Articles in the Media

The following are articles reporting in local, national and international media relating to activity of the Semel Institute and Department of Psychiatry at UCLA. Note that links to articles may expire without warning or require registration. These articles are provided for public interest and UCLA does not necessarily endorse the content or opinion contained within such articles.

Buddhists, neuroscientists come to a meeting of the minds
"Buddhism and Neuroscience: a Discussion on Attention, Mental Flexibility and Compassion" at Royce Hall on May 2, sponsored by the Center for Buddhist Studies, the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and the International Institute. The symposium brought researchers from UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior together with eminent Buddhist scholars for a two-hour conversation about their distinctive yet complementary understanding of compassion, creativity, mental flexibility and attention, as well as the role mindfulness meditation may play in cultivating these qualities.
Mind and body 10 May 11 News bullet

Secondhand Smoke Triggers Nicotine Cravings
Dr. Arthur Brody, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, and his research linking secondhand smoke exposure to tobacco cravings in smokers was covered May 2 in the Hartford (CT) Health Examiner; May 3 in the Times of India and Toronto Sun; May 4 in PsychCentral.com; May 5 in ABCNews.com and HealthJockey.com; May 6 in TopNews.ae (Arab Emirates) and Medical News Today, and May 19 in the St. Louis American. “Second-Hand Smoke Can Cause Nicotine Cravings” http://www.torontosun.com/2011/05/03/secondhand-smoke-can-cause-nicotine... “Secondhand Smoke Triggers Nicotine Cravings” http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/health&id=8114424 “Moderate Secondhand Smoke Levels Deliver Nicotine to the Brain” http://www.stlamerican.com/your_health_matters/health_studies/article_d0...
Addictions 5 May 11 News bullet

Second-Hand Smoke May Trigger Nicotine Cravings
Dr. Arthur Brody, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, was featured May 2 in some 30 news outlets covering his research showing that exposure to secondhand smoke evokes tobacco cravings in smokers. Coverage included WebMD, Medscape, the Toronto Sun, Examiner.com, US News & World Report, and KABC-Channel 7. “Secondhand Smoke Derails Quit-Smoking Efforts” http://www.webmd.com/brain/news/20110502/secondhand-smoke-derails-quit-s... “Second-Hand Smoke Can Cause Nicotine Cravings” http://www.torontosun.com/2011/05/03/secondhand-smoke-can-cause-nicotine... “Second-Hand Smoke May Trigger Nicotine Cravings” http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/ar... “Second-Hand Smoke May Trigger Nicotine Cravings” http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/
2 May 11 News bullet

Sleep-Deprived Rats Take "Brain Naps"
Christopher Colwell, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, was interviewed April 28 by Agence France Press and April 29 by National Public Radio's “Talk of The Nation” and USA Today about research showing that neurons in the brains of sleep-deprived rats can enter a sleeplike state even when the rats are awake. “Sleep-Deprived Rats Take "Brain Naps" http://www.npr.org/2011/04/29/135841000/sleep-deprived-rats-take-brain-naps “Brain May Go Off-line with Lack of Sleep” http://www.usatoday.com/news/usaedition/2011-04-29-sleepingrats29-st_st_... “Caught Napping: can we be Awake and Asleep at the same Time? http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/world/view/20110428-333391/Cau...
Sleep disorders 29 Apr 11 News bullet

Pain Relievers May Block Antidepressants
Dr. Ian Cook, Miller Family Professor of Psychiatry and director of the Depression Research Program at the Semel Institute, was featured in an April 27 KABC-Channel 7 news segment about how the use of common pain relievers like aspirin and ibuprofen may interfere with how well antidepressants like Prozac and Paxil work. 
Depression 27 Apr 11 News bullet

The Human Cost of Raising the Retirement Age
Dr. Helen Lavretsky, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute and director of the Late-Life Depression, Stress, and Wellness Research Program, was quoted in the April 27 Ventura County Star about a proposal to increase the age eligibility for receiving Social Security.
27 Apr 11 News bullet

Adults Who Claim to Have ADHD? 1 in 4 May Be Faking It
Dr. Karen Miotto, professor of clinical psychiatry and director of the Alcoholism and Addiction Medicine Service in the Semel Institute, was quoted in an April 25 MSNBC article about a controversy over the diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
ADHD 25 Apr 11 News bullet

In Fighting Anorexia, Recovery Is Elusive
Michael Strober, professor of psychiatry and director of the Eating Disorders Program at the Semel Institute, was quoted in an April 25 New York Times article about recovering from anorexia.
25 Apr 11 News bullet

Dr. Drew
Dr. Shafali Jeste, assistant professor of neurology and psychiatry, was interviewed April 22 on CNN's “Dr. Drew” program about the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders and how families cope with children who suffer from these disorders.
Autism 22 Apr 11 News bullet

Autism 90-Day Prevention Program
Dr. Shafali Jeste, assistant professor in neurology and psychiatry, was featured in a CBS report that aired April 20 on several affiliates, including locally on KCBS-Channel 2 and KCAL-Channel 9. She discussed her research to understand brain functioning in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and in infants at risk for ASD.
Autism 20 Apr 11 News bullet