UCLA Headlines January 23, 2014

IN THE NEWS:
 
Medical Tattoo Artist Helps Heal
Dr. Christopher Crisera, associate clinical professor of plastic surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and co–medical director of UCLA’s Operation Mend, was interviewed today on KCBS-Channel 2 about a medical tattoo artist who covers the wounds and scars of patients who have undergone reconstructive surgery.
 
Later Marriage Good for Men’s Bones
Michigan’s WWJ-950 AM reports today on a study led by Dr. Carolyn Crandall, professor of general internal medicine and health services research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, showing evidence that men who marry for the first time after age 25 tend to have better bone strength than men who marry at a younger age.
 
The Cost of Kids' Ear Infections
HealthDay News reported Wednesday on a study by researchers at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA showing that treatment of children's ear infections costs the U.S. health care system nearly $3 billion a year. Dr. Sameer Ahmed, a UCLA head and neck surgery resident, was quoted.
 
Concrete Buildings and Quake Danger
John Wallace, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, was interviewed Wednesday on KPCC-89.3 FM story on the release of a University of California report listing concrete buildings in Los Angeles that could be unsafe in a major earthquake.
 
Helping Terminally Ill Children
An article in Monday's New Yorker about programs that help serve the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of children in hospital intensive-care units cited a UCLA study that found that pediatric palliative-care programs are not only cost-effective but can reduce the number of days children spend in the hospital.
 
Vetting Hollywood's Scientific Accuracy
Dr. Wayne Grody, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, pediatrics, and human genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was interviewed Friday on Voice of Russia radio about his work as a scientific consultant to screenwriters, directors and others in the entertainment industry.
 
Bigtime Politics and Big Data
Tuesday's Pacific Standard featured a column co-written by Lynn Vavreck, UCLA associate professor of political science, exploring whether political campaigns can use big data to predict how individuals will vote or manipulate the ways they vote.
 
Breaking the Boom and Bust
A column Monday's Week highlighted a suggestion by Roger Farmer, UCLA distinguished professor of economics, that the U.S. create a sovereign wealth fund that would manage stocks, bonds and other holdings to help guard against crashes and wild swing in financial markets.
 
Chamber Music and More at UCLA’s Clark Library
The Jan. 15 edition of Hollywood Today featured a review of a string performance at UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Memorial Library in Los Angeles' West Adams District and highlighted the library's annual chamber music series, its grounds and its wide-ranging rare-book collection.
 
Students and Campus Climate Issues
A column in Wednesday’s Huffington Post cited concerns of some students at UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies about diversity, faculty approaches to instruction and campus climate.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Anthony Butch
Butch, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory, was quoted Friday in a New Jersey Star-Ledger article about an NFL player arrested on suspicion of possessing synthetic marijuana.
 
Dr. Anne Coleman
Coleman, the Fran and Ray Stark Foundation Professor of Ophthalmology at the Stein Eye Institute at UCLA, was quoted Friday in a Medscape article about how common visual tests can sometimes miss early glaucoma damage.
 
Gerald Kominski
Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and a professor at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted Wednesday in a California Healthline article about California’s Low Income Health Plan, part of the Affordable Care Act.
 
Dylan Roby
Roby, director of the health economics and evaluation research program at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and an assistant professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted Tuesday in an Orange County Register article about the number of people enrolling in health plans through Covered California. Roby was quoted Wednesday in a California Healthline article about California’s Low Income Health Plan, part of the Affordable Care Act.
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