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The New York Times, Nov. 4, 2022
‘This Is Our March 2020’: Children’s Hospitals Are Overwhelmed by R.S.V.
“Every children’s hospital that I’m aware of is absolutely swamped,” said Dr. Coleen Cunningham, the pediatrician in chief at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, a 334-bed facility in Southern California that is so full that children are being treated right in the emergency room as they wait for inpatient beds — sometimes for more than 24 hours. … Dr. Cunningham, who is also [a professor and] chair of the pediatrics department at the University of California, Irvine, is a leader of another trial for a nasal-drop vaccine for children under 2. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Eat This, Not That!, Nov. 4, 2022
7 Things About RSV You Need Know, According to Doctors
Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, DrPH, Director and Founding Dean, University of California, Irvine Program in Public Health says, “Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common virus that affects the lungs and breathing passages, which symptoms are like the flu. But there is no vaccine to prevent RSV yet so infants, young children, and older adults must be cautious to avoid close contact with sick people, wash hands often and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.”

KPCC – Air Talk with Larry Mantle, Nov. 3, 2022 (Audio)
Rounding Up Some of the Most Contentious Races in Orange County
Up and down the ticket on Orange County ballots, some major races are taking place that can have serious ramifications for the country and local politics. We’re breaking down some of the races to keep an eye on with UCI political science and Chicano/Latino Studies professor Louis DeSipio ….  “In the 47th – the Katie Porter/Scott Baugh race – you’re seeing sort of abortion on one side vs. corruption on the other side – and you know, that will turn out the base, but I don’t know how the ‘no party preference’ voters will respond,” said DeSipio.

TIME, Nov. 4, 2022
What to Know About Diabetes and the Risk of Silent Heart Attacks
“Compared to those without a heart attack, those who have had a silent heart attack have a three-fold greater likelihood of dying from heart disease in the future,” says Dr. Nathan Wong, [professor] director of the Heart Disease Prevention Program at the University of California, Irvine. How can those with Type 2 diabetes protect themselves from silent heart attacks? Here, Wong and others explain everything you need to know—whether you have Type 2 diabetes yourself or are caring for someone with the condition.

The Academic Minute, Nov. 4, 2022 (Audio)
Suellen Hopfer, University of California Irvine – Social Media Strategies to Educate Young Adults on Vaccines
How do we best educate young adults about vaccines? Suellen Hopfer, assistant professor of health, society, and behavior at the University of California, Irvine program in public health, discusses social media’s role. … “To our knowledge, our study was the first of its kind to implement vaccine intervention information in a “real-world” message environment in the social media space. Findings further highlight the importance of studying health messaging on social media platforms given that they function differently, and certain engagement strategies work better to reach target audiences,’ [said Hopfer].

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