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Stand for the Kids event raises awareness for UC Davis Children's Hospital

November 14, 2014

Phi Delta Epsilon, a medical fraternity at  UCDavis, held its first annual Stand for the Kids event last week in an effort to raise awareness  for UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

'Tis the season to indulge in walnuts

November 13, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have found that diets rich in whole walnuts or walnut oil slowed prostate cancer growth in mice. In addition, both walnuts and walnut oil reduced cholesterol and increased insulin sensitivity.

UC Davis "out-of-the-box thinker" wins cancer research award

November 12, 2014

UC Davis medical oncologist Jonathan Riess is the recipient of a 2014 Young Innovators Team Award for Lung Cancer Research, and will share a $500,000 for translational lung cancer research with two other physician-scientists.

National study provides insights into childhood head injuries

November 12, 2014

This week’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine features an article that highlights an unprecedented analysis of the nation’s childhood head injuries.

UC Davis investigational medication used to resolve life-threatening seizures in children

November 12, 2014

In its first clinical application in pediatric patients, an investigational medication developed and manufactured at UC Davis has been found to effectively treat children with life-threatening and difficult-to-control epileptic seizures without side effects, according to a research report by scientists at UC Davis and Northwestern University.

Lung cancer screening for Medicare patients coming soon to UC Davis

November 10, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center is preparing to screen seniors on Medicare who meet the criteria for lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography (CT).

UC Davis Medical Center prepared for potential Ebola cases

November 6, 2014

As the largest Ebola epidemic in history continues in West Africa, UC Davis Health System is prepared to safely screen, isolate and care for a patient who arrives at the medical center suffering from the disease.

UC Davis Nursing professor publishes first book examining practitioners' struggles living up to health-care ideals

November 6, 2014

Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, recently released her first book Conflicted Health Care: Professionalism and Caring in an Urban Hospital, published by Vanderbilt University Press.

Trick-or-treat! Patients and staff at UC Davis Children's Hospital celebrate Halloween

November 5, 2014

UC Davis Children's Hospital’sHalloween celebration took place Friday on the pediatrics unit. Patients and staff got into the Halloween spirit with costumes, games and trick-or-treating. The special event was made possible by the Davis 7 pediatric nurses and the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department.

Media advisory: UC Davis experts available for interviews during COPD Awareness Month

November 3, 2014

November is COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) Awareness Month and a good time to increase public awareness of symptoms and treatments for the lung disease along with research that is expanding options for patients. Several UC Davis pulmonary physicians, surgeons and health educators are available as media resources on COPD.

Immunotherapy for cancer toxic with obesity

November 3, 2014

Immunotherapy that can be effective against tumors in young, thin mice can be lethal to obese ones, a new study by UC Davis researchers has found. [en español]

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Registration opens Nov. 4 for free UC Davis healthy aging program

October 31, 2014

The marvels of healthy aging, as well as some of the myths and stereotypes associated with it, are among the topics being offered at UC Davis’ upcoming Mini Medical School.

UC Davis researchers examine risks, benefits of chemotherapy for early-stage breast cancer

October 31, 2014

Treatment for early stage breast cancer is highly effective, and for many women considering treatment choices, chemotherapy may add little to an already high long-term survival rate. Joy Melnikow, professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Director of the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research at UC Davis, is working to define the potential long-term harms of chemotherapy for these patients, so they can be weighed against the potential benefits.

UC Davis Nursing professor inducted into the Uganda National Academy of Sciences

October 31, 2014

Gerald Kayingo, a physician assistant and assistant clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was inducted as a fellow to the Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers to establish new tests to evaluate cognitive growth in people with intellectual disability

October 30, 2014

Researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute will develop and evaluate tests designed to measure and track changes in the cognitive functioning of people who typically are difficult to assess accurately: those with an intellectual disability, formerly termed mental retardation. The research will be funded through a new, five-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Nurse receives third place for poster at Pediatric Nursing Conference

October 30, 2014

Clinical resource nurse Stacey Salvato, who works on Davis 7 Pediatrics, received third place for her clinical care poster at this year's 30th annual Pediatric Nursing Conference in National Harbor, Md.

UC Davis Medical Center receives "A" rating on Hospital Safety Score

October 29, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center was again honored with an “A” grade on The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score for its overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm.

Study on Western diet and role in GI cancer funded

October 28, 2014

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded a $2.7 million grant to UC Davis researchers to investigate how the so-called Western diet, which is high in fat and sugar, increases the risk of developing liver and gastrointestinal (GI) cancers. In addition, the researchers will study whether bifidobacteria, a common family of bacteria in the human gut, can be enriched to prevent cancer.

UC Davis Medical Center recognized for reduction of pressure ulcers

October 28, 2014

A decrease in the rate of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers at UC Davis Medical Center has earned a Performance Excellence Award from the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes (CALNOC).

The Pink House donates portion of sales to Children's Miracle Network Nov. 6-12

October 27, 2014

The purchase of women's shoes, purses and accessories can help make miracles for UC Davis Children's Hospital patients as East Sacramento retailer The Pink House donates 20 percent off all purchases to the Children's Miracle Network at UC Davis Nov. 6-12. 

UC Davis researchers find promising new treatment approach for ischemic stroke

October 27, 2014

A team of UC Davis scientists has found that administering a small molecule – purmorphamine – in animal models after a stroke results in multiple protective effects, including reducing the size of the stroke, decreasing inflammation and increasing markers for nerve regeneration.

Kay Redfield Jamison to discuss Professional and Personal Perspectives on Bipolar Illness

October 27, 2014

Kay Redfield Jamison, Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders and co-director of the Mood Disorders Center at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, will discuss "Professional and Personal Perspectives on Bipolar Illness," during a lecture on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St.

Anti-cancer drug found effective against common stem cell transplant complication

October 24, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis have found that the drug bortezomib effectively treats chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), a common and debilitating side effect from allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplants.

Kravitz honored for outstanding research in health-care communication

October 24, 2014

The American Academy on Communication in Healthcare (AACH) has recognized Richard Kravitz, professor of internal medicine, with its George Engel Award. The award is presented annually for outstanding research contributing to the theory, practice and teaching of effective health-care communication and related skills.

Distinguished cancer prevention researcher to lead public health sciences at UC Davis

October 21, 2014

Brad Pollock, a leading researcher on the incidence and control of childhood and adolescent cancer, has become chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences at the UC Davis School of Medicine.

UC Davis Nursing graduate student's research featured in national press program

October 21, 2014

Robin Whitney, a Doctor of Philosophy student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, was one of four researchers showcased in a webcast today promoting the inaugural Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium Oct. 24 and 25 in Boston.

NCI awards UC Davis $1.5 million to innovate robotic surgery for head and neck cancers

October 21, 2014

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded UC Davis principal investigators Laura Marcu and Gregory Farwell $1.5 million to adapt UC Davis-developed biophotonic technology to a robotic surgical device in hopes of dramatically improving the precision of head and neck cancer surgery.

Tarantula venom illuminates electrical activity in live cells

October 20, 2014

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, have created a cellular probe that combines a tarantula toxin with a fluorescent compound to help scientists observe electrical activity in neurons and other cells. The probe binds to a voltage-activated potassium ion channel subtype, lighting up when the channel is turned off and dimming when it is activated. 

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center holds workshop for Alzheimer's caregivers

October 20, 2014

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center will hold a workshop for those caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, in the auditorium of the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento. There is no cost to participate in the workshop; however, reservations are required to attend.

Young Adult Outcomes topic of next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation

October 17, 2014

Research examining what happens to young adults with autism spectrum disorder when they leave high school will be the topic of the November UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation. The discussion, on “Young Adult Outcomes,” will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

Randi Jenssen Hagerman receives C. Anderson Aldrich Award from American Academy of Pediatrics

October 15, 2014

Randi Jenssen Hagerman, medical director of the UC Davis MIND Institute, Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Endowed Chair in Fragile X Research and Treatment, has received the prestigious C. Anderson Aldrich Award in Child Development for her outstanding contributions in the field of child development from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the professional organization for pediatricians in the United States.

UC Davis Medical Center repeats as a "Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality"

October 15, 2014

For the fourth consecutive year, UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Quality Index, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization.

Cancer Center wins $1.7 million NCI grant to study novel cancer treatment

October 10, 2014

A multidisciplinary team at UC Davis will embark on research to determine whether combining a novel type of immunotherapy with radiation and chemotherapy can make treatment for sarcoma, breast and pancreatic cancers more effective.

Probiotic decreases the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis

October 10, 2014

A team of UC Davis and University of Arizona researchers discovered that adding the bacteria Bifidobacterium longum subsp. infantis (B. infantis) to formula fed to newborn rats reduced the incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis, an often deadly intestinal infection.

UC Davis recognized as an industry leader in cardiac rehabilitation

October 8, 2014

The Cardiac Rehabilitation and Preventive Cardiology Program at UC Davis Health System has been certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation for leadership in improving quality of life, enhancing standards of care and offering advanced practices for patients recovering from cardiac events or interventions.

MIND Institute receives $900,000 grant to study use of sertraline in young children with autism spectrum disorder

October 8, 2014

Focusing on treatments to ameliorate autism symptoms, researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute will launch the first study to examine the effectiveness of the use of sertraline, commonly known as Zoloft®™, in children as young as 2 to 6 years, through a three-year, $900,000 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

One physician's email account compromised by unknown source

October 7, 2014

Late last week, it was determined that a UC Davis physician's work email account was accessed by an unknown source. UC Davis Health System has notified 1,326 patients who had their personal or medical information included in an email within the compromised account. This event did not involve access to the electronic health records of patients, patients' social security numbers or patients' personal financial information.

Researchers seeking middle-aged and older men for aging study

October 6, 2014

How alterations in a single gene on the X chromosome affects neurological and psychological functioning in men as they age is the subject of a new study by UC Davis MIND Institute researchers.

MIND Institute slates seminar to address stress among families caring for people with neurodevelopmental disorders

October 6, 2014

The UC Davis MIND Institute’s venerable Minds Behind the MIND series will launch its 2014-15 season in October with a departure from its previous format. The quarterly evening lectures have been replaced by Saturday morning presentations featuring UC Davis faculty and community representatives.

