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  • Placenta provides time capsule for autism studies: February, 2017 - UC Davis Health System research news
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (February 21, 2017) - In two recent studies, researchers at UC Davis have shown that the placenta can provide critical information about early changes to the intra-uterine environment that may influence fetal development and ultimately, children’s brains.
  • Language barriers may interfere with access to kidney transplantation: February, 2017 - UC Davis Health System research news
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (February 10, 2017) - Language barriers may hinder U.S. kidney transplant candidates’ access to kidney transplantation, according to a new study in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.  Led by a team from Cedars-Sinai, UCLA Health and UC Davis Health, the research suggests that patients who primarily speak a language other than English may face disparities that keep them from completing their kidney transplant evaluations and, ultimately, from receiving a transplant.
  • Poverty and high neighborhood murder rates increase depression in older adults: February, 2017 - UC Davis Health System research news
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (February 9, 2017) - Older adults who live in poor and violent urban neighborhoods are at greater risk for depression, a study by researchers from UC Davis, the University of Minnesota and other institutions published Jan. 23 in the journal Health & Place has found.
  • UC Davis study finds mold, bacterial contaminants in medical marijuana samples: February, 2017 - UC Davis Health System research news
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (February 7, 2017) - UC Davis physician researchers have found that medical marijuana contains multiple bacterial and fungal pathogens that may cause serious and even fatal infections. They warn that smoking, vaping or inhaling aerosolized marijuana could pose a grave risk to patients, especially those with leukemia, lymphoma, AIDS or conditions requiring immune-suppressing therapies.
  • How maternal immune response to allergies may affect neurodevelopment: January, 2017 - UC Davis Health System research news
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (January 31, 2017) - Researchers at UC Davis have published a study that illustrates how maternal immune activation could affect neurodevelopment in offspring.
  • Prior DUIs predict future criminal activity among firearm owners: January, 2017 - UC Davis Health System research news
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (January 30, 2017) - Among individuals who legally purchased handguns in California, prior convictions for driving under the influence (DUI) and other alcohol-related crimes were associated with a substantial increase in risk for subsequent violent or firearm-related crime, according to a study published Jan. 30 in Injury Prevention by the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program.
  • Faulty DNA error correction genes set stage for familial gastric cancer: January, 2017 - UC Davis Health System research news
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (January 19, 2017) - A large team of researchers from UC Davis and several European and Latin American institutions have identified genetic variations that contribute to familial gastric cancer. These inherited mutations, which affect the PALB2, BRCA1 and RAD51C genes and have been implicated in other cancer types, impair a critical DNA repair mechanism called homologous recombination. These findings could improve preventive care, as well as provide targets for new therapies. The study was published last month in the journal Gastroenterology. 
  • Many late-stage lung cancer patients do not get treatment: January, 2017 - UC Davis Health System research news
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (January 18, 2017) - A national study by researchers at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center has found that a significant number of lung cancer patients are not receiving treatment. Based on data between 1998 and 2012 from the National Cancer Database, 21 percent of patients (190,539) with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) received no specific cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery. Many of the untreated patients were women, elderly, minorities, low income and uninsured.
  • UC Davis Health welcomes Beijing medical equipment company: January, 2017 - UC Davis Health System research news
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (January 9, 2017) - UC Davis Health has entered into an agreement with Top Grade Health Care to establish a translational research and development center to advance the treatment of patients with cancer.
  • UC Davis MIND Institute part of national study on video game-like therapy for ADHD: December, 2016 - UC Davis Health System research news
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (December 28, 2016) - The UC Davis MIND Institute is participating in a nationwide ADHD study using a scientifically designed video game-like technology.

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