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UC Davis Health wins national award for sustainability and waste reduction

April 20, 2018

In recognition for achievements in sustainability and waste reduction, UC Davis Health has received a Partner for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. The award is one of the Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in the health care sector.

UC Davis names interim dean for Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

April 20, 2018

UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May has appointed Deborah Ward interim dean for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. Ward, a clinical professor and former associate dean for academics at the school, will assume the school’s top leadership position Aug. 1, when Founding Dean Heather M. Young steps down after 10 years of service.

Successful transitions for young adults with neurodevelopmental disorders the topic of April 25 series

April 20, 2018

The UC Davis MIND Institute and its Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities will host “Successful transitions for young adults with neurodevelopmental disorders” Wednesday, April 25 as part of the Minds Behind the MIND lecture series. The event runs 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.

Support UC Davis programs on Give Day, April 20-21, 2018!

April 18, 2018

On UC Davis Give Day, employees, students, alumni, friends, parents, patients and clients are invited to support an area of UC Davis or UC Davis Health that is meaningful to them.

Immune system and gastrointestinal deregulation linked with autism

April 17, 2018

Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute have found that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have reduced immune system regulation, as well as shifts in their gut microbiota. The immune deregulation appears to facilitate increased inflammation and may be linked to the gastrointestinal issues so often experienced by children with ASD. The research was published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity

African Americans and Alzheimer's disease

April 17, 2018

In an ongoing effort to address the disproportionate needs of the African American community coping with Alzheimer’s disease, the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center and the Alzheimer’s Association are hosting a free day-long forum on Saturday, April 21.

Film festival highlights UC Davis Children's Hospital patients-turned-filmmakers

April 17, 2018

UC Davis pediatric patients-turned filmmakers screened their movies for the first time in front of a large audience last Friday at the BayKids Film Festival held at the UC Davis MIND Institute.

Credit unions raise $235,300 for Children's Miracle Network hospitals

April 13, 2018

The 8th annual Credit Union SACTOWN Run generated more than $235,000 for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals across California and Nevada. A portion of the funds raised will support UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

The latest in cardiology research highlighted at Heart Research Day

April 13, 2018

The inauigural Heart Research Day is Wednesday, April 18, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Education Building lecture hall 1222. Register online at https://goo.gl/W2Tj71

Teen artists use their talents to share the 'donate life' message

April 13, 2018

Winners of the fourth annual Donate Life Visual Arts Contest were recognized and received prize money at a special event held in their honor Wednesday on the Sacramento campus of UC Davis.

UC Davis nursing dean, faculty, students research showcased at regional conference

April 12, 2018

More than two dozen UC Davis nursing faculty, researchers and students will present their scholarly work focusing on the health care experiences of cancer patients, data-driven nursing and interprofessional approaches to collaborative teamwork at the Western Institute of Nursing 51ST Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference in Spokane, Washington, today through Saturday.

Spina bifida patient healthy, happy after fetal surgery

April 10, 2018

When Esparto resident Chloe MacCullough was pregnant at 25 weeks, her baby was flagged for increased risk of a neural tube defect in a routine screening. A private specialist in Sacramento confirmed by ultrasound that her son had spina bifida low on his back.

Abdominal aortic disease specialist to lead UC Davis vascular services

April 10, 2018

Matthew Mell, a national leader in defining health policy for managing and treating aortic disease, has joined UC Davis Health as director of the UC Davis Vascular Center and chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery.

UC Davis pediatric heart patient is youngest Impella patient in the U.S.

April 9, 2018

Sergio Ledesma thought it was a cold. His son Adolfo had the usual symptoms. It was going around. But when he began to turn pale and could hardly breathe, his dad took him to the emergency room at their local hospital. By this point, Adolfo’s health had declined so much he was airlifted to UC Davis Children’s Hospital. He needed to be in the Pediatric and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PICU/PCICU) and UC Davis Children’s Hospital is the Central Valley's only level I pediatric trauma center and emergency department that includes state-of-the-art neonatal, pediatric and pediatric cardiac intensive care units.

Media advisory: Teen artists honored for encouraging organ and tissue donation

April 9, 2018

Winners of the fourth annual Sacramento Regional Donate Life Visual Arts Contest will share their entries and be recognized with a total of $4,100 in prize money at a ceremony in their honor. The event is one of the ways UC Davis Transplant Center and Sierra Donor Services engage the community in Donate Life Month, a national campaign held each April to raise awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation.

