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Welcome to the UC Davis Health System newsroom. Below you will find the latest health and medicine news from UC Davis. You can also use the advanced search feature to find additional press releases. If you are a journalist, our news service staff is available to help identify sources for stories about patient care, research and education. Also please review important information for journalists for details about patient privacy and arranging for interviews at health system facilities.

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"Mix for Miracles" Radiothon raises more than $67,000 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

December 18, 2014

CBS Radio Mix96 and Children's Miracle Network raised more than $67,000 in their first "Mix For Miracles" radiothon for UC Davis Children's Hospital. Mix96, 96.1FM broadcasted live each day from 6 a.m. - 10 a.m. in the playroom on Davis 7 and continued the broadcast from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Dec. 9-11.

David Sobon named new chair of Children's Miracle Network Business Council

December 17, 2014

David Sobon has been named the new chair of the Children's Miracle Network's Business Council at UC Davis. His one-year term began Oct. 1, 2014. 

Recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine to speak at MIND Institute

December 17, 2014

Thomas C. Südhof, recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine, will address his research on how defects in a ‘glue’ that binds together proteins at the neuronal synapses may play a role in the etiology of autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia and other psychiatric neurodevelopmental conditions, during the first 2015 UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series address in January.

UC Davis Children's Hospital opens pediatric pulmonary hypertension clinic

December 17, 2014

Pediatric pulmonary hypertension patients can get the specialist care that they need close to home, thanks to the opening of the new Pulmonary Hypertension clinic at UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center.

Study funded on the clinical, financial effectiveness of telemedicine versus telephone consultations

December 16, 2014

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $1,198,384 grant to UC Davis pediatrician James Marcin to investigate how telemedicine consultations in emergency departments impact clinical outcomes, including cost effectiveness, compared with telephone consultations. 

Firearm violence trends in the 21st century

December 16, 2014

While the overall death rate from firearm violence has remained unchanged for more than a decade, the patterns for suicide and homicide have changed dramatically, a UC Davis study on the epidemiology of gun violence from 2003 to 2012 has found. The study posted online in the Annual Review of Public Health on Dec. 12 and will appear in the print edition in January.

Too much, too little, just right

December 15, 2014

Scientists have long known the p53 protein suppresses tumors. However, a recent animal study by UC Davis researchers has uncovered a complicated relationship between p53 and another protein, Rbm38, highlighting how the body calibrates protein levels. Too much Rbm38 reduces p53 levels, increasing the risk of cancer. Too little Rbm38 allows p53 overexpression, causing premature aging. The study was published in the journal PNAS on Dec. 15. 

UC Davis Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic named a Certified Treatment Center of Excellence by the ALS Association

December 12, 2014

The UC Davis Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic has been named an ALS Association Certified Treatment Center of Excellence, in acknowledgement of its meeting the highest levels of established national standards of care for the management of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Media Advisory: Festive holiday party planned for kids with cancer

December 11, 2014

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center will host a holiday party for pediatric cancer patients and their families on Saturday, Dec. 13.

Royal College of Radiologists awards pediatric radiologist 2013 Ella Preiskel Prize

December 10, 2014

Thomas Sanchez, assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Radiology, has won the 2013 Ella Preiskel Prize from the Royal College of Radiologists in London.

UC Davis Children's Hospital hosts toy drive Dec. 19-23

December 10, 2014

UC Davis Children's Hospital is hosting a holiday toy drive this month to help spread cheer to its patients and their families staying this holiday season.

Preeclampsia during mother's pregnancy associated with greater autism risk

December 8, 2014

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were more than twice as likely to have been exposed in utero to preeclampsia, and the likelihood of an autism diagnosis was even greater if the mother experienced more severe disease, a large study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found.

"Mix for Miracles" Radiothon scheduled Dec. 9-11 at UC Davis Children's Hospital

December 5, 2014

CBS Radio Mix96 and Children's Miracle Network is partnering to put on their first "Mix For Miracles" radiothon at UC Davis Children's Hospital. Mix96, 96.1FM will broadcast live each day from 6 a.m. - 10 a.m. in the playroom on Davis 7 and continue the broadcast from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Dec. 9-11.

Randi Hagerman celebrated for C. Anderson Aldrich Award

December 4, 2014

The UC Davis MIND Institute on Wednesday celebrated the achievements of Medical Director Randi Hagerman, who in October received the C. Anderson Aldrich Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics, one of the most prestigious awards in the United States for a pediatrician.

