UCI News

KCBS, Sept. 21, 2022 (Video)
Today is World Alzheimer’s Day
Epidemiologist Dr. Christian Salazar of UC Irvine spoke to Chris Holmstrom and Marci Gonzalez about how Alzheimer’s disproportionately affects the Latino community. … “I am excited to talk about the AHEAD study, which we have here, that is a NIH funded study that aims to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and it’s actually the first clinical trial to enroll participants as early as age 55,” said Salazar.

KABC, Sept. 20, 2022 (Video)
Impact of extreme heat on Latino communities
“Here in California, we are experiencing a major climate change crisis. This assistant professor of environmental policy and planning at UCI, [Michael Mendez], says drought, heat waves, hazardous air quality and wildfires impact millions of people but Latino communities are some of the hardest hit by these climate induced disasters. ‘There’s disparate impacts to the populations that are the most marginalized  and stigmatized like Latino neighborhoods and undocumented migrants as well,’ …. Dr. Michael Mendez urges it’s time to turn scientific data into action.”

Bloomberg, Sept. 20, 2022
Who Is Still Dying From Covid? The CDC Can’t Answer That
There’s another deceptive factor that can make it look like everyone is in pretty good shape, said Andrew Noymer, a demographer and associate professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine. The infection fatality rate, a number many were obsessed with finding early in the pandemic, is probably now close to that of flu. But the disease is killing a lot more people than flu because so many people are getting Covid. It’s common for people to get Covid several times a year, whereas people tend to get flu — at most — several times a decade.

The Guardian, Sept. 20, 2022
China’s ‘hidden epidemics’: the preventable diseases that could reshape a nation
Wang Feng, professor of sociology at University of California, Irvine, says the pace of change seen in China during the 1980s and 1990s is unlike anything seen anywhere else in history, and that the social and health problems stored up for decades are coming home to roost. “These are hidden epidemics and they are enduring epidemics,” he says. “You have an explosion in a new diet and nutritional intake in a short time period. Combined with unforeseen, unprecedented ageing, it’s going to be one of the greatest challenges China faces – not just for individual families but it poses a political challenge to leadership.”

Healthline, Sept. 20, 2022
80% of Pregnancy-Related Deaths in U.S. are Preventable, Half Occur After Giving Birth
Tim Bruckner, a professor of public health from the University of California, Irvine, says that while the causes of these deaths are multifaceted and complex, new initiatives can help improve outcomes over time. … According to Bruckner, California health officials have already taken several steps to improve outcomes in pregnant people. They’re now using public health surveillance data to inform clinical changes and partnering with the private and public healthcare sectors to develop improvement projects to prevent pregnancy-related deaths.

Previously “In the News”