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Kohl's to donate $450,000 to UC Davis Children's Hospital

October 17, 2017

Kohl’s Cares will donate $450,000 over two years to the UC Davis Children’s Hospital's Kohl’s Injury Prevention program. The program will support three strategies in the Sacramento community: to educate teen drivers on safe driving, educate families on childhood safety in and around cars, and educate violently injured and at-risk youth, identified through the UC Davis trauma program, on violence avoidance strategies.

Fernandez y Garcia receives best poster award at International Conference on Communication in Healthcare

October 17, 2017

Erik Fernandez y Garcia, associate professor of clinical pediatrics at UC Davis Children's Hospital, has been awarded the best poster presentation at the 2017 International Conference on Communication in Healthcare and Health Literacy Annual Research Conference in Baltimore this month.

Children's Miracle Network at UC Davis partners with Lazer Broadcasting Group for radiothon Oct. 25-27

October 17, 2017

Children's Miracle Network at UC Davis will kick off its radiothon with Lazer Broadcasting Group Oct. 25-27 to raise funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Stations will broadcast a mix of patient stories, facts and interviews into regular programming to raise awareness of and funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. 

Hundreds turn out for Betty Irene Moore Hall grand opening celebration

October 16, 2017

More than 500 people gathered Friday to celebrate the grand opening of Betty Irene Moore Hall at the UC Davis Sacramento campus.

What physicians can do to stop mass shootings and firearm violence

October 16, 2017

In the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting, many ask what can be done to prevent these tragedies. In an editorial and article published Oct. 16, Annals of Internal Medicine editors along with Garen Wintemute, an emergency room physician and authority on gun violence prevention, urge physicians and health-care providers to make public commitments to ask patients about firearms, counsel them on safe firearm behaviors and take further action when an imminent hazard is present.

Lecture highlights the need for truth in biomedical research

October 12, 2017

John P.A. Ioannidis, a leader in encouraging fresh and effective approaches in evidence-based research and clinical investigations, will speak on “Biomedical Research: The False and the True, the Waste and the Useful” as the UC Davis Health Snively Visiting Professor in Family and Community Medicine.

Build-a-Bear brings smiles to UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

October 12, 2017

Sometimes a bear hug is just what the doctor ordered. And today was a day of bear hugs (and bat hugs, cat hugs and monkey hugs). Build-a-Bear Workshop in Roseville brought all of these stuffed animals, as well as plenty of clothes, beating hearts and stuffed animal-sized backpacks, to the pediatric patients at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

In Memoriam: Richard W. Katzberg

October 10, 2017

Department of Radiology faculty and staff are mourning the passing of Richard Katzberg, a former professor and department chair who passed away in South Carolina last month at the age of 71.

Noncompliance thwarts comprehensive background check policy for private-party sales, study finds

October 9, 2017

Of the three states that recently expanded comprehensive background check (CBC) policies to include all gun transfers, including those among private parties, only Delaware showed an overall increase in firearm background checks. Washington and Colorado had no changes, which the study authors say suggests that compliance and enforcement were incomplete.

"Smart" immune cells: Emerging cancer therapy research at UC Davis receives a boost with NIH award

October 6, 2017

Assistant Professor Sean Collins, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, has received a $1.5 million award from the National Institutes of Health to advance the development of “smart” immune cells for therapies to treat cancer and other diseases. The five-year NIH Director’s New Innovator Award aims to provide new insight into how to engineer immune cells to control their recruitment and response to tumors.

Meyers appointed to governor's precision medicine committee

October 6, 2017

Fred Meyers has been appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Precision Medicine, a new group of experts that will contribute to the state’s continuing efforts to use advanced computing and technology to better understand, treat and prevent disease.

UC Davis, CIRM host free patient-advocate event on stem cell therapies, Oct. 10

October 6, 2017

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and UC Davis are hosting a free patient advocate event about how stem cell therapies are helping patients with unmet medical needs. The event is open to the public.

Public lecture: Psychotherapist shares his family's journey with mental illness

October 6, 2017

Stephen Hindshaw shares his family’s journey with mental illness — and his vision to remove the stigma — at a free public lecture sponsored by the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at UC Davis on Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m.

UC Davis, NEC Society launch major project to examine the use of probiotics in vulnerable preemies

October 5, 2017

Thanks to the leadership of Mark Underwood, chief of neonatology at UC Davis Children's Hospital, and the NEC Society’s Scientific Advisory Council, the NEC Society is launching a Multi-NICU Probiotic Quality Improvement (QI) Project. It is the first project of its kind to capture data from NICUs that are ready to start routine administration of probiotics to very low birthweight infants (VLBWs) at risk for necrotizing enterocolitis.

2017-2018 MIND Institute Distinguished Lecture Series begins Oct. 11

October 4, 2017

The UC Davis MIND Institute kicks off its 2017-2018 Distinguished Lecturer Series this month with Urs Meyer, pharmacology professor at the University of Zurich. Meyer’s presentation, “Maternal Infection and Immunity in Neurodevelopmental Disorders,” will take place Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. at the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. This event is open to the public and no reservations are required.

2017-2018 Human Genomics Seminar Series starts Oct. 4

October 3, 2017

UC Davis Children's Hospital, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UC Davis Genome Center are hosting the 2017-2018 Human Genomics Seminar Series, a monthly series focusing on genomic medicine topics, led by UC Davis faculty. Seminars will be held the first Wednesday of every month at noon at the Center for Health and Technology, room 1341.

UC Davis Children's Hospital receives the 2018 Women's Choice Award

October 2, 2017

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been named as a Best Children’s Hospital  and Best Children’s Hospital for Emergency Care by the Women’s Choice Award, America’s trusted referral source for the best in health care.

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UC Davis Children's Hospital re-verified as Level I Children's Surgery Center by American College of Surgeons

September 29, 2017

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been re-verified as a Level I Children’s Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) for the next two years. The designation from the ACS Children’s Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program focuses on the nation’s first and only multi-specialty standards of surgical care for pediatric patients. UC Davis Children's Hospital remains the first hospital on the West Coast, and only the fourth in the nation, to earn this distinction.

"Exercise in the Fight Against Alzheimer's" lecture Oct. 5

September 29, 2017

Jeff Burns of the Kansas University Alzheimer’s Disease Center will present “Exercise in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s” on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center auditorium, 4501 X St. in Sacramento. This is last of the 2017 Community Engagement lecture series hosted by the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center and sponsored by Sunrise Senior Living, Aegis of Carmichael, Revere Court and Norwood Pines Alzheimer’s Care Center. 

UC Davis receives $8 million to expand access to stem cell clinical trials

September 28, 2017

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine today awarded a nearly $8 million grant to University of California, Davis, stem cell researchers to launch a special clinical trials program in Sacramento to accelerate the therapeutic development and delivery of stem cell therapies in human patients.

2017-2018 Minds Behind the MIND lecture series announced

September 28, 2017

Beginning in October, the UC Davis MIND Institute will host Minds Behind the MIND, a lecture series featuring leading researchers and clinicians who will present their current research and new treatment findings. Lectures will be held Wednesday evenings in the MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento beginning Oct. 4.

Spirit Halloween gives back to UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 27, 2017

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

$3.3 million grant funds early detection of pancreatic cancer

September 27, 2017

UC Davis researchers, led by Julie Sutcliffe, have received a $3.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to advance efforts to diagnose pancreatic cancer before it spreads.

UC Davis hosts grand opening celebration for Betty Irene Moore Hall

September 26, 2017

Leaders of UC Davis, along with leaders from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, UC Davis Health and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, plan a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting for Betty Irene Moore Hall at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 13 on the UC Davis Sacramento campus.

