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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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UC Davis study researches potential link to care for mothers battling depression: their child's pediatrician

July 21, 2014

Pediatricians will screen mothers for depression in a new research study conducted at UC Davis Children's Hospital. The grant is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

School of Medicine earns renewed accreditation

July 18, 2014

The nation’s accrediting authority for M.D. programs has voted to continue accreditation of the UC Davis School of Medicine. The renewed status by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) follows a lengthy systematic review of the school as well as a site visit earlier this year. It provides UC Davis with a new eight-year term.

UC Davis researcher receives NSFC grant to find new gastric cancer genes

July 18, 2014

No Stomach for Cancer Foundation (NSFC) has awarded cancer geneticist Luis Carvajal-Carmona a $50,000 grant to study the genetic characteristics of gastric cancer.

MIND Institute researchers seek infants for study on early signs of autism and ADHD

July 18, 2014

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers are seeking participants for a new study that will examine the early development of infants who have an older sibling with autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or who are developing typically. In an effort to detect the earliest signs of developmental problems, the researchers will test a new online screening measure that uses videos to help parents track their infants’ development.

'Support cells' in brain play important role in Down syndrome

July 18, 2014

Researchers from UC Davis School of Medicine and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California have identified a group of cells in the brain that they say plays an important role in the abnormal neuron development in Down syndrome.

Medicare reimbursement for surgical procedures poorly reflects reality

July 17, 2014

The current system used to determine Medicare payments for surgeries — called relative value units, or RVUs — poorly correlates with the actual work involved in procedures, new research from UC Davis has found. The authors of the study, which will be published in the August issue of the Journal of Surgical Research, call for a more objective system for determining the value of work done by surgeons.

UC Davis Health System earns 2014 'Most Wired' designation

July 17, 2014

For the fourth consecutive year, UC Davis Health System has earned “Most Wired” status as one of the nation’s health leaders in information technology.

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis receives one of initial Future of Nursing Scholars grants to prepare doctoral nurses

July 16, 2014

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis is one of only 14 nursing schools nationwide to receive the first grants from a new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) program to increase the number nurses with Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

Neural stem cell discovery may aid in treatment research for deafness

July 15, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis School of Medicine have for the first time shown that a polysialylated glycoprotein that regulates neurodevelopment exists on the surface of cells in the adult inner ear.

U.S. News' ranks UC Davis Medical Center programs among the nation's best

July 15, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center has ranked as one of the nation’s best hospitals for 2014-15 in 10 adult medical specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, released July 15, recognize hospitals that excel in treating patients with the most serious and challenging injuries and illnesses.

UC Davis professor receives award to develop preventive treatment for autism

July 14, 2014

The Hartwell Foundation has presented an Individual Biomedical Research Award to Professor Judy A. Van de Water of the University of California, Davis, recognizing research that could affect nearly one in every four cases of autism among children in the U.S.

New combination drug controls tumor growth and metastasis in mice

July 14, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis, University of Massachusetts and Harvard Medical School have created a combination drug that controls both tumor growth and metastasis. By combining a COX-2 inhibitor, similar to Celebrex, and an epoxide hydrolase (sEH) inhibitor, the drug controls angiogenesis (blood vessel formation), limiting a tumor’s ability to grow and spread. The study appears today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Pancreatic surgery complications impact hospital costs more than length of stay

July 10, 2014

When it comes to a specific type of pancreatic surgery, post-operative complications have a far greater impact on total cost than does how long the patient stays in the hospital, according to a published paper by UC Davis researchers.

Minor head injury not reason enough for CT scan in children

July 7, 2014

A nationwide study of more than 40,000 children evaluated in hospital emergency departments for head trauma found that if children had only loss of consciousness, and no other signs or symptoms related to the head trauma, they are very unlikely to have sustained serious brain injuries. Children who have only isolated loss of consciousness after head trauma do not routinely require computed tomography (CT) scans of the head, reported researchers from UC Davis Health System and Boston Children’s Hospital. 

UC Davis Children's Hospital receives Excellence in Life Support Award

July 7, 2014

UC Davis Children's Hospital has received the Excellence in Life Support Award from the international Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) for its Extracorporeal Life Support Program. The program provides lifesaving support for failing organ systems in infants, children and, in some cases, adults.

Dr. Michael Buonocore, professor of radiology, dies at 59

July 3, 2014

Michael H. Buonocore, a professor in the UC Davis Department of Radiology for 27 years, died of cancer on June 21. He was 59.

