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July 2018

2018 Diversity & Inclusion Dialogue Series presentation, July 18

July 13, 2018

Join Sacramento City Councilmember Eric Guerra as he presents, "Immigration: Are we closing the door on the American Dream?" The discussion is part of UC Davis Diversity & Inclusion Dialogue Series.

Natale named chief of staff at UC Davis Medical Center

July 13, 2018

JoAnne Natale, professor of pediatric critical care and director of quality and safety at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, has been elected chief of staff of UC Davis Medical Center, effective July 1.

2-for-1 DEAL: July 21 Sac Republic FC home game and the California State Fair!

July 12, 2018

Purchase a ticket to the July 21 Sac Republic FC home game at Papa Murphy's park and your ticket is good for entrance to the California State Fair on the same day as the match.

Permanent supportive housing holds potential for improving health of the homeless

July 11, 2018

Would providing permanent supportive housing to the homeless improve their health? Find out more and the recommendations of a team of leading physicians and experts who evaluated current studies. The work, done on behalf of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, was led by Kenneth W. Kizer, distinguished professor and Institute for Population Health Improvement director at UC Davis.

Jonathan Riess receives 2018 Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award

July 11, 2018

The National Cancer Institute recognizes UC Davis oncologist for outstanding clinical research.

Community colleges can boost access to primary care and physician diversity

July 10, 2018

New UC Davis Health research shows that medical school graduates who attended community college are more likely to select family medicine for their residency training and to be from groups traditionally underrepresented in medicine. “If we want to expand the primary care workforce together with culturally competent care, we need to focus more on community college as an important pathway to medical school,” said lead author Efrain Talamantes.

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center hosts brain food lecture as part of series on July 19

July 10, 2018

Join cardiovascular expert John Rutledge for a fascinating lecture on the link between a healthy heart and aging well. 

Coming home: Nurse who received life-saving care as a child returns

July 9, 2018

The life-saving care Elizabeth Clifton received 30 years ago at UC Davis Medical Center inspired her to become a registerd nurse and educator. She's come full circle -- literally -- having returned to UC Davis to teach new nurses in the same room where she was treated for rare autoimmune disorder as a child.

Violence Prevention Research Program epidemiologists recognized for leading-edge studies

July 6, 2018

Methods to assess aspects of the environment at school, among peers and in neighborhoods awarded for best postdoctoral paper from the Society for Epidemiologic Research. Poster presentation on recurrent firearm assault injuries also recognized.

Be safe in the sun

July 3, 2018

Most young people don’t think much about the dangerous effects of the sun and artificial ultraviolet (UV) light, but sun safety early in life is crucial to preventing skin cancer in adulthood.

June 2018

Surviving summer with chronic lung disease

June 29, 2018

Summer days of high heat and poor air quality can be extremely challenging for those with COPD, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and other lung conditions. Combined with the likelihood of fires, extra precautions are necessary.

UC Davis lung physiology student gets the chance of a lifetime: Attending a meeting with 43 Nobel Laureates

June 29, 2018

Cameron Flayer, a doctoral student in physiology and toxicology at UC Davis Health, gets tips from Laureates about being successful in science.

Exercise safely in summer heat

June 29, 2018

Continue your regular exercise program in the summer, but also take steps to prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke. A sports medicine physician highlights the symptoms and ways to avoid them.

Treating AFib with ablation reduces mortality and stroke

June 28, 2018

Using catheter-based ablation instead of medications alone reduces the risks of death and stroke in patients with the common form of heart arrhythmia known as atrial fibrillation, or AFib, new research from UC Davis physicians shows.

Celebrating Fourth of July safely

June 28, 2018

Commemorating our nation’s independence with fireworks is a valued tradition. If not handled properly, however, fireworks are common causes of hand, hearing and burn injuries. Here are ways to celebrate without making a trip to the emergency room.

Q&A with pediatric heart surgeon Amy Rahm

June 28, 2018

A mother and a pediatric heart surgeon, Amy Rahm is helping to build a national reputation for pediatric cardiac care at UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center. Here is a Q&A with her.

Farmers Market closed July 4

June 28, 2018

The Farmers' Market will be closed July 4 in observance of the Fourth of July Holiday. The market will reopen July 11 from 3 to 7 p.m. as usual.

New model could illuminate autism subtype

June 27, 2018

Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute have created a mouse model for maternal antibody-related (MAR) autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that closely mimics the physiology and behaviors seen in people with this form of ASD. People with MAR ASD have been exposed to maternal autoantibodies, which can react with fetal brain tissue.