Local children's musical duo performs at UC Davis Children's Hospital

October 3, 2014

The Poodlums, a children’s musical duo, performed for UC Davis Children’s Hospital last week. The special performance was made possible by a donation from a community member and the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department.

Program trains next generation of health-care leaders

October 2, 2014

Eighteen health leaders from nonprofit organizations and public agencies throughout Northern and Central California began classes this week as members of the Health Leadership Program's Class XI. The program, a partnership of the Sierra Health Foundation, UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) and the University of San Francisco (USF) School of Management, is jointly led by IPHI Director Kenneth Kizer and Richard Callahan, chair of USF's Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration.

Shinjiro Hirose joins UC Davis as chief of pediatric general, thoracic and fetal surgery

October 2, 2014

Shinjiro Hirose, a nationally recognized fetal and pediatric surgeon, has joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine as chief of the newly established Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery in the Department of Surgery.

Research Center for Behavioral Health launched at UC Davis

October 1, 2014

UC Davis Health System officials and California Senate leader Darrell Steinberg today announced the founding of a unique academic research center designed to improve mental health in California and serve as a national model for advancing innovative research in neuroscience, as well as the prevention of and early interventions in mental illness.

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UC Davis neuroscientists receive prestigious NIH BRAIN Initiative Awards

September 30, 2014

Two UC Davis research teams developing transformational technologies to understand the dynamics of the neural circuitry underlying behavior and cognition have received awards from the federal Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Technologies (BRAIN) Initiative, a presidential grand Challenge enterprise.

UC Davis medical student honored with Physicians of Tomorrow Award

September 29, 2014

Alexander Nguyen, a fourth-year medical student at UC Davis School of Medicine who is focused on improving the health of Americans, especially at-risk youth, received an American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Physicians of Tomorrow Award. He is one of 21 students across the nation recognized for this academic achievement.

Superheroes visits UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

September 26, 2014

Superheroes took a break from their crime-stopping schedule to visit UC Davis Children’s Hospital earlier this week. The special visit was made possible through the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department and the West Coast Avengers.

UC Davis nursing school welcomes newest graduate students

September 24, 2014

Nutrition, nursing and public health are just some of the fields represented by the 63 new students entering the four graduate programs at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.

Cancer center's Brain Innovation Group funded for brain tumor tool

September 24, 2014

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Brain Innovation Group has received a grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to improve brain cancer surgery and treatment using UC Davis-developed biophotonic technology.

Stuart Berger joins UC Davis as chief of pediatric cardiology

September 23, 2014

Stuart Berger, one of the nation's premier pediatric cardiologists and the leader in a national campaign to prevent sudden cardiac arrest deaths in children and teens, has joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine as professor and vice-chair of the Department of Pediatrics and chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology. 

Higher nurse-to-patient standard improves staff safety

September 23, 2014

A 2004 California law mandating specific nurse-to-patient staffing standards in acute care hospitals significantly lowered job-related injuries and illnesses for both registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, according to a UC Davis study published online in the International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health.

School of Medicine alumni honored

September 23, 2014

This year’s UC Davis School of Medicine Alumni Day honored three physicians and medical alumni for their longstanding commitment to excellence on both professional and personal levels.

Pediatrics unit supports Operation Backpack drive

September 23, 2014

Pediatrics unit nurses at UC Davis Children’s Hospital supported Operation Backpack for the third year, donating 190 backpacks filled with school supplies to Volunteers of America last month.

Mothers of children with autism less likely to have taken iron supplements during pregnancy

September 21, 2014

Mothers of children with autism are significantly less likely to report taking iron supplements before and during their pregnancies than the mothers of children who are developing normally, a study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found.

David Schrimmer joins UC Davis as chief of maternal-fetal medicine

September 18, 2014

David B. Schrimmer, a highly respected obstetrician and gynecologist who is expert in the management of complex pregnancies, including multiple gestations and those requiring fetal therapy, has joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as professor and chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

UC Davis Medical Center named one of the nation's top hospitals with great heart programs

September 18, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center has been named one of “100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Heart Programs” for 2014-15 by Becker's Hospital Review. In developing the list, the publication's editorial team considered hospitals that “lead the nation in cardiovascular and thoracic healthcare.”

Aguilar-Gaxiola presents NIH seminar on mental-health treatment gaps among Latinos

September 18, 2014

Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, professor of clinical internal medicine and director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities, on Thursday, Sept. 18, presented a seminar entitled, “If You Build It, Will They Come? Addressing Mental-Health Treatment Gaps in Latinos,” at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.

Spirit Halloween Superstores gives back to UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 16, 2014

Spirit Halloween Superstores won't have tricks, but they will be giving plenty of treats to UC Davis Children's Hospital this Halloween season.

Ulfat Shaikh named Quality Improvement Project Leader by the American Academy of Pediatrics

September 16, 2014

Ulfat Shaikh, director for healthcare quality at UC Davis School of Medicine and pediatrician at UC Davis Children's Hospital, has been named the Quality Improvement Project Leader for the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (COQIPS).

UC Davis doctoral student among first recipients of Prestigious Future of Nursing Scholars program awards

September 16, 2014

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing graduate student Sarah Brown Blake is among the 16 nurses who are the first recipients of the Future of Nursing Scholars program awards.

Katherine Rauen named 2014 Rare Champion of Hope honoree

September 15, 2014

Katherine Rauen, professor in the Department of Pediatrics and a physician-scientist affiliated with UC Davis MIND Institute and UC Davis Children’s Hospital, has received the 2014 Rare Champion of Hope Honoree in Science.

Sleep disorders widely undiagnosed in individuals with multiple sclerosis

September 12, 2014

In what may be the largest study of sleep problems among individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers at UC Davis have found that widely undiagnosed sleep disorders may be at the root of the most common and disabling symptom of the disease: fatigue.

UC Davis Children's Hospital team stars in music video

September 12, 2014

UC Davis Children's Hospital faculty, staff, residents and patients are featured in a new music video, "Glory Glory Sacramento," which will be shown at halftime at tomorrow's Sacramento Republic FC playoff game.

Jessie Rees Foundation delivers JoyJars to UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

September 11, 2014

The Jessie Rees Foundation and its partner Anthem Blue Cross, made a special visit to the children at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, delivering 100 JoyJars yesterday.

UC Davis-developed target leukemia treatment shows promise

September 11, 2014

Noriko Satake, UC Davis pediatric oncologist and researcher, has demonstrated in laboratory studies that a new, targeted treatment for leukemia is effective.

10th Annual Sake Fest benefiting UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center set for Oct. 9

September 10, 2014

The 10th Annual Northern California Premium Sake Fest, benefiting the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Pediatric Heart Center, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 6-9 p.m. at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel.

Intervention in 6-month-olds with autism ameliorates symptoms, alleviates developmental delay

September 8, 2014

Treatment at the earliest age when signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) appear – sometimes in infants as young as 6 months old – significantly reduces symptoms so that, by age 3, most who received the therapy had neither ASD nor developmental delay, a UC Davis MIND Institute research study has found. [español]

Alzheimer's Disease Center Offers Spanish Mini Medical School

September 8, 2014

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Latino Aging Research Resource Center and the Center for Reducing Health Disparities will present the sixth Spanish Mini Medical School on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

UC Davis, University of Washington launch project to develop depression care for older adults

September 5, 2014

UC Davis and the University of Washington are implementing a project to develop innovative new models of care for depression in older adults through a $2.5 million grant from the California-based Archstone Foundation, a private grant-making organization whose mission is to contribute toward the preparation of society in meeting the needs of an aging population. The grant launches Archstone Foundation’s Depression in Late Life Initiative to improve the quality of life for older adults suffering from depression. 

A hobby with high purpose

September 4, 2014

As part of Angel Flight West's team, surgeon and pilot Tom Stevenson donates his time and plane to fly people who need organ transplants, kidney dialysis, cancer treatment and other types of care to locations throughout California, Oregon and Nevada.

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group begins Sept. 29

September 4, 2014

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. The sessions will be held on eight consecutive Tuesday evenings from Sept. 29 through Nov. 17.

Breast vs. bottle feeding in rhesus monkeys

September 3, 2014

Infant rhesus monkeys receiving different diets early in life develop distinct immune systems that persist months after weaning, a study by researchers from UC Davis, the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) at UC Davis and UC San Francisco has shown. The study, which compares breast- and bottle-fed infants, appears online September 3 in Science Translational Medicine. [en español]

Brief depression questionnaires could lead to unnecessary antidepressant prescriptions

September 2, 2014

Short questionnaires used to identify patients at risk for depression are linked with antidepressant medications being prescribed when they may not be needed, according to new research from UC Davis Health System published in the September-October issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

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The early cost of HIV

August 29, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis have made some surprising discoveries about the body’s initial responses to HIV infection. Studying simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), the team found that specialized cells in the intestine called Paneth cells are early responders to viral invasion and are the source of gut inflammation by producing a cytokine called interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β).

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers launch study examining autism in girls

August 28, 2014

Autism is far more common in boys than girls - affecting 1 in 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls — but little is known about biological differences between boys and girls with autism. A new study, called the ‘Girls with Autism — Imaging of Neurodevelopment’ or GAIN Study, led by researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute will explore those differences in very young girls with autism.

Young earthquake survivor thankful to UC Davis Children's Hospital

August 27, 2014

Nicholas Dillon, the brave 13-year-old who survived after a chimney collapsed on him in his home during the Napa Valley earthquake last Saturday, is in good condition in UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Dillon’s recovery has garnered national and international media attention. He was interviewed from his hospital room in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit yesterday by NBC News, among other media outlets.

Introducing the multi-tasking nanoparticle

August 26, 2014

mKit Lam and colleagues from UC Davis and other institutions have created dynamic nanoparticles (NPs) that could provide an arsenal of applications to diagnose and treat cancer. Built on an easy-to-make polymer, these particles can be used as contrast agents to light up tumors for MRI and PET scans or deliver chemo and other therapies to destroy tumors. In addition, the particles are biocompatible and have shown no toxicity. The study was published online today in Nature Communications.

