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Released: 12-May-2021 3:55 PM EDT
Iconic bird makes its home on campus
University of California, Irvine

With its tree-laden campus and adjacent protected natural reserves, UCI enjoys being home to a great variety of bird species. One particular raptor continues to capture the attention of the many avid birders in Orange County: the white-tailed kite. This iconic bird of Orange County – named for its ability to hover in the air while hunting –nearly went extinct throughout California in the early 1900s due to human-related threats.

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Released: 12-May-2021 12:35 PM EDT
Helping humans heal
University of California, Irvine

In a lab on the upper floors of Engineering Hall, something is growing. It’s not a plant. And it’s not an animal. What Ronke Olabisi is growing in her lab is us. From new skin and retinal tissue to hearts and livers, she’s developing the tools to rebuild and repair the human body. A UCI assistant professor of biomedical engineering, Olabisi has been working with regenerative tissue for the better part of seven years, using a hydrogel based on polyethylene glycol diacrylate.

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Released: 11-May-2021 1:35 PM EDT
Emily Penner among 5 early-career US researchers named William T. Grant Scholars
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., May 11, 2021 — Emily Penner, an assistant professor of education at the University of California, Irvine, has been named a William T. Grant Scholar to explore what makes a high school ethnic studies teacher effective. The five-year, $350,000 award supports promising early-career researchers with interests in reducing inequality or improving the use of research evidence.

Released: 5-May-2021 11:05 AM EDT
UCI biomedical engineers spotlight disparities in knee and jaw joint treatments
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., May 5, 2021 – If you haven’t had knee surgery, you may have a friend or relative who has. But do you know anyone who has had an operation on their jaw? Although the temporomandibular joint is crucial to speaking, chewing and even breathing, treatments for TMJ disorders are far less common than those for the knee.

Released: 5-May-2021 11:05 AM EDT
UCI researchers identify primary causes of Greenland’s rapid ice sheet surface melt
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., May 5, 2021 — Intense, wide-spread melting events in Greenland, such as one in July 2012 that touched nearly every part of the massive island’s frozen slab, are catastrophic, but they still account for only a small portion of the total deterioration of the ice sheet, according to researchers at the University of California, Irvine.

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Released: 29-Apr-2021 3:10 PM EDT
Using science to serve nature
University of California, Irvine

Amid the extreme aridity of the vast Colorado Desert of eastern San Diego County, a ribbon of greenery allows life to thrive. The Sentenac Cienega area inside Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is more than 100 miles southeast of Irvine. It contains a desert wetland, which is part of the San Felipe Creek watershed that is fed by nearby mountains and ultimately flows into the Salton Sea.

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Released: 28-Apr-2021 2:05 PM EDT
UCI’s Adria Imada is named a 2021 Andrew Carnegie Fellow
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., April 28, 2021  — The University of California, Irvine’s Adria L. Imada has been named to the 2021 class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows. The professor of history – who also teaches in the medical humanities – joins an exclusive cohort of 26 distinguished scholars from across the nation, selected out of more than 300 nominees.

Released: 27-Apr-2021 1:30 PM EDT
New mouse model provides first platform to study late-onset Alzheimer’s disease
University of California, Irvine

University of California, Irvine biologists have developed a new genetically engineered mouse model that, unlike its predecessors, is based on the most common form of Alzheimer’s disease. The advance holds promise for making new strides against the neurodegenerative disease as cases continue to soar.

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Released: 22-Apr-2021 4:10 PM EDT
Judith Kroll is named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., April 22, 2021 — Judith Kroll, Distinguished Professor of language science at the University of California, Irvine, has been elected a fellow by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. The 241st class of inductees includes more than 250 extraordinary people across America and around the world who help solve the world’s most urgent challenges, create meaning through art, and contribute to the common good from every field, discipline and profession.