Special Education Rights and Assessments presented in Spanish September 30

September 25, 2017

The Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD), part of the UC Davis MIND Institute, will host “Sus Derechos de Educación Especial” (Special Education Rights and Assessments) on Saturday, Sept. 30 at the MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. The lecture will be given by multicultural affairs advocate Vanessa Ochoa and client rights advocate Brittnee Gillespie, both of Disability Rights California.  

Too little is known about the compounds in wildfire smoke

September 25, 2017

How do fire-suppression chemicals and pesticides affect wildfire smoke and the health of those who breathe it? UC Davis graduate students discovered that this question cannot be answered based on current scientific evidence and, in a review published in Current Topics in Toxicology, they recommend more studies on the compounds in wildfire smoke.

Children's Hospital patient meets Marvel superhero stars

September 22, 2017

Four-year-old Jonathan Hunt has proven that he has the stuff that superheroes are made of. The Fair Oaks resident experienced a stroke in January, after a freak accident on a trampoline left him paralyzed on his right side and unable to walk. After six weeks of hospitalization and daily physical, speech and occupational therapy at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, Johnathan was able to walk out the front doors of the hospital on his own and he continues with outpatient therapy.

Walmart and Sam's Club kick off CMN fundraising campaign for UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 20, 2017

Sam's Club and Walmart are kicking off their annual Miracle Balloon campaign by asking customers to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and its local hospital, UC Davis Children’s Hospital, from Sept. 21 to Oct. 29. Customers can donate $1 or more when they check out at the register.

Fall prevention documentary includes UC Davis Health experts

September 15, 2017

Public television station KVIE begins airing the documentary “Before the Fall” on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. The documentary includes strategies for treating and reducing the risks of falls from UC Davis Health experts Mark Lee, professor of orthopaedic surgery, and Christy Adams, trauma prevention coordinator and co-founder of the StopFalls Coalition.

University of California Cancer Consortium takes on California's $14 billion killer

September 11, 2017

The University of California’s five academic cancer centers, including the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, have formed a consortium to better address California’s most pressing cancer-related problems and opportunities, UC President Janet Napolitano and Dr. John Stobo, executive vice president of UC Health, announced Sept. 11.

Entravision Radiothon raises $182,960 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 11, 2017

Entravision and Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis announced that $182,960 was raised for UC Davis Children’s Hospital during its 72-hour Radiothon last month.

Folic acid may mitigate autism risk from pesticides

September 8, 2017

Researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have shown that mothers who take recommended amounts of folic acid around conception reduce their children’s pesticide-related autism risk.

UC Davis MIND Institute wins coveted ACE grant

September 7, 2017

The UC Davis MIND Institute has been awarded a 5-year, $12 million Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE) grant, one of five in the nation, to create a “Center for the Development of Phenotype-based Treatments of Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

"Doctor PE" deepens K-6 students' connections with health

September 6, 2017

When Walnut Grove Elementary School principal Carrie Norris was viewing her students’ Valentine’s Day art honoring what they love most, among the tributes to parents, friends and pets was one for “Doctor PE.” That student was referring to a unique and popular program that brings UC Davis family and community medicine residents to her school twice each week to teach physical education.

How behavior influences cognitive health topic of Community Engagement Series lecture

September 5, 2017

Robert Wilson, professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences and Department of Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center, will speak about “Behavioral Contributions to Cognitive Health” on Thursday, Sept. 14 the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento.

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UC Davis Health and Elica Health Centers Announce New Affiliation

August 31, 2017

UC Davis Health and Elica Health Centers have established a new affiliation agreement that will provide high quality, affordable health care to thousands of people in the Sacramento-area community.

Gun safety recommendations for parents

August 31, 2017

In the United States, one in three homes with young children have guns, many which are unlocked and unloaded. To protect children, UC Davis Children’s Hospital reminds parents to keep firearms out of children’s reach and offers these recommendations.

Knoepfler awarded second Alex's Lemonade Stand research grant

August 30, 2017

UC Davis stem cell scientist Paul Knoepfler has been awarded a second $250,000 grant for glioma research from an organization begun 15 years ago by a 5-year-old girl with a deadly form of childhood cancer.

The understudied consequences of peripheral neuropathy after chemotherapy

August 29, 2017

In two papers published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute researchers from UC Davis, UCLA and other institutions have found that peripheral neuropathy, which causes pain, numbness, and tingling in hands and/or feet, can bother early-stage breast cancer patients years after completing chemotherapy. In addition, a systematic literature review found only a handful of studies that tracked long-term peripheral neuropathy, leaving little data for patients and clinicians to make informed decisions.

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group begins Sept. 20

August 28, 2017

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.

Stem cell treatment for children with spina bifida helps dogs first

August 24, 2017

A pair of English bulldog puppies are the first patients to be successfully treated with a unique therapy — a combination of surgery and stem cells — developed at the University of California, Davis, to help preserve lower-limb function in children with spina bifida.

UC Davis Pediatric Telehealth Colloquium set for Oct. 23-24

August 23, 2017

UC Davis Health will host the Pediatric Telehealth Colloquium on Oct. 23-24 at the UC Davis Conference Center in Davis.

CMN Mediathon on ABC10 raises $573,586 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

August 21, 2017

After a 19-hour Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® Mediathon on ABC10 KXTV, the final totals revealed that Mediathon viewers and partners raised $573,586 for UC Davis Children's Hospital, the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital in Sacramento.

Before sarcoma surgery - radiation

August 18, 2017

UC Davis researchers have shown that radiation therapy before surgery improves overall survival for patients with soft tissue sarcomas. This pre-surgical, or neoadjuvant, radiotherapy allows surgeons to get better margins around tumors and remove even microscopic cancer tissue more often. The study was published recently  in the Annals of Surgical Oncology.

Study of California kidney cancer shows declining incidence, end of a trend

August 18, 2017

A review of kidney cancer in California from 1988 through 2013 by the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) has concluded that the high incidence of small tumors and early-stage disease observed in California from 1988 until about 2009 has declined and stabilized in recent years, signaling the end of a trend.

Healthy living for healthy aging talk in Vietnamese set for Sept. 11

August 16, 2017

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, in conjunction with Asian Resources, Inc. and the Alzheimer’s Association will host an event on research exploring the connections between brain and body at a free event Monday, Sept. 11 from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

UC Davis Medical Center receives Excellence in Life Support Award

August 15, 2017

UC Davis Medical Center has received the Gold Level ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) for its Extracorporeal Life Support Program. The program provides lifesaving support for failing organ systems in infants, children and adults.

UC Davis programs to focus on pain management

August 11, 2017

Three educational programs are now open to primary care providers with an interest in strengthening their skills in pain management and responsible opioid prescribing:

Papa Murphy's pizzas to support UC Davis Children's Hospital -- Aug. 18-19

August 11, 2017

Get ready for $5 Take ‘N’ Bake pizzas next Friday morning, Aug. 18, in parking lot #3 (near the corner of 45th and X streets) at the medical center.

Impulsivity in teens, young adults subject of $3.7 million UC Davis grant

August 11, 2017

Julie Schweitzer, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and UC Davis MIND Institute researcher, has received a $3.7 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to track impulsivity and self-control in teens and young adults over time.

UC Davis Medical Center now offers moms nitrous oxide during labor

August 10, 2017

Laughing gas, also known as nitrous oxide, is not just for the dentist’s office. UC Davis Medical Center is now offering nitrous oxide as a pain relief option for mothers during labor. Mothers can breathe in this colorless, odorless nitrous oxide gas -- a blend of nitrous and oxygen -- using a mask that they hold over their mouth and nose to help them relax during contractions.

