UCI News

Daily Pilot, Dec. 3, 2020
Grin and bear it: A smile or grimace may reduce needle injection pain, UC Irvine researcher shows
In a recently published paper, UC Irvine researchers found that simply smiling or grimacing can significantly reduce pain from needle injections. … “If you can put yourself in a good mood while you’re stressed it really helps it go away faster,” said Sarah Pressman, principal investigator and UC Irvine professor of psychological science. “If you’re in a positive mood when something stressful happens, you don’t perceive it as being as bad.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, Dec. 3, 2020
New stay-at-home order imminent for Orange County and others
Dr. Shruti Gohil, associate medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine Medical Center, said there’s been a clear surge at the hospital over the past two weeks, including in the ICU. “We’re feeling it,” Gohil said. “We went through some of this in July, so we have some of our previously well-laid plans and any sort of lessons learned from that have been very well oiled and implemented at this stage.” … Health care workers are ready, she said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

CalMatters, Dec. 3, 2020 (Guest commentary)
Why President-elect Biden should nominate Eloy Ortiz Oakley to lead the Education Department
President-elect Joe Biden won the election with the most ambitious education agenda in the modern era … his plans will need an Education Secretary with the savvy to match the boldness of the agenda. He can find that and more in California’s Community College Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, the best pick to be the next Secretary of Education. … He is the son of Mexican-American immigrants and a U.S. Army veteran who enrolled in community college before degrees from the University of California, Irvine.

ZDNet, Dec. 3, 2020
Intel, partners make new strides in Loihi neuromorphic computing chip development
Intel has released new performance benchmarks for the Loihi neuromorphic computing processor, revealing improvements in power consumption and efficiency. … The company and other INRC partners, including the University of California, Irvine, have also examined how Loihi deals with gesture recognition. Intel says that Loihi’s self-learning capabilities have resulted in “tangible” progress in this field, in which new gestures can now be learned in “just a few exposures” without the need to store vast amounts of data on AI hardware.

HIT Consultant, Dec. 2, 2020
Virtual Engagement During COVID Pushes Paradigm Shift for Physician Training and Patient Care
Shalini Shah, MD, vice-chair and associate professor, department of anesthesiology & perioperative care, and enterprise director of pain services, UC Irvine Health writes, “I am sure the shift toward technology and virtual engagement in medicine will not go away when we finally get past the COVID-19 crisis. There will likely be lasting changes with the reliance on distance-medicine techniques for both patient care and physician training. But we must … make extra efforts to build and maintain patient-physician relationships.”

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