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Released: 22-Apr-2021 11:00 AM EDT
California’s wildfire season has lengthened, and its peak is now earlier in the year
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., April 22, 2021 — California’s wildfire problem, fueled by a concurrence of climate change and a heightened risk of human-caused ignitions in once uninhabited areas, has been getting worse with each passing year of the 21st century. Researchers in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine have conducted a thorough analysis of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection wildfire statistics from 2000 to 2019, comparing them with data from 1920 to 1999.

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Released: 20-Apr-2021 12:40 PM EDT
UCI announces employee, student back-to-campus plans
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., April 20, 2021 — Taking what it has learned from remote work and learning practices over the past 15 months, the University of California, Irvine will begin instituting back-to-campus plans for employees and students that will include hybrid workplaces and flexible coursework. The transition back to campus will be managed in phases starting July 1, with the university being fully operational in person by Sept.

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Released: 16-Apr-2021 1:30 PM EDT
Hal S. Stern is named UCI provost and executive vice chancellor
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., April 16, 2021 — Hal S. Stern, former dean of the Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences and founding chair of the Department of Statistics, has been appointed provost and executive vice chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, effective immediately. He will report to Chancellor Howard Gillman.

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Released: 15-Apr-2021 2:30 PM EDT
UCI-led study uses plankton genomes as global biosensors of ocean ecosystem stress
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., April 15, 2021 — By analyzing gains and losses in the genes of phytoplankton samples collected in all major ocean regions, researchers at the University of California, Irvine have created the most nuanced and high-resolution map yet to show where these photosynthetic organisms either thrive or are forced to adapt to limited quantities of key nutrients, nitrogen, phosphorus and iron.

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Released: 15-Apr-2021 12:45 PM EDT
UCI Study Finds that California Competes Tax Credit Program Creates Jobs
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., April 15, 2021 — Finally, an economic development tax incentive program that works – that’s the conclusion of an analysis by researchers at the University of California, Irvine. They found that each job incentivized under the California Competes Tax Credit led to more than two additional people working in that location.

Newswise: New discovery could lead to therapies for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Released: 14-Apr-2021 1:30 PM EDT
New discovery could lead to therapies for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy
University of California, Irvine

A new study, led by the University of California, Irvine (UCI), reveals how chronic inflammation promotes muscle fibrosis, which could inform the development of new therapies for patients suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a fatal muscle disease.

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Released: 13-Apr-2021 2:35 PM EDT
Linda and Mike Mussallem donate $5 million to Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute
University of California, Irvine

A $5 million gift to the University of California, Irvine from Linda and Mike Mussallem will support integrative cardiology training and research in the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute and initiate a UC system-wide health coaching program.

Released: 7-Apr-2021 1:35 PM EDT
New U.S. Carbon Monitor website compares emissions among the 50 states
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., April 7, 2021 — Following last year’s successful launch of a global carbon monitor website to track and display greenhouse gas emissions from a variety of sources, an international team led by Earth system scientists from the University of California, Irvine is unveiling this week a new data resource focused on the United States.

Released: 7-Apr-2021 8:10 AM EDT
uci s brilliant future campaign surpasses 1 billion in gifts
University of California, Irvine

Alumni and friends of the University of California, Irvine have raised more than $1 billion to support scholarships, groundbreaking research, top-notch patient care and world-class educational facilities, among other initiatives.

Released: 1-Apr-2021 12:45 PM EDT
UCI-led team awarded $2.3 million by California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine
University of California, Irvine

A collaborative team centered in the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and including Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC) and Chapman University (CU) has been awarded a three-year grant totaling in excess of $2.3 million, to address the health impacts of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) using precision medicine.

Released: 30-Mar-2021 1:45 PM EDT
UCI’s graduate programs shine in U.S. News & World Report rankings
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., March 30, 2021 — The University of California, Irvine’s Ph.D. program in criminology, law & society placed second in the nation overall in U.S. News & World Report’s annual graduate school rankings – published online today – with 10 other fields of advanced study in the top 10 among public universities.

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Released: 24-Mar-2021 2:05 PM EDT
UCI to lead transfer of UC COVID-19 patient information to federal database
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., March 24, 2021 – Vaccines are here, but as COVID-19 cases continue and variants spread, researchers need easy access to a wide variety of data to better understand the disease. Led by the University of California, Irvine, UC hospitals have received a $500,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to make this possible.

