SENIOR HEALTH: A Fresno Bee blog and China's Xinhua News Agency reported June 14th on a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the School of Public Health that found that older adults who live in California's countryside are more likely than their urban and suburban peers to be obese, physically inactive and food insecure. Steven Wallace, associate director of the center and a professor of community health sciences at the school, was quoted.
PRESCRIPTION DRUGS: An article in June 14th's San Diego Union-Tribune about San Diego County launching a discount prescription drug program cited a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the School of Public Health showing the number of county residents who have health coverage.
AIR QUALITY: The Long Beach Press-Telegram reported June 13th, the Los Angeles Times reported June 11th and the Associated Press reported June 10th on a study by researchers from the UCLA Center for Occupational and Environmental Health in the School of Public Health and colleagues examining pollutants and air quality in and around a rail yard in Long Beach.
TIPS FOR PREGNANCY: Today's Parent ran a June 5th column by Dr. Michael Lu, associate professor of community health sciences at the School of Public Health and of obstetrics and gynecology, offering 10 tips to help women prepare for pregnancy. The article also ran in Hybrid Mom and Yahoo! Shine.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: La Opinión reported June 3rd on a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the School of Public Health showing that more than a third of adolescents enrolled in California public schools do not participate in school-based physical education classes.
PREVENTION: El Deber newspaper in Santa Cruz, Bolivia interviewed Jack Needleman, professor of health services at the School of Public Health, regarding key public health measures that can prevent disease. Needleman emphasized the need for education campaigns to prevent endemic diseases such as dengue fever from becoming epidemics, the need for proper hospital staffing, and universal access to healthcare among underserved populations. He singled out the importance of timely health screenings as key to preventing diseases such as uterine cancer which is the number one cause of death among women in Bolivia.
A June 9th Capitol Weekly article cited a study by the UCLA
Center for Health Policy Research in the School of Public Health showing that
aging lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals in California are more likely
than their heterosexual counterparts to suffer from chronic health conditions
and to live alone.
Opinion: Health care issues often ignored for LGBT population
Thomas Coates, professor-in-residence of epidemiology at the School of
Public Health, co-director of the UC Global Health Institute and an associate
director of the UCLA AIDS Institute, was cited in a June 6th
Washington Post column about the movement to ban circumcision.
Circumcision ban another attack on Judaism
A study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the School of
Public Health was cited in a June 6th column in the Fresno Bee on
the federal government's new MyPlate icon, designed to help Americans make
healthier food choices.
What's on "My Plate" for obesity prevention?
Research by Dr. Michael Lu, associate professor of community health
sciences at the School of Public Health and of obstetrics and gynecology, and
Dr. Neal Halfon, professor of health services and director of the UCLA Center
for Healthier Children, Families and Communities in the school, was cited in
a June 4th
Florida Today story about racial disparities in infant mortality.
Infant mortality: Racial disparities defy easy explanations
A June 1st Oakland Tribune article on teen stress cited data from the California Health Interview Survey, a comprehensive biennial study of the health and well-being of the state's residents conducted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the School of Public Health, showing that 14.4 percent of Alameda County teens received psychological counseling in 2006.
David Hayes-Bautista, professor of general internal medicine and health
services research and director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Latino
Health and Culture, was quoted June 15th by the Los Angeles Times
and June 3rd by the Ventura County Star about life-expectancy
changes among U.S. residents.
Life expectancy of U.S. women slips in some regions
Dr. David Heber, director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition in the
School of Public Health , commented June 13th in the
Los Angeles Times about claims regarding the health benefits of
pomegranate extracts and juices.
Extracting the facts about pomegranate pills
E. Richard Brown, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
in the School of Public Health, was quoted in a June 8th Los
Angeles Times article about plans by health insurer Blue Shield of California
to cut premiums for policyholders.
Blue Shield of California to cut many premiums 2.5% this year
Frederick Zimmerman, chair and professor of health services at the School
of Public Health, was quoted June 8th by USA Today about a study
showing that minority children spend an average of 13 hours a day using
mobile devices, computers, TVs and other media - about 4½ hours more than
Minority kids spend most of their waking hours plugged in
Patricia Ganz, professor of health services at the School of Public Health
and director of cancer prevention and control research at UCLA's Jonsson
Comprehensive Cancer Center, was quoted June 6th in a USA Today
article about research on drugs aimed at preventing breast cancer.
Few women taking breast cancer prevention drugs