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New study tests stem cells as a treatment for degenerative disc disease

February 10, 2016

As part of a new multicenter clinical trial, UC Davis Health System researchers will test whether a novel stem cell treatment can reduce the pain and mobility issues caused by degenerative disc disease.

Phi Delta Epsilon's Benefit Ball raises money for UC Davis Children's Hospital

February 10, 2016

Phi Delta Epsilon, the professional, co-ed, pre-medical fraternity based at UC Davis, will be hosting their 5th annual benefit ball to raise money for UC Davis Children's Hospital. The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 27 from 7-10 p.m. at the ARC Ballroom on Davis campus.

UC Davis School of Nursing partners with Sacramento County Health Department

February 10, 2016

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis now partners with the Sacramento County Health Department to establish a clinical professor and clinical provider position that benefits health care within the county and furthers the school’s mission to serve underserved communities.

Richard L. Applegate II joins UC Davis as chair of anesthesiology and pain medicine

February 8, 2016

Richard L. Applegate II, a thought leader with comprehensive clinical experience and academic excellence in general anesthesiology and cardiothoracic anesthesiology, joins UC Davis School of Medicine as professor and chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. His appointment begins Feb. 8.

UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series features renowned neuroscientist Karl Deisseroth

February 8, 2016

Neuroscientist Karl Deisseroth, the D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, will discuss “Illuminating the Brain in Health and Disease” during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 4:30 p.m.

CME program earns national reaccreditation

February 5, 2016

The UC Davis Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME) has received prestigious recognition for courses it offers to thousands of health-care professionals each year. Last month, it earned top marks with a flawless six-year reaccreditation for its exceptional training and education programs.

UC Davis School of Nursing awarded grant to further innovative case-based learning modules for clinical programs

February 4, 2016

For the second year in a row, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis received a $149,995 grant from the Office of Statewide Health and Planning to further advance the innovative Integrative Case-Based Learning curriculum for its clinical programs.

Spirit Halloween Superstores donates $60,230 to UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department

February 4, 2016

UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department will continue to train individuals to become certified child life specialists at UC Davis Children's Hospital, thanks to a generous donation by Spirit Halloween Superstores.

Linking clinical practice with medical evidence: UC Davis lecture features national expert

February 3, 2016

Michael LeFevre, a family medicine physician with the University of Missouri and national advocate for linking medical evidence with clinical policies, will speak in Sacramento as part of the 2016 UC Davis Health System Snively Visiting Professorship in Family and Community Medicine.

UC Davis Children's Hospital launches 10 Books to Read partnership

February 3, 2016

UC Davis Children’s Hospital kicks off a new partnership this month with ABC10 and the Sacramento Public Library on a literacy initiative called 10 Books to Read.

Renowned nutrition expert speaks in "Food as Medicine" series Feb. 11

February 3, 2016

Michael Greger, a best-selling author and creator of the seminal website NutritionFacts.org, will speak about “Food as Medicine: Preventing and Treating Disease With Diet” on Thursday, Feb. 11, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Education Building, Lecture Hall 1222.

Discounted tickets to February Sacramento Republic FC soccer games

February 2, 2016

UC Davis Health System employees and their friends and family can cheer on the Sacramento Republic FC and get discounted tickets to two pre-season games this month.

Finding new targets to battle drug resistance

February 1, 2016

Researchers at UC Davis and Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos national laboratories have created a chemotherapy-resistant line of bladder cancer cells to study how tumors become resistant to chemotherapy and identified molecular changes that could drive that resistance.

UC Davis optometrist starts term as president of Scleral Lens Education Society

February 1, 2016

Melissa Barnett, principal optometrist at the UC Davis Eye Center, is the new president of the Scleral Lens Education Society, an international organization that teaches practitioners the science and art of prescribing scleral contact lenses and supports public education.

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Two UC Davis physician assistant students awarded national scholarships

January 29, 2016

Ruth Legesse and Nicole Klopovic, both second-year physician assistant students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, were awarded two of this year’s 18 nationwide Physician Assistant Foundation scholarships.

Young, poor African Americans and Hispanics have harder time beating Hodgkin Lymphoma

January 29, 2016

African American and Hispanic adolescents and young adults fare far worse than their white counterparts when faced with a mostly curable type of cancer, Hodgkin lymphoma, a study by a UC Davis epidemiologist has found.

