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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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Research Center for Behavioral Health launched at UC Davis

October 1, 2014

UC Davis Health System officials and California Senate leader Darrell Steinberg today announced the founding of a unique academic research center designed to improve mental health in California and serve as a national model for advancing innovative research in neuroscience, as well as the prevention of and early interventions in mental illness.

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UC Davis neuroscientists receive prestigious NIH BRAIN Initiative Awards

September 30, 2014

Two UC Davis research teams developing transformational technologies to understand the dynamics of the neural circuitry underlying behavior and cognition have received awards from the federal Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Technologies (BRAIN) Initiative, a presidential grand Challenge enterprise.

Media Advisory: UC Davis to launch Behavioral Health Research Center in Sacramento

September 30, 2014

The Center of Excellence at UC Davis is part of a $15 million comprehensive research effort funded by a grant from Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, established under Proposition 63. The commission is funding a similar center in Southern California at UCLA.

UC Davis medical student honored with Physicians of Tomorrow Award

September 29, 2014

Alexander Nguyen, a fourth-year medical student at UC Davis School of Medicine who is focused on improving the health of Americans, especially at-risk youth, received an American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Physicians of Tomorrow Award. He is one of 21 students across the nation recognized for this academic achievement.

Superheroes visits UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

September 26, 2014

Superheroes took a break from their crime-stopping schedule to visit UC Davis Children’s Hospital earlier this week. The special visit was made possible through the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department and the West Coast Avengers.

Women's heart health featured at this year's Princess Promenade bicycling event

September 26, 2014

Bike riding is one of the best ways to improve heart health, but too few women enjoy its benefits. UC Davis cardiovascular experts are encouraging more women to take advantage of the region's vast cycling resources as collaborators in the upcoming Princess Promenade, a women's cycling event in Sacramento on Sunday, Oct. 5.

UC Davis nursing school welcomes newest graduate students

September 24, 2014

Nutrition, nursing and public health are just some of the fields represented by the 63 new students entering the four graduate programs at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.

Cancer center's Brain Innovation Group funded for brain tumor tool

September 24, 2014

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Brain Innovation Group has received a grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to improve brain cancer surgery and treatment using UC Davis-developed biophotonic technology.

Stuart Berger joins UC Davis as chief of pediatric cardiology

September 23, 2014

Stuart Berger, one of the nation's premier pediatric cardiologists and the leader in a national campaign to prevent sudden cardiac arrest deaths in children and teens, has joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine as professor and vice-chair of the Department of Pediatrics and chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology. 

Higher nurse-to-patient standard improves staff safety

September 23, 2014

A 2004 California law mandating specific nurse-to-patient staffing standards in acute care hospitals significantly lowered job-related injuries and illnesses for both registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, according to a UC Davis study published online in the International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health.

School of Medicine alumni honored

September 23, 2014

This year’s UC Davis School of Medicine Alumni Day honored three physicians and medical alumni for their longstanding commitment to excellence on both professional and personal levels.

Pediatrics unit supports Operation Backpack drive

September 23, 2014

Pediatrics unit nurses at UC Davis Children’s Hospital supported Operation Backpack for the third year, donating 190 backpacks filled with school supplies to Volunteers of America last month.

Mothers of children with autism less likely to have taken iron supplements during pregnancy

September 21, 2014

Mothers of children with autism are significantly less likely to report taking iron supplements before and during their pregnancies than the mothers of children who are developing normally, a study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found.

Cognitive Deficits in Down Syndrome: The Underlying Molecular Concepts, topic of October MIND Institute Distinguished Lecture

September 19, 2014

Katheleen Gardiner, Anna and John J. Sie Professor of Genetics at the University of Colorado, Denver, will discuss “Cognitive Deficits in Down Syndrome: The Underlying Molecular Concepts,” during the first UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer address of the 2014-15 season.

