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The Art of Downsizing: Cutting Back As A Way To Gain More

The crushing reality of clutter has never been so apparent. Marie Kondo really is on to something. Forced to stay at home for months on end, American families are navigating their own stuff like never before. In the pre-COVID days, we were leaving home much more regularly which gave us a regular respite from all of our belongings. Now, we’re awash in it. All day, everyday. Winding our way through all of our things with greater frequency has serious impacts on our mental health, ac...
Tags: Cleaning, Fashion, Home Decor, US, Research, Mental Health, Decluttering, Ucla, Declutter, Marie Kondo, Konmari, Clean House, Paul Perry, Home Life, Cleaning Tips, Downsizing


UCLA launches an AI robot to support the emotional needs of children

"Hi! Do you want to sing a song with me?" With its big WALL-E eyes and sleek plastic body, Robin the robot has the huggable, child-friendly look of an animated Pixar character -- one that is eager to interact with pediatric patients to ease their anxiety and loneliness in the hospital.
Tags: Health, Ucla, Robin


Study reveals key role of a protein in regulating scar tissue growth after heart attacks

New UCLA research conducted in mice could explain why some people suffer more extensive scarring than others after a heart attack.
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Why is everyone so selfish? Science explains

Selfish behavior has been analyzed by philosophers and psychologists for centuries.New research shows people may be wired for altruistic behavior and get more benefits from it.Crisis times tend to increase self-centered acts. Why do so many people seem so selfish these days, putting their needs first? The coronavirus has not only decimated our population and placed lives on anxious hold, it has also been a test of character. A test that, by and large, we appear to be failing. People are at each...
Tags: Psychology, Politics, Society, Brain, Yale, Innovation, Consciousness, Mind, Paul Krugman, Ucla, Self, Social Psychology, Yale University, Nature Communications, Peter Singer, University of Zurich


Locals volunteer to be infected with coronavirus to hasten vaccine development

In 1796, English physician Edward Jenner noted that milkmaids who caught cowpox from their cattle seemed to escape a much deadlier scourge: smallpox. So the doctor collected pus from a cowpox blister on one of those milkmaids, rounded up his gardener’s 8-year-old son and rubbed the gunk into a fresh cut on the boy’s skin. The lad developed a trying but not lethal cowpox infection, and once he recovered, the doctor repeated the exercise — but this time, with the real thing. Smallpox. The boy did ...
Tags: Health, New York, News, Los Angeles, Merck, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Healthcare, World Health Organization, Pasadena, Brad Sherman, Ucla, San Pedro, Nyu, Yang


UCLA’s AD Martin Jarmond faces many challenges with new job

Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Most new athletic directors who take over in July have the luxury of getting acclimated to their new school before things really ramp up in two months. That isn’t going to be the case for the start of Martin Jarmond’s tenure at UCLA. “You would like have something resembling normalcy, but I have to come in and embrace the challenges,” said Jarmond, who officially took...
Tags: Health, Boston, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Ap, Soccer, College sports, Ncaa, Ohio, Ucla, Chip Kelly, Kelly, Michigan State, Boston College, Armour


UCLA scientists identify new function for histones

UCLA scientists have identified a new function for histones, the spool-shaped proteins that regulate gene expression and serve as anchors for strands of DNA to wrap around.
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HPV vaccine policies may lead to higher vaccination rates, reduce cancer rates

A UCLA-led study has found that in 2 of 3 states and jurisdictions with policies that require students entering school to receive the human papillomavirus vaccine, vaccination rates among 13-to-17-year-olds were significantly higher than in surrounding states without such policies.
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UCLA team launches survey to gather public opinion on allocating resources during COVID-19

As California prepares for a potential surge of COVID-19, there is a pressing need to determine how critical care resources should be allocated, especially if there is an extreme shortage of those resources.
Tags: Health, California, Ucla, COVID


