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October 2018

Connecting patients with community health care resources

October 19, 2018

One of the benefits of being a Sacramento Covered partner is a program that places navigators in hospital emergency rooms to help patients enroll in health insurance and access primary care providers.

Nursing excellence at UC Davis Medical Center again receives national recognition

October 19, 2018

This week, the American Nurses Credentialing Center announced that it has renewed the hospital’s Magnet® designation for another four-year term.

New therapies to treat naturally occurring eye diseases focus of $6 million grant from the National Eye Institute

October 17, 2018

Grant supports leading-edge research to better understand and develop novel regenerative therapies for vision loss and blindness

UC Davis Health's clinical trials directory recognized among most innovative at global clinical research summit

October 16, 2018

The Clinical Studies website is a resource for those who may be interested in participating in research studies at UC Davis Health. Easy-to-understand language, sharing options and online sign ups among the popular features.

Intentional mentoring, career development event Oct. 24

October 15, 2018

Those who are beginning their careers in academic medicine as well as faculty who mentor students are invited to attend the Intentional Mentoring event as well as sessions on the merits and promotions process and speed-mentoring rotations with senior faculty and leadership, Oct. 24. Lunch for those who pre-register by Oct. 20

Update: New location for 'Invisible no more!' Diversity & Inclusion Dialogue Series event, Oct. 18

October 15, 2018

New location for the UC Davis Diversity and Inclusion Dialogue Series discussion on unseen disabilities. Event to be held in the Education Building, Room 2222 (not the Cancer Center Auditorium as originally planned)

Open Enrollment 2019: Good news and new options

October 12, 2018

Learn more about health plan and other options for employees during this Open Enrollment season.

Mobile health clinic makes its first stop at Street Soccer USA championships

October 10, 2018

There were two important firsts last weekend in Old Sacramento, where Street Soccer USA held its annual championship games and a new mobile clinic from UC Davis Health and Elica Health provided care to players and fans.

UC Davis pediatric cancer patient has wish granted to be a Sacramento Republic FC player

October 10, 2018

Wishes do come true. If in doubt, ask pediatric cancer patient Matthew Harding. The 15-year-old boy from Elverta received the surprise of a lifetime on Wednesday when he became the youngest soccer player in Sacramento Republic FC history to be signed to a contract, as part of his Make-a-Wish wish.

UC Davis Police Accountability Board to hold public meetings

October 10, 2018

The UC Davis Police Accountability Board will hold its fall quarter public meetings Wednesday, Oct. 17, one on the Davis campus and one on the Sacramento campus.

UC Davis Child Life Internship program receives ACLP accreditation

October 9, 2018

The UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department's internship program was just granted clinical internship accreditation by the Association of Child Life Professionals(ACLP). This designation has been given to only three children’s hospitals in the state. UC Davis Children’s Hospital is the only ACLP-accredited child life internship program in Northern California.

Changing hospital food one menu item at a time

October 8, 2018

First Farm-to-Fork dish for hospitalized patients launched at UC Davis Medical Center.

UC Davis-led statewide tobacco cessation effort launched

October 8, 2018

UC Davis Health tobacco researcher and physician Elisa Tong is leading a statewide effort to help safety-net health care systems guide their patients who use tobacco products to resources to help them quit.

UC Davis Health and Health Net Sign Medi-Cal Primary Care Contract

October 4, 2018

UC Davis Health announces an agreement with Health Net Community Solutions for Medi-Cal managed primary care services.

Street soccer comes to Sacramento with support from UC Davis Health

October 4, 2018

Soccer has become a vehicle for social change through Street Soccer USA, the organization that brings free pop-up stadiums to low-income neighborhoods for pickup games. UC Davis Health is a sponsor of the 2018 championship games, which brings 14 teams to Old Sacramento this weekend to compete for trophies and a chance to compete in the world cup games.

Stem cell research and updates event on Oct. 10

October 4, 2018

Join the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and UC Davis Health to celebrate Stem Cell Awareness Day and learn about the latest in regenerative medicine research that could help patients with unmet medical needs.

First UC Davis fetal surgery patient turns 2

October 3, 2018

Matthew Saetern-Angeles, the first fetal intervention at the UC Davis Fetal Care and Treatment Center, turned 2 years old last week.

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center starts new adult infusion clinic on Oct. 6

October 2, 2018

Beginning Oct. 6, the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center will offer Saturday infusion services to adult oncology and non-oncology patients.

UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center earns echocardiography reaccreditation by IAC

October 2, 2018

The UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center's Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory has been granted an additional three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in pediatric transthoracic, pediatric transesophageal and fetal echocardiography. This latest accreditation demonstrates the facility's ongoing commitment to providing high-quality patient care.

Young UC Davis scientist receives major NIH grant for genetics research

October 2, 2018

Megan Dennis of the UC Davis MIND Institute and Genome Center is the recipient of the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award to study genes unique to humans that may contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders including autism.

New sciatica treatment is being tested at UC Davis Health

October 1, 2018

A new non-surgical treatment that can potentially reduce pain from lumber disc herniation -- sometimes called "sciatica" — is being tested by spine specialists at UC Davis Health as part of a multicenter, nationwide clinical trial.

Tickets and tables available for Rocktoberfest 2018 to benefit CMN at UC Davis Children's Hospital

October 1, 2018

A fun night of music, food and drink under the stars awaits at Rocktoberfest 2018.

Wounded warrior research to improve traumatic brain injury and burn care

October 1, 2018

Better, more precise care for military personnel and civilians who suffer traumatic brain injury along with burns or other forms of trauma is in the work thanks to a new grant from Department of Defense that's been awarded toresearchers and clinical care specialists at UC Davis Health.

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center hosts final lecture in six-part series on Oct. 11

October 1, 2018

Join Denise Park from University of Texas for the final lecture in the six-part series focused on healthy brain aging and health. 

September 2018

UC Davis Children's Hospital expands services at Sacramento Native American Health Center

September 28, 2018

UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s partnership to provide care to children and teens at Sacramento Native American Health Center has new programs and opportunities for residents interested in community-based care.

Wintemute: How to stop mass shootings

September 28, 2018

If comprehensive background checks on firearm purchasers and gun violence restraining orders were properly designed, widely enacted and adequately implemented in the U.S., many lives lost through mass shootings, as well as the increasing rates of suicides and homicides, could be prevented, according to a perspective article by Garen Wintemute published Sept. 27 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Third study confirms: Increased cerebrospinal fluid can predict autism

September 27, 2018

Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute and the University of North Carolina have shown for the third time that an increased amount of extra-axial cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is associated with the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in young children. The ability to identify ASD children early could improve both treatment and quality of life. The study was published in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry.

Neurology Department represents at Parkinson's conference

September 27, 2018

UC Davis Department of Neurology faculty members were key contributors at the annual educational conference of the Parkinson Association of Northern California at McClellan Conference Center on Sept. 22.

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center announces 2018-19 pilot research grant awardees

September 27, 2018

Read more about the 2018-2019 award recipients of the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center's pilot grants.

Lin Farley, who coined the phrase "sexual harassment," to speak in Sacramento and Davis on Oct. 17

September 26, 2018

Lin Farley, the first person to use the term “sexual harassment of women” and write a book on the topic, will speak on Oct. 17 in Sacramento and Davis as the 2018 UC Davis School of Medicine Nelson Lecturer in the Humanities.

New Children's Hospital's online newsletter published

September 26, 2018

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

Children's Miracle Network at UC Davis raises funds, breaks records during Walmart, Sam's Club miracle balloon campaign

September 26, 2018

The annual Walmart and Sam’s Club miracle balloon campaign to benefit Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) and UC Davis Children’s Hospital kicked off Aug. 27. Although there are still a few days left of the campaign, numbers released from CMN corporate indicate that CMN at UC Davis already holds several top spots based on their fundraising efforts.

Alan Brown will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on Oct. 10

September 26, 2018

Join us for the second lecture in the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series at the UC Davis MIND Institute. Alan Bown from Columbia University Medical Center will present "Neurodevelopmental risk factors for autism."

Sutcliffe elected 2020 president of World Molecular Imaging Society

September 25, 2018

Read more about Julie Sutcliffe's position and how she plans to tackle the role of president of the World Molecular Imaging Society.

Simmons named Interim CEO of UC Davis Medical Center

September 25, 2018

Brad Simmons, currently the chief operating officer of UC Davis Medical Center, will become the interim chief executive officer of the medical center, pending approval by UC Regents next month.

Tele-ophthalmology launched at UC Davis midtown clinic

September 24, 2018

New tele-ophthalmology screening program at the UC Davis Midtown Ambulatory Care Center offers convenience, the latest technology and new hope to save vision for patients with diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of vision loss among working-age adults.

MIND Institute announces 2018-2019 Minds Behind the MIND lecture series starting Oct. 3

September 24, 2018

The first talk in a three-part Minds Behind the MIND lecture series kicks off Oct. 3 with Julie Schweitzer and Aubyn Stahmer, professors in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, who will present "How to be a wise consumer of treatments and practices for ADHD and ASD."

