Healthline, March 11, 2022
COVID-19 Will Likely Become a Seasonal Disease, CDC Director Says
Dr. Shruti Gohil, the associate medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention at UCI Health, said there does appear to be some degree of seasonality to COVID-19 already. … “Research is still evolving, but there is some evidence that the virus dies when exposed to certain levels of UV light, making it harder to spread during the sunny summer months as opposed to winter,” said Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, DrPH, director and founding dean of the Program in Public Health at the University of California, Irvine.
National Institute on Aging, March 14, 2022
Inside the brain: The role of neuropathology in Alzheimer’s disease research
The 90+ Study, launched in 2003, is one of the largest and longest studies researching dementia, cognitive decline, and other aspects of aging in the oldest-old. Funded by NIA and led by Claudia Kawas, M.D., professor of neurology and behavior at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and clinical core co-leader at the UCI Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, the 90+ Study enrolls people over 90 years old with and without cognitive decline. The study team reviews medical records, tracks changes in cognition and function, collects brain images, and assesses social factors such as lifestyle and education.
Brookings Institution, March 11, 2022
Taiwan’s people are not impressed with China’s “Zero COVID” status
Chit Wai John Mok, UCI Ph.D. Candidate in sociology, Nathan Kar Ming Chan, Ph.D. Candidate in political science and others write, “Given Taiwan’s close proximity and soured relations, it is reasonable to ask whether China’s ability to contain COVID-19 has changed Taiwan’s cold sentiment towards the PRC. … Our survey findings are bad news for Beijing: China’s COVID-19 experience has not made Taiwan people warm up toward the PRC; on the contrary, for many in Taiwan, COVID-19 is another example of the PRC state’s deficiencies.”
Ethics & International Affairs, March 9, 2022
A No-Fly Zone in Ukraine? The Perils of Escalation Should Convince Us Otherwise
Daniel Brunstetter, UCI political science associate professor writes, “As the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine unfolds, we have witnessed multiple calls for the West to implement a no-fly zone. … As civilian casualties mount and the humanitarian crisis deepens, how do we ethically evaluate the decision of whether or not to implement a no-fly zone in Ukraine? What criteria are most important to think through the choice? To answer these questions, I turn to jus ad vim, the set of moral principles governing the decision to use limited force.”
Yahoo News (The Week), March 8, 2022
An ancient demon spirit may be loose in Japan
According to The Guardian, “the Sessho-seki, or killing stone” is said to have contained “the transformed corpse of Tamamo-no-Mae, a beautiful woman” — legends say she was actually a kyūbi no kitsune or nine-tailed fox spirit — who participated in a secret plot “to kill Emperor Toba, who reigned from 1107-1123.” After her true form was revealed, the stories say, she was “hunted down by the famous archers Miura no Suke and Zazusa no Suke” and, after being mortally wounded by their arrows, hid her spirit in the rock, a document provided by the University of California, Irvine explains.
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