Kuppermann honored for significant contributions to pediatric emergency medicine

December 4, 2014

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has honored Nathan Kuppermann, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine, with its EBSCO/PEMSoft Achievement Award.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals hosts Wheel of Fortune sweepstakes

December 4, 2014

America’s Game®, Wheel of Fortune, is once again entertaining viewers with its popular “Secret Santa Sweepstakes” presented by Walmart, and this year the at-home viewers aren’t the only winners. A Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of each winner’s choice will receive a cash donation matching his or her winnings with a minimum donation of $300,000 during the course of the sweepstakes. UC Davis Children’s Hospital could be one of those winners.

Rising Nurse Leaders are honored

December 4, 2014

More than a dozen highly accomplished nurses shared the spotlight this week during graduation ceremonies for UC Davis’ Rising Nurse Leaders program.

MIND Institute says "thank you" to hundreds of participants in its research

December 3, 2014

Hundreds of participants in UC Davis MIND Institute research and their families will head into the woods to “Explore the Great Outdoors” during its 12th Annual Thank You Party on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. The party is held to thank the children, adolescents, adults and their families who make the MIND Institute's groundbreaking research into autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions possible.

CDC identifies UC Davis as Ebola treatment center

December 3, 2014

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified UC Davis Medical Center as one of the 35 U.S. hospitals designated as an Ebola treatment center. The designation, announced Dec. 2,  was a collaborative decision made by state and local health authorities and University of California (UC) leadership. UC San Francisco was also designated, with the three remaining UC medical centers expected to receive treatment-center designation soon.

UC Davis Children's Hospital families and staff share what they are thankful for

December 3, 2014

Pediatric nurses at UC Davis Children’s Hospital had "thankful trees" around the unit in November to give patients and staff the chance to share what they were most thankful for.

UC Davis Medical Center named 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital for the third consecutive year

December 2, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center ranks among The Leapfrog Group's list of Top Hospitals for 2014, an elite distinction that recognizes UC Davis for meeting tough national standards for safety and quality. The annual award, widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive awards a U.S. hospital can receive, is given to the highest performing hospitals participating in the Leapfrog Hospital Survey.

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.

How the diagnosis of autism helps us learn more about autism the topic of MIND Institute lecture

December 1, 2014

Natacha Akshoomoff, UC San Diego associate professor of psychiatry, will discuss “How the diagnosis of autism helps us learn more about autism,” during the December UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer series presentation.

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MIND Institute offers Social Knowledge Workshop for adults with autism

November 26, 2014

Beginning in February, the UC Davis MIND Institute will offer the Adult Social Knowledge (ASK) Workshop for individuals 18 to 35 with a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder, such as high-functioning autism or Asperger syndrome. The workshop’s aims are to provide adults with autism an opportunity to practice their social skills in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere while having fun.

Stand for the Kids event raises awareness for UC Davis Children's Hospital

November 14, 2014

Phi Delta Epsilon, a medical fraternity at  UCDavis, held its first annual Stand for the Kids event last week in an effort to raise awareness  for UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

'Tis the season to indulge in walnuts

November 13, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have found that diets rich in whole walnuts or walnut oil slowed prostate cancer growth in mice. In addition, both walnuts and walnut oil reduced cholesterol and increased insulin sensitivity.

UC Davis "out-of-the-box thinker" wins cancer research award

November 12, 2014

UC Davis medical oncologist Jonathan Riess is the recipient of a 2014 Young Innovators Team Award for Lung Cancer Research, and will share a $500,000 for translational lung cancer research with two other physician-scientists.

National study provides insights into childhood head injuries

November 12, 2014

This week’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine features an article that highlights an unprecedented analysis of the nation’s childhood head injuries.

UC Davis investigational medication used to resolve life-threatening seizures in children

November 12, 2014

In its first clinical application in pediatric patients, an investigational medication developed and manufactured at UC Davis has been found to effectively treat children with life-threatening and difficult-to-control epileptic seizures without side effects, according to a research report by scientists at UC Davis and Northwestern University.

Lung cancer screening for Medicare patients coming soon to UC Davis

November 10, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center is preparing to screen seniors on Medicare who meet the criteria for lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography (CT).

