and blood pressure. Another great go-to is UCLA’s free guided meditation series.

BART’s $3 parking comes under scrutiny. Should prices go up with demand? | San Francisco Chronicle

“You don’t have to be an expert to see that if the lots are full all the time, you’re doing something wrong,” said Donald Shoup, a professor of urban planning at UCLA who specializes in the economics of parking.

The world’s knowledge is being buried in a salt mine | BBC

Librarians around the world are also looking at the knotty problem of how to save information from the modern age. The University of California Los Angeles, for instance, is archiving tweets related to major events and preserving them in their own archives. “We are collecting tweets from Cairo on the day of the January 25th revolution, for example,” explained Todd Grappone, associate university librarian. “We are then translating them into multiple languages and saving them in file formats that are likely to be robust for the future. We are only doing it digitally at the moment as we have something like 1,000 cellphone videos from that event alone, but the value of that is enormous.”

The simple words that save lives | BBC

“I always like to remember that doctors are people before they are doctors,” says [UCLA’s Tanya] Stivers. “We don’t like to deprive people of what they want, so it is not always about what is medically correct.”

How a group of student debtors took on their banks — and won | GQ

“Race exerts a material force,” says Dr. Hannah Chadeayne Appel. The UCLA economic anthropologist is another of the Debt Collective founders and researches how the group’s work can address racial and gender disparities…. “We have a real problem in the United States with this idea that, like, ‘Oh, some people organize around identity politics, and some people organize around class, and which side are you on — right?’ What racial capitalism says is that these two things are not separate,” Appel told me.

Mice that vaped nicotine for a year had a dramatic increase in tumor growth, study finds | Los Angeles Times

“This is compelling, and very scary,” said Dr. Mark Litwin, the chair of UCLA’s Department of Urology. “When the instructions encoded in DNA get mangled, the cells go on a craze and continue multiplying, unable to control themselves. That’s a hallmark of cancer. And at a glance, this already looks like precancer tissue.”

Surrogacy is a complicated — but ultimately joyful — path to parenthood | New York Post

“If you’re looking at using a gestational carrier, there have been events leading up to that decision,” says Kathleen Brennan, an OBGYN at UCLA Medical Center. Those events may include serious complications during pregnancy, severe renal diseases, a cardiac condition, congenital heart problems or infertility complications — in other words, health issues that pose a high risk or make carrying a pregnancy to term impossible.

New LA Times analysis suggests much of local homeless community suffers from mental illness, drug abuse or disability | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“Individuals who are living on the street are much more likely to be suffering from health, mental health, substance abuse concerns. They’re more likely to report those as the cause of their homelessness and they are less likely to be accessing emergency shelters and more likely to be on the street for a longer period of time,” said UCLA’s Janey Rountree. (Approx. 12:05 mark. Also: Los Angeles Daily News, Medical Xpress)

Why immigrants make us healthier | Zócalo Public Square

Panelist Michelle Bholat, co-founder and executive director of the UCLA International Medical Graduate Program, said that the U.S. has a long history of relying on foreign-born doctors to go into rural and other areas where American-born doctors are scarce. And she noted that foreign-born doctors represent a disproportionate share of America’s primary-care doctors, since physicians trained here often prefer to become specialists…. [Moderator Emily] Bazar pointed to research by the UCLA School of Medicine’s Yusuke Tsugawa, a scheduled panelist who was unable to attend because of a medical emergency, showing that there was only a negligible difference in mortality rates between patients of foreign-trained internists and American-trained internists.

Wildfire legislation, Chinatown displacement, Disneyland Galaxy’s Edge hits and misses | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“Fifteen of the 20 most destructive fires in the state’s history have occurred since 2000. Many of these fires, or many of the most destructive fires, are caused by power lines that are maintained by utilities and so a lot of the problems and the laws are related to those sets of questions,” said UCLA’s Sean Hecht. (Approx. 1:36 mark)

DNA could hold key to predicting prostate tumor growth, according to new study | City News Service

The answer to how physicians might be able to predict the growth of patient’s prostate cancer could lie in the person’s DNA, according to a report released Monday by a research team that included experts at UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. Researchers identified nearly 1,200 biomarkers in men’s DNA that appear to predict how an individual’s prostate cancer will grow, according to the study published in Nature Medicine.

Can being an immigrant be hazardous to your health? | HealthDay

Issues related to poverty and food access are not unique to immigrants, said Ninez Ponce, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. But immigrants often face such issues in combination with factors such as discrimination and policy barriers that limit their access to helpful programs. Beyond that, even life’s basics can be a challenge, said Ponce, who moved to the U.S. from the Philippines as a child and is now director of the Center for Health Policy Research at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health. Just figuring out where to live, where to go to school or where to do your laundry can be tough. “So imagine navigating your health care.”

The Supreme Court’s new term begins today. Several rulings will affect California in particular | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“I think California is the state that has the most at stake in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals case,” said UCLA’s Jennifer Chacon. “When we’re thinking about stakes, there are over 180,000 people in the state of California who have deferred action status under the Obama-era program and so that means 180,000 people who have deferred action plus all their employers, their family members, their teachers, the people who rely on them for health care services — all of these people have something at stake in this case.”

Winners announced for National Institute on Aging Dementia Care Coordination Challenge | Scienmag

Second place prize of $100,000 awarded to a team from the University of California, Los Angeles, led by David Reuben, M.D.: The web-based Dementia Care Software system, which was developed with High5LA in Los Angeles, helps specialists deliver care to many people with dementia. Because dementia requires both medical and social services, care management can be complex. The case management software, which integrates with the electronic health record system, has already been used at UCLA to coordinate the care of thousands of people.