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Welcome to the UC Davis Health System newsroom. Below you will find the latest health and medicine news from UC Davis. You can also use the advanced search feature to find additional press releases. If you are a journalist, our news service staff is available to help identify sources for stories about patient care, research and education. Also please review important information for journalists for details about patient privacy and arranging for interviews at health system facilities.

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UC Davis to partner with NEC Society to host first national conference on necrotizing enterocolitis

July 28, 2015

The UC Davis Department of Pediatrics and Division of Neonatology will partner with the NEC society in hosting the first national conference on necrotizing enterocolitis, set for spring of 2017.The event will bring together physicians, scientists, and parents from across North America with expertise in necrotizing enterocolitic (NEC) for the first time. 

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

July 28, 2015

The trauma center at UC Davis has been re-verified as level 1 by the American College of Surgeons, making it one of only three trauma centers in California with level I verification in both pediatric and adult trauma care.

Autism costs estimated to reach nearly $500 billion, potentially $1 trillion, by 2025

July 28, 2015

UC Davis health economists have for the first time projected the total costs of caring for all people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the U.S. for the current calendar year and in 10 years if effective interventions and preventive treatments for the condition are not identified and widely available.

Sleep and the Aging Brain topic of August lecture in Walnut Creek

July 28, 2015

Glen Xiong, associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis, will address “Sleep and the Aging Brain” during the August 2015 UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center Community Discovery Lecture Series in Walnut Creek.

Curry elected to Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters

July 23, 2015

Fitz-Roy Curry, distinguished professor emeritus of physiology and membrane biology and biomedical engineering at UC Davis, was elected to the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters, a non-governmental organization that includes Norwegian and foreign members who support the advancement of science and scholarship in Norway.

UC Davis researchers awarded grant for HIV clinical trial using stem cells

July 23, 2015

The state stem cell agency, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), today approved funding a UC Davis Health System research team to conduct a clinical trial using bioengineered stem cells to treat HIV patients suffering from lymphoma, one of the deadly conditions associated with the disease.

UC Davis announces new building for Sacramento campus

July 23, 2015

Leaders of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis announced plans to construct a new education building in Sacramento. Betty Irene Moore Hall will be the fourth structure in the educational core of the campus and will house graduate programs of the School of Nursing, as well as support interprofessional education for other health science education on the UC Davis Sacramento campus.

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

July 22, 2015

The young and the young at heart are invited to a free outdoor summer concert featuring music by the Bay Area band Lovefool, a special player appearance from the Sacramento Republic FC and a Kids’ Zone.

New discoveries in UC Davis brain research the topic of August lecture

July 22, 2015

From new ways to stimulate the brain, to new strategies to monitor and communicate with individuals with psychosis, UC Davis neuroscientists are leaders in understanding the brain and developing new treatments for mental-health disorders. 

One of America's top hospitals

July 21, 2015

UC Davis medical Center has again ranked as one of the best hospitals in the U.S. for 2015-16 in 10 adult medical specialties by U.S. News & World Report.

UC Davis researcher receives grant to study psoriatic arthritis

July 20, 2015

Iannis Adamopoulos, a researcher dedicated to studying diseases of the immune and skeletal systems, has received a $200,000 grant from the National Psoriasis Foundation to improve treatments for psoriatic arthritis.

Sacramento Republic FC's August 22 ticket promotion raises funds for UC Davis Children's Hospital

July 20, 2015

Soccer fans can help sick and injured children at UC Davis Children’s Hospital by buying tickets to the August 22 Sacramento Republic FC match. For every ticket purchased using the link bit.ly/ucdavischildren and promo code: KIDS, Sacramento Republic FC will donate $20 to UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

UC Davis Alzheimer's researchers at core of leading-edge dementia discoveries

July 16, 2015

Imaging the brain, collecting clinical measurements and biological specimens, and generating an unprecedented volume of data for more than 1,700 participants, the groundbreaking Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) has painted a detailed picture of the brain’s progression from cognitive impairment to Alzheimer’s disease, often over many years, demonstrating that while amyloid brain deposits are a leading factor in dementia, there is considerable heterogeneity in cognitive decline in aging.