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Released: 11-Mar-2021 12:45 PM EST
UCI-led team creates new ultralightweight, crush-resistant tensegrity metamaterials
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., March 11, 2021 – Catastrophic collapse of materials and structures is the inevitable consequence of a chain reaction of locally confined damage – from solid ceramics that snap after the development of a small crack to metal space trusses that give way after the warping of a single strut. In a study published this week in Advanced Materials, engineers at the University of California, Irvine and the Georgia Institute of Technology describe the creation of a new class of mechanical metamaterials that delocalize deformations to prevent failure.

Newswise: New discovery explains antihypertensive properties of green and black tea
Released: 8-Mar-2021 1:20 PM EST
New discovery explains antihypertensive properties of green and black tea
University of California, Irvine

A new study from the University of California, Irvine shows that compounds in both green and black tea relax blood vessels by activating ion channel proteins in the blood vessel wall. The discovery helps explain the antihypertensive properties of tea and could lead to the design of new blood pressure-lowering medications.

Released: 4-Mar-2021 8:05 AM EST
COVID vaccines aren't 'gene therapy'
University of California, Irvine

Fact-checking a false claim about COVID-19 vaccines

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Released: 3-Mar-2021 4:40 PM EST
John Chaput can store the Declaration of Independence in a single molecule
University of California, Irvine

Just how much space would you need to store all of the world’s data? A building? A block? A city? The amount of global data is estimated to be around 44 zettabytes. A 15-million-square-foot warehouse can hold 1 billion gigabytes, or .001 zettabyte. So you would need 44,000 such warehouses – which would cover nearly the entire state of West Virginia.

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Released: 17-Feb-2021 2:05 PM EST
UCI researchers eavesdrop on cellular conversations
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Feb. 17, 2020 — An interdisciplinary team of biologists and mathematicians at the University of California, Irvine has developed a new tool to help decipher the language cells use to communicate with one another. In a paper published today in Nature Communications, the researchers introduce CellChat, a computational platform that enables the decoding of signaling molecules that transmit information and commands between the cells that come together to form biological tissues and even entire organs.

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Released: 16-Feb-2021 12:30 PM EST
Radioactive bone cement found to be safer in treating spinal tumors
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Feb. 16, 2021 — A radioactive bone cement that’s injected into bone to provide support and local irradiation is proving to be a safer alternative to conventional radiation therapy for bone tumors, according to a study led by University of California, Irvine researchers. The study shows that this brachytherapy cement can be placed into spinal bones to directly irradiate tumors without harming the spinal cord, and the radioactive material will stay localized in the bones, which promises to virtually eliminate side effects.

Newswise: Tuning the circadian clock, boosting rhythms may be key to future treatments and medicines
Released: 11-Feb-2021 5:05 PM EST
Tuning the circadian clock, boosting rhythms may be key to future treatments and medicines
University of California, Irvine

Subconsciously, our bodies keep time for us through an ancient means – the circadian clock. A new University of California, Irvine-led article reviews how the clock controls various aspects of homeostasis, and how organs coordinate their function over the course of a day.

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Released: 9-Feb-2021 3:35 PM EST
Federal COVID-19 response taps UCI Health as a model for delivering monoclonal antibody therapy
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Feb. 9, 2021 — Monoclonal antibodies are showing promise for improving outcomes for COVID-19 patients, but when a hospital is already beyond capacity, administering them can be a challenge. As hospitalizations soared across California, clinicians with UCI Health created a system for delivering monoclonal antibodies that is keeping hospital beds available for patients with the greatest need.

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Released: 4-Feb-2021 3:20 PM EST
UCI Institute for Future Health to harness technology to build personalized health model
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Feb. 4, 2021 — A newly established Institute for Future Health at the University of California, Irvine will combine research and clinical work to address the movement toward a more personalized healthcare model. The institute aims to integrate lifestyle, community, environment and socioeconomic factors in conjunction with biomedical and clinical knowledge to radically transform health systems away from hospitals and clinics and into the hands of each individual.

