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Mashable, June 1, 2016
Arctic sea ice set a record low every single day in May
Zack Labe, a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Irvine who is conducting sea ice research, told Mashable via Twitter that record warmth in the Arctic this winter “has really preconditioned the ice for the peak summer melt season.” “We are entering the melt season with the worst sea ice conditions in our satellite era during the residuals of the likely warmest year on record. It just can’t mean good things are to come unfortunately for the sea ice.”

Orange County Register, June 2, 2016
Gawker legally exposed on sex tape
Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Irvine School of Law, [wrote]: There is no First Amendment right to put on the Internet, without the permission of all involved, a video of people having sex. This is not even a close question. It is why the website Gawker has been ordered to pay wrestler Hulk Hogan $140 million in damages for invasion of privacy.

HealthDay, June 1, 2016
Program cut catheter-associated urinary tract infections
Dr. Susan Huang, a professor of infectious disease at the University of California, Irvine, wrote an editorial accompanying the study. She said …. “This program can reduce urinary infections in hospitals if a team is assembled to ensure adoption of best practices and to rapidly correct reasons for failing to comply with these processes,” she added.

Gizmodo, June 1, 2016
Rare genetic mutation may explain some forms of multiple sclerosis
“The authors have identified one contributing factor, but I wouldn’t say they found a cause,” cautioned Michael Demetriou from the University of California, Irvine, who wasn’t involved in the study. … “The study does suggest that targeting this signaling pathway may be an excellent strategy for treating progressive multiple sclerosis,” he said. … Drug treatments may be many years away but this study suggests that targeting this pathway may have some benefit.”

Toronto Star, June 1, 2016
UBC researchers discover genetic mutation linked to severe MS in two families
Researchers who were not involved with this study say its results are “very interesting,” because, for the first time, it points to a biological pathway that could lead to primary-progressive MS, said Dr. Michael Demetriou, an MS researcher and professor of neurology at the University of California, Irvine. … “This is, I think, a unique and important study,” Demetriou said. “It may lead to targeting of this particular pathway for therapies.” He cautioned that there

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