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Support UC Davis programs on Give Day, April 20-21, 2018!

April 18, 2018

On UC Davis Give Day, employees, students, alumni, friends, parents, patients and clients are invited to support an area of UC Davis or UC Davis Health that is meaningful to them.

Immune system and gastrointestinal deregulation linked with autism

April 17, 2018

Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute have found that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have reduced immune system regulation, as well as shifts in their gut microbiota. The immune deregulation appears to facilitate increased inflammation and may be linked to the gastrointestinal issues so often experienced by children with ASD. The research was published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity

African Americans and Alzheimer's disease

April 17, 2018

In an ongoing effort to address the disproportionate needs of the African American community coping with Alzheimer’s disease, the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center and the Alzheimer’s Association are hosting a free day-long forum on Saturday, April 21.

Film festival highlights UC Davis Children's Hospital patients-turned-filmmakers

April 17, 2018

UC Davis pediatric patients-turned filmmakers screened their movies for the first time in front of a large audience last Friday at the BayKids Film Festival held at the UC Davis MIND Institute.

Credit unions raise $235,300 for Children's Miracle Network hospitals

April 13, 2018

The 8th annual Credit Union SACTOWN Run generated more than $235,000 for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals across California and Nevada. A portion of the funds raised will support UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

The latest in cardiology research highlighted at Heart Research Day

April 13, 2018

The inauigural Heart Research Day is Wednesday, April 18, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Education Building lecture hall 1222. Register online at https://goo.gl/W2Tj71

Teen artists use their talents to share the 'donate life' message

April 13, 2018

Winners of the fourth annual Donate Life Visual Arts Contest were recognized and received prize money at a special event held in their honor Wednesday on the Sacramento campus of UC Davis.

UC Davis nursing dean, faculty, students research showcased at regional conference

April 12, 2018

More than two dozen UC Davis nursing faculty, researchers and students will present their scholarly work focusing on the health care experiences of cancer patients, data-driven nursing and interprofessional approaches to collaborative teamwork at the Western Institute of Nursing 51ST Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference in Spokane, Washington, today through Saturday.

Spina bifida patient healthy, happy after fetal surgery

April 10, 2018

When Esparto resident Chloe MacCullough was pregnant at 25 weeks, her baby was flagged for increased risk of a neural tube defect in a routine screening. A private specialist in Sacramento confirmed by ultrasound that her son had spina bifida low on his back.

Abdominal aortic disease specialist to lead UC Davis vascular services

April 10, 2018

Matthew Mell, a national leader in defining health policy for managing and treating aortic disease, has joined UC Davis Health as director of the UC Davis Vascular Center and chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery.

UC Davis pediatric heart patient is youngest Impella patient in the U.S.

April 9, 2018

Sergio Ledesma thought it was a cold. His son Adolfo had the usual symptoms. It was going around. But when he began to turn pale and could hardly breathe, his dad took him to the emergency room at their local hospital. By this point, Adolfo’s health had declined so much he was airlifted to UC Davis Children’s Hospital. He needed to be in the Pediatric and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PICU/PCICU) and UC Davis Children’s Hospital is the Central Valley's only level I pediatric trauma center and emergency department that includes state-of-the-art neonatal, pediatric and pediatric cardiac intensive care units.

Media advisory: Teen artists honored for encouraging organ and tissue donation

April 9, 2018

Winners of the fourth annual Sacramento Regional Donate Life Visual Arts Contest will share their entries and be recognized with a total of $4,100 in prize money at a ceremony in their honor. The event is one of the ways UC Davis Transplant Center and Sierra Donor Services engage the community in Donate Life Month, a national campaign held each April to raise awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation.

Ralph Adolphs will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on April 11

April 6, 2018

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host Ralph Adolphs on Wednesday, April 11 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. He will present “Predicting who you are from looking at your brain” at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. The event is free to the public and no reservations are required, but seating is limited. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the hour-long lecture.

Violence Prevention Research Program releases #WhatYouCanDo to help reduce gun violence

April 6, 2018

A new website shows doctors, nurses and other health care providers what they can do to stop gun violence.

Study does not find change in firearm homicide or suicide rates through 2008 after repeal of comprehensive background check laws in two states

April 4, 2018

A study of firearm homicide and suicide rates in the 10 years after two states repealed their comprehensive background check laws in 1998 found no change in the rates of either cause of death from firearms through 2008. The repeals eliminated background check requirements for private-party transfers, but not for firearm transfers from licensed dealers.

Primo "Lucky" Lara named UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Director

April 3, 2018

Primo Nery Lara, Jr. has been named director of the National Cancer Institute-designated UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, leading a team of more than 300 scientists with an estimated $90 million in annual research funding and a clinical enterprise that serves more than 10,000 adult and pediatric patients throughout the region every year.

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Brandt receives humanitarian award from the American Glaucoma Society

March 29, 2018

James D. Brandt, a renown glaucoma specialist and professor of ophthalmology and vision science, received the humanitarian award from American Glaucoma Society earlier this month in New York City. The award recognizes his longstanding commitment and efforts to preserve vision and to improve the quality of life for those in need.

Parking made easier

March 28, 2018

Get ready for some new technologies in parking areas around the Sacramento campus.

UC Davis Medical Center again named LGBTQ healthcare leader

March 27, 2018

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) organization, has named UC Davis Medical Center a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” in its 2018 Healthcare Equality Index report.

Register now for cardiovascular nurse/technologist symposium

March 26, 2018

Registration is now open for the 8th annual UC Davis Cardiovascular Nurse/Technologist Symposium, a one-day education event on advances in diagnosing, treating and improving outcomes for patients with heart and vascular disease.

Family Caregiving Institute at UC Davis hosts summit to map out research priorities, advance family-centered care

March 26, 2018

The Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis brought together more than 50 national and international experts in family caregiving at a two-day summit designed to map out research priorities.

Wraparound program helps steer youths away from cycle of violence

March 21, 2018

Young victims of violence who are hospitalized for traumatic injuries no longer need to feel isolated and vulnerable in the months following their medical discharge. A new UC Davis Health program called Wraparound is designed to aid emotional recovery and help prevent recurrence of violent injuries among adolescents and young adults, ages 15 to 26, in the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento.

Burn center nurses recognized for excellence

March 20, 2018

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses has conferred a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the nurses of the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center at UC Davis Medical Center.

Amygdala neurons increase as children become adults - except in autism

March 20, 2018

In a striking new finding, researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute found that typically-developing children gain more neurons in a region of the brain that governs social and emotional behavior, the amygdala, as they become adults. This phenomenon does not happen in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Instead, children with ASD have too many neurons early on and then appear to lose those neurons as they become adults. The findings were published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

UC Davis Schools of Medicine and Nursing rise in U.S. News rankings

March 20, 2018

The medical and nursing schools at UC Davis Health are ranked among the best in the country in the U.S. News & World Report 2019 graduate school rankings, released today (March 20). The list reveals new rankings for medical and nursing programs, as well as business, law, education, engineering, mathematics and physical sciences.

Soon-to-be physicians celebrate Match Day 2018

March 16, 2018

Today’s annual Match Day ceremony at UC Davis School of Medicine gave more than 100 future physicians an exciting glimpse of what the future holds for them in medicine.

Wild Bill does it again, donating thousands to UC Davis Children's Hospital

March 16, 2018

Colorful is one way to describe him. From his past to his ink, there’s a vibrant story to be told about Wild Bill Hill. One of hell-raising, Harleys and Ed Hardy, but most of all … heart.

Spanish questionnaire expected to reduce disparities in speech treatment for cleft-palate patients

March 15, 2018

The Spanish version of a questionnaire used to assess the speech and quality-of- life of children and young adults following cleft-palate surgery has been developed by craniofacial disorder specialists at UC Davis Health and the University of Utah.

UC Davis founding nursing dean steps down, plans to strengthen research role with school

March 15, 2018

Heather M. Young, the founding dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, today announced her plans to step down from her leadership position to assume the roles of dean emerita and professor at the school.

Christopher Evans awarded top honor by the European Association of Urology

March 13, 2018

Christopher Evans, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Urology and president of the Society of Urologic Oncology, will receive the Platinum Award at the International Friendship Dinner on Sunday, March 18 during the 33rd annual European Association of Urology (EAU) meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The role of contraception in women's health disparities

March 12, 2018

Join us on Thursday, March 22, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Old Soul @ 40 Acres in Sacramento for a conversation with UC Davis Health’s Melissa Joy Chen, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology who focuses on family planning.

UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center sponsors Concepts in Congenital Cardiac Care symposium

March 12, 2018

The UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center will host its second annual Concepts in Congenital Cardiac Care symposium. The symposium will take place April 14, 2018 at Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California, 2425 Stockton Blvd. in Sacramento; from 7:50 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration will begin at 7:15 a.m.

Primo Lara to become new deputy chair of SWOG

March 9, 2018

Primo “Lucky” Lara, Jr. will become the new deputy chair of SWOG, a research organization of more than 12,000 people at over 1,000 hospitals and clinics that designs and conducts publicly funded cancer clinical trials and that represents a major force cancer advances worldwide.  

Acute myeloid leukemia patients have reduced early mortality at NCI-designated cancer centers

March 8, 2018

Researchers at UC Davis have shown that patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who received their care at a National Cancer Institute (NCI) cancer center in California had a dramatically reduced risk of early mortality. Using data from the California Cancer Registry and the Patient Discharge Dataset, the team determined that the risk was reduced by 53 percent. These findings were reported in February in the journal Cancer.

