UCI News

Becker’s Hospital Review, July 12, 2022
How UC Irvine is using precision medicine to target neurodegenerative diseases
University of California, Irvine’s new Institute for Precision Health aims to use precision medicine and data to discover treatments for neurodegenerative disorders, the facility’s co-director said in an interview with the university published July 11. Precision medicine is mostly used to determine the best drug regimens for cancer patients, said Leslie Thompson, the center’s co-director and a professor in psychiatry & human behavior and neurobiology & behavior at UC Irvine.

Los Angeles Times, July 13, 2022
Gen Z students want better mental health care access on campus
“The mental health crisis has actually been happening for a number of years, building up to all of the racial trauma and the pandemic,” said Frances Diaz, director of the Counseling Center at UC Irvine. “And what we we’re seeing across the country is — university counseling centers in particular — now have demands that exceed the capacity to meet those demands.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Independent, July 13, 2022
Self-powered smartwatch replaces battery with ‘wonder material’
The self-powered device, developed by a team at the University of California, Irvine, can keep track of a wearer’s pulse while also communicating with a nearby smartphone. … “This innovation achieves many significant outcomes in one package,” said Rahim Esfandyar-Pour, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science at UCI. “It enables continuous, battery-free, wireless and on-demand health monitoring anytime and anywhere. It’s made with low-cost and flexible materials and can be tailored to meet a variety of wearable bioelectronic sensors’ requirements.”

The Hearing Journal, July 13, 2022Gene Therapy for Hearing Loss on the Horizon
Fan-Gang Zeng, the director of the Center of Hearing Research at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, explained that gene therapy addresses hearing loss biologically by repairing or restoring damaged cells, which hearing aids or cochlear implants do not accomplish. “Gene therapy is the future, but we don’t know when the future will come,” he said.

Don’t Waste Your Money, July 13, 2022
5 ways to help curb snoring
Best of all, they seem to work: A 2016 literature review at University of California, Irvine, showed that nasal strips and other over-the-counter “nasal dilators” did generally offer relief, and were a good alternative to surgical interventions. If you’re interested in trying this method, check out the best nasal strips for snoring.

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