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In the media: Week of March 25

A sampling of news media stories involving UC Health:

UCR medical school gets funding boost, The Riverside Press-Enterprise

University of California officials say they have secured enough funding to try again to seek accreditation for UC Riverside’s School of Medicine in time to open in fall 2013. UCR Chancellor Timothy P. White said Wednesday that the UC state financing office has established a $30 million line of credit for the medical school, and the UC Office of the President has committed $2 million annually for the next 10 years.

See additional coverage: The San Bernardino Sun

U.S. Supreme Court health care law review to start, San Francisco Chronicle

The Supreme Court today (March 26) embarks on a three-day examination of the Affordable Care Act – “Obamacare” to Republicans – with supporters arguing it is a constitutional way to insure the uninsured while opponents counter that if Congress can require Americans to buy health insurance, it can make them eat broccoli. The article quotes Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Irvine’s School of Law.

See additional coverage: KQED Forum (audio)

Weight loss secret: Chocolate!, San Diego Union-Tribune

Chocolate: melts in your mouth and melts off your waistline. Science fiction? Science fact, insists Dr. Beatrice Golomb, an associate professor of medicine at UC San Diego. “The surprise is,” Golomb said, “eating chocolate frequently is linked to lower weight.”

See additional coverage: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, NPR All Things Considered (audio)

CEO David Feinberg: Prescription for Excellence, Becker’s Hospital Review

A profile of Dr. David Feinberg, president of the UCLA Health System, CEO of the UCLA Hospital System and associate vice chancellor for health sciences, highlighting his organizational strategies and unique patient-centered approach. Feinberg is quoted.

Telemedicine brings pediatric specialists to rural California,

A feature on UC Davis’ pediatric telemedicine program.

Autism: UCSF zeroes in on rare chromosome defect, San Francisco Chronicle

When her son was diagnosed with a rare chromosome defect three years ago, it was something of a relief for Theresa Mahar. Finally, she had an explanation. Christopher, now 14, had obvious developmental delays and intellectual disabilities. He had behavior problems and struggled in school. He’d been assigned so many diagnoses over the years – almost all of them related to autism – that it was sometimes hard to keep up. Then a genetic test revealed the defect to chromosome 16 – one of the 23 chromosomes that make up every person’s DNA – and it explained, perhaps, the cause of Christopher’s autism. “It’s something to hold on to,” Theresa Mahar said. “It’s something to blame.” Mahar and her family came to San Francisco from Hillsboro, Ore., this week to participate in an unusual study at UCSF – to map in great detail the brains of people who have a defect to chromosome 16.

UC Berkeley, lab get $35M to study Big Data, San Francisco Business Times

On Thursday, the Obama administration announced that UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Washington, D.C., will receive a total of $35 million in federal funding to participate in a national initiative to harness large amounts of information — including health care data — for research purposes. The funding is part of $200 million that six federal agencies have committed to the “Big Data Research and Development Initiative.”

See additional coverage: The New York Times

UC Berkeley releases ACO readiness survey, Modern Healthcare

The University of California at Berkeley has released an accountable care organization readiness survey for safety net providers.

Neuroscientists battle furiously over Jennifer Aniston, NPR

This story highlights research by Dr. Itzhak Fried, professor-in-residence of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, showing that the same single brain cell in the hippocampus fires when an individual views images of, hears about or reads about a particular famous person.

Agoura Hills woman forms online group of expectant mothers confined to bed rest, Ventura County Star

Jeanne Fisher, 30, pregnant with twins, was diagnosed with incompetent cervix, a condition that can cause the cervix to open before the baby is ready to be born. She is more than three months into more than 120 days of ordered bed rest at The BirthPlace at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital.

This is your 8-year-old brain on violin and karate, Voice of San Diego

Does learning music or karate boost your language skills or help you pay closer attention? What actually physically happens to the brain’s structure over the first few years you learn to play an instrument? This story mentions UC San Diego research on this subject.

Pioneer in epilepsy treatment dies at 89, The Associated Press

Dr. Paul Crandall, a co-founder of UCLA’s neurosurgery department who pioneered widely used surgical treatments for epilepsy, has died. He was 89.



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