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Med student focusing on brain research awarded 2017 O'Connor research grant

July 28, 2017

John Paul Aboubechara, a fifth-year student in the combined M.D./Ph.D. program at UC Davis School of Medicine, has been honored with this year’s Daniel T. O’Connor, M.D., Memorial Research Grant.

Massive study launched to test personalized approach to breast cancer screening

July 26, 2017

Sorting out when or whether to get mammograms can be perplexing for any woman, and a health provider’s advice may not settle the matter. That’s because even experts disagree about when screening mammography is appropriate and for whom.

UC Davis nursing professor named Gerontological Society of America fellow

July 26, 2017

Debra Bakerjian, an associate adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, is among the 72 new fellows of the Gerontological Society of America. Leaders of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging announced this year’s class at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics World Congressin San Francisco July 25.

UC Davis to lead $14 million Alzheimer's disease study in Latinos

July 25, 2017

The University of California has been awarded a nearly $14.7 million multi-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study contributors to dementia in the Latino population in the United States. The multicenter study will examine the biological underpinnings of stroke, mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease among Hispanics, and pursue new therapeutic directions to reduce brain health disparities.  

UC Davis liderará estudio de $14 millones sobre la enfermedad de Alzheimer entre latinos

July 25, 2017

La Universidad de California ha recibido una subvención de casi $14.7 millones, distribuida entre varios años, de los Institutos Nacionales de la Salud a fin de estudiar los factores que contribuyen en la demencia entre la población latina en los Estados Unidos. El estudio entre múltiples centros examinará los fundamentos biológicos de los accidentes cerebrovasculares, las discapacidades cognitivas leves y la enfermedad de Alzheimer entre los hispanos, y procurará nuevas vías terapéuticas para reducir las disparidades en la salud del cerebro.

Miracle Treat Day benefits UC Davis Children's Hospital on July 27

July 21, 2017

On Thursday, July 27, in celebration of Miracle Treat Day, participating Dairy Queen® locations in Sacramento will come together to raise funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. 

UC Davis-led group receives $17 million NCI grant

July 19, 2017

Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC) investigators have received a $17 million program project grant renewal from the National Cancer Institute to study the effectiveness of different breast cancer screening and surveillance strategies using digital mammography, digital breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography), and breast MRI. Co-led by UC Davis researcher and Dean's Professor of Biostatistics Diana Miglioretti, the consortium seeks to ensure that women get personalized care based on their individual risk and preferences.

Clinical trial shows some promise for Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug

July 18, 2017

The results of an international clinical trial, led in part by a UC Davis School of Medicine expert, have shown that a drug therapy for a severe type of muscular dystrophy holds promise for a subgroup of patients.

Study quantifying oral antibiotic overprescribing in outpatient settings receives CDC national award

July 14, 2017

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adverse drug events from antibiotics result in roughly 143,000 emergency department visits each year nationwide. A research study, co-authored by emergency medicine associate professor Larissa May and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2016, has been selected for the 2017 Charles C. Shepard Science Award in the Assessment category.

Kuppermann gets award of a lifetime

July 14, 2017

The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) recently honored Nate Kuppermann with more than just a lifetime award for meritorious accomplishments in research and mentorship.

One-of-a-kind physician training blends family medicine with obstetrics

July 13, 2017

The nation’s first and only fully integrated family medicine and obstetrics medical residency program recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Known as the UC Davis Family Medicine/Obstetrics (FMOB) Residency, the program trains doctors in the “whole family” approach of family medicine together with the intricacies of labor and delivery.

Kristin Hoffman named 2017 Eli Gold Prize recipient

July 13, 2017

Kristin Hoffman, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, has been awarded the 2017 Eli Gold Prize this month.

