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October 20, 2012 to October 26, 2012


HEALTH INSURANCE: KTTV-Channel 11 reported Oct. 26th on a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the Fielding School of Public Health 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.
KTTV-Channel 11

HIV/AIDS DISPARITIES: AIDSmap Oct. 19th highlighted an Archives of Internal Medicine editorial by Dr. William Cunningham, professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and of medicine, about racial disparities in mortality rates for AIDS. The editorial accompanied a study finding that while overall death rates from AIDS have fallen dramatically, rates for less educated blacks remained the highest.
Huge differences in HIV mortality rates in US according to race, social and economic status

EASTER ISLAND'S WALKING STATUES: An article published Oct. 23rd in Nature on the mystery behind the construction and transportation of the giant stone heads on Easter Island cited research on the Easter Island civilization by Jared Diamond, professor of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, professor of geography and of physiology, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, from his book "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed." Jo Anne Van Tilburg, a research associate at UCLA's Cotsen Institute of Archaeology and director of the institute's Rock Art Archive, was quoted.
Easter Island statues 'walked' out of quarry

AIR QUALITY: An Oct. 22nd article about alternative transportation in Southern California highlighted a study by researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health that found that air quality improved dramatically in the Los Angeles area during the weekend closure of the 405 freeway in July 2011.
Get Out of the Car: Walking CicLAvia No. 5



Dr. Neal Halfon, professor of health policy and management and director of the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities at the Fielding School of Public Health, and professor of pediatrics, was quoted Oct. 18th in an article in the Hartford Courant about correlations between infant mortality and race. He was also quoted in the Oct. 20th edition of the American Academy of Pediatrics Today newsletter in an article recapping a presentation he gave on the topic of creating bold changes in the field of child health. Child Health Experts, State Officials To Meet Friday

Speaker Calls for Bold Changes in Early Child Health

Dr. David Heber, director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition at the Fielding School of Public Health and professor of medicine, was quoted Oct. 23rd in an article about the potentially adverse health effects of caffeinated energy drinks.
When caffeine kills: Energy drinks under the spotlight