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Eat This, Not That!, Dec. 14, 2022
Doctors Share What to Know About Flu Season and How to Stay Out of the ER
Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, Dr.P.H., Director and Founding Dean of the UCI Program in Public Health says, “Flu trends are constantly changing and yes there have always been ‘bad or worse’ flu seasons and better ones. This year the epidemiologists who review the nature of the upcoming flu viruses have talked about the upcoming flu season as being a ‘bad’ season. There are two reasons for this – one is that the upcoming flu strain looks to be one that will be associated with more severe symptoms. Second, I believe many countries will face a bad flu season as we all have had limited exposure in the last few years to flu ….

KNX 97.1 FM News Radio, Nov. 29, 2022 (Audio)
15 country study of gender pay equity finds US nowhere near the leader
Lead researcher – UC Irvine’s [Professor] Andrew Penner – tells KNX there needs to be more legislation ensuring equal pay in the workplace and transparency to fix the problem. “Having everyone know what everyone else earns is quite powerful in thinking about enforcement of equal pay for equal work and thinking about transparency. And things like that, I think, are really important for the future of gender equality – in addition, of course, to thinking about hiring practices and discrimination and promotion.”

The Orange County Register, Dec. 12, 2022
An Orange County coastal town grapples with losing its beach
The shoreline from San Clemente to Dana Point is a microcosm of what issues can arise when the beach disappears from a “beach town” – and how much is at stake for coastal communities when their sand disappears. … UC Irvine civil engineering professor Brett Sanders, a leading expert on sand erosion, said the beach went through what’s called a “tipping point.” South San Clemente had about 200 feet of sand through the 1990s and 2000s, based on satellite imagery analyzed by grad students. … Now, at the point where the railroad damage occurred, there’s no beach at all during higher tides, and only wet sand exposed when tides drop. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Akron Beacon Journal, Dec. 11, 2022
Holly Christensen: Alzheimer’s research in people with Down syndrome benefits all
I recently interviewed Dr. Elizabeth Head, a [professor and] neuropathology core co-investigator at the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at University of California, Irvine. While she collaborates with researchers studying Alzheimer’s in the general population, her research is focused specifically on the Down syndrome population. Her team and others are conducting longitudinal studies, in which volunteers with Down syndrome participate for many years, discovering relevant data that are the building blocks for future treatments.

Bloomberg, Dec. 14, 2022
China’s Care Homes Scramble to Protect Elderly From Covid Surge
Many older Chinese are reluctant to get vaccinated, said Feng Wang, a sociology professor at the University of California, Irvine. Forcing them to get vaccinated risks creating a backlash in a society that traditionally has emphasized respecting seniors, he said. “It’s a tremendous gamble,” said Wang. “If an elderly person resists, I’m pretty sure there will be a lot of reluctance among the nurses, the local neighborhood committees and officials to force elderly people to take the vaccine.”

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