Media advisory: Students today, doctors tomorrow

January 26, 2016

High school and community college students are invited to attend a Stockton conference designed to provide first-hand knowledge and insights about getting into medical school.

Burn center team recognized as local heroes by the Red Cross

January 22, 2016

The Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center at UC Davis was among the honorees today at the 15th Annual Red Cross Hero Recognition event that paid tribute to community members who took action to help others and show extraordinary human compassion during times of crisis.

Melnikow appointed to expert panel of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review

January 22, 2016

UC Davis physician and health policy expert Joy Melnikow has been appointed to the panel of the California Technology Assessment Forum of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review.

Medical students awarded for increasing awareness of cervical cancer

January 22, 2016

UC Davis medical students who also are co-directors of the Paul Hom Asian Clinic have been selected to receive a Patient Advocacy Grant from the American Society of Cytopathology Foundation.

Register for Donut Dash 'Ate': Proceeds benefit UC Davis Child Life

January 20, 2016

The eighth annual Donut Dash will take place Saturday, March 5, at 8:30 a.m. at William Land Park in Sacramento. For the first time, proceeds will benefit the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group begins Feb. 9

January 20, 2016

The UC Davis Hospice Program and UC Davis Children's Hospital Bereavement Program will offer an eight-week Young Adult Bereavement Art Group for individuals 17 to 24 who are coping with the recent loss of a loved one.

UC Davis School of Nursing partners with statewide nursing home organization to improve dementia care

January 19, 2016

Researchers from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis collaborate with the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) on a quality improvement initiative aimed at improving dementia care in skilled nursing facilities. Associate Adjunct Professor Debra Bakerjian and Assistant Professor Elena O. Siegel will conduct independent research in a project aimed at improving dementia care.

Researchers decipher stem cell messages in blood vessel formation

January 19, 2016

An international collaboration between UC Davis and Swedish scientists has resulted in the first comprehensive characterization of a recently discovered cell-to-cell communication system used by stem cells.

Telemedicine in the ICU: It can be a cost-effective option

January 15, 2016

UC Davis investigators have found that telecommunication systems that provide remote monitoring and access to specialty care in intensive care units (ICUs) are cost-effective in most cases and can even be cost-saving in certain circumstances, making this intervention potentially economically favorable compared with other health-care services.

American Academy of Neurology recognizes UC Davis Huntington's disease researcher

January 13, 2016

UC Davis’ leadership in Huntington’s disease research received another boost recently when Kyle Fink, a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Regenerative Cures, was recognized by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) for the cutting-edge research findings in gene editing that he presented at the 2015 Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting.  

Media advisory: UC Davis fair focuses on mental health and young adults

January 11, 2016

Student advocate Jordana Steinberg will talk about the need to expand mental health support for young adults at the Student Resiliency and Mental Health Fair at UC Davis. Sponsored by the UC Davis Behavioral Health Center of Excellence, the event will feature mental health and wellness resources available on campus and in the community.

More research needed on evaluation of dense breasts

January 11, 2016

A systematic review of the scientific literature on dense breasts by researchers at UC Davis and other institutions has found that determinations of breast density can be unreliable and that as many as 19 percent of women are re-categorized as dense rather than non-dense or vice versa from one mammogram to the next.

Making a safe procedure even safer

January 11, 2016

In a comprehensive modeling study, researchers from UC Davis and other institutions have found that breast cancer screening with digital mammography poses only a small risk of radiation-induced breast cancer for most women.

Women recognize UC Davis as one of America's best hospitals for bariatric surgery, cancer and heart care

January 8, 2016

UC Davis Medical Center has received the 2016 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s best hospitals for bariatric surgery, cancer and heart care.

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Immunology expert to discuss the role of T cells in brain health

December 30, 2015

Jonathan Kipnis, director of the Center for Brain Immunology and Glia (BIG) at the University of Virginia, will discuss “The Brain’s Lymphatic System and Behavior” during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 4:30 p.m.

UC Davis nursing school opens program to prepare new nurses

December 23, 2015

Applications opened today for a new nursing program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. For the first time, UC Davis now offers a degree program that prepares new nurses.