UC Davis researchers find new way to defeat HIV latency

March 7, 2018

Researchers at UC Davis Health, together with colleagues at UC San Francisco and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, have found a mechanism for making HIV come out of hiding and become susceptible to anti-HIV drugs. Their study is now published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Geraldine Dawson will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on Mar. 14

March 7, 2018

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host autism researcher Geraldine Dawson on Wednesday, March 14 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. She will present “Early intervention and brain plasticity” at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. The event is free to the public and no reservations are required, however, seating is limited. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the hour-long lecture.

New molecular target could help ease asthma

March 6, 2018

Researchers at UC Davis Health and Albany Medical College have shown that the protein vascular endothelial growth factor A — or VEGFA — plays a major role in the inflammation and airway obstruction associated with asthma. The finding may eventually lead to new asthma treatments targeting VEGFA.

Can high doses of vitamin D help prevent memory loss?

March 6, 2018

Vitamin D has long been known to be important for healthy bone growth, but new evidence suggests it also may help keep the brain sharp as people age. The problem is that most older people don’t get enough of it.

Spirit Halloween Superstores donates $73,878 to UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department

March 5, 2018

As part of a nationwide corporate program by Spirit Halloween Superstores, local store operators Kirk and Shanda Pierce presented a check for $73,878 to the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at UC Davis. Members of their in-store teams were also on hand to celebrate this 2017 campaign fundraising total and be acknowledged for their tremendous dedication to help make hospitals less scary for kids.

Grant brings genomic sequencing to children whose insurance doesn't provide coverage

March 1, 2018

The UC Davis Division of Genomic Medicine has received a two-year, $50,000 grant from the Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis to bring next-generation genomic sequencing (NGS) to children in need in the Sacramento region. The grant will support NGS for children with undiagnosed, often congenital, conditions to find the underlying genetic causes and improve their care.

12-year-old patient becomes UC Davis Men's Basketball honorary team captain

March 1, 2018

What a difference a year makes! 12-year-old Folsom resident Jackson Manning had what appeared to be stomach flu symptoms last February. His parents awoke one morning to find his breathing was rapid, he was turning blue and he was unresponsive.

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A small pay increase can have big health benefits for lower-wage workers

February 28, 2018

Lower-wage workers who receive a $1 raise call in sick less and consider themselves healthier than those who do not, new UC Davis research on minimum-wage policies shows.

Leader in creating a national blueprint to repair health care to speak in Sacramento

February 27, 2018

Ted Epperly, a nationally regarded family physician and leader in creating models of integrated, accessible and cost-effective health care, will speak in Sacramento as part of the UC Davis Health George G. Snively Lectureship in Family Medicine. Epperly’s address is Tuesday, March 6, at 5:30 p.m.  in lecture hall 1222 of the Education Building located at 4610 X Street in Sacramento. Reservations are requested via Eventbrite.

UC Davis Medical Center honored for reducing C-sections

February 23, 2018

UC Davis Medical Center has been honored with the 2017 achievement award for meeting or surpassing the federal target aimed at reducing the state’s low-risk, first-birth Cesarean section (C-section) rate by Smart Care California, a state health care coalition. 

UC Davis physician featured in CDC grand rounds presentation on heart health

February 16, 2018

UC Davis Health cardiologist and heart failure specialist Kathleen Tong talked about “What Works to Prevent Second Heart Attacks” during a grand rounds presentation sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday, Feb. 20. It can be replayed via the Public Health Grand Rounds archive on the CDC’s website.

UC Davis School of Medicine research funding ranks among the top 26 institutions in the U.S.

February 16, 2018

For the first time, UC Davis School of Medicine has ranked in the top 20 percent of institutions in the country for research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  

New study to evaluate the potential links between ozone and COPD

February 14, 2018

Angela Haczku, a leading researcher on environmental causes for airway inflammation, will receive more than $900,000 from the Tobacco Related-Disease Research Program to study chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and ozone, a toxic component of urban smog.

UC Davis family medicine residents are heading to Ukiah

February 14, 2018

Over the next few years, as many as 18 residents will work at both UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento and Adventist Health Ukiah Valley Medical Center as part of a new family medicine physician training program.

Introducing EM Pulse, a podcast from UC Davis emergency medicine physicians about life in the ER

February 14, 2018

Have you ever wondered what it’s like being an emergency medicine physician and how the team works to address some of the nation’s most pressing health care challenges? To find out more, consider listening and subscribing to EM Pulse, a new podcast series launched by UC Davis emergency medicine physicians.

Traveling hands-on exhibit visits UC Davis Medical Center TODAY, Feb. 9

February 9, 2018

UC Davis physicians, nurses and scientists are hosting the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Journey, a traveling, hands-on exhibit to raise awareness about precision medicine. The event is free, open to the public and wheelchair-accessible

Young cancer survivors' risk of heart disease related to race and socioeconomic factors

February 9, 2018

Adolescent and young adult cancer survivors who are African American, poor or have public or no health insurance are far more likely to suffer from coronary artery disease, heart failure or stroke later in life than non-Hispanic white cancer survivors.

Tools for Inclusion Resource Fair Feb. 13

February 9, 2018

Educators, service providers, families and people with disabilities are invited to a free fair showcasing assistive technology devices and strategies on Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 6-8 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute.

Introducing EM Pulse, a podcast by UC Davis emergency medicine physicians

February 7, 2018

Have you ever wondered what it’s like being an emergency medicine physician and how the team works to address some of the nation’s most pressing health care challenges? To find out more, consider listening and subscribing to EM Pulse, a new podcast series launched by UC Davis emergency medicine physicians.

Frank Ing named new chief of pediatric cardiology at UC Davis Children's Hospital

February 6, 2018

Frank Ing, an internationally renowned interventional cardiologist, has been named chief of the UC Davis Division of Pediatric Cardiology, effective Feb. 1.

Traveling hands-on exhibit visits UC Davis Medical Center, Feb. 6 and 9

February 6, 2018

UC Davis Health is hosting the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Journey, a traveling, hands-on exhibit to raise awareness about precision medicine and the All of Us research program.

IHOP pancake drive-through raises funds for UC Davis Children's Hospital on Feb. 26

February 6, 2018

On Monday, Feb. 26, 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 IHOP’s National Pancake Day. 

Northern Californians asked to complete fire impacts survey

February 5, 2018

UC Davis public health researchers are conducting a comprehensive assessment of the health effects of the Northern California fires in October. They are asking one person per household in Napa, Sonoma and other counties affected by the fires to answer an online questionnaire — called the UC Davis Northern California Fire and Health Impacts Survey — about their daily lives, property and health before the fires occurred and immediately afterward, along with their current situations.

New research suggests your own immune system can protect against MRSA infections

February 5, 2018

After years of investigation, researchers at UC Davis, Johns Hopkins, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases have discovered how the immune system might protect a person from recurrent bacterial skin infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus (staph). The findings, publishing online this week in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, open new doors to someday developing vaccines to prevent staph skin infections, which account for 14 million outpatient visits, nearly 500,000 hospital admissions and $3 billion to $4 billion in inpatient health care costs in the U.S. per year.

Alison Singer will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on Feb. 14

February 2, 2018

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host Alison Singer on Wednesday, Feb. 14 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. She will present “Autism from generation to generation” at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. The event is free to the public and no reservations are required, however, seating is limited. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the hour-long lecture.

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National study finds substantial unmet needs for mental health care among veterans of recent wars

January 31, 2018

A new congressionally mandated report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released today has concluded that there is a substantial unmet need for mental health services among veterans of the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. 

Talamantes honored as an Emerging Scholar

January 25, 2018

Efrain Talamantes, an assistant professor of internal medicine and an expert in advancing equity and diversity in the field of medicine, has been named an Emerging Scholar for 2018 by the publication Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Researchers say medical licensing test should include more prescription drug safety, misuse questions

January 24, 2018

Research led by experts from the UC Davis schools of medicine and nursing has identified gaps in pain-related education for health care providers that leave out important aspects of safe and effective pain management competencies, including those specific to opioid safety. These findings, said the researchers, may help explain one reason for the current public health crisis of inappropriate pain management and prescription drug abuse.

UC Davis Medical Center flu response facts

January 23, 2018

With peak flu season still to come, UC Davis Medical Center is preparing to handle a surge of flu-related cases if the need arises. It is prepping an unused area within the hospital where patients with the flu can be isolated and treated should other options within the hospital reach capacity.

Testing Sonoma ash and air for fire-formed pollutants

January 23, 2018

When fires ripped through suburban subdivisions in Santa Rosa last October, they may have done more than reduce homes to ashes. By incinerating all kinds of materials — insulation, electronics, furniture, cleaning products, pesticides — at very high temperatures, they could have created unknown or previously unrecognized health hazards in the smoke and ash. Researchers from the University of California, Davis, are trying to figure out just what is in that ash and air.

UC Davis to provide primary care services at One Community Health

January 19, 2018

UC Davis Family and Community Medicine physicians will soon expand the availability of primary health care services at the One Community Health clinic in midtown Sacramento.

