UCI News

The Washington Post, Aug. 19, 2022
Amazon’s health ambitions sometimes clashed with medical best practices, nurses say
Amazon is “really good at making it really easy for you,” said Tom Andriola, [Vice Chancellor for Information, Technology and Data], chief digital officer at UCI Health, where he’s worked with Amazon on various initiatives. “Most people’s experience with health care is anything but that.” But some health professionals who worked for the service said Amazon sometimes prioritized pleasing patients over providing the best standard of care. … The former nurses and executive who worked on Amazon Care said Care Medical bosses lacked the power to push back against some of Amazon’s decisions. “It comes down to who has leverage in the relationship,” said Andriola, from UCI Health. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

AARP, Aug. 18, 2022
5 Good Habits That Might Cause Premature Aging
“Like a rooster that crows to wake you up,” the bluish light of dawn entering your eyes “tells your brain, ‘Time to start the day!’ ” says Sara Mednick, professor of cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine, and author of The Power of the Downstate: Recharge Your Life Using Your Body’s Own Restorative Systems. … As the sun sets at night, its orange and red hues travel into your eyes, triggering your circadian clock to release sleep-promoting hormones. And you want to be sleepy, because sleep is when “you enter your most restorative mode,” Mednick says.

ABC News, Aug. 19, 2022 (Video)
Why rape exceptions in abortion bans are more complicated in reality
“It’s not whether there’s simply a law that happens to be on the books,” Michele Goodwin, a law [Chancellor’s] Professor at the University of California, Irvine, whose expertise includes health law and reproductive rights, told ABC News. “It’s whether the law is more real than illusory.  For so many of the exceptions that are being drafted now, what you have is not entirely meaningless but so difficult to navigate that they essentially become kind of a fool’s gold.”

Popular Science, Aug. 18, 2022
Fatphobia and medical biases follow people after death
This means that in death, as in life, those who carry their weight “better” may be more favorable and be accepted into donation programs, while those with a less lean appearance and higher BMI will not. This is a problem for a number of reasons, says Sabrina Strings, [associate professor of sociology] at the University of California, Irvine and author of the book Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia. “BMI is a problem because it was devised using something that is not a scientific method,” Strings says.

Daily Pilot, Aug. 18, 2022 (Commentary)
Commentary: PFAS are ‘forever’ chemicals contaminating our water sources and affecting our health
Scott Bartell, UCI professor of environmental and occupational health with the Program in Public Health writes, “After more than 15 years of experience studying PFAS chemicals in our drinking water and their health effects, I believe that action is long overdue to minimize the serious health effects of these toxic chemicals. … We can take action to reduce our exposures to these chemicals, learn more about their health effects and ensure that people with elevated exposures get the appropriate medical care. Learn more about the UCI PFAS Health Study by visiting the website at https://sites.uci.edu/pfas/.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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