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Adult ADHD topic of upcoming UC Davis MIND Institute lecture

February 16, 2017

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers Julie Schweitzer, Murat Pakyurek and Faye Dixon will speak on “Living with ADHD as an Adult: Updates on Research, Diagnosis and Treatment” on Feb. 22 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento.

UC Davis Health Vice Chancellor and Dean Julie Freischlag, M.D., accepts new position as president and CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

February 14, 2017

Vice Chancellor of Human Health Sciences and School of Medicine Dean Julie Freischlag will depart UC Davis Health at the end of April to take a new job as president and chief executive officer at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

UC Davis Medical Center to power portion of local facilities with 100 percent renewable energy

February 13, 2017

UC Davis Medical Centerannounced today that it has signed a new agreement with SMUD to take steps toward fulfilling UC Davis’ commitment to become carbon neutral by 2025. 

Language barriers may interfere with access to kidney transplantation

February 10, 2017

Language barriers may hinder U.S. kidney transplant candidates’ access to kidney transplantation, according to a new study in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.  Led by a team from Cedars-Sinai, UCLA Health and UC Davis Health, the research suggests that patients who primarily speak a language other than English may face disparities that keep them from completing their kidney transplant evaluations and, ultimately, from receiving a transplant.

Leading expert on women and heart disease to speak at free public event

February 10, 2017

Amparo Villablanca, a nationally renowned specialist on heart disease in women, will provide a free lunchtime address on “Heart Disease: What Every Woman Should Know.” The lecture is open to the public and takes place Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 12:10 p.m. until 12:50 p.m. in room 1204 of the Education Building, 4610 X Street in Sacramento. RSVPs are requested via email to Angela Carrasco at avcarrasco@ucdavis.edu.

Poverty and high neighborhood murder rates increase depression in older adults

February 9, 2017

Older adults who live in poor and violent urban neighborhoods are at greater risk for depression, a study by researchers from UC Davis, the University of Minnesota and other institutions published Jan. 23 in the journal Health & Place has found.

UC Davis leads the nation in kidney transplants

February 8, 2017

UC Davis physicians gave lifesaving kidney transplants to more than 400 people in 2016, making it the highest-volume kidney transplant program in the nation. In addition to the growth, outcomes for UC Davis kidney transplant program patients have consistently exceeded the national average.

Spirit Halloween Superstores donates $39,632 to UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department

February 8, 2017

UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department will continue to train individuals to become certified child life specialists at UC Davis Children's Hospital, thanks to this year’s donation by Spirit Halloween Superstores.

UC Davis study finds mold, bacterial contaminants in medical marijuana samples

February 7, 2017

UC Davis physician researchers have found that medical marijuana contains multiple bacterial and fungal pathogens that may cause serious and even fatal infections. They warn that smoking, vaping or inhaling aerosolized marijuana could pose a grave risk to patients, especially those with leukemia, lymphoma, AIDS or conditions requiring immune-suppressing therapies.

UC Davis hosts nation's first necrotizing enterocolitis symposium in partnership with the NEC Society

February 7, 2017

UC Davis and the NEC Society will host the necrotizing enterocolitis symposium, the nation’s first conference solely focused on the prevention and improved treatment of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), on April 5-7 at the UC Davis Conference Center. The symposium will bring together internationally acclaimed medical experts and researchers, neonatologists, pediatric surgeons, immunologists, neonatal nurses, dietitians and lactation specialists, along with patient families affected by the disease.

Researchers from UC Davis School of Nursing and UC San Diego School of Medicine to study Kawasaki disease treatment options and experiences

February 2, 2017

Researchers from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis and the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego received a $2.8 million award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for a three-year study on the effectiveness of two different therapies for children with Kawasaki disease, as well as the burdens of treatments on those children and their families.

UC Davis experts: American Heart Month

February 1, 2017

UC Davis faculty are available throughout American Heart Month in February for interviews on the detection, treatment and prevention of heart and vascular disease. They can also discuss groundbreaking research that is leading to new methods of addressing common heart conditions, including heart failure, arrhythmia, atherosclerosis, valve disease, congenital conditions and coronary artery disease.

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Undergraduate course on the 'Physiology of Cannabis' offered this spring at UC Davis

January 31, 2017

A new undergraduate course on “Physiology of Cannabis” (HPH 115) will be offered at UC Davis this spring to raise awareness and understanding of how cannabis and cannabinoids affect the body.

