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The institution's principal publication for alumni, friends and physicians.
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"" New Park Honoring Cancer Survivors Opens ""
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"" Increase in Autism Cases is Real, Report Finds ""
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  Breastfeeding Boosts Baby's Resistance to Respiratory Illnesses  
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  Grant Supports Rural Areas in Helping Children with Autism  
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  Study Shows Syringe-Exchange Reduces HIV Risk Behavior  
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  Consumers: UC Davis Medical Center has Highest Quality in Sacramento  
     
  Handgun Study to Fortify Crime Prevention Efforts  
     
  UC Medical Center Ranks Among Country's Top 50 Hospitals  
     
  Unique Program Aims to Get Pediatricians into Communities  
     
  New Predictor of Heart Disease Risk Causes Vessel Damage, Plaque Formation  
     
  Center for Perinatal Medicine and Law Established  
     
  UC Davis Study Identifies Promising Epilepsy Treatment  
     
  UC Davis Study Finds Eye Drops Delay Onset of Glaucoma  
     
  M.I.N.D. Institute Seeks Diagnostic Test for Autism  
     
  New Chair of Microbiology, Immunology Named  
     
  Career Satisfaction Varies by Specialty, Geographic Region  
     
  New Chair of Biological Chemistry Appointed  
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Summer 2003 Issue
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INCREASE IN AUTISM CASES IS REAL, REPORT FINDS

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A UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute report found that the unprecedented increase in autism in California could not be explained by artificial factors, such as misclassification and criteria changes.

Led by principal investigator Robert Byrd, a UC Davis pediatrician, the study was conducted to help explain significant increases in the number of autistic children entering the 21 California Regional Centers. The California Department of Developmental Services, which operates the centers, had found a 273-percent increase in autism cases between 1987 and 1998. Discover magazine chose the study as one of its "100 Top Science Stories of 2002."

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