Hagerman, Hendren publish comprehensive book on treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders

August 25, 2014

Randi Hagerman, Endowed Chair in Fragile X Research and medical director of the UC Davis MIND Institute, and Robert Hendren, professor, vice chair and director of child and adolescent psychiatry in the UC San Francisco Department of Psychiatry, are the editors of a new leading-edge book, Treatment of Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Targeting Neurobiological Mechanisms, published by Oxford University Press. The book details advances in genetics, neurobiology and psychopharmacology, and their treatment applications in clincial settings

Brrrrrr! Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic answers ice bucket challenge

August 21, 2014

Björn Oskarsson, assistant professor of neurology and director of the Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic braved icy waters on the west side of the Ellison Ambulatory Care Center at UC Davis Medical Center Aug. 20 to answer the ALS ice bucket challenge.

California isn't measuring up in the fight against cancer

August 21, 2014

In a media briefing at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network released How Do You Measure Up?, an annual report that scores each state on how they are doing in the fight against cancer.

Kizer appointed to UCOP Advisory Council on Student Veterans

August 21, 2014

Kenneth W. Kizer, a distinguished professor and director of the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement and national expert on veterans’ issues, has been asked to serve on University of California President Janet Napolitano’s Advisory Council on Student Veterans.

Door-to-door fundraising scam does not benefit UC Davis Children's Hospital

August 20, 2014

The Sacramento-based UC Davis Health System reminds northern California residents that it never seeks donations using door-to-door solicitors and does not work with organizations that use this fundraising approach.

CAARE Center and SacEDAPT Clinic receive federal grant to treat psychosis in traumatized youth

August 18, 2014

The UC Davis CAARE Center and UC Davis Psychiatry’s SacEDAPT Clinic have received funding to improve the assessment and treatment of underserved traumatized youth who are experiencing the early signs of psychosis.

UC Davis ALS Clinic, School of Nursing answer "ALS ice bucket challenge"

August 15, 2014

The UC Davis Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic will answer the ALS Association’s “ice bucket challenge” Wednesday, Aug. 20 at noon on the west side of the Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, to raise awareness and funds for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research and treatment.

Pediatric patients build some fun at Lego event

August 13, 2014

As a former UC Davis Children's Hospital patient, Zachary Hill knows what it is like to spend time in the pediatrics unit of UC Davis Children's Hospital. Last month, the 17-year-old returned and brought some Lego fun with him. Hill, a life scout from Troop 107 in Sacramento, decided to focus his Eagle Scout project on creating a playroom event for the boys and girls in the pediatrics unit. 

University of California brings researchers together for statewide autism summit

August 13, 2014

Bringing together the research prowess of the University of California to address the increase in autism incidence, its public health impacts, and the need to speed the development of treatments for affected individuals and their families, internationally respected scientists from UC campuses at Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Davis will converge at the UC Davis MIND Institute for a daylong summit on innovative translational neurodevelopmental research.

Summer Concert brings smiles to kids, grownups alike

August 13, 2014

More than 250 staff, faculty, students and neighbors enjoyed live music, food and fun at last week’s free summer concert, presented by UC Davis Children’s Hospital. The event was co-hosted by the UC Davis Health System Community Advisory Board and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® Telethon raises $184,130 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

August 12, 2014

Telethon viewers and partners raised $184,130 for UC Davis Children's Hospital, the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital in Sacramento.

Novel drug action against solid tumors explained

August 11, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis, City of Hope, Taipai Medical University and National Health Research Institutes in Taiwan have discovered how a drug that deprives the cells of a key amino acid specifically kills cancer cells.

UC Davis primary care practices receive prestigious recognition

August 8, 2014

All 18 UC Davis Medical Group primary care clinics received recognition in July from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as Patient-Centered Medical Homes, a designation that rewards primary-care providers for efficiency, quality and innovation in primary care.

Pan awarded grant to test 'smart' chemotherapy drug for bladder cancer

August 7, 2014

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center oncologist Chong-Xian Pan has received a $650,000 grant from the VA Northern California Health Care System to conduct the first clinical trial of a novel chemotherapy-delivery drug he developed for bladder cancer patients.

UC Davis launches a clinic to treat thoracic outlet syndrome

August 7, 2014

UC Davis Health System has opened a clinic dedicated to treating a rare and complex condition called thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), which occurs when blood vessels or nerves running from the upper body through the arm become compressed, causing problems ranging from reduced mobility and pain to life- and limb-threatening blood clots. It is most often the outcome of trauma, repetitive movements or extra ribs that are present at birth.

Observing brain synapses in action

August 6, 2014

Lin Tian’s fascination with neuroscience stems from a deep curiosity about the complexity and elegance of the human brain. As one of only five scientists in the U.S. and Canada — and the first at UC Davis —to be named a 2014 Rita Allen Foundation Scholar, Tian will be developing optical sensors and applications to acquire fundamental insights about how the nervous system functions in health and disease.

UC Davis nursing dean selected for national gerontological research award

August 5, 2014

Founding Dean for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, Heather M. Young, was recently named the 2014 recipient of the Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award by the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

Teen hospice patient receives surprise visit from soccer star

August 4, 2014

The UC Davis Hospice Program recently arranged a special occasion for one of its patients, who also is an avid soccer fan, 13-year-old Bryan Garcia: an unannounced visit to his home from Rodrigo Lopez, a member of the Sacramento Republic FC soccer team of United Soccer Leagues.

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UC Davis nursing school approved for $2.1 million award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

July 31, 2014

A research project led by the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis was approved for a $2.1 million award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study improving health for individuals with diabetes.

UC Davis School of Medicine welcomes its Class of 2018

July 30, 2014

fSeven years ago this month, Thomas Cranmer was serving his country as a Navy SEAL, helping injured platoon members who were hit by gunfire during an ambush in Ramadi, Iraq. This week, he’s in California, getting ready to put on a white coat and receive a stethoscope during a special ceremony that will welcome him and 109 other students into the UC Davis School of Medicine Class of 2018.

First vascular surgery fellow aims to help her community

July 29, 2014

UC Davis Health System’s first vascular surgery fellow — LeAnn Chavez — completed her two-year training program on June 30 and hopes to use her new skills to help Native Americans.

MIND Institute seeks participants for working memory study

July 29, 2014

The UC Davis MIND Institute is seeking participants for a study examining the benefits of a computer-based, game-oriented training program for enhancing working memory in children and adolescents with autism and fragile X syndrome. Participants must be between 8 and 17 and have been diagnosed with either autism or fragile X.

Kohl's Cares supports UC Davis Children's Hospital's trauma prevention efforts

July 28, 2014

The UC Davis Injury and Trauma Prevention Program has received a grant for $285,292 from Kohl’s Cares® to support its child and adolescent injury prevention efforts in the Sacramento area. Kohl’s will formally present the donation at the UC Davis Children’s Hospital free community concert on Thursday, Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. Since 2005, Kohl’s has donated more than $2.2 million to UC Davis Children’s Hospital to support its children’s health initiatives.

Walmart and Sam's Club fundraiser creates miracles

July 25, 2014

Walmart and Sam’s club customers and members were encouraged to “put your money where the miracles are,” during its six-week annual miracle balloon campaign from May 1-June 13. Mostly one dollar at a time, UC Davis Children's Hospital partnered with 62 locations across the Sacramento Region to raise $433,812, raising over $3 million since the partnership began to help provide help patient visits for more than 74,000 kids each year.

Program succeeds in supporting women faculty at UC Davis School of Medicine

July 25, 2014

A program that supports the professional development of female faculty at the UC Davis School of Medicine has been recognized as a model for other institutions seeking to address challenges facing female faculty.

Experiences at every stage of life contribute to cognitive abilities in old age

July 24, 2014

Early life experiences, such as childhood socioeconomic status and literacy, may have greater influence on the risk of cognitive impairment late in life than such demographic characteristics as race and ethnicity, a large study by researchers with the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center and the University of Victoria, Canada, has found.

Neither gender nor parenthood force doctors to leave surgery training

July 24, 2014

While having children or being female is often thought to be linked with the decision to leave a general surgery residency, this is not true, according to a 10-year evaluation of UC Davis residents.

Community invited to UC Davis Children's Hospital's free summer concert

July 24, 2014

The young and the young at heart are invited to a free outdoor summer concert featuring music by Sacramento dance band Hip Service, a special player appearance from the Sacramento Republic FC, entertainment from the Radio Disney Road Crew and a kids zone. The event is presented by UC Davis Children’s Hospital and co-hosted by the UC Davis Health System Community Advisory Board and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California.

UC Davis eye surgeon receives Castroviejo Medal from the Cornea Society

July 24, 2014

Mark J. Mannis, professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science and director of the UC Davis Eye Center, has received the Castroviejo Medal from the Cornea Society for his significant contributions in the field of cornea and anterior segment surgery. The medal, named in honor of Ramon Castroviejo, the father of modern corneal transplant surgery and the inspiration for the founding of the Cornea Society, is the society's highest honor.   

Saric receives Janet Gordon Armour M.D., Scholarship

July 23, 2014

UC Davis medical student Suzana Saric has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Janet Gordon Armour, M.D., Scholarship, which benefits an outstanding first-year female student pursuing primary care medicine. The award, established in 1997, honors Janet Gordon Armour, a 1978 graduate of the UC Davis School of Medicine.

UC Davis study researches potential link to care for mothers battling depression: their child's pediatrician

July 21, 2014

Pediatricians will screen mothers for depression in a new research study conducted at UC Davis Children's Hospital. The grant is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

MIND Institute researchers seek infants for study on early signs of autism and ADHD

July 18, 2014

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers are seeking participants for a new study that will examine the early development of infants who have an older sibling with autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or who are developing typically. In an effort to detect the earliest signs of developmental problems, the researchers will test a new online screening measure that uses videos to help parents track their infants’ development.