Endocrine Society task force, chaired by Styne, issues new guideline on pediatric obesity

January 31, 2017

The Endocrine Society today issued a Clinical Practice Guideline advising healthcare providers on how to prevent and treat childhood obesity with lifestyle changes. Dennis Styne, professor of pediatrics and Yocha Dehe Endowed Chair in Pediatric Endocrinology, chaired the task force that developed the guideline.

How maternal immune response to allergies may affect neurodevelopment

January 31, 2017

Researchers at UC Davis have published a study that illustrates how maternal immune activation could affect neurodevelopment in offspring.

Prior DUIs predict future criminal activity among firearm owners

January 30, 2017

Among individuals who legally purchased handguns in California, prior convictions for driving under the influence (DUI) and other alcohol-related crimes were associated with a substantial increase in risk for subsequent violent or firearm-related crime, according to a study published Jan. 30 in Injury Prevention by the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program.

UC Davis Cancer Care Network welcomes two new sites

January 26, 2017

The UC Davis Health Cancer Care Network of community oncology programs has expanded to include Barton Health in Lake Tahoe and Ridgecrest Regional Hospital in the southeastern Sierra.

Media advisory: UC Davis Health hosts extreme weight-loss fashion show

January 25, 2017

The UC Davis Bariatric Surgery Program fashion show will spotlight 13 patients who dropped a total of more than 1,600 pounds following surgical weight-loss procedures. During the event, called “An Evening of the Stars,” the models will share brief personal stories and photos from their battles with extreme weight, and then walk a stage wearing the latest fashions from local clothing stores.

Faulty DNA error correction genes set stage for familial gastric cancer

January 19, 2017

A large team of researchers from UC Davis and several European and Latin American institutions have identified genetic variations that contribute to familial gastric cancer. These inherited mutations, which affect the PALB2, BRCA1 and RAD51C genes and have been implicated in other cancer types, impair a critical DNA repair mechanism called homologous recombination. These findings could improve preventive care, as well as provide targets for new therapies. The study was published last month in the journal Gastroenterology.

Many late-stage lung cancer patients do not get treatment

January 18, 2017

A national study by researchers at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center has found that a significant number of lung cancer patients are not receiving treatment. Based on data between 1998 and 2012 from the National Cancer Database, 21 percent of patients (190,539) with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) received no specific cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery. Many of the untreated patients were women, elderly, minorities, low income and uninsured.

World's first total-body PET scanner takes big step forward

January 17, 2017

The UC Davis-based EXPLORER consortium, which aims to build a revolutionary total-body PET (positron emission tomography) scanner, has announced the selection of two industry partners to help build the prototype device. They are United Imaging Healthcare America, a North American subsidiary of Shanghai United Imaging Healthcare, and SensL Technologies of Cork, Ireland.

Register for Donut Dash: Proceeds benefit UC Davis Child Life

January 17, 2017

The ninth annual Donut Dash will take place Saturday, March 4, at 8:30 a.m. at William Land Park in Sacramento. Proceeds will benefit the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department.

UC Davis Health System becomes "UC Davis Health"

January 17, 2017

Today, UC Davis Health System officially becomes UC Davis Health. University officials say the name change better captures the health system’s overall institutional focus, which is to serve the health and well-being of its patients and community.

Showalter appointed chief information officer for UC Davis Health

January 12, 2017

Following an extensive nationwide search, UC Davis Health has appointed William Showalter as Chief Information Officer (CIO).

UC Davis and nation's cancer centers jointly endorse updated HPV vaccine recommendations

January 11, 2017

Recognizing a critical need to improve national vaccination rates for the human papillomavirus (HPV), UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center has again united with each of the 69 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers in issuing a joint statement in support of recently revised recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group begins Feb. 9

January 11, 2017

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 ages 17 to 24 who are coping with the recent loss of a loved one.

Are you training for a marathon in 2017?

January 10, 2017

Interest in endurance sports such as long-distance running is growing, and finishing a marathon is likely on many New Year’s resolution lists for 2017. UC Davis sports medicine specialist Brandee Waite offers tips for safely running your first — or next — marathon.

Genomic sequencing illuminates recent Shigella outbreaks in California

January 9, 2017

In a study that could have significant impact on how disease outbreaks are managed, researchers at UC Davis and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) have sequenced and analyzed genomes from Shigella sonnei (S. sonnei) bacteria associated with major shigellosis outbreaks in California in 2014 and 2015.

