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School strategies for children with ADHD and ASD the topic for Jan. 24 series

January 15, 2018

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, the UC Davis MIND Institute and its Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities will host “School strategies for children with ADHD and ASD” as part of the MINDS Behind the Mind lecture series from 5:30-7 p.m. at the MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. A Q&A with panelists will follow the presentation.

School of Nursing professor awarded for distinguished service to UC Davis

January 12, 2018

Deborah Ward, a clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, received the 2017 James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award, the UC Davis Academic Federation’s highest honor.

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group begins Feb. 20

January 10, 2018

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.

Chief nursing officer is new president of California Association of Healthcare Leaders

January 9, 2018

Toby Marsh, chief nursing and patient care services officer at UC Davis Medical Center, added another hat to his leadership portfolio. This month, he began a year-long term as president of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL).

Minds Behind the MIND Spanish series continues Jan. 18 with Vanessa Avila-Pons

January 9, 2018

On Thursday, Jan. 18, the UC Davis MIND Institute and its Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities will host the second of three Minds Behind the MIND lectures in Spanish. The presentation is from 5:30-7 p.m. at the MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. A Q&A with the panelist will follow the presentation.

UC Davis physician assistant professor named national distinguished fellow

January 9, 2018

Felix Emond, an assistant clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing UC Davis, was named a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). He earned this national recognition due to his outstanding contributions to patient care and the profession during his 30-plus years as a physician assistant. He also demonstrated significant dedication and involvement in the communities in which he has served.

Good Samaritan kidney donor featured in National Geographic

January 5, 2018

UC Davis Health patient Missy Ewing, who donated a kidney to a stranger, is featured in the January issue of National Geographic magazine in an article on the science of good and evil.

UC Davis researcher urges caution on engineered stem cells

January 3, 2018

In a commentary published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, UC Davis researcher William Murphy expressed cautious optimism about efforts to genetically engineer hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) to temporarily resist cell death during transplantation. While these gene therapy approaches could dramatically improve patient outcomes, Murphy argues that their risks must be carefully studied in diverse animal models.

Children's Hospital publishes 2016-2017 Annual Report

January 3, 2018

UC Davis Children's Hospital has published its first-ever Annual Report this week.

Edwin Cook, Jr. will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on Jan. 10

January 2, 2018

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host Edwin Cook on Wednesday, Jan. 10 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. He will present “Translating the complex genetics of autism” at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. This event is open to the public, and no reservations are required. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the hour-long lecture.

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Ophthalmologists increasingly dissatisfied with electronic health records

December 28, 2017

Ophthalmologists’ use of electronic health records (EHR) systems for storing and accessing patients’ medical histories more than doubled between 2006 and 2016, while their perceptions of financial and clinical productivity following EHR implementation declined, a study published today in JAMA Ophthalmology shows.

Parents of hospitalized kids shop for free toys at this year's Holiday Workshop

December 21, 2017

Parents of hospitalized kids got a chance to shop today as the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at UC Davis Children's Hospital held its annual Holiday Workshop.

New grant funds study of immune cell activity in stem cell transplantation

December 21, 2017

A team of UC Davis investigators has been awarded a $1.2 million grant to examine a common virus and its effects on immune system function after stem cell transplantation.

String quartet delights Medical Center staff, visitors and patients

December 20, 2017

A string quartet, featuring UC Davis faculty and friends, delighted staff, visitors and patients in the hospital lobby yesterday by playing Christmas carols, Hannukah songs and other holiday favorites.

Pulmonary Function and Exercise Testing Lab helps pediatric congenital heart patients

December 20, 2017

Five-year-old Zoey Kenison slips her feet onto the bike pedals and begins cycling, hands gripping the handle bars. But this is no ordinary bike. It’s a pediatric cycle ergometer, a fixed stationary bike that measures her heart rate, blood pressure, electrocardiogram and breath-by-breath respiratory indices, including volumes and the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide.

Enhanced natural killer cells attack solid tumors

December 19, 2017

Human and veterinary researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have shown that enhanced natural killer (NK) immune cells, combined with radiation therapy, can be effective against spontaneous osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in dogs. The research showed these NK cells homed in on cancer and reduced metastasis in the treated dogs, offering a potential immunotherapy against solid tumors. The study was published today in the Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer

Qualitative health research symposium: Using qualitative methods to advance health research

December 18, 2017

Health care professionals, faculty, researchers and staff from UC Davis and community organizations are invited to discuss qualitative research methods at the fourth Qualitative Health Research Symposium from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 2.

Haddad accepted into American Society of Pediatric Nephrology's Leadership Development Program

December 18, 2017

Maha Haddad, associate professor of pediatrics, was accepted as a member of the fourth cohort of the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology's Leadership Development Program (ASPN LDP). 

UC Davis nursing professor honored by National Hispanic Health Foundation

December 15, 2017

Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, a professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was honored for her commitment to serving the health needs of the growing Hispanic communities in the U.S. The National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) recognized de Leon Siantz and five other health care professionals as outstanding role models who have transformed their government agencies, health professions schools, research, community agencies and media to advance health care to underserved communities. De Leon Siantz is the only nurse recognized this year.

