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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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What You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's Disease topic of October lecture

October 6, 2015

Monique Breteler, director of Population Health Sciences at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, will address “What You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease,” during the October UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center 2015 Distinguished Lecture.

UC Davis granted $15.5 million to build world's first total-body PET scanner

October 6, 2015

A UC Davis research team has been awarded $15.5 million to build the world’s first total-body positron emission tomography (PET) scanner, which could fundamentally change the way cancers are tracked and treated and put the university on the nation’s leading edge of molecular imaging.

Kenyon to lead pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at UC Davis

October 5, 2015

Nicholas Kenyon, a nationally recognized expert in obstructive airway disease, has been appointed chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and the Gordon A. Wong Professor in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at UC Davis Health System.

Public Forum: Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury through the Lifespan, Oct. 21

October 5, 2015

Concussions — occurring from impacts to the head on the sports field, battlefield, or in an automobile or other accident — are the subject of a two-hour event featuring a multidisciplinary group of UC Davis physicians conducting leading-edge research to identify and treat traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and their long-term aftermath, dementia.

Pourdavoud receives Dr. Anthony Philipps Endowed Scholarship in Pediatrics

October 2, 2015

Catherine Pourdavoud, a second-year student at the UC Davis School of Medicine, has been selected as the 2015 winner of the Dr. Anthony Philipps Endowed Scholarship in Pediatrics.

Spirit Halloween Superstores gives back to UC Davis Children's Hospital

October 1, 2015

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

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New treatments a big step for patients with advanced kidney cancer

September 29, 2015

In an editorial published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Primo Lara, associate director for Translational Research at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and David Quinn, medical director, USC Norris Cancer Hospital, highlight two new drugs that have shown great efficacy against kidney cancer.

UC Davis researcher advocates ending Medicare coverage of controversial mammography tool

September 28, 2015

A costly tool used on nearly all mammograms does not increase cancer detection rates and should no longer be covered by Medicare, argues Joshua Fenton, a family physician and comparative effectiveness researcher in an editorial published online today in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine.

Mini Medical School to prepare for life's second half

September 28, 2015

Visionary middle-agers, novice seniors or individuals of almost any age are invited to enroll in UC Davis’ highly regarded Mini Medical School. 

UC Davis to test a computer program designed to reduce suicide

September 25, 2015

UC Davis Health System researchers have received a four-year, $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to use a technology-based approach to help prevent suicide among those most at risk: middle-aged men.

Rivera receives Janet Gordon Armour M.D., Scholarship

September 25, 2015

UC Davis medical student Nancy Rivera has been selected to receive the 2015-16 Janet Gordon Armour, M.D., Scholarship, which benefits an outstanding first-year female student pursuing primary care medicine. The award, established in 1997, honors Janet Gordon Armour, a 1978 graduate of the UC Davis School of Medicine.

Stomp Out Kids Cancer donates to UC Davis Children's Hospital pediatric patients

September 24, 2015

Thanks to Les Mahler from Stomp Out Kids Cancer, UC Davis Children’s Hospital pediatric patients had the opportunity to attend an Oakland A’s baseball game this summer. The tickets were provided at no cost to patients.

Neurosurgeons on the sidelines

September 22, 2015

UC Davis’ first home football game on Sept. 12 featured a newcomer on the sidelines: neurosurgeon Kia Shahlaie.

Maselli, UC Davis neurology researcher, receives $300,000 grant from Muscular Dystrophy Association

September 21, 2015

Ricardo A. Maselli, UC Davis professor of neurology, has received a $300,000 grant from the Muscular Dystrophy Association to test the use of stem cells as a vehicle for delivering ColQ, which is a protein that is deficient in a severe form of Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome.