School of Medicine earns renewed accreditation

July 18, 2014

The nation’s accrediting authority for M.D. programs has voted to continue accreditation of the UC Davis School of Medicine. The renewed status by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) follows a lengthy systematic review of the school as well as a site visit earlier this year. It provides UC Davis with a new eight-year term.

UC Davis researcher receives NSFC grant to find new gastric cancer genes

July 18, 2014

No Stomach for Cancer Foundation (NSFC) has awarded cancer geneticist Luis Carvajal-Carmona a $50,000 grant to study the genetic characteristics of gastric cancer.

'Support cells' in brain play important role in Down syndrome

July 18, 2014

Researchers from UC Davis School of Medicine and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California have identified a group of cells in the brain that they say plays an important role in the abnormal neuron development in Down syndrome.

Medicare reimbursement for surgical procedures poorly reflects reality

July 17, 2014

The current system used to determine Medicare payments for surgeries — called relative value units, or RVUs — poorly correlates with the actual work involved in procedures, new research from UC Davis has found. The authors of the study, which will be published in the August issue of the Journal of Surgical Research, call for a more objective system for determining the value of work done by surgeons.

UC Davis Health System earns 2014 'Most Wired' designation

July 17, 2014

For the fourth consecutive year, UC Davis Health System has earned “Most Wired” status as one of the nation’s health leaders in information technology.

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis receives one of initial Future of Nursing Scholars grants to prepare doctoral nurses

July 16, 2014

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis is one of only 14 nursing schools nationwide to receive the first grants from a new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) program to increase the number nurses with Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

Neural stem cell discovery may aid in treatment research for deafness

July 15, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis School of Medicine have for the first time shown that a polysialylated glycoprotein that regulates neurodevelopment exists on the surface of cells in the adult inner ear.

U.S. News' ranks UC Davis Medical Center programs among the nation's best

July 15, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center has ranked as one of the nation’s best hospitals for 2014-15 in 10 adult medical specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, released July 15, recognize hospitals that excel in treating patients with the most serious and challenging injuries and illnesses.

UC Davis professor receives award to develop preventive treatment for autism

July 14, 2014

The Hartwell Foundation has presented an Individual Biomedical Research Award to Professor Judy A. Van de Water of the University of California, Davis, recognizing research that could affect nearly one in every four cases of autism among children in the U.S.

New combination drug controls tumor growth and metastasis in mice

July 14, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis, University of Massachusetts and Harvard Medical School have created a combination drug that controls both tumor growth and metastasis. By combining a COX-2 inhibitor, similar to Celebrex, and an epoxide hydrolase (sEH) inhibitor, the drug controls angiogenesis (blood vessel formation), limiting a tumor’s ability to grow and spread. The study appears today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Pancreatic surgery complications impact hospital costs more than length of stay

July 10, 2014

When it comes to a specific type of pancreatic surgery, post-operative complications have a far greater impact on total cost than does how long the patient stays in the hospital, according to a published paper by UC Davis researchers.

Minor head injury not reason enough for CT scan in children

July 7, 2014

A nationwide study of more than 40,000 children evaluated in hospital emergency departments for head trauma found that if children had only loss of consciousness, and no other signs or symptoms related to the head trauma, they are very unlikely to have sustained serious brain injuries. Children who have only isolated loss of consciousness after head trauma do not routinely require computed tomography (CT) scans of the head, reported researchers from UC Davis Health System and Boston Children’s Hospital. 

UC Davis Children's Hospital receives Excellence in Life Support Award

July 7, 2014

UC Davis Children's Hospital has received the Excellence in Life Support Award from the international Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) for its Extracorporeal Life Support Program. The program provides lifesaving support for failing organ systems in infants, children and, in some cases, adults.

Dr. Michael Buonocore, professor of radiology, dies at 59

July 3, 2014

Michael H. Buonocore, a professor in the UC Davis Department of Radiology for 27 years, died of cancer on June 21. He was 59.

Sac Republic FC fans donate art supplies, toys to UC Davis Child Life Department

July 2, 2014

UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department collected more than 600 art supplies and toy donations at the Sacramento Republic FC game on June 7 at Hughes Stadium.

Sickle cell drug passes early phase trial

July 2, 2014

A potentially groundbreaking investigational drug designed to treat the painful vaso-occlusive crises that are the hallmark of sickle cell disease has been found to be safe following a clinical trial at UC Davis.

Galante selected as chief of trauma surgery

July 1, 2014

Joseph Galante has been named chief of the UC Davis Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery. He previously served as the division’s trauma medical director and interim chief, in addition to serving as vice chair for education and director of the general surgery residency program for the Department of Surgery.

TinySmiles makes donation to UC Davis Children's Hospital on Tiny's third birthday

July 1, 2014

Born in Northern California in June 2011, Tiny had the first of three planned surgeries to correct hypoplastic left heart syndrome 10 days after birth, and was treated afterward in the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit/Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.

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UC Davis study finds videoconferencing with family, friends lowers stress for pediatric patients

June 30, 2014

To ease isolation during extended hospitalizations, UC Davis Children’s Hospital offers secure videoconferencing for patients and families. While anecdotal accounts have suggested the Family-Link program enhances quality of life during long hospital stays, clinicians wondered if the technology also offered clinical benefits. [中文 Chinese

Six medical students on speedier pathway to becoming primary care physicians

June 27, 2014

Medical school started early and quickly for six brand new first-year students.  The School of Medicine, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente Northern California, recently welcomed its first group of students into the Accelerated Competency-based Education in Primary Care (ACE-PC) program.

Surgical biopsy proves safe for selected late-stage lung cancer patients

June 26, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis have determined that surgical biopsies can be safely performed on select patients with late-stage non-small cell lung cancer, which should enhance their access to drugs that target specific genetic mutations such as epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR).

UC Davis nursing professor named to prestigious nursing academy fellowship

June 26, 2014

The American Academy of Nursing announced this week that Debra Bakerjian, an assistant adjunct professor and senior director for nurse practitioner and physician assistant clinical education and practice at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, was selected as one of 168 nurse leaders nationwide for fellowship in the prestigious academy.

UC Davis offers same-day surgeries in Davis

June 25, 2014

Orthopaedic surgeons based at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento are performing some outpatient surgeries and procedures in Davis as part of a new affiliation with the Davis Surgery Center. The location provides a convenient alternative for same-day surgery patients who reside in Yolo County.

Cancer Center's specialty pharmacy program helps patients adhere to oral chemotherapy

June 24, 2014

A UC Davis program designed to better manage cancer patients taking oral chemotherapy drugs has demonstrated that one-on-one counseling, education and monitoring can improve adherence to potentially life-saving cancer treatments.

UC Davis MIND Institute study finds association between maternal exposure to agricultural pesticides, autism in offspring

June 22, 2014

Pregnant women who lived in close proximity to fields and farms where chemical pesticides were applied experienced a two-thirds increased risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental delay, a study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found. The associations were stronger when the exposures occurred during the second and third trimesters of the women’s pregnancies. [en español]

UC Davis professor highlighted in Parkinson's Disease documentary

June 19, 2014

UC Davis Assistant Professor of Neurology Norika Mahado-Chang is featured in a new documentary, “ViewFinder: Living with Parkinson’s,” premiering at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 on KVIE. The film offers a look at the lives of individuals in the Sacramento region who are afflicted by the debilitating disease and their caregivers.

Groundbreaking lung cancer trial launched

June 16, 2014

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center patients will soon be part of an unprecedented clinical trial designed to improve access to promising therapies and speed development of effective treatments for an advanced form of lung cancer, the leading cancer killer of both men and women.

Third-year pediatric resident presents poster at European Society for Infectious Diseases meeting

June 13, 2014

Elizabeth Partridge, a third-year pediatric resident at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, was invited to attend the European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) meeting last month in Dublin, Ireland, to share her poster project on the effectiveness of early transition from IV to oral antibiotic therapy in the treatment of deep wound infections after scoliosis surgery.

First class of UC Davis doctoral nurses graduate

June 13, 2014

For the first time, eight Doctor of Philosophy students collected degrees through the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis this graduation season, along with 24 Master of Science students and six nurse practitioner and 24 physician assistant certificate graduates.

UC Davis Medical Center receives echocardiography accreditation

June 12, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in echocardiography in three areas by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

Fungal protein found to cross blood-brain barrier

June 11, 2014

In a remarkable series of experiments on a fungus that causes cryptococcal meningitis, a deadly infection of the membranes that cover the spinal cord and brain, investigators at UC Davis have isolated a protein that appears to be responsible for the fungus’ ability to cross from the bloodstream into the brain.

UC Davis faculty share cancer research innovation with partners in Madrid

June 11, 2014

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers take center stage this week in Madrid during the second in a series of workshops designed to enhance cultural, academic, scientific and business relations between UC Davis and Madrid.

Telehealth improves forensic examinations for sexual abuse

June 10, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis and other facilities have shown that telehealth consultations for clinicians at rural hospitals improve their ability to provide forensic examinations for sexual abuse. Published in the journal Child Abuse & Neglect, the study showed that clinicians with access to expert UC Davis nurses provided more thorough and nuanced exams, improving their ability to gather evidence and to make an accurate diagnosis.

Violent crimes could be prevented if felony charges were reduced less often, study finds

June 10, 2014

A UC Davis study comparing violent misdemeanor convictions with their original criminal charges has found that subsequent violent crimes could be prevented if criminal charges were reduced less often during plea bargaining.

U.S. News & World Report ranks UC Davis Children's Hospital among the nation's best

June 9, 2014

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the nation’s top hospitals in four pediatric subspecialties. Together with Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California, its longstanding partner in caring for children with burns, spinal cord injuries, urological issues and orthopaedic disorders. UC Davis ranked 22nd in orthopaedics and 47th in urology. UC Davis also ranked 23rd in nephrology and 28th in neonatology.  

Medical center receives "Zero Hero Award" for avoidance of early deliveries

June 9, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center has received the Zero Hero Award from Patient Safety First for having no early elective baby deliveries for 15 consecutive months.

Local health professionals invited to educational workshop about sex trafficking

June 6, 2014

Concerned with increasing news reports of human trafficking in the Sacramento region, UC Davis School of Nursing professors developed a training workshop for area health professionals in hopes of helping practitioners better identify, and then support, victims of sex trafficking.

