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The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 17, 2019
What Science Tells Us About Preventing Dementia
Another theory is that sleep washes “toxic substances out of our brains that shouldn’t be there,” including beta amyloid and tau proteins that are implicated in Alzheimer’s, says Ruth Benca, a professor of medicine at the University of California, Irvine. … “Poor sleep may be a risk factor for Alzheimer’s,” says Prof. Benca, who is conducting a study to see whether treating sleep problems may help prevent dementia. She says sleep—or a lack of it—may help explain why about two-thirds of Alzheimer’s patients are women. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: WSJ.com/UCILibraries]

NPR, Nov. 15, 2019
Polio Is Making A Comeback
Andrew Noymer, an associate professor of public health at the University of California Irvine says the global polio eradication effort has made incredible progress over the last three decades but now it’s reached a difficult moment. He compares the current efforts to vaccinate every child against polio to being stuck on a treadmill. “You have to keep vaccinating all the children so you won’t have any paralyzed children,” Noymer says, “But the more you vaccinate, the more live virus continues to circulate. And the minute you step off the treadmill, you get some paralyzed kids.”

Los Angeles Times, Nov. 18, 2019
California remains the top U.S. destination for foreign students, yet enrollment is slipping
California continues to attract the most international students — 161,693 — with six of the nation’s top 20 host universities located in the state. USC remained the most popular campus, enrolling 16,340 foreign students in 2018-19, followed by 11,942 at UCLA, 10,652 at UC San Diego, 10,063 at UC Berkeley, 8,064 at UC Irvine and 8,048 at UC Davis. … At UC Berkeley and UC Irvine, the number of Chinese students increased. But UC Davis saw significant declines …. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

FiveThirtyEight, Nov. 18, 2019
Is This Fish Winning Climate Change?
But there really are some animals and plants that are surviving and thriving, or are projected to, as the world warms. And they aren’t all invasive species or creatures that seem to malignly have it in for the human race, said Cascade Sorte, a professor of ecology at the University of California, Irvine. Instead, she told me, the species that seem destined for success tend to fall into one of two categories: Things that can take a pounding and get back up like they’re trying to steal the title from Apollo Creed — and things that can reproduce really, really fast.

San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 15, 2019
California bar study finds black male lawyers more likely to be disciplined
The study by George Farkas, a professor of education at UC Irvine, said one likely reason for the disparities in discipline is that African American attorneys are more likely to represent themselves in proceedings before the bar. Black attorneys also face more disciplinary investigations, and are impacted by a system that increases punishment for repeated offenses, the report said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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