David Schrimmer joins UC Davis as chief of maternal-fetal medicine

September 18, 2014

David B. Schrimmer, a highly respected obstetrician and gynecologist who is expert in the management of complex pregnancies, including multiple gestations and those requiring fetal therapy, has joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as professor and chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

UC Davis Medical Center named one of the nation's top hospitals with great heart programs

September 18, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center has been named one of “100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Heart Programs” for 2014-15 by Becker's Hospital Review. In developing the list, the publication's editorial team considered hospitals that “lead the nation in cardiovascular and thoracic healthcare.”

Aguilar-Gaxiola presents NIH seminar on mental-health treatment gaps among Latinos

September 18, 2014

Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, professor of clinical internal medicine and director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities, on Thursday, Sept. 18, presented a seminar entitled, “If You Build It, Will They Come? Addressing Mental-Health Treatment Gaps in Latinos,” at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.

Pushing past cancer

September 18, 2014

Special event targeting young cancer survivors ages 15-39 to be held on Nov. 8, 2014 at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2279 45th St., Sacramento from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

UC Davis to recognize Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day on Oct. 15

September 18, 2014

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is sponsoring a day of interactive, informative event to recognize the brave face of each woman with breast cancer on Oct. 15, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the cancer center, 4501 X St., Sacramento.

Ulfat Shaikh named Quality Improvement Project Leader by the American Academy of Pediatrics

September 16, 2014

Ulfat Shaikh, director for healthcare quality at UC Davis School of Medicine and pediatrician at UC Davis Children's Hospital, has been named the Quality Improvement Project Leader for the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (COQIPS).

UC Davis doctoral student among first recipients of Prestigious Future of Nursing Scholars program awards

September 16, 2014

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing graduate student Sarah Brown Blake is among the 16 nurses who are the first recipients of the Future of Nursing Scholars program awards.

Katherine Rauen named 2014 Rare Champion of Hope honoree

September 15, 2014

Katherine Rauen, professor in the Department of Pediatrics and a physician-scientist affiliated with UC Davis MIND Institute and UC Davis Children’s Hospital, has received the 2014 Rare Champion of Hope Honoree in Science.

Exploration of dementia and its causes next Alzheimer's Disease Center Lecture

September 15, 2014

Memory loss is a feature of aging for many people, but when does the normal memory loss associated with growing older become dementia, and how should dementia be diagnosed and treated?

Sleep disorders widely undiagnosed in individuals with multiple sclerosis

September 12, 2014

In what may be the largest study of sleep problems among individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers at UC Davis have found that widely undiagnosed sleep disorders may be at the root of the most common and disabling symptom of the disease: fatigue.

UC Davis Children's Hospital team stars in music video

September 12, 2014

UC Davis Children's Hospital faculty, staff, residents and patients are featured in a new music video, "Glory Glory Sacramento," which will be shown at halftime at tomorrow's Sacramento Republic FC playoff game.

Jessie Rees Foundation delivers JoyJars to UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

September 11, 2014

The Jessie Rees Foundation and its partner Anthem Blue Cross, made a special visit to the children at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, delivering 100 JoyJars yesterday.

UC Davis-developed target leukemia treatment shows promise

September 11, 2014

Noriko Satake, UC Davis pediatric oncologist and researcher, has demonstrated in laboratory studies that a new, targeted treatment for leukemia is effective.

10th Annual Sake Fest benefiting UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center set for Oct. 9

September 10, 2014

The 10th Annual Northern California Premium Sake Fest, benefiting the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Pediatric Heart Center, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 6-9 p.m. at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel.

Intervention in 6-month-olds with autism ameliorates symptoms, alleviates developmental delay

September 8, 2014

Treatment at the earliest age when signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) appear – sometimes in infants as young as 6 months old – significantly reduces symptoms so that, by age 3, most who received the therapy had neither ASD nor developmental delay, a UC Davis MIND Institute research study has found. [español]

Alzheimer's Disease Center Offers Spanish Mini Medical School

September 8, 2014

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Latino Aging Research Resource Center and the Center for Reducing Health Disparities will present the sixth Spanish Mini Medical School on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

UC Davis, University of Washington launch project to develop depression care for older adults

September 5, 2014

UC Davis and the University of Washington are implementing a project to develop innovative new models of care for depression in older adults through a $2.5 million grant from the California-based Archstone Foundation, a private grant-making organization whose mission is to contribute toward the preparation of society in meeting the needs of an aging population. The grant launches Archstone Foundation’s Depression in Late Life Initiative to improve the quality of life for older adults suffering from depression. 

