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The New York Times, Oct. 14, 2021
Bill Clinton Is Hospitalized for Infection, Aide Says
Former President Bill Clinton has been hospitalized after he had a urological infection that developed into sepsis, an aide said on Thursday. … In a statement on Twitter, a spokesman for Mr. Clinton, 75, said the former president had been admitted on Tuesday evening to UCI Medical Center in Orange, Calif., with what he described as a “non-Covid-related infection.” “He is on the mend, in good spirits and is incredibly thankful to the doctors, nurses, and staff providing him with excellent care,” the spokesman, Angel Ureña, said. Mr. Clinton’s doctors, Dr. Alpesh Amin [chair UCI department of medicine and director of hospital medicine for UCI Health] and Dr. Lisa Bardack, said in a statement that … after two days of treatment, his white-blood cell count was trending down and he was “responding to antibiotics well.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

The Washington Post, Oct. 15, 2021
‘Emotionally, physically, mentally tired’: Nurses say morale has hit a pandemic low
A recent study from investigators at the University of California at Irvine’s school of nursing and department of psychological science found the weight nurses have been carrying during the pandemic has been overwhelming. … “As a profession, we work hard, we do things that we say normal people would never be doing,” said study author Candace Burton, a UCI associate professor in the school of nursing. “But this has been beyond anything anyone could have anticipated. The lack of resources, the constant strain and stress and needing to be on and present and going at 110 percent at all times has just been exhausting.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

KTLA5, Oct. 14, 2021 (Video)
New research on arctic ice shelves’ ‘icy glue’ shows they may melt faster than expected
A substance called mélange — made up of windblown snow, iceberg bits, and sea ice — is lodged in and around arctic ice shelves and critical to holding them together, which may make the glaciers melt even faster than previously expected amid rising temperatures, according to a study at UC Irvine and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. [Video features Eric Rignot, UCI professor of Earth system science.]

MSNBC, Oct. 14, 2021 (Audio)
Battle over Texas abortion law leaves Black people behind
Michele Goodwin, a law [Chancellor’s] Professor at UC Irvine and founding director for the university’s Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy, says the [Texas abortion] law, with its vigilante nature, is reminiscent of the fugitive slave acts of antebellum America.

Daily Pilot, Oct. 14, 2021
Could this plant extract help fight the opioid epidemic?
As the opioid epidemic continues to claim lives, UC Irvine researchers have identified a plant extract that may help fight opiate addiction. … Olivier Civelli, professor of pharmaceutical sciences at UCI and an author of a study of YHS, said that the plant extract reduces pain and the development of opioid tolerance. Specifically, researchers found that when YHS was administered with morphine, it inhibited dependence, addiction and tolerance in animals. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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