UCI News

Orange Coast Magazine, Oct. 19, 2022
Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute’s New Home
A spacious, light-filled lobby welcomes guests. A living wall beckons from behind the greeting desk. … But this is not a boutique hotel; it’s the new home of the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute, which opened to patients this week, on the UC Irvine campus. … Every space adheres to the strategy behind the clinic, which is to use research, education, and a team-based approach to overall well-being, not just treating a symptom. … The institute is part of the new Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences at UC Irvine.

KNX Radio, Oct. 17, 2022 (Audio)
COVID-19 lockdowns are not the leading cause of extreme loneliness and psychological distress
For many people, being stuck at home during the lockdowns took its toll, but researchers at UC Irvine say people who consumed several hours of COVID-19-related media every day were the most likely to experience loneliness and traumatic stress. “As you may remember, it was all bad news all the time” – the study’s lead author is Roxane Cohen Silver, UCI  Distinguished Professor of psychological science: “The more hours that people were immersed in media about the pandemic, the more likely they were to exhibit symptoms of acute traumatic stress.”

Bloomberg, Oct. 20, 2022
Beach Erosion, Rising Seas Threaten Amtrak’s Second-Busiest Rail Line
Alternatives to track relocation include the construction of seawalls or other coastal “armoring.” Currently, 38% of the Southern California coastline is armored. But these techniques can end up blocking the natural replenishment of sand and hastening beach disappearance — a phenomenon that’s brought waves perilously close to the Surf Line in several sites.  “You need a certain amount of sand in the system for it to work,” said Brett Sanders, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Irvine. “It’s like how you can’t run a car without oil in the engine.”

NBC News, Oct. 20, 2022
Gas stoves can leak chemicals linked to cancer, mounting evidence shows
Andrea De Vizcaya Ruiz, an associate professor of environmental and occupational health at the University of California, Irvine, who wasn’t involved in the study, said that people can get exposed to small amounts of benzene when they fill up their cars’ gas tanks or sit by a fireplace but that exposure to high amounts over long periods of time is worrisome. It’s one of the most direct chemicals that induces cancer, because it transforms the cells in the bone marrow,” she said.

The Guardian, Oct. 20, 2022
Secret files suggest chemical giant feared weedkiller’s link to Parkinson’s disease
“It is highly unethical for a company not to reveal data they have that could indicate that their product is more toxic than had been believed,” said Bruce Blumberg, professor of developmental and cell biology at the University of California, Irvine, speaking generally about corporate conduct. “[These companies are] trying to maximize profits and they jeopardize public health, and it shouldn’t be allowed. That is the scandal.”

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