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CNBC, June 25, 2021
TikTok insiders say social media company is tightly controlled by Chinese parent ByteDance
A look at TikTok’s privacy policy states that the company can share the data it collects with its corporate group, which includes ByteDance. … But one cybersecurity expert said it could expose users to information requests by the Chinese government. “If the legal authorities in China or their parent company demands the data, users have already given them the legal right to turn it over,” said Bryan Cunningham, the University of California, Irvine’s Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute executive director.

Orange County Register, June 27, 2021
Younger kids: To vax or not to vax? That is the question
Suellen Hopfer, assistant professor of public health at UC Irvine, held focus groups with scores of Orange County families to understand their thinking on vaccinating children. Fewer than half — 45%  — said they’d get their adolescent children vaccinated. Nearly as many — 43% — were unsure. And 11% said they definitely would not. “The younger the children were, the more hesitant the parents were to have them vaccinated,” Hopfer said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Discover Magazine, June 29, 2021
Are Flip Phones Really Better for You?
Given the numerous cons associated with fancy phones, could simpler ones with fewer pestering notifications actually improve our mental and physical health? It likely depends on individual characteristics, like your age and the specific outcome you’re seeking, says Sarah Pressman, [associate professor of psychological science], a wellbeing scientist at the University of California, Irvine who has studied the effects of cellphones on social interactions and stress levels. … Pressman says, “The biggest benefit of switching to a non-smartphone is forcing you to be in the moment, make social connections and enjoy the thing that you’re doing.”

MDedge, June 29, 2021
Racial and economic disparities persist in endometrial cancer care
The incidence of uterine cancer has increased across all ethnicities in recent decades, and adherence to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network treatment guidelines has been associated with improved survival, wrote Victoria A. Rodriguez, MSW, MPH, of the University of California, Irvine, and colleagues. … “Our study is novel in that it examines neighborhood socioeconomic disparities in the understudied context of treatment adherence for endometrial cancer,” the researchers noted.

Business Insider, June 27, 2021
How Americans waged war on the scientists trying to save them
Even with the pandemic now tapering off in the US, psychologists don’t think the anti-scientist trend is over. “We have this sort of zeitgeist phenomenon in the country where people are losing faith in these big institutions,” Peter Ditto, a professor of psychological science at the University of California, Irvine, told Insider. “Science is going through kind of a crisis.”

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