UCLA In the News September 12, 2018

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

UCLA scientist shares 2018 Lasker Prize for figuring out how genes turn on and off | Los Angeles Times

“We have shown how a simple protein can have a lot of complexity by being modified differently at different sites on the genome,” [UCLA’s Michael] Grunstein said. “It’s a whole new level of regulation that we didn’t know existed.”

Cannabis comes to your coffee and candy — but is it legal? | Wall Street Journal

Jeff Chen, director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, says much is still unclear on the science behind CBD’s purported effects. “We are trying to understand what is happening, why it’s happening or even if it is a true phenomenon versus placebo,” he says. CBD’s function as a so-called cannabinoid — a unique group of compounds found in cannabis that can interact with brain and body receptors — may contribute to self-reported effects such as anxiety relief and inflammation reduction, he says.

How far can California push the nation — and the world? | Los Angeles Times

“The Trump administration is visibly dismantling Obama-era climate programs, and doing it loudly in a way people see and can understand, and it is attacking science more generally in very visible ways,” said Ann Carlson, an environmental law professor at UCLA. “California is big enough and splashy enough, and Jerry Brown is famous enough, that people are paying attention to what California is doing about it.”

Replacing one bad bail system with another | New York Times Opinion

(Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Robin Steinberg) California’s new system will do two pernicious things: It will broaden the use of preventive detention — holding in jail people for whom no amount of bail is sufficient — by giving judges more flexibility about whom to hold. And the bill will expand the power of law enforcement by creating a system of pretrial release. This will institutionalize the imposition of probation-like conditions — mandatory drug testing, electronic surveillance, curfews and reporting requirements — before someone has been convicted.

Electric scooter injuries on the rise | “CBS This Morning”

UCLA’s medical center in Santa Monica started counting scooter injuries in July. There were 60 that month, and they estimate 75 in August. Everything from wrist and leg fractures to major head injuries.

Larger trial of experimental autism drug planned for 2019 at UCLA | San Diego Union-Tribune

The trial will be conducted at UCSD and UCLA. It will test the drug on 20 boys, who will get three infusions over three months. Each will be paired with a similar boy in a control group who won’t get the drug, for a total of 40 boys.

Which universities will really impress the boss? | BBC

U.S. universities take the top four places, with MIT, Stanford, University of California, Los Angeles, and Harvard, whose graduates are seen as the most sought after.

Over 90% of families seeking asylum show up for their court hearings | BuzzFeed

[UCLA’s Ingrid] Eagly said the reason why families seeking asylum have high rates of showing up for their court hearings is because of the emphasis legal advocates have put on providing information to that specific group. "With a lawyer explaining the immigration court process, I think people are more likely to understand what the process is and where and when they need to go," Eagly said. "A lot of the reason why people don't appear is because they don't have the proper information regarding the court process, and having a lawyer can make a big difference in whether or not people appear."

UCLA’s Fowler Museum exhibit shows the delicate artistry of clever metalworkers | Los Angeles Times

From pumping iron at the gym to the superhero adventures of Iron Man, the symbolic use of iron in American culture today is pretty much limited to a single theme. Brute strength, perhaps reflecting our unceasing militaristic swagger, is brusquely signified. In Africa, by contrast, iron — the most common element on Earth — has for centuries been a more nuanced emblem. At the Fowler Museum at UCLA, the engrossing exhibition “Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths” shows how.

Doctor to the stars disciplined over use of controversial menopause therapy | California Healthline

“There’s a definite concern that for some women they may be dangerous,” said Dr. Janet Pregler, director of the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center. “Often these [hormones] are presented as risk-free, when we as physicians know that nothing you put in your body is risk-free.”

Heart disease risk can be lowered by combining statins with blood pressure drugs | Healthline

“Current guidelines recommend calcium channel blockers, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers, and diuretics as preferred first-line medications to treat high blood pressure. These medications work by lowering blood pressure, lowering the risk of heart attacks, heart failure, stroke, renal failure, and premature cardiovascular death,” Dr. Gregg Fonarow, director of the Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, told Healthline.

Battery streak moves closer to a 5-minute, 80% battery charge | Patch

Battery Streak's fast-charging technology was developed by two UCLA professors who are leaders in their fields — Dr. Bruce Dunn, Department of Material Science & Engineering, and Dr. Sarah Tolbert, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. The technology involves replacing traditional electrodes in standard lithium batteries with Battery Streak proprietary materials that enables batteries to charge at 20C with a longer cycle life and high Coulombic efficiency.

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