UCI News

The Washington Post, Sept. 27, 2022
The British pound just plummeted: What it means for the U.K., tourists
“Exchange range movements are often a mystery because they’re affected by many economic factors, including just the mind-sets of investors,” said Gary Richardson, a professor of economics at the University of California at Irvine. “But it looks like the main trigger is the recent policy move by the British government.” … “There’s statistical evidence and research showing that people book travel based on prices,” Richardson said. “Britain is cheaper, so more people would want to go there.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

The Atlantic, Sept. 27, 2022
The Only Two Seasons That Matter Now
Andrei Novac, a clinical professor of psychiatry at UC Irvine who studies the impact of traumatic stress, told me that the pandemic experience of living with a potentially deadly virus cannot be easily shrugged off. “Psychological inhibition from fear makes it very hard to return to previous social and intimate habits,” he said. “Some [people] need to relearn to overcome their fear and be able to enjoy anything and play. For them, there is no fantasy of a real summer.”

Spectrum News 1, Sept. 26, 2022 (Video)
Anti-abortion law and medicine
Michele Goodwin, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of law said, “Now what we see is the criminalization of women who want abortion and those who would seek to help them. … What we’ve seen across the country is doctors incredibly hesitant to help patients when they would have immediately done so pre-Dobbs and what they’re concerned about is criminalization and they are concerned about civil punishments as well, fines of $100,00 or more.” … “What has happened now is states are singling out doctors who provide this kind of care to help women and girls and people who need pregnancy assistance. They’ve singled them out for civil and criminal punishment and we’ve never seen this before.”

The Orange County Register, Sept. 23, 2022
Big waves move railroad tracks, again, in south San Clemente
UC Irvine environmental engineering [Professor] Brett Sanders said those sand replenishment projects are needed. The drought the past few years is contributing to the area’s lack of sand. With no rain pushing sediment down the nearby creek, sand isn’t being redistributed naturally offshore. “One of the links is, there just hasn’t been enough sand supply from that creek to keep a beach that’s going to defend the rocks and railway from the stress of these waves events,” he said. “That beach has really thinned out over time because there’s no sand supply.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Cardiology Today, Sept. 13, 2022
Speaker: Assess CVD risk when considering hormone therapy for menopause symptoms
Approximately 40% of a woman’s life is spent in menopause, and the average age of menopause onset is 51 years, Shaista Malik, MD, PhD, MPH, FACC, [UCI Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute executive director], said during a presentation at the Cardiometabolic Health Congress (CMHC) Women’s Cardiometabolic Health and Wellness Masterclass. … “Menopause is associated with cardiometabolic dysfunction, we now, in 2022, know this,” Malik said during a presentation. “It is more than just biologic aging.”

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