UC Davis Transplant Center milestone: 4,000th kidney transplant

September 21, 2018

Surgeons at the UC Davis Transplant Center reached a major milestone Wednesday night, when they completed the center’s 4,000th kidney transplant. Their patient, Pedro Chavez of Hanford, Calif., is doing well and is expected to be released from the hospital early next week. 

UC Davis Children's Hospital hosts annual Celebration of Life event

September 21, 2018

A large pastel colored kite with paper hearts on its tail carried the wishes and prayers from patient families who lost a child at this year's UC Davis Children's Hospital annual Celebration of Live event last Thursday.

Study seeks to improve cancer survival for Latinos, Asians and Blacks

September 21, 2018

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center has received a $6.3 million grant from the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities for a 5-year study to tease out why some ethnic and racial minority groups fare worse than whites when they get cancer and to find more precise treatments to improve their chances of survival.

Study finds patient-centered visual aid helps emergency medicine doctors discuss risks, decide on diagnostic options with parents of children with minor head injuries

September 21, 2018

Shared decision-making tools in the pediatric emergency medicine department enhance parents' knowledge and trust in their physicians, study finds.

First UC Davis Center for Valley Fever symposium features latest on research and patient care

September 19, 2018

The UC Davis Center for Valley Fever is an international leader in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Valley fever and home to the Coccidioidomycosis Serology Laboratory, which serves as the gold standard reference laboratory for diagnosis, testing both human and veterinary specimens from across the world.

A fracture anywhere reduces bone density everywhere

September 19, 2018

New studies from UC Davis Health are among the first to associate fractures with systemic bone loss. They also begin the path to finding treatments that preserve long-term skeletal health and reduce susceptibility to additional fractures and, potentially, osteoporosis.

UC Davis Children's Hospital first in Sacramento region to offer patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) closures without surgery

September 18, 2018

Marcellus Brown was born prematurely at 24 weeks and his ductus arteriosus, an artery in the heart that normally closes after birth, didn’t close.

Kurzrock awarded Department of Defense Spinal Cord Injury Research Program grant

September 17, 2018

Chief of pediatric urologic surgery Eric Kurzrock received a $785,000 grant from the Department of Defense to pursue spinal cord injury research.

UC Davis Children's Hospital launches 'Two Peds in a Pod' podcast

September 17, 2018

UC Davis Children’s Hospital today launches ‘Two Peds In A Pod,’ a podcast featuring two pediatricians, Dean Blumberg and Lena Rothstein, who discuss child health topics of interest to parents in plain, non-medical language.

From top student to top doc

September 14, 2018

Olivia Campa distinguished herself as a UC Davis medical student and resident with her dedication to delivering high-quality, compassionate care to financially disadvantaged patients. Today, she is a physician focused on ensuring that patients with opiate dependence get the care they need.

A new life with Parkinson's

September 14, 2018

If someone described Len Monaco in one word 10 years ago, it would be “tough.” But that changed when he found out he had Parkinson’s disease. Today, a technology known as deep brain stimulation, or DBS, helps control his symptoms and has given him back his life.

Adventist Health Lodi Memorial celebrates partnership with UC Davis Health at community event

September 14, 2018

The Lodi community gathered Thursday evening to celebrate the expansion of pediatric and neonatal services available at Adventist Health Lodi Memorial, thanks to its new partnership with UC Davis Health.

Patient travels from Dubai for life-changing heart procedure at UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 14, 2018

Doctors told them nothing more could be done; that they’ve done all that can be done. They said their daughter Yuvna’s heart condition was too severe. It was too complex. She had surgery and cardiac catheterizations, but now she was at the end of the road.

2018 UC Davis Health Symposium on Valley Fever, Sept. 20

September 13, 2018

Join specialists from the UC Davis Center for Valley Fever as they share the latest accomplishments and strengths and illuminate the road ahead in prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Chancellor May Invites All to Attend "Aggie Heroes" Celebration, Sept. 24

September 13, 2018

New Fall Welcome on the Davis campus combines Fall Convocation and the New Student Celebration from years past — mixing the formality of the former with the festivity of the latter, including a DJ, taiko drumming and lion dancing, as well as live social media posts projected on a giant screen.

UC Davis faculty shared best practices on dementia care in Vietnam

September 13, 2018

Vietnam has one of the fasting growing aging populations in the world. As part of that country's effort to better care for patients with dementia, they brought together the world's leading thought-leaders, including experts from UC Davis.

Spirit Halloween gives back to UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 12, 2018

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

Save the date: 9th Annual UC Davis Health Quality Forum on March 13, 2019

September 10, 2018

The 9th Annual UC Davis Health Quality Forum will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the UC Davis Health Education Building, Room 1222, 4610 X Street, Sacramento.

Joining forces to help those in need

September 7, 2018

UC Davis Health providers help One Community Health deliver comprehensive care to the community, regardless of patients' abilities to pay. “This is a great example of health care teams coming together to better serve those in need,” said Christy Ward, chief executive officer of One Community Health.

Pathology department hosts symposium on cardiac biomarkers

September 7, 2018

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is hosting its annual Pathology Diagnostic Symposium, this year focusing on cardiac biomarkers: Sept. 13 in the Education Building, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

New Biomarker Panel Could Accelerate Autism Diagnoses

September 6, 2018

Investigators at the UC Davis MIND Institute and NeuroPointDX, a division of Stemina Biomarker Discovery, have identified a group of blood metabolites that could help detect some children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Part of the Children’s Autism Metabolome Project (CAMP), the largest metabolomic ASD study ever attempted, these findings are a key step toward developing an ASD biomarker test. The research was published September 6 in the journal Biological Psychiatry.

UC Davis nursing doctoral student awarded grant from Jonas Philanthropies

September 6, 2018

Adebola Olarewaju, a doctoral student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, receives a grant from Jonas Philanthropies to advance her training as a future nurse leader.

UC Davis Health's Medical Information team invited to share findings at EPIC national conference

September 5, 2018

Individualized, in-clinic training helps UC Davis physicians better navigate EHRs,and shows significant improvements in satisfaction, efficiency and after-hours work 

University of California Firearms Violence Research Center announces call for research proposals on the prevention of firearm violence in California

September 5, 2018

UCFC, the firearm research center funded with an appropriation from the state in 2016 and housed within the Violence Prevention Research Program at UC Davis, aims to catalyze research, awarding grants of up to $10,000.

August 2018

Providing convenient and free health services

August 31, 2018

For more than 45 years, UC Davis School of Medicine students have operated clinics in inner city neighborhoods of Sacramento, providing free and convenient care to uninsured, low-income and other medically underserved populations.

Improving depression care for older adults

August 31, 2018

Researchers and clinicians at UC Davis Health have launched a new study for older adults with depression that is designed to enhance their treatment and care with more focused assistance from patient family members and close friends.

UC Davis MIND Institute's 2018-19 Distinguished Lecturer Series kicks off Sept. 12

August 30, 2018

The UC Davis MIND Institute 2018-19 Distinguished Lecturer Series kicks off with a presentation by Christopher Coe from the University of Wisconsin on Sept. 12. Join us for a fascinating overview of recent discoveries on how an infant's gut microbiome is established.

Grief support group for young adults will begin Sept. 19

August 30, 2018

The Young Adult Bereavement Art Group will be offered for eight weeks by UC Davis Hospice and the UC Davis Children's Hospital Bereavement Program, starting Sept. 19.

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center hosts brain health lecture as part of series on Sept. 6

August 29, 2018

Join us for an interesting talk by led by UC Davis' Rachel Whitmer about healthy brain aging and cognitive function. 

UC Davis research informs new national cervical cancer screening recommendation

August 21, 2018

A comprehensive analysis of eight clinical trials and four cohort studies on cervical cancer screening by researchers from UC Davis and Kaiser Permanente Northwest has found that while Pap smears are still highly effective for detecting pre-cancerous cells and cancer, testing for the virus that causes these cancers also is an excellent screening tool.

Life's a picnic at Family Time at the MIND event

August 20, 2018

Nearly 175 people gathered at the UC Davis MIND Institute on Saturday for a back-to-school-themed picnic and talent showcase as part of the Family Time at the MIND series.

Pediatric patient receives life-changing care for double aortic arch

August 16, 2018

When Elk Grove resident Brooke Peoples was 1 year old, she was diagnosed with a double aortic arch, a rare congenital cardiovascular malformation.

Neurogenic obesity is topic of upcoming Kilmer Memorial lecture

August 15, 2018

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation expert Davis Gater Jr., from Penn State Health Hershey Medical Center, will deliver the annual David D. Kilmer Memorial Lecture on Friday, Sept. 7, with a presentation titled "Neurogenic obesity: Trimming the fat."