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Released: 1-Feb-2021 12:05 PM EST
Nutrition, companionship reduce pain in mice with sickle cell disease, UCI-led study finds
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Feb. 1, 2021 — Researchers from the University of California, Irvine and the University of Minnesota have found that an enriched diet and companionship can reduce pain in mice with sickle cell disease by increasing serotonin. They also discovered that duloxetine, an antidepressant that boosts serotonin levels, could be an alternative to opioids in treating chronic pain.

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Released: 27-Jan-2021 12:55 PM EST
Beall Center for Art + Technology awarded Getty Foundation grant for SoCal collaboration
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Jan. 27, 2021 — A $100,000 research and planning grant from the Getty Foundation will allow The Beall Center for Art + Technology to join the third regional collaboration in the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: Art x Science x LA. Forty-five cultural, educational and scientific institutions throughout Southern California will receive support for their projects, all of which will explore the intersection of art and science.

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Released: 27-Jan-2021 12:50 PM EST
New study points to better diagnostics for cancer
University of California, Irvine

A new University of California, Irvine-led study finds a new method for identifying biomarkers may aid in early cancer diagnosis. The study focused on lung cancer, however the Cell Heterogeneity-Adjusted cLonal Methylation (CHALM) method has been tested on aging and Alzheimer’s diseases as well and is expected to be effective for studying other diseases.

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Released: 27-Jan-2021 11:50 AM EST
Up-trending farming and landscape disruptions threaten Paris climate agreement goals
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Jan. 27, 2021 — One of President Joe Biden’s first post-inauguration acts was to realign the United States with the Paris climate accord, but a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Irvine demonstrates that rising emissions from human land-use will jeopardize the agreement’s goals without substantial changes in agricultural practices.

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Released: 26-Jan-2021 11:50 AM EST
UCI online criminology master’s program ranked #1 in the nation for second year in a row
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Jan. 26, 2021 — The University of California, Irvine Master of Advanced Study in criminology, law & society has been named the nation’s best online criminal justice master’s program by U.S. News & World Report for the second year in a row. The 2021 rankings also mark the fourth consecutive year in which UCI has placed in the top three.

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Released: 25-Jan-2021 1:30 PM EST
Increasing ocean temperature threatens Greenland’s ice sheet
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Jan. 25, 2021 — Scientists at the University of California, Irvine and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have for the first time quantified how warming coastal waters are impacting individual glaciers in Greenland’s fjords. Their work is the subject of a study published recently in Science Advances. Working under the auspices of the Oceans Melting Greenland mission for the past five years, the researchers used ships and aircraft to survey 226 glaciers in all sectors of one of Earth’s largest islands.

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Released: 22-Jan-2021 8:05 AM EST
UCI to build world-class hospital on Irvine campus
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Jan. 21, 2021 — Plans to build a world-class, acute care hospital on the northern edge of the University of California, Irvine academic campus advanced significantly today, as the University of California Board of Regents granted approval of the project’s 144-bed acute care facility, ambulatory care center and cancer center.

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Released: 18-Jan-2021 11:45 AM EST
UCI researchers: Climate change will alter the position of the Earth’s tropical rain belt
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Jan. 18, 2021 — Future climate change will cause a regionally uneven shifting of the tropical rain belt – a narrow band of heavy precipitation near the equator – according to researchers at the University of California, Irvine and other institutions. This development may threaten food security for billions of people.

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Released: 12-Jan-2021 2:55 PM EST
Alumnus Vincent Steckler and his wife donate $10.4 million to UCI
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Jan. 12, 2021 — A $10.4 million gift to the University of California, Irvine from the Steckler Charitable Fund, formed by Vincent and Amanda Steckler, will support art history students as well as the creation of a center committed to making the field of computing more inclusive. Vincent Steckler, who earned both a B.

