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Matley B.G.,Ventura College | Matley B.G.,The University of West Los Angeles
Proceedings - IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy | Year: 2012

American history and custom are rich with the sense of personal privacy. That sense of privacy remained so strong that when the computer became reality in daily government operations, concerns about preserving privacy were vigorously expressed. The Congressional hearings on the National Data Bank(NDB) proposal of the 1960s is illustrative. In the end, the proposal was not funded out of concern for the massive volume of personal data to be contained, transmission of it around the country in telecommunications networks not secure, a national ID system that might emerge, and computer matching schemes to follow. Today, our computer practices sometimes violate those earlier tenets on computers and privacy. Some government networks now contain more personal data than waa proposed for the NDB; networks are not secure, even subject to penetration by hackers; a national ID system has been proposed, but SSN ia one in effect; matching schemes for draft registration verification and debt collection by the Internal Revenue Service on behalf of other agencies, do work. Computer practices in conflict with privacy principles raise the spectre of extra-Constitutional government in America, and leave us with crucial policy choices in computing. © 1985 IEEE. Source

Yu D.D.,Beckman Research Institute | Sousa K.M.,Beckman Research Institute | Sousa K.M.,The University of West Los Angeles | Mattern D.L.,University of Mississippi | And 5 more authors.
Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry | Year: 2015

GP-BAR1 (also known as TGR5), a novel G-protein coupled receptor regulating various non-genomic functions via bile acid signaling, has emerged as a promising target for metabolic disorders, including obesity and type II diabetes. However, given that many bile acids (BAs) are poorly tolerated for systemic therapeutic use, there is significant need to develop GP-BAR1 agonists with improved potency and specificity and there also is significant impetus to develop a stereoselective synthetic methodology for GP-BAR1 agonists. Here, we report the development of highly stereo-controlled strategies to investigate a series of naturally occurring bile acid derivatives with markedly enhanced GP-BAR1 activity. These novel GP-BAR1 agonists are evaluated in vitro using luciferase-based reporter and cAMP assays to elucidate their biological properties. In vivo studies revealed that the GP-BAR1 agonist 23(S)-m-LCA increased intestinal GLP-1 transcripts by 26-fold. Additionally, computational modeling studies of selected ligands that exhibit enhanced potency and specificity for GP-BAR1 provide information on potential binding sites for these ligands in GP-BAR1. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

Duley S.I.,The University of West Los Angeles
Journal of dental hygiene : JDH / American Dental Hygienists' Association | Year: 2012

The need for education about oral health conditions has been discussed in recent years. Current research has shown correlations between oral and systemic disease. Disease entities have been connected to bacteremia and inflammatory process es, both of which can result from oral pathologies. Professionals need to be educated about these connections and advised how, by maintaining proper oral health, they may avoid systemic consequences. Students in dental hygiene, health care management and nursing programs can play a vital role in this education. By jointly creating and operating an educational Center for Oral Health Promotion, they can better understand each other's professions. This will facilitate developing the skill set to reach out to the underserved and establish protocols to provide health literacy and care at affordable rates. They can also better appreciate the interconnections between health care delivery and its management while gaining skills needed to work in an inter-professional setting. A Center for Oral Health Promotion would expand services typically offered in dental hygiene educational settings as well as expand dental hygiene, nursing and health care management student experiences. Source

Doroudgar S.,Touro College | Chou T.I-F.,Touro College | Chou T.I-F.,The University of West Los Angeles | Yu J.,Touro College | And 3 more authors.
Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry | Year: 2013

Background: Insomnia is symptomatic of most psychiatric disorders. Non-habit-forming agents such as trazodone and quetiapine are commonly used off-label to treat patients with insomnia. The safety and efficacy of trazodone and quetiapine as medications for treatment of insomnia have never been directly contrasted. The objective of this study was to compare the effectiveness of trazodone to quetiapine among inpatient psychiatric patients by measuring the traditional sleep parameters of total sleep time, number of nighttime awakenings, sleep efficiency, sleep latency, length of hospitalization, and patient-reported side effects. Method: Participants were recruited from St Helena Hospital Center for Behavioral Health, Vallejo, California. Patient inclusion criteria were age 18 to 65 years, admitted between September 2011 and February 2012, and a physician order for trazodone or quetiapine for insomnia. Exclusion criteria included primary insomnia, pregnancy, concomitant order of trazodone and quetiapine, receiving trazodone or quetiapine up to 2 weeks prior to the study, and inability to coherently communicate. Subjective patient interviews and objective nursing sleep log reviews composed the data set. Results: On average, mean total sleep time hours were longer among patients receiving trazodone versus those receiving quetiapine according to patients' subjective reports (7.80 vs 6.75, respectively, P < .01) and the nursing sleep logs (9.13 vs 8.68, respectively, P = .04). Patients receiving trazodone experienced fewer mean nighttime awakenings versus those receiving quetiapine (0.52 vs 0.75, respectively, P = .04) according to the nursing sleep log report. Patients receiving trazodone reported more side effects of constipation, nausea, and diarrhea than patients receiving quetiapine. Conclusions: With respect to total sleep time and nighttime awakenings, trazodone was a more effective alternative than quetiapine. However, patients receiving trazodone experienced more gastrointestinal patient-reported side effects. © 2013 Physicians Postgraduate Press, Inc. Source

Falender C.A.,The University of West Los Angeles | Shafranske E.P.,The University of West Los Angeles | Ofek A.,University of California at Los Angeles
Counselling Psychology Quarterly | Year: 2014

With the recognition that clinical supervision is a distinct professional practice comes the necessity for identification of effective practices. In this competency-based era, a meta-theoretical, interpersonal framework is provided in competency-based clinical supervision in which specific attention is paid to the strengths and emerging competencies of the supervisee and to the clinical and supervision competencies of the supervisor. In this article, the authors address the state of the literature on effective clinical supervision and the specific knowledge, skills, and attitudes that comprise competent supervision. A brief summary of research on several particular pivotal areas (e.g. alliance, multicultural competence, legal, and ethical issues) is included. A self-assessment device is provided for both current supervisors and supervisors-in-preparation to assess readiness, competence, and areas in which additional training and experience are desirable. Finally, a vignette illustrating the implementation of effective supervision practices is provided. © 2014 Taylor & Francis. Source

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