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Healthline, May 23, 2022
You Can Now Get Another 8 Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests: How to Order Them
Experts say the announcement of these free tests is well-timed with a present increase in cases, too. “When case counts increase and people’s perceived risk increases, we tend to see greater use of COVID-19 home tests,” said David Souleles, MPH, the director of the COVID-19 Response and MPH Program at the University of California, Irvine. “If you think back to the Omicron surge in January, home test kits were in high demand and supply was very low. As we move through this pandemic, we need to normalize the use of these tests in our communities as a key tool to help prevent further transmission of COVID-19,” Souleles told Healthline.

Yahoo News, May 24, 2022 (Video)
How do rape and incest exceptions work in state abortion bans?
“For some, going through all of that will be just utterly exhausting to such a degree where it can feel hopeless,” Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor [of law] at the University of California, Irvine, and author of “Policing the Womb,” told Yahoo News. … “In the process of going through all of these things, they may not be able to meet the state’s timeline in which they’re able to terminate a pregnancy. So that even if these exceptions do exist, it’s not as if the current exemptions, as they are, create any kind of dignified path to be able to get this kind of health care,” Goodwin said.

The Orange County Register, May 23, 2022 (Column)
Here are the colleges that will compete to make OC ‘world’s sustainability capital’
“Over the next year-and-a-half we will be designing, building, and testing a 1,200-square foot Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) that is carbon-neutral, resilient, affordable, water- and energy-efficient, and of course attractive and comfortable,” says the website for Team M.A.D.E.-OC — “Modular Affordable Dwellings for the Environment” — which pairs up Orange Coast College and UCI’s School of Engineering. … UCI/OCC project lead [and UCI director of special projects] Jennifer Wilkens said Team M.A.D.E.-OC is in the early stages of recruiting students and faculty mentors, and beginning schematic design. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

HuffPost, May 23, 2022
What Is Delta-8 THC And Why Are States Banning It?
“As for the safety of delta-8, the optimistic part of me thinks, ‘Well, it’s so similar to delta-9, I wouldn’t lose too much sleep over it,’” said Daniele Piomelli, [Distinguished Professor of anatomy and neurobiology and] director of the Center for the Study of Cannabis at the University of California, Irvine. “But the more skeptical part of me thinks, ‘It is similar, but what if that small difference is capable of producing effects delta-9 doesn’t have?’ It might combine with some other receptor we don’t know about.”

KCBS Radio, May 22, 2022 (Audio)
Workers rights calling for better farm worker protection against wildfire smoke

A new report finds hundreds of Sonoma County farmworkers may have been allowed into mandatory evacuation zones during the fires of 2020 and exposed to toxic smoke. The trouble, says study author and UC Irvine [assistant] professor Michael Méndez the program is too vague: “There’s no real clear guidance of keeping track and evaluation of who is entering and exiting these evacuation zones, their duration, and the specific workers that are entering into these evacuation zones.”

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