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July 13, 2018 to July 20, 2018

FEATURES

How heat affects your brain
The Washington Post featured two studies co-authored by R. Jisung Park, professor of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, in an article about recent research showing the effect of heat on cognitive performance.

Researching the effectiveness of an experimental Ebola vaccine
Science described the work of Anne Rimoin, associate professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, in an article about the experimental Ebola vaccine that was administered during the most recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As the article reported, Rimoin’s team has taken blood samples from about 1,000 vaccinated people and will compare their immune responses with those of unvaccinated people to learn whether the vaccine triggered a protective response.

Preclinical Alzheimer’s will not necessarily lead to Alzheimer’s disease dementia
Open Minds featured a study led by Ron Brookmeyer, professor of biostatistics at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, reporting that most people diagnosed with preclinical Alzheimer’s disease will not develop Alzheimer’s disease dementia.

QUOTABLES

Dr. Jeffrey Klausner,adjunct professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and clinical professor in the division of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted in a STAT article about how researchers are working to create tailored treatments to combat antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea.

Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, adjunct professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and clinical professor in the division of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted in a Reader’s Digest article about sexually transmitted diseases. The article, “14 Facts About STDs That Could Save Your Life,” described how STD rates are at an all-time high.

Gerald Kominski, professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Senior Fellow at the Fielding School's UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, was quoted in a Kaiser Health News story about the potential effect of courts striking down the ACA's preexisting condition protections. The story was also published in The Washington Post, Billings Gazette, California Healthline, Post-Star, The Register-Guard, The Times and Democrat, Herald and Review, Muskogee Daily Phoenix, Santa Maria Times, Health Leaders and Corvallis Gazette-Times.

Dr. Patricia Ganz, distinguished professor of health policy management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and director of the Center for Cancer Prevention and Control Research at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, was quoted in The Wall Street Journal. Dr. Ganz commented in an article about a new study reporting that many women who have been treated for early-stage breast cancer don’t get recommended follow-up mammograms but may get imaging of other parts of their bodies, which is not recommended.

Yifang Zhu, professor of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted in a Healthline article about how wildfire smoke, pollution and heat can create dangerous air conditions during the summer.

 “There is emerging evidence showing the synergy and linkage between heat and pollution. When the temperature is high, the pollutant level could also be high,” Dr. Zhu said.

BRIEFS

NPR cited research by R. Jisung Park, assistant professor of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and assistant professor of public policy in the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA, showing that taking a standardized test on a very hot day is linked to poorer performance. 

A piece from the San Diego Union-Tribune’s “Healthy Aging” column cited the Elder Index, developed by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. The Elder Index is a measure of poverty that incorporates national and state data sources.

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