UCI News

HealthDay, May 19, 2020
Clinical Study at UCI Health Will Look at Aviptadil as Potential COVID-19 Treatment
“This study will focus on patients for whom mortality is alarmingly high,” said Dr. Richard Lee, interim chief of UCI Health’s Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine and the principal investigator for the clinical trial. “If successful, we hope that treatments such as Aviptadil may change the chances of survival for these patients.”  

Orange County Register, May 18, 2020
Coronavirus: ‘More tests now!’ And here, perhaps, is how
The Orange County Health Care Agency has been talking with researchers at UC Irvine since February about how best to answer the question, “How many people here have been infected with COVID-19?” They’ve put together what may be the most rigorous and comprehensive surveillance serology testing effort to date in California. Over the next several weeks, researchers will examine the blood of 5,000 residents for antibodies to the virus to better understand how widespread the disease has become. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Business Journal, May 15, 2020
UCI, OC to Conduct Coronavirus Survey
The University of California-Irvine, and the Orange County Health Care Agency are conducting a large-scale, population-based study that will generate a more accurate estimate of the true prevalence of the pandemic in Orange County. … “Testing that is scientifically and statistically sound is absolutely critical to getting people all over Orange County back to work and back to their lives in a safe way,” said Bernadette Boden-Albala, director of UCI’s Program in Public Health and founding dean of the campus’s proposed School of Population Health. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

AP, May 16, 2020
California governor: Shrink prisons to help cut budget
University of California, Irvine, criminologist Keramet Reiter said downsizing prisons makes sense, particularly since California’s are among the nation’s most expensive per inmate and historically have done a poor job of rehabilitation. But she said sending young offenders to state-run treatment programs is preferable to shifting them to county-run lockups.

Medium – Authority Magazine, May 15, 2020
Dr. Sarah Pressman of University of California, Irvine: How To Develop Mindfulness And Serenity During Stressful Or Uncertain Times
As a part of my series about “How To Develop Mindfulness And Serenity During Stressful Or Uncertain Times”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Sarah Pressman, an award-winning Associate Professor of Psychological Science in the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Pressman’s work seeks to understand how positive emotions are beneficial for objective physical health and longevity. Dr. Pressman is especially interested in the role of positive psychosocial factors in protecting us from the harmful effects of stress and whether specific types of positive emotions can confer resilience and success in the face of adversity.

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