Sac Republic FC fans donate art supplies, toys to UC Davis Child Life Department

July 2, 2014

UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department collected more than 600 art supplies and toy donations at the Sacramento Republic FC game on June 7 at Hughes Stadium.

Sickle cell drug passes early phase trial

July 2, 2014

A potentially groundbreaking investigational drug designed to treat the painful vaso-occlusive crises that are the hallmark of sickle cell disease has been found to be safe following a clinical trial at UC Davis.

TinySmiles makes donation to UC Davis Children's Hospital on Tiny's third birthday

July 1, 2014

Born in Northern California in June 2011, Tiny had the first of three planned surgeries to correct hypoplastic left heart syndrome 10 days after birth, and was treated afterward in the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit/Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.

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UC Davis study finds videoconferencing with family, friends lowers stress for pediatric patients

June 30, 2014

To ease isolation during extended hospitalizations, UC Davis Children’s Hospital offers secure videoconferencing for patients and families. While anecdotal accounts have suggested the Family-Link program enhances quality of life during long hospital stays, clinicians wondered if the technology also offered clinical benefits.

Six medical students on speedier pathway to becoming primary care physicians

June 27, 2014

Medical school started early and quickly for six brand new first-year students.  The School of Medicine, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente Northern California, recently welcomed its first group of students into the Accelerated Competency-based Education in Primary Care (ACE-PC) program.

Surgical biopsy proves safe for selected late-stage lung cancer patients

June 26, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis have determined that surgical biopsies can be safely performed on select patients with late-stage non-small cell lung cancer, which should enhance their access to drugs that target specific genetic mutations such as epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR).

UC Davis nursing professor named to prestigious nursing academy fellowship

June 26, 2014

The American Academy of Nursing announced this week that Debra Bakerjian, an assistant adjunct professor and senior director for nurse practitioner and physician assistant clinical education and practice at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, was selected as one of 168 nurse leaders nationwide for fellowship in the prestigious academy.

UC Davis offers same-day surgeries in Davis

June 25, 2014

Orthopaedic surgeons based at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento are performing some outpatient surgeries and procedures in Davis as part of a new affiliation with the Davis Surgery Center. The location provides a convenient alternative for same-day surgery patients who reside in Yolo County.

Cancer Center's specialty pharmacy program helps patients adhere to oral chemotherapy

June 24, 2014

A UC Davis program designed to better manage cancer patients taking oral chemotherapy drugs has demonstrated that one-on-one counseling, education and monitoring can improve adherence to potentially life-saving cancer treatments.

UC Davis MIND Institute study finds association between maternal exposure to agricultural pesticides, autism in offspring

June 22, 2014

Pregnant women who lived in close proximity to fields and farms where chemical pesticides were applied experienced a two-thirds increased risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental delay, a study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found. The associations were stronger when the exposures occurred during the second and third trimesters of the women’s pregnancies. [en español]

UC Davis professor highlighted in Parkinson's Disease documentary

June 19, 2014

UC Davis Assistant Professor of Neurology Norika Mahado-Chang is featured in a new documentary, “ViewFinder: Living with Parkinson’s,” premiering at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 on KVIE. The film offers a look at the lives of individuals in the Sacramento region who are afflicted by the debilitating disease and their caregivers.

Groundbreaking lung cancer trial launched

June 16, 2014

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center patients will soon be part of an unprecedented clinical trial designed to improve access to promising therapies and speed development of effective treatments for an advanced form of lung cancer, the leading cancer killer of both men and women.

Third-year pediatric resident presents poster at European Society for Infectious Diseases meeting

June 13, 2014

Elizabeth Partridge, a third-year pediatric resident at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, was invited to attend the European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) meeting last month in Dublin, Ireland, to share her poster project on the effectiveness of early transition from IV to oral antibiotic therapy in the treatment of deep wound infections after scoliosis surgery.

First class of UC Davis doctoral nurses graduate

June 13, 2014

For the first time, eight Doctor of Philosophy students collected degrees through the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis this graduation season, along with 24 Master of Science students and six nurse practitioner and 24 physician assistant certificate graduates.

UC Davis Medical Center receives echocardiography accreditation

June 12, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in echocardiography in three areas by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

Fungal protein found to cross blood-brain barrier

June 11, 2014

In a remarkable series of experiments on a fungus that causes cryptococcal meningitis, a deadly infection of the membranes that cover the spinal cord and brain, investigators at UC Davis have isolated a protein that appears to be responsible for the fungus’ ability to cross from the bloodstream into the brain.

