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Orange County Register, Jan. 22, 2018
‘A 27-year-old woman is not supposed to die of the flu,’ parents talk about death of their only child
This year’s flu vaccination, based on predictions of viral mutations, has not been as effective as last year’s against the most pervasive strains of flu, said Shruti Gohil, assistant professor of infectious diseases in the School of Medicine at UC Irvine. Still, health experts recommend the shot …. “Even if you get the flu, your body can do a better job of fighting it if you’ve been vaccinated,” Gohil said. But the vaccination tends to be a harder sale with young adults, Gohil said, as does going to the doctor once they are sick.

MIT Technology Review, Jan. 22, 2018
The tricks propagandists use to beat science
Today we get an answer thanks to the work of James Owen Weatherall at the University of California, Irvine, and a few pals who have created a computer model of the way scientific consensus forms and how this influences the opinion of policy makers. The team studied how easily these views can be distorted and determined that today it is straightforward to distort the perception of science with techniques that are even more subtle than those used by the tobacco industry. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

USA Today, Jan. 22, 2018
Hospitals’ best-laid plans upended by disaster
“All hospitals are potentially vulnerable,” said Dr. Carl Schultz, professor emeritus of emergency medicine and public health at the University of California-Irvine. And “there is more pressure for hospitals to be prepared.”

International Business Times, Jan. 21, 2018
No more scars: There might soon be a way to heal wounds without leaving a mark
“The findings show we have a window of opportunity after wounding to influence the tissue to regenerate rather than a scar,” said researcher Maksim Plikus from the University of California, Irvine.

Earther, Jan. 22, 2018
That Massive Oil Spill in the East China Sea Keeps Getting Worse
Still, these two contaminants are nothing compared to what the East China Sea sees on the regular, said Katherine Mackey, an earth systems professor at the University of California at Irvine who has researched pollution in this part of the sea. “In the grand scheme of things … the sheer scale of the other types of pollutions that are coming from mainland China into the marginal seas is a much, much bigger problem, I think, than a single ship.”

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