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Children's Hospital patient meets Marvel superhero stars

September 22, 2017

Four-year-old Jonathan Hunt has proven that he has the stuff that superheroes are made of. The Fair Oaks resident experienced a stroke in January, after a freak accident on a trampoline left him paralyzed on his right side and unable to walk. After six weeks of hospitalization and daily physical, speech and occupational therapy at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, Johnathan was able to walk out the front doors of the hospital on his own and he continues with outpatient therapy.

Walmart and Sam's Club kick off CMN fundraising campaign for UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 20, 2017

Sam's Club and Walmart are kicking off their annual Miracle Balloon campaign by asking customers to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and its local hospital, UC Davis Children’s Hospital, from Sept. 21 to Oct. 29. Customers can donate $1 or more when they check out at the register.

Fall prevention documentary includes UC Davis Health experts

September 15, 2017

Public television station KVIE begins airing the documentary “Before the Fall” on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. The documentary includes strategies for treating and reducing the risks of falls from UC Davis Health experts Mark Lee, professor of orthopaedic surgery, and Christy Adams, trauma prevention coordinator and co-founder of the StopFalls Coalition.

University of California Cancer Consortium takes on California's $14 billion killer

September 11, 2017

The University of California’s five academic cancer centers, including the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, have formed a consortium to better address California’s most pressing cancer-related problems and opportunities, UC President Janet Napolitano and Dr. John Stobo, executive vice president of UC Health, announced Sept. 11.

Entravision Radiothon raises $182,960 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 11, 2017

Entravision and Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis announced that $182,960 was raised for UC Davis Children’s Hospital during its 72-hour Radiothon last month.

Folic acid may mitigate autism risk from pesticides

September 8, 2017

Researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have shown that mothers who take recommended amounts of folic acid around conception reduce their children’s pesticide-related autism risk.

UC Davis MIND Institute wins coveted ACE grant

September 7, 2017

The UC Davis MIND Institute has been awarded a 5-year, $12 million Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE) grant, one of five in the nation, to create a “Center for the Development of Phenotype-based Treatments of Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

"Doctor PE" deepens K-6 students' connections with health

September 6, 2017

When Walnut Grove Elementary School principal Carrie Norris was viewing her students’ Valentine’s Day art honoring what they love most, among the tributes to parents, friends and pets was one for “Doctor PE.” That student was referring to a unique and popular program that brings UC Davis family and community medicine residents to her school twice each week to teach physical education.

How behavior influences cognitive health topic of Community Engagement Series lecture

September 5, 2017

Robert Wilson, professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences and Department of Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center, will speak about “Behavioral Contributions to Cognitive Health” on Thursday, Sept. 14 the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento.

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UC Davis Health and Elica Health Centers Announce New Affiliation

August 31, 2017

UC Davis Health and Elica Health Centers have established a new affiliation agreement that will provide high quality, affordable health care to thousands of people in the Sacramento-area community.

Gun safety recommendations for parents

August 31, 2017

In the United States, one in three homes with young children have guns, many which are unlocked and unloaded. To protect children, UC Davis Children’s Hospital reminds parents to keep firearms out of children’s reach and offers these recommendations.

Knoepfler awarded second Alex's Lemonade Stand research grant

August 30, 2017

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

The understudied consequences of peripheral neuropathy after chemotherapy

August 29, 2017

In two papers published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute researchers from UC Davis, UCLA and other institutions have found that peripheral neuropathy, which causes pain, numbness, and tingling in hands and/or feet, can bother early-stage breast cancer patients years after completing chemotherapy. In addition, a systematic literature review found only a handful of studies that tracked long-term peripheral neuropathy, leaving little data for patients and clinicians to make informed decisions.

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group begins Sept. 20

August 28, 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 17 to 24 who are coping with the recent loss of a loved one.

Stem cell treatment for children with spina bifida helps dogs first

August 24, 2017

A pair of English bulldog puppies are the first patients to be successfully treated with a unique therapy — a combination of surgery and stem cells — developed at the University of California, Davis, to help preserve lower-limb function in children with spina bifida.

UC Davis Pediatric Telehealth Colloquium set for Oct. 23-24

August 23, 2017

UC Davis Health will host the Pediatric Telehealth Colloquium on Oct. 23-24 at the UC Davis Conference Center in Davis.

CMN Mediathon on ABC10 raises $573,586 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

August 21, 2017

After a 19-hour Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® Mediathon on ABC10 KXTV, the final totals revealed that Mediathon viewers and partners raised $573,586 for UC Davis Children's Hospital, the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital in Sacramento.

Before sarcoma surgery - radiation

August 18, 2017

UC Davis researchers have shown that radiation therapy before surgery improves overall survival for patients with soft tissue sarcomas. This pre-surgical, or neoadjuvant, radiotherapy allows surgeons to get better margins around tumors and remove even microscopic cancer tissue more often. The study was published recently  in the Annals of Surgical Oncology.

