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Preclinical Alzheimer’s already affects nearly 47 million in U.S.
Reuters Health on Jan. 23 featured a study led by Ron Brookmeyer, a professor of biostatistics at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, that provides forecasts for the number of Americans expected to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Brookmeyer is quoted in the Reuters article.
UCLA study shows Ebola survivors may have lifetime immunity
Research organization MRIGlobal described on on Jan. 23 a study published in December that was led by Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the UCLA-DRC Health Research and Training Program. The study showed that survivors of the first known Ebola outbreak may have lifetime immunity. Helio Infectious Disease News also covered the study.
New report calls for lowering DUI threshold from .08 to .05
Steven Teutsch, an adjunct professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, chaired a committee at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that recently released a report recommending that, among other things, states change the legal blood-alcohol concentration level from .08 percent to .05 percent for all drivers. Dr. Teutsch was interviewed by NBC Nightly News on Jan. 17 and KPCC on Jan. 18. ABC 7 Los Angeles, the Associated Press, The Daily Meal, CBS 2 New York, Fox 5 New York, Fox 35 Orlando, HealthDay News, Gizomodo, Newsweek, Patch, Tech Times, and ZME Science also covered the report.
CDC awards the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health $2.7 million to train undergraduates
The Los Angeles Sentinel on Jan. 25 featured a 5-year, $2.7 million CDC grant awarded to the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health for its Public Health Scholars Training Program.
Parkinson’s risk genes add up to hasten disease
Alzforum on Jan. 25 summarized a JAMA Neurology study led by UCLA epidemiology and environmental health sciences professor Beate Ritz, which reported the use of a polygenic risk score based on 23 risk variants to predict cognitive and motor decline in patients with Parkinson’s disease.
Steven P. Wallace, associate center director at the Center for Health Policy Research at UCLA and professor of community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted in a Congressional Quarterly story published Jan. 22 about the Trump administration's stronger immigration enforcement policies keeping undocumented immigrants from seeking medical care.
Arturo Vargas Bustamante, Associate Professor of Health Policy at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted by The San Diego Union-Tribune in a Jan. 21 article about people who work in the U.S. but travel to Mexico for medical care.
The California Health Report cited the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in a Jan. 23 story about the rate of California teens and preteens who had gone without an annual checkup dropping in half between 2001 and 2013-2014. The story also cited the California Health Interview Survey, administered by the Center.