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DOC AMA: California Sees Hospitalizations Rise To Highest Point In Months

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People shop at a store in Hollywood, California, on July 19, 2021, the second day of the return of the indoor mask mandate in Los Angeles County due to a spike in coronavirus cases.

DOC AMA: California Sees Hospitalizations Rise To Highest Point In Months (Listen at 0:00)

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Timothy Brewer, epidemiologist and professor of medicine at UCLA’s school of public health.

Today’s topics include:

  • California coronavirus hospitalizations hit highest point in months as Delta spreads
  • FDA revokes authorization of coronavirus test given to hundreds of thousands in L.A.
  • Six more California counties ask people to wear masks indoors as Delta variant rages
  • LA County reports uptick in nursing home cases, as coronavirus numbers continue to rise
  • Hollywood crews could be forced to vaccinate under new deal with unions
  • J&J is less effective against Delta variant, study shows

As Governor Newsom Signs Retail Theft Bill, A Look At Whether Shoplifting Is On The Rise And How Retailers Are Fighting It (Listen at 33:50)

Governor Gavin Newsom is in Los Angeles today to sign a bill that would address organized retail crime in California. The issue has been gaining attention following a viral video out of San Francisco that showed a large group of people running out of a Neiman Marcus store and hopping into getaway cars, arms full of designer purses and other products. But is this just an isolated incident, or indicative of a increasing trend of organized retail crimes? And what can retailers large and small realistically do to combat incidents like the one at the San Francisco Neiman Marcus?

Today on AirTalk, we’ll talk with retail and loss prevention experts about how prevalent organized retail crime is, and what retailers can do to stop it. Larry discusses with John Hassard, associate with Robson Forensic, an expert witness and consulting firm; he works in the firm’s Security and Police Practices group where he specializes in retail loss prevention and physical security.

In Light Of UC Vaccine Requirement, LA County Indoor Mask Mandate, Exploring The Potential For Vaccine Verification (Listen at 51:29)

The University of California said last week that it will require students at all of its schools to provide proof of vaccination before returning to campus this fall. Originally, the UCs said they would be waiting for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to give the vaccines full authorization. This comes on the heels of Los Angeles County issuing a new mandate requiring everyone to be masked indoors, regardless of vaccination status, in light of the rising number of COVID cases, almost exclusively among unvaccinated people.

Today on AirTalk, we’ll look at the laws and policies in California that govern vaccines with professor of law UC Hastings Doris Reiss and professor of public policy at UC Riverside Richard Carpiano, discuss what a verification system might look like, and hear from AirTalk listeners whether there is a growing appetite for some method of verifying vaccine status as cases rise among unvaccinated adults in L.A. County.

The IOC’s Rules On Protest At The Olympics (Listen at 1:08:46)

Competition at the Tokyo Summer Olympics kicks into high gear this weekend, and with it comes renewed focus on the International Olympic Committee’s guidelines surrounding protests by athletes. The IOC changed its rules ahead of the Games, allowing Olympians a chance to “express their views” on the field before competition, and during athlete introductions. But they will not be allowed to do any demonstrations on the field, on the podium, in the athletes’ village, or at the opening and closing ceremonies.

The question of whether sports and politics should be separate has been fiercely debated. Today on AirTalk, we talk with reporter Michelle Bruton, who covers the Olympics and sports, about the I.O.C.'s new rules around protests. We also want to hear from you: do you think athletes should be able to protest at the Olympics? Give us a call at 866-893-5722.

Latest News In Tech: A New Way To Restore Loss Of Speech An Answer To Energy Efficiency (Listen at 1:25:53)

Researchers at the University of California San Francisco recently published the results of a study on new technology, aimed at restoring words to a man with paralysis. Scientists implanted 128 electrodes on the man’s brain. Those electrodes translated signals from his brain into words that appeared as text on a screen. The technology allowed the volunteer to communicate an average of 15 words a minute. Researchers say the procedure could greatly improve communication for people who have lost speech. Plus, a recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlighted the benefits and uses of the compound gallium nitride, used to power electric cars and expand 5G.

Today on AirTalk, Larry discusses the new UCSF method to restore lost communication with lead author of the study Neuroprosthesis for Decoding Speech in a Paralyzed Person with Anarthria,” postdoctoral engineer David Moses. Then, we learn about gallium nitride and its utility through Rachel Oliver, director of the Centre for Gallium Nitride at Cambridge University.

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