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UC Davis Children’s Hospital news releases

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UC Davis makes breakthrough in understanding Canavan disease

April 27, 2015

UC Davis investigators have settled a long-standing controversy surrounding the molecular basis of an inherited disorder that historically affected Ashkenazi Jews from Eastern Europe but now also arises in other populations of Semitic descent, particularly families from Saudi Arabia.

Prenatal stem cell treatment improves mobility issues caused by spina bifida

April 24, 2015

The lower-limb paralysis associated with spina bifida may be effectively treated before birth by combining a unique stem cell therapy with surgery, new research from UC Davis Health System has found.

Donald M. Null joins UC Davis as medical director of the NICU

April 23, 2015

Donald M. Null, an internationally renowned expert in neonatal ventilation, has joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine as medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UC Davis Children's Hospital.

Media advisory: Miss America to visit UC Davis Children's Hospital

April 22, 2015

Patients at UC Davis Children's Hospital will get the chance to meet current Miss America Kira Kazantsev.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

"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.

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. 

"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.

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.

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.

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Stand for the Kids event raises awareness for UC Davis Children's Hospital

November 14, 2014

Phi Delta Epsilon, a medical fraternity at  UCDavis, held its first annual Stand for the Kids event last week in an effort to raise awareness  for UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

National study provides insights into childhood head injuries

November 12, 2014

This week’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine features an article that highlights an unprecedented analysis of the nation’s childhood head injuries.

UC Davis investigational medication used to resolve life-threatening seizures in children

November 12, 2014

In its first clinical application in pediatric patients, an investigational medication developed and manufactured at UC Davis has been found to effectively treat children with life-threatening and difficult-to-control epileptic seizures without side effects, according to a research report by scientists at UC Davis and Northwestern University.

Trick-or-treat! Patients and staff at UC Davis Children's Hospital celebrate Halloween

November 5, 2014

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

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Nurse receives third place for poster at Pediatric Nursing Conference

October 30, 2014

Clinical resource nurse Stacey Salvato, who works on Davis 7 Pediatrics, received third place for her clinical care poster at this year's 30th annual Pediatric Nursing Conference in National Harbor, Md.

The Pink House donates portion of sales to Children's Miracle Network Nov. 6-12

October 27, 2014

The purchase of women's shoes, purses and accessories can help make miracles for UC Davis Children's Hospital patients as East Sacramento retailer The Pink House donates 20 percent off all purchases to the Children's Miracle Network at UC Davis Nov. 6-12. 

Distinguished cancer prevention researcher to lead public health sciences at UC Davis

October 21, 2014

Brad Pollock, a leading researcher on the incidence and control of childhood and adolescent cancer, has become chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences at the UC Davis School of Medicine.

Probiotic decreases the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis

October 10, 2014

A team of UC Davis and University of Arizona researchers discovered that adding the bacteria Bifidobacterium longum subsp. infantis (B. infantis) to formula fed to newborn rats reduced the incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis, an often deadly intestinal infection.

Local children's musical duo performs at UC Davis Children's Hospital

October 3, 2014

The Poodlums, a children’s musical duo, performed for UC Davis Children’s Hospital last week. The special performance was made possible by a donation from a community member and the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department.

Shinjiro Hirose joins UC Davis as chief of pediatric general, thoracic and fetal surgery

October 2, 2014

Shinjiro Hirose, a nationally recognized fetal and pediatric surgeon, has joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine as chief of the newly established Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery in the Department of Surgery.

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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.

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. 

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.

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.

Spirit Halloween Superstores gives back to UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 16, 2014

Spirit Halloween Superstores won't have tricks, but they will be giving plenty of treats to UC Davis Children's Hospital this Halloween season.

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).

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.

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.

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]

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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Kohl's Cares supports UC Davis Children's Hospital's trauma prevention efforts

July 28, 2014

The UC Davis Injury and Trauma Prevention Program has received a grant for $285,292 from Kohl’s Cares® to support its child and adolescent injury prevention efforts in the Sacramento area. Kohl’s will formally present the donation at the UC Davis Children’s Hospital free community concert on Thursday, Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. Since 2005, Kohl’s has donated more than $2.2 million to UC Davis Children’s Hospital to support its children’s health initiatives.

Walmart and Sam's Club fundraiser creates miracles

July 25, 2014

Walmart and Sam’s club customers and members were encouraged to “put your money where the miracles are,” during its six-week annual miracle balloon campaign from May 1-June 13. Mostly one dollar at a time, UC Davis Children's Hospital partnered with 62 locations across the Sacramento Region to raise $433,812, raising over $3 million since the partnership began to help provide help patient visits for more than 74,000 kids each year.

