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Well + Good, Dec. 9, 2021
Positive COVID-19 Self-Test? An Epidemiologist Shares 3 Things To Do ASAP
To help you navigate the brave new world of at-home COVID-19 tests in the most socially-conscious way possible, we asked Karen Edwards, PhD, a [public health] professor and chair of the department of epidemiology at the University of California, Irvine, what to do if you test positive for COVID-19 at home. Below, she talks about why telling your doctor is critical to understanding and fighting SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Plus, how to practice health and safety protocols the moment you test positive.

KCBS Radio, Dec. 9, 2021 (Audio)
The future of COVID-19 is likely to mirror the flu, expert says
Endemic has different definitions and can change contextually, according to Andrew Noymer, an associate professor [of public health] at UC Irvine on KCBS Radio’s “Ask an Expert” on Thursday …. But the definition that most likely applies to the current situation, is comparing [COVID-19] to influenza, “where it’s no longer a brand new, emerging pandemic,” he said. “But it’s just something that we have, year in and year out. … COVID is here to stay.”

Orange Coast Magazine, Dec. 2021 (Subscription)
Tech for all
UC Irvine assistant professor of informatics Stacy Branham was named one of Popular Science’s “Brilliant 10” for her work on accessibility in tech. “Informatics is about how computers interact with people and society. I work with people with disabilities in order to develop novel technologies that improve their lives. A lot of what we specialize in are the needs of blind people and people with low vision, especially older adults,” [said Branham]. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Wired, Dec. 10, 2021
To See Proteins Change in Quadrillionths of a Second, Use AI
“A major problem in analyzing diffraction signals is that the x-ray source is noisy,” says Shaul Mukamel, [Distinguished Professor of chemistry] at the University of California, Irvine who was not part of the study. In other words, the x-ray flash always leads to at least some blurriness. … However, Mukamel adds, x-ray experiments like the one analyzed in the new study tend to collect huge datasets. Chemists like himself are always trying to innovate ways to unearth new information from them, he says. In the new study, using artificial intelligence to analyze the data was key.

SheFinds, Dec. 8, 2021
4 Foods No One Should Be Buying At The Grocery Store In 2022–Yikes!
“A diet habitually high in sodium intake leads to higher risk for heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease and eye problems—particularly in people with elevated blood pressure and who are salt sensitive,” says Andrew Odegaard, Ph.D, associate professor [of public health], University of California, Irvine. “Many brands and foods under this category which are consumed for snacks are highly processed and have high sodium levels. Rather than reaching for these, a good swap could be a whole piece of fruit, like an apple, pear, or orange.”

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