Volume IV, Issue 3: November 2011


Financial services study banks $4.17 million

Close-up of cell phone
A Sierra Leone resident transfers money via cell phone.

UCI's Institute for Money, Technology & Financial Inclusion has received a $4.17 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to continue research on current and potential uses of mobile technology in providing banking and financial services to people in developing countries. The four-year grant brings the IMTFI's total Gates Foundation funding to more than $6.13 million since the institute's founding in 2008.

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Children suffer unnecessarily from chronic postoperative pain

Dr. Zeev Kain
"Medical professionals must understand this issue better and learn how to work with parents to care for chronic pain," Dr. Zeev Kain said.

Are children suffering needlessly after surgery? UCI anesthesiologists who specialize in pediatric care believe so. An operation can be one of the most traumatic events children face, and according to a study by Dr. Zeev Kain and colleagues, many of them experience unnecessary postsurgical pain lasting weeks or months. Such chronic pain is well understood and treated in adults but has been generally overlooked in pediatric patients, said Kain, professor and chair of anesthesiology & perioperative care.

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Undocumented immigrants in O.C. use fewer health services than rest of population

Leo Chavez
Leo Chavez, anthropology professor

Undocumented immigrants living in Orange County utilized fewer medical services in 2005 than did documented immigrants and citizens of Latino and non-Latino white backgrounds in the region, a UCI study found. The discrepancy was, in large part, attributable to a lack of health insurance among undocumented immigrants. "It's a common misperception that undocumented immigrants overuse medical services and rely primarily on hospital emergency rooms for care," said anthropologist Leo Chavez, study author. "Despite what we hear in the public debate, there is not a great deal of social science data on healthcare for undocumented immigrants."

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