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Hibbard E. Williams, second dean at UC Davis School of Medicine, dies at 83

July 29, 2016

Hibbard E. Williams, an endocrinologist and internationally respected expert on kidney stone disease who served as UC Davis School of Medicine’s second dean from 1980 through 1992, died in his home in Davis July 26 after a battle with Lewy Body Disease. He was 83.

Hybrid treatment hunts down and kills leukemia cells

July 28, 2016

Researchers at UC Davis and Ionis Pharmaceuticals have developed a hybrid treatment that harnesses a monoclonal antibody to deliver antisense DNA to acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) cells and that may lead to less toxic treatments for the disease.

2016-2017 MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series starts Sept. 14

July 27, 2016

The UC Davis MIND Institute kicks off its 2016-2017 Distinguished Lecturer Series in September with an address by Robert H. Ring, associate professor at Drexel University in the College of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology.

UC Davis MIND Institute hosts summer camp

July 27, 2016

One by one, the kids trickled into the room, checked in, put on their name badges and jumped into the games: matching cards, Hungry, Hungry Hippo and Guess Who?

Register for Duck Dash: Proceeds benefit UC Davis Child Life

July 27, 2016

The fourth annual Duck Dash will take place Saturday, Aug. 13, at 5 p.m. at Raging Waters Sacramento at Cal Expo. For the first time, proceeds will benefit the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

UC Davis Children's Hospital opens new pediatric dialysis treatment center

July 27, 2016

UC Davis Children’s Hospital recently opened a new pediatric dialysis center, where patients and their families will be trained on home-based peritoneal dialysis and receive follow-up care.

UC Davis environmental center funds innovative research on toxics and health

July 26, 2016

As part of its commitment to developing the new generation of environmental scientists, the UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences Center has funded eight innovative research projects aimed at defining the links between toxicants and human health.

De Vere White to serve on prestigious NIH panel

July 26, 2016

Ralph de Vere White, who retired in June as director of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named to a key committee at the National Institute of Health (NIH).

Med student awarded O'Connor Memorial Research Grant

July 26, 2016

UC Davis School of Medicine’s first-ever Daniel T. O’Connor, M.D., Memorial Research Grant, has been awarded to Anand Narayanan, a fourth-year student who will spend the coming year investigating nanoparticles to improve the delivery and targeting of therapies for oral cancer.

Expanding workforce diversity: New grants enhance School of Medicine's mission

July 26, 2016

The federal Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded UC Davis School of Medicine two new grants, totaling more than $6 million, to further the school’s long-standing goal of expanding health care access and equity for all.

UC Davis cardiologists are first in Northern California to offer the new disappearing stent

July 22, 2016

Cardiologists at UC Davis Health System have treated the first patient in Northern California with a new bioresorbable stent. The Absorb vascular scaffold works like a traditional metal stent in opening vessels clogged by fatty deposits. Instead of remaining in the vessel for a lifetime, however, it is made of material similar to dissolving sutures and disappears within three years.

UC Davis nursing and medical schools receive grant to improve primary care education and training

July 21, 2016

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis and the UC Davis School of Medicine received a $2.49 million Primary Care Training Enhancement Award from Health Resources and Services Administration to improve primary care education and training.

UC Davis scientists awarded grant for rare genetic disorder research

July 21, 2016

The state stem cell agency, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), today approved a $1.1 million grant to UC Davis for research aimed at developing a treatment for Angelman syndrome,  a rare, neurogenetic autism-spectrum disorder that occurs in one in 15,000 live births.

UC Davis researchers temporarily turn off brain area to better understand function

July 20, 2016

Capitalizing on experimental genetic techniques, researchers at UC Davis’ California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) have demonstrated that temporarily turning off an area of the brain changes patterns of activity across much of the remaining brain.

High quality MRIs without sedation are possible in severely affected children with autism

July 19, 2016

UC Davis researchers have found a way to get MRI images of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability without sedating them first using the principles of applied behavior analysis.

MIND Institute awarded key federal training grant

July 18, 2016

Adding to its growing portfolio of important federal grants to address the needs of people with developmental disabilities, the UC Davis MIND Institute, in collaboration with California State University Sacramento, has been awarded $2.7 million, to be spent over five years, to train professionals and family members who care for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Historic data to aid in long-term study of ethnic disparities in brain health and dementia

July 14, 2016

Physical exams conducted from the 1960s through the 1980s will be revisited to evaluate risks and protective factors in early and midlife that could affect brain health and dementia diagnoses among a large, ethnically diverse group of seniors. The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research will partner with the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center for the study, which is funded with a five-year, $13 million grant from the National Institute on Aging.

