Health

Transforming Pain Care, Maximizing Quality of Life

May 10, 2019
Scott Fishman, M.D., UC Davis Health director for the Center for Advancing Pain Relief, has seen firsthand the pervasive pain problem plaguing the United States over the past several decades. Fishman’s proposed Big Idea would commission a UC Davis Pain Relief Center, which would serve as a hub for education, research and integrative care –– a groundbreaking resource for clinicians to rethink how to view pain relief and pain management.

Gun Research is Suddenly Hot

April 17, 2019
Concern about mass shootings has lifted spending on studies and attracted a new generation of researchers.

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.

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.

UC Davis experts lead forward-thinking research about how to improve brain health

March 01, 2019
Charles DeCarli, neurologist and director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center, and Kimberley McAllister, director of the Center for Neuroscience and professor in the neurology and neurobiology, physiology and behavior departments, are taking an interdisciplinary approach to rethink how brain health is defined as champions of the Healthy Brain Aging Initiative: Brain Health Across the Lifespan Big Idea for UC Davis.