The benefits of breast milk on gut health topic of July 27 presentation

July 13, 2017

How can our bodies have protection against infections and the protection that comes from healthy intestinal bacteria? Mark Underwood, chief of neonatology at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, will discuss how the components of human breast milk help provide answers to these questions on Thursday, July 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Old Soul @ 40 Acres, 3434 Broadway in Sacramento.

Chronic liver inflammation linked to Western diet, mouse study finds

July 12, 2017

A new study published today in The American Journal of Pathologyfound  that mice fed a high-fat, high-sugar Western diet developed hepatic inflammation, which was more common in males than females and most pronounced in mice that also lacked a bile acid receptor known as farnesoid x receptor, or FXR.

Bertakis named distinguished professor

July 12, 2017

Klea Bertakis, professor of family and community medicine, has received the honorary title of distinguished professor, in recognition of her exceptional level of scholarship and excellence in teaching

Life-saving Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program extended 5 years

July 11, 2017

In a decisive move by the Governor and Legislature, the University of California Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program (UCBCP) has been extended through 2022. The program enables mothers of newborns to donate their babies’ umbilical cord blood and have it publicly banked so it is available to anyone for lifesaving transplantations.

Camp MIND helps children enhance social skills, develop new friendships

July 10, 2017

The little brown-haired girl looked shyly at the man behind the counter at the café and took a breath.

How food can help prevent Alzheimer's disease topic of July 20 lecture

July 10, 2017

Rosane Oliveira, founding director of the UC Davis Integrative Medicine Program, will speak about how diet can affect brain health at a free public lecture on July 20 at 6 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th Street in Sacramento.

UC Davis physician honored for Huntington's disease work

July 10, 2017

The Northern California chapter of Huntington’s Disease Society of American (HDSA) has honored UC Davis Health’s Lorin Scher for his outstanding service to the Huntington’s disease community in the Sacramento region.

Howell to receive Papanicolaou Award for outstanding achievements in cytopathology

July 6, 2017

Lydia Pleotis Howell, a national leader known for her work to improve women's health, will receive the American Society of Cytopathology’s most prestigious honor, the Papanicolaou Award, at the annual scientific meeting in Phoenix on Nov. 12.

Notice of recent privacy breach

July 6, 2017

UC Davis Health announced today that it is in the process of notifying approximately 15,000 patients of a breach of an employee’s email account as a result of a phishing scam. Though there is no indication that the breach resulted in the actual acquisition of or access to personal or medical information, out of an abundance of caution, the university is notifying patients whose information was stored in the account. 

Alex's story

July 3, 2017

Estella Mendoza of Dixon was 15 weeks pregnant in September 2016 when a routine blood test and an ultrasound examination detected a serious abnormality: her fetus had myelomeningocele, a form of spina bifida.

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A surprise gift to help millions

June 30, 2017

UC Davis Health today announced receiving a $2.6 million gift from the estate of the late Robert H. Putnam to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

UC Davis Health, Sacramento Fire partnering to improve emergency care for children

June 28, 2017

UC Davis Health and the Sacramento City Fire Department have established a research partnership that aims to improve care for sick and injured children during and after an emergency transport.

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

June 27, 2017

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Reportamong the nation’s top hospitals in five pediatric subspecialties. UC Davis ranked 16th in neonatology, 23rd in nephrology, and 41st in diabetes and endocrinology. UC Davis Children's Hospital  also ranked 18th in orthopaedics and 26th in urology, in collaboration with Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California

Children's Hospital's online newsletter published today

June 27, 2017

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

Register for Duck Dash: Proceeds benefit UC Davis Child Life

June 26, 2017

The fifth annual Duck Dash will take place Saturday, Aug. 12, 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.

New grant aims to improve and broaden schools' practices for children with autism

June 23, 2017

The UC Davis MIND Institute has received a 3-year, $1.4 million grant to study how to build a statewide network to improve use of evidence-based practices for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

Researchers validate mouse model for autism

June 22, 2017

Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital have confirmed that mice without the Shank3B protein model aspects of brain physiology and behavioral symptoms observed in people with autism. The findings confirm that Shank3B knockout mice provide a valuable research tool for future efforts to develop new therapies. The study, supported by Autism Speaks, was published in the journal Molecular Autism.