Oncologists and cancer patients often differ in prognosis perceptions

July 14, 2016

Patients with stage III or IV cancer report far more optimistic expectations for survival than their oncologists thought they had communicated, according to new research published today in JAMA Oncology. Effective communication between doctors and their patients who could be nearing the end of their lives is crucial, according to the authors, since this is when quality-of-life decisions merge with discussions about treatment options.

New grant further solidifies UC Davis' leadership role in translational research

July 12, 2016

The UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) and the wide array of services that have supported innovative biomedical research and led to the development of new treatments for diseases during the past 10 years will continue, thanks to a $27.8 million grant from the National Center for Accelerating Translational Science and the ongoing support from the School of Medicine.

Increasing the minimum wage can improve health

July 12, 2016

The emotional debate around minimum wage levels focuses entirely on economics and overlooks the fact that increasing minimum wages can improve health, according to an editorial by UC Davis health economist Paul Leigh published in the American Journal of Public Health.l

School of Medicine student honored by AMA

July 11, 2016

Nancy Rodriguez, a second-year UC Davis medical student, has been honored by the American Medical Association Foundation with one of its prestigious 2016 Minority Scholars awards. She is one of only 20 students nationwide to receive the honor. 

UC Davis offers fluorescence cystoscopy for bladder cancer

July 11, 2016

The UC Davis Department of Urology now offers fluorescence, also called blue light, cystoscopy during surgery for bladder tumor removal.

Myth of cognitive decline talk kicks off community lecture series

July 8, 2016

Joel Kramer, clinical neuropsychologist who has specialized in the study of cognition and behavior for over three decades, will kick off the 2016 Community Discovery Lecture Series with a talk entitled, "The Myth of Cognitive Decline: Optimizing Brain Health as We Age," on July 12 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, Calif.

UC Davis Medical Center awarded 'Most Wired 2016' designation

July 6, 2016

For the sixth time in as many years, the UC Davis Medical Center has earned the “Most Wired” designation as one of the nation’s top leaders in information technology. 

UC Davis scientists awarded grant for rare genetic disorder research

July 5, 2016

The London-based LouLou Foundation, in partnership with the Orphan Disease Center of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has awarded a grant to UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures Director Jan Nolta and one of the institute’s post-doctoral fellows, Kyle Fink, to study how Fink’s gene editing techniques might be used to treat a rare genetic disorder that hits children – mainly girls – at a very young age with difficult-to-control seizures and severe neuro-developmental impairment.

The experts agree: Environmental toxins hurt brain development

July 1, 2016

An unprecedented alliance of leading scientists, health professionals, and children’s and environmental health advocates agree for the first time that today’s scientific evidence supports a link between exposures to toxic chemicals in air, water, food and everyday products and children’s risks for neurodevelopmental disorders.

Omalu awarded for contributions to health of American democracy, sports medicine

July 1, 2016

Bennet Omalu, associate clinical professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at UC Davis and chief medical examiner of San Joaquin County, Calif., received two awards for his work on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative condition that he first identified in professional football players.

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Beware of unapproved stem cell procedures

June 30, 2016

At least 351 companies across the United States are marketing unapproved stem cell procedures, according to a new study by a UC Davis stem cell researcher and a University of Minnesota bioethicist.

Endowment for promising students honors de Vere White

June 29, 2016

Ralph de Vere White, who steps down this week after a 32-year career at UC Davis Health System, has been honored with an educational endowment in his name.

Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities 5-year grant renewed

June 28, 2016

The Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD) at the UC Davis MIND Institute has received a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities grant award from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

UC Davis nursing school welcomes first class of master's entry in nursing students, record classes of physician assistant, nurse practitioner students

June 24, 2016

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis formally welcomed the largest incoming class in the school’s history, including 24 students in the school’s newest degree program, the Master’s Entry in Nursing Program. Members of the Classes of 2018 include 18 registered nurses working toward a master’s-degree as nurse practitioners and 65 future physician assistants.

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.

"Digital neurotherapeutic" in development at the UC Davis MIND Institute

June 22, 2016

A UC Davis researcher has created a video game for children who experience cognitive impairments from genetic disorders with the hope that that it will improve their ability to mentally process information about space and time.

Nearly 10 million U.S. adults severely nearsighted

June 22, 2016

A new study by investigators at the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Genentech, the National Institutes of Health and UC Davis Eye Center has found that 9.6 million U.S. adults are highly myopic, or severely nearsighted, and of those, nearly 820,000 have a degenerative form of the disease and more than 41,000 suffer myopic choroidal neovascularization, a complication that can cause long-term vision loss, especially in women.