Lecture to focus on the importance of mindfulness in medicine

January 18, 2018

Ron Epstein, a primary and palliative care physician and director of the Center for Communication and Disparities Research at the University of Rochester, will speak in Sacramento on "Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness and Humanity." His address is Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 5:30 p.m. in the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Auditorium, 4501 X Street in Sacramento. A reception is at 5 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Register for March 3 Donut Dash: Proceeds benefit UC Davis Child Life

January 18, 2018

The tenth annual Donut Dash will take place Saturday, March 3, at 8:30 a.m. at William Land Park in Sacramento. Proceeds will benefit the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department.

Improving pain management

January 15, 2018

Chronic pain is among the most prevalent and challenging health conditions in the nation and people suffering from it outnumber those with cancer, diabetes and heart disease combined. Pain is the most common problem that physicians are asked to treat, but clinicians have not been adequately trained in managing pain. Treatment involving prescription opioids has often been inappropriate and even unsafe, contributing to a national emergency involving tens of thousands of overdose deaths each year and an ever-rising number of people with substance-use disorders.

School strategies for children with ADHD and ASD the topic for Jan. 24 series

January 15, 2018

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, the UC Davis MIND Institute and its Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities will host “School strategies for children with ADHD and ASD” as part of the MINDS Behind the Mind lecture series from 5:30-7 p.m. at the MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. A Q&A with panelists will follow the presentation.

School of Nursing professor awarded for distinguished service to UC Davis

January 12, 2018

Deborah Ward, a clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, received the 2017 James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award, the UC Davis Academic Federation’s highest honor.

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group begins Feb. 20

January 10, 2018

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.

Chief nursing officer is new president of California Association of Healthcare Leaders

January 9, 2018

Toby Marsh, chief nursing and patient care services officer at UC Davis Medical Center, added another hat to his leadership portfolio. This month, he began a year-long term as president of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL).

Minds Behind the MIND Spanish series continues Jan. 18 with Vanessa Avila-Pons

January 9, 2018

On Thursday, Jan. 18, the UC Davis MIND Institute and its Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities will host the second of three Minds Behind the MIND lectures in Spanish. The presentation is from 5:30-7 p.m. at the MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. A Q&A with the panelist will follow the presentation.

UC Davis physician assistant professor named national distinguished fellow

January 9, 2018

Felix Emond, an assistant clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing UC Davis, was named a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). He earned this national recognition due to his outstanding contributions to patient care and the profession during his 30-plus years as a physician assistant. He also demonstrated significant dedication and involvement in the communities in which he has served.

Good Samaritan kidney donor featured in National Geographic

January 5, 2018

UC Davis Health patient Missy Ewing, who donated a kidney to a stranger, is featured in the January issue of National Geographic magazine in an article on the science of good and evil.

UC Davis researcher urges caution on engineered stem cells

January 3, 2018

In a commentary published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, UC Davis researcher William Murphy expressed cautious optimism about efforts to genetically engineer hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) to temporarily resist cell death during transplantation. While these gene therapy approaches could dramatically improve patient outcomes, Murphy argues that their risks must be carefully studied in diverse animal models.

Children's Hospital publishes 2016-2017 Annual Report

January 3, 2018

UC Davis Children's Hospital has published its first-ever Annual Report this week.

Edwin Cook, Jr. will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on Jan. 10

January 2, 2018

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host Edwin Cook on Wednesday, Jan. 10 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. He will present “Translating the complex genetics of autism” at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. This event is open to the public, and no reservations are required. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the hour-long lecture.

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Ophthalmologists increasingly dissatisfied with electronic health records

December 28, 2017

Ophthalmologists’ use of electronic health records (EHR) systems for storing and accessing patients’ medical histories more than doubled between 2006 and 2016, while their perceptions of financial and clinical productivity following EHR implementation declined, a study published today in JAMA Ophthalmology shows.

Parents of hospitalized kids shop for free toys at this year's Holiday Workshop

December 21, 2017

Parents of hospitalized kids got a chance to shop today as the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at UC Davis Children's Hospital held its annual Holiday Workshop.

New grant funds study of immune cell activity in stem cell transplantation

December 21, 2017

A team of UC Davis investigators has been awarded a $1.2 million grant to examine a common virus and its effects on immune system function after stem cell transplantation.

String quartet delights Medical Center staff, visitors and patients

December 20, 2017

A string quartet, featuring UC Davis faculty and friends, delighted staff, visitors and patients in the hospital lobby yesterday by playing Christmas carols, Hannukah songs and other holiday favorites.

Pulmonary Function and Exercise Testing Lab helps pediatric congenital heart patients

December 20, 2017

Five-year-old Zoey Kenison slips her feet onto the bike pedals and begins cycling, hands gripping the handle bars. But this is no ordinary bike. It’s a pediatric cycle ergometer, a fixed stationary bike that measures her heart rate, blood pressure, electrocardiogram and breath-by-breath respiratory indices, including volumes and the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide.

Enhanced natural killer cells attack solid tumors

December 19, 2017

Human and veterinary researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have shown that enhanced natural killer (NK) immune cells, combined with radiation therapy, can be effective against spontaneous osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in dogs. The research showed these NK cells homed in on cancer and reduced metastasis in the treated dogs, offering a potential immunotherapy against solid tumors. The study was published today in the Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer

Qualitative health research symposium: Using qualitative methods to advance health research

December 18, 2017

Health care professionals, faculty, researchers and staff from UC Davis and community organizations are invited to discuss qualitative research methods at the fourth Qualitative Health Research Symposium from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 2.

Haddad accepted into American Society of Pediatric Nephrology's Leadership Development Program

December 18, 2017

Maha Haddad, associate professor of pediatrics, was accepted as a member of the fourth cohort of the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology's Leadership Development Program (ASPN LDP). 

UC Davis nursing professor honored by National Hispanic Health Foundation

December 15, 2017

Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, a professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was honored for her commitment to serving the health needs of the growing Hispanic communities in the U.S. The National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) recognized de Leon Siantz and five other health care professionals as outstanding role models who have transformed their government agencies, health professions schools, research, community agencies and media to advance health care to underserved communities. De Leon Siantz is the only nurse recognized this year.

Integrity in medicine: Former New England Journal of Medicine editor to speak in Sacramento

December 15, 2017

Jerome Kassirer, an influential physician and advocate for separating commerce and medicine, will speak in Sacramento on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 5:30 p.m. as the UC Davis Health Snively Visiting Professor in Family and Community Medicine.

Simulation model finds Cure Violence program and targeted policing more effective in curbing urban violence

December 14, 2017

When communities and police work together to deter urban violence, they can achieve better outcomes with fewer resources than when each works in isolation, a simulation model created by researchers at the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program, Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the University at Albany has found.

Impact of medical marijuana laws on teen substance use differs by grade

December 14, 2017

A study assessing the impact of medical marijuana laws (MML) on adolescent substance use  has found decreased use of all substances among 8th graders, no change among 10th graders and increased non-medical use of prescription opioids and cigarette use among 12th graders, following MML enactment.

More new moms need recommended postpartum care

December 14, 2017

About half of new moms in California, including those with diabetes, do not receive critical follow-up care within three months after giving birth, a new study published in the December issue of the journal Contraception shows.

World renowned neonatologist leads UC Davis Department of Pediatrics

December 12, 2017

Satyan Lakshminrusimha, a world renowned neonatologist, has been named chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the UC Davis School of Medicine. The department provides state-of-the-art clinical care and conducts research into disease conditions affecting infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Lakshminrusimha also serves as medical director of UC Davis Children's Hospital, the only nationally ranked pediatric hospital in inland Northern California.

UC Davis nursing school hosts pinning ceremony for inaugural master's-entry nursing students

December 11, 2017

Leaders and faculty from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis hosted a pinning ceremony for students in the inaugural class of the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing program. The traditional event is a symbolic welcoming of newly graduated nurses into the nursing profession. Members of the inaugural class formally complete their graduate school studies Dec. 15 and are then prepared take the national licensing examination for registered nurses.

Children's Hospital's online newsletter published today

December 7, 2017

The Pediatric Press, UC Davis Children's Hospital's online newsletter, has published its winter issue today.

2017 Lazer Radiothon totals exceed previous year

December 7, 2017

Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis and Lazer Broadcasting Corporation raised close to $200,000 for UC Davis Children’s Hospital during the annual Lazer Radiothon held in October. The $198,746 total reflects a 32 percent increase over 2016.

Once upon a time at the MIND

December 5, 2017

More than 1,250 children and their families gathered at the MIND Institute on Saturday for the 15th annual thank-you party, a celebration of their participation in studies or programs that advance research in neurodevelopmental disorders.

UC Davis physician honored as one of the nation's top cardiologists

December 5, 2017

UC Davis physician and nationally recognized heart disease expert Ezra A. Amsterdam has made Forbes' list of top cardiologists in the U.S.

UC Davis researchers collaborate on census of microbial life on the International Space Station

December 5, 2017

Microbiologists at the University of California, Davis who analyzed swabs taken by astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) and compared them with samples from homes on earth as well as the Human Microbiome Project found that the microbial community in this unique habitat was very diverse and more closely resembled that of homes than of humans.

Microscope that uses ultraviolet instead of visible light emerging as powerful diagnostic tool

December 4, 2017

A microscope using ultraviolet light to illuminate samples enables pathologists to assess high-resolution images of biopsies and other fresh tissue samples for disease within minutes, without requiring the time-consuming preparation of conventional slides or destroying the tissue.

Joey Travolta will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on Dec. 13

December 4, 2017

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host Joey Travolta on Wednesday, Dec. 13 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. Travolta, owner of Inclusion Films, will present “Lights, Camera, Independence” at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. This event is open to the public, and no reservations are required. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the hour-long lecture.