Crocker Art Museum partners with UC Davis pain management expert for summer art meditation series

June 22, 2017

In support and acknowledgement of the Crocker Art Museum’s work to benefit the community through art-based wellness programs, the Museum is pleased to announce it has been awarded a Hemera Foundation grant to bolster its efforts, and introduce a new, 3-week, introductory Artful Meditation course, starting June 25.

Study debunks claim of greatly improved survival rate for gunshot victims

June 22, 2017

The survival rate of U.S. gunshot victims has not shown a marked improvement, as other recent studies have suggested, according to new research from Duke University and the University of California, Davis.

East Wing fire and life safety upgrades to begin in early July 2017

June 22, 2017

Improvements to the fire and life-safety infrastructure for the East Wing of the hospital is set to begin July 10, 2017 and extend through November 2019. Work to improve the infrastructure will be done in phases throughout select areas of the East Wing, including corridors, stairways, rooftop mechanical spaces and patient floors.

UC Davis Health hosts migrant student workshop

June 20, 2017

UC Davis Health welcomes 145 migrant high school students Sunday, June 25 for a day of tours, talks and opportunities to learn more about medical science from students, fellows and faculty.

Surviving summer with chronic lung disease

June 19, 2017

UC Davis pulmonary health and air quality experts offer advice for saving your breath during times of high heat and poor air quality, which can be extremely challenging for those with COPD, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and other lung conditions.

UC Davis nursing school hosts graduation celebration

June 16, 2017

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis lauded the accomplishments of 61 master’s-degree students and nine doctoral candidates at its sixth graduation celebration.

Immigrant farmworkers less likely to use SNAP, study shows

June 15, 2017

The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — formerly known as “food stamps” — that helps low-income individuals and families purchase food is less likely to be used by farmworkers eligible for the benefit who are immigrants, Hispanic, male, childless or residing in California, new research from UC Davis health economists shows.

The Incredible Hulk's Lou Ferrigno, other superheroes visit UC Davis Children's Hospital

June 15, 2017

UC Davis Children’s Hospital became even more super when The Incredible Hulk’s Lou Ferrigno and West Coast Avengers superheroes Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, Iron-Man, Batgirl and Black Widow visited pediatric patients this morning.

Certain vitamins can help prevent age-related cognitive decline

June 15, 2017

Joshua Miller, professor and chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, will speak about the role vitamins can play in preventing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia at a free public lecture on June 29 at 6 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th Street in Sacramento.

Ultrasound for children with abdominal trauma

June 13, 2017

Despite evidence showing that the routine use of sonography in hospital emergency departments can safely improve care for adults when evaluating for possible abdominal trauma injuries, researchers at UC Davis Medical Center could not identify any significant improvements in care for pediatric trauma patients.

UC Davis nursing graduate students showcase scholarly work at academic symposium

June 8, 2017

From preparing health workers for better emergency response and improving monitoring for those with hypertension to restoring dignity to homeless women and identifying mental health access for young victims of trauma, 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.

The virtual health care provider will see you now

June 7, 2017

When Kristine Seraspi’s allergies advanced to include a cough, she weighed her options. Try to find time in her busy schedule to squeeze in an appointment with her primary care physician or check out UC Davis Health’s Virtual Clinic, a secure online diagnosis and treatment service that connects patients with practitioners on demand.

Peer group intervention can encourage inclusion of kids with ADHD

June 7, 2017

Amori Mikami, associate professor and clinical psychologist at the University of British Columbia, will speak about ways to increase inclusion of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in peer groups at a free public lecture June 14 at 4:30 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento.

