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UC Davis Children's Hospital supports safe sleep practices

December 2, 2016

Every year in the United States, 3,400 infants die of sleep-related causes. In Sacramento County, one infant every other week dies, due to their sleep environment.

UC Davis hosts symposium to address alleviating pain through collaboration

December 1, 2016

UC Davis leaders and faculty from diverse professions and disciplines assembled to help advance pain relief and improve quality of life at the 2016 Advancing Pain Relief Symposium at UC Davis.

Eye Center's principal optometrist receives mentoring award

December 1, 2016

Melissa Barnett, principal optometrist at the UC Davis Eye Center, received the Mentoring Award from the Women in Optometry association. She is one of six optometrists recognized for excellence in leadership, mentorship and education, and innovation.

Votes for UC Davis Children's Hospital could result in $50,000 to help local kids

December 1, 2016

UC Davis Health System employees and the general public are invited to cast their votes to support UC Davis Children’s Hospital, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

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Pediatric stroke survivor to run CIM MaraFUNRun on Sunday

November 30, 2016

An otherwise healthy Sacramento pre-teen, Chanell Roberts had just finished running in her P.E. class when the stroke hit. After initial treatment, she was brought to UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Gram-negative bacteria may influence Alzheimer's disease pathology

November 29, 2016

For the first time, researchers have found higher levels of Gram-negative bacteria antigens in brain samples from late-onset Alzheimer’s disease patients. Compared to controls, patients with Alzheimer's had much higher levels of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and E coli K99 pili protein. In addition, The UC Davis team also found LPS molecules congregated with amyloid plaques, which have been linked to Alzheimer’s pathology and progression. The research was published today in the print edition of the journal Neurology.

Lifestyle changes and dementia risk topic of talk at Lesher Center for the Arts

November 29, 2016

Can lifestyle changes help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia? John Olichney, UC Davis professor of neurology and a behavioral neurologist, will address the question at a public lecture Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.

Alarming health disparities could be prevented by breastfeeding

November 23, 2016

Black infants had over twice the deaths of whites attributable to lack of optimal breastfeeding, a new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics shows. Black infants also had over three times the rate of necrotizing enterocolitis, a devastating disease of preterm infants, attributable to suboptimal rates of feeding with their mother’s own milk.

UC Davis Children's Hospital hosts toy drive Dec. 20-23

November 22, 2016

To make the donation of toys and other gifts easier for generous businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals who would like to make the season brighter for hospitalized children, UC Davis is offering donors the opportunity to drive up and drop off donations for the holidays.

UC Davis Eye Center grateful patient named Outstanding Benefactor of the Year

November 16, 2016

Ernest E. Tschannen, whose historic $38.5 million total gift to UC Davis will transform eye care in the Sacramento region and beyond for generations to come, today received the Outstanding Benefactor award from the California Capital Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Kindness, compassion key to cancer center pharmacy program

November 16, 2016

Jacquelyn Conway, a mother who enjoys taking long walks and cooking organic meals, was told she had invasive breast cancer In August 2012. That began an arduous series of cancer treatments starting with chemotherapy – and a determined approach to survival.

Cancer research pioneer to speak on therapy advances

November 15, 2016

Alan Ashworth, renowned basic cancer scientist and president of the UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center, will present a talk on synthetic lethal approaches to cancer therapy Nov. 30 at UC Davis.

Mobile health data may offer new pathways to better patient care

November 15, 2016

A UC Davis-led team has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM) to explore the use of personalized mobile health data to improve chronic disease management and care.

Using antibiotics wisely: Do's and Don'ts

November 14, 2016

Knowing how to use antibiotics safely and appropriately empowers everyone to be a part of the solution to preserve the life-saving power of antibiotics, according to Larissa May, associate professor of emergency medicine at UC Davis Medical Center and a national expert on antibiotic stewardship.

Bennet Omalu receives American Medical Association's highest honor

November 14, 2016

Bennet Omalu, associate clinical professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at UC Davis Health System, received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Medical Association for his groundbreaking work on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) on Saturday at the 2016 AMA Interim Meeting, in Orlando, Fla.

Organ and tissue donors honored

November 9, 2016

Three dozen butterflies — symbols of new life — were recently released during a touching tribute to the UC Davis Medical Center patients who gave life to others.

Consumers again rate UC Davis Medical Center as the region's best

November 7, 2016

UC Davis Medical Center has been selected for the 17th time as a Consumer Choice Award winner by National Research Corporation.

UC Davis School of Nursing researchers receive grant for novel advanced illness care program

November 7, 2016

Researchers from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis were awarded $600,000 from the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation Innovations in Care Program for their collaboration with faith-based organizations in Alameda County that address advanced illness care disparities through the Alameda County Care Alliance (ACCA) Advanced Illness Care Program.