Children's Miracle Network partners with Entravision for Radiothon Aug. 17-19

August 9, 2017

Children's Miracle Network at UC Davis will kick off its Radiothon with Entravision Aug. 17-19 to raise funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Stations will broadcast a mix of patient stories, facts and interviews into regular programming to raise awareness of and funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. 

Lecture explores whether health and wellness classes can improve brain function

August 9, 2017

Juliana Baldo, associate director of the Center for Aphasia and Related Disorders at the Northern California Veterans Administration, will speak about alternative medicine approaches to brain health at a free public lecture on Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th Street in Sacramento.

One of America's top hospitals

August 8, 2017

U.S. News & World Report, which annually recognizes hospitals that excel in treating patients with serious and challenging injuries and illnesses, has again ranked UC Davis Medical Center as one of the nation's best hospitals.

For one couple, giving life extends beyond family

August 7, 2017

Kidney donor Missy Ewing had the chance to meet her organ recipient for the first time at a recent UC Davis Transplant Center celebration. It was the second lifesaving act of generosity for the Ewing family. Her husband, Chris, became a kidney donor three years ago and launched a series of organ swaps between unmatched donor-recipient pairs that led to four people getting transplants.

Leader in cross-cultural care heads general medicine at UC Davis Health

August 1, 2017

Shin-Ping Tu, a national expert on improving health care delivery and cross-cultural medical care, has become chief of the Division of General Medicine at UC Davis Health. She leads a team of nearly 40 physicians who provide comprehensive treatment to adults and research innovative ways to advance patient care, train physicians and improve health policy.

How UC Davis surgical team saved mom, baby's life without blood transfusion

August 1, 2017

During Karine Petrosyan’s pregnancy, she developed a series of very rare and serious conditions, which threatened both her and her baby’s life. 

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Health plans that shared best practices improved hypertension control for low-income Californians

July 31, 2017

Health plans that collaborated to share best practices and successful strategies for treating patients diagnosed with hypertension saw significant improvement in controlling high blood pressure, a study by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and UC Davis Institute of Population Health Improvement (IPHI) has found.

2017 Dave and Dan Classic raises more than $1.273 million for children's hospitals including UC Davis Children's Hospital

July 31, 2017

This year’s fifth annual Dave and Dan Classic, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union, raised more than $1.273 million to support Credit Unions for Kids, benefiting six Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, including UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Med student focusing on brain research awarded 2017 O'Connor research grant

July 28, 2017

John Paul Aboubechara, a fifth-year student in the combined M.D./Ph.D. program at UC Davis School of Medicine, has been honored with this year’s Daniel T. O’Connor, M.D., Memorial Research Grant.

Massive study launched to test personalized approach to breast cancer screening

July 26, 2017

Sorting out when or whether to get mammograms can be perplexing for any woman, and a health provider’s advice may not settle the matter. That’s because even experts disagree about when screening mammography is appropriate and for whom.

UC Davis nursing professor named Gerontological Society of America fellow

July 26, 2017

Debra Bakerjian, an associate adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, is among the 72 new fellows of the Gerontological Society of America. Leaders of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging announced this year’s class at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics World Congressin San Francisco July 25.

UC Davis to lead $14 million Alzheimer's disease study in Latinos

July 25, 2017

The University of California has been awarded a nearly $14.7 million multi-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study contributors to dementia in the Latino population in the United States. The multicenter study will examine the biological underpinnings of stroke, mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease among Hispanics, and pursue new therapeutic directions to reduce brain health disparities.  

UC Davis liderará estudio de $14 millones sobre la enfermedad de Alzheimer entre latinos

July 25, 2017

La Universidad de California ha recibido una subvención de casi $14.7 millones, distribuida entre varios años, de los Institutos Nacionales de la Salud a fin de estudiar los factores que contribuyen en la demencia entre la población latina en los Estados Unidos. El estudio entre múltiples centros examinará los fundamentos biológicos de los accidentes cerebrovasculares, las discapacidades cognitivas leves y la enfermedad de Alzheimer entre los hispanos, y procurará nuevas vías terapéuticas para reducir las disparidades en la salud del cerebro.

UC Firearm Violence Prevention Research Center launched at UC Davis

July 24, 2017

The University of California Firearm Violence Research Center at UC Davis’ Sacramento campus officially launched July 4 under the direction of Garen Wintemute, a professor of emergency medicine and recognized authority on the epidemiology of firearm violence. 

Miracle Treat Day benefits UC Davis Children's Hospital on July 27

July 21, 2017

On Thursday, July 27, in celebration of Miracle Treat Day, participating Dairy Queen® locations in Sacramento will come together to raise funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. 

UC Davis-led group receives $17 million NCI grant

July 19, 2017

Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC) investigators have received a $17 million program project grant renewal from the National Cancer Institute to study the effectiveness of different breast cancer screening and surveillance strategies using digital mammography, digital breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography), and breast MRI. Co-led by UC Davis researcher and Dean's Professor of Biostatistics Diana Miglioretti, the consortium seeks to ensure that women get personalized care based on their individual risk and preferences.

Clinical trial shows some promise for Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug

July 18, 2017

The results of an international clinical trial, led in part by a UC Davis School of Medicine expert, have shown that a drug therapy for a severe type of muscular dystrophy holds promise for a subgroup of patients.

Study quantifying oral antibiotic overprescribing in outpatient settings receives CDC national award

July 14, 2017

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adverse drug events from antibiotics result in roughly 143,000 emergency department visits each year nationwide. A research study, co-authored by emergency medicine associate professor Larissa May and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2016, has been selected for the 2017 Charles C. Shepard Science Award in the Assessment category.

Kuppermann gets award of a lifetime

July 14, 2017

The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) recently honored Nate Kuppermann with more than just a lifetime award for meritorious accomplishments in research and mentorship.

One-of-a-kind physician training blends family medicine with obstetrics

July 13, 2017

The nation’s first and only fully integrated family medicine and obstetrics medical residency program recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Known as the UC Davis Family Medicine/Obstetrics (FMOB) Residency, the program trains doctors in the “whole family” approach of family medicine together with the intricacies of labor and delivery.

Kristin Hoffman named 2017 Eli Gold Prize recipient

July 13, 2017

Kristin Hoffman, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, has been awarded the 2017 Eli Gold Prize this month.

The benefits of breast milk on gut health topic of July 27 presentation

July 13, 2017

How can our bodies have protection against infections and the protection that comes from healthy intestinal bacteria? Mark Underwood, chief of neonatology at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, will discuss how the components of human breast milk help provide answers to these questions on Thursday, July 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Old Soul @ 40 Acres, 3434 Broadway in Sacramento.

Chronic liver inflammation linked to Western diet, mouse study finds

July 12, 2017

A new study published today in The American Journal of Pathologyfound  that mice fed a high-fat, high-sugar Western diet developed hepatic inflammation, which was more common in males than females and most pronounced in mice that also lacked a bile acid receptor known as farnesoid x receptor, or FXR.

Bertakis named distinguished professor

July 12, 2017

Klea Bertakis, professor of family and community medicine, has received the honorary title of distinguished professor, in recognition of her exceptional level of scholarship and excellence in teaching

Life-saving Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program extended 5 years

July 11, 2017

In a decisive move by the Governor and Legislature, the University of California Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program (UCBCP) has been extended through 2022. The program enables mothers of newborns to donate their babies’ umbilical cord blood and have it publicly banked so it is available to anyone for lifesaving transplantations.

