Anne Ternus-Bellamy

The common pigeon: not just a bird brain, but a brainy bird

If pigeons went to medical school and specialized in pathology or radiology, they’d be pretty good at distinguishing digitized microscope slides and mammograms of normal vs. cancerous breast tissue, a new study from researchers at UC Davis and The University of Iowa has found. “With some training and selective food reinforcement, pigeons do just as […]

November 22, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Strong link between link aggressive firearm behaviors, alcohol misuse

Restricting access to firearms for people who misuse alcohol could prevent firearm violence, but policies that more clearly define alcohol misuse should be developed to facilitate enforcement, according to a review of existing research and public policies by the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program. The analysis, published online April 30 in the peer-reviewed journal […]

June 04, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Genetic mystery solved by UCD, Michigan researchers

Researchers at the University of Michigan and UC Davis have solved a genetic mystery that has afflicted three unrelated families, and possibly others, for generations. These families have been plagued by a variety of congenital eye malformations, including small eyes with poor vision and the complete absence of eyes. Until now, no one could figure […]

April 29, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Welltopia: A new online resource for Californians

Welltopia, a new website launched Wednesday by the California Department of Health Care Services and the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement, offers a wide range of essential resources to help Californians, especially those on limited incomes, build healthier lives and communities. Designed to complement the popular Welltopia by DHCS Facebook page, the new […]

February 27, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Firearm trends: Suicide more common than homicide

While the overall death rate from firearm violence has remained unchanged for more than a decade, the patterns for suicide and homicide have changed dramatically, a UC Davis study on the epidemiology of gun violence from 2003 to 2012 has found. The study was posted online in the Annual Review of Public Health on Dec. […]

December 23, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Flying Eye hospital sets sights on a clearer future

It was too late for UC Davis Eye Center surgeons to restore vision for Vanesa Jasmin Moya, 5, already irreversibly blind from a rare form of congenital glaucoma that progressed before eye specialists in her native country could properly treat her. But her 10-year-old brother Giancarlo, and other adults and children in developing countries, are […]

December 09, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Breast-feeding: Variations on initial diets may have long-lasting effects

Infant rhesus monkeys receiving different diets early in life develop distinct immune systems that persist months after weaning, a study by researchers from UC Davis, the California National Primate Research Center at UCD and UC San Francisco has shown. The study, which compares breast- and bottle-fed infants, appeared online Wednesday in Science Translational Medicine. While the […]

September 07, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Study: Violent crimes could be prevented if felony charges were reduced less often

A UC Davis study comparing violent misdemeanor convictions with their original criminal charges has found that subsequent violent crimes could be prevented if criminal charges were reduced less often during plea bargaining. The small, preliminary study, posted online June 9 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, re-analyzed data on 787 individuals under age 35 […]

June 20, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Stress hinders wound healing, researchers find

The stress hormone epinephrine — the source of the “fight-or-flight” response — also heightens stresses at the cellular level, inhibiting wound healing, UC Davis researchers have found. The research has potentially important implications for the development of new treatments for chronic nonhealing wounds, conditions that affect more than 5 million Americans. “We have discovered that the […]

May 15, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Uncovering traumatic brain injury in the NFL

Learn more What: “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis,” a PBS “Frontline” documentary featuring Bennet Omalu, a UC Davis associate clinical professor of pathology When: 9-11 p.m. Tuesday Where: KVIE, Channel 6 Bennet Omalu began investigating brain tissue changes in athletes when he was working as a young pathologist in the Allegheny County coroner’s office […]

October 08, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Survey shows gun sellers support expanded background checks

SACRAMENTO — A scientific survey of gun dealers and pawnbrokers in 43 U.S. states has found nearly unanimous support for denying gun purchases based on prior convictions and for serious mental illness with a history of violence or alcohol or drug abuse — conditions that might have prevented Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis from […]

September 25, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD vaccine fends off virus that strikes weak immune systems

SACRAMENTO — An experimental vaccine against human cytomegalovirus infection — which endangers the developing fetus, organ transplant recipients, patients with HIV and others who have a weakened immune system — proved safe and more effective than previous vaccines. Developed by a team of scientists at UC Davis and the University of Alabama, Birmingham, the first-of-its-kind […]

November 03, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD method used to screen for TB in Pakistan

More than 20,000 people in Pakistan are being tested for the potentially deadly stage of tuberculosis using a new strategy developed at UC Davis Health System to effectively detect the disease in children for the first time. At least 600 million people in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh are infected with the tuberculosis bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis. […]

August 25, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis

Microchip measures heart disease risk

Using a special microchip that can perform laboratory functions, a team of cardiologists and biomedical engineers from UC Davis has identified cells linked with inflammation and varying degrees of heart disease. The “lab on a chip,” which is based on technology used to evaluate chemicals and cell-to-cell interactions, one day may lead to a rapid […]

August 18, 2013 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

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