UCI News

Orange County Business Journal, Aug. 27, 2021
A Healthy Hospital Backlog
Dr. Steve Goldstein, vice chancellor for health affairs at the University of California Irvine, a role that incudes managing the $1 billion UCI Health system said, “People should be able to get the best possible care without having to leave [Orange County].” UCI Health itself is spending $1.4 billion for new construction on a hospital, [UCI Medical Center-Irvine], clinic and the Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

U.S. News & World Report, Aug. 27, 2021
Hula Hoop: Is It Good Exercise?
If you haven’t seen a Hula Hoop since you were a kid, it’s time to take another look. No longer just toys, hoops of all kinds are now popular workout tools. But is hooping really good exercise? “We don’t have a lot of evidence about it, but it appears that it has the potential for the same types of overall exercise benefits as if you were jogging or cycling,” says [Professor] James W. Hicks, a cardiopulmonary physiologist at the University California, Irvine.

Business Insider, Aug. 28, 2021
The ongoing US-Mexico border closure is smothering local businesses in this Texas city: ‘What was once a thriving street is now a ghost town’
“I don’t think keeping the border closed necessarily makes any sense since there’s already so much COVID in Texas,” Andrew Noymer, an [associate professor of population health and disease prevention] at the University of California, Irvine, said. “Travel restrictions in general worldwide is like the saying of ‘a horse has bolted from the barn’ a long time ago.”

CNN, Aug. 27, 2021
History taught the Fed a lesson. Will that be enough?
How soon should the Fed pull back historic support for the economy in the wake of a devastating pandemic? It’s a major challenge in hugely uncertain times. But the Fed has changed a lot in recent decades, helping it prepare for this moment, according to Gary Richardson, an economics professor at University of California, Irvine who previously was the Federal Reserve System historian. “The Fed has intentionally created tools that allow it to deal with these unprecedented situations,” he told me.

Scientific American, Aug. 27, 2021
YouTube’s Plan to Showcase Credible Health Information Is Flawed, Experts Warn
[Professor] Sven Bernecker is a philosopher at the University of California, Irvine, who researches fake news as well as the ways medical knowledge is accepted and put into practice. He says the discussion paper’s recommendations, which favor well-established sources, are likely to reinforce already existing structures of power and influence in the medical system. … Bernecker explains that its recommendations play into the common narrative that science is an objective means of identifying a single truth.

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