UC Davis faculty share cancer research innovation with partners in Madrid

June 11, 2014

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers take center stage this week in Madrid during the second in a series of workshops designed to enhance cultural, academic, scientific and business relations between UC Davis and Madrid.

Telehealth improves forensic examinations for sexual abuse

June 10, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis and other facilities have shown that telehealth consultations for clinicians at rural hospitals improve their ability to provide forensic examinations for sexual abuse. Published in the journal Child Abuse & Neglect, the study showed that clinicians with access to expert UC Davis nurses provided more thorough and nuanced exams, improving their ability to gather evidence and to make an accurate diagnosis.

Violent crimes could be prevented if felony charges were reduced less often, study finds

June 10, 2014

A UC Davis study comparing violent misdemeanor convictions with their original criminal charges has found that subsequent violent crimes could be prevented if criminal charges were reduced less often during plea bargaining.

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

June 9, 2014

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the nation’s top hospitals in four pediatric subspecialties. Together with Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California, its longstanding partner in caring for children with burns, spinal cord injuries, urological issues and orthopaedic disorders. UC Davis ranked 22nd in orthopaedics and 47th in urology. UC Davis also ranked 23rd in nephrology and 28th in neonatology.  

Medical center receives "Zero Hero Award" for avoidance of early deliveries

June 9, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center has received the Zero Hero Award from Patient Safety First for having no early elective baby deliveries for 15 consecutive months.

Local health professionals invited to educational workshop about sex trafficking

June 6, 2014

Concerned with increasing news reports of human trafficking in the Sacramento region, UC Davis School of Nursing professors developed a training workshop for area health professionals in hopes of helping practitioners better identify, and then support, victims of sex trafficking.

Mannis and Jerant recognized for outstanding achievement and teaching

June 5, 2014

Two UC Davis School of Medicine faculty members were recognized with the Hibbard Williams Extraordinary Achievement Award and the C. John Tupper Prize for Excellence in Teaching during the school’s commencement ceremony on May 29. The Williams Award went to Mark Mannis, professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science, and the Tupper Prize was given to Anthony Jerant, professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Restoring trust in VA health care

June 4, 2014

In the wake of recent revelations of overly long patient wait times and systematic manipulation and falsification of reported wait time data, UC Davis and Harvard public policy leaders believe the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health-care system’s problems can be fixed by strong leadership, greater transparency and reforms that refocus the organization on its primary mission of providing timely access to consistently high-quality care.

UC Davis Child Life collects donations at June 7 Sac Republic FC game

June 3, 2014

UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department will be collecting art supplies and toy donations at the June 7 Sacramento Republic FC game at Hughes Stadium.

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Tarantal receives 2014 School of Medicine Research Award

May 30, 2014

Alice Tarantal, professor of cell biology and human anatomy, has received the 2014 UC Davis School of Medicine Research Award.

UC Davis study supports the use of bone-stabilizing devices for sternal repairs

May 30, 2014

Devices made of metal plates and screws that can precisely align and stabilize fractured bones as they heal can safely and effectively repair the sternum, according to a review of UC Davis surgeries published in the May issue of the Annals of Plastic Surgery.

Schivo, Zeki recognized for clinical and research leadership with 2014 Joan Oettinger Memorial Award

May 30, 2014

Michael Schivo and Amir Zeki, faculty members in the Department of Internal Medicine, are the recipients of the UC Davis School of Medicine’s 2014 Joan Oettinger Memorial Award.

Local solar company donates 1,800 teddy bears to UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

May 29, 2014

Local solar technology company, SMA America, donated 1,800 teddy bears to benefit sick and injured children at UC Davis Children’s Hospital this week.

James Marcin elected to the American Telemedicine Association's College of Fellows

May 29, 2014

James Marcin, interim head of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at UC Davis Children's Hospital, has been elected one of three new members of distinction to the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) College of Fellows this month.

Carter to be featured in statewide mental health documentary

May 29, 2014

Cameron Carter, professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, will be featured in “A Choice to Heal: Mental Health in California,” a new documentary that explores groundbreaking approaches to prevention and early intervention for Californians with mental illnessess. Hosted by actress Mariel Hemingway, the program will air on Saturday, May 31 from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on television station KOVR 13 in Sacramento.

