News from UC Davis Health System
December 17, 2014
Thomas C. Südhof, recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine, will address his research on how defects in a ‘glue’ that binds together proteins at the neuronal synapses may play a role in the etiology of autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia and other psychiatric neurodevelopmental conditions, during the first 2015 UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series address in January.
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.
December 16, 2014
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 posted online in the Annual Review of Public Health on Dec. 12 and will appear in the print edition in January.
UC Davis Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic named a Certified Treatment Center of Excellence by the ALS Association
December 12, 2014
The UC Davis Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic has been named an ALS Association Certified Treatment Center of Excellence, in acknowledgement of its meeting the highest levels of established national standards of care for the management of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
December 10, 2014
UC Davis Children's Hospital is hosting a holiday toy drive this month to help spread cheer to its patients and their families staying this holiday season.
December 8, 2014
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were more than twice as likely to have been exposed in utero to preeclampsia, and the likelihood of an autism diagnosis was even greater if the mother experienced more severe disease, a large study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found.
December 4, 2014
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has honored Nathan Kuppermann, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine, with its EBSCO/PEMSoft Achievement Award.
December 4, 2014
More than a dozen highly accomplished nurses shared the spotlight this week during graduation ceremonies for UC Davis’ Rising Nurse Leaders program.
December 3, 2014
Hundreds of participants in UC Davis MIND Institute research and their families will head into the woods to “Explore the Great Outdoors” during its 12th Annual Thank You Party on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. The party is held to thank the children, adolescents, adults and their families who make the MIND Institute's groundbreaking research into autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions possible.
December 3, 2014
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified UC Davis Medical Center as one of the 35 U.S. hospitals designated as an Ebola treatment center. The designation, announced Dec. 2, was a collaborative decision made by state and local health authorities and University of California (UC) leadership. UC San Francisco was also designated, with the three remaining UC medical centers expected to receive treatment-center designation soon.
December 2, 2014
UC Davis Medical Center ranks among The Leapfrog Group's list of Top Hospitals for 2014, an elite distinction that recognizes UC Davis for meeting tough national standards for safety and quality. The annual award, widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive awards a U.S. hospital can receive, is given to the highest performing hospitals participating in the Leapfrog Hospital Survey.
December 1, 2014
Natacha Akshoomoff, UC San Diego associate professor of psychiatry, will discuss “How the diagnosis of autism helps us learn more about autism,” during the December UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer series presentation.
November 10, 2014
UC Davis Medical Center is preparing to screen seniors on Medicare who meet the criteria for lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography (CT).
November 6, 2014
As the largest Ebola epidemic in history continues in West Africa, UC Davis Health System is prepared to safely screen, isolate and care for a patient who arrives at the medical center suffering from the disease.
October 31, 2014
The marvels of healthy aging, as well as some of the myths and stereotypes associated with it, are among the topics being offered at UC Davis’ upcoming Mini Medical School.
UC Davis MIND Institute researchers to establish new tests to evaluate cognitive growth in people with intellectual disability
October 30, 2014
Researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute will develop and evaluate tests designed to measure and track changes in the cognitive functioning of people who typically are difficult to assess accurately: those with an intellectual disability, formerly termed mental retardation. The research will be funded through a new, five-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
October 29, 2014
UC Davis Medical Center was again honored with an “A” grade on The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score for its overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm.
October 28, 2014
A decrease in the rate of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers at UC Davis Medical Center has earned a Performance Excellence Award from the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes (CALNOC).
October 27, 2014
Kay Redfield Jamison, Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders and co-director of the Mood Disorders Center at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, will discuss "Professional and Personal Perspectives on Bipolar Illness," during a lecture on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St.
October 21, 2014
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded UC Davis principal investigators Laura Marcu and Gregory Farwell $1.5 million to adapt UC Davis-developed biophotonic technology to a robotic surgical device in hopes of dramatically improving the precision of head and neck cancer surgery.
