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Drought’s impact extends to infectious diseases

California’s drought has hindered agriculture and exacerbated forest fires, but its impact extends even further — into the realm of infectious disease. Ecological change brought about by increasingly dry conditions may benefit certain microorganisms that pose a threat to the health of humans and animals, experts say. For instance, the stagnation of streams and the creation […]

UCD grad helps light the way to feeding a growing population

The United Nations has predicted that by 2050 there will be well over 9 billion people on Earth. With so many mouths to feed, methods for making the production of nutritious food more efficient could prove critical to the prospects of people everywhere, but particularly in the developing world. Edward Silva, a 2012 UC Davis graduate, […]

July 22, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD grad helps light the way to feeding a growing population

The United Nations has predicted that by 2050 there will be well over 9 billion people on Earth. With so many mouths to feed, methods for making the production of nutritious food more efficient could prove critical to the prospects of people everywhere, but particularly in the developing world. Edward Silva, a 2012 UC Davis graduate, […]

July 22, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Public health hero keeps students well

The war between health authorities and dangerous infectious disease extends far beyond the developing world. In fact, battles are waged rather close to home — on college campuses. There, close quarters in dorms, unprotected sex and a number of other conditions facilitate the spread of bacteria and viruses.

Dr. Tom Ferguson and his team at the UC Davis Student Health and Wellness Center have found themselves on the front lines, confronting tuberculosis, measles and a host of other maladies.

Contractor turns junk into guitars

If anyone was ever born to build, it just might be Scott Hersch. With little more than recycled gas cans, cigar boxes, plumbing parts, cookie sheets and other assorted items, Hersch crafts box guitars that appeal to the eyes as well as to the ears. The Davis resident spots his diamonds in the rough during […]

July 15, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Obesity rates climb in California; drop in Yolo

Obesity among adults increased statewide over the past decade, according to a report out of UCLA last week, but Yolo County actually saw a decrease during that same time period. The report by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research found the statewide prevalence of adult obesity increased from 19.3 percent of residents in 2001 […]

July 09, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD institute targets emerging diseases

In the second half of the 20th century, the World Health Organization spearheaded an ultimately successful effort to eradicate a nemesis of humankind: smallpox.

The disease, caused by two variants of the variola virus, had ravaged civilizations for thousands of years, as evidenced by medical writings from ancient India and even by the mummy of Ramses V.

Over the centuries, it had struck populations in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas, killing hundreds of millions. Those fortunate enough to have survived frequently bore permanent scarring on their faces.

But variola possessed a fatal flaw — in nature, the virus infected only humans. With a vaccine originally developed by Edward Jenner in 1796, health authorities were able to launch mass inoculation campaigns across the world following World War II.

UCD leads the way with stem cell therapy on horses

Work with stem cell therapy at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital has allowed horses to overcome debilitating injuries — and may someday contribute to improved health outcomes among humans as well. Dr. Larry Galuppo, the hospital’s chief of equine surgery, leads a team that uses injected stem cells in place of traditional rehabilitative therapies. […]

July 05, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD center takes multidisciplinary approach to poverty research

In recent years, UC Davis, with the support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has taken on a crucial role in the fight against domestic poverty. Since its inception in 2011, UCD’s Center for Poverty Research has sought to shed light on the struggle of the impoverished in the United States. The […]

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

Giants stay hot, win their way to Majors City Championship

Much has been written about the importance of a sport teams peaking at the right time. With a 10-2 win over the Brewers on Thursday evening, the Giants of the Davis Little League majors division continued to do just that, taking a National League title — and earning a spot in the City Championship. The […]

June 12, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Dignity Health breaks ground on new Woodland facility

WOODLAND — Dignity Health Medical Foundation broke ground Monday on a new Woodland facility that will serve patients from that city as well as from Davis and other locales throughout Yolo County. The East Woodland Care Center will fill the empty lot at 2081 Bronze Star Drive in the Woodland Gateway Shopping Center and will offer […]

June 03, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Forum focuses on Wolk’s physician-assisted death bill

“It does not have to be this way,” state Sen. Lois Wolk told community members gathered at the Congregation Bet Haverim social hall in Davis on Sunday. The senator had just finished describing her mother’s painful and ultimately fatal struggle with cancer, which ended when Wolk was 17 years old. On Sunday afternoon, Wolk, D-Davis, […]

June 02, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD grad fights degenerative illness

On Saturday morning, a crowd of bicyclists gathered in the Veterans’ Memorial Center parking lot, helmets and water bottles in hand. They had come to participate in the sixth annual rideATAXIA NorCal, a cycling fundraiser with the purpose of supporting the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance.

Friedreich’s ataxia, or FA, is a degenerative neuro-muscular disorder that affects approximately one in every 50,000 people in the United States, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Innovative game designer continues to push the envelope

Jason Rohrer has made a career out of designing video games that offer a unique and thought-provoking experience to consumers. The independent game designer’s award-winning work has been featured in publications such as Forbes and Esquire and has caught the eyes of many in the gaming industry. Rohrer, a Davis resident, once served as a […]

May 29, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,
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