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers method to improve IQ test sensitivity now widely available

August 15, 2018

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers from the Translational Psychophysiology and Assessment Laboratory (T-PAL) developed a method to improve IQ test sensitivity and remove barriers associated with floor effects in people with intellectual disabilities.

Q&A with Laura Kester: Eating disorders and what families need to know

August 15, 2018

In her role as an adolescent medicine physician at UC Davis Children's Hospital, Laura Kester diagnoses and treats children and teens with eating disorders and helps to provide them with the resources and support that they need. The following is a Q&A with Kester, providing advice and help for families on this topic.  

UC Davis Diabetes Summer Camp offers friendship, fun

August 15, 2018

The UC Davis Diabetes Summer Camp, held last month in Davis, provided a week of friendship, fun and diabetes education for patients battling Type I Diabetes. 

UC Davis Medical Center Again Ranked One of California's Top Hospitals

August 14, 2018

U.S. News ranks the medical center among the nation's best in 11 specialties; No. 5 in California, and No. 1 in Sacramento overall for 2018-19.

Medical volunteers needed at California International Marathon on Dec. 2

August 13, 2018

Medical volunteers are needed at this year's California International Marathon, which will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2 and will be sponsored by UC Davis Children’s Hospital. UC Davis Health will provide medical care for the runners, both on course at medical stations from Folsom to Sacramento and at the finish line medical tent at the State Capitol. Volunteers are needed to be part of the medical team that will assess/triage runners who need medical assistance. 

On a mission: $12 million state appropriation earmarked for Jordan's syndrome

August 13, 2018

Nine teams, including UC Davis stem cell researchers, pursue a cure for rare disorder with links to autism, Alzheimer's disease and cancer

Study of cancer survival over 20-year period in California finds improvements for some, but not all

August 13, 2018

Better treatments and improved screening programs that detect cancer at earlier stages led to an overall 12 percent improvement in cancer survival in California, according to a new report from the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement.

UC Davis Children's Hospital Symposium set for Nov. 1

August 13, 2018

The UC Davis Children’s Hospital Symposium will be held Thursday, Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Betty Irene Moore Hall, Room 1000.

Organ donor patients honored in Honor Guard procession

August 10, 2018

Since 2016, the UC Davis Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) staff has been honoring organ donors with an honor guard procession. Now this tradition   been extended to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) and, soon, other intensive care units in UC Davis Medical Center.

UC Davis MIND Institute Summer Institute huge success

August 9, 2018

The sell-out crowd at this year's annual Summer Institute hosted by the MIND Institute brought together health care professionals, educators, therapists and self-advocates/families/caregivers to learn about the latest in treatment, public policy and research. 

UC Davis CAARE Center awarded grant to provide trauma training for staff, mental health providers

August 9, 2018

The UC Davis CAARE Center was recently awarded a $300,000, two-year grant by Sacramento County Behavioral Health Service to provide training and consultation for mental health providers and support staff treating youth with a history of sexual exploitation. 

UC Davis team recognized for national leadership in pulmonary embolism care

August 8, 2018

A team of UC Davis physicians and surgeons has been recognized for helping to launch a national effort to guide standards for treating pulmonary embolism, the third most common cause of death from cardiovascular disease in the U.S.

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and UC Davis MIND Institute receive more than $3 million for Down syndrome research

August 8, 2018

While Down syndrome is the leading genetic cause of intellectual disability, evidence-based interventions lag behind other neurodevelopmental disorders. Angela John Thurman aims to understand language and pre-linguistic precursors to inform future interventions and treatments for those with the disorder.

UC Davis Announces New Second Hospital on University's Sacramento Campus

August 8, 2018

The University of California, Davis, today announced that along with Kindred Healthcare, it will construct and operate a second hospital on its downtown Sacramento campus to provide more inpatient rehabilitation services in Sacramento County.

MUSE microscopy named Innovation of the Year by Microscopy Today

August 8, 2018

Stunning images, like this breast tissue sample, was captured with the MUSE microscope, a technology developed by UC Davis and other scientists that holds great promise for analyzing tissue specimens immediately after a biopsy and getting results to patients faster.

Children's Miracle Network Care-a-thon listeners show how much they care, donations total $170,304

August 8, 2018

Sacramento’s Entravision radio stations teamed up for the annual Children’s Miracle Network Care-a-thon, which raised a total of $170,304 to support pediatric programs, equipment, research and patient care at UC Davis Children's Hospital. The event is part of the annual CMN Hospitals Entravision Radiothon

Mediathon nets $521,547.33 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

August 8, 2018

The annual Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN) Mediathon on ABC10 raised more than $500,000 for UC Davis Children's Hospital, the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital in Sacramento. Funds raised stay local, meaning all funds donated benefit the children in the 33-county service area served by the hospital.

UC Davis Children's Hospital receives $74,000 from CMN Friendship Invitational

August 8, 2018

Community members and corporate partners took to the links at the 2018 CMN Friendship Invitational Golf Tournament, raising close to $75,000 to benefit Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis. 

The Art of Pain Relief: How museums may help address chronic pain

August 8, 2018

UC Davis pain management specialists examine an art museum tour for a unique approach to addressing chronic pain.

Walmart superhero campaign to benefit UC Davis Children's Hospital begins end of August

August 7, 2018

Help Walmart help sick and injured children by making a donation at your local Walmart Aug. 27-Sept. 30 during the store’s annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals miracle balloon campaign. Donations stay local to support children in UC Davis Children’s Hospital 33-county service area.

Attacking cultural trauma and dementia among Vietnamese immigrants

August 7, 2018

Oanh Meyer’s mother Anh Le, arrived in the United States in 1975 as a Vietnam War refugee just a few days before the fall of Saigon. And while she settled in America and raised a family, the trauma of living in war-torn Vietnam throughout the conflict took a toll on her.

Children's Miracle Network (CMN) awards grants for 2018-2019

August 7, 2018

Thirteen grants totaling nearly $400,000 have been awarded by Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) at UC Davis to clinicians and researchers at UC Davis Medical Center. Grants in the amount of $225,388 will enhance the clinical care of children and $169,883 was awarded for research directly improving the health and welfare of children.

Acupuncture provides help for pediatric GI patient

August 7, 2018

Twelve-year-old Samantha Rickards was not one to complain. But when her stomach hurt and every day the pain got worse, her parents were alarmed … especially after a visit to her pediatrician, a gastroenterologist and two-and-a-half months of tests and medications with no answers or relief.

Liquid biopsy could ease the way to immunotherapy for lung cancer

August 6, 2018

Researchers at UC Davis, Genentech and Foundation Medicine are the first to show that a blood-based test to assess tumor mutational burden (TMB) accurately identifies non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients who could benefit from immunotherapies called checkpoint inhibitors. The blood test offers a much less invasive and more repeatable alternative to tissue testing. The study was published online today in Nature Medicine.

UC Davis nursing students awarded for service to community from national association

August 3, 2018

Carter Todd and Sherena Edinboro, graduate students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, received 40 and Under Awards from the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA). The master’s-degree leadership students, who also work as nurses at UC Davis Health, were among 19 black recipients at the 46th Annual NBNA Institute and Conference in St. Louis July 31-Aug.5.

UC Davis researchers find quiet viruses alter body's response to vaccines, pathogens

August 2, 2018

UC Davis study shows subclinical cytomegalovirus infections change microbe and immune cell populations and responses to influenza vaccine.

Entravision stations raise funds for UC Davis Children's Hospital Aug. 2-4

August 2, 2018

Entravision's 72-hour Radiothon kicks off today, raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis. 

Sarcoma specialist chosen to lead orthopaedic surgery at UC Davis Health

August 1, 2018

UC Davis Health welcomes R. Lor Randall as the new chair of the UC Davis Department of Orthopaedic surgery. Randall is known for his compassion and expertise in treating and studying cancers of connective tissue in children and adults. 

More Active Shooter Survival workshops scheduled

August 1, 2018

The UC Davis Police Department is hosting another two Active Shooter workshops emphasizing the need for communities to pre-plan for catastrophic events.

Dairy Queen® Miracle Treat Day benefits UC Davis Children's Hospital Aug. 2

August 1, 2018

Help hospitalized kids by celebrating Miracle Treat Day at Dairy Queen (DQ) locations[this Thursday, Aug. 2. When you purchase a Blizzard® Treat, $1 or more from every Blizzard Treat sold will go to UC Davis Children’s Hospital, Sacramento’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center hosts sleep-related lecture as part of series on Aug. 9

August 1, 2018

Can your sleep habits today impact your risk for dementia years later? Join us for a talk with world-renowned expert, Kristine Yaffe, to find out.

July 2018

All about the virus responsible for the throat cancer surge

July 31, 2018

Humanpapilloma virus (HPV) is now the leading cause of certain types of throat cancer. Dr. Michael Moore, director of head and neck surgery at UC Davis and an HPV-related cancer expert, answers some tough questions about the trend and what can be done about it.

