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MarketWatch, Jan. 7, 2020
Americans over 40 are half as likely to get hired — and it’s worse for workers over 50
Workers over 40 are only about half as likely, or less, to get a job offer than younger workers if employers know their age, according to research released this week conducted by economics professor David Neumark at the University of California, Irvine. … “This set of results is strongly consistent with age discrimination,” notes professor Neumark, ‘older applicants are more qualified [than younger ones] in terms of applicant characteristics and evaluations used by the company in their online application system,” he says.

Daily Mail, Jan. 6, 2020
Happiness ‘is key to doing better in life’: Those who feel fortunate and relatively wealthy are more likely to be employed and less likely to commit crimes, study finds
‘The amount of financial resources children have access to is one of the most reliable predictors of their health and life chances,’ said Professor Candice Odgers, author of the report and member of staff at UCI. ‘But these findings show that how young people see their family’s place in a hierarchical system also matters. Their perceptions of social status were an equally good, and often stronger, indicator of how well they were going to do with respect to mental health and social outcomes.’

The New York Times Magazine, Jan. 1, 2020
Can You Talk Your Way Out of a Life Sentence?
Researchers at the University of California, Irvine, found that in the decade between 1991 and 2001, inmate-on-inmate violence increased nearly fivefold, largely because of the increased power and prevalence of prison gangs. Many facilities went on almost permanent lockdown, with inmates confined to their cells 23 hours a day. With no hope of ever getting out, inmates threw themselves into smuggling operations, petty rivalries and retaliatory violence. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Daily Pilot, Jan. 3, 2020
Unsheltered, Part 5: It won’t be easy, but O.C. can beat homelessness, experts and officials say
“There’s a push now, because of the intersection of court decisions and [the] cost study, to develop certain forms of housing to take the homeless off the street — a more united mobilization than there has been probably for a long time, maybe ever, in Orange County,” said David Snow, a UC Irvine sociology professor who helped conduct the cost study. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Whole Foods Magazine, Dec. 30, 2019
New Research Explains How Herbs Lower Blood Pressure
Geoff Abbott, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at the UCI School of Medicine, said … “We found KCNQ5 activation to be a unifying molecular mechanism shared by a diverse range of botanical hypotensive folk medicines. Lavandula angustifolia, commonly called lavender, was among those we studied. We discovered it to be among the most efficacious KCNQ5 potassium channel activators, along with fennel seed extract and chamomile.”

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