Association of Pathology Chairs selects Gandour-Edwards with Distinguished Teaching Award

July 16, 2015

Regina Gandour-Edwards, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, has received the Michele Raible Undergraduate Medical Education Distinguished Teaching Award from the Association of Pathology Chairs.

James Marcin is lead author on AAP's telemedicine policy statement about pediatric health care

July 16, 2015

In a new policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) makes recommendations on the use of telemedicine in children’s health care and how it will impact the pediatric workforce. UC Davis division chief of pediatric critical care medicine and head of the UC Davis pediatric telemedicine program was lead author of the report.

James Marcin appointed head of pediatric critical care medicine at UC Davis Children's Hospital

July 15, 2015

James Marcin, pediatric critical care physician and director of the pediatric telemedicine program, has been appointed division chief of pediatric critical care medicine.

Friendships, fun at UC Davis Diabetes Summer Camp

July 15, 2015

Kids in bright yellow UC Davis summer camp shirts gathered at the rock climbing wall at the UC Davis ARC on Friday. But this was not an ordinary group of campers. They were from the UC Davis Diabetes Summer Camp, now in its second year, which provides friendship, fun and diabetes education for patients battling Type I Diabetes.

Lecture to address reducing the risk of falls and related injuries among the elderly

July 14, 2015

Falls, the leading cause of non-fatal and fatal injuries and a leading cause of death among the elderly, will be the topic of the July UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center Community Discovery Series lecture. The speaker will be Christy Adams, UC Davis Health System Trauma Prevention and Outreach Program coordinator.

Sam's Club in Sacramento is #1 CMN fundraiser

July 13, 2015

Sam's Club on Power Inn Road in Sacramento was named the #1 Sam's Club store for raising the most money for Children's Miracle Network in the country during its 2015 campaign. The store raised $42,847.75, with proceeds staying locally and benefitting UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Radiation Oncology faculty earn key leadership roles

July 10, 2015

Two faculty members of the UC Davis Department of Radiation Oncology have been recognized for their leadership and expertise in cancer research and care.

UC Davis Medical Center awarded 'Most Wired 2015' designation

July 10, 2015

UC Davis Medical Center has again earned “Most Wired” designation as one of the nation’s top health leaders in information technology. The 2015 award is based on a national survey conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks.

Rogawski receives 2015 Neuroendocrine Research Award from the American Academy of Neurology

July 9, 2015

Michael Rogawski, professor of neurology at UC Davis, recently was awarded the 2015 Neuroendocrine Research Award at the 67th Annual American Academy of Neurology meeting in Washington, D.C.

New medical school admission process doesn't reduce diversity

July 8, 2015

Under-represented minorities fare as well as others in an increasingly popular method of selecting medical school students known as the Multiple Mini Interview, or MMI, according to new research from the UC Davis School of Medicine.

UC Davis study identifies tools, strategies for enhancing obesity prevention in rural communities

July 7, 2015

Researchers at UC Davis have reviewed a successful telemedicine intervention against pediatric obesity to better understand what worked (or didn’t) and how similar programs can be improved.

UC Davis researchers find key mechanism that causes neuropathic pain

July 6, 2015

Scientists at the University of California, Davis, have identified a key mechanism in neuropathic pain. The discovery could eventually benefit millions of patients with chronic pain from trauma, diabetes, shingles, multiple sclerosis or other conditions that cause nerve damage.

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Level I trauma experience prepares surgeons for battle

June 30, 2015

Soldiers injured during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have the highest survival rates in history, thanks to the availability of surgeons skilled in combat care.

UC Davis study guides efforts to find new strategies, solutions to fight pediatric asthma

June 26, 2015

Low flu vaccination rates, medication compliance and limited access to primary care providers have contributed to poor outcomes for pediatric asthma in California, say UC Davis pediatricians Ulfat Shaikh and Robert Byrd, who have published an extensive study describing the challenges faced by children with asthma in California. [en español]

UC Davis nursing school welcomes physician assistant, nurse practitioner students to master's-degree programs

June 26, 2015

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis conducted a White Coat Ceremony on Thursday to welcome physician assistant and nurse practitioner classes of 2017.

