UCI News

Orange County Business Journal, May 25, 2020
UCI’s Coronavirus Trial Enters Next Phase of Testing
Orange’s UCI Medical Center, the first academic medical institution in Southern California to start a trail to test the effectiveness of … remdesivir on the coronavirus, has concluded Phase 1. … Upcoming phases of the clinical trial will involve the enrollment of up to 30 additional patients at UCI Medical Center, OC’s largest hospital by patient revenue. This later phase will study the effectiveness of Avipadil … [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The New York Times, May 25, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: It’s Not Obesity. It’s Slavery.
Sabrina Strings, UCI associate professor of sociology writes, “The era of slavery was when white Americans determined that black Americans needed only the bare necessities, not enough to keep them optimally safe and healthy. It set in motion black people’s diminished access to healthy foods, safe working conditions, medical treatment and a host of other social inequities that negatively impact health. This message is particularly important in a moment when African-Americans have experienced the highest rates of severe complications and death from the coronavirus and “obesity” has surfaced as an explanation.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

HuffPost, May 21, 2020
Experts Worry Trump’s Hydroxychloroquine Claims Could Have Major Consequences
Alex Chan, the founding chair of the University of California Irvine’s clinical pharmacy department, said that he did not know enough about the context surrounding Trump’s apparent decision to take the drug, but emphasized that it is not an example the general public should follow. Chan said that it’s still too early to tell exactly how effective HCQ would be against coronavirus, since most of the research on this matter is ongoing, making it a risky option for people to take the drug if they haven’t been advised by their physician to do so.

Scientific American, May 27, 2020
A Monday Is a Tuesday Is a Sunday as COVID-19 Disrupts Internal Clocks
The prospect of an increase in mental disorders has spurred E. Alison Holman, a health psychologist at the University of California, Irvine, to study the psychological effects of COVID-19. In past work, Holman and her colleagues have found that people experiencing trauma report that time seems to stop or to move in slow motion. Some individuals also become more focused on a past traumatic experience, a feature of PTSD. Holman worries that the pandemic will cause similar psychological effects in the people most threatened by the virus.

National Review, May 27, 2020
Hong Kong Has Become a City Unstuck in Time
For Western readers looking to get caught up on the political struggle for Hong Kong’s future, a good place to start is Jeffrey Wasserstrom’s Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink, a short book published in February. In fewer than 100 pages, Wasserstrom, a professor of History at UC Irvine, deftly takes the reader through a concise history of the territory … His focus, however, is on the protests of 2019, and to a lesser extent on the Umbrella Movement protests of 2014. Core to both was the question of the nature of the city’s relationship to Beijing.

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