Mannis and Jerant recognized for outstanding achievement and teaching

June 5, 2014

Two UC Davis School of Medicine faculty members were recognized with the Hibbard Williams Extraordinary Achievement Award and the C. John Tupper Prize for Excellence in Teaching during the school’s commencement ceremony on May 29. The Williams Award went to Mark Mannis, professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science, and the Tupper Prize was given to Anthony Jerant, professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Restoring trust in VA health care

June 4, 2014

In the wake of recent revelations of overly long patient wait times and systematic manipulation and falsification of reported wait time data, UC Davis and Harvard public policy leaders believe the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health-care system’s problems can be fixed by strong leadership, greater transparency and reforms that refocus the organization on its primary mission of providing timely access to consistently high-quality care.

UC Davis Child Life collects donations at June 7 Sac Republic FC game

June 3, 2014

UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department will be collecting art supplies and toy donations at the June 7 Sacramento Republic FC game at Hughes Stadium.

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Tarantal receives 2014 School of Medicine Research Award

May 30, 2014

Alice Tarantal, professor of cell biology and human anatomy, has received the 2014 UC Davis School of Medicine Research Award.

UC Davis study supports the use of bone-stabilizing devices for sternal repairs

May 30, 2014

Devices made of metal plates and screws that can precisely align and stabilize fractured bones as they heal can safely and effectively repair the sternum, according to a review of UC Davis surgeries published in the May issue of the Annals of Plastic Surgery.

Schivo, Zeki recognized for clinical and research leadership with 2014 Joan Oettinger Memorial Award

May 30, 2014

Michael Schivo and Amir Zeki, faculty members in the Department of Internal Medicine, are the recipients of the UC Davis School of Medicine’s 2014 Joan Oettinger Memorial Award.

Local solar company donates 1,800 teddy bears to UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

May 29, 2014

Local solar technology company, SMA America, donated 1,800 teddy bears to benefit sick and injured children at UC Davis Children’s Hospital this week.

James Marcin elected to the American Telemedicine Association's College of Fellows

May 29, 2014

James Marcin, interim head of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at UC Davis Children's Hospital, has been elected one of three new members of distinction to the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) College of Fellows this month.

Carter to be featured in statewide mental health documentary

May 29, 2014

Cameron Carter, professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, will be featured in “A Choice to Heal: Mental Health in California,” a new documentary that explores groundbreaking approaches to prevention and early intervention for Californians with mental illnessess. Hosted by actress Mariel Hemingway, the program will air on Saturday, May 31 from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on television station KOVR 13 in Sacramento.

UC Davis professor selected to work with international team on cancer

May 29, 2014

Paramita Ghosh, a UC Davis associate professor and expert in signal transduction pathways in prostate cancer, has been selected as one of 350 scientists to work on a project that aims to reduce public exposure to environmental agents that can lead to cancer and that hopes to inspire research into multi-faceted approaches to cancer prevention, treatment and prolonged survival.

96 medical students set to become physicians

May 28, 2014

Ninety-six medical students soon will put “Dr.” in front of their names following the 2014 commencement ceremonies at UC Davis School of Medicine.

June MIND Institute Distinguished Lecture to address adult treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders

May 28, 2014

Alcino J. Silva, an internationally respected professor of neurobiology, psychiatry and psychology and director of the Integrative Center for Learning and Memory at UCLA, will discuss “Mechanisms and Adult Treatments for Neurodevelopmental Disorders” during the June UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

UC Davis and Orbis partner in telemedicine initiative to treat, prevent blindness

May 22, 2014

Today, UC Davis Health System and Orbis International, a leading global non-governmental organization (NGO) that works to eliminate avoidable blindness, signed an agreement of cooperation that will expand the use of telemedicine technology to help treat and prevent blindness in the developing world.

MIND Institute celebrates 22q at the Zoo Worldwide Awareness Day

May 20, 2014

The UC Davis MIND Institute on May 18 participated in 22q at the Zoo Worldwide Awareness Day to increase knowledge of chromosome 22q11.2 deletion/duplication syndrome.

Blue Oaks Elementary School walks for UC Davis Children's Hospital

May 20, 2014

Blue Oaks Elementary School in Roseville had its 10th annual Walk-a-thon this month to support the school and raise money for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. With only a week and a half to prepare, the school raised almost $13,000. About $7,000 will go toward UC Davis Children’s Hospital to benefit sick and injured children.

UC Davis nursing leader tapped for White House advisory group

May 19, 2014

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Founding Dean Heather M. Young serves as the only nurse leader on the 14-member Systems Engineering for Healthcare Working Group of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

Different approaches needed to control cardiovascular disease risks for those with HIV

May 14, 2014

Even if treated, hypertension and high cholesterol are common for people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), according to a new study from researchers at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt hospitals in New York and the University of California, Davis.

Nutrition for a Healthy Brain topic of next Alzheimer's Disease Center lecture

May 14, 2014

A pioneer in understanding the dietary risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive aging will address “Nutrition for a Healthy Brain” during the next UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

Tailored intervention has low impact on colorectal cancer screening

May 12, 2014

Colorectal cancer screening saves lives, but too few people get tested. In an effort to increase these numbers,researchers from UC Davis and elsewhere investigated whether an individualized interactive multimedia computer program (IMCP) would spur patients to get screened.

Kidney transplant recipients meet their donors for the first time

May 8, 2014

In a rare and touching moment today at UC Davis Medical Center, four kidney transplant patients met the four people who gave them the gift of life.

From Genes to Biology in Autism Spectrum Disorder topic of next MIND Institute lecture

May 8, 2014

Recent progress in understanding genetic risk of autism spectrum disorder and next steps toward a better comprehension of the genetic processes underlying autism and other disabilities with social components is the topic of the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

Study confirms mitochondrial deficits in children with autism

May 8, 2014

Children with autism experience deficits in a type of immune cell that protects the body from infection. Called granulocytes, the cells exhibit one-third the capacity to fight infection and protect the body from invasion compared to the same cells in children who are developing normally.

UC Davis Medical Center honored with quality achievement award for stroke care

May 6, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for using measures developed by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to improve care and quality of life for stroke patients.

UC Davis Children's Hospital opens recurrent MRSA clinic

May 5, 2014

Pediatric patients with recurrent MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) can find relief at UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s new clinic.

Hagerman to receive Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award

May 5, 2014

Randi Jenssen Hagerman, who has devoted her life to relieving the suffering of children and families affected by fragile X syndrome and related conditions worldwide through patient care, research and teaching, will receive a Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award from the UC Davis Academic Senate.

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Athena becomes first health network to adopt electric data sharing standard for cancer

April 30, 2014

The five University of California medical centers and their affiliates participating in the Athena Breast Health Network are using a new guide for sharing electronic data for breast cancer treatment. Developed by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and approved through ASCO's Health Level Seven International committee (HL7), the guide will become a national data exchange standard. With the guide, Athena can utilize structured data capture tools for coordination of care, registry submission and research.

Master educator, diagnostician to receive UC Davis Distinguished Teaching Award

April 29, 2014

Faith T. Fitzgerald is a nationally recognized master educator and diagnostician whose ability to guide clinicians in the science and art of medicine and compassionate patient care has been described as "legendary," "inspirational" and "unforgettable."

UC Davis Medical Center receives an 'A' rating on Hospital Safety Score

April 29, 2014

The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog focused on improving the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans, has awarded UC Davis Medical Center an “A” for patient safety – its top grade.

UC Davis Health System wins Call Center Industry Award

April 28, 2014

UC Davis Health System recently received second place at the annual Call Center Industry Awards meeting sponsored by the Service Quality Measurement (SQM) Group in Washington, D.C.

Recipe for poor wound healing: bacterial infection plus stress

April 28, 2014

The stress hormone epinephrine – the source of the “fight-or-flight” response – also heightens stresses at the cellular level, inhibiting wound healing and promoting a state of chronic inflammation that prohibits the body’s stem cells from migrating to a wound to encourage skin regeneration, UC Davis researchers have found.

Pediatric patients welcome canine friends at Josh Dog Day

April 24, 2014

Therapy dogs — even stuffed animal dogs — can do wonders for hospitalized children.

Children with Down syndrome have better heart surgery outcomes

April 22, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis Children’s Hospital have shown that children with Down syndrome have significantly better in-hospital survival rates after surgeries for congenital heart disease (CHD) than their genetically typical peers.

Risk of pregnancy greater with newer method of female sterilization

April 22, 2014

The risk of pregnancy among women using a newer method of planned sterilization called hysteroscopic sterilization is more than 10 times greater over a10-year period than using more commonly performed laparoscopic sterilization, a study by researchers with Yale University and UC Davis has found.

Nursing graduate student wins poster award at western regional conference

April 18, 2014

Sarah Brown Blake, a master’s-degree student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, recently won the 2014 Best Poster in the Research and Information Exchange category at the 47th annual Western Institute of Nursing conference in Seattle.

Long shot: Gunshot victim aided by brother's fundraising efforts

April 17, 2014

When Stanley Williams arrived in the emergency room at UC Davis Medical Center last summer with a massive gunshot wound to his chest, his life was in jeopardy. Thanks to the expert care and advanced technology available at medical center, the U.S. military veteran survived his wound and continues to recover while waiting to resume his training for a culinary career.

Progressive neurodegenerative disorder linked to R-loop formation, UC Davis researchers find

April 17, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis have identified a new feature of the genetic mutation responsible for the progressive neurodegenerative disorder, fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) — the formation of “R-loops,” which they believe may be associated with the disorder’s neurological symptoms, such as tremors, lack of balance, features of parkinsonism, and cognitive decline.

Children's Hospital-sponsored Sac Republic FC kicks off inaugural season April 26

April 17, 2014

Sacramento Republic FC, a USL PRO men's professional soccer team, hosts its inaugural home opener on Saturday, April 26, at Hughes Stadium. UC Davis Children's Hospital is the club's season title sponsor and will provide health-care services for Sacramento Republic FC players and personnel including treatment by the Sports Medicine Program and a team of physicians led by Eric Giza and Jeff Tanji.

