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The New York Times, May 11, 2021
Key Takeaways From China’s Census Results
But experts said the unfavorable economic conditions had trapped northeastern China in a downward spiral in which people did not want to have babies and also were moving out of in search of better opportunities and social benefits. “Education, pensions, health care — the regional difference is enormous,” said Wang Feng, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine. As the northeast continues to empty out, those disparities may become even more pronounced, he added. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Reason, May 10, 2021
Our Moral Judgments Affect Our Perception of COVID Risk
Two new studies showcase a tendency on full display during the COVID-19 pandemic: People perceive as less risky the activities they condone or see as important and more risky those they do not, even if the logistics—and actual risk—of the two activities are similar. In other words, “risk judgments are sensitive to factors unrelated to the objective risks of infection,” as study authors Cailin O’Connor, [UCI associate professor], Daniel P. Relihan, [UCI graduate student], Ashley Thomas, Peter H. Ditto, [UCI professor], Kyle Stanford, [UCI professor], and James O. Weatherall, [UCI professor], write in a draft paper on their research. “In particular, activities that are morally justified are perceived as safer while those that might subject people to blame, or culpability, are seen as riskier.”

Orange County Business Journal, May 10, 2021
UCI Health Turns Targets To Long Hauler Syndrome
“UCI Health has been a leader in providing treatment for patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and COVID-related conditions since the start of the pandemic,” said Alpesh Amin, chair of the UCI Health Department of Medicine. “The expertise we bring to managing the long-term effects of this terrible disease will  help Orange County and our entire community recover.” … UCI Health is a top five vaccine administrator in Orange County with more than 94,000 shots administered to date, according to data from the county. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

WalletHub, May 11, 2021
Drug Use by State: 2021’s Problem Areas
Jonathan H. Watanabe, UCI professor of clinical pharmacy writes, “Several decades of medical studies have now made it clear that a person addicted to opioids has the best chance of safe and effective treatment to stop using opioids through treatment with medications for opioid use disorder. The most effective measures to be taken is improving access to medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) including buprenorphine, naltrexone, and methadone. Something that remains a barrier in the US. Federal entities are working diligently on this now ….”

The Washington Monthly, May 11, 2021
The War Over the 13th Amendment and Modern Day Slavery
Michele Goodwin, a law [Chancellor’s] professor at the University of California at Irvine, recounted this history in a 2019 articleThe Thirteenth Amendment: Modern Slavery, Capitalism, and Mass Incarceration. … She wrote, “Debt peonage morphed into convict labor, convict labor turned into convict leasing, and these transformed to chain gangs.” … Goodwin, and others who have studied the issue, link the “punishment clause” of the Thirteenth Amendment to the growth of prison labor and the rise of mass incarceration and private, for-profit prisons.

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