UC Davis Health welcomes Beijing medical equipment company

January 9, 2017

UC Davis Health has entered into an agreement with Top Grade Health Care to establish a translational research and development center to advance the treatment of patients with cancer.

John Elder Robison to speak on autism at upcoming UC Davis MIND Institute lecture

January 3, 2017

New York Times bestselling author and autism advocate John Elder Robison will speak on “Life with Autism” in a free public lecture on Jan. 11 at 4:30 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento.

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UC Davis MIND Institute part of national study on video game-like therapy for ADHD

December 28, 2016

The UC Davis MIND Institute is participating in a nationwide ADHD study using a scientifically designed video game-like technology.

Shift in some teens' use and perceptions of marijuana after recreational marijuana is legalized

December 27, 2016

Marijuana use significantly increased and its perceived harm decreased among eighth- and 10th-graders in Washington state following enactment of recreational marijuana laws, according to a UC Davis and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health to be published online in JAMA Pediatrics. There was no change in use or perceived harm among 12th graders or among similar grades in Colorado.

Genomic sequencing illuminates recent Shigella outbreaks in California

December 22, 2016

In a study that could have significant impact on how disease outbreaks are managed, researchers at UC Davis and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) have sequenced and analyzed genomes from Shigella sonnei (S. sonnei) bacteria associated with major shigellosis outbreaks in California in 2014 and 2015.

Study identifies who could benefit most from exercise as a depression treatment

December 21, 2016

Factors such as advanced age and greater aerobic capacity increase the likelihood that exercise will work as a treatment for depression in elderly patients, a recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has shown.

Children's Hospital's online newsletter published today

December 20, 2016

The Pediatric Press, UC Davis Children's Hospital's online newsletter, has published its winter issue today.

UC Davis Health System awarded grant to advance culture of diversity and inclusion

December 19, 2016

UC Davis Health System has been awarded a grant by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to pilot a first-of-its-kind diversity and inclusion toolkit. The three-year, $36,000 award aims to enable universities and their academic and health centers to measure institutional climate and culture.

UC program excels at reducing hospital blood clots

December 15, 2016

Results of a UC-wide venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention program, led by Gregory Maynard, chief quality officer for UC Davis Medical Center, have shown a significant reduction in hospital-associated VTEs at all five participating UC hospitals, according to a recently released study authored by Maynard and published in the December 2016 issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Fragile X drug trial gets $11.5 million in NIH funding

December 15, 2016

The UC Davis MIND Institute and Rush University Medical Center have been awarded $11.5 million from the National Institutes of Health to test a new therapy designed to improve language learning for children fragile X syndrome. 

Hormonal contraception is safer than expected for women with diabetes

December 14, 2016

Strokes and heart attacks are rare for women with diabetes who use hormonal contraception, with the safest options being intrauterine devices (IUDs) and under-the-skin implants, new research published in Diabetes Care shows.

UC Davis Children's Hospital joins ImproveCareNow network

December 14, 2016

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has joined ImproveCareNow, a network of care centers where clinicians, researchers, patients and parents work together to help care for kids with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

UC Davis part of national effort on links between health and exercise

December 13, 2016

We know that exercise is good for you. But why, and how? The National Institutes of Health today (Dec. 13) announced a six-year, $170 million nationwide project to dig deep into the molecular changes that come from physical activity, and how they influence health.

Genetics and environment combine to influence autism-associated genes

December 13, 2016

Researchers at UC Davis have shown that a well-known neurotoxin (PCB 95) and a chromosomal duplication (Dup15q) have a profound impact on DNA methylation, the epigenetic process that can influence gene activity. These cumulative genetic and environmental “hits” alter the epigenetic landscape during development, altering genes linked to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study was published in the journal Cell Reports.

Immunotherapy improves survival in late-stage lung cancer patients

December 12, 2016

A large trial by UC Davis professor David Gandara has found that the immunotherapy atezolizumab was superior to chemotherapy for patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer.

Healthy weight only protects women from hot flashes during the early stages of menopause

December 6, 2016

Greater weight increases the likelihood of hot flashes and night sweats during early stages of the menopause transition but reduces those symptoms throughout menopause and beyond, new UC Davis research published in the journal Menopause shows.

UC Davis Children's Hospital supports safe sleep practices

December 2, 2016

Every year in the United States, 3,400 infants die of sleep-related causes. In Sacramento County, one infant every other week dies, due to their sleep environment.