Dual Role: Key cell division proteins also power up mitochondria

April 17, 2014

An international team led by researchers at UC Davis has shown that the cyclin B1/Cdk1 protein complex, which plays a key role in cell division, also boosts the mitochondrial activity to power that process. This is the first time the complex has been shown to perform both jobs. This newfound ability could make cyclin B1/Cdk1 an excellent target to control cellular energy production, potentially advancing cancer care and regenerative medicine. The research was published online today in the journal Developmental Cell.

"Laboratory professionals get results"

April 16, 2014

In celebration of national Medical Laboratory Professionals Week and the more than 300,000 specialists who perform and interpret some 10 billion laboratory tests in the U.S. each year, the UC Davis Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is offering behind-the-scenes guided tours at two of its clinical laboratory sites – the UC Davis Medical Center on Stockton Boulevard and the Specialty Testing Center on Business Drive in Sacramento.

Rauen receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in White House ceremony

April 16, 2014

Professor Katherine A. Rauen, professor in the Department of Pediatrics and a physician-scientist affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute and UC Davis Children’s Hospital, on April 15 received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

UC Davis doctor helps save the day on Southwest flight

April 15, 2014

Scott Porter, chief resident of orthopaedic surgery at UC Davis Medical Center, made national news after helping restrain a passenger who threatened to open a door on a Southwest Airlines flight traveling from Chicago to Sacramento on Sunday.

Your aging genes: What you need to know about your risk for dementia

April 15, 2014

UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center Director Charles DeCarli will discuss “Your aging genes: What you need to know about your risk for dementia” during the Community Discovery Lecture Series on Thursday, May 8 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

SSRI use during pregnancy is associated with risk of autism, developmental delays in male children

April 14, 2014

Prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), medications frequently prescribed to treat depression, anxiety and other mental-health disorders, is associated with a higher incidence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental delays (DD) in male children, a study of nearly 1,000 mother-child pairs has found.

UC Davis personalizing outreach to address Asian cancer health disparities

April 11, 2014

In an effort to reduce cancer health disparities among Asian-Americans, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center now offers individual, in-language education and culturally sensitive materials for every Asian-American cancer patient.

Dr. Elliot Goldstein, former UC Davis infectious diseases chief, dies at 79

April 10, 2014

Dr. Elliot Goldstein, professor emeritus and former chief of the UC Davis Division of Infectious Diseases, died on March 31, in Woodland.

UC Davis Health System's weekly farmers market resumes April 24 in Sacramento

April 10, 2014

UC Davis Health System's weekly farmers market returns on April 24, resuming its effort to expand access to fresh, locally grown produce sold directly to consumers.

Stuffed animals bring smiles to UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

April 9, 2014

UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients were “hoppy” to receive a new stuffed bunny friend, thanks to a donation by USE Credit Union.

UC Davis nursing faculty, student research highlighted at regional conference

April 9, 2014

More than two dozen UC Davis nursing faculty and students will present their scholarly work focusing on improving and advancing health at the Western Institute of Nursing 47th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference in Seattle from April 9-12.

Achieving integrated health care: Nine key lessons

April 9, 2014

Drawing on three decades of experience leading diverse efforts to achieve integrated and higher-value health care, Kenneth W. Kizer, distinguished professor and director of the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement, identified nine key “lessons learned” about health-care integration based on efforts in California and nationally.

UC Davis MIND Institute hosts Northern California premiere of Sounding the Alarm with Autism Speaks

April 8, 2014

On Tuesday, April 29, the UC Davis MIND Institute hosts the Northern California premiere screening of “Sounding the Alarm,” a film that gives viewers a look at the profound changes that take place in the lives of 12 American families after their children receive an autism diagnosis. The screening will be held in the auditorium of the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento, as part of the institute's Autism Awareness Month activities.

The vast majority of injuries and illnesses in agriculture are not counted

April 8, 2014

Federal agencies responsible for tracking workplace hazards fail to report 77 percent of the injuries and illnesses of U.S. agricultural workers and farmers, new research from UC Davis has found. [en español]

UC Davis researchers discover how high blood pressure damages the heart

April 7, 2014

A multidisciplinary research team at UC Davis has found a key biological trigger — a protein known as nitric oxide synthase, or NOS — that makes the heart beat stronger in response to higher blood pressure, along with a way to turn that trigger off when it becomes overactive.

UC Davis clinical trials -- helping revolutionize hepatitis C treatment

April 3, 2014

Jesse De La Cruz didn’t have any hepatitis C symptoms for nearly 15 years. Physicians say that’s fairly typical of an illness also known as “the silent killer.”

Leading metabonomics researcher to deliver 2014 Robert Stowell Lecture

April 3, 2014

Jeremy K. Nicholson, a leading researcher in the field of metabonomics — a platform for studying drug toxicity and gene function — is the keynote speaker at the 2014 Robert Stowell Lecture, held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, April 14, 2014 in the second floor auditorium of the Medical Education Building, 4610 X Street, Sacramento.

New test makes Parkinson's-like disorder of middle age detectable in young adulthood

April 2, 2014

The very earliest signs of a debilitating neurodegenerative disorder, in which physical symptoms are not apparent until the fifth decade of life, are detectable in individuals as young as 30 years old using a new, sophisticated type of neuroimaging, researchers at UC Davis, the University of Illinois and UCLA have found.

UC Davis nursing school welcomes physician assistant, nurse practitioner students to clinical training

April 1, 2014

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis conducted a White Coat Ceremony on Monday to celebrate the formal transition from classroom education to clinical preparation for physician assistant and nurse practitioner Class of 2015 students.

New technique quickly identifies molecular makeup of breast tumor cells

April 1, 2014

A new technology can simultaneously detect as many as 100 clinically important protein molecules in breast tumor cells – a quantum advance over conventional methods that can pinpoint only two to four at the same time. The advantages of the new methodology, called multiplexed ion beam imaging (MIBI), is described by a team of scientists at UC Davis and San Francisco and at Stanford, Genentec in the March 23 advance online publication of the journal Nature Medicine.

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UC Davis Children's Hospital sponsors Congenital Heart Walk

March 31, 2014

Join the UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center team at this year's Sacramento Congenital Heart Walk, sponsored by UC Davis Children's Hospital.

April Minds Behind the MIND features updates on autism research, treatment

March 28, 2014

Internationally respected autism researchers Sally J. Rogers and Judy Van de Water will provide updates on clinical and research advances in autism spectrum disorder on Wednesday, April 16 during the Autism Awareness Month Minds Behind the MIND presentation.

Mark Underwood appointed new division head of neonatology

March 27, 2014

Effective April 1, Mark Underwood will be the new division head of neonatology. Underwood’s appointment was made after an extensive national search that focused on identifying a leader with superb clinical, educational and academic skills.  

UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento and Dameron Hospital will not pursue planned joint venture structure

March 27, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento and Dameron Hospital Association in Stockton are not pursuing a joint venture.

Time, trust and transparency keys to minority biospecimen collection

March 26, 2014

Blood and tumor specimen collection from cancer patients is critical to research into new, more personally targeted therapies. But biospecimen collection among diverse populations lags far behind that of whites. [Chinese, Vietnamese and Spanish]

Alzheimer's Disease Center to hold 6th Annual African-American Caregiving and Wellness Forum

March 25, 2014

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center will hold the 6th Annual African-American Caregiving and Wellness Forum, Saturday, April 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Oakland Senior Center, 5714 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Oakland. The event is being held in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Association and Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson. The forum is intended for caregivers who support individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.

UC Davis physician featured in national health equity project

March 24, 2014

UC Davis professor Christopher Bowlus of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and his liver cancer disparity research, are featured on the Health Equity Research Snapshot of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Nine-year effort concludes to fund breast cancer endowment at UC Davis

March 21, 2014

After nine years and countless fund-raising events, the Placer Breast Cancer Endowment on Thursday reached its goal of $1.5 million for breast cancer research at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

"The envelope please"

March 21, 2014

In a room filled with excitement and joy, 96 students from UC Davis School of Medicine today learned where they will be continuing their medical education over the next several years as they train to become licensed physicians.

Stem cell findings may offer answers for some bladder defects and disease

March 21, 2014

For the first time, scientists have succeeded in coaxing laboratory cultures of human stem cells to develop into the specialized, unique cells needed to repair a patient’s defective or diseased bladder.

Potential lung cancer vaccine shows renewed promise

March 20, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis have found that the investigational cancer vaccine tecemotide, when administered with the chemotherapeutic cisplatin, boosted immune response and reduced the number of tumors in mice with lung cancer. The study also found that radiation treatments did not significantly impair the immune response. The paper was published on March 10 in the journal Cancer Immunology Research, an American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) publication.

"Deadly Dust" documentary focuses attention on valley fever, a growing health concern in California

March 19, 2014

Sacramento’s public television station KVIE is exploring a growing health concern among Central California residents and those who travel to the area in the documentary “Deadly Dust: Valley Fever in the West.”  The half-hour documentary, part of the Viewfinder program, will air March 26 at 7 p.m.

UC Davis faculty drive efforts to improve CT safety

March 19, 2014

UC Davis clinicians and physicists have recommended new strategies to make computed tomography (CT) safer, including adoption of a new metric for dose measurement, ways to manage exposure protocols that differ by CT brand and specific approaches to reduce exposure during needle biopsies. The recommendations are detailed in papers published in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR).

UC survey results: A strong Aggie family

March 19, 2014

The University of California, Davis, scored high marks in a recent systemwide survey meant to gauge campus climate across the UC system. 

Minority clinical trials participation and analysis still lag 20 years after federal mandate

March 18, 2014

Twenty years after Congress mandated that research funded by the National Institutes of Health include minorities, less than 5 percent of trials participants are non-white, and less than 2 percent of clinical cancer research studies focus on non-white ethnic or racial groups, UC Davis researchers have found. [Chinese, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese]

Joint cancer center study finds barriers to minority clinical trial participation

March 18, 2014

A new study involving researchers from UC Davis and four other National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers reveals important barriers that limit minority group participation in cancer clinical trials, findings that will be used to refine and launch more effective strategies to assure that more minorities benefit from clinical trials.

