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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 receives stem cell grants for novel spina bifida and diabetic wound treatments

March 26, 2015

The state stem cell agency, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), today awarded a pair of grants totaling more than $7 million to UC Davis School of Medicine researchers who are working to develop stem cell therapies for spina bifida and chronic diabetic wounds.

UC Davis receives $10 million grant to establish center to study schizophrenia

March 26, 2015

UC Davis will establish a prestigious, leading-edge center to advance innovative research into the origins of schizophrenia: A Silvio O. Conte Center for Basic or Translational Mental-Health Research, one of only 15 such centers in the United States.

UC Davis Children's Hospital ranked among top in nation for quality of pediatric health care

March 26, 2015

For the first time, UC Davis Children’s Hospital ranks as one of the top five U.S. hospitals based on the quality of pediatric health care it provides to infants, children and adolescents admitted to the hospital.

Parking and Transportation named "Business of the Year" for support of public transit

March 26, 2015

UC Davis Health System’s Parking and Transportation Services has been selected as the Business of the Year by the Sacramento Metro Chamber and the Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT).

ADHD Program selected for new PEER patient portal by Genetic Alliance

March 25, 2015

The ADHD Program at the UC Davis MIND Institute has been selected to participate in an initiative that will link people with the condition in Sacramento and beyond with clinicians, researchers, advocates, support groups and each other, through an innovative privacy-assured online platform called Platform for Engaging Everyone Responsibly, or PEER.

Aguilar-Gaxiola honored by the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara

March 25, 2015

Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, founder and director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities and a professor of clinical internal medicine, has been honored by his medical school alma mater, the Autónomous University of Guadalajara (UAG), Mexico, for his exemplary work in medicine and service to his country. [en español]

UC Davis Behavioral Health Center announces mental-health pilot awards

March 24, 2015

The recently established UC Davis Behavioral Health Center has announced new two-year grants as part of its 2015-2017 Pilot Award Program. The awards, granted to 16 investigators across UC Davis schools, colleges, departments, centers and programs, in Sacramento and Davis, support projects in the areas of behavioral health public policy, treatment and basic science research. Together, they total approximately $3.7 million.

UC Davis nursing professor presents at Institute of Medicine roundtable on health-care technology

March 24, 2015

Katherine Kim, assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, presents today at The Institute of Medicine, Roundtable on Health Literacy workshop, “Health Literacy and Health Information Technology,” in Washington, District of Columbia. Kim’s research on adapting technology for use by Native American populations is among topics examining how technology is used to make health decisions.

Match Day delivers the future for UC Davis physicians-in-training

March 23, 2015

In a large event tent filled with excitement and anticipation, about 100 UC Davis School of Medicine students learned where they will be going for the next stage in their medical careers.

Nation's first conference on career flexibility for biomedical faculty features insights from Howell

March 19, 2015

In what was the first-ever convening of its kind, medical school leaders from across the nation met in Boston last week to discuss how academic physicians and scientists can have thriving careers with better work-life flexibility in an era of austere academic budget cuts.

Firearm violence trends in the 21st century

March 19, 2015

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 was published today in the Annual Review of Public Health.

Alzheimer's Disease Center lecture explores connections between diabetes, heart disease and dementia

March 18, 2015

"Heart Disease, Diabetes and Dementia, What is the Connection?" will be the topic of the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center 2015 Community Discovery lecture by center Associate Director Bruce Reed.

Randi Hagerman receives International Sisley-Lejeune Foundation Award

March 18, 2015

Randi Hagerman, medical director of the UC Davis MIND Institute, has received the prestigious International Sisley-Jerome Lejeune Award 2014 from the Paris-based Jérôme Lejeune Foundation, for her groundbreaking work developing targeted treatments for individuals with fragile X syndrome, a leading cause of intellectual disability and the leading single-gene cause of autism spectrum disorder.  

