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Orange County Register, April 16, 2021
$5 million gift to help UCI integrative health program study cardiac care
UC Irvine researchers and doctors will use a $5 million gift to further study how lifestyle changes and even the things people can learn about their bodies from the new tech they’re wearing can be integrated with standard medical care to improve outcomes for heart patients. The gift from Linda and Mike Mussallem to the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute at UCI was announced this week. … “We are training a new kind of specialist who understands the importance of treating the whole person,” said Dr. Shaista Malik, associate vice chancellor for integrative health and executive director of the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Daily Pilot, April 15, 2021
UC Irvine’s IMCA staff prepare for a reopening in May after a yearlong closure
After receiving the green light to reopen from UC Irvine this week, staff at the Institute and Museum for California Art are preparing a new exhibit, “Radiant Impressions.” The show will focus on 20th-century California painters and how they worked with light. From IMCA’s permanent collections as well as loans from private collections, the exhibit will include pieces by George K. Brandiff, E. Charlton Fortune, Elsie Palmer Payne, Arthur Grover Rider and signature works by Guy Rose including “The Green Parasol” and “Laguna Eucalyptus.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Washington Post, April 15, 2021
How travelers can find vaccines on the road
If you’re residing in a state other than the one that issued you an ID, vaccination is still well within reach. “Try all of the local pharmacies,” advises Bernadette Boden-Albala, dean of the program in public health at the University of California, Irvine. “They seem to have less restrictions on residency as opposed to the county and state-run ‘Super POD’ sites.” … “I have friends who are digital nomads who traveled two to three hours to get vaccines and have gotten them,” Boden-Albala says. “The most important thing is to get them — now.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Good Housekeeping, April 15, 2021
We Need to Start Talking About “Thin Privilege”
Thin privilege is actually rooted in popular white aesthetics of the 19th century, according to Sabrina Strings, Ph.D., an associate professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine, and the author of Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia. Back then, “Scientists suggested that Anglo Saxons were taller and slenderer than other races and that that was an asset,” explains Strings. “White women then were being pressured to be a particular body size and many of [these women] took this up as an expression of their whiteness.”

Los Angeles Times, April 14, 2021
DDT’s toxic legacy can harm granddaughters of women exposed, study shows
Bruce Blumberg, a professor of developmental and cell biology at UC Irvine, still remembers the trucks that used to spray massive amounts of DDT in farms and neighborhoods. “The whole market would be full of a fog of DDT,” said Blumberg, who also teaches pharmaceutical sciences. “The industry would want you to believe that chemicals have no effect, because the doses are too low and there’s just no effects and it’s all crazy alarmists.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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