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AP, July 14, 2022
Masks could return to Los Angeles as COVID surges nationwide
Hundreds of daily deaths for a summertime respiratory illness would normally be jaw-dropping, said Andrew Noymer, a public health [associate] professor at the University of California, Irvine. … “That would be all hands on deck,” Noymer said. “People would be like, ‘There’s this crazy new flu that’s killing people in June.’” … Noymer said if he were in charge of the nation’s COVID response he would … tell Americans to take it seriously, mask indoors and “until we get better vaccines, there’s going to be a new normal of a disease that kills over 100,000 Americans a year and impacts life expectancy.”

The Wall Street Journal, July 14, 2022
How the Upwardly Mobile Feel About Wealth
The lead author, Hyunjin Koo, a doctoral candidate in psychological science at the University of California, Irvine, explained why she was drawn to investigating the nuances of the American Dream: “People seem to really like and admire those who pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps, and expect them to care about the poor and about social welfare,” she wrote in an email.  Ms. Koo wondered whether people who started out at the bottom and achieved high status would support public policies to assist other strivers like themselves. The research team … included psychological science [associate] professor Paul Piff at UC Irvine …. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]

Insider, July 13, 2022
In a post-Roe world, women of color continue a return to midwives and traditional forms of postpartum care
“Before the professionalization of obstetrics and gynecology, much of reproductive health care for women had been done by women,” said Michele Goodwin, a [Chancellor’s] Professor at the University of California, Irvine. “There weren’t men with white lab coats and stethoscopes riding around the plains of Africa or in what is today China or the Middle East.” … The movement against midwifery peaked in the early 20th century. “[Doctors] used the force of the legislatures … to craft laws and policies that would ultimately make it very difficult for midwifery to continue,” Goodwin said.

The Orange County Register, July 14, 2022
California judges able to renew domestic violence protection orders under new law
“The reality is, abuse survivors often need ongoing protection for their safety,” said Jane Stoever, a UCI [clinical] Law professor and director of the Domestic Violence Clinic. “Returning to court and reengaging with an abusive partner or family member, it really is not an easy undertaking for anyone,” Stoever told the Register. “For clients who are seeking a subsequent renewal of an order, there’s usually a pretty severe history and danger they are facing, and they have a real need for the court’s protection.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Bloomberg – Prognosis: Losing It, July 12, 2022 (Podcast)
Once Upon a Diet
When it comes to dieting, what’s old is new again. In the second episode of Losing we take a trip back in time through diet history — and explore why we keep falling for these absurd-sounding regimens decade after decade.  Featured: Sabrina Strings, UCI associate professor of sociology.

Previously “In the News”