October 20, 2014
The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center will hold a workshop for those caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, in the auditorium of the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento. There is no cost to participate in the workshop; however, reservations are required to attend.
Young Adult Outcomes topic of next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation
October 17, 2014
Research examining what happens to young adults with autism spectrum disorder when they leave high school will be the topic of the November UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation. The discussion, on “Young Adult Outcomes,” will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.
October 15, 2014
Randi Jenssen Hagerman, medical director of the UC Davis MIND Institute, Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Endowed Chair in Fragile X Research and Treatment, has received the prestigious C. Anderson Aldrich Award in Child Development for her outstanding contributions in the field of child development from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the professional organization for pediatricians in the United States.
October 15, 2014
For the fourth consecutive year, UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Quality Index, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization.
October 8, 2014
The Cardiac Rehabilitation and Preventive Cardiology Program at UC Davis Health System has been certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation for leadership in improving quality of life, enhancing standards of care and offering advanced practices for patients recovering from cardiac events or interventions.
MIND Institute receives $900,000 grant to study use of sertraline in young children with autism spectrum disorder
October 8, 2014
Focusing on treatments to ameliorate autism symptoms, researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute will launch the first study to examine the effectiveness of the use of sertraline, commonly known as Zoloft®™, in children as young as 2 to 6 years, through a three-year, $900,000 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
October 6, 2014
How alterations in a single gene on the X chromosome affects neurological and psychological functioning in men as they age is the subject of a new study by UC Davis MIND Institute researchers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 24, 2014
Early life experiences, such as childhood socioeconomic status and literacy, may have greater influence on the risk of cognitive impairment late in life than such demographic characteristics as race and ethnicity, a large study by researchers with the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center and the University of Victoria, Canada, has found.
July 17, 2014
For the fourth consecutive year, UC Davis Health System has earned “Most Wired” status as one of the nation’s health leaders in information technology.
July 15, 2014
UC Davis Medical Center has ranked as one of the nation’s best hospitals for 2014-15 in 10 adult medical specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, released July 15, recognize hospitals that excel in treating patients with the most serious and challenging injuries and illnesses.
July 10, 2014
When it comes to a specific type of pancreatic surgery, post-operative complications have a far greater impact on total cost than does how long the patient stays in the hospital, according to a published paper by UC Davis researchers.
June 26, 2014
Researchers at UC Davis have determined that surgical biopsies can be safely performed on select patients with late-stage non-small cell lung cancer, which should enhance their access to drugs that target specific genetic mutations such as epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR).
June 25, 2014
Orthopaedic surgeons based at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento are performing some outpatient surgeries and procedures in Davis as part of a new affiliation with the Davis Surgery Center. The location provides a convenient alternative for same-day surgery patients who reside in Yolo County.
June 24, 2014
A UC Davis program designed to better manage cancer patients taking oral chemotherapy drugs has demonstrated that one-on-one counseling, education and monitoring can improve adherence to potentially life-saving cancer treatments.
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.
June 9, 2014
UC Davis Medical Center has received the Zero Hero Award from Patient Safety First for having no early elective baby deliveries for 15 consecutive months.
June 4, 2014
In the wake of recent revelations of overly long patient wait times and systematic manipulation and falsification of reported wait time data, UC Davis and Harvard public policy leaders believe the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health-care system’s problems can be fixed by strong leadership, greater transparency and reforms that refocus the organization on its primary mission of providing timely access to consistently high-quality care.
May 30, 2014
Devices made of metal plates and screws that can precisely align and stabilize fractured bones as they heal can safely and effectively repair the sternum, according to a review of UC Davis surgeries published in the May issue of the Annals of Plastic Surgery.
May 22, 2014
Today, UC Davis Health System and Orbis International, a leading global non-governmental organization (NGO) that works to eliminate avoidable blindness, signed an agreement of cooperation that will expand the use of telemedicine technology to help treat and prevent blindness in the developing world.
