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NPR, Jan. 21, 2022 (Audio)
Stress, uncertainty and isolation are common pandemic experiences. But is it trauma?
Roxane Cohen Silver is a [Distinguished] Professor of psychological science at the University of California Irvine. She’s been studying collective trauma since the 1980s. … [Silver] “Collective trauma is a stressful experience that is shared by many people. … The event happens. There’s great tragedy, and people pick up the pieces of their lives. … This [pandemic] has been a slow-moving disaster with not even a clear start, certainly no obvious endpoint. And it has escalated in intensity over time. So it is very, very different.”

 

The Orange County Register, Jan. 21, 2022
Number of patients hospitalized ‘with COVID’ vs. ‘for COVID’ is shifting
In the early days of the pandemic, “the overwhelming majority of people who were COVID-positive were there (in the hospital) because of respiratory need,” said Dr. Shruti Gohil, associate medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention at UCI Medical Center. … “It’s a totally different landscape now,” because when the virus was new, no one had immunity, Gohil said. … At UCI Medical Center, Gohil and [Dr. Daniel] Chow estimate the split is now close to 50/50 among COVID-positive patients who get admitted for symptoms or complications of the disease and patients with some other primary diagnosis. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

 

Orange County Business Journal, Jan. 24, 2022
Philanthropy
A $3 million gift to the University of California, Irvine from the Sue J. Gross Foundation will expand training and education opportunities in the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing. … The gift from the Sue J. Gross Foundation includes $2 million to fund construction of a high-tech simulation center for team-based interprofessional exercises, and an additional $1 to establish the Founding Dean Adey Nyamathi Endowment, which will provide nursing Ph.D. scholarships. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Los Angeles Times, Jan. 22, 2022
Amid housing crunch, officials want Orange County to stay the way it is
“Supply and demand tells you that more houses will help ease upward pressure on prices,” said Jan Brueckner, an economics [Distinguished] Professor at UC Irvine. “California doesn’t have enough houses at the moment compared to its population and the purchasing power of the population.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

 

Health, Jan. 19, 2022
Blood Donation: Who Can Do It, How Often You Can Give, and Everything Else You Need to Know
Minh-Ha Tran, DO, clinical professor of pathology at University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and medical director at UCI Health Transfusion Medicine Service, tells Health, “An ongoing flow of blood donations is crucial because blood is, in essence, a ‘perishable’ product—it can’t be manufactured or stockpiled for a long period of time,” says Dr. Tran. “So while blood products have a limited shelf life, the demand for blood is constant.”

 

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