Statewide public cord blood collection program begins

March 17, 2014

Mothers of newborns can now donate their babies’ umbilical cord blood at UC Davis Medical Center and other hospitals throughout the state as part of California’s first comprehensive public system of collecting cord blood for lifesaving transplantations and medical research. [en español]

Sac Republic FC donates 10 percent of season ticket sales to UC Davis Children's Hospital

March 17, 2014

It's a win-win partnership. This month, Sacramento professional soccer team Sacramento Republic FC will donate 10 percent of the total season ticket revenue generated through this link to UC Davis Children's Hospital. Users should use promo code: ucdhospital.

UC Davis nursing school hopes to improve care for cancer patients with social network

March 14, 2014

Several chemotherapy patients at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center will be invited to use tablets with a unique social networking tool as part of their treatment plan.

Electronic health records can be used to predict sepsis risk and mortality

March 14, 2014

UC Davis researchers have found that routine information — blood pressure, respiratory rate, temperature and white blood cell count — from the electronic health records (EHRs) of hospitalized patients can be used to predict the early stages of sepsis, a leading cause of death and hospitalization in the U.S. They also determined that just three measures — lactate level, blood pressure and respiratory rate — can pinpoint the likelihood that a patient will die from the disease.

Microbes in space

March 12, 2014

Microbes collected from Northern California and throughout the nation will soon blast into orbit for research and a microgravity growth competition on the International Space Station (ISS). This citizen science project, known as Project MERCCURI, is led in part by UC Davis microbiologists, who are investigating how microbes from different places on Earth compare to each other and to those found on the International Space Station.

UC Davis School of Medicine ranks among nation's best in research, primary care

March 11, 2014

U.S. News & World Report has ranked UC Davis School of Medicine among America's best medical schools for the quality of its educational programs in primary care and research. The news magazine's annual listing appeared today on the publication's website and will be published in its guidebook, “America's Best Graduate Schools 2015.”

UC Davis MIND Institute joins ranks of elite U.S. neurodevelopmental centers

March 11, 2014

The UC Davis MIND Institute has been named an Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC), through a prestigious grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health — a distinction held by only a handful of neurodevelopmental centers nationwide committed to the diagnosis, prevention, treatment and amelioration of developmental disorders such as autism, fragile X syndrome and Down syndrome.

UC Davis researchers one step closer to ovarian cancer marker

March 10, 2014

The hunt is on to find biomarkers that detect cancer, but it’s a challenging process. Early successes often are followed by heartbreaking failures.

Bone turnover markers predict prostate cancer outcomes

March 7, 2014

Biomarkers for bone formation and resorption predict outcomes for men with castration-resistant prostate cancer, a team of researchers from UC Davis and their collaborators have found.

UC Davis MIND Institute announces 2014 Autism Awareness Month events

March 6, 2014

April is Annual Autism Awareness Month, and the UC Davis MIND Institute will hold a series of activities for people of all ages and abilities during this month-long observance. Unless otherwise noted, the eventsare free and open to the public and take place at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento, Calif.  

Atypical development in the siblings of children with autism is detectable at 12 months

March 5, 2014

Atypical development can be detected as early as 12 months of age among the siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder, a study published by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute and UCLA has found.

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Eat pancakes, help sick children on March 3

February 28, 2014

On Monday, March 3, pancake lovers can drive through, eat their fill of short-stack pancakes and make a donation to support sick and injured children at UC Davis Children's Hospital, in recognition of the International House of Pancakes' (IHOP) National Pancake Day.

UC Davis tests new smartphone app to help patients with mental illness

February 28, 2014

Sacramento-area youth in the early stages of serious mental illness can receive a new smartphone app that helps them detect early warning signs of psychosis, through a one-year, $588,000 grant to the UC Davis Early Diagnosis and Preventive Treatment (EDAPT) Clinic from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to study whether harnessing mobile technology improves patient care.

Eidson-Ton among recipients of honors for achievement in diversity and community

February 26, 2014

The 2014 Chancellor’s Achievement Awards for Diversity and Community have been presented in the categories of Academic Senate and Academic Federation, staff, undergraduate and graduate student, community member — and in a new category, post-doctoral scholar.

MIND Institute launches "Colombia Project of Hope"

February 25, 2014

Researchers at the internationally respected UC Davis MIND Institute are collaborating with scientists at two Colombian universities to investigate the very high rate of fragile X-related disorders in one region in the South American country. [en español]

Nurse leader Bobbie Berkowitz speaks at annual UC Davis nursing school lecture

February 20, 2014

Bobbie Berkowitz, a nationally recognized expert in nursing leadership and health policy, discussed reducing health disparities in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) communities as the featured speaker at the 2014 Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Lecture Series: Leading Change, Advancing Health on Wednesday afternoon.

Connecting the dots between motor, social and communication skills in autism

February 20, 2014

Stewart H. Mostofsky, director of the Laboratory for Neurocognitive and Imaging Research at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University, will discuss “Motor and Social Skill Function: Connecting Learning and Brain Function in Autism” during the March UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

School of Nursing awarded grants to assist with underserved clinical rotations and classroom training

February 19, 2014

The California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development awarded $265,000 to the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis for the nurse practitioner and physician assistant programs to improve primary care to underserved populations through expanded clinical rotations and simulated learning based on real-life situations.

Sloan Fellowship for "designer enzymes"

February 18, 2014

Justin Siegel, a biochemist at the University of California, Davis, who uses computers to develop new "designer enzymes" with properties not found in nature, has been awarded a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship to support his work.

In-hospital formula use deters breastfeeding

February 14, 2014

When mothers feed their newborns formula in the hospital, they are less likely to fully breastfeed their babies in the second month of life and more likely to quit breastfeeding early, even if they had hoped to breastfeed longer, UC Davis researchers have found. [en español or 中文 Chinese

UC Davis Medical Center receives the Women's Choice Award as one of America's best heart care hospitals

February 13, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center is a winner of the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals in Heart Care. As more women self-manage their care and seek providers they can trust, the Women’s Choice Award is the only distinction that identifies the nation’s best health-care institutions and signifies UC Davis Medical Center’s commitment and passion for creating an extraordinary health-care experience. [en español]

Star 106.5 brings Valentine's love to kids at UC Davis Children's Hospital

February 12, 2014

For the second year in a row, Star 106.5 called on its radio listeners to send in Valentine's Day cards for UC Davis Children's Hospital patients. More than 30,000 Valentine's Day cards have poured in, as part of the radio station's Valentine's Day Card campaign.

Media advisory: Davis Dance Marathon raises funds for UC Davis Children's Hospital on Feb. 22

February 11, 2014

UC Davis students, faculty, staff and the community can join a national dance movement better known as Dance Marathon. This eight-hour Children's Miracle Network fundraiser features live music, dance acts, food and drink and more. All proceeds benefit UC Davis Children's Hospital.

Recent advances in clinical trials research for Alzheimer's

February 10, 2014

Professor of Neurology John Olichney will provide an update on recent advances in clinical trials research for Alzheimer’s disease during the next UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center 2014 Community Discovery Lecture Series presentation. The event will be held on Thursday, March 6, in the auditorium of the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento. [en español]

IPHI's Helen Wu receives prestigious research award from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

February 6, 2014

Helen Wu, a research and policy scientist in the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI), has been selected to receive a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Mentored Research Scientist Development Award under its Public Health Services and Systems Research Program.

Spirit Halloween Superstores donates $68,055 to UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department

February 5, 2014

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.

Hicks receives Parking Professional of the Year Award

February 4, 2014

Duane Hicks, manager of Parking and Transportation Services at UC Davis Medical Center, has received the Parking Professional of the Year Award from the California Public Parking Association.

AAP News features tele-audiology report by Children's Hospital physicians

February 3, 2014

Up to 40 percent of infants who do not pass the newborn hearing screen are lost to follow-up and never receive a diagnostic evaluation. But the use of tele-audiology technologies can improve follow-up evaluation rates by making it easier for families to access services.

Tighter economic regulation is needed to reverse obesity epidemic

February 2, 2014

Governments could slow — and even reverse — the growing epidemic of obesity by taking measures to counter fast food consumption, according to a study published today in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

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UC Davis experts: American Heart Month

January 29, 2014

UC Davis faculty are available throughout American Heart Month in February for interviews on the detection, treatment and prevention of heart and vascular disease and can discuss groundbreaking research that is leading to new methods of addressing heart failure, arrhythmia, atherosclerosis, valve disease, congenital conditions, coronary artery disease and more.

New insights into controlling pediatric obesity

January 29, 2014

Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic. Almost one-third of children in this country are overweight or obese, but how can we stem the tide? One idea is to use electronic health records (EHRs) to help clinicians intervene more aggressively. Programmed alerts could spur caregivers to order key tests and educate patients and families. But how does this approach work in the real world?

UC Davis Pediatrics chair contributes to World Symposium on pulmonary hypertension

January 28, 2014

New standards, approaches and recommendations for diagnosing, treating and conducting research on pulmonary hypertension in infants and children were recently published in a special issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology devoted to findings of the 5th World Symposium on Pulmonary Hypertension (WSPH), held in Nice, France, in 2013. Robin Steinhorn, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Pediatrics, was one of only two neonatologists worldwide invited to participate.

Three physicians hit by phishing scam

January 27, 2014

UC Davis Health System is in the process of notifying approximately 1,800 patients that emails containing their personal or medical information may have been compromised by an Internet phishing scam that affected three UC Davis clinicians in mid-December.

UC Davis is all red for heart health

January 24, 2014

The University of California, Davis, studies the heart, treats the heart and promotes heart health in a big, big way, to be demonstrated Friday, Feb. 7, when thousands of students, staff and faculty will try to set a new world record for largest heart formation.

Bruce Hammock receives 2014 Brodie Award

January 23, 2014

Bruce D. Hammock, UC Davis Distinguished Professor of Entomology, has received the 2014 Bernard B. Brodie Award from The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET).

