Prostate Cancer: Several UCLA experts were tapped by media covering new research finding that surgery is unnecessary for early-stage prostate cancer. Dr. Mark Litwin, professor of health services at the Fielding School of Public Health, chair of urology and a researcher with UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, appeared July 19th on KPCC's "Air Talk" and was quoted July 18th in the Los Angeles Times.
Air Pollution: John Froines, professor emeritus of environmental health sciences at the Fielding School of Public Health, was featured in a July 17th Contra Costa Times article about a talk he gave concerning increasing levels of air pollution in California.
Mobile clinic project: UCLA students studying medicine, law and public health were featured in a July 16th Los Angeles Times article about the Mobile Clinic Project at UCLA, a volunteer, student-run clinic where homeless people are given free medical care and legal services.
Affordable Care Act: Dylan Roby, assistant adjunct professor of health services and director of the health economics and evaluation research program at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research at the Fielding School of Public Health, was featured in a July 15th interview on KOCE-Channel 50's "PBS SoCal" and by the KLOS-95.5 FM program Spotlight on the Community. Roby discussed the Affordable Care Act.
Nearly 4 Million Californians Face Hunger: Multiple news outletsreported July 9th - 14th on a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research showing that an estimated 3.8 million California adults could not provide adequate food for themselves or their families during the recent recession. Gail Harrison, professor of community health sciences at the Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted.
Childhood Obesity: The Ventura County Star and the San Clemente Patch reported July 12th on a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the Fielding School of Public Health estimating the percentage of overweight and obese children in California based on school fitness examinations.
Hospital-Acquired Infections: Multiple news outlets reported July 9th - 12th on a $2.5 million federal grant to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for a study examining whether copper surfaces help reduce hospital-acquired infections. Dr. Daniel Uslan, director of the antimicrobial stewardship program and an assistant clinical professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine; and Dr. Peter Sinsheimer, executive director of the UCLA Sustainable Technology and Policy Program, a joint initiative of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and the UCLA School of Law; were quoted in the coverage.
Nanomaterials: Nanowerk reported July 9th on the development by Dr. Andre Nel, professor of environmental health sciences at the Fielding School of Public Health, professor of medicine, and chief of nanomedicine, and colleagues of a screening technology that allows large batches of nanomaterials to be assessed for toxicity, based on their ability to trigger certain biological responses in cells. Nel was quoted.
Childhood obesity: An article in July 9th's Modesto Bee about a recent dip in the diabetes rate in Stanislaus County schools highlighted a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the Fielding School of Public Health that tracked California childhood obesity rates on a county-by-county basis.
New Diet: A column published July 2nd in Britain's Female First highlighted a study by researchers at the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition that found that capsaicin, the chemical that gives spice to hot peppers, may prompt the body to expend more energy and burn more calories.
Climate Change: The San Gabriel Valley News reported July 2nd on research 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. Dr. Richard Jackson, professor and chair of environmental health sciences at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, and Philip Rundel, UCLA professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, were quoted.
Affordable Care Act: Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and professor of health services at the Fielding School of Public Health, was interviewed June 28th by KABC-Channel 7, quoted June 29th by Fox Business News; and featured June 30th by KNBC-Channel 4 and National Public Radio about the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act.
Medicaid: Steven Wallace, associate director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and chair of community health sciences at the Fielding School of Public Health, published an op-ed piece in the June 30th New America Media about how state governors' decisions to reject federal money offered for expanding Medicaid programs as part of the Affordable Care Act will affect millions of uninsured low-income Americans.
Diet Trends: KTLA-Channel 5 reported June 29th about dieting trends and featured the expert commentary of Dr. David Heber, director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition in the Fielding School of Public Health and professor of medicine, who explained that while some diets may be effective, nothing beats healthy eating and regular exercise.
Health Care Reform: KPCC-89.3 FM and the Desert Dispatch (Barstow) on June 29th, and the Los Angeles Daily News on June 28th, cited a study by UCLA's Center for Health Policy Research and UC Berkeley in articles on how the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act will affect California. The study showed that nearly 4 million Californians are likely to obtain new or improved coverage under the law. A KNBC-Channel 4 story on the ruling referenced a 2010 CHPR study showing that approximately 8.2 million California residents are currently uninsured.
The Beverly Hills Courier noted July 6th that researchers at the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition in the Fielding School of Public Health are conducting a study to evaluate a palm-oil supplement's effect on cholesterol levels.
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 27th Ventura County Star article about the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act. Lavarreda was also quoted in a July 4 Los Angeles Times article about a lawsuit filed by the California Medical Assn. against health insurance company Aetna, and July 11 in a Los Angeles Daily News story about a 17-year-old girl who died when her insurance company declined to pay for her liver transplant.
Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, professor of community health sciences at the Fielding School of Public Health, director of the UCLA Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services, and a professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, was quoted in a July 3rd HealthDay News article about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approving an at-home HIV test. Rotheram-Borus was also quoted in a July 4th NPR Marketplace segment about an FDA newly approved home HIV test.