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Time, April 11, 2019
Does Red Wine Help You Live Longer? Here’s What the Science Says
“Alcohol could be beneficial through biological mechanisms like increasing [healthy] HDL cholesterol, affecting clotting mechanisms and blood platelets, or [having] effects on the vascular system,” says Dr. Claudia Kawas, a professor of neurology at the University of California, Irvine whose research has found that some of the oldest-living adults tend to drink alcohol in moderation.

The Hechinger Report, April 11, 2019
Beyond basic reading, kids can learn how to think like a good reader

Carol Booth Olson, a professor at the University of California-Irvine School of Education, developed a program called the Pathway to Academic Success Project that teaches cognitive strategies to improve student performance, in both reading and writing. Olson’s program trains teachers like Stewart to introduce them methodically and weave them into lessons throughout the school year. First in Santa Ana and then in Anaheim … closing achievement gaps for students who speak languages other than English and Latinos, who have traditionally had lower educational outcomes.

AARP, April 10, 2019
Don’t Be Taken In by Dementia ‘Pseudomedicine’
“A common situation is an older adult becoming concerned about their memory and taking a supplement to try to ward off dementia,” says Joshua Grill, director of the Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders at the University of California, Irvine. “But in reality, if they saw their doctor, they might find out that another medical condition such as hypothyroidism, or a certain prescription medication, is causing symptoms and can be easily treated. They’re just making things worse.” And if you do have dementia, he adds, you could start a drug treatment to relieve symptoms, or enroll in a promising clinical trial. “At the end of the day, patients are just wasting time and money and they won’t get either back,” he says.

The Atlantic, April 11, 2019
The Boy Missing an Entire Type of Brain Cells
Kim Green, a neurobiologist at UC Irvine, notes mutant mice lacking microglia have broadly similar patterns of disorganization in their brains. These mice models essentially predicted what would happen in the human. He had just never expected to see a person without microglia. “It’s absolutely remarkable,” he says.

Chemistry World, April 11, 2019
Drilling down to molecules’ atoms gives unprecedented glimpse of vibrations
It’s a tremendous accomplishment of science that we can measure absorption frequencies of a molecule and then reconstruct its normal modes theoretically,’ explains chemical physicist Vartkess Apkarian at the University of California, Irvine. ‘That’s really non-trivial theory that has developed over the past hundred years.’ The theory works well for isolated molecules, but falls short when considering molecules in contact with surfaces, for instance.

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