Ralph Adolphs will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on April 11

April 6, 2018

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host Ralph Adolphs on Wednesday, April 11 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. He will present “Predicting who you are from looking at your brain” 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, but seating is limited. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the hour-long lecture.

Violence Prevention Research Program releases #WhatYouCanDo to help reduce gun violence

April 6, 2018

A new website shows doctors, nurses and other health care providers what they can do to stop gun violence.

Study does not find change in firearm homicide or suicide rates through 2008 after repeal of comprehensive background check laws in two states

April 4, 2018

A study of firearm homicide and suicide rates in the 10 years after two states repealed their comprehensive background check laws in 1998 found no change in the rates of either cause of death from firearms through 2008. The repeals eliminated background check requirements for private-party transfers, but not for firearm transfers from licensed dealers.

Primo "Lucky" Lara named UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Director

April 3, 2018

Primo Nery Lara, Jr. has been named director of the National Cancer Institute-designated UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, leading a team of more than 300 scientists with an estimated $90 million in annual research funding and a clinical enterprise that serves more than 10,000 adult and pediatric patients throughout the region every year.

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Brandt receives humanitarian award from the American Glaucoma Society

March 29, 2018

James D. Brandt, a renown glaucoma specialist and professor of ophthalmology and vision science, received the humanitarian award from American Glaucoma Society earlier this month in New York City. The award recognizes his longstanding commitment and efforts to preserve vision and to improve the quality of life for those in need.

Parking made easier

March 28, 2018

Get ready for some new technologies in parking areas around the Sacramento campus.

UC Davis Medical Center again named LGBTQ healthcare leader

March 27, 2018

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) organization, has named UC Davis Medical Center a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” in its 2018 Healthcare Equality Index report.

Register now for cardiovascular nurse/technologist symposium

March 26, 2018

Registration is now open for the 8th annual UC Davis Cardiovascular Nurse/Technologist Symposium, a one-day education event on advances in diagnosing, treating and improving outcomes for patients with heart and vascular disease.

Family Caregiving Institute at UC Davis hosts summit to map out research priorities, advance family-centered care

March 26, 2018

The Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis brought together more than 50 national and international experts in family caregiving at a two-day summit designed to map out research priorities.

Wraparound program helps steer youths away from cycle of violence

March 21, 2018

Young victims of violence who are hospitalized for traumatic injuries no longer need to feel isolated and vulnerable in the months following their medical discharge. A new UC Davis Health program called Wraparound is designed to aid emotional recovery and help prevent recurrence of violent injuries among adolescents and young adults, ages 15 to 26, in the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento.

Burn center nurses recognized for excellence

March 20, 2018

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses has conferred a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the nurses of the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center at UC Davis Medical Center.

Amygdala neurons increase as children become adults - except in autism

March 20, 2018

In a striking new finding, researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute found that typically-developing children gain more neurons in a region of the brain that governs social and emotional behavior, the amygdala, as they become adults. This phenomenon does not happen in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Instead, children with ASD have too many neurons early on and then appear to lose those neurons as they become adults. The findings were published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

UC Davis Schools of Medicine and Nursing rise in U.S. News rankings

March 20, 2018

The medical and nursing schools at UC Davis Health are ranked among the best in the country in the U.S. News & World Report 2019 graduate school rankings, released today (March 20). The list reveals new rankings for medical and nursing programs, as well as business, law, education, engineering, mathematics and physical sciences.

Soon-to-be physicians celebrate Match Day 2018

March 16, 2018

Today’s annual Match Day ceremony at UC Davis School of Medicine gave more than 100 future physicians an exciting glimpse of what the future holds for them in medicine.

Wild Bill does it again, donating thousands to UC Davis Children's Hospital

March 16, 2018

Colorful is one way to describe him. From his past to his ink, there’s a vibrant story to be told about Wild Bill Hill. One of hell-raising, Harleys and Ed Hardy, but most of all … heart.

Spanish questionnaire expected to reduce disparities in speech treatment for cleft-palate patients

March 15, 2018

The Spanish version of a questionnaire used to assess the speech and quality-of- life of children and young adults following cleft-palate surgery has been developed by craniofacial disorder specialists at UC Davis Health and the University of Utah.

UC Davis founding nursing dean steps down, plans to strengthen research role with school

March 15, 2018

Heather M. Young, the founding dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, today announced her plans to step down from her leadership position to assume the roles of dean emerita and professor at the school.

