UCI News

KCET, July 22, 2022
Can Desalination Be a Solution for Drought in SoCal?
[Poseidon Water] recently experienced a game-ending defeat when the California Coastal Commission denied approval for what would have been the final regulatory hurdle for the proposed 1.4-billion-dollar Huntington Beach plant. “I think the Coastal Commission was firing a shot over the bow of the [desalination] industry by saying ‘we will look at a large suite of social and economic as well as environmental issues before licensing a desalinization plant’,” said David L. Feldman, a professor of Urban Planning at University of California, Irvine and the director of Water UCI.

Discover, July 22, 2022
How Naps Improve Memory Performance
Naps of different durations, taken at different times of the day, produce varying effects, says Sara Mednick, professor of cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine. In general, naps benefit everything that nighttime sleep helps, including emotional regulation, attention, alertness, motor function and memory, Mednick adds. … Memory consolidation during sleep might occur because memory-related brain areas reactivate memories when you’re asleep. This strengthens the connections between neurons holding on to that memory, says Mednick.

The San Diego Union-Tribune, July 23, 2022
Southern California forests are shrinking from wildfire and drought, study finds
“At the end of the day, Southern California isn’t behaving the same way as the rest of California,” said Jon Wang, an Earth system scientist at UC Irvine and lead author on the paper, which was recently published in the journal Advancing Earth and Space Sciences. “Any time we have another large drought, a bunch of forests are going to become vulnerable again,” he said, “and these fires are just going to ravage them.”

Healthline, July 21, 2022
CBD Sales Projected to Hit $11 Billion by 2027: Is It Safe, Effective?
Daniele Piomelli, Ph.D., the director of the Center for the Study of Cannabis at the University of California Irvine, agreed. “Most claims, unfortunately, are driven by marketing rather than data,” he told Healthline. “Some are even funny, like claiming that CBD-infused pillows give you a good night of sleep or that a CBD latte relieves stress.”

MDedge, July 19, 2022
Strictures in Crohn’s: Balloon dilation avoids surgery
“This is an important study that really adds something to the literature,” noted Joseph Carmichael, MD, chief medical officer and chief of colon and rectal surgery at the University of California, Irvine. “The cohort is a little unusual in this area in that it encompasses a whole country. Yet this is exactly what makes the data stand apart from previous studies, since the patient population was unselected. That’s how you get a true incidence of the intervention.” Beyond the generally favorable outcomes associated with EBD, Dr. Carmichael highlighted similar rates of success across both primary and postsurgical strictures.

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