A UC Irvine research team is investigating correlations between prenatal levels of stress hormones and infant/child learning and behavior. Their Women and Children's Health and Well-Being Project is among the first large-scale studies on the subject.
UC Irvine scientists have shown for the first time that neural stem cells can rescue memory in mice with advanced Alzheimer's disease, raising hopes of a potential treatment for the leading cause of elderly dementia that afflicts 5.3 million people in the U.S.
A drug similar to one used in clinical trials for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis has been found to rescue memory in mice exhibiting Alzheimer's symptoms. This discovery by UC Irvine scientists offers hope for a new treatment for early stage Alzheimer's.
Pediatric surgery can be traumatic for children - and their parents. To guide families through the experience, Dr. Zeev Kain, chair of UC Irvine's Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care, is creating a unique Internet site to help parents ease children's anxiety (and their own), properly manage postsurgical pain and, ultimately, facilitate healing.
As a specialist in skin disorders and cancers, Dr. Janellen Smith sees firsthand what too much sun can do. She stresses that people - especially those in sun-worshipping Southern California - should be aware of the health risks associated with prolonged sun exposure and take proper precautions.