UCI News

The Washington Post, June 19, 2021
As Juneteenth marks the end of slavery, lawmakers turn their focus to forced prison labor
Scholars have debated the intentions behind the 13th Amendment’s allowance of forced servitude for people convicted of crimes. But Michele Goodwin, a University of California at Irvine [Chancellor’s] law professor …. said the issue has gained traction in recent years. Colorado was the first state to repeal its constitution’s exception in 2018. I think that we’re still at the point where we still have to really explain it,” the law professor said Saturday. But she sees momentum. I think it’s prime time,” she said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

MSN (Daily Mail), June 21, 2021
Some blood pressure tablets could slow memory decline
Older people taking certain types of blood pressure-lowering medication had better rates of memory recall, suggesting it could be used to slow memory decline. …    Study author Dr Daniel Nation, an associate professor at [UCI MIND], said: said this is the first study to compare the potential impact over time of blood pressure lowering medicines that do and those that do not cross the blood-brain barrier. … Study co-author Dr Jean Ho, said this is the most powerful evidence to date linking ACE-inhibitors, and angiotensin receptor blockers to better memory. ‘It suggests that people who are being treated for hypertension may be protected from cognitive decline if they [take] medications that cross the blood-brain barrier.’

Orange County Business Journal, June 21, 2021
CHOC Unveils Fetal Care Center
Children’s Hospital of Orange County recently cut the ribbon on the newest addition to its Orange campus: The Fetal Care Center of Southern California. … It was made possible through a collaboration between CHOC and UCI Health …. The facility …. Is one of the many signs of close collaboration between the two research-focused health systems. Last October, the systems jointly announced Coleen Cunningham as the chair of the department of pediatrics at the UCI School of Medicine and the pediatrician-in-chief at CHOC. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

U.S. News & World Report, June 18, 2021
Top Drugs for Bipolar Disorder
Erin Knox, director of experiential pharmacy education at the UCI School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Irvine, California, says “mood stabilizers are the mainstays for bipolar disorder and are frequently used in multiple phases of this condition. Many mood stabilizers effectively treat mania, and some can be used to treat bipolar depression.”

Los Angeles Times (Kaiser Health News), June 21, 2021
Need mental health help? There are apps for that, but picking the right one is tough
Of the estimated 20,000 mental health apps available for download on personal computers and smartphones, just five have been formally vetted and approved by the Food and Drug Administration, which largely has taken a hands-off approach to regulating the space. “Development has really outpaced the science,” said Stephen Schueller, [assistant professor, psychological science], at UC Irvine who specializes in the development and evaluation of digital mental health products. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]