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July 12 - Researchers invent wearable health monitor, blood shortage continues

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Krieger Hall engulfed in flora. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

Krieger Hall engulfed in flora. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


Nationwide blood shortage continues

Since 2015, surveys show that U.S. blood donations have declined steeply, with only about 5% of eligible adults now participating. It’s really only among baby boomers that the rate of donation is fairly stable. Among younger age groups, the rate is dropping even more. Because there is no substitute for blood, recruiting new donors across all age groups is of utmost importance. Dr. Minh-Ha Tran, medical director of UCI Health transfusion and blood donor services, and a School of Medicine professor of pathology, explains the critical need to increase regular blood donations.

UCI researchers invent wearable health monitor that operates without a battery

Researchers in UCI’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering describe their invention as a self-powered, wristwatch-style health monitor built via 3D printing of nanomaterials on flexible substrates for real-time and wireless monitoring of vital signs. The current prototype serves as a self-powered radial artery pulse monitor, but other aspects of health – such as heart rate, body temperature or blood pressure – can be gauged by simply changing the sensor circuitry, according to the paper’s authors.


Travel webinars

The Central Travel Office continues its efforts to educate and inform UC travelers on the benefits of booking within the systemwide program. Through a series of webinars beginning July 20, UC offers an opportunity to engage with major travel suppliers and learn more about their operations. This year, Amtrak joins the lineup of major airlines, hotels and car rental companies with which UC has contracts.

A new dominant omicron strain is driving up cases — and reinfections

For much of the pandemic, the only silver lining to coming down with a case of COVID-19 was that you likely wouldn't catch it again for a while. Increasingly, however, more people appear to be contracting the virus multiple times in relatively quick succession. The BA.5 variant is now the most dominant strain of COVID-19 in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And while it's hard to get an exact count — given how many people are taking rapid tests at home — there are indications that reinfections and hospitalizations are both increasing.

Creating a culture of change to reframe bias language in technology

In recent years, technology companies and teams have become aware of commonly used but problematic terminology. The impact of some IT jargon can go beyond misunderstanding and perpetuate a toxic environment. To that end, companies such as Microsoft, Android, and Red Hat have embarked upon campaigns to eliminate these terms from their corporate culture. This realization was the impetus for a small group of IT professionals from UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego Health, and the UC Office of the President to come together and talk about the language used in information technology.


Blood drive
Thursday, 9 a.m. (sponsored by UCI Health)

July Financial Wellness - Benefits of the DCP After-Tax Account
Thursday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by HR Wellness)

Happiness: A Key to Life’s Satisfaction
Thursday, noon (sponsored by HR Wellness)

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Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Register and The Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.

Orange County was the heart of California conservatism. Now it’s up for grabs.

Politico, July 12
Cited: Louis DeSipio, professor of political science and Chicano/Latino studies

Which Doctor Should I See for Dementia and Cognitive Decline?

U.S. News & World Report, July 6
Cited: Hayley Kristinsson, neuropsychologist in the School of Medicine

Monkeypox Is Spreading Amongst LGBTQ Communities – But Is The Response Adequate?

KPCC (podcast), July 12
Cited: Andrew Noymer, associate professor of population health and disease prevention


Dean of Students Rameen Talesh tweets: “SPOP 1 Parents bringing their enthusiasm to #UCI!”

Dean of Students Rameen Talesh tweets: “SPOP 1 Parents bringing their enthusiasm to #UCI!”

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13 new campus cases

On Monday, UCI recorded 13 new cases of COVID-19: 11 students and two employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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