MIND Institute researcher studies feasibility of community providers training parents of children with autism

June 22, 2016

Research has long shown that parent-implemented “naturalistic developmental behavioral interventions,” which are applied in a child’s usual setting and designed to build developmentally appropriate skills, help decrease the main symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, parent training by community providers had not previously been studied.

U.S. News & World Report ranks UC Davis Children's Hospital among nation's best

June 21, 2016

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Reportamong the nation’s top hospitals in five pediatric subspecialties. UC Davis ranked 19th in neonatology, 29th in diabetes and endocrinology and 43rd in nephrology. UC Davis Children's Hospital  also ranked 32nd in urology and 38th in orthopaedics, in collaboration with Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California

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.

West Coast Avengers pay visit to UC Davis Children's Hospital

June 16, 2016

The West Coast Avengers caused quite a scene as they walked into the playroom at UC Davis Children’s Hospital earlier this week.

Glaser appointed to National Advisory Eye Council

June 16, 2016

Thomas Glaser, professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy at UC Davis, was appointed to the National Advisory Eye Council of the National Eye Institute (NEI).

Backman receives Loma Linda School of Public Health Alumnus of the Year Award

June 15, 2016

Desiree Backman, chief prevention officer for the California Department of Health Care Services and UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement, received the Loma Lina University School of Public Health Alumnus of the Year Award at the school’s commencement ceremony June 12. 

UC Davis study finds antibiotics increase availability of nutrients in the gut, enabling growth of pathogens

June 15, 2016

Research led by Andreas Bäumler, professor of medical immunology and microbiology at UC Davis Health System, has identified a new mechanism explaining how antibiotics change the gut microbiota, increasing nutrients that benefit the growth of pathogens, like Salmonella.

Pelech named interim division head of pediatric cardiology

June 15, 2016

Andrew Pelech, professor of pediatrics, has been appointed as interim head of the UC Davis Division of Pediatric Cardiology, effective May 15.

New East 7 pediatrics unit now open

June 14, 2016

The new East 7 acute care pediatric unit is now open. The purpose of the six-bed unit is to provide care to stable pediatric patients, ages 5 and older. East 7 is designed for patients with a length of stay shorter than 24 hours, but it is equipped to care for patients with a longer length of stay.

Tempkin honored by Huntington's Disease Society of America

June 13, 2016

The Northern California Chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) recently honored Teresa Tempkin, co-director of the HDSA Center of Excellence at UC Davis, for her nearly 18 years of service to patients with Huntington’s disease and their families in Sacramento and the nation. The honor was presented during the chapter’s annual convention, held at the UC Davis MIND Institute.

Media advisory: West Coast Avengers visit UC Davis Children's Hospital patients June 15

June 13, 2016

UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients and their families will get a visit from West Coast Avengers, dressed as characters from the Marvel Universe films and other iconic films.

UC Davis establishes research center to tackle pain epidemic

June 13, 2016

Leveraging the vast expertise of scholars and scientists in medicine, nursing and other health science disciplines, UC Davis has established the Center for Advancing Pain Relief.

UC Davis nursing school hosts fifth graduation celebration

June 10, 2016

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis hosted its fifth graduation celebration, lauding the accomplishments of 52 master’s-degree students and eight doctoral candidates.

NIH funding for dermatology research trending downward for women and MDs

June 9, 2016

In a retrospective study of dermatology research awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 2009 to 2014, a team of UC Davis researchers found a significant decline in women investigators and a striking reduction in MD-only investigator funding dollars.

Orbis, UC Davis surgery team train on world's only Flying Eye Hospital

June 8, 2016

Staff physicians and nurses from UC Davis and Orbis International, a global not for profit that brings the world together to fight blindness, are practicing their critical-care skills on board the new MD-10 Flying Eye Hospital, the world’s only accredited, mobile teaching eye hospital.

Warmer weather, open windows raise risk of kids falling from windows

June 8, 2016

More than 5,000 children are treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments each year for window fall-related injuries. These falls and injuries tend to be more common during the spring and summer months since people tend to open their windows during warm weather.

Risk of autism with intellectual disability linked with maternal immune dysfunction during pregnancy

June 7, 2016

Pregnant women with higher levels of inflammatory cytokines and chemokines, proteins that control communication between cells of the immune system, may be at significantly greater risk of having a child with autism combined with intellectual disability, 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.

UC Davis offers fusion-guided prostate biopsies

June 7, 2016

The UC Davis Department of Urology now offers fusion-guided biopsies, combining ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to identify prostate cancer.

