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"" Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis approved ""
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  Pregnancy and colorectal cancer  
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  HIV cell-to-cell spread explained  
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  Detecting Alzheimer's disease early  
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  PCBs' impact on brain  
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UC Davis on national information project

 
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Personality predicts trial adherence

 
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Study examines autism increase

 
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Potential treatment for adults with fragile X syndrome

 
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Smoking linked to most male cancer deaths

 
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Study examines autism increase

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Epidemiologist Irva Hertz-Picciotto has found that the seven- to eight-fold increase in the number of children born in California with autism since 1990 cannot be explained by either changes in how the condition is diagnosed or counted. The methodology eliminated migration as a potential cause of the increase. It also revealed that less than one-tenth of the increased number of reported autism cases could be attributed to the inclusion of milder cases of autism. Only 24 percent of the increase could be attributed to earlier age at diagnosis. Published in Epidemiology, study results suggest that research should shift from genetics to the host of chemicals and infectious microbes in the environment.

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