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The New York Times, Nov. 10, 2022
The Anatomy of a Panic Attack
Many researchers believe that panic attacks might occur when the brain isn’t properly able to send messages between the prefrontal cortex, which is associated with logic and reasoning, and the amygdala, which governs emotional regulation. During a panic attack, the amygdala is hyperactive, while the prefrontal cortex is less responsive, causing us to spiral. … We consulted … Elizabeth Martin, an associate professor of psychological sciences at the University of California, Irvine who has researched the neurobiology behind panic attacks [and others]. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

KCBS, Nov. 9, 2020 (Video)
Races for Orange County congressional seats too close to call
Two key races [in Orange County], for U.S. House of Representative, are still too close to call. .. Katie Porter shifted to coastal Orange County where voters tend to be more conservative. “That was a challenge for her because she is comfortable identifying with being on the left side of the Democratic Party. She had a harder district. … That means she’s in a competitive district and she has to worry every time that she will face serious, serious challenge,” Louis DeSipio, UCI political science and Chicano/Latino studies professor said.

LinkedIn News, Nov. 9, 2022
What Happens When Interest Rates Increase?
The main purpose of raising interest rates is to discourage spending. Many consumers respond to higher interest rates by waiting until they decrease to make major purchases. “During the pandemic, [the Fed] lowered interest rates to give the economy a boost, and now that the economy’s kind of going too strong — as evidenced by the inflation — they’re trying to slow the economy down by raising interest rates,” said Eric Swanson, an economics professor at the University of California, Irvine.

Healthline, Nov. 9, 2022
Why Flu Season Started So Early This Year
With few flu cases during the pandemic, “the virus has had a long time to mutate,” Dr. Shruti Gohil, associate medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention at UCI Health said. And, in the face of our lower immunity, this allowed it to hit harder. … “Flu-like illnesses and flu test positivity rates are higher this year compared to similar time periods in prior years,” stated Gohil. … “Vaccine rates against influenza dipped in the 2020-2021 season compared to the prior year,” said Gohil.

Real Simple, Nov. 3, 2022
How to Improve Your Memory (and Stop Losing Your Keys)
While memory issues typically start becoming more common in your 60s or 70s, changes can start as early as your 30s and 40s, says Elizabeth Chrastil, PhD, assistant professor of neurobiology and behavior at the University of California, Irvine. No need to panic, though, as it’s unlikely these changes will noticeably impair you or even affect your daily functioning.  “Normal aging in the early stages is quite small and subtle,” she says, adding that if memory issues interfere with your daily life and ability to function, especially before 60, that’s not normal aging.

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