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Pathology professor receives UC Davis Distinguished Emeritus Award

November 29, 2017

Robert Cardiff, renowned pathologist who specializes in the diagnosis of breast and mammary cancer in both human and animal models, has been selected to receive the UC Davis Emeriti Association's 2018 UC Davis Distinguished Emeritus Award.

Statewide survey finds physicians, pharmacists comply with prescription drug monitoring registration. Next step: increase use

November 29, 2017

A state law that funded upgrades to California’s prescription drug monitoring program and mandated physicians, pharmacists and controlled substance prescribers to register by July 2016 significantly increased registration rates, a new survey of 1,904 California physicians and pharmacists conducted by the UC Davis Violence Prevention Program has found.

Votes for UC Davis Children's Hospital could result in $50,000 to help local kids

November 29, 2017

UC Davis Health employees and the general public are invited to cast their votes to support UC Davis Children’s Hospital, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Denying patient requests lowers physician ratings

November 27, 2017

Patients who ask for specialist referrals, laboratory tests or certain medications and don’t get them tend to be less satisfied with their doctors than those whose requests are fulfilled, new research from UC Davis Health shows. Based on the results, the study authors recommend communications training for physicians that fosters positive experiences for patients without agreeing to all requests for particular diagnostics or treatments.

New county mental health urgent care clinic provides alternative to emergency department

November 27, 2017

Sacramento County is opening a Mental Health Urgent Care Clinic Nov. 29 for adults and children with less acute psychiatric crises or for those requiring an urgent psychiatric evaluation. Located on the county’s Mental Health Treatment Center campus on Stockton Blvd., the walk-in clinic provides an important alternative to UC Davis Medical Center's busy emergency department.

Study shows long-term benefits of steroid hormone medications in Duchenne muscular dystrophy

November 27, 2017

A large, multi-center, international study to assess the long-term benefits of glucocorticoid treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) concludes that it does preserve muscle strength and function as well as reduce the risk of death for patients.

Three UC Davis Health faculty named AAAS fellows

November 21, 2017

Three UC Davis Health faulty members have been elected to the newest class of fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. They are among 15 UC Davis faculty to receive the honor, announced today.

UC study finds performance on med school interviews linked to demographics

November 21, 2017

The medical school interview – a key determinant in the admissions process and, ultimately, in the physician workforce – appears to skew for or against applicants depending on their age, gender and self-identified disadvantaged socioeconomic status.

UC Davis Health collaborating with Marshall Medical Center on electronic health records project

November 21, 2017

A shared project between UC Davis Health and Marshall Medical Center has enabled the Placerville-based community hospital to transition to a new, state-of-the-art electronic health record (EHR) system.

UC Davis Health and Sacramento County Reach Settlement Agreement over Payment for Health Care Services to County Indigent and Jail Inmates

November 20, 2017

UC Davis Health and the County of Sacramento have mutually agreed to a resolution of the University’s pending lawsuit against the County. 

Maternal immune response affects genes in microglia, neural development

November 20, 2017

UC Davis MIND Institute esearchers have shown in a mouse model that an elevated maternal immune response changes the epigenetic landscape in offspring’s microglia, immune cells found in the brain and spinal cord. These changes affect genes associated with immune signaling and neural development, some of which have been implicated in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study was published online in the journal Glia.

NIH's Clinical and Translational Science Award program director visits UC Davis

November 20, 2017

Christopher P. Austin, a neurologist and geneticist who directs the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at NIH, spent Wednesday, Nov. 8 touring UC Davis research labs. He gained insights from CTSC program leaders, physicians and scientists on how to improve the movement of observations from the laboratory and clinic into the community with interventions that reach and benefit patients.

In cancer, talking about bad news can be good

November 17, 2017

Giving bad news is never easy, especially when it’s life or death. But when an oncologist delivers a poor prognosis to a cancer patient, does it harm their relationship?  Some research studies have suggested it can.

Drive-through donations!

November 17, 2017

To make the donation of toys and other gifts easier for generous businesses, non-profit organizations and donors, UC Davis is offering donors the opportunity to drive up and drop off donations for the holidays.

UC Davis Medical Center spending $215 million on seismic safety upgrades

November 16, 2017

Getting ready for “the big one” – a major earthquake – is a constant focus at UC Davis Medical Center.  Seismic safety planning and construction on the university’s 140-acre Sacramento campus must meet rigorous standards and deadlines.

$2 million grant brings telemedicine to children with disabilities

November 15, 2017

The UC Davis Department of Pediatrics has received a $2 million, five-year grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to fund a new telemedicine program for children in remote communities. The School-Based Tele-Physiatry Assistance for Rehabilitative and Therapeutic Services (STARS) program will provide critical physiatry care for kids with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries and other disabilities. The team believes the program will close gaps in care, improve quality of life for affected children and save money. [En Español]

Med student honored with prestigious scholarship

November 13, 2017

Nancy Rodriguez, a third-year medical student at UC Davis School of Medicine, has been awarded one of this year’s Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarships by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Preventing pertussis

November 9, 2017

Pertussis, widely known as “whooping cough,” is a contagious bacterial infection of the respiratory system. It’s called “whooping cough” because children infected with it gasp for air between the fierce bouts of coughing that it causes.

CMN hosts Gratitude Golf Tournament 'fore' the kids

November 8, 2017

More than 70 golfers participated in Monday’s Gratitude Golf Tournament, hosted by Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis. Located at the Yocha Dehe Golf Club, the event featured a day of golf, gratitude and fellowship in support of children’s health and UC Davis Children’s Hospital. The event was made possible by a $5,000 golf grant from Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.

Unlocking the genetics of cancer

November 7, 2017

For many, breast cancer is more than just a disease – it’s personal. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives. But through new discoveries at the genetic level, the personal nature of cancer will eventually be what helps to beat it.

Jerant selected to lead Department of Family and Community Medicine

November 6, 2017

Anthony Jerant, a physician-leader known for his commitment to patient- and family-centered care, has become chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UC Davis.

Startup Cognivive plans games as digital therapies

November 6, 2017

 A startup company founded by a University of California, Davis, neuroscientist is developing video games that act as “digital medicine” to treat children with cognitive impairments, as well as people with cognitive limitations resulting from brain injury or aging. The company, Cognivive, is built on research by co-founder Tony Simon, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at UC Davis, and others showing that playing action video games can enhance players’ spatiotemporal cognitive abilities.

Minds Behind the Mind Spanish Series: The Importance of Family Context on November 16

November 6, 2017

The 2017-2018 Spanish Minds Behind the MIND lecture series kicks off on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th Street in Sacramento.

Media advisory: Experts available for interviews during COPD Awareness Month

November 1, 2017

UC Davis Health physicians, surgeons, researchers and educators are available as media resources on COPD. Interviews with patients can be arranged as well. To schedule an interview, please contact Karen Finney at 916-734-9064 or klfinney@ucdavis.edu.

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Trick or treating fun at UC Davis Children's Hospital

October 31, 2017

UC Davis Children's Hospital’s Halloween celebration took place today 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.

Join gamers playing for UC Davis Children's Hospital on Extra Life Game Day, Nov. 4

October 31, 2017

Local gamers of all levels and from all categories — console, mobile, PC, table-top, etc. — are uniting for one cause on Saturday, November 4: to save and improve the lives of kids treated at UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Extra Life, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) fundraising program, provides game-loving locals a fun way to support UC Davis Children’s Hospital, the local CMN Hospital.

Peers can reduce tobacco use among younger smokers

October 25, 2017

Participating in a brief intervention delivered by their peers in community settings can help reduce smoking among youth and young adults, a new study from a team of tobacco-cessation researchers shows.

National Institute of Mental Health director to speak at the MIND

October 25, 2017

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host Joshua Gordon on Wednesday, Nov. 8 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. Gordon, director, National Institute of Mental Health, will present “A neural circuit approach to mental illness” at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. This event is open to the public, and no reservations are required. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the hour-long lecture.

American College of Surgeons dedicates scientific forum to Farmer

October 24, 2017

The Scientific Forum of this year’s Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), held Oct. 22-26 in San Diego, has been dedicated to Diana Farmer, chair of the UC Davis Department of Surgery and surgeon-in-chief of UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Bullying prevention tips for families

October 24, 2017

More than one out of every five students report being bullied, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. October is national bullying prevention month and UC Davis adolescent medicine physician Laura Kester has prepared some helpful tips for families to help them identify and combat bullying behaviors.

MIND Institute researchers detect reversal of behavioral deficits in a rare genetic disorder

October 23, 2017

Research conducted in mice at the UC Davis MIND Institute suggests that a drug treatment can reverse cognitive deficits and social abnormalities in a rare genetic disorder, 16p11.2 deletion syndrome, which includes symptoms of intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder, among others. Results of parallel studies conducted at the MIND and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Picower Institute for Learning and Memory appear in the latest issue of the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center hosts caregiver workshop Nov. 4

October 23, 2017

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center will host a caregiver workshop on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

Moonshot grant advances immune therapy for dogs - and one day people - with cancer

October 20, 2017

UC Davis has received its first National Cancer Institute (NCI) Moonshot grant  ̶  $2.5 million over five years  ̶  to explore immunotherapy treatments for dogs who develop melanoma and osteosarcoma and that may one day benefit humans, as well.

