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Author Archive: Karen Finney

UCD pioneers ‘Active MRI’ as diagnostic tool

The wrist is one of the body’s most intricate structures, and impairments in any part of its system of bones and joints — which makes all hand movement possible — can drastically affect daily life. For Cathy Wilson, it affects her livelihood as well. Wilson is an educational sign language interpreter, an instructor of American […]

Advocates (heart) the UC Davis Med Center

UC Davis Medical Center is a winner of the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals in Heart Care. February is American Heart Month and an important time to raise awareness of heart care, as one in every four women dies from heart disease in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers […]

Study: Countries could slow obesity by controlling fast food

Governments could slow — and even reverse — the growing epidemic of obesity by taking measures to counter fast-food consumption, according to a new study led by a UC Davis researcher.  The study showed that fast-food purchases were independent predictors of increases in the average body mass index (BMI) in the United States and 24 […]

Study: Insured no more likely to take part in risky behavior

People with health insurance are more likely to use preventive services such as flu shots and health screenings to reduce their risk of serious illness, but they are no more likely than people without insurance to engage in risky health behaviors such as smoking or gaining weight. That’s according to new study by researchers at […]

Biological link found between diabetes, heart disease

SACRAMENTO — UC Davis researchers have identified for the first time a biological pathway activated when blood sugar levels are abnormally high and causes irregular heartbeats. That condition — cardiac arrhythmia — is linked with heart failure and sudden cardiac death. Reported online earlier this month in the journal Nature, the discovery helps explain why […]

Sleep study finds changes in adolescent brains

SACRAMENTO — A new study conducted by monitoring the brain waves of sleeping adolescents has found that changes occur in the brain as it prunes away neuronal connections and makes the major transition from childhood to adulthood. “We’ve provided the first long-term, longitudinal description of developmental changes that take place in the brains of youngsters […]

Study links low wages to hypertension

Workers earning the lowest wages have a higher risk of hypertension than workers with the highest wages, according to new research from UC Davis. The correlation between wages and hypertension was especially strong among women and persons between the ages of 25 to 44, the study found. “We were surprised that low wages were such […]

Injuries, illness are costly to low-wage workers and the economy, study finds

Low-wage workers, who make up a large and growing share of the U.S. workforce, are especially vulnerable to financial hits that can result from on-the-job injuries and illnesses. That’s according to a policy brief released by researchers at The George Washington University and based on a study conducted at UC Davis. The policy brief was released […]

Study: Obesity alone doesn’t worsen odds of short-term death

SACRAMENTO — An evaluation of national data by UC Davis researchers has found that extra weight is not necessarily linked to a higher risk of death. When compared to those with normal weight, people who were overweight or obese had no increased risk of death during a follow-up period of six years. People who were […]

UCD study: Health, happiness don’t necessarily go together

A team of UC Davis researchers found that people who are the most satisfied with their doctors are more likely to be hospitalized, accumulate more health-care and drug expenditures, and have higher death rates than patients who are less satisfied with their care. Published earlier this month in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the national […]

Study challenges link between poverty, fast food

Special to The Enterprise SACRAMENTO — A new national study of eating out and income shows that fast-food dining becomes more common as earnings increase from low to middle incomes, weakening the popular notion that fast food should be blamed for higher rates of obesity among the poor. “There is a correlation between obesity and […]

UC Davis offers treatment for severe asthma

Special to The Enterprise \n SACRAMENTO — Ariel Noriega remembers her first debilitating asthma attack. She was in elementary school playing basketball. Since then, both asthma and sports have been central in her life. \n A new treatment now available at UC Davis Health System, however, may allow the 20-year-old college water polo player to […]

UCD study finds medical wage discrepancies

Special to the Enterprise \n SACRAMENTO — A national study of physician wages conducted by UC Davis Health System has found that specialists are paid as much as 52 percent more than primary-care doctors, even though primary-care doctors see far more patients. \n As efforts to implement health care reform evolve, the study is important […]

UCD study finds wide disparity in doctorsÕ wages

Special to the Enterprise SACRAMENTO Ñ A national study of physician wages conducted by UC Davis Health System has found that specialists are paid as much as 52 percent more than primary-care doctors, even though primary-care doctors see far more patients. As efforts to implement health care reform evolve, the study is important because it […]

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