UCLA In the News September 10, 2018

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

U.S. News announces 2019 best colleges rankings — UCLA No. 1 Top Public School | U.S. News & World Report

For the first time, the University of California–Los Angeles is the sole No. 1 Top Public School among National Universities, having tied for first in the 2018 ranking. (Also: USA Today, KABC-TV)

Hospitals step up the war on superbugs | Wall Street Journal

At UCLA Health, Mark Sklansky, a pediatric cardiologist, was so concerned about germs that could be spread by doctors, he tried to convert two neonatal intensive care units into “handshake-free zones” in 2015. The campaign, which was part of a formal study, never really caught on, even though the NICUs still have signs that depict a crossed-out handshake. “Hospitals,” Dr. Sklansky laments, “aren’t ready to recommend handshake-free zones.”

Black actors sweep guest-acting Emmy categories, signaling TV’s slowly increasing diversity | Washington Post

“There are all kinds of missed opportunities. It’s an outgrowth of the executive suites and the fact that they are still overwhelmingly white and male and who is in a position to judge which ideas being pitched are viable … and whose pitches will be heard,” Darnell Hunt, a UCLA sociology professor and co-author of the annual Hollywood diversity report, told the newspaper. “We are seeing some sustained progress over time … but we were starting at such an abysmal location.”

Leading hospital groups launching generic drug company to combat shortages | KPCC–FM’s “AirTalk”

“Hospitals have decided they’ve had enough and are going to step in to fix the problems within their own supply chain.… What we’re seeing is really a market failure,” said UCLA’s Shana Charles. (Approx. 4:45 mark)

Does originalism matter anymore? | New York Times Opinion

The reality is that, as the law professors Will Baude of the University of Chicago and Eugene Volokh of UCLA argued in an amicus brief, neither free speech principles nor prior case law supported the justices’ decision to overrule the policy judgments of almost half the states on how to regulate public sector unions.

Russia’s Suez Canal? Ships start plying a less-icy Arctic, thanks to climate change | Washington Post

Laurence C. Smith, a professor of geography at the University of California at Los Angeles, who has modeled future maritime traffic scenarios in the Arctic, said the Northern Sea Route, in the short-term, may be a niche market. But he wonders: “Imagine a time in the not-so-distant future when ice ceases to be the limiting factor.”

California has ended money bail. Who will bail out the industry? | Los Angeles Times

Another report by the UCLA School of Law analyzed more than 100 bail contracts tied to large sureties and found that the fine print often gave agents broad discretion to return defendants to jail or weigh them down with hidden fees and gave the sureties control over the life savings, homes and vehicles families offered as collateral.

Governor Jerry Brown hosts climate change summit in San Francisco | CALmatters

“It could be a lot of pomp and not much action, but there could also be a lot of good things coming out of it,” said Sean Hecht, Co-Executive Director of UCLA’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. “If your metric for success is how confident are we that this will help us turn the corner—there’s certainly reason for pessimism. On the other hand, you have to keep trying,” Hecht said. “It’s possible that there will be some moment that the corner gets turned.”

U.S. trade gap with China sets record despite tariffs | Daily Breeze

“Will it have an effect on the trade deficit in general? The answer is ‘no,’” said Jerry Nickelsburg, an adjunct professor of economics with UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. That’s because the federal deficit has grown so large in recent years the U.S. government has to borrow more money to stay afloat, Nickelsburg said.

Target workers on Long Island reject union representation | Bloomberg

Employers use a variety of tactics to hinder unionization, [UCLA’s Chris] Tilly said. The measures may include supervisors having one-on-one conversations with workers, having team meetings that discourage union votes, and even disciplining or firing workers who support a union. Some of those actions are illegal, but employers may view the punishment as less costly than having to bargain with a union, he said.

Family separation policy repeats our dystopian past | Houston Chronicle Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Randall Akee) There is nothing just about separating children from their parents for seeking asylum, and nothing justifies the death of those children as a result of being in U.S. custody. In a civilized society, we don’t punish children for the sins of their fathers. Especially if the “sin” is a misdemeanor.

What to expect when you see the gynecologist for the first time | LAist

“Pap smears are uncomfortable, but not painful if done right,” said [UCLA’s Aparna] Shridhar. Sridhar does what she can to make the exam as comfortable as it can be, but if a patient is too nervous to have a full pelvic examination, she’s willing to skip it. “You don’t have to accomplish everything in one visit,” she said.

Two-thirds of millennials sleep in the nude, study finds | USA Today

When we’re sleeping, we lose the ability to tightly regulate our core body temperature, said Alon Avidan, who directs the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center in Los Angeles. If that temperature drops too low, it’s likely to wake us up, disrupting sleep. The ideal bedroom temperature for most people is 68 to 69 degrees — not too hot, not too cold, he said. Bedrooms should also be dark and devoid of distractions like televisions, laptops and work. “The bedroom should be available only for sleep, sex and sickness and no other activities,” he said.

Does milk cause mucus? Pediatric doctor clears up common myth | NBC’s “Today”

Dr. Zhaoping Li isn’t completely convinced by the new article’s logic. If someone feels uncomfortable after drinking milk, she suggests they choose a suitable substitute. “I’d tell a patient if you’re feeling mucusy or have other issues, including asthma, then maybe you shouldn’t drink milk at all,” said Li, a professor of medicine and director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Or maybe drink less.”

Beet juice may reduce walking pain with leg artery disease | Reuters Health

Beet juice also isn’t something doctors typically prescribe for reducing pain from walking with PAD, noted Dr. Joseph Ladapo of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles. “The potential benefits of beets are not yet established in mainstream medical literature,” Ladapo, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email. But there’s very little downside to trying it, Ladapo said.

HIV prevention pill reaching more people who need it | Reuters Health

“In addition, the estimate reported doesn’t distinguish between those who had ever used PrEP and those currently using PrEP,” said Matthew Beymer, a researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine and at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Many people who start PrEP don’t continue with treatment, Beymer, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.

Brain’s support cells may play a central role in repetitive behaviors related to OCD | Medical Xpress

“For months, we wondered why they spent so much time in corners,” said [UCLA’s] Xinzhu Yu, the study’s first author and a postdoctoral researcher in Khakh’s lab. “It turned out that they were spending a lot of time self-grooming. This phenotype resembled very closely repetitive behaviors in humans; for example, the repetitive hand washing that happens with some OCD patients.” (UCLA’s Baljit Khakh also quoted)

Changes in the architecture around cancer cells can fuel their spread | Medical Xpress

UCLA researchers have found that the extracellular matrix, the dense network of proteins and carbohydrates that surround a cell, can influence how cells move within the body by regulating their sugar consumption. The study shows that acute changes in a single component of the extracellular matrix can trigger a very rapid change in the metabolism and migration of the cell.

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