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April 2021

MIND Institute study of anxiety in children with autism now includes online treatment

April 20, 2021

The UC Davis MIND Institute is now offering online treatment as part of its clinical trial known as the STAAR study. The trial will compare the effectiveness of the medication sertraline and cognitive behavioral therapy in treating anxiety in children with autism.

New imaging diagnostic tool lights up tumors during brain cancer surgery

April 20, 2021

The UC Davis FLIm technology is a novel optical imaging system that could allow neurosurgeons to more precisely and thoroughly remove malignant brain tumors.

New acute care rehabilitation hospital project begins

April 20, 2021

Work is getting underway for the construction of UC Davis Health’s new acute care rehabilitation hospital that is set to open in 2023.

A behind-the-scenes department steps into the COVID-19 spotlight

April 19, 2021

In March 2020, UC Davis was in a race to create something that didn’t exist yet: a home-grown COVID-19 test. How the campus pulled together to help Pathology and Laboratory Medicine launch the first of over 100,000 COVID-19 tests this past year.

IHI and DAISY Foundation honor UC Davis nurses for commitment to patient care

April 19, 2021

UC Davis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) clinical nurse specialist Christa Bedford-Mu has been announced as the individual award recipient at this year’s 2021 DAISY Awards for Extraordinary Nurses in Patient Safety, presented in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Children’s Hospital nurse educator Michelle Linenberger also received an Honorable Mention from the DAISY Foundation and IHI.

It's Give Day: Donors to help young ICU patients, COVID-19 test efforts, and more (video)

April 16, 2021

As a complement to Picnic Day, UC Davis Give Day builds on the momentum of last year's record-breaking fundraising event. Community donors have stepped up to offer 233 challenges worth more than $2.3 million, supporting a broad array of causes.

UC Davis Hospice patient goes home to old Oklahoma farm ranch – one more time before forever

April 15, 2021

Through Dream Foundation and the efforts of UC Davis Hospice social worker Rebeckah Long, Jack O’Ryan was able to reconnect with family members in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and introduce his wife to his beloved aunt and uncle.

MIND Institute showcases research, gives tour during virtual open house (video)

April 14, 2021

The UC Davis MIND Institute offered a behind-the-scenes virtual tour of its clinic, labs and facility recently. The event also featured research updates and a live question and answer session, and is available for anyone to view online.

Donut Dash raises funds for UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department

April 13, 2021

The 13th annual Donut Dash is scheduled for May 22, at 8:30 a.m. at William Land Park in Sacramento. Proceeds will benefit the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department.This year’s event will look a little different from years past, with social distancing measures in place.

UC Davis Health pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to extremely rare side effect

April 13, 2021

UC Davis Health has paused all use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, following guidance from the CDC. This will not impact our ability to vaccinate thousands of people each day. The vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are safe, and the risks of COVID-19 are still greater than not being vaccinated at all. 

UC Davis Health celebrates new Roseville outpatient clinic

April 12, 2021

UC Davis Health has opened the doors of yet another new outpatient clinic in the Sacramento region, this one being a larger and convenient location in Roseville.

Sib Sacks program aims to provide support to pediatric patients’ brothers and sisters

April 12, 2021

Having a sick or injured child is stressful for the whole family, including brothers and sisters. Enter Sib Sacks, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals-funded Child Life program designed to address siblings’ unique needs.

New remote patient-care technology assists patients using neuromodulation therapy

April 9, 2021

The Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Program at UC Davis Health has a new tool to treat patients receiving neuromodulation therapy for movement disorders. Abbott’s  NeuroSphere Virtual Clinic is a first-of-its-kind remote patient care system. UC Davis Health is the first hospital in Northern California and among the first 10 in the United States to offer it to patients.

Military emergency medicine residents at UC Davis Health test their mettle — and win — in national ‘SimWars’ competition

April 9, 2021

A group of military emergency medicine residents at UC Davis Health participated for the first time in the competition, which tests teams from across the country on their medical knowledge and decision-making skills through simulation scenarios.

Unexpected birth in UC Davis Medical Center parking garage

April 9, 2021

Off-duty Adventist Health Lodi Memorial labor and delivery nurse came to the rescue when Madison Fritter gave birth in the UC Davis Medical Center parking garage.

Participants sought for COVID-19 vaccine trial for booster and variant protection

April 9, 2021

UC Davis Health seeks volunteers for a clinical trial to determine the efficacy of a COVID-19 booster shot and protection against the South African virus variant.

New test to study language development in youth with Down syndrome

April 8, 2021

A team led by UC Davis Health researchers tested and validated a new set of procedures for collecting, measuring and analyzing the spoken language of youth with Down syndrome in a naturalistic setting.

Even before COVID-19 pandemic, youth suicide already at record high

April 8, 2021

Isolation and distancing are amplifying challenges that children and teens already experience. Experts are worried that studies being conducted now will show a continued increase in suicide rates, which have been going up over the last decade.

$15 million grant to renew center studying effects of maternal infections on offspring

April 7, 2021

Discovering how infections during pregnancy can lead to psychiatric illness and developmental disorders in offspring years later is the subject of a $15.7 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to the Conte Center at the University of California, Davis.