Cancer Center hosts lung cancer research conference

October 19, 2017

Members of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center lung cancer treatment team will present at WCLC 2017, a one-day conference on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in San Francisco. Presenters will share the latest lung cancer and other thoracic malignancy advances highlighted at the recent 18th Annual World Conference on Lung Cancer in Japan.

Children's Miracle Network at UC Davis partners with Lazer Broadcasting Group for radiothon Oct. 25-27

October 17, 2017

Children's Miracle Network at UC Davis will kick off its radiothon with Lazer Broadcasting Group Oct. 25-27 to raise funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Stations will broadcast a mix of patient stories, facts and interviews into regular programming to raise awareness of and funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. 

In memoriam: James A. Fischer

October 17, 2017

James A. “Jim” Fischer, a highly regarded UC Davis cardiologist and beloved mentor, died Sept. 8, 2017, in Sacramento.

Kohl's to donate $450,000 to UC Davis Children's Hospital

October 17, 2017

Kohl’s Cares will donate $450,000 over two years to the UC Davis Children’s Hospital's Kohl’s Injury Prevention program. The program will support three strategies in the Sacramento community: to educate teen drivers on safe driving, educate families on childhood safety in and around cars, and educate violently injured and at-risk youth, identified through the UC Davis trauma program, on violence avoidance strategies.

Fernandez y Garcia receives best poster award at International Conference on Communication in Healthcare

October 17, 2017

Erik Fernandez y Garcia, associate professor of clinical pediatrics at UC Davis Children's Hospital, has been awarded the best poster presentation at the 2017 International Conference on Communication in Healthcare and Health Literacy Annual Research Conference in Baltimore this month.

Medical Center recognized for employing workers with developmental disabilities

October 16, 2017

The California Disability Services Association has recognized UC Davis Medical Center with one of its annual Employer of the Year awards for its excellence (in the large employer category) in hiring persons with developmental disabilities.

What physicians can do to stop mass shootings and firearm violence

October 16, 2017

In the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting, many ask what can be done to prevent these tragedies. In an editorial and article published Oct. 16, Annals of Internal Medicine editors along with Garen Wintemute, an emergency room physician and authority on gun violence prevention, urge physicians and health-care providers to make public commitments to ask patients about firearms, counsel them on safe firearm behaviors and take further action when an imminent hazard is present.

Lecture highlights the need for truth in biomedical research

October 12, 2017

John P.A. Ioannidis, a leader in encouraging fresh and effective approaches in evidence-based research and clinical investigations, will speak on “Biomedical Research: The False and the True, the Waste and the Useful” as the UC Davis Health Snively Visiting Professor in Family and Community Medicine.

Build-a-Bear brings smiles to UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

October 12, 2017

Sometimes a bear hug is just what the doctor ordered. And today was a day of bear hugs (and bat hugs, cat hugs and monkey hugs). Build-a-Bear Workshop in Roseville brought all of these stuffed animals, as well as plenty of clothes, beating hearts and stuffed animal-sized backpacks, to the pediatric patients at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

In Memoriam: Richard W. Katzberg

October 10, 2017

Department of Radiology faculty and staff are mourning the passing of Richard Katzberg, a former professor and department chair who passed away in South Carolina last month at the age of 71.

Noncompliance thwarts comprehensive background check policy for private-party sales, study finds

October 9, 2017

Of the three states that recently expanded comprehensive background check (CBC) policies to include all gun transfers, including those among private parties, only Delaware showed an overall increase in firearm background checks. Washington and Colorado had no changes, which the study authors say suggests that compliance and enforcement were incomplete.

"Smart" immune cells: Emerging cancer therapy research at UC Davis receives a boost with NIH award

October 6, 2017

Assistant Professor Sean Collins, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, has received a $1.5 million award from the National Institutes of Health to advance the development of “smart” immune cells for therapies to treat cancer and other diseases. The five-year NIH Director’s New Innovator Award aims to provide new insight into how to engineer immune cells to control their recruitment and response to tumors.

Meyers appointed to governor's precision medicine committee

October 6, 2017

Fred Meyers has been appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Precision Medicine, a new group of experts that will contribute to the state’s continuing efforts to use advanced computing and technology to better understand, treat and prevent disease.

UC Davis, CIRM host free patient-advocate event on stem cell therapies, Oct. 10

October 6, 2017

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and UC Davis are hosting a free patient advocate event about how stem cell therapies are helping patients with unmet medical needs. The event is open to the public.

Public lecture: Psychotherapist shares his family's journey with mental illness

October 6, 2017

Stephen Hindshaw shares his family’s journey with mental illness — and his vision to remove the stigma — at a free public lecture sponsored by the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at UC Davis on Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m.

UC Davis, NEC Society launch major project to examine the use of probiotics in vulnerable preemies

October 5, 2017

Thanks to the leadership of Mark Underwood, chief of neonatology at UC Davis Children's Hospital, and the NEC Society’s Scientific Advisory Council, the NEC Society is launching a Multi-NICU Probiotic Quality Improvement (QI) Project. It is the first project of its kind to capture data from NICUs that are ready to start routine administration of probiotics to very low birthweight infants (VLBWs) at risk for necrotizing enterocolitis.

2017-2018 MIND Institute Distinguished Lecture Series begins Oct. 11

October 4, 2017

The UC Davis MIND Institute kicks off its 2017-2018 Distinguished Lecturer Series this month with Urs Meyer, pharmacology professor at the University of Zurich. Meyer’s presentation, “Maternal Infection and Immunity in Neurodevelopmental Disorders,” will take place Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. at the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. This event is open to the public and no reservations are required.

2017-2018 Human Genomics Seminar Series starts Oct. 4

October 3, 2017

UC Davis Children's Hospital, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UC Davis Genome Center are hosting the 2017-2018 Human Genomics Seminar Series, a monthly series focusing on genomic medicine topics, led by UC Davis faculty. Seminars will be held the first Wednesday of every month at noon at the Center for Health and Technology, room 1341.

UC Davis Children's Hospital receives the 2018 Women's Choice Award

October 2, 2017

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been named as a Best Children’s Hospital  and Best Children’s Hospital for Emergency Care by the Women’s Choice Award, America’s trusted referral source for the best in health care.

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UC Davis Children's Hospital re-verified as Level I Children's Surgery Center by American College of Surgeons

September 29, 2017

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been re-verified as a Level I Children’s Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) for the next two years. The designation from the ACS Children’s Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program focuses on the nation’s first and only multi-specialty standards of surgical care for pediatric patients. UC Davis Children's Hospital remains the first hospital on the West Coast, and only the fourth in the nation, to earn this distinction.

"Exercise in the Fight Against Alzheimer's" lecture Oct. 5

September 29, 2017

Jeff Burns of the Kansas University Alzheimer’s Disease Center will present “Exercise in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s” on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center auditorium, 4501 X St. in Sacramento. This is last of the 2017 Community Engagement lecture series hosted by the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center and sponsored by Sunrise Senior Living, Aegis of Carmichael, Revere Court and Norwood Pines Alzheimer’s Care Center. 

UC Davis receives $8 million to expand access to stem cell clinical trials

September 28, 2017

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine today awarded a nearly $8 million grant to University of California, Davis, stem cell researchers to launch a special clinical trials program in Sacramento to accelerate the therapeutic development and delivery of stem cell therapies in human patients.

2017-2018 Minds Behind the MIND lecture series announced

September 28, 2017

Beginning in October, the UC Davis MIND Institute will host Minds Behind the MIND, a lecture series featuring leading researchers and clinicians who will present their current research and new treatment findings. Lectures will be held Wednesday evenings in the MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento beginning Oct. 4.

Spirit Halloween gives back to UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 27, 2017

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

$3.3 million grant funds early detection of pancreatic cancer

September 27, 2017

UC Davis researchers, led by Julie Sutcliffe, have received a $3.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to advance efforts to diagnose pancreatic cancer before it spreads.

UC Davis hosts grand opening celebration for Betty Irene Moore Hall

September 26, 2017

Leaders of UC Davis, along with leaders from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, UC Davis Health and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, plan a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting for Betty Irene Moore Hall at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 13 on the UC Davis Sacramento campus.

Special Education Rights and Assessments presented in Spanish September 30

September 25, 2017

The Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD), part of the UC Davis MIND Institute, will host “Sus Derechos de Educación Especial” (Special Education Rights and Assessments) on Saturday, Sept. 30 at the MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. The lecture will be given by multicultural affairs advocate Vanessa Ochoa and client rights advocate Brittnee Gillespie, both of Disability Rights California.  

Too little is known about the compounds in wildfire smoke

September 25, 2017

How do fire-suppression chemicals and pesticides affect wildfire smoke and the health of those who breathe it? UC Davis graduate students discovered that this question cannot be answered based on current scientific evidence and, in a review published in Current Topics in Toxicology, they recommend more studies on the compounds in wildfire smoke.

Children's Hospital patient meets Marvel superhero stars

September 22, 2017

Four-year-old Jonathan Hunt has proven that he has the stuff that superheroes are made of. The Fair Oaks resident experienced a stroke in January, after a freak accident on a trampoline left him paralyzed on his right side and unable to walk. After six weeks of hospitalization and daily physical, speech and occupational therapy at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, Johnathan was able to walk out the front doors of the hospital on his own and he continues with outpatient therapy.

