UCI News

Time, Feb. 21, 2018
Can Alcohol Help You Live Longer? Here’s What the Research Really Says
Drinking about two glasses of wine or beer a day was linked to an 18% drop in a person’s risk of early death—an even stronger effect than the life-preserving practice of exercise, according to the researchers. The results came from the 90+ Study, a research project out of the University of California Irvine’s Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders that examines the habits of people who live to at least 90.

Newsweek, Feb. 20, 2018
Drinking Alcohol Tied To Long Life In New Study
Neurologist Claudia Kawas and her team at the University of California, Irvine, have been studying the habits of people who live until their 90s since 2003. … At the AAAS meeting last week, Kawas reported some results. According to the research, drinking two glasses of beer or wine every day was linked to decreasing risk of dying prematurely by 18 percent, The Independent reported. “I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity,” Kawas said at the conference, according to the publication.

Science, Feb. 16, 2018
Salton Sea: Ecosystem in transition
[UCI Professor] Tim Bradley writes, “The human-induced ecological transition of the Salton Sea has profound implications for continent-wide avian populations, as well as for human communities exposed to toxic dust rising from the drying shores. Currently, the State of California has not adequately addressed the ecological consequences and public health impacts of a shrinking and salinizing sea. It is important to plan for an ecosystem-wide transition that minimizes the impacts on birds and on the hundreds of thousands of human inhabitants living adjacent to the shrinking sea.”

AP, Feb. 21, 2018
Spain helps keep alive archaic language of Sephardic Jews
Jacobo Sefami, a Sephardi born in Mexico and now a professor at the University of California, Irvine, is pessimistic. “The truth is that no children are speaking it anymore and its progress toward extinction seems irreversible,” he wrote in an email to the Associated Press.

Psych Central, Feb. 2018
Many Teens Take Great Care in Posting Online Content
“Teenagers aren’t just posting carelessly; they’re surprisingly thoughtful about what they choose to reveal on social media,” said lead author Joanna Yau, a Ph.D. candidate in education at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). “Peer approval is important during adolescence, especially in early adolescence, so they’re sharing content that they think others will find impressive.”

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