Ronald McDonald House Northern California gifts new caring cart to UC Davis Children's Hospital

July 31, 2018

Ronald McDonald House Northern California has donated a new caring cart to UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Kantamneni appointed director of pediatric epilepsy at UC Davis Health

July 31, 2018

Trishna Kantamneni has joined the UC Davis Department of Neurology as director of pediatric epilepsy, effective July 1, 2018.

Papa Murphy's pizza sales support UC Davis Children's Hospital on Aug. 3-4

July 30, 2018

In celebration of ABC10's Children's Miracle Network Mediathon on Aug. 3, Papa Murphy's Pizza is offering two ways to give back to UC Davis Children's Hospital.

NIH renews UC Davis Health's clinical research work in neurological disorders

July 27, 2018

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) announced this week that it has renewed  UC Davis Health in Sacramento for another five years as one of just two locations on the West Coast for its NeuroNEXT Network for Excellence in Neuroscience Clinical Trials.

Let's ROC!! Join the 5K Run for Ovarian Cancer (ROC) on Sunday, Sept. 16

July 27, 2018

Get your running shoes on and bring the family to Let's Roc! The 5K Run for Ovarian Cancer starts and finishes at 45th and X Streets and is organized by the Ovarian Cancer Education & Research Network (OCERN)

USS La Jolla sailors visit UC Davis Children's Hospital

July 26, 2018

In celebration of Sacramento Navy Week, sailors from the USS La Jolla, a Los Angeles-class submarine, visited pediatric patients and families at UC Davis Children's Hospital last Friday.  

Dean's fellowships in entrepreneurship, informatics and precision medicine announced

July 25, 2018

Innovative projects focus on developing 'living' endothelium, predicting COPD exacerbations, improving safety of new antiarrhythmic drugs and tailoring breast cancer genomic testing for Latinas

Reproductive history may affect dementia risk

July 24, 2018

Research reported this week by UC Davis Health Professor Rachel Whitmer showed correlations between a dementia diagnosis in women and number of children, number of miscarriages, age at the time of first menstrual period, age at the start of natural menopause and total reproductive years. “The story of estrogen and the brain is just beginning," Whitmer said.

Oldham receives grant for pulmonary fibrosis biomarkers study

July 23, 2018

Justin Oldham, a specialist in the genetics and treatment of interstitial lung disease, has been awarded a CHEST Foundation research grant to study bloodstream biomarkers that can help predict therapeutic outcomes for patients with different types of pulmonary fibrosis.

Education, processes for identifying and caring for human trafficking victims being developed

July 20, 2018

Multidisciplinary teams at UC Davis Medical Center have come together to educate and develop clinical protocols to meet the needs of sex trafficking victims.

Cancer Center to help patients tackle nicotine addiction

July 18, 2018

Steven Berkstresser has chewed tobacco for most of the past 40 years, and he’s always wanted to kick the habit. But it was a cancer diagnosis that prompted him to join a UC Davis program to help him quit.

New Study Pages website helps volunteers, patients find clinical trials at UC Davis Health

July 17, 2018

The MIND Institute's study of early social skills of infants and toddlers is just one of the ongoing clinical studies volunteers and patients can find on the new Study Pages website, a resource for healthy volunteers, patients and clinical investigators.

2018 Diversity & Inclusion Dialogue Series presentation, July 18

July 13, 2018

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

Natale named chief of staff at UC Davis Medical Center

July 13, 2018

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

Permanent supportive housing holds potential for improving health of the homeless

July 11, 2018

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

Jonathan Riess receives 2018 Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award

July 11, 2018

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

Community colleges can boost physician diversity and access to primary care

July 10, 2018

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

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

July 10, 2018

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

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

July 9, 2018

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

Violence Prevention Research Program epidemiologists recognized for leading-edge studies

July 6, 2018

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

Be safe in the sun

July 3, 2018

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

June 2018

Surviving summer with chronic lung disease

June 29, 2018

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

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

June 29, 2018

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

Exercise safely in summer heat

June 29, 2018

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

Treating AFib with ablation reduces mortality and stroke

June 28, 2018

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

Celebrating Fourth of July safely

June 28, 2018

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

Q&A with pediatric heart surgeon Amy Rahm

June 28, 2018

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

Farmers Market closed July 4

June 28, 2018

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

New model could illuminate autism subtype

June 27, 2018

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

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

June 27, 2018

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

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

June 27, 2018

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

Register for Duck Dash: Proceeds benefit UC Davis Child Life

June 26, 2018

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

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

June 26, 2018

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

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

June 21, 2018

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

Fountain named Outstanding Cyclist for 2018

June 20, 2018

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

Vascular surgery residents win conference competition

June 19, 2018

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

Survivors of gun crimes pay emotional cost

June 18, 2018

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

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

June 18, 2018

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

Huggie doles out affection and eases stress for young patients

June 18, 2018

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

UC Davis nursing school hosts graduation celebration

June 15, 2018

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

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

June 15, 2018

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

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

June 15, 2018

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

Elementary students learn about careers in health care

June 15, 2018

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

Good food is good medicine

June 14, 2018

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

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

June 13, 2018

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

Walk to benefit lung cancer research June 23

June 12, 2018

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

Can watching pro sports on TV prevent crime?

June 12, 2018

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

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

June 12, 2018

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

Psychedelic drugs, ketamine change structure of neurons

June 12, 2018

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

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

June 11, 2018

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

Stem cell transplants extend life for multiple myeloma patients

June 11, 2018

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

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

June 8, 2018

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

A Cinderella story 16 years in the making

June 8, 2018

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

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

June 8, 2018

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

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

June 7, 2018

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

Drug combination offers more effective care for women suffering miscarriage

June 6, 2018

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

Physician assistant completes the heart failure team

June 4, 2018

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

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

June 4, 2018

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

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

June 1, 2018

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

Herman Hedriana appointed division director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

June 1, 2018

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

May 2018

Children's Hospital's online newsletter published today

May 29, 2018

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

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

May 25, 2018

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

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

May 25, 2018

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

Berglund named distinguished professor

May 23, 2018

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

UC Davis nursing school hosts Academic Symposium

May 22, 2018

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

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers recruiting parent participants for new study

May 22, 2018

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

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

May 18, 2018

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

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

May 18, 2018

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

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

May 18, 2018

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

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

May 17, 2018

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

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

May 16, 2018

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

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

May 16, 2018

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

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

May 14, 2018

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

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

May 11, 2018

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

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

May 9, 2018

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

Review by UC Davis researchers informs new prostate cancer screening recommendations

May 9, 2018

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

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

May 4, 2018

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

Adventist Health Lodi Memorial and UC Davis Health announce partnership

May 2, 2018

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

UC Davis Health among California institutions launching landmark precision medicine research study

May 1, 2018

The All of Us Research Program officially opens for enrollment Sunday, May 6. Led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), All of Us is an unprecedented effort to gather genetic, biological, environmental, health and lifestyle data from 1 million or more volunteer participants living in the U.S. A major component of the federal Precision Medicine Initiative, the program’s ultimate goal is to accelerate research and improve health.

Michael Chapman, John and Lois Crowe, and Gurdev Khush to be honored with UC Davis Medal

May 1, 2018

Michael Chapman, a founder of modern trauma surgery and professor emeritus at UC Davis Health, will be a recipient of this year's UC Davis Medal, the highest honor the university bestows on individuals. Chapman is the first medical doctor to be honored with the medal.

High-efficiency filters reduce indoor air pollution but not asthma symptoms

May 1, 2018

A new study focused on households with asthmatic children finds that the use of high-efficiency filtration, either as part of a central air system or standalone air cleaner, improves indoor air quality. The study also found that while participants did not report reduced asthma symptoms, they did have fewer visits to doctor’s offices and hospitals for asthma care.

April 2018

UC Davis Department of Urology now UC Davis Department of Urologic Surgery

April 30, 2018

Christopher Evans, chair of the Department of Urology, announced the department has a new name, effective immediately. The new name, Urologic Surgery, will provide clarity to the public and referring physicians.

UC Davis researchers discover how antiepileptic drugs induce birth defects

April 30, 2018

A common drug for treating epileptic seizures can lead to birth defects if used during pregnancy by interfering with glutamate signaling in earliest stages of nervous system development, a study by UC Davis School of Medicine researchers has found.

What has changed since 'Unequal Treatment' was published?

April 27, 2018

Alicia Fernandez, a UC San Francisco physician and expert on reducing health care disparities, will speak in Sacramento on “Health Care Disparities 15 Years After ‘Unequal Treatment.’” Her address is at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, in the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center auditorium, with a reception at 5 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Sleep disturbances, genetic alterations and Prader-Willi syndrome

April 24, 2018

Research byJanine LaSalle, professor in the Department  of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, the UC Davis Genome Center and MIND Institute, was published today in Nature Communications. LaSalle describes her work and the importance of the research below: 

UC Davis Medical Center Receives an 'A' for Patient Safety

April 24, 2018

UC Davis Medical Center has been awarded an ‘A’ for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. The award comes from The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based nonprofit that promotes health care quality and safety. Leapfrog announced today that UC Davis Medical Center was one of just 750 hospitals across the nation to earn an ‘A’ grade for the Spring 2018 rating period. The rating is based on hospitals’ performance in preventing medical errors, infections and injuries among patients.