Community invited to UC Davis Children's Hospital's free summer concert

July 24, 2014

The young and the young at heart are invited to a free outdoor summer concert featuring music by Sacramento dance band Hip Service, a special player appearance from the Sacramento Republic FC, entertainment from the Radio Disney Road Crew and a kids zone. The event is presented by UC Davis Children’s Hospital and co-hosted by the UC Davis Health System Community Advisory Board and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California.

UC Davis study researches potential link to care for mothers battling depression: their child's pediatrician

July 21, 2014

Pediatricians will screen mothers for depression in a new research study conducted at UC Davis Children's Hospital. The grant is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Minor head injury not reason enough for CT scan in children

July 7, 2014

A nationwide study of more than 40,000 children evaluated in hospital emergency departments for head trauma found that if children had only loss of consciousness, and no other signs or symptoms related to the head trauma, they are very unlikely to have sustained serious brain injuries. Children who have only isolated loss of consciousness after head trauma do not routinely require computed tomography (CT) scans of the head, reported researchers from UC Davis Health System and Boston Children’s Hospital. 

UC Davis Children's Hospital receives Excellence in Life Support Award

July 7, 2014

UC Davis Children's Hospital has received the Excellence in Life Support Award from the international Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) for its Extracorporeal Life Support Program. The program provides lifesaving support for failing organ systems in infants, children and, in some cases, adults.

Sac Republic FC fans donate art supplies, toys to UC Davis Child Life Department

July 2, 2014

UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department collected more than 600 art supplies and toy donations at the Sacramento Republic FC game on June 7 at Hughes Stadium.

TinySmiles makes donation to UC Davis Children's Hospital on Tiny's third birthday

July 1, 2014

Born in Northern California in June 2011, Tiny had the first of three planned surgeries to correct hypoplastic left heart syndrome 10 days after birth, and was treated afterward in the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit/Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.

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UC Davis study finds videoconferencing with family, friends lowers stress for pediatric patients

June 30, 2014

To ease isolation during extended hospitalizations, UC Davis Children’s Hospital offers secure videoconferencing for patients and families. While anecdotal accounts have suggested the Family-Link program enhances quality of life during long hospital stays, clinicians wondered if the technology also offered clinical benefits. [中文 Chinese

Third-year pediatric resident presents poster at European Society for Infectious Diseases meeting

June 13, 2014

Elizabeth Partridge, a third-year pediatric resident at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, was invited to attend the European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) meeting last month in Dublin, Ireland, to share her poster project on the effectiveness of early transition from IV to oral antibiotic therapy in the treatment of deep wound infections after scoliosis surgery.

Telehealth improves forensic examinations for sexual abuse

June 10, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis and other facilities have shown that telehealth consultations for clinicians at rural hospitals improve their ability to provide forensic examinations for sexual abuse. Published in the journal Child Abuse & Neglect, the study showed that clinicians with access to expert UC Davis nurses provided more thorough and nuanced exams, improving their ability to gather evidence and to make an accurate diagnosis.

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

June 9, 2014

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the nation’s top hospitals in four pediatric subspecialties. Together with Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California, its longstanding partner in caring for children with burns, spinal cord injuries, urological issues and orthopaedic disorders. UC Davis ranked 22nd in orthopaedics and 47th in urology. UC Davis also ranked 23rd in nephrology and 28th in neonatology.  

UC Davis Child Life collects donations at June 7 Sac Republic FC game

June 3, 2014

UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department will be collecting art supplies and toy donations at the June 7 Sacramento Republic FC game at Hughes Stadium.

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Tarantal receives 2014 School of Medicine Research Award

May 30, 2014

Alice Tarantal, professor of cell biology and human anatomy, has received the 2014 UC Davis School of Medicine Research Award.

Local solar company donates 1,800 teddy bears to UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

May 29, 2014

Local solar technology company, SMA America, donated 1,800 teddy bears to benefit sick and injured children at UC Davis Children’s Hospital this week.

James Marcin elected to the American Telemedicine Association's College of Fellows

May 29, 2014

James Marcin, interim head of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at UC Davis Children's Hospital, has been elected one of three new members of distinction to the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) College of Fellows this month.

Blue Oaks Elementary School walks for UC Davis Children's Hospital

May 20, 2014

Blue Oaks Elementary School in Roseville had its 10th annual Walk-a-thon this month to support the school and raise money for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. With only a week and a half to prepare, the school raised almost $13,000. About $7,000 will go toward UC Davis Children’s Hospital to benefit sick and injured children.

UC Davis Children's Hospital opens recurrent MRSA clinic

May 5, 2014

Pediatric patients with recurrent MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) can find relief at UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s new clinic.