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.

No Fun in the Sun for Many Young Women
Dr. Jamie Feusner, assistant professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, was quoted July 18 in an ABCNews.com article about the link between compulsive tanning and body dysmorphic disorder.
18 Jul 08 News bullet

UCLA Study Links Extended Grief with Addiction, Reward Sensors
Research by Mary-Frances O'Connor, assistant professor of psychiatry in the Semel Institute and the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, was featured July 16 in an NBC News segment that aired on more than 40 affiliate stations nationwide, including KNBC-Channel 4, WMAQ-Channel 5 (Chicago), KSHB-Channel 41 (Kansas City), and KSBY-Channel 6 (Santa Barbara). The segment reported on research that found long-term grief activates reward centers in the brain, possibly giving sorrowful memories addiction-like properties.
16 Jul 08 News bullet

Families Learn How to Cope with Deployments
Patricia Lester, assistant professor of psychiatry, was featured in a July 13 segment on KCBS 740AM (San Francisco) about a new pilot program she developed called Focus, designed to help military families cope with the often long and stressful times they are separated by multiple deployments.
13 Jul 08 News bullet

Mind Over Matter is not Fanciful, says Psychiatrist
Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz, a research psychiatrist in the Semel Institute, was featured in the July 11 Irish Times about his research into the power of the mind to impose lasting physiological changes on the brain to overcome psychiatric problems such as obsessive compulsive disorder.
11 Jul 08 News bullet

Best Hospitals 2008
Reagan UCLA Medical Center ranks as one of the top three American hospitals, according to a 2008 U.S. News & World Report survey that reviewed patient outcomes data, physician reputations and other care-related factors. The 19th annual guide to "America's best hospitals" highlights the magazine's July 21 edition. UCLA Medical Center is the only Southern California hospital to earn a continued spot on the magazine's "honor roll" rankings during the 19 years that U.S. News has conducted the survey. The honor roll recognizes hospitals that demonstrate excellence across many specialties. Nationally, UCLA ranked among the top 20 in 14 of the 16 ranked specialty areas. Dr. David Feinberg, CEO of UCLA Medical Center, was interviewed by KNX 1070AM radio.
11 Jul 08 News bullet

Gels to Protect Women from HIV
The Times of India reported July 9 and Medical News Today reported July 10 on research by Sally Blower, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute at UCLA and a member of the UCLA AIDS Institute, which found vaginal microbicides may be of more benefit to men than women in preventing HIV infection.
9 Jul 08 News bullet

Complicated Grief Affects the Brain Differently
Research by Mary-Frances O'Connor, assistant professor of psychiatry in the Semel Institute and the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, was featured in a July 7 Los Angeles Times article. Her research found that some types of chronic grief activate reward centers in the brain, possibly giving sorrowful memories addiction-like properties.
7 Jul 08 News bullet

Repair for Mental Impairment
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported July 6 and the news service of the bilingual newspaper chain Eastern Group Publications reported July 3 on a new UCLA mouse study by neurobiologists Dr. Alcino Silva and Dan Ehninger. Their lab discovered that a drug used to prevent tissue rejection in organ-transplant patients may reverse mental impairment caused by a genetic disorder linked to autism. Human clinical trials are taking place in the U.K.
6 Jul 08
Antipsychotics Bring Little Long-Term Benefit in Alzheimer's
The research of Dr. David Sultzer, professor of psychiatry in the Semel Institute, was featured in a July 4 Psychiatric News story that discussed his research finding that antipsychotics medications bring little long-term benefits to Alzheimer's patients.
4 Jul 08 News bullet

Tai Chi May Help Elderly Have Fewer Restless Nights
The tai chi chih research of Dr. Michael Irwin, Norman Cousins Professor of Psychiatry and director of the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, was featured in Fox News and CBS news segments that aired July 3 July 4 on 28 affiliate stations across the country. He found that practicing tai chi chih promotes sleep quality in older adults with moderate sleep complaints. The Washington Post also ran a related story on July 2.
2 Jul 08 News bullet