Tumor suppressor LRIG1 controls breast cancer aggression and invasion

September 21, 2015

Researchers at UC Davis have shown that the protein LRIG1 reduces breast cancer invasion and could potentially help control metastasis. Using aggressive basal-like breast cancer cell lines, the scientists found that restoring LRIG1 expression reduced these cells’ growth and invasiveness.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus visits UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 18, 2015

UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients had a special visit from the Big Top yesterday when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performers came to unveil a new permanent circus mural and bring smiles to children and families.

UC Davis nursing school welcomes doctoral and master's-degree students in leadership programs

September 18, 2015

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis welcomed 34 graduate students Thursday at a ceremony to mark the beginning of their Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Programs. Nine students begin their four-year journey to achieve Doctor of Philosophy degrees, along with 25 people pursuing master’s degrees in leadership.

UC Davis MIND Institute studies the use of sertaline (Zoloft ®) in young children with autism spectrum disorder

September 18, 2015

Whether the language and social development of very young children with ASD can be improved through treatment with sertraline, commonly known by the brand name Zoloft ®, is the subject of a new clinical trial at the UC Davis MIND Institute.

2015-16 MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series starts Oct. 14

September 16, 2015

The UC Davis MIND Institute kicks off its 2015-16 Distinguished Lecturer Series in October with an address by Lisa Croen, Director of the Kaiser Permanente Autism Research Program, who will address “The epidemiology of autism: Investigating perinatal risk factors.” The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. It is free and open to the public and no reservations are required.

Initiative to improve treatment, services for children with autism receives $10 million grant

September 16, 2015

Researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute are participating in an initiative project to provide better treatment for children with autism in under-served areas through a five-year, $10 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The program aims, to bring evidence-based research practices to communities throughout the U.S.

UC Davis Children's Hospital joins Society of Critical Care Medicine's ICU Liberation Collaborative

September 15, 2015

The UC Davis Children’s Hospital was recently accepted as one of eight pediatric centers in the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s ICU Liberation Collaborative.

UC Davis Vascular Center receives accreditation for vein procedures

September 11, 2015

The UC Davis Vascular Center’s vein program has been accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) for the evaluation and treatment of venous disorders.

Welltopia site awarded for making health information more accessible to consumers

September 9, 2015

Welltopia, a website that offers Californians a wide range of essential resources to help build healthier lives and communities, will be honored with a 2015 Digital Government Achievement Award by GovTech’s Center for Digital Government on Sept. 25 in New Orleans. [en español]

UC Davis patients, nurses star in new pediatric cancer video series

September 9, 2015

Children undergoing cancer treatment at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center take center stage in a series of specially created videos aimed at helping families cope with a new diagnosis, through their treatment journey and into survivorship.

UC Davis study shows popular molecular tests over diagnose C. difficile infections up to 50 percent

September 8, 2015

Clostridium difficile is a common cause of infection and diarrhea in hospitalized patients, but a new study by UC Davis pathologists suggests that many patients are mistakenly diagnosed and do not need antibiotic treatment.

UC-ReX Initiative Team honored for accelerating health research

September 4, 2015

Ten teams representing multiple locations across the University of California won 2015 Larry L. Sautter Awards during ceremonies at the recent UC Computing Services Conference in Riverside.

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group begins Sept. 28

September 3, 2015

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.

Alzheimer's Disease Center joins 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer's

September 2, 2015

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center will participate in the 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Sacramento on Saturday, Oct. 3. The center’s team name is “UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center;” it is seeking team participants and donations. To participate or make a gift visit the website for the Alzheimer’s Association, which sponsors the event.

Public Forum: Concussion and brain injury through the lifespan

September 1, 2015

Join us for a dynamic, interactive event that features brief presentations and discussion on the new ways to identify, prevent and treat concussions and brain injury.

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UC Davis researchers receive $5.4 million grant to study new tool to evaluate early-stage Alzheimer's

August 31, 2015

Alzheimer’s researchers at UC Davis and UC San Diego have launched a new study which aims to detect the earliest stages of cognitive dysfunction in people with pre-clinical Alzheimer’s disease by using event-related brain potentials (ERPs).

