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Match Day 2017

March 22, 2017

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

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

March 21, 2017

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

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

March 21, 2017

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

Telemedicine Saves Patients Time, Money

March 21, 2017

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

TAVR program reaches a milestone

March 15, 2017

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

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

March 15, 2017

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

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

March 14, 2017

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

UC Davis ranks among nation's top medical schools

March 14, 2017

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

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

March 14, 2017

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

UC Davis study finds disparities in clinical trial consent process

March 13, 2017

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

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

March 8, 2017

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

Developing new collaborations and technologies

March 7, 2017

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

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

March 7, 2017

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

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

March 7, 2017

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

Doctors and patients often disagree on pain treatment goals

March 6, 2017

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

Cerebrospinal fluid shows promise as autism biomarker

March 6, 2017

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

UC Davis licenses novel compound that helps stem cells regenerate bone

March 3, 2017

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

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

March 2, 2017

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

Forum inspires women to take charge of their heart health

March 1, 2017

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

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

February 24, 2017

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

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

February 23, 2017

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

Research linking obesity to immune function and disease gets funding boost

February 23, 2017

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

Reducing Diagnostic Errors focus of 2017 Highman Lecture at UC Davis

February 23, 2017

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

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

February 23, 2017

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

Eat pancakes, help sick children on March 6

February 22, 2017

On Monday, March 6, 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 the International House of Pancakes' (IHOP) National Pancake Day.

Placenta provides time capsule for autism studies

February 21, 2017

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

Adult ADHD topic of upcoming UC Davis MIND Institute lecture

February 16, 2017

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

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

February 14, 2017

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

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

February 13, 2017

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

Language barriers may interfere with access to kidney transplantation

February 10, 2017

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

Poverty and high neighborhood murder rates increase depression in older adults

February 9, 2017

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

UC Davis leads the nation in kidney transplants

February 8, 2017

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

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

February 8, 2017

UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department will continue to train individuals to become certified child life specialists at UC Davis Children's Hospital, thanks to this year’s donation by Spirit Halloween Superstores.

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

February 7, 2017

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

UC Davis hosts nation's first necrotizing enterocolitis symposium in partnership with the NEC Society

February 7, 2017

UC Davis and the NEC Society will host the necrotizing enterocolitis symposium, the nation’s first conference solely focused on the prevention and improved treatment of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), on April 5-7 at the UC Davis Conference Center. The symposium will bring together internationally acclaimed medical experts and researchers, neonatologists, pediatric surgeons, immunologists, neonatal nurses, dietitians and lactation specialists, along with patient families affected by the disease.

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

February 2, 2017

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

UC Davis experts: American Heart Month

February 1, 2017

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

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

January 31, 2017

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

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

January 31, 2017

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

How maternal immune response to allergies may affect neurodevelopment

January 31, 2017

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

Prior DUIs predict future criminal activity among firearm owners

January 30, 2017

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

UC Davis Cancer Care Network welcomes two new sites

January 26, 2017

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

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

January 25, 2017

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

Faulty DNA error correction genes set stage for familial gastric cancer

January 19, 2017

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

Many late-stage lung cancer patients do not get treatment

January 18, 2017

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

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

January 17, 2017

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

Register for Donut Dash: Proceeds benefit UC Davis Child Life

January 17, 2017

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

UC Davis Health System becomes "UC Davis Health"

January 17, 2017

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

Showalter appointed chief information officer for UC Davis Health

January 12, 2017

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

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

January 11, 2017

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

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group begins Feb. 9

January 11, 2017

The UC Davis Hospice Program and UC Davis Children's Hospital Bereavement Program will offer an eight-week Young Adult Bereavement Art Group for individuals ages 17 to 24 who are coping with the recent loss of a loved one.

Are you training for a marathon in 2017?

January 10, 2017

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

Genomic sequencing illuminates recent Shigella outbreaks in California

January 9, 2017

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

UC Davis Health welcomes Beijing medical equipment company

January 9, 2017

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

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

January 3, 2017

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