How the coronavirus is devastating Southern California’s Pacific Islanders

Pacific Islanders in Southern California are dying at a higher rate from the coronavirus than any other racial group in the region and statewide, an issue advocates say is getting swept under the radar because the population is small and tends to be lumped with other ethnic groups. While coronavirus case numbers overall are lower for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, the death rates are disproportionately higher when the entire population is taken into account, according to the California ...
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Researchers develop method to assess mitochondrial respiration in frozen tissues

Scientists led by Dr. Orian Shirihai, director of the metabolism theme at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, have developed a method for restoring oxygen-consumption activity to previously frozen mitochondria samples, even years after they have been collected.
Tags: Health, Ucla, David Geffen School of Medicine, Orian Shirihai


Thin adhesive film upgrades consumer smartwatch into a powerful health-monitoring system

UCLA engineers have designed a thin adhesive film that could upgrade a consumer smartwatch into a powerful health-monitoring system.
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UCLA receives nearly $14 million NIH grant to investigate immunotherapy to destroy HIV

UCLA researchers and colleagues have received a $13.65 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate and further develop an immunotherapy known as CAR T, which uses genetically modified stem cells to target and destroy HIV.
Tags: Health, National Institutes of Health, Nih, Ucla


Immune modulation can cure severe and often fatal fungal infection in children

In the June 11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, a team of UCLA physicians and scientists describes the first case of immune modulation being used to cure a severe and often fatal fungal infection.
Tags: Health, Ucla, New England Journal of Medicine


Innovative effort solves health system's shortage of nasopharyngeal swabs

An innovative effort launched in April and led by a fellow in the UCLA Biodesign program has yielded positive results, solving the health system's shortage of nasopharyngeal swabs - a key element in COVID-19 testing - at a time when Southern California is seeing a rise in new cases and new deaths per day.
Tags: Health, Ucla, Southern California


Rigidity of tissues drives immune system activity, UCLA study finds

A UCLA research team has identified a new paradigm for understanding the regulation of the immune system, potentially paving the way for new approaches to treating infections and immune-related diseases such as type 1 diabetes and certain cancers.
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Clergy encourage California governor to lift ban on church services before May 31

A law firm representing more than 1,200 pastors in California advised Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday that their churches will resume services May 31, whether or not the governor lifts his ban on religious assemblies to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. A letter from Murrieta-based lawyer Robert H. Tyler acknowledged Newsom’s “significant efforts” to protect the health and safety of Californians, but points out that the governor still “overlooked the essential and critical nature of the serv...
Tags: Health, News, Mississippi, California, Cdc, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Donald Trump, Ucla, Gavin Newsom, Carroll, Jared Dudley, Tyler, Fontana, Newport Beach


UCLA study shows link between diesel exhaust and risk of Parkinson's

A new UCLA study in zebrafish has identified the process by which air pollution can damage brain cells, potentially contributing to Parkinson's disease.
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UCLA-led clinical trial to assess if hormone suppresser will reduce COVID-19 severity in men

UCLA researchers have launched a new clinical trial that uses a hormone suppresser commonly used to treat men with prostate cancer to help improve clinical outcomes for men infected with COVID-19.
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UCLA researchers develop first roadmap of how human skeletal muscle develops

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA has developed a first-of-its-kind roadmap of how human skeletal muscle develops, including the formation of muscle stem cells.
Tags: Health, Ucla, Eli


Thousands of ‘disease detectives’ preparing to trace spread of coronavirus in California 

Thousands of recruits in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s newly minted COVID-19 tracing army are beginning virtual bootcamp to learn how to track and help isolate those possibly infected with the deadly virus. Earlier this week, Newsom announced a landmark partnership with UC San Francisco and UCLA to mobilize 20,000 so-called “disease detectives” over the next two months as the state slowly begins to ease stay-at-home orders. A centerpiece of the partnership includes the $8.7 million state-funded UCSF Pande...
Tags: Health, News, California, Cdc, Government, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Local News, Riverside County, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, White, Ucla, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, UCSF


