UCI News

Bloomberg, Jan. 10, 2019
Brain Cancer Patient Is First to Get Untested Treatment Under Trump-Backed Law
A California man with a deadly form of brain cancer is receiving an experimental therapy under the so-called Right to Try law …. The patient’s family went to ERC to request the therapy after he didn’t qualify for the experimental study of Gliovac or any other trial that was underway, said Daniela Bota, the medical director at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine’s brain tumor program. Bota is also the lead investigator for the official trial of the drug, which is in the second of three stages of study typically required by the FDA before approval.

The New York Times, Jan. 9, 2019 (Book review)
Why Fighting Fake News With the Facts Might Not Be Enough
Along with [UCI Associate Professor] Cailin O’Connor and [UCI Professor] James Owen Weatherall’s “The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread,” [Bruno] Latour’s new book offers a way to think through the seemingly insurmountable impasse carved out by political polarization and fake news. Of the two volumes, “The Misinformation Age” takes the more methodical and earnest approach. O’Connor and Weatherall are professors of logic, and they break down the mechanics of misinformation accordingly. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Orange County Register, Dec. 29, 2018 (Opinion)
Do genes make you responsible for first-degree murder, second-degree murder or manslaughter?
Nicholas Scurich, professor at UC Irvine and Paul Appelbaum write, “We have conducted a series of studies examining how members of the lay public react to genetic testimony in criminal cases. … Our data, and the findings of similar studies, consistently reveal that members of the public are not persuaded by evidence of a genetic predisposition to violent or impulsive behavior. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Psychology Today Jan. 10, 2019
Psychology Can Help You Get Your Head Around the Wall Debate
This investigation from the University of California, Irvine, points out that gated communities are increasingly popular across the U.S …The authors of the study, Nicholas Branic and Professor Charis Kubrin, argue that continuing strong consumer demand for homes inside stockades means that the current number of gated communities has increased dramatically from earlier estimates. They are especially common in the Sun Belt region, which includes states such as Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas, yet gated communities are also emerging as a worldwide phenomenon.

CBC, Jan. 9, 2019
Got 10 minutes? Here’s how to give your memory a boost in the time it would take to grab a coffee
Researchers from Japan’s University of Tsukuba and the University of California, Irvine gave 36 university-aged adults a memory test. … Michael Yassa, one of the authors of the study and the director of UC Irvine’s Yassa Translational Neurobiology Lab, says this research is unique in that it shows memory improvement after a minimal amount of exercise. This makes it a game-changer, especially for people who are unable to work out frequently or intensely.

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