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Shoot-’em-up videogames don’t warp minds — big tech does | Wired Opinion

I talked this over with Timothy Fong, a professor of psychiatry at UCLA. He studies gambling as well as videogame use and directs UCLA's Addiction Medicine Clinic. Is there a mental health impact on humans from playing videogames? I asked. Sure, he said, but those impacts don’t include promoting violence among players. “That,” he says, “has been disproven.” There are serious problems that can emerge from playing videogames obsessively, Fong says, as there are for most obsessive behaviors, including depression and feelings of isolation.

Why do some people think mass shootings are staged every time? | PolitiFact

Conspiracies thrive when they align with a certain political ideology. “For example, Holocaust denialism is embraced by people with antisemitic attitudes,” said Joseph Pierre, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of California at Los Angeles…. “Delusional beliefs aren’t typically shared,” Pierre said. “But the internet has become a safe haven for fringe beliefs such that it’s no longer difficult to find someone who might share a belief — about false flag operations, a flat earth, UFOs and alien abductions, or the Mandela Effect — and point you to others that are just as appealing, however improbable.”

After #OscarsSoWhite, Hollywood trainees see progress on diversity | Agence France-Presse

This year’s “Hollywood Diversity Report” found women and minorities have made modest gains but remain underrepresented in the industry compared with their share of the population. Women held 32.9 percent of lead acting roles in movies — up nearly two percentage points from 2016, but still far short of their share of 50 percent of the overall population. “Advances for people of color and women remain fairly incremental, if not stubbornly static,” the University of California Los Angeles authors wrote.

Bulletproof backpacks? Deadly shootings have parents adding to back-to-school list | Sacramento Bee

Liles and Blacker cite the resources on mass violence developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and coordinated by UCLA and Duke University, with its guidelines for parents to help children after a recent shooting and for teens coping after mass violence. Look for common reactions, they said. Fears that another shooting is going to happen; a change in activity level or difficulty with sleep. And reestablish routines to reclaim some normalcy.

Op-Ed: The fallacy of free ‘free college for all’ | Los Angeles Times Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Alexander Astin) On the surface, the notion of “free college for all” sounds like a good idea, especially to progressives. What supporters of tuition-free college might not understand is that transitioning from the current U.S. system of financing higher education to one where the student pays nothing would thoroughly disrupt a workable system that gives according to need and charges according to ability to pay.

What will it take to prevent mass shootings?  | “To the Point” on KCRW

President Trump and others blame video games and mental illness, but evidence shows otherwise. In fact, it appears there’s reason behind the madness. UCLA constitutional law professor Adam Winkler says, “I think that they are designed to create terror and to spread terror.” … “Four hundred million. That’s the number of firearms in civilian circulation in America today, and any gun law that you adopt runs headlong into that number.”

Need scientific proof that gender-neutral language is important? Here you go | Allure

According to a recent study by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis and UCLA, avoiding masculine pronouns can play a significant role in decreasing gender bias and increasing support for minority genders. In the study, which was published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America last month, researchers asked participants to use either masculine (he/him/his), feminine (she/her/hers), or gender-neutral (they/them/theirs) pronouns to describe a hypothetical situation like a politician running for office…. The results confirmed the researchers’ hypothesis that gendered language affects our implicit bias toward men.

‘Good guys with guns’ can rarely stop mass shootings, and Texas and Ohio show why | Time

In 2017, Ohio lawmakers passed a law that allows people with concealed-carry weapons permits to bring firearms into day care centers and onto private planes and lets employees bring guns to their company parking lots. “The logic seems to be to arm people so that people can stop mass shooters,” Chris Poliquin, a professor at the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles, and one of the Harvard report’s authors, tells TIME.

From ‘Vida’ to ‘Los Espookys,’ American TV has begun to center unapologetically Latinx stories | Vogue

Although Hispanic and Latinx people make up nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population, researchers at UCLA found in their 2019 Hollywood Diversity Report that Latino actors accounted for just six percent of the roles on scripted cable television shows that ran between 2016 and 2017.

Here’s how virtual reality is training the doctors of the future | Business Insider

And Osso VR released results from a recent Osso-funded validation study conducted at the David Geffen Medical School at UCLA, which demonstrated participants who used the company’s VR surgical training methods performed 230% better than their traditionally instructed peers, as measured by the Global Rating Scale (GRS) for surgical performance.

Trump’s immigration proposals don’t need to happen to cause harm. That’s the point. | HuffPost

It’s hard to pinpoint which Trump administration proposals are motivating immigrants to avoid health care, said Dr. Steven Wallace, a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. It’s like trying to figure out “​which raindrop got you wet,” he said.

Why keep building freeways if they’re not reducing congestion? | KCRW-FM

“We have a region of about 19 million people in terms of the greater Los Angeles region and we also have a tradition that anybody can drive anytime they want anywhere they want,” said UCLA’s Brian Taylor. “And any time you get 20 million people together with the freedom to drive anywhere you want any time you want, congestion is inevitably going to result.” (Approx. 1:55 mark)

Obama faced relentless opposition to gun reform, even after a shooting that left 20 children dead | Business Insider

“I think the reason why many Republicans refuse to support any gun control law is fear of losing on Election Day,” Adam Winkler, a constitutional law professor at UCLA, told CBS News in June 2016. And that trend has continued in the years since.

A healthier way to get more protein | Consumer Reports

Although meat is very high in protein (a 3-ounce steak packs about 26 grams, for example), it’s not the only way to meet your protein goals. “Almost all plant foods have some protein — even fruits and vegetables,” says Dana Hunnes, Ph.D., R.D., senior dietitian at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. “But foods like beans, nuts, and soy are the most concentrated sources.”

Enormous ‘cannonballs’ of plasma spotted hurtling around the sun | New Scientist

Marco Velli at the University of California, Los Angeles, says that it’s not yet clear whether chromospheric cannonballs can be attributed to magnetic reconnection. He says that if reconnection does cause cannonballs, observing them might be key to understanding one of the sun’s greatest mysteries: why the sun’s atmosphere, the corona, is so much hotter than its surface. “If it is reconnection, it’s an important observation because reconnection is a very important phenomenon in the universe,” says Velli.

Hundreds of thousands qualify for Medi-Cal but don’t sign up. Here’s why | Palm Springs Desert Sun

Approximately 543,000 Californians were eligible for Medi-Cal coverage in 2016-17 but not enrolled, according to data from the California Health Insurance Survey. But researchers from UC Berkeley and UCLA expect that figure could approach 730,000 in 2020.

UCLA study links progenitor cells to age-related prostate growth | Scienmag

“Understanding what’s causing the prostate to grow with age helps us to consider strategies to prevent the expansion of these cells and possibly reduce a person’s risk for prostate growth or disease,” said Andrew Goldstein, member of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA and a UCLA assistant professor of urology and of molecular, cell, and developmental biology.