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.

KABC Reports that Practicing Tai Chi Lowers Seniors Depression
“Tai Chi Found to Alleviate Stress, Depression” Dr. Helen Lavretsky, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute and director of the Late-Life Depression, Stress, and Wellness Research Program, was featured in an April14 KABC—Channel 7 news segment on her research showing that Tai Chi Chih, the ancient martial art, Tai Chi, when combined with medication, helped elderly people lower their level of depression and improved their memory and cognition.
14 Apr 11 News bullet

Tai Chi Found to Alleviate Stress, Depression
Research by Dr. Helen Lavretsky, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute and director of the UCLA Late-Life Depression, Stress, and Wellness Research Program, was featured April14 on KABC-Channel 7. She found that tai chi chih, when combined with medication, helped elderly people lower their depression and improved their memory and cognition.
Mind and body 14 Apr 11 News bullet

Catherine Zeta-Jones is Treated for Bipolar II Disorder. What is it?
David Miklowitz, professor of psychiatry and director of the Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program at the Semel Institute, was featured in an April 13 KCAL-Channel 9 news segment about bipolar disorder, a condition recently acknowledged by actress Catherine Zeta Jones. Miklowitz was also quoted April 13 by the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times, and in an online People magazine story. “Catherine Zeta-Jones is Treated for Bipolar II Disorder. What is it?” http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-catherine-zeta-jones-b... “Catherine Zeta-Jones Bipolar Disorder: Her Private Struggle” http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20481698,00.html “What is Bipolar Disorder, Anyway?” http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2011/04/14/what-is-bipolar-disorder-anyway/
Bipolar disorder 13 Apr 11 News bullet

Our Cousins the Chimps
Genetic research by Dr. Daniel Geschwind, professor of human genetics and neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine and a professor at the Semel Institute, on how human and chimp brains developed differently, was cited April 11 in a Philadelphia Inquirer column.
Genetics & neurochemistry 11 Apr 11 News bullet

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