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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 to be featured in CDC grand rounds presentation on heart health

February 16, 2018

UC Davis Health cardiologist and heart failure specialist Kathleen Tong will talk 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, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pacific Time. It can be viewed live on that day and time via webcast or Facebook Live.

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.

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

February 9, 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.

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.