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ABC 10 News San Diego), May 26, 2021 (Video)
COVID-19 antibody test from UC Irvine team can predict if you’ll have severe disease
Some researchers at UC Irvine have developed a new kind of COVID-19 antibody test that can predict early on if someone will have a severe case of the disease. … A simple blood test available in labs around the world can reveal these bad antibodies within the first few days of the disease, potentially as early as one day after symptoms appear, according to UC Irvine [chemistry] professor Gregory Weiss, who oversaw the research.

Mashable, May 27, 2021
Why COVID vaccines give way better protection than a COVID infection
“I would advise everyone to get the vaccine,” said Philip Felgner, an infectious disease expert and director of the Vaccine Research and Development Center at the University of California, Irvine. … Felgner and other researchers assessed thousands of blood samples from people who were naturally infected with the coronavirus, versus those who received an FDA-authorized mRNA vaccine …. The new research … found the immune system’s response is “much stronger” with vaccines …. Following the second shot, people had ten times more antibodies than people who recovered from COVID.

The Nation, May 27, 2021
An Afropessimist on the Year Since George Floyd Was Murdered
Frank Wilderson, UCI professor of  African American studies writes, “Now, from my coastline of old age, I see how the funeral procession of Black death that litters this landscape tells a different story. Anti-Black racism is not a by-product of capitalism or patriarchy—or even colonialism. Nor is anti-Black racism in any way analogous to any other paradigm of oppression. Anti-Blackness is its own beast—a conceptual framework that cannot be analogized to capitalism, or any other ism. Nor is it a by-product of any oppressive necessity other than its own.”

USA Today, May 23, 2021
Multigenerational home sales increase during COVID-19 pandemic as buyers care for parents
John L. Graham, [marketing] professor emeritus at the University of California, Irvine and co-author of “All in the Family: A Practical Guide to Successful Multigenerational Living” says the growth in mutigenerational households is a cultural shift back to the way things once were and that the arrangement is mutually beneficial. … Grandparents and grandkids are supposed to be near each other.”

Hearing Health & Technology Matters, May 21, 2021
University of California Irvine Receives $1 Million Gift to Advance Tinnitus Treatment
A $1 million gift to the University of California, Irvine from Brian Fargo, founder and studio head of inXile entertainment, will advance efforts to develop a treatment for tinnitus. … A UCI multidisciplinary research team, led by Dr. Hamid Djalilian, professor of otolaryngology in the School of Medicine and director of otology, neurotology and skull base surgery for UCI Health, found that electronic stimulation of the inner ear can alleviate tinnitus.

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