Knoepfler awarded childhood cancer research grant

June 25, 2015

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

Erik Fernandez y Garcia appointed commissioner of new maternal mental health task force

June 24, 2015

Erik Fernandez y Garcia, associate professor of clinical pediatrics at UC Davis Children's Hospital, has been appointed a commissioner on the California Task Force on the Status of Maternal Mental Health Care. The formation of this group was announced at a press conference today, presented by 2020 Mom (formerly the California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative) and the Central Valley Health Policy Institute at Fresno State.  

UC Davis awards $1 million for brain research

June 24, 2015

UC Davis is stimulating innovative, collaborative brain research with a new program offering funding for projects with strong potential to lead to impactful discoveries.

Organ and tissue donors honored with memorial rock at UC Davis Medical Center

June 18, 2015

Organ, tissue and eye donors’ monumental generosity was memorialized this morning when a two-ton inscribed rock was added to the landscape of UC Davis Medical Center.

Evaluating intelligence testing in individuals with intellectual disability

June 18, 2015

Since the latter part of the 19th and early 20th centuries, intelligence tests have attempted to measure human intellectual capabilities. The most common assigns an intelligence quotient, or “IQ” score for normal intelligence in the 90-to-110 point range. Below-normal intelligence falls below 80 IQ points.

UC Davis Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities to hold Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders

June 18, 2015

The 12th Annual UC Davis Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders — one of the nation's premier gatherings of health professionals, educators and families interested in research and best practices in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders — will be held Friday, Aug. 7, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UC Davis Conference Center, 550 Alumni Lane, on the University of California, Davis campus. The Institute is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD) of the UC Davis MIND Institute and the UC Davis Health System Office of Continuing Medical Education. 

UC Davis Children's Hospital collects donations at June 20 Sacramento Republic FC game

June 15, 2015

UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department will be collecting art supplies and toy donations at the June 20 Sacramento Republic FC game at Hughes Stadium.

Leiserowitz receives WAGO award

June 15, 2015

Gary Leiserowitz, chief of gynecologic oncology and interim chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, received the Western Association of Gynecologic Oncologists (WAGO) James F. Nolan Award June 12 at the 2015 Annual Meeting in Santa Rosa.

UC Davis Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology welcomes new chief

June 15, 2015

Marcio H. Malogolowkin, an international leader in the treatment of rare pediatric liver tumors, has joined UC Davis as the new chief of the UC Davis Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology.

First class of UC Davis master's-degree nurse practitioners and physician assistants graduate

June 12, 2015

For the first time, 25 students in the physician assistant and nurse practitioner master’s-degree programs collected degrees through the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis this graduation season, along with six Doctor of Philosophy and 25 Master of Science ― Leadership students.

Early Start Denver Model workshops offered in August

June 11, 2015

The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), a daily play-and routines-based intervention for young children with autism that has been found to result in significant developmental gains, is offering a series of workshops in August.

Forty-four protein biomarkers discovered for Duchenne muscular dystrophy

June 11, 2015

Researchers have identified 44 proteins in the blood of patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy that occur at significantly different concentrations in comparison to healthy individuals of the same age.

The constant movement in ADHD may help children think, perform in school

June 10, 2015

The constant movement of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be distracting -- but the fidgeting also may improve their cognitive performance, a study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found. The take-away message: The hyperactivity seen in ADHD may help children think. [en español]

UC Davis Children's Hospital listed in the nation's Best Children's Hospital rankings

June 9, 2015

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the nation’s top hospitals in five pediatric subspecialties. Together with Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California, its longstanding partner in caring for children with burns, spinal cord injuries, urological issues and orthopaedic disorders, UC Davis Children's Hospital ranked 29th in orthopaedics and 20th in urology. UC Davis also ranked 17th in neonatology, 33rd in diabetes and endocrinology and 45th in neurology and neurosurgery. 

Early intervention program improves long-term outcomes for children with autism

June 9, 2015

An early intervention program for toddlers with autism spectrum disorder improves their intellectual abilities and reduces autism symptoms -- and those results persist years after the children originally received treatment, a new study shows.

