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FSPH In The News - for the week of February 23, 2014 - 12:00am

Week of: 
February 23, 2014 to March 1, 2014

Same health plan, different costs in Los Angeles, San Bernardino counties: Shana Alex Lavarreda, director of health insurance studies at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, was quoted Saturday in a Los Angeles Daily News article about variations in cost for health care plans purchased through Covered California.

Mysterious cluster of birth defects stumps doctors: Dr. Beate Ritz, professor and chair of the department of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted Saturday in a article about the difficulty for epidemiologists of finding the origin of particular birth defects.

Wide Media Coverage about Tylenol Use by Pregnant Women: Dr. Beate Ritz, professor of epidemiology and environmental health sciences, chair of the epidemiology department at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and a professor of neurology, and colleagues were featured widely in the media regarding their study showing that children of mothers who take the painkiller acetaminophen during pregnancy have a higher risk of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and other behavioral issues. Coverage included Feb. 24 by CNN,, KCAL-Channel 9, KYW-Channel 3 (Philadelphia), Time magazine, Huffington Post,, the Toronto Star, the Irish Times,, KABC-Channel 7, KGO 810AM (San Francisco), WBZ 1030AM (Boston), WNEW 99.1FM (Washington, D.C), the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Palm Beach Post,, Cleveland.comPress Trust of India, and numerous TV and radio stations nationwide. A Feb. 24 HealthDay News story was picked up by numerous outlets, including WebMD and US News & World Report. More coverage occurred Feb. 25 by The Guardian and Daily Mail (U.K.), Al Jazeera, KVRR-Channel 19 (North Dakota), and WJTV-Channel 12 (Mississippi), and Feb. 26 by WMDT-Channel 12 (Delaware), KELO-Channel 11 (North Dakota), among others. Zeyan Liew, first author of the study and a doctoral student in epidemiology, and Dr. Daniel Kahn, UCLA assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, were quoted in some of the coverage.

Obama administration proposes Medicare advantage cuts: Dr. Shana Alex Lavarreda, director of health insurance studies at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was interviewed Feb. 24 on KPCC 89.3FM's "AirTalk" about the possible effects of the Obama administration's proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage health plans.

Project to monitor air pollution near Wilmington refinery: A Feb. 26 Los Angeles Times article about a project to measure and report the amount of pollution coming from a Southern California oil refinery cited a study by researchers from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health that will look at levels of benzene, a carcinogenic compound, in the neighborhood surrounding the refinery.

Riverside County report on LGBT health: An article in the Feb. 26 Riverside Press-Enterprise about health disparities affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Riverside, Calif., cited a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research that found that LGBT individuals in Riverside had higher rates of asthma, cancer, depression and other ailments.

Obesity rate among pre-schoolers drops dramatically in a decade: Community Health Sciences Professor May Wang talks to KPCC radio about the government's role in a recent drop in childhood obesity.

Will Soda Warning Labels Help?: An editorial in Thursday's Palm Springs Desert Sun about a push by a California lawmaker to have health warning labels placed on sodas referenced a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research looking at the percentage of California children who drink sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages daily. An article in Thursday's Riverside Press-Enterprise on the subject also cited the UCLA study.

4 Ways to Outsmart Fat Traps: Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management Dr. Frederick Zimmerman  comments on how food marketing makes it a challenge to eat healthy.

Calif. Union Seeks To Limit Health Care Costs With Two Ballot Measures: Health Policy and Management Professor Dylan Roby comments on a proposed cap on how much a hospital can charge patients for services.