Media Advisory: UC Davis medical students to celebrate big step toward becoming physicians

March 18, 2015

Match Day is an event that takes place simultaneously at medical schools throughout the nation. Fourth-year medical students gather to find out where they have "matched" for their residency training after graduating in May.

Commentary says study affirms that varied factors contribute to cognitive decline throughout adulthood

March 16, 2015

A study published online today in JAMA Neurology that finds associations between reduced hippocampal volume (HVa) and being male, but not the gene APOE ɛ4, suggests that there are multiple factors contributing to cognitive decline throughout adulthood, according to an accompanying commentary by UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center Director Charles DeCarli.

American Cancer Society, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and KVIE host special preview screening of CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES

March 16, 2015

The American Cancer Society, in partnership with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and PBS station KVIE, will host a free community preview screening of CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES on March 25 at Sacramento’s Crest Theatre

IHOP's National Pancake Day raises more than $100,000 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

March 13, 2015

Twenty-eight IHOP restaurants from 33 counties in Northern California raised more than $100,000 for UC Davis Children’s Hospital this month. IHOP guests enjoyed complimentary pancakes and were encouraged to make a donation to benefit UC Davis Children’s Hospital, the region’s local Children’s Miracle Network hospital at the tenth annual National Pancake Day on March 3, which raised funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Steinberg to present two lectures on mental-health policy in California at UC Davis in April

March 10, 2015

Former California Senate Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, who recently joined UC Davis Health System as director of policy and advocacy for the UC Davis Behavioral Health Center of Excellence and visiting professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, will present two special lectures in April.

U.S. News & World Report ranks new UC Davis School of Nursing among best

March 10, 2015

For the first time, U.S. News & World Report ranks the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis as among the best in the country for master’s-degree nursing programs in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools.

UC Davis School of Medicine ranks among nation's best in primary care, research

March 10, 2015

U.S. News & World Report has ranked UC Davis School of Medicine among America's best medical schools for the quality of its educational programs in primary care and research. The news magazine's annual listing appeared today on the publication's website and will be published in its guidebook “Best Graduate Schools 2016.”

Pediatric bipolar disorder the topic of next UC Davis MIND Institute distinguished lecture

March 9, 2015

Mani Pavuluri, founding director of the Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic and the Pediatric Brain Research and Intervention Center at the University of Illinois, Chicago, will address brain dysfunction in pediatric bipolar disorder during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series address.

Conference slated to address managing the threat of violence from the mentally ill in school and the workplace

March 9, 2015

Some of the nation’s leading experts in addressing one of the most troubling issues of our time — the increased incidence of violence at work, school and on campuses — will hold a one-day conference on confronting employee and student mental-health issues from both the psychiatric and the legal perspectives.

What we can learn about dyslexia using brain-imaging studies

March 6, 2015

How imagining technology illuminates the differences between the workings of the brain in children and adults with reading disability, or dyslexia, and those of people without the disorder, will be the topic of the March 2015 UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

National pain experts discuss care at UC Davis nursing school annual dean's lecture

March 5, 2015

Pain management experts from UC Davis and the nation convened Wednesday to discuss quality pain care for older adults at the 2015 Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Lecture Series: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

UC Davis graduate nursing students present scholarship to dean

March 5, 2015

Candidates from this spring’s graduating class of the Doctor of Philosophy program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis announced a $27,156 endowed scholarship fund for future students of the program, beginning this fall.

Darrell Steinberg joins UC Davis Behavioral Health Center of Excellence

March 4, 2015

Darrell Steinberg, former Senate pro tempore for the state of California, has joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine as director of policy and advocacy for the recently launched UC Davis Behavioral Health Center of Excellence.

UC Davis scientists describe novel drug mechanism that fights brain cancer

March 3, 2015

Researchers at UC Davis have developed and characterized a molecule that interferes with the internal regulation of cancer cells, causing them to self-destruct. This novel mechanism was found to be effective against glioma cells – responsible for a usually fatal type of brain cancer – and could be applicable to other highly aggressive cancers.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.