UCLA In the News September 26, 2017

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

When drug coupons help you but hurt fellow citizens | New York Times

In total, the coupons for drugs with generic competition are responsible for several billion dollars of additional drug spending per year, according to the study, which was also written by Christopher Ody with Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and Matthew Schmitt with the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg underestimates behemoth he built | Los Angeles Times

Zuckerberg may need to push Facebook to hire more social scientists rather than engineers if he wants to avoid similar controversies in the future, said Sarah T. Roberts, a professor of information studies at UCLA. “There’s no lack of vision, no end to the creativity of top technology firms to generate revenue,” Roberts said. “But when it comes to the downside of technology, whether it’s foreign interference or other nefarious uses, their scope of the vision seems to be very much impeded.”

Benefits of early childhood education, health programs | Wall Street Journal

One of the papers, circulated this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research, examined the effects of 1980s-era expansions of Medicaid, the joint state-federal health-care program for poor Americans, to cover more low-income pregnant women and children. It was written by Ms. East; University of Michigan economist Sarah Miller; University of California, Davis economist Marianne Page; and Laura Wherry, an assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles’s David Geffen School of Medicine. Their analysis found women who were born between 1979 and 1986 in states offering more-generous Medicaid coverage for expectant mothers had babies who weighed more on average and were less likely to have very low birth weight. 

Gauging NFL fan reactions | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“If you want to look at just the pure First Amendment analysis, the president was exercising his own free speech rights. He wasn’t threatening football teams with retaliation if they failed to do what he suggested and those football teams are not bound by the First Amendment. Football teams could fire people for their speech without violating the First Amendment simply because the First Amendment only applies to the government,” said UCLA’s Eugene Volokh. [At approx. 4:02 mark]

Republicans should pay for others’ preexisting conditions | Los Angeles Times

“The Greeks had a word for this — hubris,” said Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “The idea that you shouldn’t have to pay for other people’s health insurance because you’re healthy, that’s just insane. Bad things can happen to anyone.” He added: “I’m a good driver. But I still need to have automobile insurance. Just in case.”

Therapy improves brain connectivity in patients with OCD | Medical News Today

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles — who were led by Dr. Jamie Feusner — have conducted a study aiming to find out whether and how CBT might change levels of activity and network connectivity in the brains of people diagnosed with OCD. They explain that although the efficacy of CBT in treating OCD has been previously explored, this is likely the first study to use functional MRI to monitor what actually happens in the brains of people with OCD after exposure to this kind of therapy.

Breast cancer radiation is not as scary as it seems | HealthDay News

“The word radiation itself sounds frightening and is associated with many negative news stories,” said lead researcher Dr. Narek Shaverdian, of the University of California, Los Angeles. But over the last 20 years, significant advances have been made, said Shaverdian, chief resident in radiation oncology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. “These changes allow us to spare critical organs, create an individual radiation plan for each patient, and also deliver radiation in more convenient schedules,” he explained. (Also: Medical Xpress)

Brain stimulation partly awakens patient | Scientific American

UCLA psychologist Martin Monti, an expert on consciousness who has used ultrasound directed at the thalamus to awaken a coma patient, said the French study seemed solid but somewhat vague on how much the patient improved. “They just don’t make it very clear what exactly he recovered,” Monti said, such as “just some small sign of consciousness or [whether he] could, say, blink eyes in response to command.”

How to choose healthy packaged food | Consumer Reports

“In general, I usually recommend people eat as close to nature as possible,” says Dana Hunnes, an adjunct assistant professor at the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA.

Can all-boys, Afrocentric education close achievement gap? | The Root

Pedro Noguera, an education professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, has studied single-sex schools for boys and men of color. “While some of the schools that are successfully educating black and Latino males are single-sex, others are not,” he concluded in a 2012 opinion piece published by Education Week. “There is no magic to be found in merely separating boys of color from their peers.”

Candidates took thousands in tainted dollars | San Diego Union-Tribune

Experts say it can be difficult for politicians to study individual donors to make sure they meet election rules and do not make their living from a dubious business. “It’s hard to say it is incumbent on them to go beyond the law, although politically it would be smart,” said Joel Aberbach, a political science professor at the University of California Los Angeles. “You wouldn’t want a story saying Candidate X took money from Criminal A, B or C. The question is what’s reasonable,” he said. “For politicians, particularly on large contributions, it’s probably a best practice to find out something about the donor, simply for self-defense.”

Social media’s negative effects | Her Campus

Researchers at the UCLA brain mapping center found that when we are notified that we have received a lot of likes on a post, the brain’s reward center is activated more. Lauren Sherman, the lead author of the study, says that “This is the same group of regions responding when we see pictures of a person we love or when we win money.” 

Severely autistic youths languish in hospitals | Kaiser Health News

General hospitals “are not really equipped to handle someone who is autistic,” said Mark De Antonio, director of adolescent inpatient services at [UCLA’s] Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital in Los Angeles. Several times a month, he said, he hears about patients with no immediate care options being medicated and sedated as they’re held. “It’s a huge problem.”

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