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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 Huntington's Disease Center receives Level 1 designation

February 27, 2015

The UC Davis Huntington’s Disease Center, whose compassionate patient care and research expertise have made it a beacon of hope for people with Huntington’s disease throughout Northern California and beyond, has been acknowledged by the national society committed to the values that it so ably upholds  the Huntington’s Disease Society of America — as a Level 1 Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence.

UC Davis conference to help health providers understand LGBTQI health needs

February 27, 2015

Health-care providers such as nurses, physicians, mental-health specialists and clinical social workers will have the opportunity to learn about the unique health needs of LGBTQI patients and their families during an upcoming conference at UC Davis School of Medicine.

Welltopia: A new online resource for Californians

February 25, 2015

Welltopia, a new website launched today by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI), offers a wide range of essential resources to help Californians, especially those on limited incomes, build healthier lives and communities.

Eat pancakes, help sick children on March 2

February 25, 2015

On Monday, March 2, 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 the International House of Pancakes' (IHOP) National Pancake Day.

Undocumented farmworkers use Medicaid half as often as documented farmworkers

February 23, 2015

Undocumented farmworkers are half as likely as those who are documented to use Medicaid, the federal health insurance program available to low-income individuals and families, according to a new study from UC Davis Health System.

Hispanics develop alcoholic liver disease at younger ages than Caucasians or African Americans

February 20, 2015

Hispanics tend to develop alcoholic liver disease (ALD) — a common cause of liver-disease deaths in the U.S. — between four and 12 years earlier than non-Hispanic Caucasians or African Americans, according to a UC Davis Health System study.

Build-A-Bear brings cuddly friends to UC Davis Children's Hospital

February 20, 2015

UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients received new cuddly friends, as Build-A-Bear Workshop hosted an event in the pediatric playroom yesterday.

UC Davis Center for Pain Medicine named Clinical Center of Excellence

February 18, 2015

The American Pain Society has selected the UC Davis Center for Pain Medicine as a 2015 Clinical Center of Excellence. 

Eli Gold Prize awardee delivers Pediatric Grand Rounds lecture

February 18, 2015

Erik Fernandez y Garcia, associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, was honored for his 2014 Eli Gold Prize and presented a lecture at the Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds last Friday.

Nurse leader Keela Herr speaks at annual UC Davis nursing school lecture

February 18, 2015

Keela Herr, a nationally recognized expert in elder pain management and health policy, will discuss the current state of pain and pain management for older adults.

Kizer selected for expert panel to assess U.S. Census Bureau

February 17, 2015

Kenneth W. Kizer, distinguished professor and director of the Institute for Population Health Improvement, has been chosen by the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) to sit on a five-member panel of management experts convened to evaluate the planned restructuring of the national Bureau of the Census. The evaluation is directed by the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Star 106.5 delivers Valentine's cards to UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

February 13, 2015

UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients felt the love this morning, as Star 106.5 in Sacramento delivered 85 bags filled with homemade Valentine’s cards sent by radio listeners. The station also donated stuffed animals, coloring books, stickers and games for patients.

UC Davis designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center

February 11, 2015

UC Davis Health System has been endorsed by the American College of Radiology as a designated lung cancer screening center, the only of its kind currently in the greater Sacramento area.

UC Davis researchers identify new compound that takes aim at neuropathic pain

February 10, 2015

A new compound discovered by a team of UC Davis investigators has potent actions against production of a chemical that is implicated in the development of chronic pain following a peripheral nerve injury in the spinal cord.

UC Davis School of Nursing receives grant to further develop integrative case-based learning programs for clinical graduate students

February 9, 2015

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis has received a $150,000 grant from the Office of Statewide Health and Planning to continue developing an integrative case-based learning curriculum for its clinical programs.

Media advisory: UC Davis shows huge support for heart health on Wear Red Day

February 5, 2015

UC Davis faculty, staff and students will show their supersized support for heart health on National Wear Red Day as they take over a Davis campus athletic field to create a huge heart formed by humans. As the crowd gathers, the Battle Heart Disease Fair will offer resources for heart-healthy living, radio station 102.5 KSFM will play lively music, Zumba teachers will get the crowd moving, and one of the nation’s foremost heart-disease experts will test everyone’s “heart smarts.”

School of Nursing professor receives grant to develop manual for nursing-home care

February 5, 2015

Elena Siegel, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, received a $299,000 grant from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Center for Regulatory Excellence Grant Program to develop and test a resource manual that directors of nursing can use as a reference to ensure the registered nurses safely and effectively delegate day-to-day tasks in nursing home settings.