Integrity in medicine: Former New England Journal of Medicine editor to speak in Sacramento

December 15, 2017

Jerome Kassirer, an influential physician and advocate for separating commerce and medicine, will speak in Sacramento on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 5:30 p.m. as the UC Davis Health Snively Visiting Professor in Family and Community Medicine.

Simulation model finds Cure Violence program and targeted policing more effective in curbing urban violence

December 14, 2017

When communities and police work together to deter urban violence, they can achieve better outcomes with fewer resources than when each works in isolation, a simulation model created by researchers at the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program, Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the University at Albany has found.

Impact of medical marijuana laws on teen substance use differs by grade

December 14, 2017

A study assessing the impact of medical marijuana laws (MML) on adolescent substance use  has found decreased use of all substances among 8th graders, no change among 10th graders and increased non-medical use of prescription opioids and cigarette use among 12th graders, following MML enactment.

More new moms need recommended postpartum care

December 14, 2017

About half of new moms in California, including those with diabetes, do not receive critical follow-up care within three months after giving birth, a new study published in the December issue of the journal Contraception shows.

World renowned neonatologist leads UC Davis Department of Pediatrics

December 12, 2017

Satyan Lakshminrusimha, a world renowned neonatologist, has been named chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the UC Davis School of Medicine. The department provides state-of-the-art clinical care and conducts research into disease conditions affecting infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Lakshminrusimha also serves as medical director of UC Davis Children's Hospital, the only nationally ranked pediatric hospital in inland Northern California.

UC Davis nursing school hosts pinning ceremony for inaugural master's-entry nursing students

December 11, 2017

Leaders and faculty from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis hosted a pinning ceremony for students in the inaugural class of the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing program. The traditional event is a symbolic welcoming of newly graduated nurses into the nursing profession. Members of the inaugural class formally complete their graduate school studies Dec. 15 and are then prepared take the national licensing examination for registered nurses.

Children's Hospital's online newsletter published today

December 7, 2017

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

2017 Lazer Radiothon totals exceed previous year

December 7, 2017

Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis and Lazer Broadcasting Corporation raised close to $200,000 for UC Davis Children’s Hospital during the annual Lazer Radiothon held in October. The $198,746 total reflects a 32 percent increase over 2016.

Once upon a time at the MIND

December 5, 2017

More than 1,250 children and their families gathered at the MIND Institute on Saturday for the 15th annual thank-you party, a celebration of their participation in studies or programs that advance research in neurodevelopmental disorders.

UC Davis physician honored as one of the nation's top cardiologists

December 5, 2017

UC Davis physician and nationally recognized heart disease expert Ezra A. Amsterdam has made Forbes' list of top cardiologists in the U.S.

UC Davis researchers collaborate on census of microbial life on the International Space Station

December 5, 2017

Microbiologists at the University of California, Davis who analyzed swabs taken by astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) and compared them with samples from homes on earth as well as the Human Microbiome Project found that the microbial community in this unique habitat was very diverse and more closely resembled that of homes than of humans.

Microscope that uses ultraviolet instead of visible light emerging as powerful diagnostic tool

December 4, 2017

A microscope using ultraviolet light to illuminate samples enables pathologists to assess high-resolution images of biopsies and other fresh tissue samples for disease within minutes, without requiring the time-consuming preparation of conventional slides or destroying the tissue.

Joey Travolta will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on Dec. 13

December 4, 2017

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host Joey Travolta on Wednesday, Dec. 13 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. Travolta, owner of Inclusion Films, will present “Lights, Camera, Independence” at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. This event is open to the public, and no reservations are required. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the hour-long lecture.

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Pathology professor receives UC Davis Distinguished Emeritus Award

November 29, 2017

Robert Cardiff, renowned pathologist who specializes in the diagnosis of breast and mammary cancer in both human and animal models, has been selected to receive the UC Davis Emeriti Association's 2018 UC Davis Distinguished Emeritus Award.

Statewide survey finds physicians, pharmacists comply with prescription drug monitoring registration. Next step: increase use

November 29, 2017

A state law that funded upgrades to California’s prescription drug monitoring program and mandated physicians, pharmacists and controlled substance prescribers to register by July 2016 significantly increased registration rates, a new survey of 1,904 California physicians and pharmacists conducted by the UC Davis Violence Prevention Program has found.

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

November 29, 2017

UC Davis Health 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.

Denying patient requests lowers physician ratings

November 27, 2017

Patients who ask for specialist referrals, laboratory tests or certain medications and don’t get them tend to be less satisfied with their doctors than those whose requests are fulfilled, new research from UC Davis Health shows. Based on the results, the study authors recommend communications training for physicians that fosters positive experiences for patients without agreeing to all requests for particular diagnostics or treatments.