May 14, 2014
A pioneer in understanding the dietary risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive aging will address “Nutrition for a Healthy Brain” during the next UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.
May 12, 2014
Colorectal cancer screening saves lives, but too few people get tested. In an effort to increase these numbers,researchers from UC Davis and elsewhere investigated whether an individualized interactive multimedia computer program (IMCP) would spur patients to get screened.
May 8, 2014
In a rare and touching moment today at UC Davis Medical Center, four kidney transplant patients met the four people who gave them the gift of life.
May 6, 2014
UC Davis Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for using measures developed by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to improve care and quality of life for stroke patients.
May 5, 2014
Pediatric patients with recurrent MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) can find relief at UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s new clinic.
April 29, 2014
The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog focused on improving the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans, has awarded UC Davis Medical Center an “A” for patient safety – its top grade.
April 22, 2014
Researchers at UC Davis Children’s Hospital have shown that children with Down syndrome have significantly better in-hospital survival rates after surgeries for congenital heart disease (CHD) than their genetically typical peers.
April 22, 2014
The risk of pregnancy among women using a newer method of planned sterilization called hysteroscopic sterilization is more than 10 times greater over a10-year period than using more commonly performed laparoscopic sterilization, a study by researchers with Yale University and UC Davis has found.
April 16, 2014
In celebration of national Medical Laboratory Professionals Week and the more than 300,000 specialists who perform and interpret some 10 billion laboratory tests in the U.S. each year, the UC Davis Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is offering behind-the-scenes guided tours at two of its clinical laboratory sites – the UC Davis Medical Center on Stockton Boulevard and the Specialty Testing Center on Business Drive in Sacramento.
April 14, 2014
Prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), medications frequently prescribed to treat depression, anxiety and other mental-health disorders, is associated with a higher incidence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental delays (DD) in male children, a study of nearly 1,000 mother-child pairs has found.
April 10, 2014
UC Davis Health System's weekly farmers market returns on April 24, resuming its effort to expand access to fresh, locally grown produce sold directly to consumers.
April 8, 2014
On Tuesday, April 29, the UC Davis MIND Institute hosts the Northern California premiere screening of “Sounding the Alarm,” a film that gives viewers a look at the profound changes that take place in the lives of 12 American families after their children receive an autism diagnosis. The screening will be held in the auditorium of the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento, as part of the institute's Autism Awareness Month activities.
April 3, 2014
Jesse De La Cruz didn’t have any hepatitis C symptoms for nearly 15 years. Physicians say that’s fairly typical of an illness also known as “the silent killer.”
March 26, 2014
Blood and tumor specimen collection from cancer patients is critical to research into new, more personally targeted therapies. But biospecimen collection among diverse populations lags far behind that of whites. [Chinese, Vietnamese and Spanish]
March 24, 2014
UC Davis professor Christopher Bowlus of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and his liver cancer disparity research, are featured on the Health Equity Research Snapshot of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
March 21, 2014
After nine years and countless fund-raising events, the Placer Breast Cancer Endowment on Thursday reached its goal of $1.5 million for breast cancer research at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.
March 21, 2014
For the first time, scientists have succeeded in coaxing laboratory cultures of human stem cells to develop into the specialized, unique cells needed to repair a patient’s defective or diseased bladder.
March 18, 2014
A new study involving researchers from UC Davis and four other National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers reveals important barriers that limit minority group participation in cancer clinical trials, findings that will be used to refine and launch more effective strategies to assure that more minorities benefit from clinical trials.
March 17, 2014
Mothers of newborns can now donate their babies’ umbilical cord blood at UC Davis Medical Center and other hospitals throughout the state as part of California’s first comprehensive public system of collecting cord blood for lifesaving transplantations and medical research. [en español]
March 14, 2014
UC Davis researchers have found that routine information — blood pressure, respiratory rate, temperature and white blood cell count — from the electronic health records (EHRs) of hospitalized patients can be used to predict the early stages of sepsis, a leading cause of death and hospitalization in the U.S. They also determined that just three measures — lactate level, blood pressure and respiratory rate — can pinpoint the likelihood that a patient will die from the disease.
