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Study shows that some, but not all, premenstrual symptoms are linked with inflammation

June 23, 2016

Certain premenstrual symptoms, such as mood changes, breast pain and abdominal cramps, are linked with inflammation, but headache is not, according to new research from UC Davis Health System. Published in the current issue of the Journal of Women’s Health, the results suggest that anti-inflammatory medications may be appropriate for some but not all symptoms associated with menstruation.

Mothers with diabetes, other metabolic conditions, more likely to also have anti-fetal brain autoantibodies

June 17, 2016

Mothers of children with autism who were diagnosed with metabolic conditions during pregnancy, particularly gestational and type 2 diabetes, were more likely to have anti-fetal brain autoantibodies in their blood compared to healthy women of children with autism. The presence of these anti-fetal brain autoantibodies has been previously found to be specific to some mothers of children with autism and rare among mothers of children without autism, researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute have found.

Lung cancer patients who have surgery live longer

June 7, 2016

Patients with late-stage, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who have surgery have better survival rates than those who don’t, but fewer of these patients are undergoing surgery, UC Davis researchers have found.

Bowlus now leads the UC Davis Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

June 6, 2016

Christopher Bowlus, a nationally recognized expert in liver diseases, is the new chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at UC Davis Health System.

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De Vere White to step down as long-time UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center director

May 31, 2016

Ralph de Vere White, a beloved urologist and acclaimed researcher who led the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer to designation by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), steps down as its long-time director on June 29.

Miglioretti awarded $7.5 million to evaluate supplemental breast imaging

May 25, 2016

Diana Miglioretti, UC Davis dean’s professor of biostatistics and an internationally recognized breast cancer screening expert, has received $7.5 million to determine the effectiveness of two supplemental breast screening and diagnostic workup strategies -- digital breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) -- used with mammography for cancer detection. Miglioretti’s team also will work to determine whether effectiveness of the screening strategies depends on a woman’s breast density.

National Cancer Institute re-designates the cancer center

May 17, 2016

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has re-designated the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center “comprehensive,” meaning that it meets stringent criteria in the areas of laboratory, clinical and population-based research, professional and public education and in the dissemination of clinical and public advances to the communities it serves.

Targeted hepatitis B virus screening effective in addressing infection, liver disease risk

May 2, 2016

A community-based hepatitis B virus screening effort led by UC Davis researchers found that targeted outreach to Asian American populations can identify groups at high risk for infection and direct them to appropriate follow-up care to help prevent the onset of liver diseases, including cancer.

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Whites receive more state funding for autism services than other racial/ethnic groups

April 4, 2016

Whites with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in California receive more state funding than Hispanics, African Americans, Asians and others, new research from UC Davis Health System has found. The study also showed that spending on ASD increases dramatically with age. [en español]

March 2016arrow

Cancer gene twice as likely to be defective in children with autism

March 30, 2016

A large study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found that a gene whose role is to suppress cellular damage from environmental stressors is nearly twice as likely to be defective in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and that the deficit is also present in their fathers.

Health System partners with Solano County to provide unique approach to mental health services

March 4, 2016

UC Davis Health System, primarily through its Center for Reducing Health Disparities, has joined forces with Solano County to launch a new initiative to help better address access to and utilization of the county’s mental health services.

Aguilar-Gaxiola named to the California Health Care Foundation board

March 2, 2016

The California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) has elected Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, professor of internal medicine and founding director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities, to its board of directors.

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

January 29, 2016

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

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

January 22, 2016

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

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]

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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.