Miss California visits UC Davis Children's Hospital

November 4, 2016

Miss California Jessa Carmack made a visit to patients at UC Davis Children's Hospital this week, along with Miss Sacramento County Lauren Berlinn, Miss Sacramento County's Outstanding Teen Nikki Holbrook and Miss City of Sacramento Outstanding Teen Violet Joy Hansen.

Breast cancer patients have new surgery option with radioactive seed

November 3, 2016

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center now offers a new technique for breast cancer patients undergoing surgery to remove breast cancer that may improve cosmetic outcomes and the patient’s surgery experience.

Join gamers playing for UC Davis Children's Hospital on Extra Life Game Day, Nov. 5

November 2, 2016

Local gamers of all levels and from all categories — console, mobile, PC, table-top, etc. — are uniting for one cause on Saturday, November 5: to save and improve the lives of kids treated at UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Extra Life, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) fundraising program, provides game-loving locals a fun way to support UC Davis Children’s Hospital, the local CMN Hospital.

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Pediatrics unit celebrates Halloween, country fair-style

October 31, 2016

UC Davis Children's Hospital’s Halloween celebration took place today on the pediatrics unit. Patients and staff got into the Halloween spirit with costumes, games and trick-or-treating. on the unit. The special event was made possible by the Davis 7 pediatric nurses and the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department.

UC Davis physician assistant students receive national scholarships

October 31, 2016

Two physician assistant graduate students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis each received a two-year, full scholarship from the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) to pursue their passion to become primary care providers and join a community of clinicians with a shared desire to serve people with limited access to health care.

Sam's Club in Sacramento is No. 1 CMN fundraiser again

October 31, 2016

Sam's Club on Power Inn Road in Sacramento was named the No. 1 Sam's Club store in the country for the second year in a row, raising the most money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals during its 2016 Miracle Balloon campaign, which ran Aug. 29 through Oct. 16. The store raised $66,367.99 with proceeds staying locally and benefitting UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

UC Davis CAARE Center receives $1.6 million grant by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency

October 27, 2016

The UC Davis CAARE Center has been awarded a $1.6 million grant by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) to provide mental health services to all newly placed foster children throughout Sacramento County for the next five years. 

UC Davis MIND Institute to host 22q deletion syndrome event and presentation

October 27, 2016

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host a “Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome Family Meeting” on Sunday, Nov. 6 featuring a 22q Mystery Bus Tour with games, giveaways and education station application consultations.

Elimination of synapses in the brain the topic of MIND Institute's next distinguished lecture

October 26, 2016

One of the major unsolved mysteries in neuroscience is how synapses are eliminated in the brain during normal development. This pruning process is required for precise brain wiring, but what drives the elimination of specific synapses remains unclear. Neuroscientist Beth Stevens will explore her recent research, which revealed a key role for microglia in synaptic pruning in a free public lecture at the UC Davis MIND Institute on Nov. 9. at 4:30 p.m.

Terminally ill cancer patients fare poorly after surgery

October 25, 2016

Patients with disseminated advanced cancer who undergo surgery are far more likely to endure long hospital stays and readmissions, referrals to extended care facilities and death, UC Davis researchers have found.

Bullying, vulnerability of children with disabilities the topic of upcoming Minds Behind the MIND lecture

October 21, 2016

The 2016-2017 Minds Behind the MIND lecture series resumes this month with a Spanish-speaking workshop for families and educators entitled “Ingredients for a healthy relationship-based society: How do we identify, talk about and manage emotions in the context of a disability?”

New grants help UC Davis researchers home in on Angelman syndrome treatment

October 20, 2016

Two UC Davis researchers have received grants totaling $1.6 million to advance their work to find an effective treatment for Angelman syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes seizures and sleep disturbances and inhibits language development.

Sexual pain in women after cancer is common, and too often ignored

October 20, 2016

Painful sex in women after cancer treatment is relatively common, often treatable and needs to be addressed by medical providers, a UC Davis oncologist and researcher suggests.

UC Davis surgeon honored for international humanitarian efforts

October 19, 2016

J. Nilas Young, chief of cardiothoracic surgery at UC Davis, has received a 2016 American College of Surgeons/Pfizer International Volunteerism Award for his work in developing heart surgery programs in Russia and South America. Young received the award, the highest honor for fellows of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) who provide volunteer care to medically underserved populations, on Oct. 18 at the ACS Clinical Congress in Washington, D.C.

Neu5Gc in red meat and organs may pose a significant health hazard

October 19, 2016

Neu5Gc, a non-human sialic acid sugar molecule common in red meat that increases the risk of tumor formation in humans, is also prevalent in pig organs, with concentrations increasing as the organs are cooked, a study by researchers from the UC Davis School of Medicine and Xiamen University School of Medicine has found.

