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Forbes, Aug. 13, 2021
CDC Committee Approves Third Covid-19 Shot For Immunocompromised People—Here’s Who Should Get One
“There could have been more granularity on which specific groups should go get a booster,” Dr. Jonathan Watanabe, a professor of clinical pharmacy and dean at the University of California, Irvine, told Forbes in an email. “There is definitely room for interpretation, both by clinicians and patients,” as to whether someone’s condition compromises their immune system as much as ACIP’s reference of transplant patients, he said. Being more specific would also be useful for vaccine clinics and pharmacies, to know who is eligible.

USA Today, Aug. 13, 2021
Who should get a third COVID-19 vaccine shot? About 2.7M immunocompromised Americans, CDC says
Formally permitting third shots will allow the government to study the effects of extra doses. “I hope it shows evidence that a booster shot is working for this group,” said [Professor] Philip Felgner, who directs the Vaccine Research and Development Center at the University of California, Irvine.

NBC News, Aug. 13, 2021
Wildfire smoke could raise risk of severe Covid and death, study finds
“About two weeks after we had these smoke exposure events, we saw an uptick in the Covid-19 incidents, even in a low-density pollution area, that were beyond what you would have predicted normally. And then as the smoke dissipated, the peak went back down,” said Michael Kleinman, a co-director of the Air Pollution Health Effects Laboratory [and adjunct professor of Environmental & Occupational Health] at the University of California, Irvine, who co-wrote the Orange County study. “This happened three times with three different smoke exposures.”

Grist, Aug. 16, 2021
Hot days mean worse air. So why are climate and smog seen as separate?
Climate researchers described the report as a call to action for governments given the mounting and unequivocal scientific evidence. Yet, at the local level, that call to action has been unheeded for years, despite pressure from advocates who have called for the state and local air quality boards to comprehensively and holistically examine how climate change, via pollution and heat impacts, is influencing public health, says environmental planning and policy expert Michael Méndez, an assistant professor at the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine.

Gizmodo, Aug. 16, 2021
How Has Social Media Impacted Our Mental Health?
Mizuko Ito, professor [in residence], information & computer sciences, UC Irvine, who focuses on children and youth’s changing relationships to media and communications [said], “It is safe to say that social media can contribute to both healthy and unhealthy behaviors when it comes to mental health, and just as with offline social life, we need to be mindful of what kinds of relationships and content contributes or detracts from our wellbeing.”

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