Developing drugs to treat autism topic of next MIND Distinguished Lecture

June 7, 2016

Although emerging research has identified potential targets for investigational medications for autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, there is a significant gap between when they are identified and when clinical trials begin for patients. Evdokia Anagnostou, a Toronto-based clinician/scientist, will discuss the pipeline from bench research to clinical trials during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series.

Critical Care Transport Team gets a new ride

June 6, 2016

The best care begins not only with the right team, but also the right equipment. The UC Davis Children’s Hospital Critical Care Transport (CCTT) Program is a dedicated children’s transport team available to a 33-county area – and sometimes beyond – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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.

Fancher named Associate Dean for Workforce Innovation and Community Engagement

June 3, 2016

Tonya Fancher, an associate professor of internal medicine who has overseen a variety of student training programs that focus on underserved populations, has been named the associate dean for Workforce Innovation and Community Engagement at the School of Medicine.

UC Davis study finds advantages of pediatric kidney transplants from very young donors

June 2, 2016

swResearchers at UC Davis found that "en bloc" kidneys  transplanted from very young deceased donors (median age 1 year) are safe and may have some advantages for children awaiting a kidney transplant.

UC Davis nursing graduate students showcase scholarly work at Academic Symposium

June 2, 2016

From role confusion for frontline nurses in leadership positions and challenges for school health administrators to confronting implicit bias in kindergarten and preparing seniors for emergencies, the scope of work undertaken by students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis ranges from clinical to community, from birth to end of life.

Farmer inducted as president of American Pediatric Surgical Association

June 1, 2016

Internationally renowned fetal and neonatal surgeon Diana Farmer was inducted for a one-year term as president of the American Pediatric Surgical Association during the organization’s annual meeting held May 15-17 in San Diego.

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Media advisory: Performance shows how singing helps breathing for those with chronic lung disease

May 31, 2016

UC Davis patients with COPD and other chronic lung diseases will perform some of the pieces they’ve learned through singing therapy, a unique and creative approach to improving airflow in and out of the lungs. 

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.

UC Davis nursing professor inducted as Fellow of the American College of Nurse -Midwives

May 27, 2016

Jenna Shaw-Battista, the director for the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing and an associate clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) at the association’s annual meeting May 25.

MIND Institute study examines development of school-age children with autism spectrum disorder

May 27, 2016

Grade school is an important period in children’s development, when they begin to mature and prepare to enter adolescence. Now, researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute hope to discover how to maximize that growth among children with autism to help them learn and thrive.

Schivo receives grant to expand research on breath test for lung disease

May 26, 2016

UC Davis pulmonary medicine specialist Michael Schivo has received funding from the National Institutes of Health to expand his research on the breath biomarkers of lung disease.

UC Davis Medical Center recognized for quality care for stroke patients

May 26, 2016

UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for using evidence-based guidelines that improve care and quality of life for stroke patients.

Inhaled silver particles end up in the brain, UC Davis study shows

May 26, 2016

Airborne silver nanoparticles that are common in occupational settings travel from the nose to the brain, where they can remain for weeks and trigger an immune response linked with injury, UC Davis researchers studying adult rats have found.

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.

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center establishes new Cognitive Neurosciences Fellowship

May 25, 2016

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center has established a new, integrated translational cognitive neuroscience postdoctoral fellowship program through a five-year, $1 million grant from the National Institute on Aging.

Project ADAM Sacramento hosted Oak Park Has Heart

May 25, 2016

Project ADAM Sacramento, a UC Davis Children’s Hospital program, hosted a free community health fair and CPR/AED training event on May 20 at Sacramento Charter High School.

Yellowlees voted president-elect of national telemedicine group

May 24, 2016

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has chosen Peter Yellowlees, professor of psychiatry at UC Davis, to be president-elect of the association’s board of directors. 

UC Davis Children's Hospital receives State Partnership Regionalization of Care (SPROC) grant award

May 24, 2016

UC Davis Children’s Hospital was once again named a recipient of the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program’s grant award, State Partnership Regionalization of Care (SPROC).

2015 Eli Gold Prize awardee delivers Pediatric Grand Rounds lecture

May 24, 2016

Jennifer Plant, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics, was honored for her 2015 Eli Gold Prize and presented a lecture at the Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds last Friday.

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center slates 2016 Community Engagement Lecture Series

May 23, 2016

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center has slated its 2016 Community Engagement Lecture Series calendar. All lectures are held from 6 to 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento, with the exception of the Nov. 5 the Alzheimer’s Disease Center Caregiver Workshop. Reservations are required. For reservations or information, please call 916-734-5728.

