UCI News

Healthline, Oct. 27, 2021
How People Who Feel ‘Invincible’ to COVID-19 Are Hampering Herd Immunity Efforts
“Having a culture of community and a belief in the common good is important in containing threats like COVID-19. These are some of the key differences between countries with high and low individual autonomy,” said Bernadette Boden-Albala, DrPh, the founding dean of the University of California, Irvine Program in Public Health.

Cure, Oct. 27, 2021
Goal-Focused Therapy May Improve Distress in Testicular Cancer Survivors
Michael A. Hoyt who is a clinical health psychologist and associate professor in the department of population health and disease prevention at the University of California, Irvine, explained that young adult testicular cancer survivors face an extra layer of psychosocial challenges due to their young age, such as educational pursuits, search for independence, relationship and family building – “Sort of all those hallmarks of that time in life,” he said.

Voice of OC, Oct. 27, 2021
Schools Throughout OC Could Soon Start Vaccinating Children, Families
Local health experts like UC Irvine epidemiologist, [associate professor of nursing] and public health expert, Sanghyuk Shin, argue the vaccine is safe. “If we want any semblance of having COVID be a disease that causes minimal harm so that we can kind of go back to normal, which is what everybody seems to want, I think we need to support vaccine mandates in schools,” Shin said ….

Verywell Family, Oct. 25, 2021
Can I Get the MMR Vaccine While Pregnant?
Unfortunately, getting the MMR vaccine during pregnancy is not an option, says Jennifer Jolley, MD, an OB-GYN with UCI Health and associate clinical professor. “Although other types of vaccines are considered safe during pregnancy, MMR is a live attenuated virus vaccine and could theoretically cause harm to the pregnant person and baby if viral infection occurs,” she explains. The MMR vaccine is an inoculation that protects against three viruses: measles, mumps, and rubella.

KCBS Radio, Oct. 23, 2021
Could this Chinese herb end the opioid epidemic?
Scientists looking to end overdose deaths in the United States are investigating an herb that’s been used for centuries in Chinese medicine. An extract known as YHS is made from the root of the plant Corydalis yanhusuo which Chinese medicine practitioners use as a pain reliever. However, it does more than simply relieve pain. … “We found out that it would block the addiction to morphine,” Olivier Civelli, UC Irvine professor of pharmaceutical sciences, told KCBS Radio.

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