Orange County Register, Nov. 15, 2015
Sea of Change (PDF)
Tim Bradley, a professor at UC Irvine and director of the Salton Sea Ecological Initiative, said, “The Salton Sea is a huge public health threat for the state as well as an environmental threat.”
TakePart, Nov. 16, 2015
The great glacier melt spreads to Greenland’s North
“That may be an indication that climate warming is spreading toward the poles,” said Jeremie Mouginot, the study’s lead author and an associate project scientist at the University of California, Irvine.
STAT, Nov. 17, 2015
Gene drive gives scientists power to hijack evolution
Scientists had been trying to genetically engineer mosquitoes to stop spreading malaria for nearly two decades, without much success. A leader in that effort has been biologist Anthony James of the University of California, Irvine. In 2012, James’s team developed a mosquito that, thanks to a genetic tweak, produced antibodies against the malaria microbe, destroying it before it could be transmitted to the mosquito’s next blood meal.
Health Affairs, Nov. 17, 2015
Rebuilding trust in medicine: How the public can interpret differing guidelines (Blog)
Sheldon Greenfield [of UCI’s Health Policy Research Institute writes,] A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine … found that Americans’ trust in medicine has declined significantly over the past few decades. In fact, it’s at an all-time low: just 23 percent of people in the U.S. have “great confidence” in doctors (down from 73 percent in 1966). Why?
Bloomberg, Nov. 16, 2015
Apple beats wage claims in 12,000-member class action
“Employee choice is dispositive,” Alsup said. “That free choice is fatal to their claims,” he said. But was it really free? asked Catherine Fisk, a University of California, Irvine law professor. “I’m not sure that is a meaningful choice,” she told Bloomberg BNA …. For example, she said, employees who drive to work can leave their belongings in their cars, but “employees who take the bus or public transportation” don’t have that option. Calling it a free choice was “unrealistic,” she said.
Gizmodo, Nov. 16, 2015
This inexpensive one-step test can help detect hepatitis C infection
Originally ran in IANS. Link unavailable.
“Our novel HCV antigen test system has significantly improved sensitivity and specificity over current tests,” said one of the researchers Ke-Qin Hu, professor at University of California, Irvine School of Medicine …. “Importantly, for the first time, we can use urine specimens for one-step screening and diagnosing of HCV infection,” Hu said.