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TIME, Nov. 8, 2021
Your Personality Could Add Years of Healthy Living
“The link between social relationships and longevity is as strong as cholesterol levels or smoking,” said Susan Charles, a psychology professor at the University of California, Irvine. “It’s a huge effect.” Social butterflies tend to be more active, said Charles, which protects their health. … Graceful agers tend to keep an even keel. … To cultivate any of these traits, said Charles, “the right intervention is the one that’s comfortable for you.”

The New York Times, Nov. 8, 2021
‘Re-Fund the Police’? Why It Might Not Reduce Crime.
“I think when one is talking about what’s an alternative to just adding police, well, putting some serious investment into the kind of program for at-risk youth that really gives them a concrete possibility for a real job,” said Elliott Currie, [professor of criminology, law & society], at the University of California, Irvine. “That’s where you really get the bang for the buck.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

The Washington Post, Nov. 8, 2021
Va. Senate Democrats ask state Supreme Court to disqualify Republicans’ nominated map drawers
The Democratic nominees include Bernard Grofman, a political science [Distinguished] Professor at the University of California, Irvine. Grofman also served as a special master to a federal court in 2019 to redraw Virginia House districts, intended to repair racial gerrymandering in the southeast part of the state. … In a 131-page report to the court, Grofman noted that his map proposals were “drawn in a fashion that is blind with respect to partisan outcomes….” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

UPI (HealthDay News), Nov. 8, 2021
Sales of unproven, unapproved stem cell therapies booming in U.S.
The sale of unproven and unapproved stem cell treatments has skyrocketed in the United States, according to a new five-year study. … “One of the most troubling features of this marketplace is that businesses selling unproven and non-FDA-approved stem cell products often use marketing misrepresentations and aggressive sales tactics to exploit the hope, suffering, fear or desperation of patients,” said [study author Leigh] Turner, a professor of health, society and behavior at the University of California, Irvine.

KPCC (Air Talk), Nov. 5, 2021 (Audio)
COVID-19 AMA: New Pfizer Pill May Cut Severe Illness Risk, Europe Is Pandemic Epicenter Again, And More
In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Shruti Gohil, [assistant clinical] professor of medicine and associate medical director for epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine’s School of Medicine.

Previously “In the News”