A simple information sheet can help women avoid pregnancy and acne medication-related birth defects

February 4, 2015

An information sheet for women being treated for severe acne improves understanding of contraceptive effectiveness and ways to avoid pregnancy and medication-induced birth defects, a study published today in JAMA Dermatology has found.

Spanish-language seminar slated on the family dynamics of having a child with special needs

February 3, 2015

The UC Davis Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD) will hold a panel discussion on “Developing and Maintaining Positive Relationships in the Community and the Family” for individuals with children with special needs on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please note: This discussion will be presented entirely in Spanish. The presentation will be held in the MIND Institute auditorium, at 2825 50th St., Sacramento. It is free and open to the public and no reservations are required. Seating is first-come, first-served. No children will be allowed.

Nerve regeneration therapy has potential to prevent arrhythmias, sudden cardiac death after heart attack

February 2, 2015

A therapy currently under development for spinal cord injuries has been shown to stimulate nerve regeneration in the heart and provide resistance to arrhythmias following a heart attack, according to a new study published today in the journal Nature Communications.

UC Davis scientists awarded nearly $4 million for technology in vascular disease treatment and bone and cartilage repair

February 2, 2015

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has awarded a pair of $1.8 million grants to two UC Davis scientists to develop better tools for enabling physicians to assess the safety and efficacy of bioengineered tissues used to treat cardiovascular disease and bone and cartilage repair.

UC Davis experts: National Heart Month

February 1, 2015

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

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California Department of Public Health, Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services and UC Davis Medical Center - Sacramento Confirm Patient at Hospital has Tested Negative for Ebola

January 30, 2015

State and local public health and hospital officials have confirmed that the patient transported by specialized ambulance and admitted to UC Davis Medical Center early Thursday who exhibited symptoms consistent with a viral illness including Ebola, and with a history of travel to an Ebola-affected country, has tested negative for the Ebola virus.

Press Statement: Possible Ebola Patient

January 29, 2015

A UC Davis Medical Center patient who is being evaluated for the Ebola virus is in good condition.

Media Statement Regarding Suspected Ebola Patient in the Hospital

January 29, 2015

A patient with symptoms consistent with Ebola infection was transferred to UC Davis Medical Center Thursday morning from Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento.

California breast density law slow to have an impact

January 28, 2015

Ten months after California legislators enacted a controversial law mandating that radiologists notify women if they have dense breast tissue, UC Davis researchers have found that half of primary care physicians are still unfamiliar with the law and many don’t feel comfortable answering breast density-related questions from patients.

Spirit Halloween Superstores donates $90,600 to UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department

January 28, 2015

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 a generous donation by Spirit Halloween Superstores.

Tiny infant has a big impact on his community

January 26, 2015

"Miles" Keiser, though nicknamed "Tiny" by his family, an infant treated at UC Davis Children’s Hospital in 2011 is having a big effect on the lives of children with congenital heart disease in Sacramento and on his community.

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group starts Feb. 10

January 23, 2015

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

Be part of the heart on UC Davis Wears Red Day: Feb. 6

January 22, 2015

The beat goes on for heart health at UC Davis, especially in February — National Heart Month — when, for the second year in a row, UC Davis students, staff, faculty and community members will wear red T-shirts and gather on a field to form a giant heart. The date for this year’s heart formation is Friday, Feb. 6, designated by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi as UC Davis Wears Red Day.

Burn Center receives Beacon Award for Excellence from American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

January 22, 2015

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently conferred a bronze-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center at UC Davis Medical Center.

Project ADAM's first California affiliate established at UC Davis Children's Hospital

January 21, 2015

A life-saving program that helps to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in children and teens has now arrived in California. UC Davis Children’s Hospital has become the first California affiliate for Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam’s Memory), a non-profit organization dedicated to establishing comprehensive defibrillation programs in schools across the country.

Institute for Population Health Improvement recruits California-based labs for no-cost mapping services

January 21, 2015

The UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) is recruiting California-based labs to participate in the Laboratory Mapping Assistance Project (Lab MAP). Participating labs will receive free code mapping to convert proprietary order, result and observation codes to standard codes, namely the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) and Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine — Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT®) terminologies.

Moon Chen's research featured in ASCO's 2015 cancer progress report

January 21, 2015

UC Davis professor Moon Chen’s research on the under-representation of minorities in clinical trials appears in the American Society in Clinical Oncology (ASCO)’s annual cancer progress report released Tuesday.

Trauma surgery moves outside of the OR, fills gaps across specialties

January 20, 2015

Historically known as heroes who put people back together after accidents, trauma surgeons today perform a broad array of surgical procedures, are involved in planning patient care and treat patients at hospital bedsides in addition to operating rooms, a UC Davis Health System study has found.