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Released: 12-Jan-2021 8:25 AM EST
UCI scientists measure local vibrational modes at individual crystalline faults
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Jan. 11, 2021 – Often admired for their flawless appearance to the naked eye, crystals can have defects at the nanometer scale, and these imperfections may affect the thermal and heat transport properties of crystalline materials used in a variety of high-technology devices. Employing newly developed electron microscopy techniques, researchers at the University of California, Irvine and other institutions have, for the first time, measured the spectra of phonons – quantum mechanical vibrations in a lattice – at individual crystalline faults, and they discovered the propagation of phonons near the flaws.

Released: 7-Jan-2021 3:50 PM EST
UCI Students Publish Book About Life Under Quarantine
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Jan. 7, 2021 – Students from the University of California, Irvine are self-publishing a book about their lives during the COVID-19 crisis. Patience and Pandemic, which is set to be released this month, is a collection of photography, essays and poetry solicited during the summer of 2020 as a way for Anteaters to express themselves during the stay-at-home order.

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Released: 6-Jan-2021 12:55 PM EST
UCI study first to link disparities and ‘pharmacy deserts’ in California
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Jan. 6, 2021— In the United States, Black, Latino and low-income communities have historically lacked nearby access to pharmacy services. To provide the first record of these “pharmacy deserts” in Los Angeles County, a University of California, Irvine study identified communities where the nearest pharmacy was at least one mile away.

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Released: 5-Jan-2021 1:15 PM EST
UCI researchers use deep learning to identify gene regulation at single-cell level
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Jan. 5, 2021 — Scientists at the University of California, Irvine have developed a new deep-learning framework that predicts gene regulation at the single-cell level. Deep learning, a family of machine-learning methods based on artificial neural networks, has revolutionized applications such as image interpretation, natural language processing and autonomous driving.

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Released: 17-Dec-2020 2:45 PM EST
UCI engineers reveal molecular secrets of cephalopod powers
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Dec. 17, 2020 — Reflectins, the unique structural proteins that give squids and octopuses the ability to change colors and blend in with their surroundings, are thought to have great potential for innovations in areas as diverse as electronics, optics and medicine. Scientists and inventors have been stymied in their attempts to fully utilize the powers of these biomolecules due to their atypical chemical composition and high sensitivity to subtle environmental changes.

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Released: 17-Dec-2020 1:05 PM EST
UCI researchers create model to calculate COVID-19 health outcomes
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Dec. 17, 2020 —University of California, Irvine health sciences researchers have created a machine-learning model to predict the probability that a COVID-19 patient will need a ventilator or ICU care. The tool is free and available online for any healthcare organization to use. “The goal is to give an earlier alert to clinicians to identify patients who may be vulnerable at the onset,” said Daniel S.

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Released: 16-Dec-2020 12:45 PM EST
UCI and CDCR sign MOU to partner on new in-prison bachelor’s degree program
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Dec. 16, 2020 — The University of California, Irvine and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation signed a memorandum of understanding for the design of the first in-prison Bachelor of Arts program offered by the University of California system. The Leveraging Inspiring Futures Through Educational Degrees project will enable incarcerated students at Richard J.

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Released: 10-Dec-2020 3:55 PM EST
UCI-led study profiles undocumented students’ experiences in state public universities
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Dec. 10, 2020 — Although most undocumented students at California’s public universities experience disruptions to their education and well-being due to immigration status concerns, more than two-thirds have a 3.0 or higher GPA, according to a new study led by the University of California, Irvine. The findings are the first to be reported under the UC Collaborative to Promote Immigrant and Student Equity initiative, launched in 2019 and supported by a $270,000 UC Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives grant.

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Released: 10-Dec-2020 12:00 PM EST
UCI, UCSD study: People more likely to pick up prescriptions via automated kiosks
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Dec. 10, 2020 — Ever see long lines at the pharmacy counter and give up on a medication, or find that the drive is just a little too long? A study by the University of California, Irvine and UC San Diego found that patients using an automated kiosk in their workplace had better prescription pickup rates without sacrificing instruction from pharmacists.


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