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Survivors of 1976 Ebola outbreak could be key to vaccine, therapeutics
BBC World Service Radio on Dec. 31, HealthDay News on Dec. 26 and Healio on Dec. 21 reported on research led by Anne Rimoin, associate professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, finding that survivors of the first known Ebola outbreak, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1976, may be key to development of vaccines and therapeutic drugs to treat future outbreaks.
Teens and gender non-conformity
BBC World Service Radio on Dec. 21, Breitbart News on Dec. 28 and PJMedia on Jan. 3 eported on a study from the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and The Williams Institute finding that 27 percent of California adolescents say they are seen as gender nonconforming. Canada Free Press ran the Breitbart story.
Americans with Alzheimer’s will double by 2060
KNBN-TV, Rapid City, South Dakota, reported Dec. 21 on research, led by Ron Brookmeyer, finding that some 15 million Americans will develop Alzheimer's dementia or mild cognitive impairment by 2060, up from 6 million this year. The Drum also cited the study on Jan. 2. Brookmeyer is a professor of biostatistics at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.
Fundraising to fight HIV/AIDS
An EDGE Media Networks roundup of the best HIV and LGBTQ fundraisers of 2017 highlighted on Dec. 27 a $5 million National Institute on Drug Abuse grant to UCLA researchers to develop a resource and data center on the effects of substance abuse on HIV/AIDS. Dr. Pamina Gorbach, professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is the project’s principal investigator. EDGE publications in Boston; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Portland, Oregon; Providence, Rhode Island; and San Francisco carried the report.
Gerald Kominski, professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and director of the Fielding School's UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, commented Jan. 3 in a Time article about the four things that President Trump wants to accomplish in 2018. Yahoo! News ran the article.
“I don’t see anything that’s changed in terms of the lack of support in the Senate. I think that it is fruitless to continue to bang your head against the wall if you are not going to get the outcome that you want. Their policies to date are destabilizing and damaging the ACA marketplace.”
A KPCC-FM “Take Two” report on Dec. 27 about the top stories of 2017 cited research on a laboratory test that helps physicians determine which people with gonorrhea might be better treated with an antibiotic not recommended since 2007. Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, adjunct professor of epidemiology in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was the study’s senior author.