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Parade, Sept. 28, 2021
Can You Get Your COVID Booster (or Regular COVID Vaccine) and Flu Shot At the Same Time? Here’s What Doctors Say
Over time, as millions of people received doses, experts gained more knowledge about the COVID-19 vaccine. They were able to look at whether the timing of vaccine administration was an issue, explains David Souleles, MPH,  director of the COVID-19 Response Team at the University of California, Irvine. “There are no timing concerns now,” he says. … [Many people are] wondering if they should get their flu shot first and then get a COVID booster, or if they should get a COVID booster first and then get a flu shot. “They should actually do both,” says Jonathan H. Watanabe, PharmD, PhD, associate dean of assessment and quality and professor of clinical pharmacy at the University of California, Irvine.

The Washington Post, Oct. 1, 2021
As the Democrats skirmish over their omnibus bill, here’s what they can learn from Harry Truman
Bernard Grofman, UCI Jack W. Peltason Chair of Democracy Studies and Distinguished Professor of political science writes, “President Biden and congressional Democrats have piled many of their top legislative priorities into a mammoth bill that currently totals over $3 trillion dollars of social and economic policy change. While Democrats are now skirmishing over the details, if they can agree on the bill, they can bypass a Republican filibuster of it in the Senate by making use of an arcane parliamentary process known as “reconciliation.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

Public Radio International, Sept. 30, 2021
Avoiding water bankruptcy in the drought-troubled Southwest: What the US and Iran can learn from each other
Amir AghaKouchak, UCI professor of civil & environmental engineering and others write, “More than 7,000 miles away, Iran is grappling with water problems that are similar to the U.S. Southwest’s but more severe. … As environmental engineers and scientists … we’ve closely studied the water challenges in both drought-prone regions. We believe past mistakes in the U.S. and Iran offer important lessons for future plans in the U.S. Southwest and other regions increasingly experiencing drought and water shortages.”

AP, Sept. 30, 2021
US stem cell clinics boomed while FDA paused crackdown
Hundreds of clinics pushing unproven stem cell procedures caught a big break from the U.S. government in 2017: They would have three years to show that their questionable treatments were safe and worked before regulators started cracking down. But when the Food and Drug Administration’s grace period expired in late May … the consequences became clear …. “It backfired,” says Leigh Turner, [Ph.D, program in public health professor and] a bioethicist at the University of California, Irvine. “The scale of the problem is vastly larger for FDA today than it was at the start.”

MoneyGeek, Sept. 30, 2021 (Expert insights)
What’s a good way for individuals to think about the opportunity costs associated with saving money or spending it today?
Tonya Williams Bradford, associate professor at UCI Paul Merage School of Business writes, “Saving is consumption — it is an opportunity to spend money on something that may provide benefits. Those benefits may be tangible ones, like providing opportunities to acquire other things or continue one’s lifestyle when employment income ends, as well as intangible ones like comfort, security, independence or peace of mind.”

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