Study of firearm deaths over 16-year period in California finds shift in firearm homicides and suicides

April 23, 2018

A study of firearm deaths in California from 2000-2015 by the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program (VPRP) has found that firearm homicides were largely an urban problem at the start of the study period, however, falling rates in urban counties resulted in more rural areas in the central part of the state having the highest rates of firearm homicide by 2015. It also found firearm suicides in California increased slightly since the mid-2000s, were three times higher in rural counties and were highest among whites.

UC Davis Health wins national award for sustainability and waste reduction

April 20, 2018

In recognition for achievements in sustainability and waste reduction, UC Davis Health has received a Partner for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. The award is one of the Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in the health care sector.

UC Davis names interim dean for Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

April 20, 2018

UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May has appointed Deborah Ward interim dean for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. Ward, a clinical professor and former associate dean for academics at the school, will assume the school’s top leadership position Aug. 1, when Founding Dean Heather M. Young steps down after 10 years of service.

Successful transitions for young adults with neurodevelopmental disorders the topic of April 25 series

April 20, 2018

The UC Davis MIND Institute and its Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities will host “Successful transitions for young adults with neurodevelopmental disorders” Wednesday, April 25 as part of the Minds Behind the MIND lecture series. The event runs from 5:30-7 p.m. at the MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. A Q&A with panelists will follow the presentation.

Support UC Davis programs on Give Day, April 20-21, 2018!

April 18, 2018

On UC Davis Give Day, employees, students, alumni, friends, parents, patients and clients are invited to support an area of UC Davis or UC Davis Health that is meaningful to them.

Immune system and gastrointestinal deregulation linked with autism

April 17, 2018

Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute have found that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have reduced immune system regulation, as well as shifts in their gut microbiota. The immune deregulation appears to facilitate increased inflammation and may be linked to the gastrointestinal issues so often experienced by children with ASD. The research was published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity

African Americans and Alzheimer's disease

April 17, 2018

In an ongoing effort to address the disproportionate needs of the African American community coping with Alzheimer’s disease, the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center and the Alzheimer’s Association are hosting a free day-long forum on Saturday, April 21.

Film festival highlights UC Davis Children's Hospital patients-turned-filmmakers

April 17, 2018

UC Davis pediatric patients-turned filmmakers screened their movies for the first time in front of a large audience last Friday at the BayKids Film Festival held at the UC Davis MIND Institute.

Teen artists use their talents to share the 'donate life' message

April 13, 2018

Winners of the fourth annual Donate Life Visual Arts Contest were recognized and received prize money at a special event held in their honor Wednesday on the Sacramento campus of UC Davis.

Credit unions raise $235,300 for Children's Miracle Network hospitals

April 13, 2018

The 8th annual Credit Union SACTOWN Run generated more than $235,000 for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals across California and Nevada. A portion of the funds raised will support UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

UC Davis nursing dean, faculty, students research showcased at regional conference

April 12, 2018

More than two dozen UC Davis nursing faculty, researchers and students will present their scholarly work focusing on the health care experiences of cancer patients, data-driven nursing and interprofessional approaches to collaborative teamwork at the Western Institute of Nursing 51ST Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference in Spokane, Washington, today through Saturday.

Spina bifida patient healthy, happy after fetal surgery

April 10, 2018

When Esparto resident Chloe MacCullough was pregnant at 25 weeks, her baby was flagged for increased risk of a neural tube defect in a routine screening. A private specialist in Sacramento confirmed by ultrasound that her son had spina bifida low on his back.

Abdominal aortic disease specialist to lead UC Davis vascular services

April 10, 2018

Matthew Mell, a national leader in defining health policy for managing and treating aortic disease, has joined UC Davis Health as director of the UC Davis Vascular Center and chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery.

UC Davis pediatric heart patient is youngest Impella patient in the U.S.

April 9, 2018

Sergio Ledesma thought it was a cold. His son Adolfo had the usual symptoms. It was going around. But when he began to turn pale and could hardly breathe, his dad took him to the emergency room at their local hospital. By this point, Adolfo’s health had declined so much he was airlifted to UC Davis Children’s Hospital. He needed to be in the Pediatric and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PICU/PCICU) and UC Davis Children’s Hospital is the Central Valley's only level I pediatric trauma center and emergency department that includes state-of-the-art neonatal, pediatric and pediatric cardiac intensive care units.

Media advisory: Teen artists honored for encouraging organ and tissue donation

April 9, 2018

Winners of the fourth annual Sacramento Regional Donate Life Visual Arts Contest will share their entries and be recognized with a total of $4,100 in prize money at a ceremony in their honor. The event is one of the ways UC Davis Transplant Center and Sierra Donor Services engage the community in Donate Life Month, a national campaign held each April to raise awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation.

Violence Prevention Research Program releases #WhatYouCanDo to help reduce gun violence

April 6, 2018

A new website shows doctors, nurses and other health care providers what they can do to stop gun violence.

Ralph Adolphs will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on April 11

April 6, 2018

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host Ralph Adolphs on Wednesday, April 11 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. He will present “Predicting who you are from looking at your brain” at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. The event is free to the public and no reservations are required, but seating is limited. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the hour-long lecture.

Study does not find change in firearm homicide or suicide rates through 2008 after repeal of comprehensive background check laws in two states

April 4, 2018

A study of firearm homicide and suicide rates in the 10 years after two states repealed their comprehensive background check laws in 1998 found no change in the rates of either cause of death from firearms through 2008. The repeals eliminated background check requirements for private-party transfers, but not for firearm transfers from licensed dealers.

Primo "Lucky" Lara named UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Director

April 3, 2018

Primo Nery Lara, Jr. has been named director of the National Cancer Institute-designated UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, leading a team of more than 300 scientists with an estimated $90 million in annual research funding and a clinical enterprise that serves more than 10,000 adult and pediatric patients throughout the region every year.

March 2018

Brandt receives humanitarian award from the American Glaucoma Society

March 29, 2018

James D. Brandt, a renown glaucoma specialist and professor of ophthalmology and vision science, received the humanitarian award from American Glaucoma Society earlier this month in New York City. The award recognizes his longstanding commitment and efforts to preserve vision and to improve the quality of life for those in need.

Parking made easier

March 28, 2018

Get ready for some new technologies in parking areas around the Sacramento campus.

UC Davis Medical Center again named LGBTQ healthcare leader

March 27, 2018

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) organization, has named UC Davis Medical Center a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” in its 2018 Healthcare Equality Index report.

Family Caregiving Institute at UC Davis hosts summit to map out research priorities, advance family-centered care

March 26, 2018

The Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis brought together more than 50 national and international experts in family caregiving at a two-day summit designed to map out research priorities.

Wraparound program helps steer youths away from cycle of violence

March 21, 2018

Young victims of violence who are hospitalized for traumatic injuries no longer need to feel isolated and vulnerable in the months following their medical discharge. A new UC Davis Health program called Wraparound is designed to aid emotional recovery and help prevent recurrence of violent injuries among adolescents and young adults, ages 15 to 26, in the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento.

Burn center nurses recognized for excellence

March 20, 2018

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses has conferred a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the nurses of the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center at UC Davis Medical Center.

Amygdala neurons increase as children become adults - except in autism

March 20, 2018

In a striking new finding, researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute found that typically-developing children gain more neurons in a region of the brain that governs social and emotional behavior, the amygdala, as they become adults. This phenomenon does not happen in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Instead, children with ASD have too many neurons early on and then appear to lose those neurons as they become adults. The findings were published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

UC Davis Schools of Medicine and Nursing rise in U.S. News rankings

March 20, 2018

The medical and nursing schools at UC Davis Health are ranked among the best in the country in the U.S. News & World Report 2019 graduate school rankings, released today (March 20). The list reveals new rankings for medical and nursing programs, as well as business, law, education, engineering, mathematics and physical sciences.

Soon-to-be physicians celebrate Match Day 2018

March 16, 2018

Today’s annual Match Day ceremony at UC Davis School of Medicine gave more than 100 future physicians an exciting glimpse of what the future holds for them in medicine.

Wild Bill does it again, donating thousands to UC Davis Children's Hospital

March 16, 2018

Colorful is one way to describe him. From his past to his ink, there’s a vibrant story to be told about Wild Bill Hill. One of hell-raising, Harleys and Ed Hardy, but most of all … heart.

Spanish questionnaire expected to reduce disparities in speech treatment for cleft-palate patients

March 15, 2018

The Spanish version of a questionnaire used to assess the speech and quality-of- life of children and young adults following cleft-palate surgery has been developed by craniofacial disorder specialists at UC Davis Health and the University of Utah.