Camp MIND helps children enhance social skills, develop new friendships

July 10, 2017

The little brown-haired girl looked shyly at the man behind the counter at the café and took a breath.

How food can help prevent Alzheimer's disease topic of July 20 lecture

July 10, 2017

Rosane Oliveira, founding director of the UC Davis Integrative Medicine Program, will speak about how diet can affect brain health at a free public lecture on July 20 at 6 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th Street in Sacramento.

UC Davis physician honored for Huntington's disease work

July 10, 2017

The Northern California chapter of Huntington’s Disease Society of American (HDSA) has honored UC Davis Health’s Lorin Scher for his outstanding service to the Huntington’s disease community in the Sacramento region.

Howell to receive Papanicolaou Award for outstanding achievements in cytopathology

July 6, 2017

Lydia Pleotis Howell, a national leader known for her work to improve women's health, will receive the American Society of Cytopathology’s most prestigious honor, the Papanicolaou Award, at the annual scientific meeting in Phoenix on Nov. 12.

Alex's story

July 3, 2017

Estella Mendoza of Dixon was 15 weeks pregnant in September 2016 when a routine blood test and an ultrasound examination detected a serious abnormality: her fetus had myelomeningocele, a form of spina bifida.

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A surprise gift to help millions

June 30, 2017

UC Davis Health today announced receiving a $2.6 million gift from the estate of the late Robert H. Putnam to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

UC Davis Health, Sacramento Fire partnering to improve emergency care for children

June 28, 2017

UC Davis Health and the Sacramento City Fire Department have established a research partnership that aims to improve care for sick and injured children during and after an emergency transport.

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

June 27, 2017

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Reportamong the nation’s top hospitals in five pediatric subspecialties. UC Davis ranked 16th in neonatology, 23rd in nephrology, and 41st in diabetes and endocrinology. UC Davis Children's Hospital  also ranked 18th in orthopaedics and 26th in urology, in collaboration with Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California

Children's Hospital's online newsletter published today

June 27, 2017

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

Register for Duck Dash: Proceeds benefit UC Davis Child Life

June 26, 2017

The fifth annual Duck Dash will take place Saturday, Aug. 12, 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.

New grant aims to improve and broaden schools' practices for children with autism

June 23, 2017

The UC Davis MIND Institute has received a 3-year, $1.4 million grant to study how to build a statewide network to improve use of evidence-based practices for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

Researchers validate mouse model for autism

June 22, 2017

Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital have confirmed that mice without the Shank3B protein model aspects of brain physiology and behavioral symptoms observed in people with autism. The findings confirm that Shank3B knockout mice provide a valuable research tool for future efforts to develop new therapies. The study, supported by Autism Speaks, was published in the journal Molecular Autism.

Crocker Art Museum partners with UC Davis pain management expert for summer art meditation series

June 22, 2017

In support and acknowledgement of the Crocker Art Museum’s work to benefit the community through art-based wellness programs, the Museum is pleased to announce it has been awarded a Hemera Foundation grant to bolster its efforts, and introduce a new, 3-week, introductory Artful Meditation course, starting June 25.

Study debunks claim of greatly improved survival rate for gunshot victims

June 22, 2017

The survival rate of U.S. gunshot victims has not shown a marked improvement, as other recent studies have suggested, according to new research from Duke University and the University of California, Davis.

East Wing fire and life safety upgrades to begin in early July 2017

June 22, 2017

Improvements to the fire and life-safety infrastructure for the East Wing of the hospital is set to begin July 10, 2017 and extend through November 2019. Work to improve the infrastructure will be done in phases throughout select areas of the East Wing, including corridors, stairways, rooftop mechanical spaces and patient floors.

UC Davis Health hosts migrant student workshop

June 20, 2017

UC Davis Health welcomes 145 migrant high school students Sunday, June 25 for a day of tours, talks and opportunities to learn more about medical science from students, fellows and faculty.

Surviving summer with chronic lung disease

June 19, 2017

UC Davis pulmonary health and air quality experts offer advice for saving your breath during times of high heat and poor air quality, which can be extremely challenging for those with COPD, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and other lung conditions.

UC Davis nursing school hosts graduation celebration

June 16, 2017

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis lauded the accomplishments of 61 master’s-degree students and nine doctoral candidates at its sixth graduation celebration.

Immigrant farmworkers less likely to use SNAP, study shows

June 15, 2017

The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — formerly known as “food stamps” — that helps low-income individuals and families purchase food is less likely to be used by farmworkers eligible for the benefit who are immigrants, Hispanic, male, childless or residing in California, new research from UC Davis health economists shows.

The Incredible Hulk's Lou Ferrigno, other superheroes visit UC Davis Children's Hospital

June 15, 2017

UC Davis Children’s Hospital became even more super when The Incredible Hulk’s Lou Ferrigno and West Coast Avengers superheroes Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, Iron-Man, Batgirl and Black Widow visited pediatric patients this morning.

Certain vitamins can help prevent age-related cognitive decline

June 15, 2017

Joshua Miller, professor and chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, will speak about the role vitamins can play in preventing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia at a free public lecture on June 29 at 6 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th Street in Sacramento.

Ultrasound for children with abdominal trauma

June 13, 2017

Despite evidence showing that the routine use of sonography in hospital emergency departments can safely improve care for adults when evaluating for possible abdominal trauma injuries, researchers at UC Davis Medical Center could not identify any significant improvements in care for pediatric trauma patients.

UC Davis nursing graduate students showcase scholarly work at academic symposium

June 8, 2017

From preparing health workers for better emergency response and improving monitoring for those with hypertension to restoring dignity to homeless women and identifying mental health access for young victims of trauma, the scope of work undertaken by students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis ranges from clinical to community, from birth to end of life.

The virtual health care provider will see you now

June 7, 2017

When Kristine Seraspi’s allergies advanced to include a cough, she weighed her options. Try to find time in her busy schedule to squeeze in an appointment with her primary care physician or check out UC Davis Health’s Virtual Clinic, a secure online diagnosis and treatment service that connects patients with practitioners on demand.

Peer group intervention can encourage inclusion of kids with ADHD

June 7, 2017

Amori Mikami, associate professor and clinical psychologist at the University of British Columbia, will speak about ways to increase inclusion of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in peer groups at a free public lecture June 14 at 4:30 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento.

How treating a dog's tumors may help in the fight against human cancer

June 6, 2017

With its internationally renowned school of veterinary medicine and its NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center, UC Davis is uniquely positioned to harness the power of each to tackle one of life’s greatest challenges: cancer.

How gender, diet, microbiota and molecules contribute to metabolic disease and liver cancer

June 6, 2017

Researchers at UC Davis Health and other institutions have shown that gender differences in mice microbiota can modulate the risk of developing metabolic disease and liver cancer. In addition, the team found that a bile acid receptor protein, called FXR, has a profound impact on mouse microbiota and bile acid profiles and is differentially expressed based on gender. The study was published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Sacramento Republic FC players deliver new doctor kits to pediatric patients

June 2, 2017

Sacramento Republic FC players and staff delivered donated toy doctor kits at UC Davis Children’s Hospital and visited with pediatric patients this week. The professional soccer team hosted a drive this spring, inviting staff and fans to donate toy doctor kits.

Gandara named "Giant of Cancer Care"

June 2, 2017

David R. Gandara, professor and director of thoracic oncology at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named a “Giant of Cancer Care” in lung cancer by OncLive in recognition of his work to advance the field of oncology through his contributions in research and clinical practice.