Expert on Mental Function in Aging Elected to National Academy of Medicine

October 18, 2016

John Morrison, professor of neurology at the University of California, Davis, and director of the California National Primate Research Center, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the world’s most prestigious scientific bodies.

Workshop set for young adults with cancer

October 18, 2016

Young adults dealing with the effects of cancer are invited to attend Pushing Past Cancer, a free day of education and motivation, on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UC Davis Sacramento campus. The event is open to cancer patients ages 18-40, their support persons and medical professionals.

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center to host Caregivers Workshop

October 17, 2016

When a family member or loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, caregivers are thrust into a new world of responsibility, often without training or experience. It’s important for caregivers to learn to navigate their new world and become familiar with housing options, community resources and common behaviors.

Diagnostic symposium on renal and transplant pathology, Oct. 21

October 14, 2016

This year’s free Diagnostic Symposium, sponsored by the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, features insights into common diagnostic dilemmas in renal and transplant pathology by UC San Francisco and UC Davis specialists beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21 in the Medical Education Building, Room 2222.

NIH Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program Expands in California

October 13, 2016

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has named the California Precision Medicine Consortium as a regional medical center group in the national network of health care provider organizations that will implement the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program.

Brain foods and cognitive health the topic of upcoming community discovery lecture

October 12, 2016

While aging is inevitable, most people want to maintain their brain power including memory, reading comprehension and cognitive skills. But like most organs in the body, by the mid-40s brains suffer a measureable decline, which can affect memory and reasoning, and many people develop age-related brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

DeLemos recognized as a National Magnet Nurse of the Year

October 11, 2016

Christi DeLemos, a nurse practitioner in the UC Davis Department of Neurological Surgery, has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with a 2016 National Magnet Nurse of the Year award.

Hibbard Williams' enduring legacy

October 10, 2016

In death as in life, former UC Davis School of Medicine Dean Hibbard E. Williams’ commitment to mentoring and advancing the career of the next generation of medical leaders lives on. Williams, who passed away at home on July 26 at age 83, will be honored by friends and colleagues — past and present — at a special Celebration of Life in Davis on Oct. 15.

Russo honored as Elks alum of the year

October 10, 2016

Rachel Russo, a resident in the UC Davis Department of Surgery, has been selected as the 2016 Elks National Foundation Scholarship Programs Alum of the Year for her commitment to community service and inspiring others.

Shaikh accepted into California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) Health Care Leadership Program

October 6, 2016

Ulfat Shaikh, professor of pediatrics and director of healthcare quality at UC Davis School of Medicine, was accepted as a member of Cohort 16 of the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) Health Care Leadership Program. 

Preserving the power of antibiotics

October 6, 2016

Of the 10 million prescriptions for antibiotics that emergency department physicians in the U.S. write each year, many are prescribed for known viral infections such as acute bronchitis and upper respiratory infections, which do not respond to antibiotics. A one-year study at UC Davis Medical Center funded with a grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing and preserve the microbe-fighting power of antibiotics.  

Vascular center celebrates 10 years of accomplishments

October 5, 2016

The UC Davis Vascular Center celebrated its 10th anniversary Sept. 29 with an event to recognize the surgeons, physicians, nurses, imaging specialists, vascular technologists and clinic staff who provide comprehensive care for patients with blood vessel disease.

30-day hospital readmission is a poor measure of quality

October 4, 2016

The 30-day window for hospital readmissions — used by the federal government to penalize hospitals believed to provide lower-quality care because patients return to the hospital following discharge — should be reduced to a week or less to more accurately measure factors within a hospital’s control, new research from UC Davis has found.

Cancer Care Network symposium focuses on precision medicine and end-of-life options

October 4, 2016

More than 80 people attended the 4th annual Cancer Care Network Symposium Saturday at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center auditorium to explore key topics in cancer care, including the new End of Life Option Act. 

UC Davis surgeons enroll the first patient in an acute spinal cord injury study

October 3, 2016

Neurosurgeons at UC Davis Health System have enrolled the first patient in a study that will determine if a new investigational treatment can safely and effectively improve motor function following acute traumatic cervical spinal cord injury.

Nutrition and early development the topic of MIND Institute's next distinguished lecture

October 3, 2016

An understanding of the effect of nutrients on brain structure and cognitive development in infants and children has advanced maternal and infant nutrition over the past two decades.

Ronald McDonald House Northern California launches caring cart at UC Davis Children's Hospital

October 3, 2016

Ronald McDonald House Northern California will launch its caring cart at UC Davis Children’s Hospital this week. 

UC Davis Children's Hospital launches Patient Stories blog

October 3, 2016

UC Davis Children’s Hospital this week launched its Patient Stories blog. These stories highlight the care and support provided by the Children's Hospital team, as shared by pediatric patients, their families and staff.