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California’s wildfires revealed a fix for our housing crisis — if we’re willing to act  | Los Angeles Times Opinion

SB 330 is based on the premise that much of the housing we need has already been planned for by our local communities. California cities and counties have approved zoning for 2.8 million new housing units, according to a 2019 report by UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies. Under current zoning rules, Los Angeles County alone has the potential to build 567,040 new units.

Fact check: Is Casten right that we have ‘less than a decade’ to avert climate disaster? | Chicago Sun-Times

Framing it as a hard deadline is “more of a messaging tool than a physical science reality,” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Center for Climate and Weather Extremes, who was quoted in the piece.  “The next decade is indeed a critical window in which to achieve enough technological, economic and policy momentum toward a carbon-neutral world while minimizing societal disruption,” he told us. “But on the other hand there’s no geophysical cliff at the end of the decade that makes all our efforts moot if we don’t make it all the way.”

Clora Bryant, trumpeter and pillar of L.A. jazz scene, dies at 92 | New York Times

In 1943 she declined scholarships to the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio and Bennett College in North Carolina to attend Prairie View A&M University — a historically black school outside Houston — because it had an all-female 16-piece jazz band. “When I found out they had an all-girl band there, that’s where I was going,” she said in a wide-ranging six-hour interview with Steven Isoardi for the University of California, Los Angeles’s oral history program. But in 1945, after two years at Prairie View, Ms. Bryant moved with her family to Los Angeles and transferred to U.C.L.A.

Wide awake at 3 a.m.? Don’t just look at your phone | New York Times

About half of all insomnia sufferers experience this middle-of-the-night “sleep-maintenance” insomnia, either by itself or along with the “sleep-onset” sort, trouble falling asleep in the first place, said Jennifer Martin, Ph.D., a professor of medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles…. “Get up only when you’re so upset you can’t fall asleep anyway,” said Dr. Martin, an insomnia specialist.

DNA deletion boosts odds of autism, especially in girls | Spectrum

“The autism association lacked enough power to really get a sense of whether there was an increased risk,” says Julian Martinez-Agosto, associate professor of human genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved in the study. “And that’s what this paper shows, and why I think it’s essential.”

For diabetics, weight-loss surgery slashes the risk of death | Bloomberg

The study itself has issues, including imbalances between patients who got surgery and those who didn’t, said Edward Livingston, deputy editor of JAMA and a surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles, in an editorial. Those getting surgery were heavier and had higher blood pressure and cholesterol levels, while those in the control group were older and more likely to have missing data, a potential sign that they were less careful about their health, he wrote.

As with adults, no easy way to address weight with children | Associated Press

But Kaitlin Reid, a registered dietitian at UCLA, said it's a way of classifying foods as good and bad, which should be avoided. Seeing any foods as bad might result in feeling guilty whenever eating them.

After heart attack stenting, coming back to open other narrowed arteries pays off | Reuters

“This is really a compelling result,” said Dr. Gregg Fonarow of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, who was not involved in the research. “I think this will be embraced and taken into clinical practice across the world.”

‘Liza on Demand,’ the gig economy and the betrayal of the American worker | Washington Post Column

Out West, eight out of 10 Uber drivers who talked to professors studying this at the University of California at Los Angeles told them that heck yeah, they’d like some protection. Don’t turn off on this, because it’s a lot more than Uber drivers who are part of this new age of labor rights discussion.

Trump’s silence on Kashmir sends a dangerous signal to the world’s autocratic leaders | Los Angeles Times Opinion

(Commentary by UCLA’s David Myers) Just when we thought we’d seen every trick in the illiberal democratic playbook, along comes a particularly unnerving new one: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to remove the long-standing autonomy of Kashmir, the northern region at the heart of India’s 70-year dispute with its western neighbor, Pakistan.

Study: Students pay price when classrooms are too hot | Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Co-authored by three other economists including R. Jisung Park of UCLA, the “Heat and Learning” study concludes sweltering classrooms contribute to the education achievement gap between white and minority students. In fact, the researchers estimate up to 7% of the gaps are being caused by more hot days and hotter classrooms for African-American and Hispanic students.

How to buy a mattress: a grown person’s guide | Mic

Ideal mattress firmness isn’t one size fits all, says Arya Shamie, chief of orthopaedic spine surgery at UCLA Medical Center, and a professor at UCLA School of Medicine. “This is really a matter of preference, but the mattress should not be either too hard or soft,” he says. “Generally speaking, a high-end mattress with a pillow top should be just right for most people.” We’ll get to what high-end means as far as cost in a minute, but I, personally, am aligned with this Goldilocks, “not too hard, not too soft” approach to mattress firmness.

Study: Latinos behind others in health care access | City News Service

Despite vital health insurance coverage gains in California under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Latinos continue to fall behind other racial and ethnic groups in coverage and access to health care, according to a UCLA study released Thursday. A study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research finds that Latinos are less likely to have health insurance due to lack of coverage through an employer and barriers such as restrictions based on citizenship status. This lack of coverage means that they have less access to health care services, ultimately resulting in poorer health outcomes. (Also: KPCC-FM)

Freaked out about the future of the planet? Don’t let fear ruin your finances | CNBC

While it’s easy to feel powerless, Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the Nature Conservancy at UCLA, tells CNBC Make It that he has a more positive outlook on the state of things than what is typically portrayed in the media. Climate change will have significant impact in our lifetime, he says, but it’s also manageable if we do something about it now.

Scientists share photos, experiences from July quakes near Ridgecrest | KCBS-TV

The first of the strong quakes — a 6.4-magnitude temblor — hit around 10:30 a.m. July 4. That was when University of California Los Angeles professor Jonathan Stewart’s team headed out, making the 150-mile journey north into Kern County. The team is used to traveling across the world to study earthquakes.

Public school and charter school advocates come together on a statewide compromise on charters | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“I think the big point is that now local districts will have more say over the authorization of charter schools. Which means also more oversight. Which is important, because in many districts, there has not been a real collaborative relationship with charters,” said UCLA’s Pedro Noguera. (Approx. 1:20 mark)