UC Davis in the News
The national news media frequently covers stories about UC Davis Health System, UC Davis Medical Center, the School of Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. Here is a sampling of coverage over the last six months.
The HBO documentary "Gun Fight," which premiered April 13, featured Garen Wintemute, an emergency room physician and public health epidemiologist at UC Davis Medical Center, among other experts. The documentary, directed by two-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple, looks at the complex issues surrounding firearms and debate over how best to reduce gun violence in the U.S.
ABC News quoted Michael Rogawski, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Neurology, on a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee’s conclusion that the modest weight-loss benefits of an investigational combination of naltrexone and bupropion – marketed under the brand name Contrave – outweigh the drug’s blood pressure risk. Rogawski, a member of the advisory committee, thought the panel downplayed the drug’s seizure risk.
ABCNews.com interviewed Ladson Hinton, director of the education core for the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, on caregiving for Alzheimer’s patients. Hinton said that because women often are not only caregivers for their parents but primary caregivers for children and others, women with professional careers have an amplification of stress and competing demands.
The PBS Newshour interviewed UC Davis faculty and residents about reasons for the growing shortage of primary-care doctors and how UC Davis is working to assure a robust primary-care workforce in the future. Interviewed were faculty members Thomas Balsbaugh and J. Paul Leigh, and residents Ashby Wolfe and Wai-Kui Lee.
Forbes magazine interviewed Randi Hagerman, medical director at the UC Davis MIND Institute, about the theory that some forms of autism and mental retardation may be treatable with drugs already on laboratory shelves.
The New York Times reported on the UC Davis MIND Institute’s successful adaptation of the use of the Early Start Denver Model, which uses games and pretend play to improve I.Q., language and social skills in toddlers with autism. The work and research of professors Sally Rogers and Sally Ozonoff, of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, were featured prominently in the article.
The Los Angeles Times interviewed Joshua Miller, a UC Davis associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, about how B vitamins are often touted as helpful in improving memory and staving off cognitive decline. Miller said study results on this issue have so far been mixed, with only a minority of studies showing a benefit.
The Washington Post interviewed Eric Kurzrock, UC Davis associate professor of urology, about questions regarding the veracity of some medical research from China after a Chinese urologist was punished for trying to physically silence those who speculated about the quality of his work.
Nova scienceNow on PBS interviewed Peter Mundy, director of educational research at the UC Davis MIND Institute, about how researchers are now looking to the practice of magic, such as games of sleight-of-hand, as a useful technique to teach children with autism how to read social cues.