James Purdy receives MD Anderson Distinguished Alumnus Award

January 23, 2014

James A. Purdy, UC Davis professor emeritus in the UC Davis Department of Radiation Oncology, has been given the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Clinical informatics becomes a board-certified specialty

January 21, 2014

Three UC Davis physicians are among the nation’s first doctors to become board certified in clinical informatics, a new medical subspecialty created to help broaden and professionalize the health information technology workforce.

UC Davis experts: Winter Olympics

January 17, 2014

University of California, Davis, experts are available for comment on various aspects of the Olympic Games — from luge and snowboarding safety to winter sports injury treatment and prevention

UC Davis recognized as a research powerhouse

January 15, 2014

UC Davis placed among the nation’s leading institutions of higher education that conduct research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2013, according to data collected and tabulated by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, a North Carolina nonprofit organization that uses the NIH’s Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools for its annual rankings.

Nursing excellence at UC Davis Medical Center earns prestigious Magnet® recognition

January 15, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center joins the ranks of elite clinical-care institutions in the nation with its new Magnet Recognition Program® status, which was granted this week by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Commentary recommends abandoning the GDP

January 15, 2014

In a commentary published this week in Nature, a global team of public-health experts that included Roberto De Vogli of UC Davis said it is time to abandon the GDP in favor of benchmarks that bring environmental and social health on par with economic progress.

UC Davis Transplant Center opens Fresno location

January 14, 2014

The UC Davis Transplant Center — one of the nation’s premier transplant programs — has opened a new clinic in Fresno to expand access to kidney and pancreas transplant care in Central California.

National group picks Parking Structure 3 as Innovative Facility of the Year

January 13, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center’s Parking Structure 3 has been selected as the 2013 Innovative Facility of the Year by the National Parking Association.

Distinguished lecture to explore implementing school programs for children with autism

January 13, 2014

David S. Mandell, associate director of the Center for Autism Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research at the University of Pennsylvania, will present “Context Matters: Implementing Evidence-based Practices for Children with Autism in Public Schools” during the February UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecture.

Complementary medicine in wide use to treat children with autism, developmental delay

January 11, 2014

In a study of the range of treatments being employed for young children with autism and other developmental delays, UC Davis MIND Institute researchers have found that families often use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments and that the most frequent users of both conventional and complementary approaches are those with higher levels of parental education and income. [en español]

Katherine Rauen receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

January 10, 2014

Katherine A. Rauen, professor in the Department of Pediatrics and a physician-scientist affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute and UC Davis Children’s Hospital, has received a 2013 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.

New clinic provides immunization information to Sacramento area parents

January 9, 2014

UC Davis Children’s Hospital will open a new clinic this month to provide information and counseling to parents who are considering choosing not to immunize their children.

UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement provides free Direct accounts for rural California providers

January 8, 2014

As part of its gaol of accelerating the adoption of health information exchange (HIE) technology, the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement’s California Health eQuality (CHeQ) Program is offering free Direct accounts through its Rural HIE Incentive Program launched earlier this year.

Men do not seek obesity surgery as soon as they should

January 6, 2014

Even though obesity affects women and men equally, a UC Davis study shows that obese women are four times more likely than obese men to seek weight-loss surgery. When they do see a bariatric surgeon, male patients tend to be older, more obese and sicker than women.

Young adult bereavement art group begins Feb. 11

January 6, 2014

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.

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New MRI technique illuminates the wrist in motion

December 31, 2013

UC Davis radiologists, medical physicists and orthopaedic surgeons have found a way to create "movies" of the wrist in motion using a series of brief magnetic resonance imaging scans. Called "Active MRI," the technique could be useful in diagnosing subtle changes in physiology that indicate the onset of conditions such as wrist instability.

High good and low bad cholesterol levels are healthy for the brain, too

December 30, 2013

High levels of “good” cholesterol and low levels of “bad” cholesterol are correlated with lower levels of the amyloid plaque deposition in the brain that is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, in a pattern that mirrors the relationship between good and bad cholesterol in cardiovascular disease, UC Davis researchers have found. [en español]

Santa delivers Christmas wish to young hospital patient

December 20, 2013

In the UC Davis Children’s Hospital playroom, 9-year-old William Davis sat with his leg wrapped in bandages after treatment for dog bites and gazed at a large video screen as Santa Claus was beamed in from the North Pole. It was part of Cisco Systems’ “Santa Connection” program, which gives hospitalized children an opportunity to virtually share their wishes with Santa.

Detecting gastric cancer early -- it's in the sugars

December 20, 2013

Gastric cancer kills more than 700,000 people each year, mostly in Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe. Though the disease is quite treatable when caught early, symptoms are indistinct and late detection leads to high mortality. The five-year survival rate in the United States is 26.9 percent.

Lane elected to the scientific committee of the International Osteoporosis Foundation

December 18, 2013

Nancy E. Lane, an endowed professor of medicine and rheumatology and director of the Center for Musculoskeletal Health at UC Davis Health System, has been elected as a new member of the Committee of Scientific Advisors of the International Osteoporosis Foundation.

Survival rates have not improved for metastatic prostate cancer

December 18, 2013

Since the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test was introduced in the late 1980s, prostate cancer mortality has dropped by more than 40 percent. However, there has been tremendous controversy over whether the PSA test has caused that decline.  In a newly published study, UC Davis researchers suggest that PSA screening likely plays an important role. [en español]   

MIND Institute research named a Top 10 Scientific Advance for 2013 by Autism Speaks

December 18, 2013

A study by UC Davis MIND Institute researchers has been named one of the Top 10 Scientific Advances of 2013 by Autism Speaks, the international science and advocacy organization.

Sports vision specialist receives "40 Under 40" recognition

December 17, 2013

UC Davis eye specialist Khizer Khaderi, age 35, is combining expertise in neuro-opthalmology with technological know-how to develop new tools to improve vision and patient care, from athletes in training to individuals with traumatic brain injury.

The danger of sending patients home too soon after thyroid surgery

December 17, 2013

Removal of the thyroid gland is considered by most surgeons to be safe, which is why patients are often discharged from the hospital on the same day as the procedure. A new international, multicenter study published in the current issue of Surgery has found that some of these patients should be monitored in the hospital overnight for potentially deadly bleeding known as a post-surgical hematoma.

Pilot study finds ways to better screen and recover guns from domestic violence offenders

December 13, 2013

More intensive screening to identify firearm owners among individuals who are subject to domestic violence restraining orders, and streamlining processes to recover guns at the time those restraining orders are served could help enforce existing laws that prohibit these offenders from having firearms and using them to harm others, a pilot study conducted by violence prevention experts at the University of Californa, Davis, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found. [en español]

January distinguished lecture to address the link between the gut and the brain in autism

December 12, 2013

Alessio Fasano, an internationally respected pediatric gastroenterologist, research scientist and founder of the Center for Celiac Research at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, will present “Gut-brain interaction in autism spectrum disorder: What language do they speak, and do they understand each other?” during the January 2014 UC Davis MIND Institute distinguished lecture.

Stem cell agency funds UC Davis tissue-engineering research

December 12, 2013

Led by a renowned throat surgeon and a highly regarded stem cell researcher, a UC Davis team has received a $4.4 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to develop a stem cell-derived airway transplant to cure a difficult, life-threatening problem known as severe airway stenosis.

Hybrid clotting factor means fewer injections, better disease control for hemophilia patients

December 12, 2013

A Phase III clinical trial led by UC Davis researchers has confirmed that a new coagulation factor (rFIXFc) dramatically reduces the number of injections needed to maintain effective clotting for hemophilia B patients.

Electrical power restored at UC Davis Medical Center

December 12, 2013

Electrical power is back on at UC Davis Medical Center and all its facilities after an interruption in a SMUD power feed this morning.

Holiday toy drive benefits UC Davis Children's Hospital

December 10, 2013

UC Davis Children's Hospital is hosting a holiday toy drive this month to help spread cheer to its patients and their families staying this holiday season.

Sacramento Republic FC visits UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

December 10, 2013

Sacramento Republic FC scored big with UC Davis Children's Hospital patients when they visited Thursday morning.

Better guidelines, coordination needed for prostate cancer specialists

December 9, 2013

With a deluge of promising new drug treatments for advanced prostate cancer on the market, a new model of care is needed that emphasizes collaboration between urologists and medical oncologists, according to UC Davis prostate cancer experts. [en español]

Paul Knoepfler receives National Advocacy Award at World Stem Cell Summit

December 6, 2013

Paul Knoepfler, associate professor of cell biology and human anatomy at UC Davis School of Medicine, was honored this week at the World Stem Cell Summit in San Diego for his stem cell advocacy and awareness efforts.

Gallery reception on Dec. 11 raises funds for UC Davis Children's Hospital

December 6, 2013

JayJay Gallery in Sacramento will host a special gallery reception on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. in support of UC Davis Children's Hospital.

UC Davis Children's Hospital announces partnership with Sac Republic FC

December 5, 2013

Improving children's health is the goal for UC Davis Children's Hospital, as it teams up with Sacramento professional soccer team Sac Republic FC for its inaugural season.

Trauma-care quality improvement needs national focus

December 4, 2013

The ability to objectively measure and compare the quality and long-term outcomes of trauma care nationwide will be imperative under the new health-care payment models that are evolving, UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement Director Kenneth W.  Kizer told attendees of the Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP) of the American College of Surgeons last month.

Live auction and wine tasting event will benefit UC Davis School of Medicine's community clinics

December 4, 2013

Tickets are now on sale for the 34th annual UC Davis School of Medicine Silent Auction and Wine Tasting Benefit, set for Saturday, Jan. 11, from 5:30-9 p.m. in the Education Building, 4610 X Street, Sacramento.

UC Davis Medical Center named 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital

December 3, 2013

UC Davis Medical Center ranks among The Leapfrog Group's list of Top Hospitals for 2013, a distinction that places UC Davis among a handful of health systems and hospitals in California and among the top 10 percent of hospitals participating in the national survey that met tough national standards for safety and quality. UC Davis and UC San Francisco Medical Center at Mount Zion were the only medical centers in the University of California system recognized as Top Hospitals.