A hobby with high purpose

September 4, 2014

As part of Angel Flight West's team, surgeon and pilot Tom Stevenson donates his time and plane to fly people who need organ transplants, kidney dialysis, cancer treatment and other types of care to locations throughout California, Oregon and Nevada.

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group begins Sept. 29

September 4, 2014

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. The sessions will be held on eight consecutive Tuesday evenings from Sept. 29 through Nov. 17.

Breast vs. bottle feeding in rhesus monkeys

September 3, 2014

Infant rhesus monkeys receiving different diets early in life develop distinct immune systems that persist months after weaning, a study by researchers from UC Davis, the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) at UC Davis and UC San Francisco has shown. The study, which compares breast- and bottle-fed infants, appears online September 3 in Science Translational Medicine. [en español]

Brief depression questionnaires could lead to unnecessary antidepressant prescriptions

September 2, 2014

Short questionnaires used to identify patients at risk for depression are linked with antidepressant medications being prescribed when they may not be needed, according to new research from UC Davis Health System published in the September-October issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

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The early cost of HIV

August 29, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis have made some surprising discoveries about the body’s initial responses to HIV infection. Studying simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), the team found that specialized cells in the intestine called Paneth cells are early responders to viral invasion and are the source of gut inflammation by producing a cytokine called interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β).

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers launch study examining autism in girls

August 28, 2014

Autism is far more common in boys than girls - affecting 1 in 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls — but little is known about biological differences between boys and girls with autism. A new study, called the ‘Girls with Autism — Imaging of Neurodevelopment’ or GAIN Study, led by researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute will explore those differences in very young girls with autism.

Young earthquake survivor thankful to UC Davis Children's Hospital

August 27, 2014

Nicholas Dillon, the brave 13-year-old who survived after a chimney collapsed on him in his home during the Napa Valley earthquake last Saturday, is in good condition in UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Dillon’s recovery has garnered national and international media attention. He was interviewed from his hospital room in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit yesterday by NBC News, among other media outlets.

Introducing the multi-tasking nanoparticle

August 26, 2014

mKit Lam and colleagues from UC Davis and other institutions have created dynamic nanoparticles (NPs) that could provide an arsenal of applications to diagnose and treat cancer. Built on an easy-to-make polymer, these particles can be used as contrast agents to light up tumors for MRI and PET scans or deliver chemo and other therapies to destroy tumors. In addition, the particles are biocompatible and have shown no toxicity. The study was published online today in Nature Communications.

Hagerman, Hendren publish comprehensive book on treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders

August 25, 2014

Randi Hagerman, Endowed Chair in Fragile X Research and medical director of the UC Davis MIND Institute, and Robert Hendren, professor, vice chair and director of child and adolescent psychiatry in the UC San Francisco Department of Psychiatry, are the editors of a new leading-edge book, Treatment of Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Targeting Neurobiological Mechanisms, published by Oxford University Press. The book details advances in genetics, neurobiology and psychopharmacology, and their treatment applications in clincial settings

Brrrrrr! Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic answers ice bucket challenge

August 21, 2014

Björn Oskarsson, assistant professor of neurology and director of the Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic braved icy waters on the west side of the Ellison Ambulatory Care Center at UC Davis Medical Center Aug. 20 to answer the ALS ice bucket challenge.

California isn't measuring up in the fight against cancer

August 21, 2014

In a media briefing at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network released How Do You Measure Up?, an annual report that scores each state on how they are doing in the fight against cancer.

Kizer appointed to UCOP Advisory Council on Student Veterans

August 21, 2014

Kenneth W. Kizer, a distinguished professor and director of the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement and national expert on veterans’ issues, has been asked to serve on University of California President Janet Napolitano’s Advisory Council on Student Veterans.

