UCI News

Orange County Register, April 26, 2021
Diagnosis and determination: a photojournalist’s life becomes the story
Dr. Holstein, uncertain that [Bill] Alkofer had ALS, referred him to UCI Medical Center neurologist Dr. Namita Goyal, who specializes in the disease. … During the appointment, Dr. Goyal wondered if Alkofer was suffering from multifocal motor neuropathy, a rare but curable disease that is sometimes confused with ALS. Alkofer was put on intravenous immunoglobulin therapy. … He thought maybe the intravenous treatments were helping, but Dr. Goyal gave him the definitive diagnosis on St. Patrick’s Day of 2020. … Alkofer wanted to participate in a drug trial run by UCI Medical Center and help give long-overdue hope to future ALS patients. But COVID-19 would prevent that from happening as the trials were put on hold. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Daily Pilot, April 28, 2021
UC Irvine Health opens program to treat lingering symptoms of COVID-19
Starting a few weeks ago, [Margaret] Goldstein has been getting help from a new UC Irvine Health program that addresses the long-term impacts of COVID-19. … “If we think about sheer numbers, 30 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and so if we think 10% to 30% of these patients are going to develop chronic symptoms, that’s going to be a staggering amount of patients that are going to develop these debilitating symptoms,” said Dr. Long-Co Nguyen, who oversees the program. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Artfix Daily, April 27, 2021
UC Irvine’s Institute and Museum of California Art To Showcase Collection Highlights and Private Loans in ‘Radiant Impressions’
UC Irvine’s Institute and Museum of California Art (IMCA) will debut a new exhibit, “Radiant Impressions,” upon reopening in May after an over yearlong closure due to the pandemic. Selections of California art, from the IMCA’s permanent collections and private collections, will be exhibited. … “We see IMCA as an epicenter for California art,” [museum director Kim] Kanatani told the LA Times. “We envision our future building to be a very compelling destination that is both locally engaged as a cultural catalyst but also globally relevant as a seminal investigator and presenter of California’s influence with art.”

KPCC, April 23, 2021 (Audio)
COVID-19 AMA: J&J Latest, Vaccine Demand And More
In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Shruti Gohil, M.D., professor of medicine and associate medical director for epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine’s School of Medicine. Topics today include:

o We know even more about the effectiveness of vaccines

o The FDA and CDC expected to advise on J&J vaccine today

o For some states, vaccine demand is actually down

o UC and Cal State campuses will require students to be vaccinated in the fall

The New York Times, April 26, 2021
Which States Will Gain or Lose Seats in the Next Congress
“The parties have this natural inclination to go for broke, say, ‘We’ve got a new seat, let’s grab it and take the opportunity we have,’ ” said Bernard Grofman, a political science [Distinguished] Professor at the University of California, Irvine, who has served as a special master for court-ordered redistricting in multiple states. For Republicans, he said, “picking up new seats and stopping Joe Biden is going to have a high, high priority, even though they may pay a big political price down the road.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

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