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Researcher Kimber Stanhope says humans are very sensitive to the harmful effects of excess dietary sugar. (Thinkstock photo)

Sugary drinks boost heart disease risk

Beverages sweetened with low, medium and high amounts of high-fructose corn syrup significantly increase risk factors for cardiovascular disease, even when consumed for just two weeks by young, healthy men and women, reports a team of researchers at UC Davis.

The study is the first to demonstrate a direct, dose-dependent relationship between the amount of added sugar consumed in sweetened beverages and increases in specific risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

The data reinforce evidence from an earlier epidemiological study showing that the risk of death from cardiovascular disease — the leading cause of death in the United States and around the world — increases as the amount of added sugar consumed increases.

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New art lecture series named for Thiebauds

Artist Wayne Thiebaud with his wife, Betty Jean

A new lecture series is named for Betty Jean and Wayne Thiebaud. Wayne Thiebaud is a internationally acclaimed artist who taught at UC Davis for 30 years…

UC Davis establishes Faithful Partner Fund to aid K-9 officers

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The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine — in conjunction with the UC Davis Police Department — is pleased to announce the establishment of the Faithful Partner Fund to assist with the medical costs of treating K-9 officers, as well as search and rescue dogs, injured in the line of duty. The…

Nitrogen fingerprints point to warmer world

Scientists at the University of California, Davis, have developed a way to more accurately forecast nitrogen’s effects on the climate cycle. Incorporating this method shows the planet may be headed for a warmer future than was previously thought, according to research published today in the…

Intellectual curiosity on display at UC Davis undergrad research conference

Kristi Lin, student in Undergraduate Research Conference

About 540 University of California, Davis, undergraduates will present their discoveries and artistic creations May 1 and 2 at a campus event that is the hallmark of the undergraduate research experience. The 26th annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Conference…

UC Davis opens Life Sciences Innovation Center in Chile

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Michelle Bachelet, president of Chile, Linda P.B. Katehi, chancellor of the University of California, Davis, and U.S. Ambassador Michael A. Hammer today (April 21) opened the UC Davis-Chile Life Sciences Innovation Center in Santiago, Chile. With a projected budget of $12 million over its first…

New clues to treat juvenile diabetes

Mark Hulsing sitting at microscope with a large screen showing a green and blue dotted circle

UC Davis Assistant Professor Mark Huising is a recipient of The Hartwell Foundation 2014 Individual Biomedical Research Award to support his early-stage research toward a cure for juvenile diabetes. Diabetes affects 10 percent of the entire United States population, including approximately a…