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Black hole at the center of our galaxy appears to be getting hungrier | Science Daily

“We have never seen anything like this in the 24 years we have studied the supermassive black hole,” said Andrea Ghez, UCLA professor of physics and astronomy and a co-senior author of the research. “It’s usually a pretty quiet, wimpy black hole on a diet. We don’t know what is driving this big feast.” (Also: Business Insider, SpaceDaily, Phys.org)

UCLA study: State makes progress on goal to guarantee water as a human right | L.A. Sentinel

“From the start, the challenge was to meet the needs of some one million Californians who lacked access to clean, safe, reliable drinking water,” says Jon Christensen, the author of the study. “Their tap water was — and largely remains — contaminated by nitrates from agricultural pollution, perchlorate from industrial pollution and other toxics such as arsenic. Small, rural community water systems reliant on groundwater and lacking a connection to a water treatment plant are particularly at risk,” he adds.

Americans’ struggles with medical bills are a foreign concept in other countries | Los Angeles Times

 “There isn’t one system that works,” said Thomas Rice, a UCLA health economist who is writing a textbook about health insurance systems around the world. “Lots of different kinds of systems can protect patients from high costs.”

We know it harms kids to see smoking on TV. What about rape? | New York Times

Neil Malamuth, a professor of psychology and communication studies at U.C.L.A. who studies the effects of mass media violence, has found that, “exposure to sexual violence — even if it is intended to help people see the horror of it — will be sexually arousing to a small but significant percentage of young male viewers. And we do know that such sexual arousal to violence is one of the contributing predictors of actual aggression against women.”

Should you spend, or save, as if you’ll live forever? | New York Times

For those who lack much self-control, Ms. Goldsmith pointed to experiments by Hal Hershfield at U.C.L.A. and Daniel Bartels at the University of Chicago, where people were given virtual reality goggles that let them see themselves in their 80s. She said the experience made them more willing to accept long-term rewards over immediate ones, changing how they might make decisions about retirement.

Trump weighs banning flavored e-cigarettes | ABC News

Federal health officials are investigating vaping-related lung illnesses, including at least six deaths, with many cases involving off-market or THC-related products, but it remains unclear what exactly is causing users to get sick, according to Dr. Kathryn Melamed, a Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center pulmonologist. “I think the take home message at this point from my perspective is these products are dangerous, we don’t know which component or which exact brand is the culprit, so for now I would just avoid them altogether,” she says.

How to keep looking — and feeling — like yourself during chemotherapy | O the Oprah Magazine

Before or after chemo, some patients also receive radiation therapy at the tumor site to eradicate cancer cells by damaging their DNA, says Patricia Ganz, MD, Breast Cancer Research Foundation investigator and scientific advisory board member, and professor at UCLA Schools of Medicine and Public Health. The cancer cells stop multiplying and die, but although the radiation is directed at the tumor, the adjacent skin and soft tissue can become collateral damage.

California bans ‘willful defiance’ suspensions for K-8 students | KCBS-TV

“Willful defiance” suspensions are a “highly subjective” category of suspensions that could include a student doing something as innocuous as not removing a hat or sleeping in class, according to state Sen. Nancy Skinner, who sponsored the bill. Skinner cited a 2018 report by UCLA and San Diego State professors that found black male students were suspended at nearly four times the student average in California, with “willful defiance” representing 15 percent of elementary school suspensions and 21 percent of middle school suspensions.

In a statewide disparity, more Latino children lack health insurance | California Health Report

Three quarters of the state’s uninsured Latino children ages 18 and under are missing out on health coverage, analysts at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research found. It’s likely these children aren’t going to the doctor regularly or getting routine checkups, the researchers said. Unlike adults, low-income children in California are eligible for Medi-Cal regardless of their immigration status. But Susan Babey, a research scientist at the center, said some Latino parents may still be afraid of enrolling their kids.

Groundwater bill could shift state’s water management approach | KCET-TV

This system is making a critical contribution to the county’s ambition to become water independent by 2050, an ambition that the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability believes Los Angeles County could replicate. In its 2018 report, the center highlighted “potential pathways to a transformation of the city’s historical reliance on imported water to an integrated, green infrastructure, water management approach that provides water quality, supply, flood control, habitat, open space and other benefits.”

Two can’t-miss events for AI hardware | Forbes

This year Xilinx will unveil its new unified software development environment and make a number of top-tier customer announcements that span data center, 5G, and automotive. There will be numerous deep-dive breakout sessions that feature distinguished speakers from UCLA and MIT, among others, and over 20 hours of hands-on developer labs.

Can CBD live up to the hype? | Men’s Journal

Ziva Cooper, research director for UCLA’s Cannabis Research Initiative, also worries about people freely dosing up on CBD without any guidelines. “When a drug is investigated,” she says, “it goes through very thorough testing to look at potential side effects and how it might impact other drugs people are taking. But none of that testing has been done on CBD, except in the case of Epidiolex.”

Out of the haze of chemo brain | Cure Today

Some studies suggest that cancer treatments may cause central nervous system toxicity, which could have both direct and indirect effects on the brain. A 2017 study on animals by researchers in Alberta supports this, suggesting that chemotherapy leads to a process that essentially causes the brain to age during therapy. In addition, a 2018 study conducted at the University of California Los Angeles with breast cancer survivors found a link between cognitive decline and the biological aging of cells due to chemotherapy and radiation.

A ‘weird and freakish’ asteroid stunned astronomers with six glowing tails | Express (U.K.)

Lead investigator David Jewitt of the University of California at Los Angeles said at the time it was hard to believe the object was an asteroid.

Teens with opioid use disorder may benefit from medication treatment | Medical Xpress

In a commentary that accompanies the review, a group of researchers led by Rachel Gonzales-Castaneda, Ph.D., M.P.H., of UCLA, writes that, because relapse occurs in more than half of the adolescents treated for opioid use disorder with standard approaches, alternatives such a treatment with medication may need to be considered. However, they add that researchers lack information on how medical treatment may interact with other mental or physical disorders, or their treatments, and that much more research is needed that addresses the needs of the adolescent population with opioid disorder. (Also: HealthDay)

Embryo-like structures created from human stem cells | Nature

“This study could help to understand and help prevent early pregnancy loss,” says Amander Clark, a stem-cell biologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, who wrote a News & Views article2 to accompany the study. “Women who have repeat early pregnancy failure should now have hope that scientists are working on approaches to help understand why this occurs,” she adds.

Rogan intrigued by new study that hints ‘biological age’ can be reversed | Maxim

“I’d expected to see slowing down of the clock, but not a reversal,” geneticist Steve Horvath from UCLA says. “That felt kind of futuristic.”