UCLA chemists develop key chemical necessary for creating marijuana breathalyzer

UCLA chemists have reported the key chemical discovery necessary for the creation of a small, electronic marijuana breathalyzer. The research is published in Organic Letters, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Chemical Society.
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New project launched to reduce COVID-19 infection among emergency room workers

Dr. David Talan, professor of emergency medicine and medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the UCLA medical school will lead the trial with co-principal investigator Dr. Nicholas Mohr, vice chair for research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Iowa.
Tags: Health, Ucla, Department of Emergency Medicine, David Talan, Nicholas Mohr


Hot Pockets heir and former Pimco CEO can delay prison because of pandemic

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER An heir to the Hot Pockets fortune and a former investment executive who participated in the college admissions cheating scheme won’t get to serve their punishments at home, but they can delay going to prison until this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic, a judge has ruled. Michelle Janavs, whose family invented Hot Pockets, and Douglas Hodge, the ex-CEO of Pacific Investment Management Co., can remain free until at least June 30, U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gor...
Tags: Health, Business, News, California News, Sport, Soccer, Pimco, Usc, Ucla, University Of Southern California, Hodge, Georgetown University, Gorton, Alanna Durkin, Newport Coast, Pacific Investment Management Co


COVERED study aims to reduce risk of COVID-19 among emergency department staff

A $3.7 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been awarded to the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA to study ways to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection among frontline health care workers in hospital emergency departments.
Tags: Health, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Ucla, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine


A new tool for developing gene therapies against cancer, genetic disorders, and blood diseases

A UCLA-led research team today reports that it has developed a new method for delivering DNA into stem cells and immune cells safely, rapidly and economically.
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No gym? No problem. Online workouts will keep you moving at home.

By Liz Ohanesian Jehan Izhar was feeling stressed and “angst-y.” Izhar, owner of The Stage Global fitness and performing arts studio in Pomona, was thinking about her business and about the ongoing COVID-19 social distancing measures. “Usually, you can go out and get rid of that energy by going out in public,” she says by phone. “You go to the gym. You go to the bar. You go hang out with your friends. But all those coping mechanisms are gone.” Instead of leaving the house, Izhar put on a 1980s J...
Tags: Health, New York, Instagram, White House, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Va, Local News, Jane Fonda, Ucla, Facebook Live, Southern California, Pomona, South Bay, Stern


Pneumonia vaccine not likely to help with coronavirus, UCLA expert says

As the novel coronavirus spreads rapidly across California and the nation, the race is on to develop a vaccine. And questions are being raised about whether existing vaccines that target other diseases can offer help in the fight against the deadly, highly contagious COVID-19. Here is one such question. Q: Seniors are supposed to get a pneumonia shot a year apart, a total of two, does that help them in any way from getting the severe effects of the coronavirus? A: Probably not. Dr. Tisha Wang, a...
Tags: Health, News, California, Sport, Soccer, Ronald Reagan, Va, Ucla, Southern California, Wang, San Fernando Valley, UCLA Medical Center, David Geffen School of Medicine, NoHo Arts District, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR


UCLA scientists receive awards to pursue treatments and vaccines for COVID-19

Three researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have received awards to pursue treatments and vaccines for COVID-19 from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the state's stem cell agency.
Tags: Health, Ucla, Eli


Newport Coast woman, Hot Pockets heir, seeks to avoid prison time, citing coronavirus

An heir to the Hot Pockets fortune who was sentenced to five months in prison in the college admissions bribery scheme asked a judge Wednesday to allow her to serve her punishment at home because of the coronavirus pandemic.Lawyers for Michelle Janavs, who is supposed to report to prison next month, said in a legal filing that she has a health condition that makes her particularly vulnerable if she were to get the virus behind bars. Instead, she should spend five months in home confinement, her ...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Sport, Soccer, Usc, Ucla, University Of Southern California, Nestle, Newport Coast, Bureau of Prisons, Del Mar California, William Barr, Top Stories OCR, Jorge Salcedo, Rick Singer



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