Door-to-door fundraising scam does not benefit UC Davis Children's Hospital

August 20, 2014

The Sacramento-based UC Davis Health System reminds northern California residents that it never seeks donations using door-to-door solicitors and does not work with organizations that use this fundraising approach.

CAARE Center and SacEDAPT Clinic receive federal grant to treat psychosis in traumatized youth

August 18, 2014

The UC Davis CAARE Center and UC Davis Psychiatry’s SacEDAPT Clinic have received funding to improve the assessment and treatment of underserved traumatized youth who are experiencing the early signs of psychosis.

UC Davis ALS Clinic, School of Nursing answer "ALS ice bucket challenge"

August 15, 2014

The UC Davis Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic will answer the ALS Association’s “ice bucket challenge” Wednesday, Aug. 20 at noon on the west side of the Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, to raise awareness and funds for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research and treatment.

Pediatric patients build some fun at Lego event

August 13, 2014

As a former UC Davis Children's Hospital patient, Zachary Hill knows what it is like to spend time in the pediatrics unit of UC Davis Children's Hospital. Last month, the 17-year-old returned and brought some Lego fun with him. Hill, a life scout from Troop 107 in Sacramento, decided to focus his Eagle Scout project on creating a playroom event for the boys and girls in the pediatrics unit. 

University of California brings researchers together for statewide autism summit

August 13, 2014

Bringing together the research prowess of the University of California to address the increase in autism incidence, its public health impacts, and the need to speed the development of treatments for affected individuals and their families, internationally respected scientists from UC campuses at Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Davis will converge at the UC Davis MIND Institute for a daylong summit on innovative translational neurodevelopmental research.

Summer Concert brings smiles to kids, grownups alike

August 13, 2014

More than 250 staff, faculty, students and neighbors enjoyed live music, food and fun at last week’s free summer concert, presented by UC Davis Children’s Hospital. The event was co-hosted by the UC Davis Health System Community Advisory Board and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® Telethon raises $184,130 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

August 12, 2014

Telethon viewers and partners raised $184,130 for UC Davis Children's Hospital, the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital in Sacramento.

Novel drug action against solid tumors explained

August 11, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis, City of Hope, Taipai Medical University and National Health Research Institutes in Taiwan have discovered how a drug that deprives the cells of a key amino acid specifically kills cancer cells.

UC Davis primary care practices receive prestigious recognition

August 8, 2014

All 18 UC Davis Medical Group primary care clinics received recognition in July from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as Patient-Centered Medical Homes, a designation that rewards primary-care providers for efficiency, quality and innovation in primary care.

Pan awarded grant to test 'smart' chemotherapy drug for bladder cancer

August 7, 2014

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center oncologist Chong-Xian Pan has received a $650,000 grant from the VA Northern California Health Care System to conduct the first clinical trial of a novel chemotherapy-delivery drug he developed for bladder cancer patients.

UC Davis launches a clinic to treat thoracic outlet syndrome

August 7, 2014

UC Davis Health System has opened a clinic dedicated to treating a rare and complex condition called thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), which occurs when blood vessels or nerves running from the upper body through the arm become compressed, causing problems ranging from reduced mobility and pain to life- and limb-threatening blood clots. It is most often the outcome of trauma, repetitive movements or extra ribs that are present at birth.

Observing brain synapses in action

August 6, 2014

Lin Tian’s fascination with neuroscience stems from a deep curiosity about the complexity and elegance of the human brain. As one of only five scientists in the U.S. and Canada — and the first at UC Davis —to be named a 2014 Rita Allen Foundation Scholar, Tian will be developing optical sensors and applications to acquire fundamental insights about how the nervous system functions in health and disease.

UC Davis nursing dean selected for national gerontological research award

August 5, 2014

Founding Dean for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, Heather M. Young, was recently named the 2014 recipient of the Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award by the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

Teen hospice patient receives surprise visit from soccer star

August 4, 2014

The UC Davis Hospice Program recently arranged a special occasion for one of its patients, who also is an avid soccer fan, 13-year-old Bryan Garcia: an unannounced visit to his home from Rodrigo Lopez, a member of the Sacramento Republic FC soccer team of United Soccer Leagues.