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Women’s Health, Nov. 16, 2016
6 signs you’re drinking way too much coffee
Java jitters are a thing. Not only is coffee a central nervous system stimulant, but caffeine blocks adenosine receptors while jacking up adrenaline, dopamine, and glutamate, a combo that can cause a fight-or-flight frenzy. “Sympathetic nervous system activation can lead to anxiety, jitters, increased heart rate, irritability, and perhaps even anger outbursts,” says Michael Yassa, Ph.D., an associate professor of neurobiology and behavior at University of California, Irvine and director of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory.

The Washington Post, Nov. 16, 2016
The education gap among whites this year wasn’t about education. It was about race.
Michael Tesler, associate professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine, [writes]: Election swings are usually pretty uniform. States tend to shift together from one presidential election year to the next. Most demographic groups do as well. But there was one glaring exception this year: College-educated voters became a lot more Democratic and non-college educated voters became a lot more Republican.

The Society Pages, Nov. 17, 2016
The whitelash against diversity
Jennifer Lee, Chancellor’s Fellow in sociology, [writes]: While diversity is a core component of institutional excellence, promoting diversity, seeing it, and even the mere mention of it can generate a backlash − or what CNN commentator Van Jones aptly dubbed a “whitelash” to characterize the support that Trump received from White voters to propel him to the presidency.

Orange County Register, Nov. 15, 2016
UCI awarded $1.2 million for prostate cancer study
UC Irvine has been awarded $1.2 million for a personalized medicine study that will help men with prostate cancer choose the most effective treatment based on genetics and other health conditions.

Men’s Health, Nov. 15, 2016
Warning: These 5 weird things are raising your risk for serious back pain
Back pain sucks, and it’s something the vast majority of us will have to deal with at some point in our lives. In fact, about 85 percent of people will have severe back pain for at least 4 to 5 days, says Charles Rosen, M.D., a clinical professor of orthopedic surgery and spinal surgery at UC Irvine School of Medicine.

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