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Faulty DNA error correction genes set stage for familial gastric cancer

January 19, 2017

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

Many late-stage lung cancer patients do not get treatment

January 18, 2017

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

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

January 17, 2017

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

Register for Donut Dash: Proceeds benefit UC Davis Child Life

January 17, 2017

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

UC Davis Health System becomes "UC Davis Health"

January 17, 2017

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

Showalter appointed chief information officer for UC Davis Health

January 12, 2017

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

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

January 11, 2017

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

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group begins Feb. 9

January 11, 2017

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

Are you training for a marathon in 2017?

January 10, 2017

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

Genomic sequencing illuminates recent Shigella outbreaks in California

January 9, 2017

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

UC Davis Health welcomes Beijing medical equipment company

January 9, 2017

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

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

January 3, 2017

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

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

December 28, 2016

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

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

December 27, 2016

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

Genomic sequencing illuminates recent Shigella outbreaks in California

December 22, 2016

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

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

December 21, 2016

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

Children's Hospital's online newsletter published today

December 20, 2016

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

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

December 19, 2016

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

UC program excels at reducing hospital blood clots

December 15, 2016

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

Fragile X drug trial gets $11.5 million in NIH funding

December 15, 2016

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

Hormonal contraception is safer than expected for women with diabetes

December 14, 2016

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

UC Davis Children's Hospital joins ImproveCareNow network

December 14, 2016

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

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

December 13, 2016

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

Genetics and environment combine to influence autism-associated genes

December 13, 2016

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

Immunotherapy improves survival in late-stage lung cancer patients

December 12, 2016

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

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

December 6, 2016

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

UC Davis Children's Hospital supports safe sleep practices

December 2, 2016

Every year in the United States, 3,400 infants die of sleep-related causes. In Sacramento County, one infant every other week dies, due to their sleep environment.

UC Davis hosts symposium to address alleviating pain through collaboration

December 1, 2016

UC Davis leaders and faculty from diverse professions and disciplines assembled to help advance pain relief and improve quality of life at the 2016 Advancing Pain Relief Symposium at UC Davis.

Eye Center's principal optometrist receives mentoring award

December 1, 2016

Melissa Barnett, principal optometrist at the UC Davis Eye Center, received the Mentoring Award from the Women in Optometry association. She is one of six optometrists recognized for excellence in leadership, mentorship and education, and innovation.

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

December 1, 2016

UC Davis Health System employees and the general public are invited to cast their votes to support UC Davis Children’s Hospital, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

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Pediatric stroke survivor to run CIM MaraFUNRun on Sunday

November 30, 2016

An otherwise healthy Sacramento pre-teen, Chanell Roberts had just finished running in her P.E. class when the stroke hit. After initial treatment, she was brought to UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Gram-negative bacteria may influence Alzheimer's disease pathology

November 29, 2016

For the first time, researchers have found higher levels of Gram-negative bacteria antigens in brain samples from late-onset Alzheimer’s disease patients. Compared to controls, patients with Alzheimer's had much higher levels of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and E coli K99 pili protein. In addition, The UC Davis team also found LPS molecules congregated with amyloid plaques, which have been linked to Alzheimer’s pathology and progression. The research was published today in the print edition of the journal Neurology.

Lifestyle changes and dementia risk topic of talk at Lesher Center for the Arts

November 29, 2016

Can lifestyle changes help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia? John Olichney, UC Davis professor of neurology and a behavioral neurologist, will address the question at a public lecture Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.

Alarming health disparities could be prevented by breastfeeding

November 23, 2016

Black infants had over twice the deaths of whites attributable to lack of optimal breastfeeding, a new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics shows. Black infants also had over three times the rate of necrotizing enterocolitis, a devastating disease of preterm infants, attributable to suboptimal rates of feeding with their mother’s own milk.

UC Davis Children's Hospital hosts toy drive Dec. 20-23

November 22, 2016

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

UC Davis Eye Center grateful patient named Outstanding Benefactor of the Year

November 16, 2016

Ernest E. Tschannen, whose historic $38.5 million total gift to UC Davis will transform eye care in the Sacramento region and beyond for generations to come, today received the Outstanding Benefactor award from the California Capital Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Kindness, compassion key to cancer center pharmacy program

November 16, 2016

Jacquelyn Conway, a mother who enjoys taking long walks and cooking organic meals, was told she had invasive breast cancer In August 2012. That began an arduous series of cancer treatments starting with chemotherapy – and a determined approach to survival.

Cancer research pioneer to speak on therapy advances

November 15, 2016

Alan Ashworth, renowned basic cancer scientist and president of the UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center, will present a talk on synthetic lethal approaches to cancer therapy Nov. 30 at UC Davis.

Mobile health data may offer new pathways to better patient care

November 15, 2016

A UC Davis-led team has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM) to explore the use of personalized mobile health data to improve chronic disease management and care.

Using antibiotics wisely: Do's and Don'ts

November 14, 2016

Knowing how to use antibiotics safely and appropriately empowers everyone to be a part of the solution to preserve the life-saving power of antibiotics, according to Larissa May, associate professor of emergency medicine at UC Davis Medical Center and a national expert on antibiotic stewardship.

Bennet Omalu receives American Medical Association's highest honor

November 14, 2016

Bennet Omalu, associate clinical professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at UC Davis Health System, received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Medical Association for his groundbreaking work on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) on Saturday at the 2016 AMA Interim Meeting, in Orlando, Fla.

Organ and tissue donors honored

November 9, 2016

Three dozen butterflies — symbols of new life — were recently released during a touching tribute to the UC Davis Medical Center patients who gave life to others.

Consumers again rate UC Davis Medical Center as the region's best

November 7, 2016

UC Davis Medical Center has been selected for the 17th time as a Consumer Choice Award winner by National Research Corporation.

UC Davis School of Nursing researchers receive grant for novel advanced illness care program

November 7, 2016

Researchers from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis were awarded $600,000 from the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation Innovations in Care Program for their collaboration with faith-based organizations in Alameda County that address advanced illness care disparities through the Alameda County Care Alliance (ACCA) Advanced Illness Care Program.

Miss California visits UC Davis Children's Hospital

November 4, 2016

Miss California Jessa Carmack made a visit to patients at UC Davis Children's Hospital this week, along with Miss Sacramento County Lauren Berlinn, Miss Sacramento County's Outstanding Teen Nikki Holbrook and Miss City of Sacramento Outstanding Teen Violet Joy Hansen.

Breast cancer patients have new surgery option with radioactive seed

November 3, 2016

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center now offers a new technique for breast cancer patients undergoing surgery to remove breast cancer that may improve cosmetic outcomes and the patient’s surgery experience.

Join gamers playing for UC Davis Children's Hospital on Extra Life Game Day, Nov. 5

November 2, 2016

Local gamers of all levels and from all categories — console, mobile, PC, table-top, etc. — are uniting for one cause on Saturday, November 5: to save and improve the lives of kids treated at UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Extra Life, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) fundraising program, provides game-loving locals a fun way to support UC Davis Children’s Hospital, the local CMN Hospital.