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FSPH In The News - for the week of April 19, 2019 - 12:00am

Week of: 
April 19, 2019 to April 26, 2019

Features

Confronting California’s STI crisis
CALmatters published a commentary by Jeffrey Klausner, MD, about the high number of sexually transmitted infections in California and the state’s inadequate response to the issue. Klausner is a professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and an adjunct professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.
   
"In the vaccine fight, measles is winning"
The Hill published an opinion piece by Jonathan Fielding, MD, about child vaccination and public misperceptions about the seriousness of the disease as cases nationally reach the highest levels in decades. Fielding is a distinguished professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and of pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
 
Social media used to amplify anti-vaccination sentiment
KCRW-FM interviewed Alice Kuo, MD, a professor of internal medicine and pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and associate professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, in a segment about how skepticism of vaccines are spread across social media.
KCRW: https://bit.ly/2GJ02ZW
  
Quit smoking, lower the risk of premature birth
Healio, Vermont Business MagazineMD Magazine and other outlets highlighted research co-authored by Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez, PhD, an associate professor of community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, finding that cigarette smoking cessation – particularly early in pregnancy – is associated with an up to 20 percent decrease in risk of preterm birth.
     
Confusion among California immigrants about public benefit programs
The Orange County Register, in a column about the high cost of open boarders, highlighted a UCLA Center for Health Policy Research seminar on how a Trump administration proposal to add three welfare benefits to the definition of “cash assistance” might lead to confusion among California immigrants, prompting them to disenroll from programs for which they are eligible.
 
Using storytelling to share messages about health
Medical Xpress and My Medicine Tale published an article about Neal Baer, MD, an adjunct professor of community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public, and his use of creative storytelling to share important public health information with people. Dr. Baer has written for such television series as China Beach, ER and Law & Order: SVU.
 
Change in food packages reduces childhood obesity
NOLA.com; MyScience.org; WWLTV, New Orleans; Medical Xpress and about 10 other outlets highlighted a study from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Tulane University finding that improved food packages under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children reduced the risk for obesity for 4-year-olds who had been on the program since birth.
  
Pesticide’s possible link to autism
Graham Media Group reported on research led by Ondine von Ehrenstein, PhD, suggesting that a mother’s exposure to pesticides during pregnancy was linked to a higher risk of their children having autism spectrum disorder. The group’s ClickOrlando.com, WSLS.com and KSAT.com carried the article. Dr. Von Ehrenstein is an associate professor of community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Quotable

Anne Coleman, MD, PhD, the Fran and Ray Stark Professor of Ophthalmology at the UCLA Stein Institute and professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, commented in a WOTV, Grands Rapid, Michigan, explainer story about glaucoma. The story originally ran on AARP.
  
David Eisenman, MD, was quoted in a Places journal article exploring whether shade should be a mandate for urban designers. Dr. Eisenman is a professor-in-residence of medicine in the division of general internal medicine and health services research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a professor-in-residence of community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Jonathan Fielding, MD, distinguished professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted in an Associated Press article about the United States’ measles cases hitting the highest mark in 25 years. 

Patricia Ganz, MD, the director of cancer prevention and control research at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and a distinguished professor in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted by Clinical Oncology News about a study that found young women with breast cancer often choose more aggressive surgery options.
    
Don Vaughn, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted in a Well+Good story about our expectations when we approach new activities.

Briefs

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, in an editorial about the popularity of “Centers of Excellence” enabling companies to hold down medical costs while providing good quality treatment, cited comments from Gerald Kominski, PhD. Dr. Kominski is a 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.