UCLA Headlines July 18, 2012
By Office of Media Relations July 18, 2012
IN THE NEWS:
UCLA Medical Center among Top Five in U.S.
KCRW-89.9 FM reports today and the Los Angeles Times reported Monday that Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center ranks among the top five American hospitals, according to a U.S. News & World Report survey that reviewed patient-outcomes data, reputation among physicians and other care-related factors. The medical center also was rated the best hospital in the western United States for the 23rd consecutive year and the No. 1 hospital in the Los Angeles metropolitan area and the state of California.
Regents Give Green Light on UCLA Hotel
KCRW-89.9 FM, the Los Angeles Times and Associated Press report today that a University of California regents’ panel has approved plans to build a $152-million conference center and 250-room hotel on campus. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block is quoted in the coverage.
Home Sweet Chaos
A new book by researchers at the UCLA Center on Everyday Lives of Families (CELF) examining in intimate detail the home lives of 32 middle-class, dual-earner families with children in Los Angeles was highlighted Tuesday by Unclutterer.
Antipsychotics for Suicidal Veterans
Daily RX reported Monday on a study led by Ralph Koek, UCLA associate professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, which examined the charts of 161 veterans with bipolar disorder who sought treatment at a Veterans Affairs hospital and found that suicide rates were lower for patients taking second generation antipsychotics compared to first generation antipsychotics.
Play Skills Help Language Skills in Autistic Kids
Tuesday’s Scientific American reported on research led by Connie Kasari, professor of psychological studies in education at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, that found that fostering play skills and other forms of non-verbal communication helps improve language development in children with autism.
Should Doctors Care if We Take Our Pills?
Science Daily Tuesday highlighted UCLA efforts to understand why physicians don’t adequately monitor patients’ medication adherence by conducting focus-group discussions with physicians about out-patient office visits with 100 patients taking a total of 410 medications.
Marriage and Socioeconomic Divisions
Science Blog reported Monday on research by Thomas Trail, a UCLA postdoctoral scholar in psychology, and Benjamin Karney, professor of psychology and co-director of the Relationship Institute at UCLA, that found that low-income and high-income Americans have similar views and expectations of marriage. Trail and Karney are quoted.
More on the 'Obesity Paradox'
Hive Health Media reported Tuesday on research led by Dr. Tamara Horwich, assistant professor of cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, indicating that being overweight or obese may provide protective benefits for those suffering from heart disease. Horwich was quoted.
LA Sues Banks over Abandoned Homes
Stuart Gabriel, the Arden Realty Professor of Finance at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA, was interviewed Tuesday on KPCC-89.3 FM’s "Madeleine Brand Show" and "Patt Morrison Show" and quoted Monday in a Los Angeles Times article regarding the City of Los Angeles suing US Bank over deteriorating foreclosed homes.
Impact of Stroke Severity on Hospital Rankings
HealthDay, Medpage Today, Cardiovascular Business, Family Practice News and an Examiner blog reported Tuesday on a UCLA-led national study that found when reporting on 30-day mortality rates for Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized with acute stroke, using a model that adjusts for stroke severity completely alters performance outcomes and rankings for many hospitals. First study author Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, was quoted in the coverage.
How to Build a Green Economy
California Progress Report today features an article written by Daniel Villao, statewide director of the California Construction Academy, a project of the UCLA Labor Center, about what the United States needs to do to build a green economy.
Hunt, UCLA's Eugen Weber Professor of Modern European History, is quoted today in a USA Today article about class warfare on the big-screen.
Ohanian, professor of economics and vice chair of undergraduate studies for the UCLA Department of Economics, was quoted Sunday in a Columbus Dispatch article about the positive and negative effects of allowing the Bush-era tax cuts to expire for the wealthiest of Americans.
Silva, UCLA professor of neurobiology and psychiatry, was quoted in a New York Times blog Tuesday about a pill that could help make people with Down syndrome smarter.