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The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 1, 2022
South Koreans Rattled by Grisly Footage of Halloween Crowd Crush in Seoul
Excessive consumption of media content from an event of the scale of Itaewon can leave individuals more prone to stress, which can create extra worry that motivates someone to then seek out more content of the tragedy, said E. Alison Holman, a psychological science professor at the University of California, Irvine. “We see people can get caught up into a negative spiral,” said Prof. Holman, whose research has looked at the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and 2013’s Boston Marathon bombing. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]

Los Angeles Times, Nov. 1, 2022
California’s esports powerhouse isn’t USC or UCLA. Here’s a look at UC Irvine Esports
It is a Wednesday evening on the UC Irvine campus and the university is holding tryouts for its powerhouse esports team. … UCI is one of the leading schools in the nation for fielding esports teams. … The Anteaters play their matches at a dedicated esports arena, a large space filled with row upon row of computer stations. … “People choose to come to UCI because they want to get a degree,” [Mark] Deppe [UCI Esports director] says. “They’re not motivated purely to go professional or play the game for 100 hours a week.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The New York Times, Nov. 1, 2022
Scientists Are Gaining on R.S.V., a Persistent Threat to Children
Several research teams are working on vaccines for young children. One group, led by Dr. Coleen Cunningham, pediatrician in chief at Children’s Hospital of Orange County and [professor and] chair of the pediatrics department at the University of California, Irvine, is developing a nasal-drop vaccine containing a weakened version of the virus for children 6 to 24 months of age. “The advantage of that is, it’s not a shot, so you don’t have to worry about needles,” Dr. Cunningham said. The vaccine would rouse antibodies in the nose, where the virus enters, rather than the blood and so might more effectively prevent infection. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Eat This, Not That!, Nov. 1, 2022
The #1 Thing You Can Do to Lower Your Dementia Risk
An increase in dementia cases is alarming, especially since there’s no cure and Dr. Michael Yassa, neurobiologist, [professor], and director of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory at the University of California, Irvine shares why there’s an uptick. “Remember that the biggest risk factor is age, and we are an aging population. Advances in medical care have managed to extend our lifespan beyond anything we could have ever imagined a hundred or two hundred years ago. So the prevalence of dementia is increasing because we have more and more people living to an age where the probability of getting dementia is much higher.”

CBS News, Nov. 1, 2022 (Video)
Crisis in Haiti: Haiti faces gang violence, assassinations, shortages of food and fuel
Haiti has been grappling with myriad crises that have spread across the nation over the last month. Widespread gasoline and diesel shortages have emerged after armed gangs blocked the nation’s main fuel terminal, and these gangs have also severed access to clean water, food and other essentials as Haiti also deals with a deadly cholera outbreak. Amy Wilentz, author of “The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier” and a professor of literary journalism at the University of California, Irvine, joined CBS News to discuss.

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