UC Davis Health Clinical Studies

Technology-Assisted Examination of the Language Environment

The goal of this research study is to better understand the child’s home language environment by investigating child and family characteristics that can contribute to the development of spoken language in children with fragile X syndrome (FXS). Specifically, we are interested in how maternal talk relates to child spoken language and how specific characteristics associated with FXS may contribute to language learning. Further, a large part of this project will focus on the feasibility of collecting multiple types of information from a distance using video teleconferencing. In the future, it is possible that information collected from this project will help us develop optimal treatment approaches for improving child spoken language and overall well-being in this population.

Any, age 6- 11 years old

Metabolic and Bio-Behavioral Effects of Following Recommendations in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

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Today, about 117 million people have one or more preventable, chronic diseases. Many relate to poor eating and physical inactivity. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are an essential resource. It helps design and start food and nutrition programs that feed the American people. The Dietary Guidelines provide information for Americans make healthy choices for their families. Research is being done to help improve strategies for reversing these diseases. This research includes studies to better understand the role of diet and exercise as solutions for promoting health and preventing risk of chronic disease. This research will learn how important healthy body weight is for women at risk for diabetes, heart disease or stroke. Your participation in this research will provide valuable information. This will help provide the most helpful information for healthier living.

Other study
Female, age 35 to 64 years old

A Study of an After-School Program to Teach Food Literacy in Food, Agriculture, Natural resources, and Human (FANH) sciences.

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UC Davis is doing a research study. We are asking you to allow your child to be a part of this research study because they are in the age group we would like to help and are a student at a local school. We would like to learn more about whether a new program helps children learn about nutrition, gardening, and being active. This project will focus on low-income communities. It will expand on existing after-school programs. Adolescents from these communities have higher high school dropout rates. Extracurricular activities, including after-school programs may help. They can improve graduation rates and increase college enrollment. This project plans to educate high school kids in food, agriculture, natural resources, and human (FANH) sciences. We will also motivate them to graduate high school, attend college, and major in FANH sciences. The project will empower adolescents to learn more and be excited about FANH sciences.

Behavioral study
Any, age 9 to 18 years old

A Study of Snacks and Satiety (feeling fed)

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There are still many questions about how we control our appetite and overall food intake. One theory is that fluctuations in blood glucose tell the brain to eat or stop eating. Another theory suggests that certain amino acids in proteins we eat provide ‘stop’ and ‘go’ signals for eating. Many nutrition studies point to high protein or high carbohydrate foods to influence appetite. However, it is not clear if eating snacks, high or low in protein or carbohydrate, can actually affect appetite. We are doing this study to determine if snacks affect appetite and overall food intake. The snacks being used in this study are either almonds (higher in proteins) or a cereal blend (higher in carbohydrates).

Other study
Female, age 18 to 45 years old

Telehealth study about a parent-implemented language test for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Estudio de telesalud sobre una prueba de lenguaje aplicada por los padres en el hogar para personas con Trastorno del Espectro Autista

We are now recruiting parents along with their sons/daughters with ASD for a new study! The study aims to teach parents to administer a spoken language test to their sons/daughters in their homes via telecommunication technology (i.e. Skype). We also will be adapting the language test for use with Spanish-speaking families. Therefore, we are recruiting both families who primarily speak Spanish as well as families who primarily speak English with their children. Estamos reclutando padres junto con sus hijos/as con TEA para un nuevo estudio! El objetivo del estudio es enseñar a padres a dar una prueba de lenguaje a sus hijos/hijas en sus hogares a través de las tecnologías de telecomunicaciones (ej., Skype). También adaptaremos la prueba al español. Por lo tanto, estamos reclutando tanto a familias que hablen principalmente inglés en casa con sus hijos como a familias que hablen principalmente español con sus hijos.

outcome measures/ medidas de resultado
Any, age 6 to 23

An Evaluation of the Health Education Theater Course

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The purpose of this study is to see if the enrollment in a course (entitled “Health Education Theater”) causes any changes in five major outcomes. These five outcomes include: (1) the knowledge about guidelines about (a) physical activity and (b) diet/nutrition. (2) compliance to these guidelines. The third outcome is (3) the economic efficiency (e.g., return on investment (ROI)) estimated by a cost-benefit analysis (CBA)). This will account for productivity loss (e.g., income loss) saved in the long-term (e.g., life time). The fourth outcome is (4) health related quality of life. The fifth outcome is (5) self-perception well-being measures such as self-esteem and and selfefficacy.

Behavioral study
Any, age 18 years or older

Help us design better tools to manage continuous IV immunotherapy in acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Participate in a research study

We aim to understand the experiences of patients, caregivers, and nurses with continuous IV immunotherapy

The goal of this study is to learn about the experiences of patients, caregivers, and nurses with continuous IV immunotherapy. We want to understand the needs and challenges in managing continuous IV immunotherapy and how information about this therapy was provided to the patients, caregivers, and nurses. We aim to improve how we educate and support patients, family members, and nurses with this therapy in the future. We hope that the insights from this study will help us develop digital health or other tools.

Observation, workshop
Any, age 18 year or over