Cystic fibrosis diagnosis leads one family to move closer to UC Davis Children's Hospital

June 27, 2018

Six years ago, the Morales family was living in Oklahoma, when they welcomed their baby daughter Sandra into the world. Shortly after her newborn screening tests, they learned that Sandra had cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections, limits breathing and can cause respiratory failure.

Oh, my aching head! The who, what, why and how to cope with migraine

June 27, 2018

Migraine headaches can strike any time and be debilitating, making it impossible to work or enjoy even life’s simple pleasures. They affect approximately 12 percent of the population living in the U.S. and are three times more prevalent in women than men.

Register for Duck Dash: Proceeds benefit UC Davis Child Life

June 26, 2018

The sixth annual Duck Dash will take place Saturday, Aug. 4, at 5 p.m. at Raging Waters Sacramento at Cal Expo. Proceeds will benefit the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

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

June 26, 2018

UC Davis Children’s Hospital is nationally ranked in five pediatric specialties in the new 2018-19 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

UC Davis Health offers celebratory meals for new moms and their partners

June 21, 2018

Hospital food is usually the last thing on a new mom’s wish list … until now. UC Davis Health’s Mommy Meals program has arrived.

Fountain named Outstanding Cyclist for 2018

June 20, 2018

Mark Fountain, a biomedical equipment technician in Clinical Engineering, was named UC Davis Health's Outstanding Cyclist for 2018 at last month's Celebration of Cyclists at the West Steps of the Capitol. He was presented with a medal and a pair of coveted 2018 Bike Month socks.

Vascular surgery residents win conference competition

June 19, 2018

A team of UC Davis vascular surgery residents won first place in a contest of skills and knowledge at the June 15 Pacific Northwest Endovascular Conference in Seattle.

Survivors of gun crimes pay emotional cost

June 18, 2018

Victims of crimes committed with firearms suffer greater distress compared to victims of crimes involving other weapons or no weapons at all. As such, persons victimized with a firearm may require special attention with regard to their emotional well-being. Findings from a brief research report  by researchers at the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program (VPRP) are published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Where's Waldo? UC Davis Children's Hospital patients find fun in new construction

June 18, 2018

When construction began on the six-story UC Davis North Addition Office Building directly across from UC Davis Medical Center, it became a new draw for UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients.

Huggie doles out affection and eases stress for young patients

June 18, 2018

Who has four legs, wears a black coat and works alongside medical staff? Huggie – the newest member of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center team and first-ever facility dog at UC Davis Health. The two-year-old Labrador retriever supports children receiving treatments in the Pediatric Infusion Center.

UC Davis nursing school hosts graduation celebration

June 15, 2018

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis lauded the accomplishments of 128 master’s-degree students and six doctoral candidates at its seventh graduation celebration.

'Beyond the Ice Bucket Challenge' features the UC Davis ALS clinic

June 15, 2018

KVIE recently held a community preview of the documentary “Beyond the Ice Bucket Challenge” about the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. Produced as part of the station’s Viewfinder series, the program features physicians and patients of the UC Davis Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic.

Pregnant women and new moms invited to join UC Davis wildfire study

June 15, 2018

Women who were pregnant during or right after the October 2017 wildfires in Northern California are invited to participate in a new UC Davis study to determine if those fires affected their health and the health of their babies.

Elementary students learn about careers in health care

June 15, 2018

Career education events earlier this month enthralled more than 50 students from two schools. The events were hosted by UC Davis’ Department of Government and Community Relations, and supported by Sacramento City Councilman Jay Schenirer’s “WayUp” initiative.

Good food is good medicine

June 14, 2018

Visitors and employees at UC Davis Medical Center are now able to enjoy locally sourced, healthy menu items in the hospital's café thanks to the inspired vision of the new executive chef, Santana Diaz.

Do excess fluids cause brain injuries in children with diabetic ketoacidosis?

June 13, 2018

For decades, clinicians have worried that giving too much intravenous fluid to children with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) may contribute to brain swelling and injury, and even death. Now, after a national study that examined more than a thousand patients with DKA, UC Davis researchers and their colleagues from around the country have shown that fluid infusion does not cause  brain injury in children with DKA.

Walk to benefit lung cancer research June 23

June 12, 2018

Join two UC Davis lung cancer specialists for the third annual “Your Next Step is the Cure” run/walk on Saturday, June 23 in Sacramento.

Can watching pro sports on TV prevent crime?

