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Prostate Cancer Program: The Daily Breeze reported Sept. 14th on the Improving Access, Counseling and Treatment for Californians with Prostate Cancer (IMPACT) program. Dr. Mark Litwin, professor of health services at the School of Public Health, chair of urology and a researcher with UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center, was quoted.
Health Care Reform: Shana Alex Lavarreda, director of health insurance studies for the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research at the School of Public Health, appeared in a Sept. 13th Los Angeles Times article about a center study showing that up to two-thirds of the 7 million Californians who currently lack health insurance will become eligible when health care reform is implemented in 2014.
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH: Futures and Commodities Market News reported Sept. 9th on the impact of urban development on public health. Dr. Richard Jackson, professor and chair of environmental health sciences at the School of Public Health was quoted.
ACADEMICS: Jared Diamond, professor of environmental health sciences at the School of Public Health and geography, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, was interviewed Sept. 8th on NPR's "Talk of the Nation" about his book "Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies," which is now required reading at many colleges and universities.
Pediatric Obesity: Science Daily reported Sept. 6th, the Examiner reported Sept. 7th and News Medical reported Sept. 8th on a new paper published in the journal Pediatrics which provided guidelines to streamline insurance coverage of obesity treatments in morbidly obese children and adolescents before their condition leads to related illnesses. Lead author Dr. Wendy Slusser, associate professor of community health sciences at the School of Public Health, assistant professor of pediatrics and medical director of the UCLA Fit for Healthy Weight program at Mattel Children's Hospital, was quoted.
Pediatric Obesity: An article published Sept. 6th on Fresno's KSFN-Channel 30 website about soda drinking and obesity among California children cited figures from the California Health Interview Survey conducted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the School of Public Health showing that more than half of kids between the ages of 2 and 11 in Kings, Kern and Fresno counties drink at least one soda a day.
EXERCISE: An article in the Sept. 5th Washington Post about a lack of physical activity among office workers cited "Instant Recess: Building a Fit Nation 10 Minutes at a Time," a book by Dr. Antronette Yancey, professor of health services at the UCLA School of Public Health and co-director of the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity, that outlines an exercise routine that can be performed in office cubicles. Yancey was quoted.
SENIOR HEALTH: An article in Sept. 2nd's Monterey County Weekly about state cuts to services for seniors cited research by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the School of Public Health that found that seniors in California need more than twice the federal poverty level to afford basic necessities.
HEALTH INSURANCE: Anthony Hunter Schiff, adjunct professor of health services at the School of Public Health, commented in a Sept. 1st Wall Street Journal article about UnitedHealth Group's purchase of the management arm of Monarch Healthcare, an association of approximately 2300 physicians in Irvine, CA.
Homeland Security: An article in Aug. 31st's Los Angeles Times about homeland security becoming a popular area of study at U.S. colleges cited the Global Bio Lab at the UCLA School of Public Health, which conducts infectious-disease surveillance and monitoring to enable a quick response in the event of a bioterrorist attack, flu pandemic or other national bio-emergency.
Mental Health: The Merced Sun Star, Medical Xpress and a Press Enterprise blog reported Aug. 30th, and PsychCentral reported Aug. 31st, on a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the School of Public Health showing that victims of violence from a spouse or intimate partner suffer disproportionately higher rates of mental health distress.
Health Care Reform: E. Richard Brown, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research at the School of Public Health, commented in an Aug. 29th American Medical News article about states having the choice of either establishing a health insurance exchange or allowing the federal government to run one for them under the health reform law.
U.S. CENSUS: An Aug. 28th San Francisco Chronicle article on gay census data cited research 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 the U.S. Census asks about same-sex relationships, but not sexual orientation.
Shana Alex Lavarreda, director of health insurance studies at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the School of Public Health, commented in an Aug. 25th SignOn San Diego article about a study recently completed by the center that compared the health of City Heights residents against the rest of San Diego across a variety of factors. David Grant, director of the center's California Health Interview Survey, was quoted.
SENIOR HEALTH: A survey conducted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research at the School of Public Health and the SCAN Foundation finding that a large number of California residents are unprepared for the cost of long-term healthcare, was featured August 22nd in a Long Term Living article, August 23rd in a KPBS-89.5 FM (San Diego) report and a SignOn San Diego op-ed, and in an August 24th NBC-channel 7 (San Diego) report.
SCHOOL NUTRITION: The Los Angeles Times published an Aug. 21st op-ed authored by Frederick Zimmerman, professor and chair of health services at the School of Public Health that urged the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District to remove chocolate milk from its school menus.
Dr. Linda Rosenstock, dean of the School of Public Health, was quoted Sept. 14th by the Journal of the American Medical Association about a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ruling that will require health insurance plans to cover a number of preventive health services by August 2012.
Steven Wallace, professor and chair of community health sciences, and associate director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research at the School of Public Health, was quoted Sept. 13th by the Los Angeles Daily Breeze and Oakland Tribune about future budget cuts to adult day care in California.
Dr. Antronette Yancey, professor of health services at the School of Public Health and co-director of the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity, was quoted Aug. 26th in a CBS News blog about a link between African-American women's beauty concerns and reluctance to exercise.