UC Davis founding nursing dean steps down, plans to strengthen research role with school

March 15, 2018

Heather M. Young, the founding dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, today announced her plans to step down from her leadership position to assume the roles of dean emerita and professor at the school.

Christopher Evans awarded top honor by the European Association of Urology

March 13, 2018

Christopher Evans, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Urology and president of the Society of Urologic Oncology, will receive the Platinum Award at the International Friendship Dinner on Sunday, March 18 during the 33rd annual European Association of Urology (EAU) meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The role of contraception in women's health disparities

March 12, 2018

Join us on Thursday, March 22, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Old Soul @ 40 Acres in Sacramento for a conversation with UC Davis Health’s Melissa Joy Chen, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology who focuses on family planning.

Primo Lara to become new deputy chair of SWOG

March 9, 2018

Primo “Lucky” Lara, Jr. will become the new deputy chair of SWOG, a research organization of more than 12,000 people at over 1,000 hospitals and clinics that designs and conducts publicly funded cancer clinical trials and that represents a major force cancer advances worldwide.  

Acute myeloid leukemia patients have reduced early mortality at NCI-designated cancer centers

March 8, 2018

Researchers at UC Davis have shown that patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who received their care at a National Cancer Institute (NCI) cancer center in California had a dramatically reduced risk of early mortality. Using data from the California Cancer Registry and the Patient Discharge Dataset, the team determined that the risk was reduced by 53 percent. These findings were reported in February in the journal Cancer.

UC Davis researchers find new way to defeat HIV latency

March 7, 2018

Researchers at UC Davis Health, together with colleagues at UC San Francisco and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, have found a mechanism for making HIV come out of hiding and become susceptible to anti-HIV drugs. Their study is now published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Geraldine Dawson will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on Mar. 14

March 7, 2018

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host autism researcher Geraldine Dawson on Wednesday, March 14 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. She will present “Early intervention and brain plasticity” at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. The event is free to the public and no reservations are required, however, seating is limited. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the hour-long lecture.

New molecular target could help ease asthma

March 6, 2018

Researchers at UC Davis Health and Albany Medical College have shown that the protein vascular endothelial growth factor A — or VEGFA — plays a major role in the inflammation and airway obstruction associated with asthma. The finding may eventually lead to new asthma treatments targeting VEGFA.

Can high doses of vitamin D help prevent memory loss?

March 6, 2018

Vitamin D has long been known to be important for healthy bone growth, but new evidence suggests it also may help keep the brain sharp as people age. The problem is that most older people don’t get enough of it.

Spirit Halloween Superstores donates $73,878 to UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department

March 5, 2018

As part of a nationwide corporate program by Spirit Halloween Superstores, local store operators Kirk and Shanda Pierce presented a check for $73,878 to the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at UC Davis. Members of their in-store teams were also on hand to celebrate this 2017 campaign fundraising total and be acknowledged for their tremendous dedication to help make hospitals less scary for kids.

Grant brings genomic sequencing to children whose insurance doesn't provide coverage

March 1, 2018

The UC Davis Division of Genomic Medicine has received a two-year, $50,000 grant from the Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis to bring next-generation genomic sequencing (NGS) to children in need in the Sacramento region. The grant will support NGS for children with undiagnosed, often congenital, conditions to find the underlying genetic causes and improve their care.

12-year-old patient becomes UC Davis Men's Basketball honorary team captain

March 1, 2018

What a difference a year makes! 12-year-old Folsom resident Jackson Manning had what appeared to be stomach flu symptoms last February. His parents awoke one morning to find his breathing was rapid, he was turning blue and he was unresponsive.

February 2018

A small pay increase can have big health benefits for lower-wage workers

February 28, 2018

Lower-wage workers who receive a $1 raise call in sick less and consider themselves healthier than those who do not, new UC Davis research on minimum-wage policies shows.

Leader in creating a national blueprint to repair health care to speak in Sacramento

February 27, 2018

Ted Epperly, a nationally regarded family physician and leader in creating models of integrated, accessible and cost-effective health care, will speak in Sacramento as part of the UC Davis Health George G. Snively Lectureship in Family Medicine. Epperly’s address is Tuesday, March 6, at 5:30 p.m.  in lecture hall 1222 of the Education Building located at 4610 X Street in Sacramento. Reservations are requested via Eventbrite.

UC Davis Medical Center honored for reducing C-sections

February 23, 2018

UC Davis Medical Center has been honored with the 2017 achievement award for meeting or surpassing the federal target aimed at reducing the state’s low-risk, first-birth Cesarean section (C-section) rate by Smart Care California, a state health care coalition. 

UC Davis physician featured in CDC grand rounds presentation on heart health

February 16, 2018

UC Davis Health cardiologist and heart failure specialist Kathleen Tong talked about “What Works to Prevent Second Heart Attacks” during a grand rounds presentation sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday, Feb. 20. It can be replayed via the Public Health Grand Rounds archive on the CDC’s website.

UC Davis School of Medicine research funding ranks among the top 26 institutions in the U.S.

February 16, 2018

For the first time, UC Davis School of Medicine has ranked in the top 20 percent of institutions in the country for research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  

New study to evaluate the potential links between ozone and COPD

February 14, 2018

Angela Haczku, a leading researcher on environmental causes for airway inflammation, will receive more than $900,000 from the Tobacco Related-Disease Research Program to study chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and ozone, a toxic component of urban smog.

UC Davis family medicine residents are heading to Ukiah

February 14, 2018

Over the next few years, as many as 18 residents will work at both UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento and Adventist Health Ukiah Valley Medical Center as part of a new family medicine physician training program.

Introducing EM Pulse, a podcast from UC Davis emergency medicine physicians about life in the ER

February 14, 2018

Have you ever wondered what it’s like being an emergency medicine physician and how the team works to address some of the nation’s most pressing health care challenges? To find out more, consider listening and subscribing to EM Pulse, a new podcast series launched by UC Davis emergency medicine physicians.

Traveling hands-on exhibit visits UC Davis Medical Center TODAY, Feb. 9

February 9, 2018

UC Davis physicians, nurses and scientists are hosting the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Journey, a traveling, hands-on exhibit to raise awareness about precision medicine. The event is free, open to the public and wheelchair-accessible

Young cancer survivors' risk of heart disease related to race and socioeconomic factors

February 9, 2018

Adolescent and young adult cancer survivors who are African American, poor or have public or no health insurance are far more likely to suffer from coronary artery disease, heart failure or stroke later in life than non-Hispanic white cancer survivors.

Tools for Inclusion Resource Fair Feb. 13

February 9, 2018

Educators, service providers, families and people with disabilities are invited to a free fair showcasing assistive technology devices and strategies on Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 6-8 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute.

Introducing EM Pulse, a podcast by UC Davis emergency medicine physicians

February 7, 2018

Have you ever wondered what it’s like being an emergency medicine physician and how the team works to address some of the nation’s most pressing health care challenges? To find out more, consider listening and subscribing to EM Pulse, a new podcast series launched by UC Davis emergency medicine physicians.

Frank Ing named new chief of pediatric cardiology at UC Davis Children's Hospital

February 6, 2018

Frank Ing, an internationally renowned interventional cardiologist, has been named chief of the UC Davis Division of Pediatric Cardiology, effective Feb. 1.

Traveling hands-on exhibit visits UC Davis Medical Center, Feb. 6 and 9

February 6, 2018

UC Davis Health is hosting the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Journey, a traveling, hands-on exhibit to raise awareness about precision medicine and the All of Us research program.

IHOP pancake drive-through raises funds for UC Davis Children's Hospital on Feb. 26

February 6, 2018

On Monday, Feb. 26, pancake lovers can drive through, eat their fill of short-stack pancakes and make a donation to support sick and injured children at UC Davis Children's Hospital, in recognition of IHOP’s National Pancake Day. 

Northern Californians asked to complete fire impacts survey

February 5, 2018

UC Davis public health researchers are conducting a comprehensive assessment of the health effects of the Northern California fires in October 2017. They are asking one person per household in Napa, Sonoma and other counties affected by the fires to answer an online questionnaire — called the UC Davis Northern California Fire and Health Impacts Survey — about their daily lives, property and health before the fires occurred and immediately afterward, along with their current situations.

New research suggests your own immune system can protect against MRSA infections

February 5, 2018

After years of investigation, researchers at UC Davis, Johns Hopkins, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases have discovered how the immune system might protect a person from recurrent bacterial skin infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus (staph). The findings, publishing online this week in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, open new doors to someday developing vaccines to prevent staph skin infections, which account for 14 million outpatient visits, nearly 500,000 hospital admissions and $3 billion to $4 billion in inpatient health care costs in the U.S. per year.

Alison Singer will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on Feb. 14

February 2, 2018

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host Alison Singer on Wednesday, Feb. 14 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. She will present “Autism from generation to generation” at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. The event is free to the public and no reservations are required, however, seating is limited. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the hour-long lecture.

