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.

Psychedelic Drug Cuts Brain Blood Flow and Connections
Charles Grob, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute and director of child and adolescent psychiatry at Harbor–UCLA, was featured in an April 8 New Scientist article. His research shows that small doses of psilocybin, or "magic mushrooms,” may cut depression in people with late-stage cancer.
8 Apr 11 News bullet

Vast Gene Study Yields Insights on Alzheimer’s
Nelson Freimer, professor of psychiatry and director of UCLA’s center for neurobehavioral genetics, was quoted in the April 3 New York Times about an Alzheimer’s study that discovered five genes offering new clues to why the disease strikes and how it progresses. 
Genetics & neurochemistry 3 Apr 11 News bullet

APOE Variants
Medscape published an article about the Alzheimer’s gene APOE-4 by Dr. Gary Small, Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging, a professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute and director of the UCLA Center on Aging.
29 Mar 11 News bullet

Tai Chi May Lift Depression in Seniors
Dr. Helen Lavretsky, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, and her research finding that tai chi combined with medication improved elderly people’s depression and enhanced their memory was covered March 18 by the New York Times, TIME, London Mirror, the Independent (London) and Times of India, among others. “Tai Chi Eases Depression in Elderly” http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/18/tai-chi-eases-depression-in-eld... “Good News: Tai Chi Helps Fight Depression among the Elderly” http://healthland.time.com/2011/03/18/good-news-tai-chi-helps-fight-depr... “Tai Chi May Lift Depression in Seniors” http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/tai-chi-may-... “Personal Health: News and Notes” http://articles.philly.com/2011-03-21/news/29171529_1_tai-chi-cardiac-ar...
18 Mar 11 News bullet

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” http://www.ocregister.com/articles/teens-290641-smoking-most.html “Study: Smoking Impacts 'Decision-Making' Part of Teens' Brains” http://www.aolhealth.com/2011/03/03/teen-smoking-reckless-decisions/ “UCLA Study: Cigarettes Make Teens Want to Smoke More Cigarettes” http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/03/teens_smoke_cigarettes_brain.php “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 iVilliage.com, 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