Walmart and Sam's Club kick off CMN fundraising campaign for UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 20, 2017

Sam's Club and Walmart are kicking off their annual Miracle Balloon campaign by asking customers to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and its local hospital, UC Davis Children’s Hospital, from Sept. 21 to Oct. 29. Customers can donate $1 or more when they check out at the register.

Fall prevention documentary includes UC Davis Health experts

September 15, 2017

Public television station KVIE begins airing the documentary “Before the Fall” on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. The documentary includes strategies for treating and reducing the risks of falls from UC Davis Health experts Mark Lee, professor of orthopaedic surgery, and Christy Adams, trauma prevention coordinator and co-founder of the StopFalls Coalition.

University of California Cancer Consortium takes on California's $14 billion killer

September 11, 2017

The University of California’s five academic cancer centers, including the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, have formed a consortium to better address California’s most pressing cancer-related problems and opportunities, UC President Janet Napolitano and Dr. John Stobo, executive vice president of UC Health, announced Sept. 11.

Entravision Radiothon raises $182,960 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 11, 2017

Entravision and Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis announced that $182,960 was raised for UC Davis Children’s Hospital during its 72-hour Radiothon last month.

Folic acid may mitigate autism risk from pesticides

September 8, 2017

Researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have shown that mothers who take recommended amounts of folic acid around conception reduce their children’s pesticide-related autism risk.

UC Davis MIND Institute wins coveted ACE grant

September 7, 2017

The UC Davis MIND Institute has been awarded a 5-year, $12 million Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE) grant, one of five in the nation, to create a “Center for the Development of Phenotype-based Treatments of Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

"Doctor PE" deepens K-6 students' connections with health

September 6, 2017

When Walnut Grove Elementary School principal Carrie Norris was viewing her students’ Valentine’s Day art honoring what they love most, among the tributes to parents, friends and pets was one for “Doctor PE.” That student was referring to a unique and popular program that brings UC Davis family and community medicine residents to her school twice each week to teach physical education.

How behavior influences cognitive health topic of Community Engagement Series lecture

September 5, 2017

Robert Wilson, professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences and Department of Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center, will speak about “Behavioral Contributions to Cognitive Health” on Thursday, Sept. 14 the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento.

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UC Davis Health and Elica Health Centers Announce New Affiliation

August 31, 2017

UC Davis Health and Elica Health Centers have established a new affiliation agreement that will provide high quality, affordable health care to thousands of people in the Sacramento-area community.

Gun safety recommendations for parents

August 31, 2017

In the United States, one in three homes with young children have guns, many which are unlocked and unloaded. To protect children, UC Davis Children’s Hospital reminds parents to keep firearms out of children’s reach and offers these recommendations.

Knoepfler awarded second Alex's Lemonade Stand research grant

August 30, 2017

UC Davis stem cell scientist Paul Knoepfler has been awarded a second $250,000 grant for glioma research from an organization begun 15 years ago by a 5-year-old girl with a deadly form of childhood cancer.

The understudied consequences of peripheral neuropathy after chemotherapy

August 29, 2017

In two papers published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute researchers from UC Davis, UCLA and other institutions have found that peripheral neuropathy, which causes pain, numbness, and tingling in hands and/or feet, can bother early-stage breast cancer patients years after completing chemotherapy. In addition, a systematic literature review found only a handful of studies that tracked long-term peripheral neuropathy, leaving little data for patients and clinicians to make informed decisions.

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group begins Sept. 20

August 28, 2017

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.

Stem cell treatment for children with spina bifida helps dogs first

August 24, 2017

A pair of English bulldog puppies are the first patients to be successfully treated with a unique therapy — a combination of surgery and stem cells — developed at the University of California, Davis, to help preserve lower-limb function in children with spina bifida.

UC Davis Pediatric Telehealth Colloquium set for Oct. 23-24

August 23, 2017

UC Davis Health will host the Pediatric Telehealth Colloquium on Oct. 23-24 at the UC Davis Conference Center in Davis.

CMN Mediathon on ABC10 raises $573,586 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

August 21, 2017

After a 19-hour Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® Mediathon on ABC10 KXTV, the final totals revealed that Mediathon viewers and partners raised $573,586 for UC Davis Children's Hospital, the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital in Sacramento.

Before sarcoma surgery - radiation

August 18, 2017

UC Davis researchers have shown that radiation therapy before surgery improves overall survival for patients with soft tissue sarcomas. This pre-surgical, or neoadjuvant, radiotherapy allows surgeons to get better margins around tumors and remove even microscopic cancer tissue more often. The study was published recently  in the Annals of Surgical Oncology.

Study of California kidney cancer shows declining incidence, end of a trend

August 18, 2017

A review of kidney cancer in California from 1988 through 2013 by the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) has concluded that the high incidence of small tumors and early-stage disease observed in California from 1988 until about 2009 has declined and stabilized in recent years, signaling the end of a trend.

Healthy living for healthy aging talk in Vietnamese set for Sept. 11

August 16, 2017

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, in conjunction with Asian Resources, Inc. and the Alzheimer’s Association will host an event on research exploring the connections between brain and body at a free event Monday, Sept. 11 from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

UC Davis Medical Center receives Excellence in Life Support Award

August 15, 2017

UC Davis Medical Center has received the Gold Level ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) for its Extracorporeal Life Support Program. The program provides lifesaving support for failing organ systems in infants, children and adults.

UC Davis programs to focus on pain management

August 11, 2017

Three educational programs are now open to primary care providers with an interest in strengthening their skills in pain management and responsible opioid prescribing:

Papa Murphy's pizzas to support UC Davis Children's Hospital -- Aug. 18-19

August 11, 2017

Get ready for $5 Take ‘N’ Bake pizzas next Friday morning, Aug. 18, in parking lot #3 (near the corner of 45th and X streets) at the medical center.

Impulsivity in teens, young adults subject of $3.7 million UC Davis grant

August 11, 2017

Julie Schweitzer, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and UC Davis MIND Institute researcher, has received a $3.7 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to track impulsivity and self-control in teens and young adults over time.

UC Davis Medical Center now offers moms nitrous oxide during labor

August 10, 2017

Laughing gas, also known as nitrous oxide, is not just for the dentist’s office. UC Davis Medical Center is now offering nitrous oxide as a pain relief option for mothers during labor. Mothers can breathe in this colorless, odorless nitrous oxide gas -- a blend of nitrous and oxygen -- using a mask that they hold over their mouth and nose to help them relax during contractions.

Children's Miracle Network partners with Entravision for Radiothon Aug. 17-19

August 9, 2017

Children's Miracle Network at UC Davis will kick off its Radiothon with Entravision Aug. 17-19 to raise funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Stations will broadcast a mix of patient stories, facts and interviews into regular programming to raise awareness of and funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. 

Lecture explores whether health and wellness classes can improve brain function

August 9, 2017

Juliana Baldo, associate director of the Center for Aphasia and Related Disorders at the Northern California Veterans Administration, will speak about alternative medicine approaches to brain health at a free public lecture on Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th Street in Sacramento.

One of America's top hospitals

August 8, 2017

U.S. News & World Report, which annually recognizes hospitals that excel in treating patients with serious and challenging injuries and illnesses, has again ranked UC Davis Medical Center as one of the nation's best hospitals.

For one couple, giving life extends beyond family

August 7, 2017

Kidney donor Missy Ewing had the chance to meet her organ recipient for the first time at a recent UC Davis Transplant Center celebration. It was the second lifesaving act of generosity for the Ewing family. Her husband, Chris, became a kidney donor three years ago and launched a series of organ swaps between unmatched donor-recipient pairs that led to four people getting transplants.

Leader in cross-cultural care heads general medicine at UC Davis Health

August 1, 2017

Shin-Ping Tu, a national expert on improving health care delivery and cross-cultural medical care, has become chief of the Division of General Medicine at UC Davis Health. She leads a team of nearly 40 physicians who provide comprehensive treatment to adults and research innovative ways to advance patient care, train physicians and improve health policy.

How UC Davis surgical team saved mom, baby's life without blood transfusion

August 1, 2017

During Karine Petrosyan’s pregnancy, she developed a series of very rare and serious conditions, which threatened both her and her baby’s life. 

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Health plans that shared best practices improved hypertension control for low-income Californians

July 31, 2017

Health plans that collaborated to share best practices and successful strategies for treating patients diagnosed with hypertension saw significant improvement in controlling high blood pressure, a study by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and UC Davis Institute of Population Health Improvement (IPHI) has found.

2017 Dave and Dan Classic raises more than $1.273 million for children's hospitals including UC Davis Children's Hospital

July 31, 2017

This year’s fifth annual Dave and Dan Classic, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union, raised more than $1.273 million to support Credit Unions for Kids, benefiting six Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, including UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Med student focusing on brain research awarded 2017 O'Connor research grant

July 28, 2017

John Paul Aboubechara, a fifth-year student in the combined M.D./Ph.D. program at UC Davis School of Medicine, has been honored with this year’s Daniel T. O’Connor, M.D., Memorial Research Grant.

Massive study launched to test personalized approach to breast cancer screening

July 26, 2017

Sorting out when or whether to get mammograms can be perplexing for any woman, and a health provider’s advice may not settle the matter. That’s because even experts disagree about when screening mammography is appropriate and for whom.

UC Davis nursing professor named Gerontological Society of America fellow

July 26, 2017

Debra Bakerjian, an associate adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, is among the 72 new fellows of the Gerontological Society of America. Leaders of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging announced this year’s class at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics World Congressin San Francisco July 25.

