UCI News

Spectrum News 1, Sept. 16, 2020 (Video)
Future doctors learn in a hybrid model at UC Irvine
Students attending the University of Irvine School of Medicine this year will be learning in a hybrid model, of both online/virtual classes and in-person classes with patients. … But to become a doctor, there are essential skills that Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine Warren F. Wiechmann says can only be taught by getting hands on experience. … But Weichmann says that during a pandemic, the university’s priority for both the students and patients is safety. So Wiechmann says there are several new procedures in place.

The Desert Sun, Sept. 16, 2020
What do California’s COVID-19 reopening metrics mean? A health expert answers
Gov. Gavin Newsom recently unveiled a new framework that moves counties through four color-coded stages of reopening based on their recent per-capita case counts and recent positivity rate, which is a measure of how many coronavirus tests are coming back positive. … To unpack the new system and find out where California is in an ever-evolving public health crisis, The Desert Sun spoke with Andrew Noymer, an associate professor of public health at UC Irvine, who has been tracking the pandemic and the government’s response.

CNBC, Sept. 16, 2020
Anthem to study whether Apple Watch could help people with asthma
Anthem, the second largest insurer in the U.S., is teaming up with Apple and a range of other collaborators on a study to investigate how people diagnosed with asthma could use consumer devices, like Apple Watch, to better manage their condition. The study is being conducted by UC Irvine …. The two-year study is looking at whether data collected from the iPhone and Apple Watch can help people with asthma predict potentially serious outcomes, which could lead to hospitalization.

The Washington Post, Sept. 17, 2020
The Energy 202: California’s fires are putting a huge amount of carbon dioxide into the air
The shrub lands charred east of San Jose, for example, will take 30 to 50 years to grow back, according to Jim Randerson, an Earth science professor at the University of California, Irvine. But the dense pine and fir forests of the Sierra Nevada will take about a century for trees to reach maturity and forests to fully recover. Global warming may make recovery harder, since seedlings may not be able to take root in a hotter climate. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Goop, Sept. 17, 2020
Why did weight become the scapegoat for health Issues?
A Q&A with Sabrina Strings, PhD … When Sabrina Strings, PhD, associate professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine examined current assumptions around body fat, she found them to be overly simplistic and lacking in evidence. … In her book, Fearing the Black Body, Strings shows how slavery and racism have shaped common views of body fat and its health consequences. Her work underscores why it’s imperative that poor health outcomes are traced to their structural and social roots and not blamed on individual choices.

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