Health

Improving the Lives of Families

April 15, 2017

By Laura PIzzo

UC Davis researchers search tirelessly for solutions for families affected by autism

When 16-year-old Kira Duley wants to tell her mom how she’s feeling, she does a Google image search. For love, she points to a heart. For sad, a frowning emoji. For lonely, a photo of a woman standing alone on a beach, looking off into a sunset.

Kira communicates this way because she has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Although autism presents itself differently in different people, 25 percent of people with autism—like Kira—do not develop spoken language.

Firearms Research: The Gunfighter

April 30, 2013
A researcher studies the consequences of the ubiquity of guns in the U.S. With his crisp blue suit and wire-framed spectacles, Garen Wintemute hardly looked frightening as he stepped to the podium on a spring day in 2013 to address a conference on pediatric emergency medicine in San Francisco. But his presence there made the organizers nervous.