New county mental health urgent care clinic provides alternative to emergency department

November 27, 2017

Sacramento County is opening a Mental Health Urgent Care Clinic Nov. 29 for adults and children with less acute psychiatric crises or for those requiring an urgent psychiatric evaluation. Located on the county’s Mental Health Treatment Center campus on Stockton Blvd., the walk-in clinic provides an important alternative to UC Davis Medical Center's busy emergency department.

Study shows long-term benefits of steroid hormone medications in Duchenne muscular dystrophy

November 27, 2017

A large, multi-center, international study to assess the long-term benefits of glucocorticoid treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) concludes that it does preserve muscle strength and function as well as reduce the risk of death for patients.

Three UC Davis Health faculty named AAAS fellows

November 21, 2017

Three UC Davis Health faulty members have been elected to the newest class of fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. They are among 15 UC Davis faculty to receive the honor, announced today.

UC study finds performance on med school interviews linked to demographics

November 21, 2017

The medical school interview – a key determinant in the admissions process and, ultimately, in the physician workforce – appears to skew for or against applicants depending on their age, gender and self-identified disadvantaged socioeconomic status.

UC Davis Health collaborating with Marshall Medical Center on electronic health records project

November 21, 2017

A shared project between UC Davis Health and Marshall Medical Center has enabled the Placerville-based community hospital to transition to a new, state-of-the-art electronic health record (EHR) system.

UC Davis Health and Sacramento County Reach Settlement Agreement over Payment for Health Care Services to County Indigent and Jail Inmates

November 20, 2017

UC Davis Health and the County of Sacramento have mutually agreed to a resolution of the University’s pending lawsuit against the County. 

Maternal immune response affects genes in microglia, neural development

November 20, 2017

UC Davis MIND Institute esearchers have shown in a mouse model that an elevated maternal immune response changes the epigenetic landscape in offspring’s microglia, immune cells found in the brain and spinal cord. These changes affect genes associated with immune signaling and neural development, some of which have been implicated in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study was published online in the journal Glia.

NIH's Clinical and Translational Science Award program director visits UC Davis

November 20, 2017

Christopher P. Austin, a neurologist and geneticist who directs the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at NIH, spent Wednesday, Nov. 8 touring UC Davis research labs. He gained insights from CTSC program leaders, physicians and scientists on how to improve the movement of observations from the laboratory and clinic into the community with interventions that reach and benefit patients.

In cancer, talking about bad news can be good

November 17, 2017

Giving bad news is never easy, especially when it’s life or death. But when an oncologist delivers a poor prognosis to a cancer patient, does it harm their relationship?  Some research studies have suggested it can.

Drive-through donations!

November 17, 2017

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

UC Davis Medical Center spending $215 million on seismic safety upgrades

November 16, 2017

Getting ready for “the big one” – a major earthquake – is a constant focus at UC Davis Medical Center.  Seismic safety planning and construction on the university’s 140-acre Sacramento campus must meet rigorous standards and deadlines.

$2 million grant brings telemedicine to children with disabilities

November 15, 2017

The UC Davis Department of Pediatrics has received a $2 million, five-year grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to fund a new telemedicine program for children in remote communities. The School-Based Tele-Physiatry Assistance for Rehabilitative and Therapeutic Services (STARS) program will provide critical physiatry care for kids with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries and other disabilities. The team believes the program will close gaps in care, improve quality of life for affected children and save money. [En Español]

Med student honored with prestigious scholarship

November 13, 2017

Nancy Rodriguez, a third-year medical student at UC Davis School of Medicine, has been awarded one of this year’s Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarships by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Preventing pertussis

November 9, 2017

Pertussis, widely known as “whooping cough,” is a contagious bacterial infection of the respiratory system. It’s called “whooping cough” because children infected with it gasp for air between the fierce bouts of coughing that it causes.

CMN hosts Gratitude Golf Tournament 'fore' the kids

November 8, 2017

More than 70 golfers participated in Monday’s Gratitude Golf Tournament, hosted by Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis. Located at the Yocha Dehe Golf Club, the event featured a day of golf, gratitude and fellowship in support of children’s health and UC Davis Children’s Hospital. The event was made possible by a $5,000 golf grant from Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.

Unlocking the genetics of cancer

November 7, 2017

For many, breast cancer is more than just a disease – it’s personal. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives. But through new discoveries at the genetic level, the personal nature of cancer will eventually be what helps to beat it.

Jerant selected to lead Department of Family and Community Medicine

November 6, 2017

Anthony Jerant, a physician-leader known for his commitment to patient- and family-centered care, has become chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UC Davis.

Startup Cognivive plans games as digital therapies

November 6, 2017

 A startup company founded by a University of California, Davis, neuroscientist is developing video games that act as “digital medicine” to treat children with cognitive impairments, as well as people with cognitive limitations resulting from brain injury or aging. The company, Cognivive, is built on research by co-founder Tony Simon, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at UC Davis, and others showing that playing action video games can enhance players’ spatiotemporal cognitive abilities.

Minds Behind the Mind Spanish Series: The Importance of Family Context on November 16

November 6, 2017

The 2017-2018 Spanish Minds Behind the MIND lecture series kicks off on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th Street in Sacramento.