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KCBS, March 16, 2022 (Video)
Expert Analysis Omicron Variant BA.2 As It Causes Surge In Europe
Dr. Jose Mayorga, [executive medical director], with UCI Health Family Health Centers joins Amy Johnson and Juan Fernandez to discuss the Omicron variant BA.2 as it creates a surge in Europe.

The Verge, March 17, 2022
“We don’t live in a research bubble”
Meanwhile, in California, Robert Hunt has opened the doors of his lab to Ukrainian postdoc and PhD students in neuroscience. Hunt is an [associate] anatomy and neurobiology professor at the University of California, Irvine and the director of the UCI Epilepsy Research Center. He was inspired to help after he saw someone else post an offer and recounted his own experience as a graduate student who narrowly escaped Hurricane Katrina when it hit New Orleans in 2005.

NorthJersey.com, March 17, 2022
New COVID variant spreads quickly in NJ. Here’s what you need to know about BA.2
“I’m more worried that the sheer biomass of virus in these places that are now experiencing major waves of omicron will lead to the emergence of new strains, of which we in the U.S. have not yet experienced,” said Daniel Parker, an infectious disease expert [and assistant professor of public health] at the University of California, Irvine. “That could certainly lead to spikes in cases like what we saw with delta and omicron.”

Think Global Health, March 17, 2022
Growing Old in China in the Age of Abundance
Wang Feng, UCI professor of sociology writes, “That picture of China—of rapid population growth and worsening material scarcity—has been turned upside down completely during the past half-century. China is now a land of abundance. Instead of doubling in size, it has effectively entered an extended era of population decline. Its population age structure has moved away from a bottom-heavy one with numerous young people and fewer seniors, to a top-heavy one with an increasingly larger share of the population over the age of 65.”

Managed Healthcare Executive, March 17, 2022
Frequent and Feared. But Can Dementia Be Avoided?
According to the CDC, about 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease …. “These numbers are projected to increase because elderly individuals are the fastest-growing segment in the United States,” says Claudia H. Kawas, M.D., a professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. … The things known about dementia risk that are potentially modifiable are all related to general health and maintenance of health, says Kawas, noting the association between control of high blood pressure and cholesterol levels and a lower risk of dementia.

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