UCI News

60 Minutes (CBS), Nov. 18, 2020 (Video)
Is there a secret to living well into your 90s?
60 Minutes first met Dr. Kawas, a neurologist and professor at the University of California Irvine, in 2014 when Lesley Stahl interviewed her for a story titled “90+.” Dr. Kawas and her team run a major study of aging California residents who began providing information about their diet, exercise, vitamins, and activities in 1981. … The follow-up report airs this Sunday on 60 Minutes.

Scientific American, Dec. 2020 Issue
The Surprising Mental Toll of COVID
Young adults were also the most affected age group in an unusual, real-time study that tracked the rapid rise in “acute distress” and depression at three points between mid-March and mid-April. “We expected the opposite because it was already clear that older individuals were at greater risk” from the virus, says senior author Roxane Cohen Silver, a psychologist at the University of California, Irvine.

Desert Sun, Nov. 18, 2020
Still gathering for Thanksgiving despite restrictions? How to do so safely
“We’ll likely continue to see a surge of cases in the fall and over the holidays,” said Karen Edwards, a professor and epidemiologist at the University of California, Irvine. “If you must travel, be sure to follow all recommendations, including checking with destinations and events you plan to attend to be sure that travel to that destination or event is still possible. Cancel your trip if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or concerns about risk of infection.”

The Guardian, Nov. 19, 2020
Invention that makes renewable energy from rotting veg wins James Dyson prize
The overall international award went to 23-year-old postgraduate student Judit Giró Benet for her Blue Box, which offers a simple home-based alternative to routine mammogram screening. Benet, from Tarragona, Spain, and now studying at the University of California, Irvine, was inspired by her mother’s diagnosis of breast cancer and – with 40% of women failing to attend their mammograms – the need for a less invasive and more accessible alternative.

CalMatters, Nov. 19, 2020
Well water throughout California contaminated with ‘forever chemicals’
Scott Bartell, a professor of public health at the University of California Irvine, also didn’t know about the contamination in his home turf of Orange County until he went looking for it. … Bartell is now spearheading the California arm of a nationwide investigation into exposures to the chemicals and associated health risks, including children’s brain development.

Previously “In the News”