UCI News

Daily Pilot, Oct. 13, 2022
Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute moves to its new home on UC Irvine’s campus
UC Irvine officials Thursday opened the newest location for the university’s Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute, which they say will expand the institute’s clinical, teaching and research efforts to advance care. … The new clinic will begin taking in patients as early as Monday, officials said. The research space within the facility is expected to open later this year and university officials said community activities will be available in 2023. The facility encompasses 21,432 square feet and is part of a larger $185-million health complex. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

AP, Oct. 14, 2022
As the causes of US inflation grow, so do the dangers
Rising prices can often lead consumers to switch their spending to other things, rather than cutting back overall. Right now, for instance, Americans are switching more of their spending from physical goods to services. And that shift is evident in the categories where prices are rising. “Most people in America spend pretty much their whole budget anyway,” said Eric Swanson, an economics professor at the University of California, Irvine. “So the money’s going to get spent, it’s just a question of what it’s going to get spent on.”

NBC News, Oct. 14, 2022
This Latino meteorologist helped spur Spanish-language changes to weather alerts. Studies show it can save lives.
Michael Méndez, a researcher [and assistant professor] at the University of California, Irvine, is among the experts who study how climate change poses greater risks to vulnerable communities, which include Latino and other immigrants who lack legal status and Indigenous Latinos, who speak languages other than Spanish. “They are disproportionately affected by racial discrimination, exploitation, economic hardship, less proficiency in English and Spanish, and fear of deportation in their daily lives,” he writes, along with other experts in the essay “The (in)visible victims of disaster: Understanding the vulnerability of undocumented Latino/a and indigenous immigrants.

Drug Topics, Oct. 12, 2022
Managing Metabolic Syndrome in Diabetes
According to Joyce Y. Lee, PharmD, a health sciences clinical professor of pharmacy at UC Irvine School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, patients with metabolic syndrome and diabetes are frequently experiencing challenges beyond medications. Therefore, in addition to optimizing the 4 Ds of medication management… pharmacists must also focus on caring for patients as a whole …. “Have an open-minded, nonjudgmental discussion with patients about their lifestyle and daily routines,” Lee said. “Emphasize the benefits of controlling metabolic syndrome and diabetes ….”

Healthline, Oct. 12, 2022
Everything to Know About Potential Side Effects of the Monkeypox Vaccine
With vaccine shortages a challenge, the intradermal approach enables doses to be split into fifths. The result? “We can stretch the current available supply and vaccinate more at-risk individuals,” noted David M. Souleles, MPH, [COVID-19 response team director and] director of MPH Program and Practice at the University of California, Irvine.

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