High temperatures pose danger to kids, pets left in cars

June 1, 2017

With summer just around the corner, it’s important to remember that it is never safe for a child or pet to be left alone in a car – even if the windows are rolled down.

Beyond broken bones, CTs also detect frailty and predict survival

June 1, 2017

Using computed tomography (CT) to evaluate muscle health may help identify optimal treatments for older patients who fall and break their hips, a new study led by radiologists from UC Davis and Wake Forest Baptist medical centers has found.

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Technology helps NICU families stay connected with their newborns at UC Davis Children's Hospital

May 30, 2017

One of the challenges for families with a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is that hospitalizations can be very long and many families are unable to be at the bedside as much as they would like as they return to work and care for other children. UC Davis neonatologist Kristin Hoffman and IT technical supervisor George Wu have developed a program for parents to view their infants remotely when they were unable to be in the NICU.

Singing is powerful medicine at UC Davis

May 25, 2017

UC Davis pulmonary rehabilitation patients performed pieces they learned through singing therapy on May 24 in the lobby of UC Davis Medical Center. The group, who call themselves “Rockin’ Rehab,” sang patriotic numbers in honor of Memorial Day in addition to old standards.

UC Davis study finds morning huddle improves patient flow

May 25, 2017

Patient flow improved after the implementation of a daily morning huddle, according to a UC Davis study published in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing.

McGahan honored for lifetime achievement

May 24, 2017

The Society of Abdominal Radiology has honored John P. McGahan, professor of radiology, with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Understanding changes in the brain can help prevent Alzheimer's disease

May 24, 2017

Charles DeCarli, director of the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, will speak about healthy brain aging at a free public lecture on May 25 at 6 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th Street in Sacramento.

UC Davis signs agreement to license novel CT scanning technology

May 24, 2017

UC Davis has signed a licensing agreement providing Isotropic Imaging Corporation the rights to commercialize a novel computed tomography (CT) scanner that has the potential to improve breast cancer detection and positively impact women’s health.

Teen artists put their talents and passions to work for 'donate life'

May 19, 2017

Competitors in the third annual Sacramento Regional Donate Life Visual Arts Contest shared their winning poster and video entries and were recognized with cash prizes at a ceremony held May 11 at UC Davis Medical Center.

UC Davis School of Medicine celebrates 46th Commencement

May 18, 2017

One hundred and two UC Davis School of Medicine students become doctors tomorrow following the school’s 2017 commencement ceremony on the university’s Davis campus.

UC Davis School of Medicine faculty honored for outstanding achievements

May 18, 2017

A pulmonary health researcher and an orthopaedic surgeon have received two of the UC Davis School of Medicine’s highest faculty honors — the Hibbard Williams Extraordinary Achievement Award and the C. John Tupper Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

UC Davis Children's Hospital partners with Sacramento Native American Health Center

May 16, 2017

UC Davis Children's Hospital this week announces its partnership with the Sacramento Native American Health Center (SNAHC). UC Davis physicians and residents are now seeing pediatric patients at the clinic's J Street medical office.  

Alliance calls to eliminate lead poisoning in American children by 2021

May 15, 2017

An alliance of leading scientists, health professionals and children’s advocates known as Project TENDR has recommended new national goals for protecting American children from lead poisoning. In a viewpoint published today in JAMA Pediatrics, three alliance members chart a course for better safeguarding children from lead poisoning within five years and eliminating lead exposures by 2030.

An extra special Mother's Day

May 12, 2017

On Mother’s Day last year, UC Davis cardiology patient Michelle Lasater received a heart transplant, ending an intense battle with pregnancy-related heart failure that began after giving birth to her daughter.

First of three department chair candidates to present, May 16

May 11, 2017

Cynthia Haq, professor of family medicine and population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, is a candidate for the position of chair of the UC Davis Health Department of Family and Community Medicine. She will present her vision for the department on May 16 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Education Building, Room 1204, at 4610 X St. in Sacramento.

In Memoriam: Robert E. Chason, former UC Davis Medical Center CEO

May 10, 2017

Former UC Davis Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Robert E. Chason passed away on May 8, 2017, following a brief illness. He was 73.

Brain aging, Alzheimer's disease prevention focus of UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center's Community Engagement Learning Series

May 9, 2017

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center launches its 2017 Community Engagement Learning Series, featuring UC Davis faculty and nationally-prominent researchers with expertise in the field of Alzheimer’s disease.

Research examines relationship between autism and genetic disease in children

May 8, 2017

Researcher and child neurologist Mustafa Sahin will speak about the relationship between the genetic disease tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) and autism in a free public lecture on May 17 at 4:30 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th Street in Sacramento.

UC Davis Duchenne team honored by national parent organization

May 5, 2017

The UC Davis Neuromuscular Research Center has been recognized as a Certified Duchenne Care Center by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy for national leadership in treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Kravitz honored by Society of General Internal Medicine

May 5, 2017

Richard Kravitz received the 2017 Elnora M. Rhodes SGIM Service Award during the Society of General Internal Medicine meeting held April 19 to 22 in Washington, D.C.

Celebrate National Nurses Week, May 6-12

May 5, 2017

UC Davis Medical Center will mark National Nurses Week 2017 with the annual Celebration of Nursing Excellence ceremony, Wednesday, May 10, at 11 a.m. at the Education Building. The celebration is open to all.

MIND Institute Open House reservations still open

May 4, 2017

The UC Davis MIND Institute open house will be held Saturday, May 6  from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and reservations are still available.

May is for Miracles at Costco as they raise funds for UC Davis Children's Hospital

May 4, 2017

Costco stores throughout Northern California are selling the iconic CMN paper “Miracle Balloons” to raise money for UC Davis Children’s Hospital as part of the Miracle Month of May. 2017 marks 30 years of Costco stores supporting Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals.

Kair awarded grant to study how breast pump access affects breastfeeding rates

May 3, 2017

Laura Kair, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at UC Davis, has received a $14,000 grant to study whether the distribution of breast pumps at hospital discharge improves exclusive breastfeeding rates among low-income, first-time mothers.

Warmer weather, open windows raise risk of kids falling

May 2, 2017

About 5,000 children are treated nationally inl emergency departments each year for window fall-related injuries. These falls and injuries tend to be more common during the spring and summer months, since people tend to open their windows during warm weather.

Emergency medicine physician to receive Distinguished Teaching Award from Academic Senate, May 9

May 2, 2017

John Richards, professor of emergency medicine at UC Davis School of Medicine, will receive a Distinguished Teaching Award for Graduate and Professional Education from the Academic Senate on May 9.

CMN Miracle Maker Sunday and Friendship Invitational raise $85,492 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

May 1, 2017

Golfers came together “fore” the kids at the 11th annual Friendship Invitational this month at the Granite Bay Golf Club.

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Less is best when treating burn patients with blood transfusions

April 26, 2017

Reducing by half the typical amount of blood provided through transfusions to burn patients makes no difference in terms of patient outcomes, a new multi-center study led by UC Davis researchers shows.

UC Davis cancer researcher receives Kimmel Scholar Award

April 25, 2017

Sean Collins, assistant professor of microbiology and molecular genetics in the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences, has received a Kimmel Scholar Award from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation.

Early cancer deaths linked to being single, living in a poor neighborhood

April 25, 2017

Patients in California hospitals were more likely to die within 60 days of being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia – a cancer of the blood and bone marrow – if they were unmarried, lived in a less-affluent neighborhood or lacked health insurance. The UC Davis study also found that patients treated at a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center were more likely to survive.

Department of Pediatrics hosts PAS Meeting reception on May 7

April 24, 2017

Faculty, alumni and friends are invited to attend the UC Davis Department of Pediatrics' reception at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting in San Francisco.

