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The Washington Post, Sept. 13, 2022
8 ways to feel less anxious about things beyond your control
In one study, researchers found that those who were immersed in the Boston Marathon bombing news for multiple hours a day in the week after the event experienced higher acute stress than individuals who were on the scene. “We speculate that the graphic nature of the coverage and the repetition of those images triggered the intense distress,” said Roxane Cohen Silver, the senior author of the study and a Distinguished Professor of psychological science, public health and medicine at the University of California, Irvine. I advise patients who are feeling depressed by the headlines to read the news just once a day, turn off alerts on their phone and, if possible, check social media sparingly. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

NPR, Sept. 13, 2022 (Audio)
Democracy, are you OK? What recent history tells us about the state of politics
“Trying to divide and conquer becomes a requirement to survive in politics. Then fueling polarization and the wedges and amplifying and multiplying the wedges that fragment society.” This view is echoed by Shawn Rosenberg — a professor of political science and psychology at UC Irvine — who warns that opportunistic leaders can strike because liberal democratic politics is complicated. “Populist alternatives offer a vision that is much simpler,” he told Salon. “All that populism demands is a simple story of cause and effect. All one needs to do is act: Authoritarian power is the solution.”

The Dissenter, Sept. 12, 2022 (Audio)
#677 Mahtab Jafari: The Truth About Dietary Supplements
Mahtab Jafari is Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the School of Biological Sciences, and Director of the UCI Center for Healthspan Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of The Truth About Dietary Supplements: An Evidence-Based Guide to a Safe Medicine Cabinet. In this episode, we focus on The Truth About Dietary Supplements.

Spectrum News 1, Aug. 31, 2022
Extreme heat disparities: Feds address effects in LGBTQIA communities
Michael Mendez is an assistant professor of urban planning and public policy at the University of California Irvine. His research talks about how the LGTBQ community adapts to climate change in California. Mendez says, “Heat waves in California are not isolated events. They often now compound with other hazards, comorbidities or what’s called a syndemic in the field of public health.” In context, he says heat waves impact low income LGBTQ+ people of color. He says those communities experience “an undue burden of marginalization” because of discriminatory housing policies, poor infrastructure and the exclusion of LGBT people in certain communities.

FOX 32 Chicago, Sept. 9, 2022 (Video)
Flannery Fired Up: September 9, 2022
Michael McBride, UCI economics professor, discusses his game-theory driven baseball metrics that find sometimes World Series MVP awards don’t go to the rightful winner. “[Ben] Zobrist had a great World Series in 2016, there’s no question. But, Addison Russell had a better World Series. His offensive contributions were more valuable to the four wins in the series,” McBride explains to Mike Flannery, political editor of FOX 32 News, in a segment titled “Shocking New Look at 2016 World Series!” [Starts 12:00]

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