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The Orange County Register, Dec. 27, 2022
Meet Orange County’s 125 most influential people for 2022
Dr. Coleen Cunningham, [professor and] the chair for the UCI Department of Pediatrics and senior vice president and pediatrician-in-chief for CHOC, leads national and international pediatric clinical trials in RSV vaccine studies for young children, one of which was recently published the Journal of Infectious Disease and studies of anti-HIV monoclonal antibodies administered to newborns born to women living with HIV. Anti-HIV monoclonal antibodies might provide a future option to prevent or treat HIV in young children. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Good Housekeeping, Dec. 27, 2022
How Long Can a COVID Cough Last? Why It’s Lingering and When to See a Doctor
Jaclyn Leong, D.O., the co-director of UCI Health‘s COVID-19 recovery service, says that a cough theoretically could persist between six and eight weeks in some cases. … “A lingering cough should be considered a sign of a larger issue at hand when it’s also associated with other symptoms of long COVID, including fatiguebrain fog, memory difficulties, shortness of breath or rapid heart rate,” Dr. Leong adds, which may prompt your doctor to seek out additional treatment or a specialist’s help.

The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 24, 2022
Republicans, Democrats Are Split Over Which Groups Face Discrimination, WSJ Poll Finds
More Black respondents in the survey, some 72%, said discrimination was a problem for Latino people than the 59% of Latino respondents who said so about themselves. Michael Tesler, a professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine, said the finding was consistent with research that found that Black Americans were most likely to see racism as structural in society and to see signs of discrimination against other groups. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]

PNAS Journal, Jan. 3, 2023
How sleep shapes what we remember—and forget
The relative quiet of non-REM sleep may aid long-range brain communication and information processing, says Sara Mednick, [professor of cognitive science], at the University of California, Irvine. … The slow wave stage of non-REM sleep “is the most restorative sleep you can get,” she said at a recent talk, and since REM sleep begins around the same time every night regardless of when we hit the pillow, “you want to try to get to bed early—because it makes sure that you get enough slow wave sleep before the REM onset.”

Japan Times (AFP), Jan. 4, 2023
Robot fireflies and okra band-aids: 2022’s nature-inspired solutions
“Nature has spent hundreds of millions of years optimizing elegant solutions to extremely complicated problems,” said Alon Gorodetsky, [associate professor], a biomedical engineer at the University of California, Irvine. “So if we look to nature, we can shortcut our development process and get to a valuable solution right away,” he said. … “Nature really is the epitome of innovation and engineering,” Gorodetsky added.

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