Hunter David, who had surgery at UC Davis Children’s Hospital to remove a pilocytic astrocytoma brain tumor, poses with his family at the 2015 MaraFUNrun in Sacramento

Pediatric patient battles brain tumor

As the youngest of three children and a multi-sport athlete, Hunter David of Woodland, California, is used to going to battle. But his competitors are usually his siblings or other 12-year-old boys playing basketball, baseball or football, not a mysterious illness. In the summer of 2015, the normally active Hunter became lethargic and began inexplicably vomiting and losing weight. READ MOREarrow

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Rogers expands training for children with autism across the globe

The highly successful Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) intervention for children with autism, co-developed by Sally Rogers, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the UC Davis MIND Institute, has expanded training to more than 20 countries around the world. READ MOREarrow

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Pros and cons of mental-health apps

“There’s an app for that.” READ MOREarrow

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Donating Cord Blood

The umbilical cord and placenta that nourish the fetus throughout a mother’s pregnancy is usually discarded as medical waste. However, thanks to a statewide program coordinated by UC Davis Health System, cord blood can be donated and stored at no cost to the donor so its treasure trove of lifesaving elements is available for the public good. READ MOREarrow

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Everyone needs to cover up!

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, but for someone like UC Davis dermatologist Oma Agbai, every day is the right time to recognize the dangers of sun exposure and avoid skin cancer. Everyone, she says, including people of color, needs sun protection to reduce the risk of skin cancer and remain healthy. READ MOREarrow

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The opioid epidemic

For toxicologist Kelly Owen, treating patients overdosing or sick from chronically taking prescription pain medications is routine. But the recent spate of overdoses from the pharmaceutical drug Norco™ laced with the powerful narcotic fentanyl was extraordinary. READ MOREarrow

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Ways to protect your back

Back pain is one of the most common concerns for patients visiting their doctors. The majority of Americans will experience lower back pain at some point during their lifetime. The reasons vary — from acute sprains due to injuries on sports fields to longer-term degenerative diseases caused by variety of factors. READ MOREarrow

UC Davis Transplant Center nurse Sharon Stencel with her aunt Sandra and Sandra’s family. Photo courtesy of Stuart Greenbaum.

Far more than a job

Sharon Stencel spends her time at work educating patients and potential organ donors about living kidney donation. It’s a subject she understands well. Stencel is a nurse in the UC Davis Transplant Center, and a kidney donor. READ MOREarrow

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Treating patients, brain to toe

Sara Teasdale is participating in a new UC Davis School of Medicine training program designed to help primary care doctors treat their patients’ physical and mental health conditions. Through the program — the first of its kind in the nation — she is learning how to conduct psychiatric interviews and then diagnose and treat mood, anxiety, psychotic and substance misuse disorders. READ MOREarrow