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Computer-Based Memory Games May Benefit People with Fragile X Syndrome

April 15, 2019
In the largest non-pharmacological trial ever in children with fragile X syndrome (FXS), UC Davis researchers found that large-scale, in-home cognitive interventions are feasible and may be beneficial for individuals with the syndrome and potentially other intellectual disabilities.

Abandoned Puppy to Undergo Heart Surgery

April 09, 2019
Next month, veterinarians at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Center are expected to place a small balloon into a dog's heart valve to improve blood flow and assuage the heart murmur.

The Age of Robot Farmers

April 09, 2019
Picking strawberries takes speed, stamina, and skill. Can a robot do it? Professor David Slaughter, champion of the Smart Farm Big Idea, demonstrates how future farmers might employ emerging technology.

Supporting the Next Wave of Water Leaders

March 26, 2019
UC Davis professor and director of the Center for Watershed Sciences Jay Lund explains the important role UC Davis engineers will play in solving water problems that plague societies across the globe.

Breeding for the Farm of the Future

March 21, 2019
New technology has greatly enhanced the ability of plant breeders to feed the world’s growing population, while spearheading a new era of agriculture in harmony with nature and people. This concept is part of UC Davis’ Smart Farm Big Idea.

Autistic Symptoms Can Be Suppressed by Inhibiting Specific Enzyme

March 20, 2019
An enzyme inhibitor developed by Bruce Hammock, PhD, professor of entomology, and colleagues at University of California (UC), Davis, reduced inflammation in the brains of mice born to mothers with maternal immune activation as described in a study in PNAS. 

Breaking Down Barriers for Families Affected by Fragile X Syndrome

March 11, 2019
Seventeen-year-old Justin Silver was five when he was diagnosed with fragile X syndrome. Despite living across the country in New York, the family traveled to the UC Davis MIND Institute in Sacramento, Calif., where they met the world’s leading experts in the field.

Folic Acid Might Actually Reduce the Risk of Autism

March 06, 2019
Researchers at UC Davis zoomed in on a group of children whose older siblings already had an autism diagnosis. Across 241 kids, 14.1 percent of those whose mothers took prenatal vitamins during their first month of pregnancy went on to develop autism, versus 32.7 percent amongst the group whose mothers didn’t take the vitamins.