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November 2015arrow

Statewide cancer report finds significant disparities in outcomes, quality of care by insurer

November 5, 2015

A new report by the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) comparing quality of care and outcomes for breast, colon, rectal, lung and prostate cancers according to source of health insurance coverage has identified substantial disparities in stage of diagnosis, providers’ use of recommended treatment and survival rates.

New technology will help define the environmental triggers of childhood asthma

November 4, 2015

UC Davis researchers have received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a small, wearable sensor that can measure the relationship between environmental exposures and pediatric asthma.

September 2015arrow

UC Davis researcher advocates ending Medicare coverage of controversial mammography tool

September 28, 2015

A costly tool used on nearly all mammograms does not increase cancer detection rates and should no longer be covered by Medicare, argues Joshua Fenton, a family physician and comparative effectiveness researcher in an editorial published online today in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine.

UC Davis to test a computer program designed to reduce suicide

September 25, 2015

UC Davis Health System researchers have received a four-year, $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to use a technology-based approach to help prevent suicide among those most at risk: middle-aged men.

Welltopia site awarded for making health information more accessible to consumers

September 9, 2015

Welltopia, a website that offers Californians a wide range of essential resources to help build healthier lives and communities, will be honored with a 2015 Digital Government Achievement Award by GovTech’s Center for Digital Government on Sept. 25 in New Orleans. [en español]

August 2015arrow

New UC Davis environmental research center links science with advocacy

August 12, 2015

A cross-disciplinary center focused on identifying connections between environmental toxins and disease has been established at UC Davis Health System with the ultimate goal of developing preventions and policies that protect communities from unhealthy exposures.

Raising pay can reduce smoking rates

August 6, 2015

In addition to restricting when and where tobacco is used at work, UC Davis Health System research shows that employers can do something else to reduce the number of employees who smoke: raise wages.

Long-term ovarian cancer survival higher than thought

August 5, 2015

Combing data collected on thousands of California ovarian cancer patients, UC Davis researchers have determined that almost one-third survived at least 10 years after diagnosis.

July 2015arrow

Consuming highly refined carbohydrates increases risk of depression

July 30, 2015

A diet high in refined carbohydrates may lead to an increased risk for new-onset depression in postmenopausal women, according to a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. [en español]

Autism costs estimated to reach nearly $500 billion, potentially $1 trillion, by 2025

July 28, 2015

UC Davis health economists have for the first time projected the total costs of caring for all people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the U.S. for the current calendar year and in 10 years if effective interventions and preventive treatments for the condition are not identified and widely available.

New medical school admission process doesn't reduce diversity

July 8, 2015

Under-represented minorities fare as well as others in an increasingly popular method of selecting medical school students known as the Multiple Mini Interview, or MMI, according to new research from the UC Davis School of Medicine.

May 2015arrow

Surgery for terminal cancer patients still common

May 1, 2015

The number of surgeries performed on terminally ill cancer patients has not dropped in recent years ­, despite more attention to the importance of less invasive care for these patients to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. But new research from UC Davis also finds that the morbidity and mortality among patients with terminal cancer has declined because surgeons are selecting to operate on healthier patients.

April 2015arrow

NCI funding boosts breast CT scanning research and development

April 29, 2015

John M. Boone, a UC Davis medical physicist and professor of radiology, has been awarded a $2.88 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to further develop and research computed tomography (CT) to detect breast cancer.

The brain and behavioral effects of early exposure to chlorpyrifos

April 21, 2015

In a presentation scheduled for May 20 Virginia Rauh, a researcher from Columbia University, will discuss her studies of the effects of prenatal exposure to chlorpyrifos, a common insecticide and neurotoxicant, in a group of inner-city minority children.

Comprehensive genomic tumor profiling comes to UC Davis

April 20, 2015

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine have entered into a collaboration with Foundation Medicine, a leading molecular information company. The collaboration brings comprehensive genomic profiling into standard of care at UC Davis, allowing physicians to prescribe the most effective, targeted cancer treatments to patients based on the genomic information specific to each individual’s cancer.

