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June 9, 2012 to June 22, 2012

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Climate Change: The Los Angeles Times reported June 21st on a study led by Alex Hall, associate professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and director of the Center for Climate Change Solutions at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, predicting that climate change will cause temperatures in the Los Angeles region to rise by an average of 4 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit by the middle of this century. Hall; Paul Bunje, executive director of the Center for Climate Change Solutions; and Dr. Richard Jackson, professor and chair of environmental health sciences at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, were quoted.
Study predicts more hot spells in Southern California

Hepatitis among the Homeless: Multiple news outlets reported June 12th - 18th on research by Dr. Lillian Gelberg, professor of family medicine and professor of health services in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, suggesting that more than 1 in 4 homeless people in downtown Los Angeles have hepatitis C; nearly half are unaware of it.
Many Homeless May Harbor Hepatitis C

A quarter of L.A. homeless have hepatitis C; nearly half don't know it

Study: 1 in 4 on LA's Skid Row carry hepatitis C

UCLA study: Hepatitis C problem among Skid Row's homeless is growing, expensive problem

How Skid Row's Hepatitis C Problem Could Affect You

More than a quarter of LA's homeless adults have hepatitis C

Hepatitis se propaga entre personas sin hogar

Sad statistics: 27% of LA homeless adults are infected with hepatitis C

Over quarter of Los Angeles' homeless adults have hepatitis C, study shows

About 1 in 4 homeless on Skid Row have hepatitis C, study says

One-quarter of L.A.'s homeless are infected with hepatitis C

1 in 4 Los Angeles Homeless Have Hep C

Health Insurance: Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and professor of health services at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and Dylan Roby, director of the Center's health economics and evaluation research program and an assistant adjunct professor of health services at the School, were featured in the media regarding a Center study showing that some 90 percent of Californians under the age of 65 will be enrolled in health insurance programs by 2019 as a result of the health care reform law. Coverage included June 14th reports in the Central Valley Business Times and on KTTV-Channel 11 and a June 15th reports on KCRW-89.9 FM and in CaliforniaHealthline. Separately, Kominski was quoted in a June 20th Los Angeles Times article about the potential financial and public health costs to California if the Supreme Court scraps the Affordable Care Act, and cited a study by the Center.
Affordable Care Act would cover 90 percent of Californians under 65

KTTV-Channel 11

KCRW-89.9 FM

Study Estimates High Enrollment for Exchange

California to lose big if Supreme Court scraps U.S. healthcare law

Health Premiums: Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and professor of health services at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was interviewed June 14th on KPCC-89.3 FM and KCRW-89.9 FM, and quoted in the the Los Angeles Times about the California Public Employees' Retirement System's decision to increase health care premiums for its members by almost 10 percent.
KPCC-89.3 FM

KCRW-89.9 FM

CalPERS approves 9.6% increase in health premiums in 2013

Mental Illness: The June 12th Los Angeles Times and June 13th McClatchy News ran an op-ed by Dr. Neal Halfon, professor of health services and director of the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities at the Fielding School of Public Health, about the need to improve public services for the mentally ill and to train parents to recognize signs of mental illness in their children. The Reporter (Vacaville) also published a June 10th op-ed by Halfon about parents who interrupt time spent with their child to text, email or use social media. The piece was cited June 11th on the KTAR 620AM website (Phoenix).
Mental illness and lessons from Kelly Thomas' last cry for help

Little things that count

Parents' social networking could cause disconnect with kids

Fast Food and Childhood Obesity: A KCBS-Channel 2 report on June 12th, and articles in the June 15th Los Banos Enterprise and the June 16th Vallejo Times Herald about fast-food restaurants and childhood obesity highlighted a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health that charted childhood obesity rates in areas throughout California.
Nearly half of city kids are obese, study says

Study: Benicia has county's lowest childhood obesity rate

Quotables

Dr. Michael Lu, associate professor of community health sciences at the Fielding School of Public Health, and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, was quoted June 20th in an Inland Valley News story about rising mortality rates among African Americans during childbirth.
Researchers Puzzled by Rising Death Rates for African American Women in Childbirth

Shira Shafir, assistant adjunct professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted June 16th in a Toronto Star article about a raccoon parasite turning up in human patients.

Beware a staggering squirrel in your backyard

Susan Bowerman, assistant director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition in the Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted June 12th in a Men's Health column about erroneous health advice.

9 health habits that are a waste of time

John Froines, professor of environmental health sciences at the Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted in a June 12th Los Angeles Times article about the classification of diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic to humans.

Diesel engine exhaust linked to increased risk of lung cancer

Dr. Richard Jackson, professor and chair of environmental health sciences at the Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted in a June 11th Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) article about cancer clusters- geographic areas with high incidences of cancer‑-in that state.
State wary of cancer clusters but will continue investigations

Shana Alex Lavarreda, director of health insurance studies at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted in a June 12th Los Angeles Times column about health insurance giant WellPoint buying contact-lens retailer 1-800-Contacts.
WellPoint's buying 1-800-Contacts may portend a troubling trend

DylanRoby, assistant adjunct professor of health services and director of the health economics and evaluation research program at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted in a June 9th Ventura County Star article about the Supreme Court's upcoming decision on the health care reform law.
SUPREME COURT DECISION COULD MEAN LIFE OR DEATH FOR HEALTH-CARE REFORM

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