Be a part of Give Day!

April 20, 2017

Each April the UC Davis campus celebrates its much-beloved Picnic Day. This year, they're adding a new tradition -- UC Davis Give Day -- as a way to celebrate each other and the awesome community by giving to an area of UC Davis that is important to you.

Second cancers deadlier in young patients

April 20, 2017

Second cancers in children and adolescents and young adults (AYA) are far deadlier than they are in older adults and may partially account for the relatively poor outcomes of cancer patients ages 15-39 overall, a new study by UC Davis researchers has found.

Groundbreaking event celebrates level I verification, vision for new UC Davis Children's Surgery Center

April 19, 2017

More than a hundred attendees had a sneak peek of the new UC Davis Children’s Surgery Center at this week's groundbreaking event and level I children’s surgery verification celebration.

UC Davis School of Nursing launches Family Caregiving Institute

April 18, 2017

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis launches a new Family Caregiving Institute, dedicated to the well-being of those who care for others, with a $5 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

New research on treatment for pediatric bipolar disorder focus of UC Davis lecture

April 17, 2017

While medication is a common treatment for adults who suffer from bipolar disorder, not much research has been done on this treatment in pediatric patients – until now.

UC Health receives Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award

April 14, 2017

UC Health, which includes the medical centers at UC Davis, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, UC Irvine and UC Los Angeles, has received the 2017 Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award from ECRI Institute in Plymouth Meeting, Penn.

UC Davis School of Nursing hosts Community Conversation on health care, technology

April 14, 2017

The fragmentation between the technology and health care worlds took center stage last night at a Community Conversation presented by the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis: “Why is my Smartphone Personalized, but my Health Care is Not?”

UC Davis Health's Specialty Pharmacy accredited, recognized for highest level of comprehensive quality care

April 12, 2017

The Specialty Pharmacy at UC Davis Health has been accredited through 2020 by URAC, an independent nonprofit organization and national leader in promoting health-care quality through accreditation, certification and measurement.

Road safety event scheduled for Friday, April 21

April 11, 2017

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and UC Davis Health is hosting a Road Safety event on Friday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held in the Education Building lobby, 4610 X Street, Sacramento.

Improving outcomes for adults with autism spectrum disorder

April 7, 2017

Adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will be the topic of the next Minds behind the MIND lecture on April 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. The lecture is free and open to the public.

UC Davis MIND Institute observes Autism Awareness Month

April 5, 2017

April is Autism Awareness Month, and the UC Davis MIND Institute has several events planned to help increase understanding of and provide resources to families affected by the disorder. All events will be held at the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento.

UC Davis Medical Center named a "Great Hospital in America"

April 4, 2017

UC Davis Medical Center ranks among the 100 Great Hospitals in America 2017, a distinction by Becker's Hospital Review that recognizes excellence, leadership and innovation in the hospital and health-care industry. The Great Hospitals 2017 list appears online today.

Finding signs of anxiety and autism early in infants with fragile X syndrome

April 4, 2017

Anxiety and autism are often key features of children with fragile X syndrome, but are not always identified early in life when treatments may be most effective.

Tips for preventing texting while driving

April 3, 2017

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and UC Davis Children’s Hospital is highlighting the dangers of texting while driving.

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Home sweet home: Formerly conjoined twins leave UC Davis Children's Hospital

March 29, 2017

After a nearly there-week stay at UC Davis Children's Hospital, Erika and Eva Sandoval have returned to their Antelope home. 

UC Davis Medical Center named Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality

March 29, 2017

For the seventh year in a row, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation has named UC Davis Medical Center a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.”

Hitting cancer with high-intensity ultrasound and immunotherapy

March 23, 2017

In a new study published today in JCI Insight, UC Davis researchers have shown that combining high-intensity focused ultrasound with two immunotherapies (a PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor and TLR9 agonist) can produce excellent response rates in mouse models of epithelial cancer. They also found that, for the combination to be effective, immunotherapies must come first.

Children's Hospital's online newsletter published today

March 23, 2017

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

Match Day 2017

March 22, 2017

UC Davis School of Medicine’s festive Match Day ceremony in Sacramento provided medical students with delight and anticipation that many say is more significant than commencement.

Telemedicine Saves Patients Time, Money

March 21, 2017

UC Davis patients avoided millions of miles of driving — and their associated financial and environmental costs — by getting their clinical care via videoconferencing, a new study by the UC Davis School of Medicine has found.

UC Davis music, pet and cuddle therapy programs featured in new KVIE documentary

March 21, 2017

Three UC Davis programs are featured in a new documentary produced by KVIE that explores non-pharmacological approaches to helping people heal.

Ads for low-testosterone treatments benefit sales but not necessarily health

March 21, 2017

Direct-to-consumer advertising for drugs to treat testosterone deficiency — or “low T” — increases prescriptions to men for hormone-replacement therapies but may not improve their health, UC Davis physician Richard Kravitz said in an editorial published in the March 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

TAVR program reaches a milestone

March 15, 2017

The cardiologists, nurses and technicians of Sacramento’s first transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) team celebrated a milestone on March 6. For five years, they have provided a minimally invasive treatment option to patients with aortic valve stenosis.

Wild Bill's Tattoo-a-thon raises $18,500 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

March 15, 2017

Wild Bill’s 16th annual Tattoo-a-thon raised $18,500 for UC Davis Children's Hospital. Thirty tattoo artists volunteered to work 16 hours during this year’s event on Feb. 25. All proceeds – including tips – were donated to UC Davis Children’s Hospital. 

U.S. News & World Report recognizes UC Davis School of Nursing as one of nation's top graduate schools

March 14, 2017

U.S. News & World Report names the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis among the nation’s best for master’s-degree nursing programs in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools.

UC Davis researchers investigate adult blood-clotting drug for use in severely injured children

March 14, 2017

UC Davis emergency medicine researchers have been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) to investigate the safety and efficacy of a drug known to stop bleeding in injured adults for use in cases of pediatric trauma.

UC Davis ranks among nation's top medical schools

March 14, 2017

U.S. News & World Report has ranked UC Davis School of Medicine among America's best medical schools for the quality of its educational programs in primary care and research. The annual listing appears today on the news magazine’s website and will be published in its guidebook, “America's Best Graduate Schools 2018.”

UC Davis study finds disparities in clinical trial consent process

March 13, 2017

Researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have found that clinicians in a multicenter pediatric trial failed to get consent from black and Hispanic parents at higher rates than white parents.

How H. pylori thrives in the highly acidic stomach

March 9, 2017

An international team of reseachers led by Thomas Borén at Umeå University and including Jay Solnick, professor internal medicine at UC Davis, has discovered the tmechanism that gives the bacteria such staying-power and ability to cause chronic infection.

Doctor kit toys and infant rattle drive hosted at Republic FC headquarters

March 8, 2017

UC Davis Children's Hospital is accepting doctor kit toys and infant rattle donations now through Tuesday, March 14 at the Republic FC headquarters in Sacramento.

Developing new collaborations and technologies

March 7, 2017

With a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), UC Davis and Boston University will focus on establishing partnerships with industry, academe and government that lead to the development of innovative biophotonic technologies for use in medicine and other scientific disciplines.

UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center sponsors Concepts in Congenital Cardiac Care symposium

March 7, 2017

The UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center will host its first Concepts in Congenital Cardiac Care symposium, a conference which will bring together medical experts and researchers, pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons, radiologists, sonographers and pediatric cardiac nurses to discuss the changing landscape of congenital cardiac care.