How treating a dog's tumors may help in the fight against human cancer

June 6, 2017

With its internationally renowned school of veterinary medicine and its NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center, UC Davis is uniquely positioned to harness the power of each to tackle one of life’s greatest challenges: cancer.

How gender, diet, microbiota and molecules contribute to metabolic disease and liver cancer

June 6, 2017

Researchers at UC Davis Health and other institutions have shown that gender differences in mice microbiota can modulate the risk of developing metabolic disease and liver cancer. In addition, the team found that a bile acid receptor protein, called FXR, has a profound impact on mouse microbiota and bile acid profiles and is differentially expressed based on gender. The study was published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Sacramento Republic FC players deliver new doctor kits to pediatric patients

June 2, 2017

Sacramento Republic FC players and staff delivered donated toy doctor kits at UC Davis Children’s Hospital and visited with pediatric patients this week. The professional soccer team hosted a drive this spring, inviting staff and fans to donate toy doctor kits.

Gandara named "Giant of Cancer Care"

June 2, 2017

David R. Gandara, professor and director of thoracic oncology at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named a “Giant of Cancer Care” in lung cancer by OncLive in recognition of his work to advance the field of oncology through his contributions in research and clinical practice.

High temperatures pose danger to kids, pets left in cars

June 1, 2017

With summer just around the corner, it’s important to remember that it is never safe for a child or pet to be left alone in a car – even if the windows are rolled down.

Beyond broken bones, CTs also detect frailty and predict survival

June 1, 2017

Using computed tomography (CT) to evaluate muscle health may help identify optimal treatments for older patients who fall and break their hips, a new study led by radiologists from UC Davis and Wake Forest Baptist medical centers has found.

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Technology helps NICU families stay connected with their newborns at UC Davis Children's Hospital

May 30, 2017

One of the challenges for families with a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is that hospitalizations can be very long and many families are unable to be at the bedside as much as they would like as they return to work and care for other children. UC Davis neonatologist Kristin Hoffman and IT technical supervisor George Wu have developed a program for parents to view their infants remotely when they were unable to be in the NICU.

Singing is powerful medicine at UC Davis

May 25, 2017

UC Davis pulmonary rehabilitation patients performed pieces they learned through singing therapy on May 24 in the lobby of UC Davis Medical Center. The group, who call themselves “Rockin’ Rehab,” sang patriotic numbers in honor of Memorial Day in addition to old standards.

UC Davis study finds morning huddle improves patient flow

May 25, 2017

Patient flow improved after the implementation of a daily morning huddle, according to a UC Davis study published in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing.

McGahan honored for lifetime achievement

May 24, 2017

The Society of Abdominal Radiology has honored John P. McGahan, professor of radiology, with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Understanding changes in the brain can help prevent Alzheimer's disease

May 24, 2017

Charles DeCarli, director of the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, will speak about healthy brain aging at a free public lecture on May 25 at 6 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th Street in Sacramento.

UC Davis signs agreement to license novel CT scanning technology

May 24, 2017

UC Davis has signed a licensing agreement providing Isotropic Imaging Corporation the rights to commercialize a novel computed tomography (CT) scanner that has the potential to improve breast cancer detection and positively impact women’s health.

Teen artists put their talents and passions to work for 'donate life'

May 19, 2017

Competitors in the third annual Sacramento Regional Donate Life Visual Arts Contest shared their winning poster and video entries and were recognized with cash prizes at a ceremony held May 11 at UC Davis Medical Center.

UC Davis School of Medicine celebrates 46th Commencement

May 18, 2017

One hundred and two UC Davis School of Medicine students become doctors tomorrow following the school’s 2017 commencement ceremony on the university’s Davis campus.