UC Davis to lead $14 million Alzheimer's disease study in Latinos

July 25, 2017

The University of California has been awarded a nearly $14.7 million multi-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study contributors to dementia in the Latino population in the United States. The multicenter study will examine the biological underpinnings of stroke, mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease among Hispanics, and pursue new therapeutic directions to reduce brain health disparities.  

UC Davis liderará estudio de $14 millones sobre la enfermedad de Alzheimer entre latinos

July 25, 2017

La Universidad de California ha recibido una subvención de casi $14.7 millones, distribuida entre varios años, de los Institutos Nacionales de la Salud a fin de estudiar los factores que contribuyen en la demencia entre la población latina en los Estados Unidos. El estudio entre múltiples centros examinará los fundamentos biológicos de los accidentes cerebrovasculares, las discapacidades cognitivas leves y la enfermedad de Alzheimer entre los hispanos, y procurará nuevas vías terapéuticas para reducir las disparidades en la salud del cerebro.

UC Firearm Violence Prevention Research Center launched at UC Davis

July 24, 2017

The University of California Firearm Violence Research Center at UC Davis’ Sacramento campus officially launched July 4 under the direction of Garen Wintemute, a professor of emergency medicine and recognized authority on the epidemiology of firearm violence. 

Miracle Treat Day benefits UC Davis Children's Hospital on July 27

July 21, 2017

On Thursday, July 27, in celebration of Miracle Treat Day, participating Dairy Queen® locations in Sacramento will come together to raise funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. 

UC Davis-led group receives $17 million NCI grant

July 19, 2017

Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC) investigators have received a $17 million program project grant renewal from the National Cancer Institute to study the effectiveness of different breast cancer screening and surveillance strategies using digital mammography, digital breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography), and breast MRI. Co-led by UC Davis researcher and Dean's Professor of Biostatistics Diana Miglioretti, the consortium seeks to ensure that women get personalized care based on their individual risk and preferences.

Clinical trial shows some promise for Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug

July 18, 2017

The results of an international clinical trial, led in part by a UC Davis School of Medicine expert, have shown that a drug therapy for a severe type of muscular dystrophy holds promise for a subgroup of patients.

Study quantifying oral antibiotic overprescribing in outpatient settings receives CDC national award

July 14, 2017

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adverse drug events from antibiotics result in roughly 143,000 emergency department visits each year nationwide. A research study, co-authored by emergency medicine associate professor Larissa May and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2016, has been selected for the 2017 Charles C. Shepard Science Award in the Assessment category.

Kuppermann gets award of a lifetime

July 14, 2017

The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) recently honored Nate Kuppermann with more than just a lifetime award for meritorious accomplishments in research and mentorship.

One-of-a-kind physician training blends family medicine with obstetrics

July 13, 2017

The nation’s first and only fully integrated family medicine and obstetrics medical residency program recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Known as the UC Davis Family Medicine/Obstetrics (FMOB) Residency, the program trains doctors in the “whole family” approach of family medicine together with the intricacies of labor and delivery.

Kristin Hoffman named 2017 Eli Gold Prize recipient

July 13, 2017

Kristin Hoffman, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, has been awarded the 2017 Eli Gold Prize this month.

The benefits of breast milk on gut health topic of July 27 presentation

July 13, 2017

How can our bodies have protection against infections and the protection that comes from healthy intestinal bacteria? Mark Underwood, chief of neonatology at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, will discuss how the components of human breast milk help provide answers to these questions on Thursday, July 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Old Soul @ 40 Acres, 3434 Broadway in Sacramento.

Chronic liver inflammation linked to Western diet, mouse study finds

July 12, 2017

A new study published today in The American Journal of Pathologyfound  that mice fed a high-fat, high-sugar Western diet developed hepatic inflammation, which was more common in males than females and most pronounced in mice that also lacked a bile acid receptor known as farnesoid x receptor, or FXR.

Bertakis named distinguished professor

July 12, 2017

Klea Bertakis, professor of family and community medicine, has received the honorary title of distinguished professor, in recognition of her exceptional level of scholarship and excellence in teaching

Life-saving Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program extended 5 years

July 11, 2017

In a decisive move by the Governor and Legislature, the University of California Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program (UCBCP) has been extended through 2022. The program enables mothers of newborns to donate their babies’ umbilical cord blood and have it publicly banked so it is available to anyone for lifesaving transplantations.

Camp MIND helps children enhance social skills, develop new friendships

July 10, 2017

The little brown-haired girl looked shyly at the man behind the counter at the café and took a breath.

How food can help prevent Alzheimer's disease topic of July 20 lecture

July 10, 2017

Rosane Oliveira, founding director of the UC Davis Integrative Medicine Program, will speak about how diet can affect brain health at a free public lecture on July 20 at 6 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th Street in Sacramento.

UC Davis physician honored for Huntington's disease work

July 10, 2017

The Northern California chapter of Huntington’s Disease Society of American (HDSA) has honored UC Davis Health’s Lorin Scher for his outstanding service to the Huntington’s disease community in the Sacramento region.

Notice of recent privacy breach

July 6, 2017

UC Davis Health announced today that it is in the process of notifying approximately 15,000 patients of a breach of an employee’s email account as a result of a phishing scam. Though there is no indication that the breach resulted in the actual acquisition of or access to personal or medical information, out of an abundance of caution, the university is notifying patients whose information was stored in the account. 

Howell to receive Papanicolaou Award for outstanding achievements in cytopathology

July 6, 2017

Lydia Pleotis Howell, a national leader known for her work to improve women's health, will receive the American Society of Cytopathology’s most prestigious honor, the Papanicolaou Award, at the annual scientific meeting in Phoenix on Nov. 12.

Alex's story

July 3, 2017

Estella Mendoza of Dixon was 15 weeks pregnant in September 2016 when a routine blood test and an ultrasound examination detected a serious abnormality: her fetus had myelomeningocele, a form of spina bifida.

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A surprise gift to help millions

June 30, 2017

UC Davis Health today announced receiving a $2.6 million gift from the estate of the late Robert H. Putnam to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

UC Davis Health, Sacramento Fire partnering to improve emergency care for children

June 28, 2017

UC Davis Health and the Sacramento City Fire Department have established a research partnership that aims to improve care for sick and injured children during and after an emergency transport.

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

June 27, 2017

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Reportamong the nation’s top hospitals in five pediatric subspecialties. UC Davis ranked 16th in neonatology, 23rd in nephrology, and 41st in diabetes and endocrinology. UC Davis Children's Hospital  also ranked 18th in orthopaedics and 26th in urology, in collaboration with Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California

Children's Hospital's online newsletter published today

June 27, 2017

The Pediatric Press, UC Davis Children's Hospital's online newsletter, has published its winter issue today.

Register for Duck Dash: Proceeds benefit UC Davis Child Life

June 26, 2017

The fifth annual Duck Dash will take place Saturday, Aug. 12, at 5 p.m. at Raging Waters Sacramento at Cal Expo. Proceeds will benefit the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

New grant aims to improve and broaden schools' practices for children with autism

June 23, 2017

The UC Davis MIND Institute has received a 3-year, $1.4 million grant to study how to build a statewide network to improve use of evidence-based practices for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

Researchers validate mouse model for autism

June 22, 2017

Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital have confirmed that mice without the Shank3B protein model aspects of brain physiology and behavioral symptoms observed in people with autism. The findings confirm that Shank3B knockout mice provide a valuable research tool for future efforts to develop new therapies. The study, supported by Autism Speaks, was published in the journal Molecular Autism.

Crocker Art Museum partners with UC Davis pain management expert for summer art meditation series

June 22, 2017

In support and acknowledgement of the Crocker Art Museum’s work to benefit the community through art-based wellness programs, the Museum is pleased to announce it has been awarded a Hemera Foundation grant to bolster its efforts, and introduce a new, 3-week, introductory Artful Meditation course, starting June 25.

Study debunks claim of greatly improved survival rate for gunshot victims

June 22, 2017

The survival rate of U.S. gunshot victims has not shown a marked improvement, as other recent studies have suggested, according to new research from Duke University and the University of California, Davis.

East Wing fire and life safety upgrades to begin in early July 2017

June 22, 2017

Improvements to the fire and life-safety infrastructure for the East Wing of the hospital is set to begin July 10, 2017 and extend through November 2019. Work to improve the infrastructure will be done in phases throughout select areas of the East Wing, including corridors, stairways, rooftop mechanical spaces and patient floors.

UC Davis Health hosts migrant student workshop

June 20, 2017

UC Davis Health welcomes 145 migrant high school students Sunday, June 25 for a day of tours, talks and opportunities to learn more about medical science from students, fellows and faculty.

Surviving summer with chronic lung disease

June 19, 2017

UC Davis pulmonary health and air quality experts offer advice for saving your breath during times of high heat and poor air quality, which can be extremely challenging for those with COPD, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and other lung conditions.

UC Davis nursing school hosts graduation celebration

June 16, 2017

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis lauded the accomplishments of 61 master’s-degree students and nine doctoral candidates at its sixth graduation celebration.

Immigrant farmworkers less likely to use SNAP, study shows

June 15, 2017

The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — formerly known as “food stamps” — that helps low-income individuals and families purchase food is less likely to be used by farmworkers eligible for the benefit who are immigrants, Hispanic, male, childless or residing in California, new research from UC Davis health economists shows.