January 2018

National study finds substantial unmet needs for mental health care among veterans of recent wars

January 31, 2018

A new congressionally mandated report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released today has concluded that there is a substantial unmet need for mental health services among veterans of the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. 

Talamantes honored as an Emerging Scholar

January 25, 2018

Efrain Talamantes, an assistant professor of internal medicine and an expert in advancing equity and diversity in the field of medicine, has been named an Emerging Scholar for 2018 by the publication Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Researchers say medical licensing test should include more prescription drug safety, misuse questions

January 24, 2018

Research led by experts from the UC Davis schools of medicine and nursing has identified gaps in pain-related education for health care providers that leave out important aspects of safe and effective pain management competencies, including those specific to opioid safety. These findings, said the researchers, may help explain one reason for the current public health crisis of inappropriate pain management and prescription drug abuse.

UC Davis Medical Center flu response facts

January 23, 2018

With peak flu season still to come, UC Davis Medical Center is preparing to handle a surge of flu-related cases if the need arises. It is prepping an unused area within the hospital where patients with the flu can be isolated and treated should other options within the hospital reach capacity.

Testing Sonoma ash and air for fire-formed pollutants

January 23, 2018

When fires ripped through suburban subdivisions in Santa Rosa last October, they may have done more than reduce homes to ashes. By incinerating all kinds of materials — insulation, electronics, furniture, cleaning products, pesticides — at very high temperatures, they could have created unknown or previously unrecognized health hazards in the smoke and ash. Researchers from the University of California, Davis, are trying to figure out just what is in that ash and air.

UC Davis to provide primary care services at One Community Health

January 19, 2018

UC Davis Family and Community Medicine physicians will soon expand the availability of primary health care services at the One Community Health clinic in midtown Sacramento.

Lecture to focus on the importance of mindfulness in medicine

January 18, 2018

Ron Epstein, a primary and palliative care physician and director of the Center for Communication and Disparities Research at the University of Rochester, will speak in Sacramento on "Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness and Humanity." His address is Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 5:30 p.m. in the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Auditorium, 4501 X Street in Sacramento. A reception is at 5 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Register for March 3 Donut Dash: Proceeds benefit UC Davis Child Life

January 18, 2018

The tenth annual Donut Dash will take place Saturday, March 3, at 8:30 a.m. at William Land Park in Sacramento. Proceeds will benefit the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department.

Improving pain management

January 15, 2018

Chronic pain is among the most prevalent and challenging health conditions in the nation and people suffering from it outnumber those with cancer, diabetes and heart disease combined. Pain is the most common problem that physicians are asked to treat, but clinicians have not been adequately trained in managing pain. Treatment involving prescription opioids has often been inappropriate and even unsafe, contributing to a national emergency involving tens of thousands of overdose deaths each year and an ever-rising number of people with substance-use disorders.

School strategies for children with ADHD and ASD the topic for Jan. 24 series

January 15, 2018

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, the UC Davis MIND Institute and its Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities will host “School strategies for children with ADHD and ASD” as part of the MINDS Behind the Mind lecture series from 5:30-7 p.m. at the MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. A Q&A with panelists will follow the presentation.

School of Nursing professor awarded for distinguished service to UC Davis

January 12, 2018

Deborah Ward, a clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, received the 2017 James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award, the UC Davis Academic Federation’s highest honor.

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group begins Feb. 20

January 10, 2018

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.

Chief nursing officer is new president of California Association of Healthcare Leaders

January 9, 2018

Toby Marsh, chief nursing and patient care services officer at UC Davis Medical Center, added another hat to his leadership portfolio. This month, he began a year-long term as president of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL).

Minds Behind the MIND Spanish series continues Jan. 18 with Vanessa Avila-Pons

January 9, 2018

On Thursday, Jan. 18, the UC Davis MIND Institute and its Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities will host the second of three Minds Behind the MIND lectures in Spanish. The presentation is from 5:30-7 p.m. at the MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. A Q&A with the panelist will follow the presentation.

UC Davis physician assistant professor named national distinguished fellow

January 9, 2018

Felix Emond, an assistant clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing UC Davis, was named a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). He earned this national recognition due to his outstanding contributions to patient care and the profession during his 30-plus years as a physician assistant. He also demonstrated significant dedication and involvement in the communities in which he has served.

Good Samaritan kidney donor featured in National Geographic

January 5, 2018

UC Davis Health patient Missy Ewing, who donated a kidney to a stranger, is featured in the January issue of National Geographic magazine in an article on the science of good and evil.

UC Davis researcher urges caution on engineered stem cells

January 3, 2018

In a commentary published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, UC Davis researcher William Murphy expressed cautious optimism about efforts to genetically engineer hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) to temporarily resist cell death during transplantation. While these gene therapy approaches could dramatically improve patient outcomes, Murphy argues that their risks must be carefully studied in diverse animal models.

Children's Hospital publishes 2016-2017 Annual Report

January 3, 2018

UC Davis Children's Hospital has published its first-ever Annual Report this week.

Edwin Cook, Jr. will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on Jan. 10

January 2, 2018

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host Edwin Cook on Wednesday, Jan. 10 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. He will present “Translating the complex genetics of autism” at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. This event is open to the public, and no reservations are required. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the hour-long lecture.

December 2017

Ophthalmologists increasingly dissatisfied with electronic health records

December 28, 2017

Ophthalmologists’ use of electronic health records (EHR) systems for storing and accessing patients’ medical histories more than doubled between 2006 and 2016, while their perceptions of financial and clinical productivity following EHR implementation declined, a study published today in JAMA Ophthalmology shows.

Parents of hospitalized kids shop for free toys at this year's Holiday Workshop

December 21, 2017

Parents of hospitalized kids got a chance to shop today as the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at UC Davis Children's Hospital held its annual Holiday Workshop.

New grant funds study of immune cell activity in stem cell transplantation

December 21, 2017

A team of UC Davis investigators has been awarded a $1.2 million grant to examine a common virus and its effects on immune system function after stem cell transplantation.

Cardiopulmonary exercise testing helps pediatric congenital heart patients

December 20, 2017

Five-year-old Zoey Kenison slips her feet onto the bike pedals and begins cycling, hands gripping the handle bars. But this is no ordinary bike. It’s a pediatric cycle ergometer, a fixed stationary bike that measures her heart rate, blood pressure, electrocardiogram and breath-by-breath respiratory indices, including volumes and the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide.

String quartet delights Medical Center staff, visitors and patients

December 20, 2017

A string quartet, featuring UC Davis faculty and friends, delighted staff, visitors and patients in the hospital lobby yesterday by playing Christmas carols, Hannukah songs and other holiday favorites.

Enhanced natural killer cells attack solid tumors

December 19, 2017

Human and veterinary researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have shown that enhanced natural killer (NK) immune cells, combined with radiation therapy, can be effective against spontaneous osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in dogs. The research showed these NK cells homed in on cancer and reduced metastasis in the treated dogs, offering a potential immunotherapy against solid tumors. The study was published today in the Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer

Qualitative health research symposium: Using qualitative methods to advance health research

December 18, 2017

Health care professionals, faculty, researchers and staff from UC Davis and community organizations are invited to discuss qualitative research methods at the fourth Qualitative Health Research Symposium from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 2.

Haddad accepted into American Society of Pediatric Nephrology's Leadership Development Program

December 18, 2017

Maha Haddad, associate professor of pediatrics, was accepted as a member of the fourth cohort of the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology's Leadership Development Program (ASPN LDP). 

UC Davis nursing professor honored by National Hispanic Health Foundation

December 15, 2017

Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, a professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was honored for her commitment to serving the health needs of the growing Hispanic communities in the U.S. The National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) recognized de Leon Siantz and five other health care professionals as outstanding role models who have transformed their government agencies, health professions schools, research, community agencies and media to advance health care to underserved communities. De Leon Siantz is the only nurse recognized this year.

Integrity in medicine: Former New England Journal of Medicine editor to speak in Sacramento

December 15, 2017

Jerome Kassirer, an influential physician and advocate for separating commerce and medicine, will speak in Sacramento on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 5:30 p.m. as the UC Davis Health Snively Visiting Professor in Family and Community Medicine.

Impact of medical marijuana laws on teen substance use differs by grade

December 14, 2017

A study assessing the impact of medical marijuana laws (MML) on adolescent substance use  has found decreased use of all substances among 8th graders, no change among 10th graders and increased non-medical use of prescription opioids and cigarette use among 12th graders, following MML enactment.

Simulation model finds Cure Violence program and targeted policing more effective in curbing urban violence

December 14, 2017

When communities and police work together to deter urban violence, they can achieve better outcomes with fewer resources than when each works in isolation, a simulation model created by researchers at the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program, Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the University at Albany has found.

