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Feb. 3 - COVID brain fog, AI vs. ear problems

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Anteater Time Machine: Students chat outside a UCI dorm, circa 1970.

Anteater Time Machine: Students chat outside a UCI dorm, circa 1970.


Using AI to combat hearing loss, ear infections

In the near future, artificial intelligence will help diagnose and recommend the best treatments for childhood ear infections (via cell phone photos), adult hearing loss and possibly tinnitus, says Fan-Gang Zeng, director of UCI’s Center for Hearing Research and a professor of otolaryngology, biomedical engineering, cognitive sciences, and anatomy & neurobiology. Not long ago, some of Zeng’s ideas “may have seemed more appropriate for a science fiction novel, but today they are all entirely feasible,” says Uri Manor, assistant research professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.


Clues to post-COVID ‘brain fog’

A small study found that 10 of 13 patients with cognitive symptoms had anomalies in their cerebrospinal fluid. The study also noted that patients suffering post-COVID “brain fog” had an average of 2.5 underlying conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, vascular dementia, anxiety and a history of ADHD or heavy alcohol consumption.

How to eat healthy on Super Bowl Sunday

Instead of chips, dips, hot dogs and other fattening foods, UCI Health suggests serving such recipes as pea guacamole, polenta squares with sun-dried tomato-walnut tapenade, and smoky lentil-sweet potato tacos. Directions for these dishes (along with a cinnamon-apple bread pudding dessert) were created by Chef Jessica Van Roo, assistant director of UCI’s Culinary Recreation & Experiential Programs.

UC President Drake addresses HBCU bomb threats

UC President Michael V. Drake, M.D., issued a statement today that says, in part: “The bomb threats made against Historically Black Colleges and Universities as we mark the beginning of Black History Month represent a flagrant disregard for the right of all individuals to learn and work in environments free of violence and racism.”


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What Memories Are Made Of

CNN - Chasing Life, Feb. 1 (Podcast)
Guest: Michael Yassa, professor of neurobiology, director of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

Opinion: This is gerrymandering at its worst. It doesn’t have to be this way.

The Washington Post, Feb. 1
Cited: Bernard Grofman, Distinguished Professor of political science

This New Symptom Could Be Your First Omicron Sign, Doctors Now Warn

BestLife, Feb. 3
Cited: Dr. Shruti Gohil, an associate medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention


27 new cases reported

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