UC Davis joins national consortium to find regenerative treatments for dental and craniofacial tissues

March 7, 2017

UC Davis will join other California research institutions in a three-year, $12 million effort to find regenerative treatments for dental, oral and craniofacial deformities and injuries.

Doctors and patients often disagree on pain treatment goals

March 6, 2017

Disagreements between doctors and patients over the priorities of pain treatment are common during primary care office visits, new research from UC Davis Health shows. Patients hope to reduce pain intensity and identify the cause, while physicians aim to improve physical function and reduce medication side effects, including dependency.

Cerebrospinal fluid shows promise as autism biomarker

March 6, 2017

Researchers from the UC Davis MIND Institute, University of North Carolina (UNC) and other institutions have found that altered distribution of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in high-risk infants can predict whether they will develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study appears today in the journal Biological Psychiatry.

UC Davis licenses novel compound that helps stem cells regenerate bone

March 3, 2017

The University of California, Davis, has reached a licensing agreement with Regenerative Arthritis and Bone Medicine (RABOME) for a class of drugs developed at the university that hold potential for treating diseases associated with bone loss and inflammatory arthritis.

How one gene can worsen the effect of a pregnant woman's illness on the fetal brain

March 2, 2017

Professor and researcher Theo Palmer will speak about the relationship between maternal illness and autism genes in a free public lecture on March 8 at 4:30 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th Street in Sacramento.

Forum inspires women to take charge of their heart health

March 1, 2017

The newest member of the UC Davis cardiothoracic surgery team — Paul Perry — was also the newest presenter at this year’s Women’s Heart Care Forum, an annual event designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health.

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MIND Institute grant aims to help schools and clinics treat children with autism

February 24, 2017

Aubyn Stahmer, director of community-based treatment research at the UC Davis MIND Institute, has received a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study different ways to support training to providers who treat children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

First Tech Federal Credit Union donates $100,000 to UC Davis Children's Hospital

February 23, 2017

First Tech Federal Credit Union presented a $100,000 donation to UC Davis Children’s Hospital on February 1, 2017, with the donation specifically benefiting the new Children’s Surgery Center, scheduled to open in 2018.

Research linking obesity to immune function and disease gets funding boost

February 23, 2017

Researchers at UC Davis have received $3.2 million in federal funds to further investigate how obesity and inflammation affect the body’s immune system in fighting cancer.

Reducing Diagnostic Errors focus of 2017 Highman Lecture at UC Davis

February 23, 2017

Michael Laposata, a national expert on laboratory quality, including the better use of diagnostic tests and a focus on reducing errors, will deliver the 2017 Benjamin Highman Lecture on “Medical Errors: The Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.” The talk is Thursday, March 2, from 5 until 6 p.m. in the Education Building second floor auditorium, 4610 X Street, Sacramento. A reception follows in the lobby at 6 p.m. Register for the event on Eventbrite.

Surgeon publishes book on effective uses of skin flaps in complex reconstructions

February 23, 2017

Professor Lee L.Q. Pu has published the first comprehensive text on the variety of ways that flaps — or patches of tissue taken from one part of the body to repair another — can be effectively used in reconstructive plastic surgery.

Placenta provides time capsule for autism studies

February 21, 2017

In two recent studies, researchers at UC Davis have shown that the placenta can provide critical information about early changes to the intra-uterine environment that may influence fetal development and ultimately, children’s brains.

Adult ADHD topic of upcoming UC Davis MIND Institute lecture

February 16, 2017

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers Julie Schweitzer, Murat Pakyurek and Faye Dixon will speak on “Living with ADHD as an Adult: Updates on Research, Diagnosis and Treatment” on Feb. 22 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento.

UC Davis Health Vice Chancellor and Dean Julie Freischlag, M.D., accepts new position as president and CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

February 14, 2017

Vice Chancellor of Human Health Sciences and School of Medicine Dean Julie Freischlag will depart UC Davis Health at the end of April to take a new job as president and chief executive officer at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

UC Davis Medical Center to power portion of local facilities with 100 percent renewable energy

February 13, 2017

UC Davis Medical Centerannounced today that it has signed a new agreement with SMUD to take steps toward fulfilling UC Davis’ commitment to become carbon neutral by 2025. 

Language barriers may interfere with access to kidney transplantation

February 10, 2017

Language barriers may hinder U.S. kidney transplant candidates’ access to kidney transplantation, according to a new study in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.  Led by a team from Cedars-Sinai, UCLA Health and UC Davis Health, the research suggests that patients who primarily speak a language other than English may face disparities that keep them from completing their kidney transplant evaluations and, ultimately, from receiving a transplant.

Poverty and high neighborhood murder rates increase depression in older adults

February 9, 2017

Older adults who live in poor and violent urban neighborhoods are at greater risk for depression, a study by researchers from UC Davis, the University of Minnesota and other institutions published Jan. 23 in the journal Health & Place has found.

UC Davis leads the nation in kidney transplants

February 8, 2017

UC Davis physicians gave lifesaving kidney transplants to more than 400 people in 2016, making it the highest-volume kidney transplant program in the nation. In addition to the growth, outcomes for UC Davis kidney transplant program patients have consistently exceeded the national average.

Spirit Halloween Superstores donates $39,632 to UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department

February 8, 2017

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 this year’s donation by Spirit Halloween Superstores.

UC Davis study finds mold, bacterial contaminants in medical marijuana samples

February 7, 2017

UC Davis physician researchers have found that medical marijuana contains multiple bacterial and fungal pathogens that may cause serious and even fatal infections. They warn that smoking, vaping or inhaling aerosolized marijuana could pose a grave risk to patients, especially those with leukemia, lymphoma, AIDS or conditions requiring immune-suppressing therapies.

Researchers from UC Davis School of Nursing and UC San Diego School of Medicine to study Kawasaki disease treatment options and experiences

February 2, 2017

Researchers from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis and the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego received a $2.8 million award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for a three-year study on the effectiveness of two different therapies for children with Kawasaki disease, as well as the burdens of treatments on those children and their families.

UC Davis experts: American Heart Month

February 1, 2017

UC Davis faculty are available throughout American Heart Month in February for interviews on the detection, treatment and prevention of heart and vascular disease. They can also discuss groundbreaking research that is leading to new methods of addressing common heart conditions, including heart failure, arrhythmia, atherosclerosis, valve disease, congenital conditions and coronary artery disease.

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Undergraduate course on the 'Physiology of Cannabis' offered this spring at UC Davis

January 31, 2017

A new undergraduate course on “Physiology of Cannabis” (HPH 115) will be offered at UC Davis this spring to raise awareness and understanding of how cannabis and cannabinoids affect the body.

Endocrine Society task force, chaired by Styne, issues new guideline on pediatric obesity

January 31, 2017

The Endocrine Society today issued a Clinical Practice Guideline advising healthcare providers on how to prevent and treat childhood obesity with lifestyle changes. Dennis Styne, professor of pediatrics and Yocha Dehe Endowed Chair in Pediatric Endocrinology, chaired the task force that developed the guideline.

How maternal immune response to allergies may affect neurodevelopment

January 31, 2017

Researchers at UC Davis have published a study that illustrates how maternal immune activation could affect neurodevelopment in offspring.

Prior DUIs predict future criminal activity among firearm owners

January 30, 2017

Among individuals who legally purchased handguns in California, prior convictions for driving under the influence (DUI) and other alcohol-related crimes were associated with a substantial increase in risk for subsequent violent or firearm-related crime, according to a study published Jan. 30 in Injury Prevention by the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program.