It takes a UC village: Smoking cessation push goes high tech

December 23, 2015

Buster Halcomb was just 5, a scruffy shoeshine boy in a billiard hall in Cumberland, Ky., when three men approached with packs of “tailor-made” cigarettes.

Support Project ADAM Sacramento at Feb. 3 Sacramento Kings game

December 22, 2015

Health system employees and the public can support Project ADAM Sacramento and get a discount on tickets at the Sacramento Kings game on Wednesday, Feb. 3, a night dedicated to heart health awareness. 

Children's hospital patients decorate cookie, make crafts with the Frosting Queens

December 22, 2015

UC Davis Children's Hospital patients and their families enjoyed a holiday tradition this week – cookie decorating and crafts in the pediatric playroom, led by The Frosting Queens, two Sacramento sisters Angela and Annette Del Biaggio, who own a frosting business.

Left ventricular assist device program at UC Davis receives certification

December 22, 2015

UC Davis Medical Center has earned certification from The Joint Commission for its left ventricular assist device (LVAD) program, which offers a technological approach to treating advanced heart failure.

UC Davis receives 4.5 Star Award for Medicare Advantage quality achievement

December 22, 2015

UC Davis Medical Group has received the Medicare Advantage 4.5-Star Award from the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) for delivering a high level of quality care for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries in California.

A better way to treat deadly Aspergillus mold infection

December 17, 2015

Researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have shown that isavuconazole, a new treatment for invasive mold diseases such as Aspergillus, has fewer side effects than voriconazole and is just as effective. These results are good news for leukemia and lymphoma patients, who can be vulnerable to these opportunistic infections. The study was published Dec. 9 in The Lancet. 

UC Davis selected for National Professional Development Program

December 17, 2015

UC Davis School of Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing have been selected to participate in a new national professional development program known as Professionals Accelerating Clinical and Educational Redesign (PACER).

American Idol stars perform in the UC Davis Children's Hospital playroom

December 10, 2015

American Idol stars Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams made a surprise visit to the UC Davis Children’s Hospital playroom today to perform during regularly scheduled music group.

Project ADAM Sacramento joins 'CPR Saves Lives March'

December 9, 2015

Representatives from Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam’s Memory) at UC Davis Children's Hospital will join the estimated 1,000 people – including more than 50 cardiac arrest survivors – to march through the streets of downtown San Diego on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 11:25 a.m. to 1:25 p.m.

Two UC Davis experts among speakers at World Stem Cell Summit

December 9, 2015

Two UC Davis Health System scientists are among the featured speakers at the upcoming World Stem Cell Summit and Regenerative Medicine conference that starts Dec. 10 in Atlanta.

Mix Cares 4 Kids Radiothon set for Dec. 10-11

December 4, 2015

CBS Radio Mix96 and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals is partnering for their second annual "Mix Cares 4 Kids" radiothon at UC Davis Children's Hospital. Mix96, 96.1FM will broadcast live each day from 6-10 a.m. and 3-7 p.m. Dec. 10-11 from the Tower Lobby of the hospital.

UC Davis Children's Hospital patients celebrate CIM early with Mini Marathon event

December 3, 2015

They came on foot, by toy car, by stroller and wheelchair. UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients were bustling with excitement at the starting line, eager to take part in today’s Mini Marathon, an event made possible by the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department and the Sacramento Running Association, which hosts the California International Marathon (CIM) each year.

Medical volunteers gear up for California International Marathon

December 3, 2015

More than 100 volunteers from across UC Davis Health System will provide medical support at the 33rd annual California International Marathon (CIM) on Sunday.

A visit to the gas station: Protein helps power up DNA repair

December 3, 2015

In a game-changing study, researchers at UC Davis and other organizations have shown that the enzyme cyclin-dependent kinase 1 (CDK1), which plays a key role in DNA repair, also leaves the nucleus to boost cellular energy production. By irradiating normal cells, the team showed that CDK1 turned up production of ATP, cellular energy packets that – in this case – provided the necessary power supply to fix the radiation-damaged DNA.

UC Davis Medical Center named 2015 Leapfrog Top Urban Hospital

December 2, 2015

For the fourth consecutive year, UC Davis Medical Center has been named to Leapfrog’s annual list of Top Hospitals, a respected recognition that showcases UC Davis’ commitment to providing the safest, highest quality health care for consumers and purchasers alike.