The Incredible Hulk's Lou Ferrigno, other superheroes visit UC Davis Children's Hospital

June 15, 2017

UC Davis Children’s Hospital became even more super when The Incredible Hulk’s Lou Ferrigno and West Coast Avengers superheroes Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, Iron-Man, Batgirl and Black Widow visited pediatric patients this morning.

Certain vitamins can help prevent age-related cognitive decline

June 15, 2017

Joshua Miller, professor and chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, will speak about the role vitamins can play in preventing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia at a free public lecture on June 29 at 6 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th Street in Sacramento.

Ultrasound for children with abdominal trauma

June 13, 2017

Despite evidence showing that the routine use of sonography in hospital emergency departments can safely improve care for adults when evaluating for possible abdominal trauma injuries, researchers at UC Davis Medical Center could not identify any significant improvements in care for pediatric trauma patients.

UC Davis nursing graduate students showcase scholarly work at academic symposium

June 8, 2017

From preparing health workers for better emergency response and improving monitoring for those with hypertension to restoring dignity to homeless women and identifying mental health access for young victims of trauma, the scope of work undertaken by students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis ranges from clinical to community, from birth to end of life.

The virtual health care provider will see you now

June 7, 2017

When Kristine Seraspi’s allergies advanced to include a cough, she weighed her options. Try to find time in her busy schedule to squeeze in an appointment with her primary care physician or check out UC Davis Health’s Virtual Clinic, a secure online diagnosis and treatment service that connects patients with practitioners on demand.

Peer group intervention can encourage inclusion of kids with ADHD

June 7, 2017

Amori Mikami, associate professor and clinical psychologist at the University of British Columbia, will speak about ways to increase inclusion of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in peer groups at a free public lecture June 14 at 4:30 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento.

How treating a dog's tumors may help in the fight against human cancer

June 6, 2017

With its internationally renowned school of veterinary medicine and its NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center, UC Davis is uniquely positioned to harness the power of each to tackle one of life’s greatest challenges: cancer.

How gender, diet, microbiota and molecules contribute to metabolic disease and liver cancer

June 6, 2017

Researchers at UC Davis Health and other institutions have shown that gender differences in mice microbiota can modulate the risk of developing metabolic disease and liver cancer. In addition, the team found that a bile acid receptor protein, called FXR, has a profound impact on mouse microbiota and bile acid profiles and is differentially expressed based on gender. The study was published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Sacramento Republic FC players deliver new doctor kits to pediatric patients

June 2, 2017

Sacramento Republic FC players and staff delivered donated toy doctor kits at UC Davis Children’s Hospital and visited with pediatric patients this week. The professional soccer team hosted a drive this spring, inviting staff and fans to donate toy doctor kits.

Gandara named "Giant of Cancer Care"

June 2, 2017

David R. Gandara, professor and director of thoracic oncology at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named a “Giant of Cancer Care” in lung cancer by OncLive in recognition of his work to advance the field of oncology through his contributions in research and clinical practice.

High temperatures pose danger to kids, pets left in cars

June 1, 2017

With summer just around the corner, it’s important to remember that it is never safe for a child or pet to be left alone in a car – even if the windows are rolled down.

Beyond broken bones, CTs also detect frailty and predict survival

June 1, 2017

Using computed tomography (CT) to evaluate muscle health may help identify optimal treatments for older patients who fall and break their hips, a new study led by radiologists from UC Davis and Wake Forest Baptist medical centers has found.

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Technology helps NICU families stay connected with their newborns at UC Davis Children's Hospital

May 30, 2017

One of the challenges for families with a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is that hospitalizations can be very long and many families are unable to be at the bedside as much as they would like as they return to work and care for other children. UC Davis neonatologist Kristin Hoffman and IT technical supervisor George Wu have developed a program for parents to view their infants remotely when they were unable to be in the NICU.

Singing is powerful medicine at UC Davis

May 25, 2017

UC Davis pulmonary rehabilitation patients performed pieces they learned through singing therapy on May 24 in the lobby of UC Davis Medical Center. The group, who call themselves “Rockin’ Rehab,” sang patriotic numbers in honor of Memorial Day in addition to old standards.

UC Davis study finds morning huddle improves patient flow

May 25, 2017

Patient flow improved after the implementation of a daily morning huddle, according to a UC Davis study published in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing.

McGahan honored for lifetime achievement

May 24, 2017

The Society of Abdominal Radiology has honored John P. McGahan, professor of radiology, with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Understanding changes in the brain can help prevent Alzheimer's disease

May 24, 2017

Charles DeCarli, director of the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, will speak about healthy brain aging at a free public lecture on May 25 at 6 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th Street in Sacramento.

UC Davis signs agreement to license novel CT scanning technology

May 24, 2017

UC Davis has signed a licensing agreement providing Isotropic Imaging Corporation the rights to commercialize a novel computed tomography (CT) scanner that has the potential to improve breast cancer detection and positively impact women’s health.

Teen artists put their talents and passions to work for 'donate life'

May 19, 2017

Competitors in the third annual Sacramento Regional Donate Life Visual Arts Contest shared their winning poster and video entries and were recognized with cash prizes at a ceremony held May 11 at UC Davis Medical Center.

UC Davis School of Medicine celebrates 46th Commencement

May 18, 2017

One hundred and two UC Davis School of Medicine students become doctors tomorrow following the school’s 2017 commencement ceremony on the university’s Davis campus.

UC Davis School of Medicine faculty honored for outstanding achievements

May 18, 2017

A pulmonary health researcher and an orthopaedic surgeon have received two of the UC Davis School of Medicine’s highest faculty honors — the Hibbard Williams Extraordinary Achievement Award and the C. John Tupper Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

UC Davis Children's Hospital partners with Sacramento Native American Health Center

May 16, 2017

UC Davis Children's Hospital this week announces its partnership with the Sacramento Native American Health Center (SNAHC). UC Davis physicians and residents are now seeing pediatric patients at the clinic's J Street medical office.  

Alliance calls to eliminate lead poisoning in American children by 2021

May 15, 2017

An alliance of leading scientists, health professionals and children’s advocates known as Project TENDR has recommended new national goals for protecting American children from lead poisoning. In a viewpoint published today in JAMA Pediatrics, three alliance members chart a course for better safeguarding children from lead poisoning within five years and eliminating lead exposures by 2030.

An extra special Mother's Day

May 12, 2017

On Mother’s Day last year, UC Davis cardiology patient Michelle Lasater received a heart transplant, ending an intense battle with pregnancy-related heart failure that began after giving birth to her daughter.

First of three department chair candidates to present, May 16

May 11, 2017

Cynthia Haq, professor of family medicine and population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, is a candidate for the position of chair of the UC Davis Health Department of Family and Community Medicine. She will present her vision for the department on May 16 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Education Building, Room 1204, at 4610 X St. in Sacramento.

In Memoriam: Robert E. Chason, former UC Davis Medical Center CEO

May 10, 2017

Former UC Davis Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Robert E. Chason passed away on May 8, 2017, following a brief illness. He was 73.

Brain aging, Alzheimer's disease prevention focus of UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center's Community Engagement Learning Series

May 9, 2017

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center launches its 2017 Community Engagement Learning Series, featuring UC Davis faculty and nationally-prominent researchers with expertise in the field of Alzheimer’s disease.

Research examines relationship between autism and genetic disease in children

May 8, 2017

Researcher and child neurologist Mustafa Sahin will speak about the relationship between the genetic disease tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) and autism in a free public lecture on May 17 at 4:30 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th Street in Sacramento.

UC Davis Duchenne team honored by national parent organization

May 5, 2017

The UC Davis Neuromuscular Research Center has been recognized as a Certified Duchenne Care Center by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy for national leadership in treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Kravitz honored by Society of General Internal Medicine

May 5, 2017

Richard Kravitz received the 2017 Elnora M. Rhodes SGIM Service Award during the Society of General Internal Medicine meeting held April 19 to 22 in Washington, D.C.

Celebrate National Nurses Week, May 6-12

May 5, 2017

UC Davis Medical Center will mark National Nurses Week 2017 with the annual Celebration of Nursing Excellence ceremony, Wednesday, May 10, at 11 a.m. at the Education Building. The celebration is open to all.

MIND Institute Open House reservations still open

May 4, 2017

The UC Davis MIND Institute open house will be held Saturday, May 6  from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and reservations are still available.

May is for Miracles at Costco as they raise funds for UC Davis Children's Hospital

May 4, 2017

Costco stores throughout Northern California are selling the iconic CMN paper “Miracle Balloons” to raise money for UC Davis Children’s Hospital as part of the Miracle Month of May. 2017 marks 30 years of Costco stores supporting Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals.

Kair awarded grant to study how breast pump access affects breastfeeding rates

May 3, 2017

Laura Kair, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at UC Davis, has received a $14,000 grant to study whether the distribution of breast pumps at hospital discharge improves exclusive breastfeeding rates among low-income, first-time mothers.

Warmer weather, open windows raise risk of kids falling

May 2, 2017

About 5,000 children are treated nationally inl emergency departments each year for window fall-related injuries. These falls and injuries tend to be more common during the spring and summer months, since people tend to open their windows during warm weather.

Emergency medicine physician to receive Distinguished Teaching Award from Academic Senate, May 9

May 2, 2017

John Richards, professor of emergency medicine at UC Davis School of Medicine, will receive a Distinguished Teaching Award for Graduate and Professional Education from the Academic Senate on May 9.