UCI News

The Washington Post, May 3, 2019
Beijing’s one-child policy is gone. But many Chinese are still reluctant to have more.
Wang Feng, a sociologist at the University of California at Irvine, said many Chinese parents have one goal in mind: “Wanting their children to move up the social ladder, or at least not get stuck. “It’s not that people can’t feed their children. It’s how can that child be ‘successful’ and have a better life,” he said. “Everything becomes a rat race.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Men’s Journal, May 3, 2019
How Fasting Can Rewire Your Metabolism and Help Prevent Dementia
Fasting may be in vogue, but there’s a new, compelling reason to give it a go: It helps alter the circadian rhythms of cells in the body that play a role in avoiding age-related disease, like dementia, according to researchers at the University of California, Irvine.

Physics World, May 2, 2019
Mimicking squid skin to improve thermoregulating blankets
Engineers at the University of California, Irvine, have made a new and improved space blanket that allows users to control their temperature. The blanket, inspired by the adaptive properties of cephalopod skin, comprises a soft and stretchable polymer matrix that is transparent to infrared radiation covered with an array of infrared-deflecting metal domains anchored within the matrix.

Los Angeles Times, May 3, 2019
Sleeping pills: A risk of car crashes, gunshot wounds and Jason Bourne amnesia
“There is evidence that sleep medications are over-prescribed, and that not enough attention is paid to the side effects in many cases or alternative approaches,” said Bryce Mander, an assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at UC Irvine. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Best Life, May 2, 2019
50 Questions You Should Always Ask Your Doctor After 50
When you’re in your 50s, it’s possible to start experiencing symptoms of dementia, a disorder that causes memory loss and can interfere with your daily life. According to the University of California, Irvine Medical Center, especially if you have a family history of dementia, it’s a good idea to talk about it with your doctor so you’re aware of any symptoms or changes to look out for.

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