June 12, 2018

The entertainment provided by televised sporting events has a significant effect on crime in Chicago, reducing the number of violent, property and drug crime reports by as much as 25 percent during the hours of a given game, according to a study by the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program. The study published in the Journal of Sports Economics in May.

Nationally prominent brain tumor specialist to lead neurological surgery at UC Davis

June 12, 2018

Renowned surgeon, scientist and educator Griffith R. Harsh IV has been selected as chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery and the Julian R. Youmans Chair in Neurological Surgery at UC Davis Health. He begins his new position July 1.

Psychedelic drugs, ketamine change structure of neurons

June 12, 2018

A team of scientists at the University of California, Davis, is exploring how hallucinogenic drugs impact the structure and function of neurons — research that could lead to new treatments for depression, anxiety and related disorders.

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center hosts healthy brain aging and dementia prevention lecture series

June 11, 2018

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center will host a monthly series of lectures focused on healthy brain aging and dementia prevention through October. Each lecture will take place at the UC Davis MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St., Sacramento from 6 – 7:30 p.m. The events are free, however, reservations are required.

Stem cell transplants extend life for multiple myeloma patients

June 11, 2018

Researchers at UC Davis have confirmed that autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant improves survival for people suffering from multiple myeloma, yet many potentially eligible patients never undergo the procedure.

CPR training marathon at the Capitol helps share life-saving skills

June 8, 2018

Aimee Moulin and John Rose, UC Davis emergency medicine faculty members, were among the experts who taught CPR training workshops on the North Lawn of the state Capitol yesterday at an event organized by the California chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

A Cinderella story 16 years in the making

June 8, 2018

Lucy Ogbu-Nwobodo describes the challenges she overcame and her drive to become a physician, which became a reality when she graduated this May from the UC Davis School of Medicine.

Francesca Happé will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on June 13

June 8, 2018

“Why study the mind if genes cause autism?” is the question Francesca Happé will address during her talk at the UC Davis MIND Institute on Wednesday, June 13, as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. She will present at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. The event is free to the public and no reservations are required; however, seating is limited. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the hour-long lecture.

UC Davis partners with other top cancer centers to endorse goal of eliminating HPV-related cancers

June 7, 2018

Nearly 80 million Americans – one out of every four people – are infected with human papillomavirus (HPV). And of those millions, more than 31,000 will be diagnosed with an HPV-related cancer this year. Despite those staggering figures and the availability of a vaccine to prevent the infections that cause these cancers, HPV vaccination remains low in the United States.

Drug combination offers more effective care for women suffering miscarriage

June 6, 2018

A combination of the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol can help bring closure to women experiencing miscarriage and reduce the need for surgery to complete the painful miscarriage process, research published today in the New England Journal of Medicine shows.

Physician assistant completes the heart failure team

June 4, 2018

There are many paths to a career in medicine. Felicia Corbett was well into a career as a middle school science teacher when she decided she wanted to be involved in patient care instead. Today, she is a physician assistant with the heart failure team at UC Davis Health.

Mikuni Scoop Scoot raises funds for UC Davis Child Life on July 13

June 4, 2018

Scoot over to William Land Park on Friday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m. for the Mikuni Scoop Scoot to help raise funds for the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department.

Herman Hedriana appointed division director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

June 1, 2018

Herman Hedriana will focus on premature birth risk assessment, as well as prenatal diagnosis/screening, perinatal safety initiatives, prenatal diagnosis and  fetal ultrasound and management of labor.

Cancer Center joins clinics to improve cancer screening and care in underserved Sacramento communities

June 1, 2018

A unique collaboration spearheaded by UC Davis cancer specialists was launched June 1 to enhance cancer prevention, screening, detection and specialty oncology care for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in Sacramento.

May 2018

Children's Hospital's online newsletter published today

May 29, 2018

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

New #WhatYouCanDo handouts guide providers, patients to help reduce firearm violence

May 25, 2018

The UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program's What You Can Do initiative has developed two handouts: one for patients that discusses firearm violence risk and firearm safety strategies, the other for providers that guides them through the firearm violence risk assessment and counseling process.

Heart attack mortality ratings can misrepresent performance of high-tech hospitals

May 25, 2018

An apparent flaw in the formula for assessing 30-day mortality following heart attacks may compromise quality ratings for hospitals that provide advanced cardiovascular care, new research on Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services quality measures finds.

Berglund named distinguished professor

May 23, 2018

Lars Berglund, interim dean of the School of Medicine, has received the honorary title of distinguished professor, in recognition of his exceptional level of scholarship and teaching.