UC Davis professor selected to work with international team on cancer

May 29, 2014

Paramita Ghosh, a UC Davis associate professor and expert in signal transduction pathways in prostate cancer, has been selected as one of 350 scientists to work on a project that aims to reduce public exposure to environmental agents that can lead to cancer and that hopes to inspire research into multi-faceted approaches to cancer prevention, treatment and prolonged survival.

96 medical students set to become physicians

May 28, 2014

Ninety-six medical students soon will put “Dr.” in front of their names following the 2014 commencement ceremonies at UC Davis School of Medicine.

June MIND Institute Distinguished Lecture to address adult treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders

May 28, 2014

Alcino J. Silva, an internationally respected professor of neurobiology, psychiatry and psychology and director of the Integrative Center for Learning and Memory at UCLA, will discuss “Mechanisms and Adult Treatments for Neurodevelopmental Disorders” during the June UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

UC Davis and Orbis partner in telemedicine initiative to treat, prevent blindness

May 22, 2014

Today, UC Davis Health System and Orbis International, a leading global non-governmental organization (NGO) that works to eliminate avoidable blindness, signed an agreement of cooperation that will expand the use of telemedicine technology to help treat and prevent blindness in the developing world.

MIND Institute celebrates 22q at the Zoo Worldwide Awareness Day

May 20, 2014

The UC Davis MIND Institute on May 18 participated in 22q at the Zoo Worldwide Awareness Day to increase knowledge of chromosome 22q11.2 deletion/duplication syndrome.

Blue Oaks Elementary School walks for UC Davis Children's Hospital

May 20, 2014

Blue Oaks Elementary School in Roseville had its 10th annual Walk-a-thon this month to support the school and raise money for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. With only a week and a half to prepare, the school raised almost $13,000. About $7,000 will go toward UC Davis Children’s Hospital to benefit sick and injured children.

UC Davis nursing leader tapped for White House advisory group

May 19, 2014

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Founding Dean Heather M. Young serves as the only nurse leader on the 14-member Systems Engineering for Healthcare Working Group of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

MIND Institute slates annual Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders

May 15, 2014

The UC Davis MIND Institute holds the annual Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Research to Practice on Friday, Aug. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UC Davis Alumni Center. The daylong conference offers nine seminars on a broad array of subjects delivered by some of the world’s leading experts on neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Different approaches needed to control cardiovascular disease risks for those with HIV

May 14, 2014

Even if treated, hypertension and high cholesterol are common for people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), according to a new study from researchers at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt hospitals in New York and the University of California, Davis.

Nutrition for a Healthy Brain topic of next Alzheimer's Disease Center lecture

May 14, 2014

A pioneer in understanding the dietary risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive aging will address “Nutrition for a Healthy Brain” during the next UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

Tailored intervention has low impact on colorectal cancer screening

May 12, 2014

Colorectal cancer screening saves lives, but too few people get tested. In an effort to increase these numbers,researchers from UC Davis and elsewhere investigated whether an individualized interactive multimedia computer program (IMCP) would spur patients to get screened.

Kidney transplant recipients meet their donors for the first time

May 8, 2014

In a rare and touching moment today at UC Davis Medical Center, four kidney transplant patients met the four people who gave them the gift of life.

From Genes to Biology in Autism Spectrum Disorder topic of next MIND Institute lecture

May 8, 2014

Recent progress in understanding genetic risk of autism spectrum disorder and next steps toward a better comprehension of the genetic processes underlying autism and other disabilities with social components is the topic of the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

Study confirms mitochondrial deficits in children with autism

May 8, 2014

Children with autism experience deficits in a type of immune cell that protects the body from infection. Called granulocytes, the cells exhibit one-third the capacity to fight infection and protect the body from invasion compared to the same cells in children who are developing normally.

UC Davis Medical Center honored with quality achievement award for stroke care

May 6, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for using measures developed by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to improve care and quality of life for stroke patients.

UC Davis Children's Hospital opens recurrent MRSA clinic

May 5, 2014

Pediatric patients with recurrent MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) can find relief at UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s new clinic.

Hagerman to receive Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award

May 5, 2014

Randi Jenssen Hagerman, who has devoted her life to relieving the suffering of children and families affected by fragile X syndrome and related conditions worldwide through patient care, research and teaching, will receive a Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award from the UC Davis Academic Senate.