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Current Issue: SUMMER 2005
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Features
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PHOTO — Nutrition Research From All Angles


 

NUTRITION RESEARCH FROM ALL ANGLES

About 100 years after researchers identified key vitamins that eliminated scourges like rickets and scurvy, nutrition research is still big news.

PHOTO — Getting to the Heart of the Matter


 

GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

Cardiovascular disease claims as many lives as the next five leading causes of death combined. Perhaps for no major killer is diet so closely linked.

PHOTO — Vitamins Are Still Essential


 

VITAMINS ARE STILL ESSENTIAL

With today’s easy availability of dietary supplements, it is worth remembering the health impact of early vitamin research.

PHOTO — Attacking the Abundance of Obesity


 

ATTACKING THE ABUNDANCE OF OBESITY

With nearly two-thirds of America's adult population now classified as either overweight or obese, the health implications of "over-nutrition" are growing as rapidly as the nation's collective waistlines.

PHOTO — Immune System Response to Foods

 

 

IMMUNE SYSTEM RESPONSES TO FOODS

UC Davis immunologists Suzanne Tueber and Judy Van de Water study the interaction between our immune system and what we eat.

 

PHOTO — Provost Virginia Hinshaw: UC Davis Shines in Nutrition Research

 

 

PROVOST VIRGINIA HINSHAW: UC DAVIS SHINES IN NUTRITION RESEARCH

Food is a unifying issue. Every living creature on the planet requires nutrition, and it affects every aspect of our health and well-being.


PHOTO — Societal Influences on Nutritional Choices

 

 

SOCIETAL INFLUENCES ON NUTRITIONAL CHOICES

Making food choices is a daily luxury for most Americans. White bread or whole wheat? An apple or a bag of chips? But how do the nation's eating habits impact those decisions on the urban poor or on new immigrants?


PHOTO — Foods for Health Initiative

 

 

FOODS FOR HEALTH INITIATIVE

Recognizing the position of nutritional research in the vanguard of health discovery, a group of investigators from UC Davis have proposed the Foods for Health Initiative.


PHOTO — Ensuring the Safety of Food Supplies

 

 

ENSURING THE SAFETY OF FOOD SUPPLIES

Food-borne pathogens cause an estimated 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths each year in the U.S. With the threat of terrorist attacks aimed at the nation's food supply, food safety has been pushed even higher up the public health agenda.


PHOTO — Nutritional Clinical Trials Under Way

 

 

NUTRITIONAL CLINICAL TRIALS UNDER WAY

A few of the nutritional clinical trials under way


PHOTO — School to Open Education Center in Sacramento

 

 

SCHOOL TO OPEN EDUCATION CENTER IN SACRAMENTO

UC Davis School of Medicine will open a new 120,000-square-foot Center for Education and F. William Blaisdell, M.D., Medical Library in Sacramento. Ground was recently broken on the $40 million facility.


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  Photograph — About the Cover — Thirteen-year-old Allison Pansius knows all too well that what she eats is a matter of life or death. She was 10 months old when she suffered an extremely severe reaction to peanut butter. Today, she scrupulously avoids peanuts, as well as any product, such as chocolate, that comes from machinery that also handled nuts. Meanwhile, UC Davis researchers look at nutrition from all angles to better define the relationship between diet and disease.  
  About the cover  
  Thirteen-year-old Allison Pansius knows all too well that what she eats is a matter of life or death. She was 10 months old when she suffered an extremely severe reaction to peanut butter. Today, she scrupulously avoids peanuts, as well as any product, such as chocolate, that comes from machinery that also handled nuts. Meanwhile, UC Davis researchers look at nutrition from all angles to better define the relationship between diet and disease. Read More...  
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  Sacramento High School students Rebecca Gomez and Esau Vake get their first look at a real-life surgery. The tour of the medical center for the students is part of an outreach program the UC Davis School of Medicine has undertaken to ensure diversity in medical education. Because the school is committed to graduating well-trained physicians who reflect the diverse population of California, it has developed partnerships with local high schools that include mentoring and tutoring programs, tours, workshops, S.A.T. preparation classes, and work-study experiences in clinical and laboratory settings. In addition, UC Davis faculty and staff help develop premedical conferences and workshops for community-college students interested in medical careers. The school also continues to expand its program, in which 170 students over the past decade completed the UC Davis post-baccalaureate reapplication program. Of those, 119 successfully entered a medical school, including 22 African Americans, 52 Mexican American/Chicano, 13 other Hispanic and 3 Native Americans.  
  A worthy legacy  
  Sacramento High School students Rebecca Gomez and Esau Vake get their first look at a real-life surgery. The tour of the medical center for the students is part of an outreach program the UC Davis School of Medicine has undertaken to ensure diversity in medical education. Because the school is committed to graduating well-trained physicians who reflect the diverse population of California, it has developed partnerships with local high schools that include mentoring and tutoring programs, tours, workshops, S.A.T. preparation classes, and work-study experiences in clinical and laboratory settings. In addition, UC Davis faculty and staff help develop premedical conferences and workshops for community-college students interested in medical careers.  
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