Body's response to spicy foods guides design of new pain relief drugs

June 9, 2015

UC Davis researchers have identified the molecular interactions that allow capsaicin to activate the body’s primary receptor for sensing heat and pain, paving the way for the design of more selective and effective drugs to relieve pain. Their work appeared online June 8 in the journal Nature Chemical Biology.

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UC Davis nursing professor honored by national association for published research

May 29, 2015

Gerald Kayingo, a physician assistant and assistant clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, received the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Research Publishing Award at the association’s annual convention this week in San Francisco. He teaches in the school’s physician assistant and nurse practitioner programs.

Restricting firearms access for people who misuse alcohol may prevent violence

May 28, 2015

Restricting access to firearms for people who misuse alcohol could prevent firearm violence, but policies that more clearly define alcohol misuse should be developed to facilitate enforcement, according to a review of existing research and public policies by the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program.

UC Davis nursing graduate students showcase scholarly work at Academic Symposium

May 28, 2015

From hospital readmission rates and simulation training to family planning for rural women and pediatric triage assessment, the scope of work undertaken by students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis ranges from clinical to community, from birth to end of life. Gaduate students pursuing doctoral and master’s degrees present their scholarly work at the 2015 Academic Symposium, June 5 on the UC Davis Sacramento campus.

Results for microbes collected by citizen scientists and grown on the International Space Station

May 27, 2015

Do microbes grow differently on the International Space Station than they do on Earth? Results from the growth of microbes collected by citizen scientists in Project MERCCURI indicate that most behave similarly in both places.

Common heart disease medication could help asthmatics too

May 26, 2015

A drug prescribed to prevent or stall the progress of heart disease may also relieve symptoms of asthma, according to a new study from pulmonary medicine specialists at UC Davis Health System.

UC Davis study finds significant cost savings in pediatric telemedicine consults compared to phone consults

May 21, 2015

Researchers at UC Davis have conducted a comprehensive study to determine whether pediatric telemedicine consultations with rural emergency departments save money compared to telephone consults. The answer is a resounding yes. While telemedicine systems are expensive to install and maintain, they more than pay their way, saving an average $4,662 per use. The study was published in the journal Medical Decision Making. [en español]

UC Davis Medical Center rated among the nation's high performing hospitals by U.S. News & World Report

May 20, 2015

New U.S. News & World Report hospital ratings for five common procedures and conditions show that UC Davis Medical Center is a “high performer” for heart bypass surgery, hip replacements, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and meets expected standards of care for knee replacements.

UC Davis Children's Hospital launches Pediatric Early Mobility Program

May 19, 2015

Early mobility and exercise have been shown to help patients recover faster and decrease long-term effects of delirium, a common condition of pediatric patients admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). UC Davis Children’s Hospital has today launched a Pediatric Early Mobility Program to help improve recovery times, shorten patient stays, reduce pain and delirium among PICU patients.

UC Davis CAARE Center celebrates 25th anniversary

May 19, 2015

The UC Davis CAARE Center recently hosted an anniversary reception to honor the children and families served over the last 25 years and the staff and community partners who have dedicated their lives to the prevention and treatment of child abuse. The event was held April 30 at the UC Davis MIND Institute’s auditorium.

Osteoporosis screening is too common for low-risk women and too uncommon for higher-risk women

May 19, 2015

Many of those who should get it, don’t. And many of those who shouldn’t, do. That’s the story of a common screening test for osteoporosis, according to new research from UC Davis Health System.

UC Davis CMN recognized nationally for its fundraising success at Walmart, Costco stores

May 18, 2015

The Miracle Month of May is only half way through, but UC Davis Children's Miracle Network (CMN) has been recognized nationally for its fundraising success at Walmart and Costco stores.

UC Davis Medical Center recognized for quality care for stroke patients

May 15, 2015

UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for using evidence-based guidelines that improve care and quality of life for stroke patients.

American Pain Society awards Fishman for education in pain management

May 15, 2015

Scott Fishman, chief of the Division of Pain Medicine and professor of anesthesiology at UC Davis Health System, has been awarded by the American Pain Society (APS) for his outstanding educational achievements in pain management.

