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Los Angeles Times, Dec. 5, 2020
Lockdowns are depressing and economically devastating. But California might not have a choice
Nuance can work in public health strategies, but sometimes “when you take a more nuanced approach — what’s OK and what’s not OK — that makes people more confused,” said Dr. Shruti Gohil, associate medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine. “By unilaterally closing everything down, you do send the psychological message … that we ought to stay home; that now’s the time to hunker down again. And that could save lives.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The New York Times, Dec. 4, 2020 (Front page of online version)
The Virus Is Devastating the U.S., and Leaving an Uneven Toll
“The pandemic is us,” said Andrew Noymer, an associate professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine, who added that part of the word “pandemic” derives from “demos,” ancient Greek for “people.” “It’s the same word that gives us ‘demography’ or ‘epidemic.’ The pandemic is collectively all of our actions.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Forbes, Dec. 4, 2020
How The Covid-19 Pandemic Gave Digital Health A Shot In The Arm
Anthem CEO Gail Boudreaux said that Anthem had entered into a recent partnership with Apple and the University of California, Irvine to use Apple Watches to “help us understand biomarkers for asthma,” …. The hope is to go from clunky paper-driven protocols to help patients figure out real-time triggers by monitoring things like heart rate, blood oxygen and sleep, with the end goal of being able to suggest personalized behavior changes. The study plans to enroll 900 patients.

Next Avenue, Dec. 3, 2020
Is the 60-Year Curriculum the Future of Learning?
Gary Matkin, dean of University of California, Irvine’s Division of Continuing Education and vice provost of the school’s Division of Care Pathways, says: “The university, to fulfill its role, doesn’t finish when the student graduates. We’ve got to continue our goal to be there for people hitting life transitions, wherever they are.”

Slash Gear, Dec. 4, 2020
Smile for your COVID-19 vaccine – research says it’ll hurt less
A new study from the University of California – Irvine has found that smiling and grimacing can help ease the pain of a vaccine — assuming you sincerely mean the facial expression, that is. … The study’s principal investigator Sarah Pressman explained: Our study demonstrates a simple, free and clinically meaningful method of making the needle injection less awful. Given the numerous anxiety- and pain-provoking situations found in medical practice, we hope that an understanding of how and when smiling and grimacing helps will foster effective pain reduction strategies that result in better patient experiences.

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