More new moms need recommended postpartum care

December 14, 2017

About half of new moms in California, including those with diabetes, do not receive critical follow-up care within three months after giving birth, a new study published in the December issue of the journal Contraception shows.

World renowned neonatologist leads UC Davis Department of Pediatrics

December 12, 2017

Satyan Lakshminrusimha, a world renowned neonatologist, has been named chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the UC Davis School of Medicine. The department provides state-of-the-art clinical care and conducts research into disease conditions affecting infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Lakshminrusimha also serves as medical director of UC Davis Children's Hospital, the only nationally ranked pediatric hospital in inland Northern California.

UC Davis nursing school hosts pinning ceremony for inaugural master's-entry nursing students

December 11, 2017

Leaders and faculty from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis hosted a pinning ceremony for students in the inaugural class of the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing program. The traditional event is a symbolic welcoming of newly graduated nurses into the nursing profession. Members of the inaugural class formally complete their graduate school studies Dec. 15 and are then prepared take the national licensing examination for registered nurses.

Children's Hospital's online newsletter published today

December 7, 2017

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

2017 Lazer Radiothon totals exceed previous year

December 7, 2017

Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis and Lazer Broadcasting Corporation raised close to $200,000 for UC Davis Children’s Hospital during the annual Lazer Radiothon held in October. The $198,746 total reflects a 32 percent increase over 2016.

Once upon a time at the MIND

December 5, 2017

More than 1,250 children and their families gathered at the MIND Institute on Saturday for the 15th annual thank-you party, a celebration of their participation in studies or programs that advance research in neurodevelopmental disorders.

UC Davis physician honored as one of the nation's top cardiologists

December 5, 2017

UC Davis physician and nationally recognized heart disease expert Ezra A. Amsterdam has made Forbes' list of top cardiologists in the U.S.

UC Davis researchers collaborate on census of microbial life on the International Space Station

December 5, 2017

Microbiologists at the University of California, Davis who analyzed swabs taken by astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) and compared them with samples from homes on earth as well as the Human Microbiome Project found that the microbial community in this unique habitat was very diverse and more closely resembled that of homes than of humans.

Microscope that uses ultraviolet instead of visible light emerging as powerful diagnostic tool

December 4, 2017

A microscope using ultraviolet light to illuminate samples enables pathologists to assess high-resolution images of biopsies and other fresh tissue samples for disease within minutes, without requiring the time-consuming preparation of conventional slides or destroying the tissue.

Joey Travolta will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on Dec. 13

December 4, 2017

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host Joey Travolta on Wednesday, Dec. 13 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. Travolta, owner of Inclusion Films, will present “Lights, Camera, Independence” at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. This event is open to the public, and no reservations are required. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the hour-long lecture.

November 2017

Pathology professor receives UC Davis Distinguished Emeritus Award

November 29, 2017

Robert Cardiff, renowned pathologist who specializes in the diagnosis of breast and mammary cancer in both human and animal models, has been selected to receive the UC Davis Emeriti Association's 2018 UC Davis Distinguished Emeritus Award.

Statewide survey finds physicians, pharmacists comply with prescription drug monitoring registration. Next step: increase use

November 29, 2017

A state law that funded upgrades to California’s prescription drug monitoring program and mandated physicians, pharmacists and controlled substance prescribers to register by July 2016 significantly increased registration rates, a new survey of 1,904 California physicians and pharmacists conducted by the UC Davis Violence Prevention Program has found.

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

November 29, 2017

UC Davis Health 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.

Denying patient requests lowers physician ratings

November 27, 2017

Patients who ask for specialist referrals, laboratory tests or certain medications and don’t get them tend to be less satisfied with their doctors than those whose requests are fulfilled, new research from UC Davis Health shows. Based on the results, the study authors recommend communications training for physicians that fosters positive experiences for patients without agreeing to all requests for particular diagnostics or treatments.

New county mental health urgent care clinic provides alternative to emergency department

November 27, 2017

Sacramento County is opening a Mental Health Urgent Care Clinic Nov. 29 for adults and children with less acute psychiatric crises or for those requiring an urgent psychiatric evaluation. Located on the county’s Mental Health Treatment Center campus on Stockton Blvd., the walk-in clinic provides an important alternative to UC Davis Medical Center's busy emergency department.

Study shows long-term benefits of steroid hormone medications in Duchenne muscular dystrophy

November 27, 2017

A large, multi-center, international study to assess the long-term benefits of glucocorticoid treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) concludes that it does preserve muscle strength and function as well as reduce the risk of death for patients.

Three UC Davis Health faculty named AAAS fellows

November 21, 2017

Three UC Davis Health faulty members have been elected to the newest class of fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. They are among 15 UC Davis faculty to receive the honor, announced today.

UC study finds performance on med school interviews linked to demographics

November 21, 2017

The medical school interview – a key determinant in the admissions process and, ultimately, in the physician workforce – appears to skew for or against applicants depending on their age, gender and self-identified disadvantaged socioeconomic status.

UC Davis Health collaborating with Marshall Medical Center on electronic health records project

November 21, 2017

A shared project between UC Davis Health and Marshall Medical Center has enabled the Placerville-based community hospital to transition to a new, state-of-the-art electronic health record (EHR) system.

UC Davis Health and Sacramento County Reach Settlement Agreement over Payment for Health Care Services to County Indigent and Jail Inmates

November 20, 2017

UC Davis Health and the County of Sacramento have mutually agreed to a resolution of the University’s pending lawsuit against the County. 

Maternal immune response affects genes in microglia, neural development

November 20, 2017

UC Davis MIND Institute esearchers have shown in a mouse model that an elevated maternal immune response changes the epigenetic landscape in offspring’s microglia, immune cells found in the brain and spinal cord. These changes affect genes associated with immune signaling and neural development, some of which have been implicated in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study was published online in the journal Glia.

NIH's Clinical and Translational Science Award program director visits UC Davis

November 20, 2017

Christopher P. Austin, a neurologist and geneticist who directs the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at NIH, spent Wednesday, Nov. 8 touring UC Davis research labs. He gained insights from CTSC program leaders, physicians and scientists on how to improve the movement of observations from the laboratory and clinic into the community with interventions that reach and benefit patients.

In cancer, talking about bad news can be good

November 17, 2017

Giving bad news is never easy, especially when it’s life or death. But when an oncologist delivers a poor prognosis to a cancer patient, does it harm their relationship?  Some research studies have suggested it can.

Drive-through donations!

November 17, 2017

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

UC Davis Medical Center spending $215 million on seismic safety upgrades

November 16, 2017

Getting ready for “the big one” – a major earthquake – is a constant focus at UC Davis Medical Center.  Seismic safety planning and construction on the university’s 140-acre Sacramento campus must meet rigorous standards and deadlines.

$2 million grant brings telemedicine to children with disabilities

November 15, 2017

The UC Davis Department of Pediatrics has received a $2 million, five-year grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to fund a new telemedicine program for children in remote communities. The School-Based Tele-Physiatry Assistance for Rehabilitative and Therapeutic Services (STARS) program will provide critical physiatry care for kids with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries and other disabilities. The team believes the program will close gaps in care, improve quality of life for affected children and save money. [En Español]

Med student honored with prestigious scholarship

November 13, 2017

Nancy Rodriguez, a third-year medical student at UC Davis School of Medicine, has been awarded one of this year’s Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarships by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Preventing pertussis

November 9, 2017

Pertussis, widely known as “whooping cough,” is a contagious bacterial infection of the respiratory system. It’s called “whooping cough” because children infected with it gasp for air between the fierce bouts of coughing that it causes.

CMN hosts Gratitude Golf Tournament 'fore' the kids

November 8, 2017

More than 70 golfers participated in Monday’s Gratitude Golf Tournament, hosted by Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis. Located at the Yocha Dehe Golf Club, the event featured a day of golf, gratitude and fellowship in support of children’s health and UC Davis Children’s Hospital. The event was made possible by a $5,000 golf grant from Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.

Unlocking the genetics of cancer

November 7, 2017

For many, breast cancer is more than just a disease – it’s personal. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives. But through new discoveries at the genetic level, the personal nature of cancer will eventually be what helps to beat it.

Jerant selected to lead Department of Family and Community Medicine

November 6, 2017

Anthony Jerant, a physician-leader known for his commitment to patient- and family-centered care, has become chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UC Davis.

Startup Cognivive plans games as digital therapies

November 6, 2017

 A startup company founded by a University of California, Davis, neuroscientist is developing video games that act as “digital medicine” to treat children with cognitive impairments, as well as people with cognitive limitations resulting from brain injury or aging. The company, Cognivive, is built on research by co-founder Tony Simon, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at UC Davis, and others showing that playing action video games can enhance players’ spatiotemporal cognitive abilities.

Minds Behind the Mind Spanish Series: The Importance of Family Context on November 16

November 6, 2017

The 2017-2018 Spanish Minds Behind the MIND lecture series kicks off on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th Street in Sacramento.


 

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