March 11, 2014
The UC Davis MIND Institute has been named an Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC), through a prestigious grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health — a distinction held by only a handful of neurodevelopmental centers nationwide committed to the diagnosis, prevention, treatment and amelioration of developmental disorders such as autism, fragile X syndrome and Down syndrome.
February 26, 2014
The 2014 Chancellor’s Achievement Awards for Diversity and Community have been presented in the categories of Academic Senate and Academic Federation, staff, undergraduate and graduate student, community member — and in a new category, post-doctoral scholar.
February 14, 2014
When mothers feed their newborns formula in the hospital, they are less likely to fully breastfeed their babies in the second month of life and more likely to quit breastfeeding early, even if they had hoped to breastfeed longer, UC Davis researchers have found. [en español or 中文 Chinese]
UC Davis Medical Center receives the Women's Choice Award as one of America's best heart care hospitals
February 13, 2014
UC Davis Medical Center is a winner of the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals in Heart Care. As more women self-manage their care and seek providers they can trust, the Women’s Choice Award is the only distinction that identifies the nation’s best health-care institutions and signifies UC Davis Medical Center’s commitment and passion for creating an extraordinary health-care experience. [en español]
February 11, 2014
UC Davis students, faculty, staff and the community can join a national dance movement better known as Dance Marathon. This eight-hour Children's Miracle Network fundraiser features live music, dance acts, food and drink and more. All proceeds benefit UC Davis Children's Hospital.
February 4, 2014
Duane Hicks, manager of Parking and Transportation Services at UC Davis Medical Center, has received the Parking Professional of the Year Award from the California Public Parking Association.
February 2, 2014
Governments could slow — and even reverse — the growing epidemic of obesity by taking measures to counter fast food consumption, according to a study published today in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.
January 29, 2014
Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic. Almost one-third of children in this country are overweight or obese, but how can we stem the tide? One idea is to use electronic health records (EHRs) to help clinicians intervene more aggressively. Programmed alerts could spur caregivers to order key tests and educate patients and families. But how does this approach work in the real world?
January 27, 2014
UC Davis Health System is in the process of notifying approximately 1,800 patients that emails containing their personal or medical information may have been compromised by an Internet phishing scam that affected three UC Davis clinicians in mid-December.
January 24, 2014
The University of California, Davis, studies the heart, treats the heart and promotes heart health in a big, big way, to be demonstrated Friday, Feb. 7, when thousands of students, staff and faculty will try to set a new world record for largest heart formation.
January 23, 2014
James A. Purdy, UC Davis professor emeritus in the UC Davis Department of Radiation Oncology, has been given the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
January 21, 2014
Three UC Davis physicians are among the nation’s first doctors to become board certified in clinical informatics, a new medical subspecialty created to help broaden and professionalize the health information technology workforce.
January 17, 2014
University of California, Davis, experts are available for comment on various aspects of the Olympic Games — from luge and snowboarding safety to winter sports injury treatment and prevention
January 15, 2014
UC Davis Medical Center joins the ranks of elite clinical-care institutions in the nation with its new Magnet Recognition Program® status, which was granted this week by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
January 14, 2014
The UC Davis Transplant Center — one of the nation’s premier transplant programs — has opened a new clinic in Fresno to expand access to kidney and pancreas transplant care in Central California.
January 10, 2014
Katherine A. Rauen, professor in the Department of Pediatrics and a physician-scientist affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute and UC Davis Children’s Hospital, has received a 2013 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.
January 9, 2014
UC Davis Children’s Hospital will open a new clinic this month to provide information and counseling to parents who are considering choosing not to immunize their children.
January 6, 2014
Even though obesity affects women and men equally, a UC Davis study shows that obese women are four times more likely than obese men to seek weight-loss surgery. When they do see a bariatric surgeon, male patients tend to be older, more obese and sicker than women.