UCLA In the News September 6, 2018

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

UCLA ranked No. 1 public school in WSJ/THE college rankings | Wall Street Journal

The top five public schools varied little from last year. The University of California, Los Angeles, again led the pack [at No. 1], No. 25 overall, followed by the University of Michigan at No. 28, the University of California, Berkeley at No. 33, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at No. 37 and the University of California, Davis at No. 41.

Are men from Clutterland? It appears so, UCLA study finds | Calgary Herald Opinion

Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles did a study of 32 middle-class families, observing everything from how they spent their time to what they did with the things they bought. They observed that big-box stores like Costco have increased people’s clutter problems by giving us more stuff to store. In fact, in this sample group, “cars have been banished from 75 percent of garages to make way for rejected furniture and cascading bins and boxes of mostly forgotten household goods.”… “Fathers in their (videotaped) home tours would walk in the same rooms their wives had come through and often made no mention whatsoever of the messiness and were unaffected psychologically,” says anthropology professor Jeanne Arnold in a UCLA Magazine interview. In fact, she says that, for the dads and many of the older children, accumulating and displaying artifacts was a source of pleasure.

California’s illegal weed industry is doing better than ever | Vice

“It’s been whack-a-mole in the city of L.A. for forever,” said Brad Rowe, a public policy professor at UCLA and a member of the university’s Cannabis Research Initiative. Los Angeles has made regulation too complicated, he said, and needs to work harder to identify illegal shops and attempt to get them permitted. He thinks there should also be rewards for compliant businesses — such as fewer inspections and reduced fees — and a more effective understanding of cannabis’s “entrenched countercultural feel” that doesn’t jibe well with oversight.

UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital ranked among most innovative | Los Angeles Business Journal

UCLA Health announced Sept. 5 that [Parents] magazine had named UCLA Mattel Children’s among the 20 pediatric hospitals across the nation that stand out for their medical advancements, research, family support and technological innovation. “Innovation is at the core of what we do at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital,” said Johnese Spisso, president of UCLA Health and chief executive of its hospital system, in a statement.

Chronicling the virtuosity and struggles of 1970s soul and funk musicians | New York Times

In a 2012 interview conducted by UCLA’s Center for Oral History Research, Ms. Jones recounted how at the time of Soul’s founding, there were no black publicists working for record companies. “When we first started, most of the time they didn’t even have a photograph of the artist,” she said, adding, “They were selling the sound. There were no bios at the beginning.”

When animals take the night shift | The Atlantic

And look at climate change: In 2014, unusually low temperatures in southern Texas, brought about by a countrywide polar vortex, killed green anole lizards that lacked genes for “cold hardiness,” explains Shane Campbell-Staton, the UCLA biologist who documented the die-off. The elimination of these lizards genetically reconfigured the Texas green-anole population, which Campbell-Staton suspects will help the lizards better withstand future temperature drops.

Here’s what happens when you break up with a narcissist | Business Insider

Dr. Judith Orloff, a clinical psychiatrist at the University of California Los Angeles, wrote in a blog post on Psychology Today that narcissists can make you “fall in love with them so hard that it feels like you’re giving up a part of your heart to leave them,” because they’re very good at becoming the center of your universe while you’re with them…. Narcissists are great at playing a part while they’re getting something from their source, according to Orloff. But when they’re done using you, they have no difficulty in casting you aside like a used tissue.

Walking, exercise both linked to lower heart failure in older women | HealthDay

Dr. Gregg Fonarow, director of the Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center in Los Angeles, reviewed the study. He said the current investigation is among the largest ever to show an association between increasing levels of physical activity in women and a lower risk of heart failure. The upshot, Fonarow said, is this: “Physical activity along with maintaining a healthy body weight, healthy blood pressure, healthy cholesterol levels and not smoking are among the most effective ways for men and women to maintain heart health and prevent heart failure.”

Surprising tactic in war against antibiotic resistance | HealthDay

Biologists at the University of California, Los Angeles, identified more than 8,100 combinations of four or five antibiotics that appear effective against harmful bacteria. “There is a tradition of using just one drug, maybe two,” said co-senior author Pamela Yeh, an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. “We're offering an alternative that looks very promising. We shouldn’t limit ourselves to just single drugs or two-drug combinations in our medical toolbox. We expect several of these combinations, or more, will work much better than existing antibiotics,” Yeh said. (Also: Medical News Today)

Metabolism-focused startup aims to shorten time between scientific insight and therapies | Medical Xpress

Enspire Bio is a collaboration between the Metabolism Research Theme at the David Geffen School of Medicine and UCLA’s Technology Development Group. “As scientists, we have a responsibility to cure disease,” said Dr. Orian Shirihai, leader of the Metabolism Theme. “This company will help us accomplish that goal by ensuring researchers have the tools and the diverse expertise, not just the funding, needed to develop new drugs.”

Nurse practitioners could be poised to fill primary care gap | Reuters Health

Lora Johnstone, interim associate director of Advanced Nursing Practice at UCLA Health, hopes the report will spur some change. “It’s daunting to think we could have a shortage of primary care physicians in California within the next seven years,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity for nurse practitioners to fill that gap, especially in rural areas and places with underserved populations.”

ACA reduced disparities in health care between Mexican-heritage Latinos and other Latinos | Medical Xpress

According to lead author Arturo Vargas Bustamante, associate professor of health policy and management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, “Our study shows that even though undocumented immigrants were excluded from the Affordable Care Act nationally, in California undocumented Latinos reported marginal increases in health insurance coverage and usual source of care, perhaps because of the specific policies implemented at the state or local level.”

People with spinal cord injuries may be able to regain bladder control with new treatment | Healthline

Neuroscientists from the University of California at Los Angeles worked with five people with spinal cord injuries, stimulating their lower spinal cords using a magnetic device placed at the base of the spine…. “Some patients rate bladder function above walking because bladder incontinence imparts a societal stigma,” Dr. Daniel Lu, principal investigator of the study and an associate professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, told Healthline…. “From a medical perspective, bladder dysfunction could lead to sepsis, kidney failure, or even death,” he added.

European scientists seek ‘epigenetic clock’ to determine age of refugees | Nature

The publication of the first reasonably accurate epigenetic clock in 2013 presented a simpler way of verifying age, because it could be carried out using blood samples. Developed by biostatistician Steve Horvath at the University of California, Los Angeles, this clock measures an epigenetic mark called methylation at 353 DNA sites across the genome.

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