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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Perceptions, referrals by medical providers affect mental-health treatment disparities

December 1, 2014

Disparities in mental-health treatment are known to be associated with patients’ racial and ethnic backgrounds. Now, a large study by researchers with UC Davis has found one possible reason for those disparities: Racial and ethnic minorities are less likely to be assessed and referred for treatment by their medical providers.

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Study on Western diet and role in GI cancer funded

October 28, 2014

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

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

October 21, 2014

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

Program trains next generation of health-care leaders

October 2, 2014

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

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Higher nurse-to-patient standard improves staff safety

September 23, 2014

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

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

September 21, 2014

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

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

September 18, 2014

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

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Kizer appointed to UCOP Advisory Council on Student Veterans

August 21, 2014

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

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

July 24, 2014

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

Pancreatic surgery complications impact hospital costs more than length of stay

July 10, 2014

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

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

June 24, 2014

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

Restoring trust in VA health care

June 4, 2014

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