Treating non-healing bone fractures with stem cells

January 15, 2015

A new device that can rapidly concentrate and extract young cells from irrigation fluid used during orthopaedic surgery holds promise for improving the delivery of stem cell therapy in cases of non-healing fractures.

UC Davis emergency medicine physician recognized for gun violence prevention work

January 13, 2015

Garen J. Wintemute, one of the nation’s foremost scholars addressing gun violence as a public-health problem, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from the California Aggie Alumni Association for his exemplary professional achievements and service.

UC Davis nursing professor increases Spanish health-care knowledge and confidence in graduate students

January 12, 2015

A Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis faculty member received the Provost Hybrid Course Award for a course designed to educate clinical graduate students in Spanish health terminology.

Modeling success: Bariatric surgery fashion show on Jan. 30

January 9, 2015

The 12th annual UC Davis Bariatric Surgery fashion show — called “An Evening With the Stars” — takes place Friday, Jan. 30, from 7-9 p.m. in the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center auditorium, 2279 45th St., Sacramento.

UC Davis nationally recognized for community engagement

January 8, 2015

The University of California, Davis, is being nationally recognized for community engagement in its own neighborhoods and around the world.

Aubyn Stahmer, expert in translating autism research into community practice, joins UC Davis MIND Institute

January 8, 2015

Aubyn Stahmer, an expert in the translation of evidence-based autism research to community-based practice and delivery, has joined the UC Davis MIND Institute as an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Study identifies patients at higher risk for overdose and death from prescription painkillers

January 7, 2015

Patients started on prescription painkillers who have substance-use disorders or who frequently contact their doctors’ offices are at greater risk of having their medication doses increase early in therapy, also increasing their risk of opioid-related overdose or death, UC Davis Health System researchers have found.

Genomic medicine topic of 2015 Benjamin Highman Lecture at UC Davis Health System

January 6, 2015

Harnessing the power of whole genome analysis and further defining the role of pathologists in this new era of medicine is the topic of the 2015 Benjamin Highman Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UC Davis Health System.

Christiansen receives junior faculty research award

January 5, 2015

Blaine Christiansen, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at UC Davis Health System, received a 2014 Junior Faculty Osteoporosis Research Award from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.

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Young publishes his model for medical humanitarian aid

December 29, 2014

J. Nilas Young, UC Davis chief of cardiothoracic surgery, has published a landmark article on medical humanitarian aid, detailing his 25 years of experience establishing six cardiac surgery sites in Russia. The study is published in the December 2014 issue of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

New technique for bioengineering stem cells shows promise in HIV resistance

December 22, 2014

Using modified human stem cells, a team of UC Davis scientists has developed an improved gene therapy strategy that in animal models shows promise as a functional cure for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS.  The achievement, which involves an improved technique to purify populations of HIV-resistant stem cells, opens the door for human clinical trials that were recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Santa visits UC Davis Children's Hospital to spread holiday cheer

December 19, 2014

Santa took a break from his toy-making schedule to visit UC Davis Children’s Hospital earlier this month to bring much-needed holiday cheer. The magical visit was made possible through the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department and Macy’s/AFLAC.

UC Davis pediatric nurses participate in holiday food basket drive for Sacramento families

December 19, 2014

Pediatric nurses have partnered with a local elementary school student council and PTA for the 15th year providing holiday food baskets to Families nominated by Bancroft elementary school. The food drive and distribution occurs Dec. 15-19.

Ely receives Lifetime Contribution to Dermatology award

December 19, 2014

Haines Ely, UC Davis clinical professor of dermatology, received the “Lifetime Contribution to Dermatology” award earlier this month at the 2014 Cosmetic Surgery Forum in Las Vegas.

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

December 18, 2014

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

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

December 17, 2014

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

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

December 17, 2014

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

UC Davis Children's Hospital opens pediatric pulmonary hypertension clinic

December 17, 2014

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

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

December 16, 2014

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

Firearm violence trends in the 21st century

December 16, 2014

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

Too much, too little, just right

December 15, 2014

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

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

December 12, 2014

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

Royal College of Radiologists awards pediatric radiologist 2013 Ella Preiskel Prize

December 10, 2014

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

Preeclampsia during mother's pregnancy associated with greater autism risk

December 8, 2014

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

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

December 5, 2014

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

Randi Hagerman celebrated for C. Anderson Aldrich Award

December 4, 2014

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

Kuppermann honored for significant contributions to pediatric emergency medicine

December 4, 2014

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

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals hosts Wheel of Fortune sweepstakes

December 4, 2014

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

Rising Nurse Leaders are honored

December 4, 2014

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

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

December 3, 2014

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

CDC identifies UC Davis as Ebola treatment center

December 3, 2014

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

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

December 3, 2014

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

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

December 2, 2014

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