Two girls sharing a lunch

Four tips for preventing food allergies in school

Most parents send their children off to begin a new school year with excitement. But parents of children with severe food allergies typically feel real fear. Will their children successfully avoid the foods they are allergic to? READ MOREarrow

Mosquito

Increase in West Nile virus activity in California

In California, warm summer nights and more outdoor activities often mean more mosquito bites. While mosquitoes leave an itchy reminder of their presence, there’s a more serious souvenir the bugs may leave behind: West Nile virus. READ MOREarrow

CAL FIRE helitack firefighter Richard Reiff was supported during his burn recovery by his family members

Back to what he loves

As fires ripped across much of California last summer, Richard Reiff was one of the firefighters injured battling the blaze. After being treated at the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center at UC Davis for burns to his face, hands and arms, he has returned to his family and the job that he loves. READ MOREarrow

Melvin Florencio Lorenzo, a UC Davis engineering student, was determined to succeed, beating leukemia and keeping up with his studies

Determined to succeed

Melvin Florencio Lorenzo was in the middle of completing not one, but two very difficult degrees: mechanical and aerospace engineering. So when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2013, he could only think about one thing. READ MOREarrow

Boys and their dad canoeing

Drowning takes only seconds

Children should ALWAYS wear a life vest when around natural bodies of water. Parents and other adults should set a good example by always wearing theirs. Sacramento County law requires all children under age 13 to wear a life vest in all public county waterways. READ MOREarrow

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Stay safe in summer heat

Exercise can become downright hazardous when temperatures soar. But by taking adequate precautions and knowing the danger signs of dehydration and heat stroke, everyone can still have fun in the sun this weekend and throughout the hot summer. READ MOREarrow

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Celebrating Fourth of July safely

Use precautions to have an injury-free holiday. READ MOREarrow

Caleb playing a video game at the MIND Institute

Gaming with a purpose

Children with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and other neurodevelopmental disorders may benefit from a video game now in development at the UC Davis MIND Institute. Tony Simon, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of the 22q11.2 Research Center and Clinic, describes his prototypical “digital therapeutic” that is showing promise in promoting improvements in neurocognitive processing abilities. READ MOREarrow

Girl on a stationary bike in a gym

Beyond brawn

Amanda Berry exercises most days of the week for many reasons. READ MOREarrow

small girl looking out window

Warmer weather, open windows raise risk of kids falling from windows

More than 5,000 children are treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments each year for window fall-related injuries. These falls and injuries tend to be more common during the spring and summer months since people tend to open their windows during warm weather. READ MOREarrow