Alzheimer's behaviors: How do I manage them? topic of September lecture

August 27, 2015

Alzheimer’s behaviors: How do I manage them? will be the subject of the next UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center Community Discovery Lecture Series address. The discussion will be held on Monday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lescher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek .

High temperatures pose danger to kids, pets left in cars

August 25, 2015

With triple digit temperatures still in the Sacramento weather forecast, it’s important to remember that it is never safe for a child to be left alone in a car – even if the windows are rolled down.

UC Davis MIND Institute to present inaugural Lynne Ora Kushel Memorial Lecture on Bipolar Disorder

August 25, 2015

Jair C. Soares, professor and Pat R. Rutherford, Jr., chair in psychiatry, UTHealth Medical School, will present the inaugural Lynne Ora Kushel Memorial Lecture on Bipolar Disorder at the UC Davis MIND Institute on Thursday, Oct. 1.

MIND Institute researchers receive grant to measure language acquisition in autism

August 24, 2015

The evaluation of new treatments for autism spectrum disorder is being hampered by the lack of validated measures to assess the progress that individuals make in such treatments. UC Davis MIND Institute researchers, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota and University of Washington, will study the utility of methods for measuring language acquisition in people with autism spectrum disorder, in order to evaluate their treatment progress, through a $125,000 seed grant from the Simons Foundation for Autism Research.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: How to water the grass and raise money for a worthy cause.

August 20, 2015

UC Davis ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic Co-Directors Bjorn Oskarsson and Nanette Joyce demonstrated how to water the grass, despite the drought, and raise money for a very worthy cause: The ALS Association of Greater Sacramento. The association supports the clinic, which is an ALS Center of Excellence. If you would like to make a gift, click here. The ice bucket challenge took place on Wednesday, August 19.

Leiserowitz named chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UC Davis

August 20, 2015

Gary S. Leiserowitz, professor and chief of gynecologic oncology, has been appointed chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Leiserowitz previously was the department’s interim chair, starting in August 2014.

New York Blood Center partners with UC Davis Health System to produce more viable stem cell therapies

August 20, 2015

New York Blood Center (NYBC) today announced a new collaboration with the University of California, Davis, Health System to manufacture specialized lines of stem cells as potential therapies for repair and regeneration of retina, kidney, lung and liver tissue, as well as for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Huntington's disease.

Managing Alzheimer's behaviors topic of September lecture

August 20, 2015

“Alzheimer’s behaviors: How do I manage them?” will be the subject of the next UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center Community Discovery Lecture Series address. The discussion will be held on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

UC Davis ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic takes up the ALS ice-bucket challenge

August 18, 2015

Hardy souls from the UC Davis Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic will take up the cause to raise funds for the ALS Association on Wednesday, Aug. 19, during the ALS ice-bucket challenge — a dousing with ice-cold water that is a call to action to donate to a cure for ALS.

American Indian undergraduates visit UC Davis to explore health professions

August 18, 2015

Twenty American Indian undergraduates from across the western United States recently attended the second annual American Indians Accessing Health Professions Workshop 2015 at UC Davis Health System. The three-day workshop was hosted and organized by the UC Davis School of Medicine Office of Student and Resident Diversity, in partnership with the Association of American Indian Physicians, UCLA and the University of Nevada.

Summer Concert brings music, family fun to health system campus

August 18, 2015

Staff, faculty, students and neighbors enjoyed live music, food and fun at last week’s free summer concert, presented by UC Davis Children’s Hospital. The event was co-hosted by the UC Davis Health System Community Advisory Board and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® Telethon raises $274,958 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

August 18, 2015

Telethon viewers and partners raised $274,958 for UC Davis Children's Hospital, the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital in Sacramento.

UC Davis to employ canines to sniff out cancer

August 17, 2015

UC Davis clinicians are hoping to greatly advance cancer screenings with the innate olfactory skills of man’s best friend.

