UCLA In the News September 19, 2017

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

How a ballet dancer reinvented UCLA gymnastics, beat cancer, inspired others | Los Angeles Magazine

[UCLA’s Valorie Kondos Field], who hardly knew the difference between an overhand grip and an underhand grip on the bars when she began, wasn’t the only incredulous one. “I got a lot of grief — a lot of grief,” says [Judith] Holland. “The gymnastics world is a very small world. Everybody knows everybody.” The edicts ranged from balefully dismissive (“You won’t be successful with her”) to comically reductive (“Dancers don’t know how to recruit”). But Miss Val was more than a good dancer. “Her commitment to her student athletes,” UCLA football coach Jim Mora tells me, “is not just at being the best gymnasts they can be but making sure that they have every opportunity in life to develop as young women.”

Study shows how college students view free speech | Washington Post

A fifth of undergrads now say it’s acceptable to use physical force to silence a speaker who makes “offensive and hurtful statements.” That’s one finding from a disturbing new survey of students conducted by John Villasenor, a Brookings Institution senior fellow and University of California at Los Angeles professor. (Also: Brookings)

Immigrants return to Mexico with U.S.-born children | Los Angeles Times

“They haven’t thought about creating classes of Spanish as a second language,” said Patricia Gándara, a UCLA professor who heads up education for the UC-Mexico Initiative. “Without programs to help integrate these kids into the schools and without even the acknowledgment on the part of many teachers that these kids have special needs, they’re not likely to fare really well in the Mexican school system,” Gándara said. “We think it’s a real crisis.”

Prescription meds should be doctors’ last resort | Observer

Dr. Lonnie Zeltzer, the Director of the Pediatric Pain Program at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, said “drugs aren’t the only way to treat chronic pain. The prevention and treatment of pain can be addressed through many different modalities, with chiropractic care being one.”

Hulu, a streaming underdog, comes of age | Los Angeles Times

Although the Emmy wins for “The Handmaid’s Tale” are a significant achievement, Hulu still faces plenty of hurdles, industry experts said. “It’s not going to be a game-changer in the short term,” said Tom Nunan, a former studio and network president who now lectures at UCLA. “You need a dozen of those to really change your business model on a substantive basis. I don’t think one show will be enough to send them into stratospheric heights of Netflix or HBO overnight. What’s nice for Hulu is they’re even being mentioned in the same sentence as Netflix and HBO.”

How to make smarter spending decisions | Wall Street Journal

[Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Shlomo Benartzi] For this discussion, it’s important to understand that the higher the level of self-continuity, the more likely you are to make better financial decisions about the future. Self-continuity varies between individuals, but it can be manipulated—that is, people can be nudged into feeling more connected to the person they will be someday by, for example, engaging in mental exercises in which they visualize themselves at certain points in the future. So those who have low self-continuity can do something about it.

Increasing connectivity in brains of people with OCD | Medical Xpress

“The changes appeared to compensate for, rather than correct, underlying brain dysfunction,” said Dr. Jamie Feusner, director of the Adult Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Program at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and the study’s senior author. “The findings open the door for future research, new treatment targets and new approaches.”

Ease advice on cervical cancer screenings | Kaiser Health News

It determined that “co-testing,” as it’s called, increased the number of follow-up tests women underwent by as much as twofold without improving the detection of abnormal cells that are most likely to cause cervical cancer. Such follow-up diagnostic work-ups can be problematic, leading to vaginal bleeding and infection or fertility problems later on, said Dr. Carol Mangione, a primary care physician and professor of public health at UCLA, who is a member of the task force and helped develop the recommendation.

How gynecologist can help boost sex life | Health.com

Diminished testosterone levels (yep, women produce testosterone too, in small amounts) can also sink your sex drive, so your gyno might prescribe a compounded testosterone cream, says Leena Nathan, MD, ob-gyn at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Just know that the creams aren’t approved by the FDA and can trigger side effects like abnormal hair growth, she adds.

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