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

Nature walks with her dogs Lily and Jasmine have made a big difference in Nancy Dziedzic’s cancer journey

UC Davis cancer patient on a quest to the top of Africa

Nancy Dziedzic’s face lights up as she talks about the vast African wilderness. The exotic animals. The beauty of the terrain. The all-consuming freedom of the outdoors. READ MOREarrow

Heart, stethoscope, aspirin

Who should - and who shouldn't - take daily aspirin

Aspirin, once used only to reduce fever, aches and pains, is now taken by many like a daily vitamin to promote heart and vascular health. But is this wise? And if you are not currently taking aspirin each day, should you? Here is guidance from Ezra Amsterdam, a cardiologist with UC Davis Health System. READ MOREarrow

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

Map depicting countries offering the Early Start Denver Model

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

Patient using mobile device mental health app

Pros and cons of mental-health apps

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

Swaddled newborn after umbilical cord is collected

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