Christopher Evans awarded top honor by the European Association of Urology

March 13, 2018

Christopher Evans, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Urology and president of the Society of Urologic Oncology, will receive the Platinum Award at the International Friendship Dinner on Sunday, March 18 during the 33rd annual European Association of Urology (EAU) meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The role of contraception in women's health disparities

March 12, 2018

Join us on Thursday, March 22, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Old Soul @ 40 Acres in Sacramento for a conversation with UC Davis Health’s Melissa Joy Chen, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology who focuses on family planning.

UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center sponsors Concepts in Congenital Cardiac Care symposium

March 12, 2018

The UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center will host its second annual Concepts in Congenital Cardiac Care symposium. The symposium will take place April 14, 2018 at Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California, 2425 Stockton Blvd. in Sacramento; from 7:50 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration will begin at 7:15 a.m.

Primo Lara to become new deputy chair of SWOG

March 9, 2018

Primo “Lucky” Lara, Jr. will become the new deputy chair of SWOG, a research organization of more than 12,000 people at over 1,000 hospitals and clinics that designs and conducts publicly funded cancer clinical trials and that represents a major force cancer advances worldwide.  

Acute myeloid leukemia patients have reduced early mortality at NCI-designated cancer centers

March 8, 2018

Researchers at UC Davis have shown that patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who received their care at a National Cancer Institute (NCI) cancer center in California had a dramatically reduced risk of early mortality. Using data from the California Cancer Registry and the Patient Discharge Dataset, the team determined that the risk was reduced by 53 percent. These findings were reported in February in the journal Cancer.

UC Davis researchers find new way to defeat HIV latency

March 7, 2018

Researchers at UC Davis Health, together with colleagues at UC San Francisco and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, have found a mechanism for making HIV come out of hiding and become susceptible to anti-HIV drugs. Their study is now published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Geraldine Dawson will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on Mar. 14

March 7, 2018

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host autism researcher Geraldine Dawson on Wednesday, March 14 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. She will present “Early intervention and brain plasticity” 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.

New molecular target could help ease asthma

March 6, 2018

Researchers at UC Davis Health and Albany Medical College have shown that the protein vascular endothelial growth factor A — or VEGFA — plays a major role in the inflammation and airway obstruction associated with asthma. The finding may eventually lead to new asthma treatments targeting VEGFA.

Can high doses of vitamin D help prevent memory loss?

March 6, 2018

Vitamin D has long been known to be important for healthy bone growth, but new evidence suggests it also may help keep the brain sharp as people age. The problem is that most older people don’t get enough of it.

Spirit Halloween Superstores donates $73,878 to UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department

March 5, 2018

As part of a nationwide corporate program by Spirit Halloween Superstores, local store operators Kirk and Shanda Pierce presented a check for $73,878 to the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at UC Davis. Members of their in-store teams were also on hand to celebrate this 2017 campaign fundraising total and be acknowledged for their tremendous dedication to help make hospitals less scary for kids.

Grant brings genomic sequencing to children whose insurance doesn't provide coverage

March 1, 2018

The UC Davis Division of Genomic Medicine has received a two-year, $50,000 grant from the Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis to bring next-generation genomic sequencing (NGS) to children in need in the Sacramento region. The grant will support NGS for children with undiagnosed, often congenital, conditions to find the underlying genetic causes and improve their care.

12-year-old patient becomes UC Davis Men's Basketball honorary team captain

March 1, 2018

What a difference a year makes! 12-year-old Folsom resident Jackson Manning had what appeared to be stomach flu symptoms last February. His parents awoke one morning to find his breathing was rapid, he was turning blue and he was unresponsive.

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

February 28, 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.

Leader in creating a national blueprint to repair health care to speak in Sacramento

February 27, 2018

Ted Epperly, a nationally regarded family physician and leader in creating models of integrated, accessible and cost-effective health care, will speak in Sacramento as part of the UC Davis Health George G. Snively Lectureship in Family Medicine. Epperly’s address is Tuesday, March 6, at 5:30 p.m.  in lecture hall 1222 of the Education Building located at 4610 X Street in Sacramento. Reservations are requested via Eventbrite.

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 featured in CDC grand rounds presentation on heart health

February 16, 2018

UC Davis Health cardiologist and heart failure specialist Kathleen Tong talked 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. It can be replayed via the Public Health Grand Rounds archive on the CDC’s website.

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.

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.