UC Davis Medical Center prepared for potential Ebola cases

November 6, 2014

As the largest Ebola epidemic in history continues in West Africa, UC Davis Health System is prepared to safely screen, isolate and care for a patient who arrives at the medical center suffering from the disease.

UC Davis Nursing professor publishes first book examining practitioners' struggles living up to health-care ideals

November 6, 2014

Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, recently released her first book Conflicted Health Care: Professionalism and Caring in an Urban Hospital, published by Vanderbilt University Press.

Trick-or-treat! Patients and staff at UC Davis Children's Hospital celebrate Halloween

November 5, 2014

UC Davis Children's Hospital’sHalloween celebration took place Friday 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.

Media advisory: UC Davis experts available for interviews during COPD Awareness Month

November 3, 2014

November is COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) Awareness Month and a good time to increase public awareness of symptoms and treatments for the lung disease along with research that is expanding options for patients. Several UC Davis pulmonary physicians, surgeons and health educators are available as media resources on COPD.

Immunotherapy for cancer toxic with obesity

November 3, 2014

Immunotherapy that can be effective against tumors in young, thin mice can be lethal to obese ones, a new study by UC Davis researchers has found. [en español]

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Registration opens Nov. 4 for free UC Davis healthy aging program

October 31, 2014

The marvels of healthy aging, as well as some of the myths and stereotypes associated with it, are among the topics being offered at UC Davis’ upcoming Mini Medical School.

UC Davis researchers examine risks, benefits of chemotherapy for early-stage breast cancer

October 31, 2014

Treatment for early stage breast cancer is highly effective, and for many women considering treatment choices, chemotherapy may add little to an already high long-term survival rate. Joy Melnikow, professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Director of the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research at UC Davis, is working to define the potential long-term harms of chemotherapy for these patients, so they can be weighed against the potential benefits.

UC Davis Nursing professor inducted into the Uganda National Academy of Sciences

October 31, 2014

Gerald Kayingo, a physician assistant and assistant clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was inducted as a fellow to the Uganda National Academy of Sciences.

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers to establish new tests to evaluate cognitive growth in people with intellectual disability

October 30, 2014

Researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute will develop and evaluate tests designed to measure and track changes in the cognitive functioning of people who typically are difficult to assess accurately: those with an intellectual disability, formerly termed mental retardation. The research will be funded through a new, five-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Nurse receives third place for poster at Pediatric Nursing Conference

October 30, 2014

Clinical resource nurse Stacey Salvato, who works on Davis 7 Pediatrics, received third place for her clinical care poster at this year's 30th annual Pediatric Nursing Conference in National Harbor, Md.

UC Davis Medical Center receives "A" rating on Hospital Safety Score

October 29, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center was again honored with an “A” grade on The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score for its overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm.

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.

UC Davis Medical Center recognized for reduction of pressure ulcers

October 28, 2014

A decrease in the rate of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers at UC Davis Medical Center has earned a Performance Excellence Award from the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes (CALNOC).

The Pink House donates portion of sales to Children's Miracle Network Nov. 6-12

October 27, 2014

The purchase of women's shoes, purses and accessories can help make miracles for UC Davis Children's Hospital patients as East Sacramento retailer The Pink House donates 20 percent off all purchases to the Children's Miracle Network at UC Davis Nov. 6-12. 

UC Davis researchers find promising new treatment approach for ischemic stroke

October 27, 2014

A team of UC Davis scientists has found that administering a small molecule – purmorphamine – in animal models after a stroke results in multiple protective effects, including reducing the size of the stroke, decreasing inflammation and increasing markers for nerve regeneration.

Kay Redfield Jamison to discuss Professional and Personal Perspectives on Bipolar Illness

October 27, 2014

Kay Redfield Jamison, Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders and co-director of the Mood Disorders Center at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, will discuss "Professional and Personal Perspectives on Bipolar Illness," during a lecture on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St.

Anti-cancer drug found effective against common stem cell transplant complication

October 24, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis have found that the drug bortezomib effectively treats chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), a common and debilitating side effect from allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplants.

Kravitz honored for outstanding research in health-care communication

October 24, 2014

The American Academy on Communication in Healthcare (AACH) has recognized Richard Kravitz, professor of internal medicine, with its George Engel Award. The award is presented annually for outstanding research contributing to the theory, practice and teaching of effective health-care communication and related skills.

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.