More work is needed to find the causes of flu vaccine disparities for the elderly

April 20, 2015

Public health specialists need to look beyond traditional solutions — such as expanding access to health insurance and primary care — to increase flu vaccination rates among older African Americans and Hispanics, according to a new study from UC Davis Health System and UCLA Health System.

UC Davis researchers win grant to answer key questions in surveillance of small lung nodules

April 15, 2015

Two UC Davis researchers will help run a major national study to improve surveillance practices for patients with small lung nodules identified on CT imaging and extremely low risk for lung cancer.

Book of photographs features people, traditions and color of Mexico

April 7, 2015

Marc Schenker, a UC Davis global health specialist and international authority on occupational health hazards, especially among immigrant populations, has published a book of photographs that captures the diversity, humanity, traditions and beauty of Mexican life.

No-cost mapping services available for California-based labs to meet Meaningful Use requirements

April 6, 2015

As part of national Meaningful Use initiative, which aims to improve the coordination of care and electronic exchange of patient information among hospitals, labs, physicians and other health care organizations, providers must be able to receive and incorporate structured lab results from clinical laboratories using universal code systems for identifying laboratory and clinical observations, specifically LOINC (Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes) and SNOMED CT (Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms).

March 2015arrow

UC Davis receives $10 million grant to establish center to study schizophrenia

March 26, 2015

UC Davis will establish a prestigious, leading-edge center to advance innovative research into the origins of schizophrenia: A Silvio O. Conte Center for Basic or Translational Mental-Health Research, one of only 15 such centers in the United States.

Aguilar-Gaxiola honored by the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara

March 25, 2015

Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, founder and director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities and a professor of clinical internal medicine, has been honored by his medical school alma mater, the Autónomous University of Guadalajara (UAG), Mexico, for his exemplary work in medicine and service to his country. [en español]

Steinberg to present two lectures on mental-health policy in California at UC Davis in April

March 10, 2015

Former California Senate Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, who recently joined UC Davis Health System as director of policy and advocacy for the UC Davis Behavioral Health Center of Excellence and visiting professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, will present two special lectures in April.

February 2015arrow

Welltopia: A new online resource for Californians

February 25, 2015

Welltopia, a new website launched today by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI), offers a wide range of essential resources to help Californians, especially those on limited incomes, build healthier lives and communities.

Undocumented farmworkers use Medicaid half as often as documented farmworkers

February 23, 2015

Undocumented farmworkers are half as likely as those who are documented to use Medicaid, the federal health insurance program available to low-income individuals and families, according to a new study from UC Davis Health System.

Kizer selected for expert panel to assess U.S. Census Bureau

February 17, 2015

Kenneth W. Kizer, distinguished professor and director of the Institute for Population Health Improvement, has been chosen by the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) to sit on a five-member panel of management experts convened to evaluate the planned restructuring of the national Bureau of the Census. The evaluation is directed by the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

UC Davis designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center

February 11, 2015

UC Davis Health System has been endorsed by the American College of Radiology as a designated lung cancer screening center, the only of its kind currently in the greater Sacramento area.

January 2015arrow

Institute for Population Health Improvement recruits California-based labs for no-cost mapping services

January 21, 2015

The UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) is recruiting California-based labs to participate in the Laboratory Mapping Assistance Project (Lab MAP). Participating labs will receive free code mapping to convert proprietary order, result and observation codes to standard codes, namely the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) and Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine — Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT®) terminologies.

Study identifies patients at higher risk for overdose and death from prescription painkillers

January 7, 2015

Patients started on prescription painkillers who have substance-use disorders or who frequently contact their doctors’ offices are at greater risk of having their medication doses increase early in therapy, also increasing their risk of opioid-related overdose or death, UC Davis Health System researchers have found.