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October 27, 2012 to November 21, 2012

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PROF NAMED TO FRACKING PANEL: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported Nov. 19th, and Press Connects, The Associated Press and New York’s WNYC-FM reported Nov. 15th that Dr. Richard Jackson, professor and chair of environmental health sciences at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, is one of three individuals appointed to review New York state's environmental report on shale gas development using hydraulic fracturing.

Industry groups angered by N.Y. fracking experts, delay

State taps experts for hydrofracking review

NY agency names panel to review fracking study

Health Officials: Fracking Health Review Nearly Done

 

SPOTLIGHT: Virginia Li, professor emeritus of community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was featured Nov. 16th in a Daily Bruin article about her efforts to identify tobacco crop substitutes for China’s farms.

Professor’s study in China brings turnaround in farmers’ livelihoods

 

PARKINSON'S DISEASE: Reuters reported Nov. 14th on a study by Dr. Beate Ritz, professor and chair of epidemiology and professor of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health; Pei-Chen Lee, a UCLA postdoctoral scholar in epidemiology; and colleagues indicating that individuals exposed to the pesticide paraquat who also have sustained a serious head injury are at significantly greater risk of developing Parkinson's disease.

Head injury, pesticides tied to Parkinson's disease

 

HEALTH INSURANCE: A study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research at the Fielding School of Public Health was featured Oct. 25th – Nov. 13th in multiple media outlets, showing that between 2009 and 2011, the percentage of California residents who had health insurance through their own or a family member's employment fell below 50 percent for the first time ever. Shana Alex Lavarreda, the study's lead author and director of the center's Health Insurance Studies Program, was quoted in the coverage.

Employer-based health coverage no longer dominant option

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A Million Californians Lost Health Insurance Last Year  

More than a million Californians lost job-based insurance during recession

CA families, kids still struggling w/no health insurance

Pacific, Kaiser working on community health

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More Than a Million Californians Lost Job-based Insurance During Recession

1.2M Californians Lost Job-Based Insurance From 2009 to 2011 

1.2 million Californians lost employer health benefits since 2009

 

HEALTH INSURANCE: HealthyCal reported Oct. 23rd, and California Healthline reported Oct. 24th and 25th on a symposium held in Sacramento Oct. 19th by health care experts to develop strategies for treating the uninsured after implementation of the federal health reform law. A report issued by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research at the Fielding School of Public Health, showing that five years after the Affordable Care Act goes into effect an estimated 3.1 – 4 million Californians will remain without insurance, was featured in the coverage.

Treating uninsured immigrants after health care reform

California Considers Strategies for Treating Uninsured Immigrants

How to Deal With Remaining Millions Uninsured

 

NURSING: An article in Nov. 10th’s Los Angeles Daily News about the need for nurses trained to deal with the special health care needs of military veterans highlighted the UCLA School of Nursing. Courtney Lyder, professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and dean of the UCLA School of Nursing, was quoted.

Nurses in short supply for veterans

 

SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Roger Detels, professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and founding director of the UCLA/Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program for health professionals, was featured Nov. 8th in a UCLA Today article about his accomplishments within AIDS research.

Pioneer in HIV/AIDS research works on a global scale

 

CATARACT SURGERY REDUCES HIP FRACTURE RISK: The Augusta Chronicle ran a Nov. 8th column spotlighting a study led by Dr. Anne Coleman, professor-in-residence of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA’s Fran and Ray Stark Foundation Professor of Ophthalmology at the David Geffen School of Medicine and director of the Center for Eye Epidemiology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, finding that patients who received cataract surgery had a 16 percent lower chance of sustaining a hip fracture compared with those who didn’t have the surgery.

Medicine Today: Cataract surgery benefits more than eyes

 

MENTAL HEALTH: HealthyCal reported Oct. 31st on McHome Homeless Services, a program that provides outreach and housing to homeless adults with mental illness. The report cited research from UCLA’s California Health Interview Survey, a comprehensive bienniel study of the health and well-being of the state's residents conducted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the Fielding School of Public Health.

Permanent housing offers stability for those with mental illness

 

HEALTHCARE SPENDING: Research by Frederick  Zimmerman, chair and professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and colleagues, was featured in an Oct. 29th Examiner.com and Science Codex blog; Oct. 30th by MedicalExpress.com and a KPBS-89.5 FM (San Diego) blog; and Oct 31st in RedOrbit.com and the Imperial Valley News, about their proposal that would benefit the U.S. by reallocating the $750 billion dollars lost annually to fraud, inflated prices and unnecessary services in the health care industry. Zimmerman and Dr. Jonathan Fielding, professor of health policy and management and of pediatrics, and co-director of the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities at the Fielding School, were quoted.

UCLA study uncovers $750 billion in inappropriate healthcare spending

Transforming America by redirecting wasted health care dollars

$750 billion: Researchers consider the potential of redirecting healthcare dollars

Job-Based Health Insurance Declines Dramatically In California

Study Proposes Eliminating Excessive Health Care Spending

Transforming America by redirecting wasted health care dollars

 

WALNUT STUDY: A column published Oct. 30th in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune highlighted a study by UCLA researchers showing that eating two handfuls of walnuts a day improved sperm quality among younger men. Wendie Robbins, professor of environmental health sciences at the Fielding School of Public Health and of nursing, was quoted.

Who knew walnuts had this power?

 

AGING and HEALTH: Steven Wallace, professor and chair of community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, wrote an article for Oct. 30th’s Aging Today addressing health disparities within America’s aging immigrant populations.

Older Immigrants Face Multiple Hurdles to Health Equity

 

SPOTLIGHT: Dr. John Clemens, professor of epidemiology and the founding director of the Center for Global Infectious Diseases at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was featured Oct. 29th in a UCLA Today article about global infectious disease vaccinations. Dr. Clemens led the team that developed the first low-cost oral vaccine against cholera.

He opens up critical pathways to get vaccines to poor nations

 

AGING and HEALTH: An article published Oct. 23rd in HealthyCal about the needs of aging Latinos in California cited a poll by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research at the Fielding School of Public Health and the SCAN Foundation. The results of the poll found that six out of ten Latino voters are not sure how they will provide long-term care for elderly family members.

Can Latinos in California Afford Old Age?

 

CHILDREN’S HEALTH: A story by The Daily Californian on Oct. 22nd about Breathmobile, a free mobile asthma care unit that provides preventative care to local elementary students, cited findings from UCLA’s California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), a comprehensive bienniel study of the health and well-being of the state's residents conducted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the Fielding School of Public Health. The CHIS survey found that one out of five school-aged children in Alameda County has asthma.

Breathmobile makes second appearance at Berkeley elementary school

 

Quotables

Susan Bowerman, assistant director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition at the Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted Nov. 17th in a Lifescript article about the health benefits of turkey.

Turkey Tips for Your Thanksgiving Meal

 

Dr. Linda Rosenstock, dean emeritus and professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted Nov. 17th in a Lancet article about implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

US health reform still faces challenges

 

 

 

 

 

 

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