UCLA In the News September 18, 2018

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

The science behind tweens’ risky behavior, and why it can help them in the long run | Washington Post

“The brain is in its final stretch of major neurobiological change during adolescence,” says Adriana Galván, a psychology professor at the University of California at Los Angeles and director of its Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory, in an email. “The first step in helping adolescents understand and use their developing brain more comfortably, creatively and productively is to stop creating a narrative that pathologizes adolescents. Once we feel more comfortable and celebratory about the emerging sense of identity, agency and self-reliance, so will adolescents.”

China once looked tough on trade — now its options are dwindling | New York Times

Chinese officials “are generally confused,” said Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda, a trade specialist at the University of California, Los Angeles, who has been traveling around China speaking with officials, businesspeople and workers. “They don’t know what to do,” he added. “They worry that the tit-for-tat model is playing into Trump’s hands.”

How the law treats kids who didn’t grow up like Kavanaugh | The Atlantic

A report by Neelum Arya at the UCLA School of Law estimated that, in 2016, between 32,000 and 60,000 young people nationwide were held in an adult jail. (The range is wide because states and localities count inconsistently.) At the close of 2016, there were 3,700 people under 18 in adult jails.

Childhood trauma and its lifelong health effects more prevalent among minorities | NPR

“This is the first study of this kind that allows us to talk about adverse childhood experience as a public health problem in the same way we talk about obesity or hypertension or any other highly prevalent population risk factor,” says Adam Schickedanz, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, who was not involved in the research. “Up until now, we haven’t really had a study that takes a national look.”

California grapples with growing physician shortage for low-income patients | California Health Report

Other money will go toward full scholarships to medical school students who pledge to work as primary-care physicians. L.A. Care recently announced the first eight recipients, who are students at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Charles Drew University School of Medicine. They’re receiving full-ride scholarships of $350,000 apiece, meaning they will not have the burden of repaying student loans or financing their living expenses, removing the financial pressure on them to select a medical specialty more lucrative than primary care.

Xanax and other sedatives can be addictive for older adults | Healthline

Dr. Grace Cheng is a geriatric pharmacist at the University of California Los Angeles. She says that patients can become dependent on sedatives after seeing a quick improvement of their symptoms. “Benzodiazepines can be a rapid solution for debilitating symptoms, such as the inability to fall asleep and resolution of an acute panic attack, which leads to patients’ satisfaction and perceived benefits of therapy. This may result in dependence and longer duration of use. However, they do not address the chronic management of insomnia, anxiety, and depression,” Cheng told Healthline.

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