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WFTS (Scripps Media), Oct. 14, 2021 (Video)
Is social media the main issue affecting our children’s mental health?
“Since 2007, social media has exploded and the question of what role does digital tech play in the lives of teens has become at the forefront of parents, educators, people who are watching this happening,” Candice Odgers, UCI professor of psychological science said. According to Odgers research, the vast majority of teens say they are “addicted to” or “harmed by” social media or their phones. … She says it’s not about banning technology, but teaching kids how to live with it responsibly and the burden starts with the people in charge.

Los Angeles Times, Oct. 12, 2021
The O.C. oil spill could have been a much bigger disaster. Here is what went right
Mild conditions have kept the bulk of the oil offshore, which is much simpler for crews to clean than crude that has made its way onto the coast, said Matthew Bracken, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Irvine. “We’re seeing tar balls and some patches on shore, but none of the real devastating effects that we have seen in past spills that we’re really afraid of,” Bracken said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

FiveThirtyEight, Oct. 13, 2021
Why Abortion May Now Motivate Democrats More Than Republicans
Michael Tesler, UCI professor of political science writes, “But regardless of how the [Supreme] Court rules, the public’s strongly held views about abortion make it an unusually powerful issue in American politics — one that voters have even switched parties over in the past.”

The Orange County Register, Oct. 8, 2021
Oil spill hints at broader threats to ocean health
“People have heard coral reefs are suffering, but they don’t know that the ecosystems in their own backyards are too,” said Kristen Davis, head of UC Irvine’s Coastal Dynamics Laboratory. … “Sea life is feeling the pressure of warming waters and sea-level rise, but we can’t see that,” Davis said. “If the oil spill can make people more aware of the other effects of fossil fuels, that would be helpful. This oil spill is just one of the threats.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

International Business Times, Oct. 11, 2021
Why You Should Make Sure You Get The Flu Shot During ‘Unpredictable’ Flu Season
Finally, if you’re worried about getting two vaccinations at the same time, it is completely safe. Speaking to WebMD in an interview, Andrew Noymer, [associate professor] from the Department of Population Health & Disease Prevention at the University of California, Irvine said that there should not be any problem getting the two at the same time. “People often wonder, can the body ‘handle’ two vaccines simultaneously? The answer is yes, and we do this all the time.”

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