Sac Republic FC players surprise UC Davis Children's Hospital patients with visit

May 14, 2015

Patients at UC Davis Children's Hospital got a surprise visit from Sacramento Republic FC players Rodrigo "Roro" Lopez and Gabe Gonzalez this afternoon.

Revealing kidney cancer's secret

May 14, 2015

An international team of scientists, led by UC Davis nephrologist Robert Weiss, have used a sophisticated combination of proteomics and metabolomics to show how renal cell carcinoma (RCC) reprograms its metabolism and evades the immune system. In addition, the study found that cancer grade has a major impact on this reprogramming. These results, published in the journal Cancer Research, point to new therapeutic options for this particularly deadly cancer.

UC Davis Residency Programs awarded grants to boost primary-care workforce

May 13, 2015

California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development has awarded more than $600,000 in grants to UC Davis’ Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Training programs to boost primary health-care workforce training in California.

UC Davis tests deep brain stimulation as a treatment for cognitive changes in Parkinson's

May 12, 2015

Surgeons at UC Davis Health System are testing an innovative method of limiting cognitive decline in patients with Parkinson’s disease. The treatment — deep brain stimulation, or DBS — involves delivering low levels of electrical stimulation to a part of the brain that controls the abilities to think, plan and remember.

UC Davis MIND Institute research finds differences in the brains and behavior of girls and boys with autism

May 12, 2015

New research conducted by the UC Davis MIND Institute on a large cohort of preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder has found differences in the underlying biology of their brains, and in  their behavior, that may help explain how the condition affects a little-studied and poorly understood population of children: girls. [en español]

Yellowlees elected vice president of American Telemedicine Association

May 11, 2015

Peter Yellowlees, professor in the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been elected vice president of the American Telemedicine Association, which promotes the use of advanced remote telecommunications for health-care and consultation.

Drug, Device Discovery and Development initiative moves forward

May 11, 2015

On April 15, 2015, three UC Davis leaders in research joined more than forty scientists from across the University of California (UC) system and representatives from the biomedical industry to discuss plans for strengthening UC’s position in drug, device and diagnostics development. 

News 10 highlights UC Davis Children's Hospital in its "Breakfast on the Job" segment

May 8, 2015

UC Davis Children's Hospital was the focus of News 10's "Breakfast on the Job" segment this morning from 5 to 7 a.m. The segment honored UC Davis Children's Hospital employees and discussed job opportunities currently available at the hospital. 

New intervention pioneered at UC Davis Children's Hospital helps mothers address depression

May 7, 2015

Researchers at UC Davis have developed a new intervention that identifies potentially depressed mothers and encourages them to seek treatment. The Motivating our Mothers (MOM) program takes a unique approach, relying on pediatricians rather than the mother’s doctor for diagnosis. In the study, mothers were given a short survey to assess whether they needed additional care. Those who identified depression symptoms were then coached by a research assistant to seek further help. [en español]

UC Davis recognized for support of breastfeeding

May 7, 2015

The Davis and Sacramento campuses of UC Davis are receiving recognition for their promotion and accommodation of breastfeeding.

Robin Steinhorn elected to the American Pediatric Society Council

May 6, 2015

Robin Steinhorn, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and medical director of UC Davis Children’s Hospital, has been elected to the American Pediatric Society (APS) Council.

Dermatologist Jagdeo awarded by American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery

May 5, 2015

Jared Jagdeo, UC Davis assistant professor of dermatology, has received the 2015 Dr. Horace Furumoto Innovations Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS).

New UC Davis program targets next generation of physicians to advance Latino health

May 4, 2015

The University of California, Davis and The Permanente Medical Group today launched a new initiative at UC Davis School of Medicine dedicated to building the next generation of physicians committed to advancing Latino health. [en español]

Cable TV network Animal Planet films at UC Davis Children's Hospital

May 4, 2015

Cable television channel Animal Planet was at UC Davis Children’s Hospital last week to produce an episode of the series “Monsters Inside Me” about Jordan Herbst, the Bishop teenager who in 2013 became infected and survived hantavirus, a life-threatening and rare infection.