UCI News

NPR – All Things Considered, June 1, 2021 (Audio)
Can The Federal Government Stop States’ Restrictive Voting Laws?
NPR’s Audie Cornish talks with Rick Hasen, book author and law [Chancellor’s] professor at the University of California, Irvine, about steps the federal government could take to counter restrictive voting laws.

Contagion Live, June 2, 2021
Public Health Watch: Evolution of COVID-19 Treatment in US Hospitals
“The home run of this paper is really in the figures built from the UC CORDS database,” study co-author Jonathan Watanabe, PharmD, professor of clinical pharmacy at the University of California, Irvine, said. “You can clearly see how usage of certain medicines grew or declined over the course of the pandemic and how those movements were tied to evidence-based decisions being made by UC healthcare providers in real time. You can monitor the evolution in how we treat our sickest patients.”

Healthline, June 1, 2021
Don’t Let Misinformation About Fertility and COVID-19 Vaccines Stop Teens from Getting the Shot
During the clinical trials, several people became pregnant, suggesting that the vaccines don’t cause infertility, said Dr. José Mayorga, the executive director of UCI Health Family Health Centers and an assistant clinical professor of family medicine at the UCI School of Medicine. … According to Mayorga, there’s also a misunderstanding that mRNA vaccines are a new technology. “This is far from the truth. The mRNA vaccine has been studied for decades” to combat diseases like flu, rabies, Zika virus, and even cancer, Mayorga said.

Orange County Business Journal, May 31, 2021
$1M grant from inXile founder to combat tinnitus
Brian Fargo, founder of Newport Beach video game developer in Xile donated $1 million to University of California, Irvine, to advance UCI research for tinnitus treatment, commonly described as “Ringing in the ears.” The funding will support development of innovative implantable electronic stimulation device. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

BYU Radio, May 27, 2021
How to Nap
There’s a lot of research that suggests short naps can boost productivity. But short naps don’t work for everyone, and some people nap the wrong way. Sara Mednick, professor of cognitive neuroscience at the University of California, Irvine, and author of “Take a Nap! Change Your Life,” explains why napping is so important.

Previously “In the News”