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Verbatim ─ hepatitis C, the Fourth Amendment and animals with erectile dysfunction

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UCLA staff and faculty members are quoted every day in the national media on a wide range of topical subjects. Here is a recent selection.

Eugine Volokh"The Fourth Amendment does not allow you to detain 18 or 20 people in order to catch one criminal…We need our police to follow the laws they are supposed to enforce.” 
 
Eugene Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, in a June 7 Colorado Independent article about a Colorado police dragnet that may have violated citizens' civil rights.


Barbara Natterson Horowitz“I started asking, 'Do animals get breast cancer or melanoma? Do animals get brain tumours? Do they get syphilis or erectile dysfunction? Do animals faint? And the answer was 'Yes, yes, yes, they do.'"
 
Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, associate clinical professor of medicine in the Cardiology Division at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of imaging at the UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center. She was quoted in a June 10 Daily Mail article about her research comparing physical and mental disorders in animals and
                              humans and her book "Zoobiquity," which looks at the species-spanning nature of illness.

 
Chia Soo"The best bone graft is still your own bone, but that is in limited supply and sometimes not of good quality. What we show here is a faster and better way to create bone that could have clinical applications."
 
Dr. Chia Soo, adjunct professor of orthopedic surgery and a researcher at UCLA's Broad Stem Cell Research Center, in a June 11 Examiner blog about a study he led that found that bone grown using stem cells found in fat tissue formed faster and was of higher quality than bone grown using traditional methods.


Lillian Gelberg“Their hepatitis C can result in high costs to the public and the health-care system if progression of their disease is not halted through treatment.”

Dr. Lillian Gelberg, professor of family medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She was quoted in a June 11 LAist article about a study that found that the rate of hepatitis C among homeless individuals in Los Angeles' skid row area is 10 times higher than among the general population, and that many of them were unaware they had the disease.


Daniel Blumstein2“Everyone should listen to their inner marmot.’”
 

Daniel Blumstein, professor and chair of the UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, in a June 12 NPR blog about research showing that distorted and jarring music tends to excite listeners because it mimics the distress calls of animals.



Shana Alex Lavarreda“The insurance companies won't be able to cherry-pick customers any more. ...Some of the biggest options they use now to compete are being taken away.”
 
Shana Alex Lavarreda, director of health insurance studies at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, in a June 12 Los Angeles Times column about health insurance giant WellPoint buying contact-lens retailer 1-800-Contacts.
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