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Women, people of color make gains onscreen but not off | The Hollywood Reporter

The seventh annual report was authored by Dr. Darnell Hunt and Dr. Ana-Christina Ramón out of the UCLA division of social sciences and the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. The researchers have closed the one-year lag in their past reports, yielding twice as much data that now not only includes the past year but also necessitates splitting into two reports, film and television. This study covers the top 200 theatrical film releases in 2018 and 2019, ranked by global box office, and the TV report will be released later this year. (Also: ABC News, Fox News)

How to prevent coronavirus: Wash your hands and ditch the mask | Los Angeles Times

But health experts warn that stocking up on the disposable masks could do more harm than good by limiting their availability to doctors and nurses. If the coronavirus outbreak should cause a run on anything, they say, it should be soap and water instead. “Fear spreads a lot faster than the virus,” said Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, an infectious disease expert at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health. “A mask makes you feel better, but you’re missing the more important protective measures.”

Kirk Douglas became an unlikely spokesman for stroke awareness | NBC News

More than 795,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke every year, killing 140,000 annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 87 percent of strokes are caused when blood flow to the brain is blocked. “People are having the same amount of strokes, but they tend to survive them better,” said Dr. Karol Watson, a professor of medicine and cardiology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.

Jump in coronavirus cases on ship poses a critical test for Japan | New York Times

“Someone is going to have to weigh both the public health consequences of requiring hundreds of people to be in quarantine and the political consequences,” said Timothy Brewer, professor at the schools of medicine and public health at University of California Los Angeles. “Most people who end up in quarantine probably have not been exposed and do not have the disease — so you’re restricting the civil liberties of a lot of people.” But Mr. Brewer said that the mortality rate based on available data — roughly estimated around 2 percent — could warrant a more vigorous approach.

Colleges need a culture change to address health risks of excessive sitting, researchers say | KCBS-TV

The UCLA research found that more than 50 percent of students interviewed did not consider it socially acceptable to stand up and stretch during class. “A cultural change has to take place — that it’s OK to take a stretch break, to stand up during a lecture, to fidget when needed — it’s ‘good’ for health’s sake,” [UCLA’s Angelia] Leung said in a statement. “My students have an advantage because dance classes naturally involve movement, but we can extend these benefits to any class on campus with something as simple as short stretching breaks — no dancing required.” (Also: Science Daily, News-Medical)

Experts say 23% of lawyers’ work can be automated — law schools are trying to stay ahead of the curve | CNBC

At the UCLA School of Law, often considered one of the best public law schools in the country, administrators believe that addressing costs is essential to addressing the existential questions that face law schools. In December of 2019, UCLA Law School announced the launch of a one-year Master of Legal Studies program which would provide students with a master’s degree, but not a law degree, at a fraction of the cost, and in a fraction of the time….“There’s an enormous number of people who engage with the law, who need to work with lawyers, who need to know a decent amount about the law for what they do, but they don’t actually need the license,” Jennifer Mnookin, dean of the Law School at UCLA tells CNBC Make It. “They don’t need to be lawyers.”

Oscars dominated ‘Parasite’ but looked right past its all-Asian cast. It’s part of a pattern | Washington Post

Asian actors have historically had few roles in major theatrical releases; in 2018, they held 4.8 percent of roles in the 200 top-grossing films, according to the latest Hollywood Diversity Report released Thursday by the University of California at Los Angeles.

UCLA economists forecast strong commercial real estate market for California | City News Service

Although the economy is predicted to slow in 2020, developers’ views on most California commercial real estate are optimistic, and they reflect an eagerness to get in on the ground floor of the next commercial real estate expansionary cycle, according to a UCLA economic forecast released Wednesday.

Brain-juicing cocktails want to give the sober curious a buzz. But where’s the science? | Mashable

“It is very hard to say there is convincing evidence to support any one of those popular things on the market,” Dr. Zhaoping Li, the director for the Center of Nutrition at UCLA Health, told Mashable. According to Li and Mashable’s own research, there are some small studies, some studies in animals, and some studies that look at the cellular mechanisms on which specific compounds might work to back up claims about popular adaptogens and nootropics. However, part of the reason there is a lack of research is because “adaptogens” and “nootropics” are “not scientific categories,” as Li put it.

Former ATF agent at center of legal dispute over AR-15 | CNN

Adam Winkler, a constitutional law professor at UCLA and an expert on the second amendment, said the ruling exposed “another major loophole in federal gun laws” and predicted it would lead to a surge in so-called “ghost guns,” homemade weapons assembled from individual parts, none of which bear serial numbers, if the problem wasn’t fixed. “This ruling will speed the way toward more and more unregulated firearms,” Winkler told CNN.

L.A.’s first step in housing the homeless is counting them | Bloomberg

County officials are trying a preventive approach. This year, they’ll start using digital tools developed by researchers at UCLA and the University of Chicago that mine data from social services agencies to figure out who’s at the highest risk of becoming homeless in the event of even a small financial shock, such as a missed paycheck.

9 signs you could have an anxiety disorder | The Healthy

People who have generalized anxiety disorder will describe themselves as always having been a worrier,” says Danielle Keenan-Miller, PhD, director of the psychology clinic at the University of California, Los Angeles. “For other people, they cope quite well and never experience significant anxiety until there are major life transitions for them or other kinds of stressors.” Many will begin experiencing an abnormal amount of symptoms of anxiety after big life events like taking a new job, having a child, becoming a single parent, or moving.

The winning 2018 Democratic playbook: Avoid talking about ‘Medicare for all’ | Los Angeles Times Opinion

Lynn Vavreck, a political scientist at UCLA, argued in “The Message Matters” that a presidential candidate challenging an incumbent during a strong economy must come up with an “insurgent issue” on which to run the campaign. The insurgent issue should have two characteristics. First, the challenger’s position must be more popular than the president’s. Second, the president must be constrained from changing course and adopting the challenger’s position to co-opt the challenger’s advantage.

California’s most controversial housing bill died, so what’s next? | Los Angeles Daily News

A UCLA analysis found that cities across California would likely have to dramatically “upzone” — allow much denser development where it is legally prohibited now — for Newsom to come close to 3.5 million new homes. That’s exactly what SB 50 attempted to do.

LAPD scandal opens window into California’s secret gang database as reforms debated | Los Angeles Times

The LAPD investigation “really is the booster rocket to say this has got to be reformed and it’s got to be reformed not in a superficial way but in a meaningful way,” said Jorja Leap, a gang expert at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs.

New coronavirus: the global perspective and impact with Dr. Anne Rimoin | KTLA-TV

“So where we are right now is that we have an epidemic,” said UCLA’s Anne Rimoin. “We have an outbreak of disease that is somewhat localized. We do have cases in several other places. A pandemic is when you have worldwide spread, and right now we have a few cases here and there, but we do not necessarily have worldwide spread.”

Garbage piles up near homeless encampments, making City of Angels a city of trash | KNBC-TV

“Anyone living in a rat-infested environment is at risk for things like hepatitis A, dysentery. E Coli, typhus,” said Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, an infectious disease specialist at UCLA’s School of Public Health.