Study of California kidney cancer shows declining incidence, end of a trend

August 18, 2017

A review of kidney cancer in California from 1988 through 2013 by the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) has concluded that the high incidence of small tumors and early-stage disease observed in California from 1988 until about 2009 has declined and stabilized in recent years, signaling the end of a trend.

Healthy living for healthy aging talk in Vietnamese set for Sept. 11

August 16, 2017

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, in conjunction with Asian Resources, Inc. and the Alzheimer’s Association will host an event on research exploring the connections between brain and body at a free event Monday, Sept. 11 from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

UC Davis Medical Center receives Excellence in Life Support Award

August 15, 2017

UC Davis Medical Center has received the Gold Level ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) for its Extracorporeal Life Support Program. The program provides lifesaving support for failing organ systems in infants, children and adults.

UC Davis programs to focus on pain management

August 11, 2017

Three educational programs are now open to primary care providers with an interest in strengthening their skills in pain management and responsible opioid prescribing:

Papa Murphy's pizzas to support UC Davis Children's Hospital -- Aug. 18-19

August 11, 2017

Get ready for $5 Take ‘N’ Bake pizzas next Friday morning, Aug. 18, in parking lot #3 (near the corner of 45th and X streets) at the medical center.

Impulsivity in teens, young adults subject of $3.7 million UC Davis grant

August 11, 2017

Julie Schweitzer, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and UC Davis MIND Institute researcher, has received a $3.7 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to track impulsivity and self-control in teens and young adults over time.

UC Davis Medical Center now offers moms nitrous oxide during labor

August 10, 2017

Laughing gas, also known as nitrous oxide, is not just for the dentist’s office. UC Davis Medical Center is now offering nitrous oxide as a pain relief option for mothers during labor. Mothers can breathe in this colorless, odorless nitrous oxide gas -- a blend of nitrous and oxygen -- using a mask that they hold over their mouth and nose to help them relax during contractions.

Children's Miracle Network partners with Entravision for Radiothon Aug. 17-19

August 9, 2017

Children's Miracle Network at UC Davis will kick off its Radiothon with Entravision Aug. 17-19 to raise funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Stations will broadcast a mix of patient stories, facts and interviews into regular programming to raise awareness of and funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. 

Lecture explores whether health and wellness classes can improve brain function

August 9, 2017

Juliana Baldo, associate director of the Center for Aphasia and Related Disorders at the Northern California Veterans Administration, will speak about alternative medicine approaches to brain health at a free public lecture on Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th Street in Sacramento.

One of America's top hospitals

August 8, 2017

U.S. News & World Report, which annually recognizes hospitals that excel in treating patients with serious and challenging injuries and illnesses, has again ranked UC Davis Medical Center as one of the nation's best hospitals.

For one couple, giving life extends beyond family

August 7, 2017

Kidney donor Missy Ewing had the chance to meet her organ recipient for the first time at a recent UC Davis Transplant Center celebration. It was the second lifesaving act of generosity for the Ewing family. Her husband, Chris, became a kidney donor three years ago and launched a series of organ swaps between unmatched donor-recipient pairs that led to four people getting transplants.

Leader in cross-cultural care heads general medicine at UC Davis Health

August 1, 2017

Shin-Ping Tu, a national expert on improving health care delivery and cross-cultural medical care, has become chief of the Division of General Medicine at UC Davis Health. She leads a team of nearly 40 physicians who provide comprehensive treatment to adults and research innovative ways to advance patient care, train physicians and improve health policy.

How UC Davis surgical team saved mom, baby's life without blood transfusion

August 1, 2017

During Karine Petrosyan’s pregnancy, she developed a series of very rare and serious conditions, which threatened both her and her baby’s life. 

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Health plans that shared best practices improved hypertension control for low-income Californians

July 31, 2017

Health plans that collaborated to share best practices and successful strategies for treating patients diagnosed with hypertension saw significant improvement in controlling high blood pressure, a study by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and UC Davis Institute of Population Health Improvement (IPHI) has found.

2017 Dave and Dan Classic raises more than $1.273 million for children's hospitals including UC Davis Children's Hospital

July 31, 2017

This year’s fifth annual Dave and Dan Classic, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union, raised more than $1.273 million to support Credit Unions for Kids, benefiting six Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, including UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

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.

UC Firearm Violence Prevention Research Center launched at UC Davis

July 24, 2017

The University of California Firearm Violence Research Center at UC Davis’ Sacramento campus officially launched July 4 under the direction of Garen Wintemute, a professor of emergency medicine and recognized authority on the epidemiology of firearm violence. 

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.