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.

Tai Chi Beats Back Depression in the Elderly
Dr. Helen Lavretsky, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, was featured in a March 16 RedOrbit report on her study showing that practicing the ancient martial art tai chi chih helped depressed seniors lower their depression levels. 
16 Mar 11 News bullet

How Mindfulness Can Add to Your Well Being
Diana Winston, director of mindfulness education at the Mindful Awareness Research Center in the Semel Institute, was featured in a March 2-9 web-based New Dimensions Radio interview about the center and her book, “Fully Present.”
Mind and body 9 Mar 11 News bullet

Cigarettes Make Teens Want to Smoke More Cigarettes
A new study by Edythe London, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, was featured March 3 by the Orange County Register, AOL Health and LA Weekly blogs and KCRW-89.9 FM, and March 4 on KTSM-Ch. 9 (El Paso). Her research found that smoking can lower activity in teens' prefrontal cortex, the brain region that guides decision-making and other important functions. “Smoking May Alter Brain in Teens” “Study: Smoking Impacts 'Decision-Making' Part of Teens' Brains” “UCLA Study: Cigarettes Make Teens Want to Smoke More Cigarettes” “Mom Was Right? Teen Smokers are Altering Brain
Addictions 3 Mar 11 News bullet

Don’t Let Bipolar Disorder Break the Bank!
The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, a book by David Miklowitz, professor of psychiatry and director of the child and adolescent mood disorders program at the Semel Institute, was highlighted Feb. 25 on, and featured a chapter excerpt about managing money. 
Bipolar disorder, Childhood and development 25 Feb 11 News bullet

The Reason Loneliness Could be Bad for Your Health
Steven Cole, associate professor of hematology–oncology and member of the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at the Semel Institute, was featured in a Feb. 24 Economist article about his study finding that chronically lonely people may be at higher risk for certain types of disease because their feelings of social isolation trigger the activity of pro-inflammatory immune cells.
24 Feb 11 News bullet

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra to Explore the Musical Mind
Dr. Peter Whybrow, director of the Semel Institute, executive chair of psychiatry and physician-in-chief of the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, was featured Feb. 20 by the Los Angeles Times about an upcoming Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra series exploring music and the mind. Whybrow commented on creativity and the mood disorders of successful composers and politicians.
20 Feb 11 News bullet

10 Sex Myths Decoded
Gail Wyatt, professor of psychiatry and director of the UCLA Sexual Health Program, was featured in a Feb. 10 article about common sex myths.
10 Feb 11 News bullet

Most ADHD Kids Have Multiple Conditions, Study Says
HealthDay, WebMd and MedPage Today on Feb. 7 reported on a new UCLA study which found that two-thirds of children in the United States with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder struggle with other mental health and developmental conditions, including learning disabilities and anxiety. Study author Kandyce Larson, a research associate at the Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities at UCLA, was quoted. “Most ADHD Kids Have Multiple Conditions, Study Says” “Kids with ADHD Often Have Other Problems” “Comorbidities Common with ADHD”
ADHD 7 Feb 11 News bullet

Famed Autism Activist Visits UCLA
Autism activist Temple Grandin’s talk at UCLA was featured in a Feb. 5 KNBC-Channel 4 news segment. The event was part of the "Open Mind" speaker series, sponsored by the Friends of the Semel Institute, an organization dedicated to increasing awareness about, and reducing the stigma that is often attached to mental and neurological disorders.
Autism 5 Feb 11 News bullet