UC Davis nursing school hosts Academic Symposium

May 22, 2018

From preparing new moms to put their babies to sleep safely and exploring alcohol consumption in Hmong Americans to developing data to support food as a prescription for health and examining nurse leadership through cultural competence, the research topics and scope of inquiry undertaken by graduate students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis takes center stage at the 2018 Academic Symposium June 8 at the UC Davis Sacramento campus.

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers recruiting parent participants for new study

May 22, 2018

The Autism Intervention Research Network on Behavioral Health is seeking participants for a research project that educates parents of young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from under-served communities who have limited access to resources and support.

Chancellor May appoints Lubarsky as Vice Chancellor of Human Health Sciences and Chief Executive Officer of UC Davis Health

May 18, 2018

UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May has appointed David A. Lubarsky to the position of vice chancellor of human health sciences and chief executive officer of UC Davis Health, which includes the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UC Davis Medical Center, and Primary Care Network. Lubarsky is the chief medical and systems integration officer with the University of Miami Health System, a position he has held since 2012.

UC Davis re-verified as level I trauma center by the American College of Surgeons

May 18, 2018

UC Davis Medical Center has been re-verified as a level I trauma center, the highest level possible, by the American College of Surgeons, making it the only level I trauma center for both adults and children in inland Northern California and one of only two in California.

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center teams up with Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

May 18, 2018

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, in collaboration with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, presents “Live Your Best Life: Advances in Blood Cancer Treatment and Patient Support” on Saturday, June 9. The day-long conference will be held at the Medical Education Building, 4610 X Street, Sacramento, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (registration begins at 9:30 a.m.). The event is free to the public and includes complimentary breakfast and lunch.

Community-based outreach and care can detect and treat hepatitis B

May 17, 2018

Hepatitis B infection is a leading cause of liver cancer and is preventable with vaccination and treatable with antiviral medications, but many people in the United States are already infected with the virus and don’t know it.

Levenson selected to receive the UC Davis Innovator of the Year award

May 16, 2018

Richard Levenson, professor and vice chair for strategic technologies in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine, has been selected Innovator of the Year for the development of Microscopy with Ultraviolet Surface Excitation, or MUSE -- a technology that obtains high-resolution images of biological tissue specimens without first requiring the time-consuming preparation of thin sections mounted on glass slides.

UC Davis nursing researchers to develop innovative program for family caregivers of dementia patients transitioning from hospital to home

May 16, 2018

Researchers from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis received a $224,000 grant from the Archstone Foundation for a one-year project, Development of an Innovative and Evidence-based Program to Advance Support for Family Caregivers of Persons with Dementia in the Transition from Hospital to Community.

19-month-old's life saved after near drowning accident

May 14, 2018

Feb. 12 was the day that changed life for the Cunha family forever. It started as just another quiet weekday at home. Amber Cunha and her 19-month-old daughter Avery were making Valentine’s Day cards. But while Amber was putting supplies away, Avery made a break for it.

Back to the Future: Quantum Dark Matter presentation, May 23

May 11, 2018

A "Back to the Future: Quantum Dark Matter" lecture will be presented by the UC Davis Department of Physics on Wednesday, May 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the Education Building (Lecture Hall 1222) on the university's Sacramento campus, 4610 X Street.

Micro-preemie, pediatric cardiology and eye surgery patient is family's 'miracle'

May 9, 2018

Mark and Melanie Payne’s story started like a storybook romance. They were college sweethearts. Mark was the captain of the UC Davis basketball team. Melanie was the captain of the UC Davis volleyball team. They were engaged after college graduation, married in 2012 and then moved to Europe to pursue Mark’s career as a professional basketball player.

Review by UC Davis researchers informs new prostate cancer screening recommendations

May 9, 2018

An exhaustive review by UC Davis researchers of more than 60 studies is the basis for new national recommendations about prostate cancer screening. The review and the findings were published May 8 in JAMA.

James McCracken will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on May 16

May 4, 2018

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host James McCracken on Wednesday, May 16 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. He will present “Can we improve treatments for ADHD?” at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. The event is free to the public and no reservations are required; however, seating is limited. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the hour-long lecture.

Adventist Health Lodi Memorial and UC Davis Health announce partnership

May 2, 2018

Adventist Health Lodi Memorial is continuing to expand the care available to residents of San Joaquin and Sacramento counties with a first-of-its kind partnership bringing the world-class care of UC Davis Health directly to Lodi.