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.

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 News bullet

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

Tai Chi Helps Older Adults get Good Night's Sleep
The research of Dr. Michael Irwin, professor of psychiatry and director of the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at the Semel Institute, was featured July 2 in a Reuters story that reported regular practice of tai chi chih can help older people rest easier at night.
2 Jul 08 News bullet

Train Your Mind, Kick Your Craving
The research of Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz, a research psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry, was mentioned in the June 30 Lab Notes column on Newsweek.com. The article cited Schwartz's research into obsessive-compulsive disorder.
30 Jun 08 News bullet

UCLA Medical Center Makes its Move
The Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, La Opinion, City News Service, Daily Breeze, Chinese Daily News, KCBS-Channel 2, KNBC-Channel 4, KTLA-Channel 5, KABC-Channel 7, KCAL-Channel 9, KTTV-Channel 11, KCOP-Channel 13, KMEX-Channel 34, KVEA-Channel 52, KFI-640AM, KFWB-980AM, KNX-1070AM, KRLA-870AM and KPCC-89.3FM, among others, reported June 29 and June 30 on the opening of UCLA's state-of-the-art academic medical facility, following Sunday's relocation of hundreds of patients. The new facility is home to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA and Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital. Many stations covered the birth of the hospital's first baby, whose parents gave him the middle name of Ronald in honor of the new facility. A Jewish Journal feature also
30 Jun 08 News bullet

Why it's Hard to Say Goodbye
Mary-Frances O'Connor, assistant professor of psychiatry, was featured in a June 27 article in Science Magazine about her research that found certain types of chronic grief activate reward centers in the brain, possibly giving sorrowful memories addiction-like properties. A version of the Science story also appeared July 1 on iTWire.com (Australia).
27 Jun 08 News bullet