UCI News

AP, March 25, 2021
Can I take painkillers before or after a COVID-19 vaccine?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its guidance to recommend against painkillers before a COVID-19 shot. … If you’re already taking one of those medications for a health condition, you should not stop before you get the vaccine — at least not without asking your doctor, said Jonathan Watanabe, a [professor of clinical pharmacy] at the University of California, Irvine. If you’re looking to relieve symptoms after your shot, he added, acetaminophen (Tylenol) is better because it works in a different way than some other painkillers.

The Atlantic, March 25, 2021
Long-Haulers Are Pushing the Limits of COVID-19 Vaccines
People’s postvaccination outcomes are “all over; it’s anecdotal,” Melissa Pinto, an [associate professor of nursing] and long-COVID researcher at UC Irvine, told me. “We don’t even know what makes a person at risk for long COVID or how long COVID happens without a vaccine.” The shots, Pinto said, just add another perplexing variable to the jumble.

Becker’s Hospital Review, March 24, 2021
9 hospital execs share how their innovation approach evolved since the start of the pandemic
Tom Andriola. Vice Chancellor of IT and data at UC Irvine. “Our innovation focus has accelerated, as I’m sure most would say. The accelerated pace of innovation shifted our priorities first to look at continuity issues such as scaling our ability to do virtual visits. But the surges forced us to look beyond that and get creative to design new models that we are now making a part of our delivery model permanently, like Connected Care and Hospital@Home models. While the pandemic has been a struggle for us all, the silver lining is we are coming out the other side as a more digitally-powered care organization.”

Health IT Analytics, March 25, 2021
NIH Funds National Project to Promote COVID-19 Data Sharing
UC hospitals have received a $500,000 grant from NIH to enable COVID-19 data sharing on a national scale, allowing collaborations among researchers, providers, and patients. Led by the University of California, Irvine (UCI), leaders will manage a transfer of UC data on COVID-19 cases into the National COVID Cohort Collaborative’s (N3C) centralized data resource at the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. “We were very involved in the pandemic from day one,” said Dan M. Cooper, associate vice chancellor for clinical and translational science at UCI.

Times Literary Supplement: TLS, March 26, 2021 (Book review)
The Good China Story?
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of history writes, “Xi Jinping … has updated Mao’s famous call for authors to focus on revolutionary goals by insisting they treat as a sacred duty ‘telling the good China story.’ This includes not just the present but the way Chinese writers approach history. … Xi’s concerns with the ‘good China story’ at the juncture of this year’s centenary make this is a good moment to take stock of how literary and political trends in the county intersect.”

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