UC Davis School of Medicine faculty honored for outstanding achievements

May 18, 2017

A pulmonary health researcher and an orthopaedic surgeon have received two of the UC Davis School of Medicine’s highest faculty honors — the Hibbard Williams Extraordinary Achievement Award and the C. John Tupper Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

UC Davis Children's Hospital partners with Sacramento Native American Health Center

May 16, 2017

UC Davis Children's Hospital this week announces its partnership with the Sacramento Native American Health Center (SNAHC). UC Davis physicians and residents are now seeing pediatric patients at the clinic's J Street medical office.  

Alliance calls to eliminate lead poisoning in American children by 2021

May 15, 2017

An alliance of leading scientists, health professionals and children’s advocates known as Project TENDR has recommended new national goals for protecting American children from lead poisoning. In a viewpoint published today in JAMA Pediatrics, three alliance members chart a course for better safeguarding children from lead poisoning within five years and eliminating lead exposures by 2030.

An extra special Mother's Day

May 12, 2017

On Mother’s Day last year, UC Davis cardiology patient Michelle Lasater received a heart transplant, ending an intense battle with pregnancy-related heart failure that began after giving birth to her daughter.

First of three department chair candidates to present, May 16

May 11, 2017

Cynthia Haq, professor of family medicine and population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, is a candidate for the position of chair of the UC Davis Health Department of Family and Community Medicine. She will present her vision for the department on May 16 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Education Building, Room 1204, at 4610 X St. in Sacramento.

In Memoriam: Robert E. Chason, former UC Davis Medical Center CEO

May 10, 2017

Former UC Davis Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Robert E. Chason passed away on May 8, 2017, following a brief illness. He was 73.

Brain aging, Alzheimer's disease prevention focus of UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center's Community Engagement Learning Series

May 9, 2017

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center launches its 2017 Community Engagement Learning Series, featuring UC Davis faculty and nationally-prominent researchers with expertise in the field of Alzheimer’s disease.

Research examines relationship between autism and genetic disease in children

May 8, 2017

Researcher and child neurologist Mustafa Sahin will speak about the relationship between the genetic disease tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) and autism in a free public lecture on May 17 at 4:30 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th Street in Sacramento.

UC Davis Duchenne team honored by national parent organization

May 5, 2017

The UC Davis Neuromuscular Research Center has been recognized as a Certified Duchenne Care Center by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy for national leadership in treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Kravitz honored by Society of General Internal Medicine

May 5, 2017

Richard Kravitz received the 2017 Elnora M. Rhodes SGIM Service Award during the Society of General Internal Medicine meeting held April 19 to 22 in Washington, D.C.

Celebrate National Nurses Week, May 6-12

May 5, 2017

UC Davis Medical Center will mark National Nurses Week 2017 with the annual Celebration of Nursing Excellence ceremony, Wednesday, May 10, at 11 a.m. at the Education Building. The celebration is open to all.

MIND Institute Open House reservations still open

May 4, 2017

The UC Davis MIND Institute open house will be held Saturday, May 6  from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and reservations are still available.

May is for Miracles at Costco as they raise funds for UC Davis Children's Hospital

May 4, 2017

Costco stores throughout Northern California are selling the iconic CMN paper “Miracle Balloons” to raise money for UC Davis Children’s Hospital as part of the Miracle Month of May. 2017 marks 30 years of Costco stores supporting Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals.

Kair awarded grant to study how breast pump access affects breastfeeding rates

May 3, 2017

Laura Kair, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at UC Davis, has received a $14,000 grant to study whether the distribution of breast pumps at hospital discharge improves exclusive breastfeeding rates among low-income, first-time mothers.

Warmer weather, open windows raise risk of kids falling

May 2, 2017

About 5,000 children are treated nationally inl emergency departments each year for window fall-related injuries. These falls and injuries tend to be more common during the spring and summer months, since people tend to open their windows during warm weather.

Emergency medicine physician to receive Distinguished Teaching Award from Academic Senate, May 9

May 2, 2017

John Richards, professor of emergency medicine at UC Davis School of Medicine, will receive a Distinguished Teaching Award for Graduate and Professional Education from the Academic Senate on May 9.