Healthcare system could save $17 billion on hip and knee replacements
Several outlets covered a new opinion piece by Jonathan Fielding, professor-in-residence of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and co-director of the UCLA Center for Health Enhancement, Education and Research, Steven Teutsch, adjunct professor at UCLA FSPH and collaborator with the Center for Health Advancement, and Vanessa Lam, a graduate student in the Fielding School’s Department of Health Policy and Management and the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, that was published on March 13 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The authors state in the piece that the U.S. could save billions of dollars per year by controlling costs related to elective hip and knee replacements. Health News Digest (Mar. 14), MedicalXpress (Mar. 14) and Orlando Medical News (Mar. 13) all picked up the story.
Epidemiologist testifies in Roundup cancer lawsuit
Bloomberg on Mar. 13 and Legal Scoops on Mar. 13 covered testimony given by UCLA Fielding School of Public Health epidemiology and environmental health sciences professor Beate Ritz in a case in San Francisco involving the agricultural company Monsanto. The plaintiffs claim that exposure to Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Ritz testified that she believes the product’s active ingredient, glyphosate, can cause cancer.
Released inmates with HIV stay virally suppressed through peer navigation
Healio on Mar. 13 covered a new study co-authored by William Cunningham, professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, reporting on a peer-navigation intervention that helped HIV-positive inmates achieve sustained viral suppression after they were released from jail.
How the Great Recession affected our health
Several media outlets covered a new study led by Teresa Seeman, professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The study reported that blood pressure and blood glucose levels increased following the recession that began around 2007 and that lasted through 2009. CNN (Mar. 12), HealthDay (Mar 12), Tech Times (Mar 13), and Medical Xpress (Mar 12), STAT (Mar 12), The Atlantic (Mar 13) and The Washington Post (Mar 12) covered the study.
Collective impact for health and wellbeing
Stanford Social Innovation Review on Mar. 12 published an article co-authored by several UCLA experts, including Wendelin Slusser, associate vice provost of the Healthy Campus Initiative and adjunct professor in the department of community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Hannah Malan, a PhD student in the Community Health Sciences Department at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and Tyler Watson, a PhD candidate in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. The article describes UCLA’s Health Campus Initiatives and specifically points out a project completed at the UCLA Fielding School that is meant to entice people to take the stairwell rather than the elevator.
Green spaces may promote brain development
The Talking Democrat on Mar. 11 featured a new study co-authored by Michael Jerret, department chair and professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, reporting that exposure to green space during childhood is associated with beneficial structural changes in the developing brain.