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Low vitamin D among elderly is associated with dementia

Vitamin D insufficiency among the elderly is highly correlated with accelerated cognitive decline and impaired performance, particularly in domains such as memory loss that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, researchers with the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center and Rutgers University have found. The effect is “substantial,” with individuals with low vitamin D declining […]

September 16, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Can fidgeting help teens with ADHD think?

The constant movement of young people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder may seem distracting to others — but all that motion actually may improve their cognitive performance. A new study of pre-teens and teenagers with ADHD looked at how movement — its intensity and frequency — correlated with accuracy on cognitively demanding tasks requiring good attention. Participants […]

June 23, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

MIND Institute finds brain differences in autistic boys, girls

New research conducted by the UC Davis MIND Institute on a large cohort of preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder has found differences in the underlying biology of their brains, and in their behavior, that may help explain how the condition affects a little-studied and poorly understood population of children: girls. Autism spectrum disorder is diagnosed […]

May 14, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Lecture explores connections between diabetes, heart disease, dementia

“Heart Disease, Diabetes and Dementia, What is the Connection?” will be the topic of the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center 2015 Community Discovery lecture by center Associate Director Bruce Reed. Reed’s lecture will be on Thursday, April 2, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the UCD MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento. Reed is a […]

March 24, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Steinberg to present two lectures on mental-health policy in April

Former California Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, who recently joined UC Davis Health System, will present two lectures in April. Steinberg is the director of policy and advocacy for the UCD Behavioral Health Center of Excellence and a visiting professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. In the first lecture, he will address “Positive […]

March 17, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Darrell Steinberg joins UCD School of Medicine

Former senator will direct policy and advocacy for new center Darrell Steinberg, former California Senate president pro tem, has joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine as director of policy and advocacy for the recently launched Behavioral Health Center of Excellence. Steinberg, who will be an unpaid visiting professor in the department […]

March 12, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Does pre-eclampsia raise autism risk?

Children with autism spectrum disorder were more than twice as likely to have been exposed in utero to pre-eclampsia, and the likelihood of an autism diagnosis was even greater if the mother experienced more severe disease. Women with pre-eclampsia experience hypertension during the latter half of their pregnancies, and may have increased levels of protein […]

December 28, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

MIND Institute: How diagnosis helps us learn more about autism

Natacha Akshoomoff, a UC San Diego associate professor of psychiatry, will discuss “How the Diagnosis of Autism Helps Us Learn More About Autism,” during the December UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer series presentation. The lecture will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, in the auditorium of the MIND Institute, 2825 50th […]

December 05, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

MIND Institute seminars tackle stress and families with neurodevelopmental disorders

The UC Davis MIND Institute’s Minds Behind the MIND series will launch its 2014-15 season in October with a departure from its previous format. The quarterly evening lectures have been replaced by Saturday morning presentations featuring UCD faculty and community representatives. The first in the series, which is organized by the Center for Excellence in […]

October 12, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Sleep disorders are widely undiagnosed in MS patients

In what may be the largest study of sleep problems among individuals with multiple sclerosis, researchers at UC Davis have found that widely undiagnosed sleep disorders may be at the root of the most common and disabling symptom of the disease: fatigue. Conducted in more than 2,300 individuals in Northern California with MS, the large, population-based […]

September 16, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Pregnancy risk greater with new sterilization method

A planned sterilization method marketed under the brand name Essure results in a risk of pregnancy 10 times greater over a 10-year period than more common laparoscopic sterilizations. That’s according to a recent study by Yale University, UC Davis and University of Pittsburgh researchers. Essure, or hysteroscopic sterilization, is a multi-step process. It requires women to […]

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

Antidepressant use during pregnancy linked to autism

Prenatal exposure to medications frequently prescribed to treat depression, anxiety and other mental-health disorders, is associated with a higher incidence of autism spectrum disorder and developmental delays in male children, a study of nearly 1,000 mother-child pairs has found. “This study provides further evidence that in some children, prenatal exposure to (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) […]

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

Autism experts to discuss research advances

UC Davis autism researchers Sally J. Rogers and Judy Van de Water will present a free public talk on clinical and research advances in autism spectrum disorder from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the UC Davis MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. Rogers, a professor in the department of psychiatry […]

April 02, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD makes progress with childhood obesity

SACRAMENTO — Using telemedicine to unite clinicians and provide health education for them — and by extension, their patients — is an effective way to manage childhood obesity in remote areas. For these communities, which often have limited access to pediatric subspecialists, having a HEALTH-COP can make all the difference. UC Davis research published in […]

November 15, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,
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