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July 9, 2011 to July 22, 2011

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WOMEN'S PREVENTIVE HEALTH SERVICES: Dr. Linda Rosenstock, dean of the UCLA School of Public Health, chaired an Institute of Medicine committee that made recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on women's preventive health services to be included in the Affordable Care Act. Coverage quoting Rosenstock included July 20th articles in the National Journal, Agence France-Presse, New York Times, Associated Press, Washington Times, Los Angeles Times and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Rosenstock also was interviewed July 21st on WAMU-88.5 FM's "Diane Rehm Show" (Washington, D.C.) and participated in a July 20th Q&A on the Washington Post website.

Institute of Medicine Report Recommends Free Women's Health Services

U.S. policy group urges free contraception for women

Panel Recommends Coverage for Contraception

Gov't advisers: No copays for contraceptives

Health law may include birth control

Panel recommends that health plans cover contraception for women without co-pays

Panel urges birth control coverage under health law

New Debate Over Contraceptives and Women's Health

Should health insurance plans cover birth control?

OBESITY: 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 interviewed July 19th on National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation" about childhood obesity.

What Works For Overweight And Obese Children

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH: AutoblogGreen reported July 18th and Chemical & Engineering News reported July 7th on a study by Yifang Zhu, assistant professor of environmental health sciences at the School of Public Health, on the performance of retrofit systems for diesel-fueled school buses.

Diesel retrofit systems reduce school bus pollutants outside, but not inside

How Dirty Is The Yellow School Bus?

AIR QUALITY STUDY: David Quiros, a doctoral student in Environmental Health Sciences at the School of Public Health, commented in a July 16th Time Magazine article on the success of the I-405 closure. Quiros was at the site as part of a School of Public Health study surveying traffic and measuring air quality.

Los Angeles Drivers Prevent Carmageddon By Staying off the Roads

NATONAL CHILDREN'S STUDY: HealthNewsDigest ran a July 12th article about the National Children's Study, led in Los Angeles and Ventura counties by the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities. Dena Herman, study co-director and adjunct assistant professor of community health sciences at the UCLA School of Public Health, wrote the article.

Food Allergies and Other Health Issues: How Can the National Children's Study Help?

CHEMO BRAIN RESEARCH: Research on the foggy-minded condition known as chemo brain by Dr. Patricia Ganz was featured July 11th by Internal Medicine News. Ganz is professor of health services at the School of Public Health and director of cancer prevention and control research at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

TNF-Alpha Activity Eyed for Role in 'Chemo-Brain'

SENIOR HEALTH: HealthDay News reported July 8th on a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the School of Public Health that found that older adults who live in California's countryside are more likely than their urban and suburban counterparts to be obese, physically inactive and food insecure.

California's Rural Elderly Have High Rates of Chronic Illness


FEWER MEXICANS SEEKING WORK IN U.S.
: David Hayes-Bautista, professor of health services research at the School of Public Health and director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture, was interviewed July 8th on KMEX-Channel 34 about statistics showing that fewer Mexicans are looking for work in the U.S. due to the ailing economy.


NATIONAL CHILDREN'S STUDY
: The summer edition of the South Gate Vista covered the National Children's Study led in Los Angeles and Ventura counties by the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities in the School of Public Health. The research will follow 100,000 children nationwide over their first 21 years to look at how environmental factors affect child health. Lead investigator Dr. Neal Halfon, professor of health services and director of the center, was quoted.

South Gate Vista

BRIEFS

A July 17th Examiner blog about teens and obesity cited a 2008 study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the School of Public Health showing that low-income teenagers in California are almost three times more likely to be obese than teens from more affluent households. Other blogs July 13th and July 10th cited a 2009 study by the center showing that adolescents are more likely to eat their full servings of fruits and vegetables if their parents do.

Obesity in teens

Vote on whether you should lose custody of your kids if they are extremely obese

Lower risk of child obesity when families eat together if you play slow music?


A July 12th Modesto Bee article about grants for projects tackling obesity among adults and teens in Merced County cited a UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the School of Public Health study finding that 34 percent of county residents are obese.

Merced's Mercy Medical Center giving grants


A study by Dr. Wendy Slusser, associate professor of community health sciences at the School of Public Health and director of the UCLA Fit for Health Weight Program, and Dr. Charlotte Neumann, professor of community health sciences at the school and of pediatrics, was cited in a July 9th Sunshine State News (FL) blog about the state's efforts to provide local produce to school cafeterias.

Adam Putnam Ready to Deliver Farm-Fresh Florida Food to Schoolchildren

QUOTABLES:

Gerald Kominski, professor of health services and associate director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the School of Public Health, was quoted July 19th in a Modesto Bee article about the national trend of major employers opening private health centers to provide in-house medical care.

Bent on cutting health costs, corporations add their own clinics

Thomas Coates, professor-in-residence of epidemiology at the School of Public Health, co-director of the UC Global Health Institute and an associate director of the UCLA AIDS Institute, was quoted July 13th in a Los Angeles Times story about studies finding that two anti-HIV drugs helped prevent HIV transmission among heterosexual couples in Africa.

Pills found to be highly effective in preventing HIV transmission


Susan Babey, a project director at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the School of Public Health, was quoted July 13th in a Christian Science Monitor article about 19 restaurant chains agreeing to provide healthier meal options for children.

Are Happy Meals doomed? 19 restaurant chains pledge healthier kids' meals

Dr. Patricia Ganz, professor of health services at the School of Public Health and director of cancer prevention and control research at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, was quoted July 9th in a Los Angeles Times obituary of Betty Ford.

Betty Ford dies at 93; former first lady