Human & Animal Health

Stopping Superbugs With Friendly Microbes

November 19, 2018

By Andy Fell in Human & Animal Health

NEWBORN BABY JANE in Sacramento, California, might have access to the best, most modern medical care, but she’s likely missing something else: Friendly gut microbes. Uniquely adapted to human breast milk, these microbes provide optimal nutrition, keep out hostile infections, and may even stop the spread of disease.

The effect of low levels of Cytomegalovirus on microbe and immune cell populations

August 07, 2018

Professor and Chair Satya dandekar of the Medical Microbiology and Immunology Department, revealed her team's findings of the effect that low levels of cytomegalovirus have on microbe and immune cell populations and their response to the influenza vaccine. 

"Subclinical CMV infection alters the immune system and the gut microbiota in the host and that impacts how we respond to vaccines, environmental stimuli and pathogens" said Professor Dandekar.

"This study highlights the role of these silent, latent viral infections that are totally asymptomatic" she added.

Breastfeeding Week/Month: "Donor Milk Use to Promote Ongoing Breastfeeding Among Healthy Newborns"

July 19, 2018

Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week for a Month!

Laura Kair, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, UC Davis Children’s Hospital, will discuss the use of donated human milk (pasteurized and banked) outside of the neonatal intensive care setting. Plus, information on research on short-term donor milk use to promote breastfeeding in healthy newborns, and a discussion of ethical considerations.

Testing for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Using Metabolites

July 10, 2018

Researchers (including Oliver Fiehn and Dinesh Barupal of the UC Davis Genome Center) were able to create a strong predictive model capable of detecting myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) with an 84% certainty. To read more, go to Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health's article.