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April 2019

UC Davis physician was part of the landmark NASA twin study

April 19, 2019

UC Davis Health nephrologist Maryam Afkarian was a researcher on NASA’s study of physiological differences in identical twin astronauts — Scott Kelly, who traveled in space, and Mark Kelly, who remained on Earth.

Can a virtual reality game make kids less distractible?

April 16, 2019

Pencils dropping, kids sneezing, clicking heels and other distractions can making classroom learning difficult for kids with ADHD or who are otherwise highly distractible. A new UC Davis study tests whether a virtual reality game exposing kids to these and other distractions can alleviate the problem and help them succeed.

Computer-based memory games may benefit people with fragile X syndrome

April 15, 2019

Cognitive interventions may benefit children with fragile X and other intellectual disabilities.

Neurologic disease research at UC Davis contributes to first treatment specifically approved for postpartum depression

April 11, 2019

UC Davis neurology research contributes to first-ever drug approved for postpartum depression.

How Salmonella hijacks immune cells

April 9, 2019

Study shows how bacteria flip "bioelectrical switch," redirecting immune cells away from infection site to spread disease.

Is there a better way to test for heart attacks in women in emergency departments?

April 8, 2019

UC Davis study to assess sex-specific levels of heart muscle damage to guide emergency care for women nationwide

State awards $8.8 million to UC Davis for Alzheimer's disease research

April 4, 2019

Can better fitness or diet help reduce the risk of diabetes and Alzheimer's disease in African Americans? New state grants will help get the answers.

March 2019

Assisted dying: The search for ensuring unconsciousness and a humane death

March 27, 2019

Using protocols anesthesiologists follow before surgery can help improve assisted dying and capital punishment to ensure people are unconscious at the time of death, according to a published review by UC Davis Health's CEO.

Meyers named president of Association for Clinical and Translational Science

March 19, 2019

Frederick Meyers, director of the UC Davis Center for Precision Medicine & Data Sciences and professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Hematology-Oncology, leads association that works to move innovations from the laboratory bench to the patient bedside.  Meyers was instrumental in establishing the Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC).

UC Davis Health physicians perform California's first minimally invasive mitral valve replacements

March 14, 2019

UC Davis Health cardiologists are the first in the state to use a minimally-invasive system called transcatheter mitral valve replacement, or TMVR, to replace the mitral valve without the need for conventional open-heart surgery. The new technology is being tested as part of the SUMMIT study.

Dementia looks different in brains of Hispanics

March 12, 2019

A major new study from the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Center has uncovered dramatic differences in the brains of Hispanics with a dementia diagnosis compared with those of non-Hispanic whites and of African Americans.

Fear of hospitalization keeps men from talking about suicide

March 7, 2019

Fear of psychiatric hospitalization is one of the primary reasons that older men — an age and gender group at high risk for suicide — don’t talk about suicide with their physicians. Researchers discovered this finding as part of a pre-launch, stakeholder assessment of a multimedia program designed to encourage men to open up to their primary care providers about suicidal thoughts.

Researchers seeking a cure for spina bifida get a step closer to their goal

March 5, 2019

Researchers on the path to finding a cure for spina bifida have identified specific elements in stem cell secretions as key to protecting neurons and ultimately reducing the lower-limb paralysis associated with the birth defect. The team will use the results to optimize the neuroprotective qualities of a stem cell treatment they developed that improves mobility in lab animals and dogs with spina bifida.

3D printing becoming a surgical game changer

March 1, 2019

Thanks to high-tech, 3D printers, UC Davis Health physicians are enhancing their capabilities and mapping out surgeries in ways that benefit patients and surgical outcomes.

February 2019

Physicians advocate for increased diversity in medical training nationwide

February 28, 2019

New England Journal of Medicine article written by UC Davis Health professors shows what they consider a disturbing trend -- the share of medical students from underrepresented groups is on the decline nationwide. But the article also highlights proven strategies at UC Davis School of Medicine for advancing equity in admissions

Helping the family caregivers of people with dementia

February 27, 2019

The Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis has created a support program to help caregivers with the hospital-to-community transition of family members who have dementia.

Prenatal vitamin intake may reduce autism recurrence in high-risk families

February 27, 2019

High-risk younger siblings of children with autism are less likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), have significantly lower autism symptom severity, and higher cognitive scores if their mothers take maternal prenatal vitamins during their first month of pregnancy, UC Davis research has found.

Radiologists quickly improve screening performance with 3D mammography

February 26, 2019

Radiologists quickly learn to read 3D mammography more accurately than they read standard 2D mammograms, a first-of-its-kind study by a UC Davis researcher has found.

Robot-assisted throat cancer surgery gets assist from novel optical device

February 8, 2019

For hard-to-reach tumors at the back of the throat, robots can assist surgeons to remove cancers in a less invasive way. But this high-tech approach has a drawback: the surgeon’s inability to assess through touch whether they’ve been able to get all of the cancer out.

UC Davis Health works to understand cystic fibrosis-related diabetes

February 7, 2019

Endocrinologist John Yoon is working toward understanding the root causes of cystic fibrosis-related diabetes, which becomes more common for cystic fibrosis patients as they age. His research also has potential to help battle all forms of diabetes

Early intervention in autism improves language, IQ and social skills

February 4, 2019

Breakthrough research demonstrating that children with autism as young as 18 months can vastly improve their language, cognition and social skills with an early intervention developed by UC Davis Professor Sally Rogers has been replicated in a major new study.