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BestLife, Aug. 17, 2022
If You Have Any of These 9 Symptoms, It Could Be BA.5, Doctors Say
But even if the virus is beginning to resemble more familiar illnesses, it’s still seriously affecting some patients. “If you talk to the average person who had COVID, many will tell you it’s the sickest they’ve ever been without going to the hospital,” David Souleles, the director of the COVID-19 Response Team at the University of California, Irvine, told HuffPost.

Popular Mechanics, Aug. 17, 2022
Quantum Physics Could Finally Explain Consciousness, Scientists Say
However, Jeffrey Barrett, Chancellor’s Professor of logic and philosophy of science at the University of California, Irvine, thinks the connection is somewhat arbitrary from the cognitive science side. “It’s really hard to explain consciousness, it is a deep and abiding philosophical problem.” … This rationalization isn’t convincing to him, however. “I don’t think that there’s any reason to suppose from the cognitive science direction that quantum mechanics has anything to do with explaining consciousness,” Barrett continues.

Healthline, Aug. 15, 2022
Inflation Reduction Act: What It Will and Won’t Do to Lower Insulin Prices
“More than 7 million people in the U.S. use insulin and for the vast majority, having consistent access to insulin is nothing short of a life-or-death issue both in the short-term and long-term,” Keri Hurley-Kim, PharmD, MPH, an associate clinical professor at the University of California, Irvine’s College of Health Sciences, told Healthline.

KCET, Aug. 12, 2022
Salton Sea Policy-Making Excludes Vulnerable Purépecha Community Members
Maximiliano Felipe Ochoa, a community worker for the California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) … received a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from University of California, Irvine in 2018, which helped him understand the techniques proposed to extract lithium from the Salton Sea’s geothermal brines and create large batteries that power carbon-free cars. According to Ochoa, however, this concept is completely foreign to most Purépecha farmworkers, whose days include little space for environmental justice advocacy among the pressing priorities of finding work, keeping a roof over their heads and feeding their families.

Orange Coast, Aug. 11, 2022
10 Experts: Best Ways to Improve Your Health Now
Karen Lindsay, registered dietician nutritionist [at] UC Irvine’s Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute [and assistant professor of pediatrics]: “Nutrition is really important not just for physical health, but also for mental health. There is this movement for nutritional psychology, which explains how the food that we eat helps regulate our emotions and mental health and might be able to help mitigate mental health diseases as well.”

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