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Healthline, March 15, 2022
Researchers Detail the Health Dangers from Americans’ Exposure to Lead
Jun Wu, PhD, a professor of environmental and occupational health at the University of California, Irvine’s Program in Public Health and co-director of the school’s Center for Environmental Health Disparities Research, told Healthline leaded gasoline continues to be one of the most significant sources of environmental toxicity in the United States. “Definitely it’s on the top of the list for long-term impact on IQ and children’s cognitive ability and future success and achievement,” she said. “Lead paint and lead pipes are relatively localized, but leaded gasoline really brought the issue to a regional and national scale.”

New World Notes (Blog), March 15, 2022
Can Russian Oligarchs Hide Their Wealth With Crypto? Analysis & Advice For Regulators From A Finance Expert
Bill Maurer, Director at the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion at UC Irvine, and one of the world’s foremost experts on alternative/experimental forms of money and finance [said], “If you look at real-time transactions right now on fiatleak, you’ll see that most of the trading between rubles and crypto is to Tether, a stablecoin that markets itself as fully backed by US dollars,” he tells me. “That would represent a flight to stability ….” The problem for oligarchs, he goes on, is that moving their fiat money to crypto means they’ll have to keep it as crypto ….

Kaiser Permanente Division of Research, March 15, 2022
Mammography can offer clues to a woman’s heart health
“We now know that arterial breast calcifications can provide additional information about a woman’s cardiovascular risk,” said the study’s senior author Sabee Molloi, PhD, a professor of radiological sciences at the UCI School of Medicine. “But to make this knowledge useful and easy to include on a woman’s mammography report, we will need to find a way to automate and standardize how we evaluate the amount of breast arterial calcification present.”

USA Today, March 16, 2022 (Subscription)
Conspiracy theorists, UFO hunters among first to flock to Obama’s once-secret presidential records
Similarly, University of California, Irvine [assistant] political science professor Matt Beckman is writing a book about entries by presidents in the Presidential Daily Diary on specific dates throughout history. He said he’s studying presidents’ time management and asked for “all entries, even those whose contents are sparse, mundane or otherwise appear unimportant.”

Refinery 29, March 14, 2022
Is It Bad If You Like Alone Time From Your Partner?
You can think your partner is amazing and not want to spend every waking and sleeping minute together, because there is such a thing as “too much” togetherness, says Jessica Borelli, PhD, associate professor of psychology and social behaviour at the University of California, Irvine. … Deciding to spend time doing your own thing — whether that’s for a day, a weekend, or maybe a whole week — can enrich your relationship, and make you appreciate your partner more, she says.

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