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September 2020

COVID-19 is wrecking our sleep with coronasomnia – tips to fight back

September 23, 2020

COVID-19 may be causing a second pandemic of insomnia – or “coronasomnia.” Sleep experts offer tips to improve sleep and ease the stress.

August 2020

Pregnant mother's immunity tied to behavioral, emotional challenges for kids with autism

August 14, 2020

Children with autism born to mothers who had immune conditions during their pregnancy are more likely to have behavioral and emotional problems, a UC Davis Health study has found. Offspring sex may also interact with maternal immune conditions to influence outcomes, particularly in terms of a child's cognition.

UC Davis MIND Institute event draws thousands of people from 15 countries

August 12, 2020

The UC Davis MIND Institute’s first virtual Summer Institute breaks records, reaching thousands of people in at least 15 countries.

GI symptoms linked to behavioral problems in children, especially those with autism

August 10, 2020

Common gastrointestinal symptoms are linked to troubling sleep problems, self-harm and physical complaints in preschool children. These symptoms are more common and potentially disruptive in young kids with autism.

July 2020

Advice from UC Davis experts to calm the anxieties of back-to-school during COVID-19 (video)

July 31, 2020

Kids get anxious when their lives are uncertain, and in this coronavirus era, almost everything is uncertain. Two experts help families work through the stress of an unprecedented back-to-school year.

UC Davis Health leads in research and coordination of early psychosis programs in California

July 30, 2020

Tara Niendam has received a $2.8 million contract from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health in support of EPI-CAL, a network of early psychosis programs in California.

Toy or therapy device? UC Davis Health researchers study effectiveness of fidget tools

July 29, 2020

A new UC Davis MIND Institute Study explores whether a high-tech fidget device increases focus and relieves anxiety in adults with ADHD, which is particularly relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. News names UC Davis Medical Center among the nation’s best

July 28, 2020

U.S. News & World Report's rankings are out. UC Davis Medical Center is again the #1 hospital in Sacramento, and in the Top 10 in California -- distinctions it has earned for many years in a row.

Major grant for UC Davis Health center focused on disabilities research

July 24, 2020

An engine for interdisciplinary research: The UC Davis MIND Institute’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center is renewed with a $6.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

UC Davis Health study seeks better detection of depression in children with autism

July 21, 2020

UC Davis Health researchers are hoping to create better interventions for children with autism who struggle with depression.

June 2020

Pilot grants open door to better mental health care

June 24, 2020

The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at UC Davis recented awarded seed funding to three projects designed to improve mental health research in California and strengthen collaborations with community, regional and statewide partners.

NIH grant funds a new study of infants at higher risk for ADHD and ASD

June 11, 2020

A $3.65 million grant from NIH to fund Meghan Miller’s study of autism and ADHD markers in babies.

UC Davis Health adapting from lessons of telehealth

June 2, 2020

UC Davis Health adapted to telehealth at an unprecedented rate because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, it’s using lessons learned to adapt for the future an even fuller experience for patients.

May 2020

Autism severity can change substantially during early childhood

May 28, 2020

Kids with autism may have a change in their symptom severity during childhood. Around 30% of them have less symptoms by age 6.

Depression symptoms linked to reduced cognitive control in people with autism

May 19, 2020

Symptoms of depression in young adults with autism were linked to less proactive cognitive control, a new UC Davis MIND Institute study has found.

April 2020

New study suggests ways to alleviate social withdrawal symptoms in mental illnesses

April 27, 2020

UC Davis researchers studied the role of oxytocin, a neurotransmitter produced in the hypothalamus, which is known to play an important role in social behavior across species. By analyzing the behavior of mice receiving different treatments, they gained insight into whether oxytocin may be a good target for future pharmacological therapies that could alleviate social withdrawal in mental illness.

Behavioral intervention, not lovastatin, improves language skills in youth with fragile X

April 22, 2020

A UC Davis Health study found more evidence for the efficacy of behavioral intervention in treating language problems in youth with fragile X syndrome (FXS), but not for lovastatin as a treatment for FXS.

March 2020

‘Help is in Your Hands’ — A great resource for families with young kids on the autism spectrum! [video]

March 26, 2020

A free online resource to help parents with young kids with autism add simple intervention practices to their everyday routines at home, and a great training resource for early-intervention providers.

Five language outcome measures evaluated for intellectual disabilities studies

March 25, 2020

Expressive language sampling addresses urgent need in fragile X syndrome research and therapy.

February 2020

Validating NIH Toolbox to help evaluate cognitive processing in people with intellectual disability

February 24, 2020

Cognitive processing in people with intellectual disability can now be accurately assessed thanks to UC Davis Health researchers who updated and validated series of tests, part of the NIH Toolbox Cognitive Battery.

January 2020

Enlarged amygdala involved in psychiatric challenges in young girls with autism

January 23, 2020

New UC Davis study links amygdala size with psychiatric problems in girls with autism.

Helping the world understand, detect and treat a devastating genetic disorder

January 22, 2020

UC Davis MIND Institute brings knowledge to clinicians and hope to families around the world facing fragile X syndrome. UC Davis team travels to Serbia to capture their stories.

School of Medicine adds opioid education to curriculum

January 21, 2020

UC Davis medical students being trained to prevent and treat opioid use disorder

UPDATE: Parking Structure 1 (PS1) South Gate reopened; periodic closures of North Gate begin Jan. 20

January 17, 2020

To complete parking upgrades to Parking Structure 1 (PS1), the North Gate will be subject to periodic closures for about four weeks, beginning Jan. 20. The South Gate of PS1, with direct access to/from Stockton Blvd., has reopened.

November 2019

UC Davis researchers recognized for being highly cited

November 21, 2019

Sixteen UC Davis researchers – six from the School of Medicine - have been recognized in the annual Highly Cited Researchers 2019 list.

October 2019

Autism diagnosis doesn't stop Abby Lone Bear from dancing

October 30, 2019

From pow wows to the Nutcracker: 9-year-old with autism dances with joy

David Amaral of UC Davis Health elected to the National Academy of Medicine

October 21, 2019

David Amaral, distinguished professor and Beneto Foundation Chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the MIND Institute, has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine.

UC Davis psychiatrist awarded for advocacy, education on gun violence restraining orders

October 17, 2019

Efforts to develop and educate health care providers and the general public about gun violence restraining orders for individuals who have access to guns and are in crisis lands Amy Barnmorst, psychiatry associate professor, national recognition.

National Institute on Aging grant focuses on improving Alzheimer's and family caregiving research in Vietnam

October 10, 2019

The number of older adults with dementia in Vietnam and other low and middle-income countries is expected to  nearly triple over the next 40 years. With NIH funding, UC Davis Health will provide critical data for policymakers and more broadly share information to help patients and their families.