UC Davis Nursing graduate student's research featured in national press program

October 21, 2014

Robin Whitney, a Doctor of Philosophy student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, was one of four researchers showcased in a webcast today promoting the inaugural Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium Oct. 24 and 25 in Boston.

NCI awards UC Davis $1.5 million to innovate robotic surgery for head and neck cancers

October 21, 2014

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded UC Davis principal investigators Laura Marcu and Gregory Farwell $1.5 million to adapt UC Davis-developed biophotonic technology to a robotic surgical device in hopes of dramatically improving the precision of head and neck cancer surgery.

Tarantula venom illuminates electrical activity in live cells

October 20, 2014

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, have created a cellular probe that combines a tarantula toxin with a fluorescent compound to help scientists observe electrical activity in neurons and other cells. The probe binds to a voltage-activated potassium ion channel subtype, lighting up when the channel is turned off and dimming when it is activated. 

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center holds workshop for Alzheimer's caregivers

October 20, 2014

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center will hold a workshop for those caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, in the auditorium of the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento. There is no cost to participate in the workshop; however, reservations are required to attend.

Young Adult Outcomes topic of next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation

October 17, 2014

Research examining what happens to young adults with autism spectrum disorder when they leave high school will be the topic of the November UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation. The discussion, on “Young Adult Outcomes,” will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

Randi Jenssen Hagerman receives C. Anderson Aldrich Award from American Academy of Pediatrics

October 15, 2014

Randi Jenssen Hagerman, medical director of the UC Davis MIND Institute, Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Endowed Chair in Fragile X Research and Treatment, has received the prestigious C. Anderson Aldrich Award in Child Development for her outstanding contributions in the field of child development from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the professional organization for pediatricians in the United States.

UC Davis Medical Center repeats as a "Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality"

October 15, 2014

For the fourth consecutive year, UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Quality Index, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization.

Cancer Center wins $1.7 million NCI grant to study novel cancer treatment

October 10, 2014

A multidisciplinary team at UC Davis will embark on research to determine whether combining a novel type of immunotherapy with radiation and chemotherapy can make treatment for sarcoma, breast and pancreatic cancers more effective.

Probiotic decreases the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis

October 10, 2014

A team of UC Davis and University of Arizona researchers discovered that adding the bacteria Bifidobacterium longum subsp. infantis (B. infantis) to formula fed to newborn rats reduced the incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis, an often deadly intestinal infection.

UC Davis recognized as an industry leader in cardiac rehabilitation

October 8, 2014

The Cardiac Rehabilitation and Preventive Cardiology Program at UC Davis Health System has been certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation for leadership in improving quality of life, enhancing standards of care and offering advanced practices for patients recovering from cardiac events or interventions.

MIND Institute receives $900,000 grant to study use of sertraline in young children with autism spectrum disorder

October 8, 2014

Focusing on treatments to ameliorate autism symptoms, researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute will launch the first study to examine the effectiveness of the use of sertraline, commonly known as Zoloft®™, in children as young as 2 to 6 years, through a three-year, $900,000 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

One physician's email account compromised by unknown source

October 7, 2014

Late last week, it was determined that a UC Davis physician's work email account was accessed by an unknown source. UC Davis Health System has notified 1,326 patients who had their personal or medical information included in an email within the compromised account. This event did not involve access to the electronic health records of patients, patients' social security numbers or patients' personal financial information.

Researchers seeking middle-aged and older men for aging study

October 6, 2014

How alterations in a single gene on the X chromosome affects neurological and psychological functioning in men as they age is the subject of a new study by UC Davis MIND Institute researchers.

MIND Institute slates seminar to address stress among families caring for people with neurodevelopmental disorders

October 6, 2014

The UC Davis MIND Institute’s venerable Minds Behind the MIND series will launch its 2014-15 season in October with a departure from its previous format. The quarterly evening lectures have been replaced by Saturday morning presentations featuring UC Davis faculty and community representatives.

Local children's musical duo performs at UC Davis Children's Hospital

October 3, 2014

The Poodlums, a children’s musical duo, performed for UC Davis Children’s Hospital last week. The special performance was made possible by a donation from a community member and the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department.

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.

Shinjiro Hirose joins UC Davis as chief of pediatric general, thoracic and fetal surgery

October 2, 2014

Shinjiro Hirose, a nationally recognized fetal and pediatric surgeon, has joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine as chief of the newly established Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery in the Department of Surgery.