UC Davis Cancer Care Network welcomes two new sites

January 26, 2017

The UC Davis Health Cancer Care Network of community oncology programs has expanded to include Barton Health in Lake Tahoe and Ridgecrest Regional Hospital in the southeastern Sierra.

Media advisory: UC Davis Health hosts extreme weight-loss fashion show

January 25, 2017

The UC Davis Bariatric Surgery Program fashion show will spotlight 13 patients who dropped a total of more than 1,600 pounds following surgical weight-loss procedures. During the event, called “An Evening of the Stars,” the models will share brief personal stories and photos from their battles with extreme weight, and then walk a stage wearing the latest fashions from local clothing stores.

Faulty DNA error correction genes set stage for familial gastric cancer

January 19, 2017

A large team of researchers from UC Davis and several European and Latin American institutions have identified genetic variations that contribute to familial gastric cancer. These inherited mutations, which affect the PALB2, BRCA1 and RAD51C genes and have been implicated in other cancer types, impair a critical DNA repair mechanism called homologous recombination. These findings could improve preventive care, as well as provide targets for new therapies. The study was published last month in the journal Gastroenterology.

Many late-stage lung cancer patients do not get treatment

January 18, 2017

A national study by researchers at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center has found that a significant number of lung cancer patients are not receiving treatment. Based on data between 1998 and 2012 from the National Cancer Database, 21 percent of patients (190,539) with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) received no specific cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery. Many of the untreated patients were women, elderly, minorities, low income and uninsured.

World's first total-body PET scanner takes big step forward

January 17, 2017

The UC Davis-based EXPLORER consortium, which aims to build a revolutionary total-body PET (positron emission tomography) scanner, has announced the selection of two industry partners to help build the prototype device. They are United Imaging Healthcare America, a North American subsidiary of Shanghai United Imaging Healthcare, and SensL Technologies of Cork, Ireland.

Register for Donut Dash: Proceeds benefit UC Davis Child Life

January 17, 2017

The ninth annual Donut Dash will take place Saturday, March 4, at 8:30 a.m. at William Land Park in Sacramento. Proceeds will benefit the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department.

UC Davis Health System becomes "UC Davis Health"

January 17, 2017

Today, UC Davis Health System officially becomes UC Davis Health. University officials say the name change better captures the health system’s overall institutional focus, which is to serve the health and well-being of its patients and community.

Showalter appointed chief information officer for UC Davis Health

January 12, 2017

Following an extensive nationwide search, UC Davis Health has appointed William Showalter as Chief Information Officer (CIO).

UC Davis and nation's cancer centers jointly endorse updated HPV vaccine recommendations

January 11, 2017

Recognizing a critical need to improve national vaccination rates for the human papillomavirus (HPV), UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center has again united with each of the 69 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers in issuing a joint statement in support of recently revised recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group begins Feb. 9

January 11, 2017

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 ages 17 to 24 who are coping with the recent loss of a loved one.

Are you training for a marathon in 2017?

January 10, 2017

Interest in endurance sports such as long-distance running is growing, and finishing a marathon is likely on many New Year’s resolution lists for 2017. UC Davis sports medicine specialist Brandee Waite offers tips for safely running your first — or next — marathon.

Genomic sequencing illuminates recent Shigella outbreaks in California

January 9, 2017

In a study that could have significant impact on how disease outbreaks are managed, researchers at UC Davis and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) have sequenced and analyzed genomes from Shigella sonnei (S. sonnei) bacteria associated with major shigellosis outbreaks in California in 2014 and 2015.

UC Davis Health welcomes Beijing medical equipment company

January 9, 2017

UC Davis Health has entered into an agreement with Top Grade Health Care to establish a translational research and development center to advance the treatment of patients with cancer.

John Elder Robison to speak on autism at upcoming UC Davis MIND Institute lecture

January 3, 2017

New York Times bestselling author and autism advocate John Elder Robison will speak on “Life with Autism” in a free public lecture on Jan. 11 at 4:30 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento.

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UC Davis MIND Institute part of national study on video game-like therapy for ADHD

December 28, 2016

The UC Davis MIND Institute is participating in a nationwide ADHD study using a scientifically designed video game-like technology.

Shift in some teens' use and perceptions of marijuana after recreational marijuana is legalized

December 27, 2016

Marijuana use significantly increased and its perceived harm decreased among eighth- and 10th-graders in Washington state following enactment of recreational marijuana laws, according to a UC Davis and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health to be published online in JAMA Pediatrics. There was no change in use or perceived harm among 12th graders or among similar grades in Colorado.

Genomic sequencing illuminates recent Shigella outbreaks in California

December 22, 2016

In a study that could have significant impact on how disease outbreaks are managed, researchers at UC Davis and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) have sequenced and analyzed genomes from Shigella sonnei (S. sonnei) bacteria associated with major shigellosis outbreaks in California in 2014 and 2015.

Study identifies who could benefit most from exercise as a depression treatment

December 21, 2016

Factors such as advanced age and greater aerobic capacity increase the likelihood that exercise will work as a treatment for depression in elderly patients, a recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has shown.

Children's Hospital's online newsletter published today

December 20, 2016

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

UC Davis Health System awarded grant to advance culture of diversity and inclusion

December 19, 2016

UC Davis Health System has been awarded a grant by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to pilot a first-of-its-kind diversity and inclusion toolkit. The three-year, $36,000 award aims to enable universities and their academic and health centers to measure institutional climate and culture.

UC program excels at reducing hospital blood clots

December 15, 2016

Results of a UC-wide venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention program, led by Gregory Maynard, chief quality officer for UC Davis Medical Center, have shown a significant reduction in hospital-associated VTEs at all five participating UC hospitals, according to a recently released study authored by Maynard and published in the December 2016 issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Fragile X drug trial gets $11.5 million in NIH funding

December 15, 2016

The UC Davis MIND Institute and Rush University Medical Center have been awarded $11.5 million from the National Institutes of Health to test a new therapy designed to improve language learning for children fragile X syndrome. 

Hormonal contraception is safer than expected for women with diabetes

December 14, 2016

Strokes and heart attacks are rare for women with diabetes who use hormonal contraception, with the safest options being intrauterine devices (IUDs) and under-the-skin implants, new research published in Diabetes Care shows.

UC Davis Children's Hospital joins ImproveCareNow network

December 14, 2016

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has joined ImproveCareNow, a network of care centers where clinicians, researchers, patients and parents work together to help care for kids with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

UC Davis part of national effort on links between health and exercise

December 13, 2016

We know that exercise is good for you. But why, and how? The National Institutes of Health today (Dec. 13) announced a six-year, $170 million nationwide project to dig deep into the molecular changes that come from physical activity, and how they influence health.

Genetics and environment combine to influence autism-associated genes

December 13, 2016

Researchers at UC Davis have shown that a well-known neurotoxin (PCB 95) and a chromosomal duplication (Dup15q) have a profound impact on DNA methylation, the epigenetic process that can influence gene activity. These cumulative genetic and environmental “hits” alter the epigenetic landscape during development, altering genes linked to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study was published in the journal Cell Reports.

Immunotherapy improves survival in late-stage lung cancer patients

December 12, 2016

A large trial by UC Davis professor David Gandara has found that the immunotherapy atezolizumab was superior to chemotherapy for patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer.

Healthy weight only protects women from hot flashes during the early stages of menopause

December 6, 2016

Greater weight increases the likelihood of hot flashes and night sweats during early stages of the menopause transition but reduces those symptoms throughout menopause and beyond, new UC Davis research published in the journal Menopause shows.

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.