Depression in Alzheimer's disease: Cause or consequence?

May 23, 2016

“Depression in Alzheimer’s disease: Cause or consequence?” is the topic of the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center’s June 2016 Community Discovery Lecture Series presentation.

UC Davis approved as a comprehensive care center for pulmonary hypertension

May 20, 2016

UC Davis has been designated as a Center of Comprehensive Care by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) in recognition of its essential infrastructure and experience in managing and improving outcomes for patients with pulmonary hypertension.

Calcium channels team up to activate excitable cells

May 18, 2016

Voltage-gated calcium channels open in unison, rather than independently, to allow calcium ions into and activate excitable cells such as neurons and muscle cells, researchers with UC Davis Health System and the University of Washington have found.

Ng named director of UC Davis Stroke Center

May 18, 2016

Kwan L. Ng, assistant professor and director of vascular neurology at UC Davis Health System, has been named director of the UC Davis Stroke Center.

California Highway Patrol Officer Michael Ericson condition

May 17, 2016

Update posted on May 17, 2016: Officer Ericson's condition has been upgraded to good.

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.

Physicians can counsel patients to prevent gun violence, experts say

May 17, 2016

It is not illegal for physicians to ask their patients about firearms, counsel them as they would on any other health matter, and disclose that information to third parties when necessary, according to a review of the literature by physicians at UC Davis, Brown University, and the University of Colorado who are helping to lead the effort to prevent firearm-related injuries in the U.S.

UC Davis researchers identify new metabolic disorder

May 12, 2016

Researchers at UC Davis have identified a new metabolic disorder that affects newborns and leads to death hours after their birth. Identification of the genetic defect has meant the delivery of a healthy newborn to a mother who earlier had lost two other newborns to the condition.

More research needed to identify and measure quality of autism interventions

May 10, 2016

With the dramatic rise of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the numbers and types of interventions promoted to families and individuals with autism have surged as well.

UC Davis Medical Center again named one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America

May 9, 2016

For its “strong foundation of high-quality care, stellar credentials and a focus on doing what is right for the patients in its community,” UC Davis Medical Center has for the second year in a row been named one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America by Becker’s Hospital Review.

General surgery resident receives Fulbright grant

May 6, 2016

Laura Goodman, a general surgery resident at UC Davis, has received a 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to study the surgical needs of children in Mongolia. This will be Goodman’s second time living and working in Mongolia. It was there that she first decided to become a doctor while volunteering as an English teacher through the Peace Corps.

Device worn on eyeglasses offers hope for people with low vision

May 5, 2016

A miniature camera using optical character-recognition technology, mounted onto the eyeglasses of people who are considered legally blind, dramatically improves their ability to read an email, newspaper article, menu or page in a book, a study by researchers with UC Davis Health System.

UC Davis teams receive prestigious CITRIS awards for innovation in human health

May 4, 2016

Three UC Davis Health System teams have been selected from among 54 highly competitive proposals to receive awards to develop innovative information technology solutions in human health care from the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society — CITRIS — a collaboration of the UC campuses at Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Cruz. The grants are awarded in collaboration with the Banatao Institute founded by high-tech entrepreneur and philanthropist Dado Banatao.  

Autism and cancer share a remarkable number of risk genes in common

May 3, 2016

Autism and cancer share more than 40 risk genes, suggesting that common mechanisms underlying the functions of some of these genes could conceivably be leveraged to develop therapies not just for cancer but for autism as well, an extensive assessment by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute and Comprehensive Cancer Center has found.

High school artists honored for encouraging organ and tissue donation

May 3, 2016

Sacramento area high school students were honored Friday with cash awards for their winning entries in the 2nd annual “Donate Life Visual Arts Contest” sponsored by the UC Davis Transplant Center and Sierra Donor Services. Contest participants created posters or videos to encourage their peers to say “yes” to organ and tissue donation when applying for California identification cards or driver’s licenses.

Antibiotics allow gut pathogens to breathe

May 2, 2016

Antibiotics are essential for fighting bacterial infection, but, paradoxically, they can also make the body more prone to infection and diarrhea. Research led by Andreas Bäumler, professor of medical immunology and microbiology at UC Davis Health System, has identified the chain of events that occur within the gut lumen after antibiotic treatment that allow “bad” bugs to flourish.

Common supplement boosts kidney cancer therapy

May 2, 2016

Researchers at UC Davis have shown that docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a fatty acid commonly found in fish and fish oil supplements, reduces renal cell carcinoma invasiveness, growth rate, and blood vessel growth when combined with the anti-cancer therapy regorafenib. The study was published in the May issue of the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics.

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.