A better way to personalize bladder cancer treatments

August 13, 2015

Researchers at UC Davis, in collaboration with colleagues at Jackson Laboratory, have developed a new way to personalize treatments for aggressive bladder cancer.

Nesbitt, Silva and Sweeney recognized for outstanding achievement and teaching

August 13, 2015

Two UC Davis School of Medicine faculty members and a dean emeritus of the school have been recognized with the 2015 Hibbard Williams Extraordinary Achievement Award and the C. John Tupper Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

New UC Davis environmental research center links science with advocacy

August 12, 2015

A cross-disciplinary center focused on identifying connections between environmental toxins and disease has been established at UC Davis Health System with the ultimate goal of developing preventions and policies that protect communities from unhealthy exposures.

Kohl's Cares supports UC Davis Children's Hospital's trauma prevention efforts

August 12, 2015

The UC Davis Injury and Trauma Prevention Program has received a grant for $202,309 from Kohl’s Cares® to support its child and adolescent injury prevention efforts in the Sacramento area. Kohl’s will formally present the donation at the UC Davis Children’s Hospital free summer concert on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. Since 2005, Kohl’s has donated more than $2.4 million to UC Davis Children’s Hospital to support its children’s health initiatives.

New combination treatment effective against melanoma skin metastases

August 11, 2015

mIn findings never before seen in melanoma, a novel combination therapy was found to be highly effective at treating patients with skin metastases, new research from UC Davis has shown.

Using kidneys from very small donors for transplant is safer than expected

August 10, 2015

Kidneys transplanted from infants who died of birth-related or other complications are less likely to fail due to a post-surgical vascular complication known as graft arterial stenosis (GAS) than kidneys from deceased adults, resesarchers have found.

UC Davis cancer patient makes generous gift to ease children's hospital stay

August 7, 2015

In a check presentation Aug. 6 at the UC Davis Medical Center, Roy Chavez, a UC Davis brain cancer patient and Mule Creek State Prison correctional officer, made a generous gift to support programs and services for children staying at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

UC Davis clinical research scientist wins second Hartwell Foundation award for pediatric cancer research

August 7, 2015

UC Davis pediatric oncologist and researcher Noriko Satake has been awarded a 2015 Hartwell Biomedical Research Collaboration Award from The Hartwell Foundation, a philanthropy that funds innovative and leading-edge biomedical research with the potential to benefit children of the United States. This is the first time a Hartwell investigator from UC Davis has received the Foundation’s inter-institutional Collaboration Award.

Cherry lands top NCI grant

August 6, 2015

Simon Cherry, distinguished professor in the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology, and co-leader of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Biomedical Technology Program, has been selected to receive a prestigious Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Raising pay can reduce smoking rates

August 6, 2015

In addition to restricting when and where tobacco is used at work, UC Davis Health System research shows that employers can do something else to reduce the number of employees who smoke: raise wages.

Long-term ovarian cancer survival higher than thought

August 5, 2015

Combing data collected on thousands of California ovarian cancer patients, UC Davis researchers have determined that almost one-third survived at least 10 years after diagnosis.

Curry honored with two international recognitions for microcirculation research

August 5, 2015

Fitz-Roy Curry, distinguished professor emeritus of physiology and membrane biology and biomedical engineering at UC Davis, has been honored with two international recognitions for his contributions in microcirculation research.

Researchers call for improved firearm safety counseling by physicians

August 4, 2015

Physicians should improve the way they discuss firearm safety with patients by showing more respect for the viewpoints of gun owners, according to an article by a University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty member published in the Aug. 4 issue of JAMA.

UC Davis physiology and membrane biology department names new chair

August 3, 2015

Luis Fernando Santana, a scientist with an international reputation for his work on arrhythmias and the physiology of calcium channels in smooth and cardiac muscle, has been named professor and chair of the Department of Physiology and Membrane Biology at UC Davis School of Medicine. [en español]