Fighting infectious diseases
A snapshot of some past UC Davis research involving influenza:
Research team identifies top risk factors for children during flu pandemics
An international team of pediatric specialists, representing the world’s five major pediatric emergency medicine research networks, identified several crucial risk factors for alerting clinicians to children most susceptible to life-threatening infections from the H1N1 influenza (flu). Read more
School-located vaccination programs could reduce flu cases and deaths among children
Offering flu vaccines at elementary schools could expand vaccination rates and reduce costs, according to a study reported in the scientific journal Vaccine by researchers from UC Davis Health System; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and partners. Read more
Fever during pregnancy could double the risk of autism or developmental delay
A team of UC Davis researchers found that mothers who had a fever during pregnancy were more than twice as likely to have a child with autism or developmental delay than mothers who did not have a fever, or who took medication to counter its effect. Read more
Children conceived in winter have a greater risk of autism, study finds
The researchers said the finding suggests that environmental factors, for example, exposure to seasonal viruses like influenza, might play a role in the greater risk they found of children conceived during the winter having autism. Read more
The section below includes an archive of selected UC Davis feature stories and press releases from the 2009-2010 H1N1 influenza pandemic. The U.S. Public Health Emergency for 2009 H1N1 influenza expired in June 2010, and the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an end to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic globally in August 2010. However, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control believes it is likely that the 2009 H1N1 virus will continue to spread for years to come like a regular seasonal influenza virus.
Fast, accurate urine test or pneumonia possible, study finds
Doctors may soon be able to quickly and accurately diagnose the cause of pneumonia like symptoms by examining the chemicals found in a patient’s urine, suggests a new study led by UC Davis biochemist Carolyn Slupsky. Read the news release
Nightline: "Fight of their Lives"
The ABC television news magazine gives viewers an inside view of the daily battle against the H1N1 virus at UC Davis Children's Hospital. View the program
$75 million to prevent pandemics
In hopes of preventing the next global pandemic and a possible death toll into the millions, UC Davis has launched an unprecedented international effort to find and control diseases that move between wildlife and people. The global early warning system, named PREDICT, will be developed with funding of up to $75 million over five years and is one of five new initiatives of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) known in combination as the Emerging Pandemic Threats Program.
Study: earlier flu viruses provided some immunity to current H1N1 flu
UC Davis researchers studying the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus identified a group of immunologically important sites on the virus that are also present in seasonal flu viruses that have been circulating for years. These molecular sites appear to result in some level of immunity to the new virus in people who were exposed to the earlier influenza viruses. Read more
Keeping modern diseases at bay
It used to be smallpox, polio and rabies. Today, a whole new class of 21st-century plagues — bird flu, mad cow, West Nile, and even some old threats like tuberculosis — keeps UC Davis infectious disease specialists working 24/7 in laboratories, classrooms, clinics, in the field, and most of all, in coordinated teams. Read more
UC Davis experts discuss H1N1 flu
UC Davis and other local health experts discussed H1N1 flu and answered questions in a live discussion hosted by The Sacramento Bee on April 30. Replay event now