UCI News

Healthline, Dec. 16, 2021
When Will Omicron Peak in South Africa and What Does that Mean for the U.S.?
“The only thing that’s certain is that Omicron is going to guarantee another winter wave of COVID,” said [Associate Professor of public health], Andrew Noymer, PhD, a University of California Irvine epidemiologist and demographer who studies infectious diseases. “The thing that I think is most key, in terms of the takeaway lesson for Omicron, is that it’s going to displace Delta,” Noymer said.

Los Angeles Times, Dec. 16, 2021
Stanford University to require COVID-19 boosters, delays spring 2022 in-person classes
UC Irvine has not changed plans for the spring, according to spokesman Tom Vasich, [senior director of communications & media relations], but he added that the campus plans to “closely monitor the impact of the Omicron variant and transmission levels, and make adjustments as needed.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Insider, Dec. 16, 2021
A future doctor’s illustration of a Black fetus went viral. Experts explain the importance of Black bodies in medical diagrams.
Candice Taylor Lucas, [MD], an [associate clinical] professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, showed the illustration to her 6-year-old son after seeing it online. She said he looked at it and said, “That was me!” “Seeing a healthy baby with a brown skin tone, in the womb of a healthy mother with a brown skin tone, feels like a celebration of the strength of Black women,” Taylor Lucas said. “My son’s response demonstrated the value of inclusive excellence in medical illustrations.”

PEOPLE, Dec. 16, 2021
Bill Clinton Was ‘Delirious’ with Infection in ICU, Has a Puzzle Regimen for Staying Sharp
Bill Clinton says he’s feeling “fine” after a serious illness left him delirious and in intensive care for five days in October. … Clinton says his visit to the UCI Medical Center was the result of a “longstanding infection that was essentially in hiding.” … At the hospital, “they got me fixed up,” the president says. “I took 30 days of antibiotics and it’s gone now. And I feel better than I have in two years. I feel good.”

HealthDay (American Heart Association News), Dec. 16, 2021
AHA News: ‘And Just Like That,’ Everyone Wondered: Is Exercise Safe?
Dr. Elizabeth Dineen, an assistant [clinical] professor of cardiology at the University of California Irvine said the risk of having a fatal heart event during exercise is quite low. “And it’s usually lower for people who do regular exercise compared to those who are regularly sedentary. … The bottom line is that people should be engaging in exercise unless your physician has said, ‘No exercise,'” she said. And such restrictions are usually temporary. “I think the average person should have an exercise program, and they should not have to worry.”

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