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Small acts of kindness are frequent and universal, study finds

A new study by UCLA sociologist Giovanni Rossi and an international team of collaborators finds that people rely on each other for help constantly. In the study, published in Scientific Reports, the authors — who also included researchers at universities in Australia, Ecuador, Germany, the Netherlands and the U.K. — explore the human capacity for cooperation. They found […]

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Medi-Cal’s long-term care services reach only a small portion of seniors, disabled adults

Two Medi-Cal care programs designed to help seniors and disabled adults avoid being placed in nursing homes serve only a fraction of those presumed to be eligible, according to a study published today by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Improving access to and expanding the reach of these long-term support services could keep hundreds of thousands […]

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Megadrought in southwestern North America is region’s driest in at least 1,200 years

The drought that has enveloped southwestern North America for the past 22 years is the region’s driest “megadrought” — defined as a drought lasting two decades or longer — since at least the year 800, according to a new UCLA-led study in the journal Nature Climate Change. Thanks to the region’s high temperatures and low precipitation levels […]

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Nearly half of caregivers in California experienced financial stress, UCLA CHPR study finds

November 29, 2021 – Nearly half or 44.4% of California’s estimated 6.7 million adult caregivers reported experiencing some level of financial stress in 2020 due to their role, according to a new study published by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (CHPR). In that same year, 13.5% of all caregivers, which refers to adults who reported providing care […]

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A possible case of pandemic fatigue: Californians report slightly lower rates of following certain safety guidelines as COVID-19 rates declined

Did Californians continue to follow COVID-19 state and local safety guidelines as case and death rates declined? The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (CHPR) has released May 2021 data from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) that sheds more light on whether individuals continued to follow suggested safety protocols such as wearing face coverings […]

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Nearly half of California adolescents report mental health difficulties, UCLA CHPR study finds

January 27, 2021 – Mirroring a national trend, 45% of California youth between the ages of 12 and 17 report having recently struggled with mental health issues, with nearly a third of them experiencing serious psychological distress that could interfere with their academic and social functioning, according to a UCLA policy brief released today. The UCLA Center for […]

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