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PHYSICAL EDUCATION: The Riverside Press-Enterprise and San Bernardino County Sun reported May 30; KABC-Channel 7, City News Service, the Orange County Register, LAist, California Healthline and an Examiner blog reported May 31; KPCC-89.3 FM, the Monterey County Herald and California Watch reported June 1; and United Press International reported June 2 on a UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the School of Public Health study finding that one in three teens enrolled in California public schools do not participate in school-based physical education. Center staff Susan Babey and Dr. Allison Diamant were quoted.
PESTICIDE EXPOSURE AND PARKINSON'S: Science Daily and United Press International reported May 26th, an Los Angeles Times blog, FairWarning.com and Asian News International reported May 27th, and the Indo-Asian News Service reported May 28th, on a study by researchers at the UCLA School of Public Health that identified a third pesticide linked to an increased risk of Parkinson's disease and found that people whose workplaces were near fields sprayed with these chemicals were at higher risk of developing the disease. Dr. Beate Ritz, professor of epidemiology at the UCLA School of Public Health, was quoted in the coverage.
HEALTH EFFECTS OF SALT: A May 26th MSNBC.com story featured a Q&A with Dr. David Heber, director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition in the School of Public Health, about recent research showing that too much salt might not raise the risk of cardiovascular disease.
GLOBAL BIO LAB: The Los Angeles Daily News, KABC-Channel 7, KABC-790 AM, KPCC-89.3 FM, the website of KCBS-Channel 2, KCRW-89.9 FM and KNX-1070 AM reported May 22nd, and California Healthline reported May 24th, on the opening of the Global Bio Lab at the UCLA School of Public Health, a first-of-its-kind facility for infectious-disease surveillance and monitoring that will enable a rapid response in the event of a bioterrorist attack, flu pandemic or other national bioemergency. Dr. Linda Rosenstock, dean of the School of Public Health and a professor of medicine and environmental health sciences, was quoted in the coverage and interviewed on KPCC. Cindy Horn, a member of the School of Public Health Dean's Advisory Board, was quoted.
NUTRITION: A May 19th WebMD story about how chefs manage their weight included comments by Susan Bowerman, assistant director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition at the School of Public Health. She also supplied tips on weight management.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEE: A column in May 18th's My Health News Daily highlighted research by Dr. Simin Liu, professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health, and colleagues demonstrating why women who drink approximately four cups of coffee a day have a significantly lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
HIV TESTING: NIH Research Matters reported May 16th on research finding that community-based HIV testing programs can boost repeat testing rates in rural areas. Thomas Coates, who chaired the steering committee overseeing the 10-year project, was quoted. He is professor-in-residence of epidemiology at the School of Public Health and of infectious diseases, co-director of the UC Global Health Institute and an associate director of the UCLA AIDS Institute.
Stories in the May 31st Internal Medicine News and June 2nd HemOnc Today cited a Journal of Clinical Oncology editorial co-written by Dr. Patricia Ganz. Ganz is director of cancer prevention and control research at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.
A May 28th San Francisco Chronicle op-ed about TV advertising aimed at children cited a School of Public Health study that found that the association between television viewing and childhood obesity is directly related to the amount of junk food commercials children watch.
Gerald Kominski, professor of health services and associate director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research at the School of Public Health, was quoted June 2nd in a Sacramento Bee op-ed about California legislation that would allow state regulators to reject health insurance companies' excessive rate increases. He was also quoted May 22 by the Contra Costa Times about a California legislature proposal to create a single-payer health care system and provide access to doctors for all, including illegal residents.
Dr. Michael Lu, associate professor of community health sciences at the School of Public Health and of obstetrics and gynecology, was quoted June 1st in a BlackNews.com article about high maternal mortality rates among African-Americans.
Dr. Neal Halfon, professor of health services and director of the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities in the School of Public Health, was quoted May 31st in The Asbury Park Press and May 22nd in a USA Today article about the rising number of children with developmental disabilities.
David Hayes-Bautista, professor of general internal medicine and health services research and director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture, was quoted in a May 27th La Opinión article on new census data showing that 63 percent of Latinos in the United States were born or have roots in Mexico.
Vickie Mays, a professor of health services in the School of Public Health, professor of psychology and director of the UCLA Center for Research, Education, Training and Strategic Communication on Minority Health Disparities, was quoted May 27th in a Christian Science Monitor article about the search for those still missing after the recent tornado in Missouri.
Dr. Antronette Yancey, professor of health services at the School of Public Health and co-director of the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity, was quoted in a May 15th Los Angeles Times article about workplace health initiatives.