UC Davis Medical Center ranked among World’s Best Hospitals 2021 by Newsweek

April 7, 2021

Newsweek Magazine has named UC Davis Medical Center to its 2021 list of the “World’s Best Hospitals,” and it’s the only one so honored from the Sacramento region.

Expertise and kindness defy odds in long, precarious fight against COVID-19

April 7, 2021

Ajay Randhawa spent nearly two months in intensive care, much of it unconscious and on life support because of COVID-19. He was saved by the expertise of UC Davis Health doctors and nurses and, he says, by their kindness.

Brad Simmons named Chief Administrator UC Davis Medical Center and Chief Operating Officer, UC Davis Health – Hospital Division

April 7, 2021

Brad Simmons has been appointed to the newly created position of Chief Administrator, UC Davis Medical Center and Chief Operating Officer, UC Davis Health Hospital Division. The position’s responsibilities include all inpatient care for UC Davis Health.

Study finds risk of leukemia higher than expected in children with Down syndrome

April 6, 2021

Down syndrome remains a strong risk factor for childhood leukemia, a new study led by UC Davis and UC San Francisco researchers has found.

Wireless monitors mean kids receiving intensive care will soon be back on the move

April 5, 2021

In the past, UC Davis Pediatric and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit patients were dependent on in-room monitors to provide critical vitals to staff. But now, a CMN-funded monitor conversion will give kids some freedom while hospitalized.

UC Davis Health opens two more vaccination sites in underserved areas

April 2, 2021

UC Davis Health now has three locations where residents of underserved neighborhoods can get their COVID-19 vaccine, thanks to partnerships with churches and a community organization that serve vulnerable populations.

Child with MIS-C receives life-saving care at UC Davis Children’s Hospital

April 2, 2021

Six-year-old Santiago came down with chills that quickly progressed to a rash, high fever, headaches, vomiting and diarrhea. This is his journey with MIS-C, the condition that is associated with COVID-19 that affects children.

Beads of Courage offers visual reminder of the strength, resilience of young patients (video)

April 2, 2021

Emily Love‘s journey with leukemia is memorialized in beads. Every poke, every procedure, every hospitalization, measured in colorful little treasures. It’s a visual story that could span the length of a room. Find out how the Beads of Courage program has supported our patients for more than 12 years.

From cheerleader to life saver

April 1, 2021

For many patients with end-stage kidney disease, a living donor kidney transplant is the best treatment option. This Donate a Life Month, a UC Davis Health employee gives her kidney - and a second lease on life - to a patient.

MRI room makeover helps ease patient stress during radiology procedures

April 1, 2021

Medical procedures like MRIs are frightening, especially for kids. But thanks to a grant from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the radiology environment is a little less scary.

March 2021

UC Davis School of Medicine ranks No. 4 nationally in diversity

March 31, 2021

The UC Davis School of Medicine is ranked No. 4 in diversity nationwide, thanks to a number of innovative programs over the past decade that draw underrepresented minority groups.

Versa Blue brings advanced radiation treatment to cancer patients

March 31, 2021

A new high-energy x-ray system that uses 3D and 4D technology to map and then apply highly precise doses of therapeutic radiation is now benefitting patients at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Pediatric kidney stone program adds new clinic location

March 31, 2021

UC Davis Health opens a second pediatric kidney stone clinic today in Sacramento. Located in the Glassrock Clinic, this new clinic provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for pediatric patients with kidney stone disease.

UC Davis, UC Davis Health leaders among Sacramento area’s Most Admired CEOs

March 30, 2021

The Sacramento Business Journal has named UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May and Vice Chancellor of Human Health Sciences and UC Davis Health CEO David Lubarsky to its list of the Sacramento area’s Most Admired CEOs.

UC Davis schools of nursing and medicine receive high national rankings by U.S. News & World Report

March 30, 2021

The UC Davis School of Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing continue to distinguish themselves as national leaders in training the next generation of health care providers and research innovator.

Studies show long-haul COVID-19 afflicts 1 in 4 COVID-19 patients, regardless of severity

March 30, 2021

People who catch COVID-19 have at least a one in four chance of developing long-haul COVID with symptoms lasting months, even if they have very mild cases, are young and are in excellent health, new studies show.

UC Davis Health awarded advanced certification for ventricular assist device therapy

March 30, 2021

UC Davis Health earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its Ventricular Assist Device Program. It is part of the Comprehensive Heart Failure Program, which delivers state-of-the-art care for patients with advanced heart failure.

Studying the impact of community violence on Alzheimer’s and dementia in African Americans

March 30, 2021

Michelle Ko, assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences, has been awarded a $2.3 million grant from the National Institute on Aging. She’ll examine whether exposure to community and structural violence at different points in life is associated with a decline in cognitive function or Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias among older African Americans.

Hospitalized kids benefit from Jersey Mike's 'Day of Giving' this Wednesday, March 31

March 30, 2021

Jersey Mike’s restaurant’s 11th annual ‘Day of Giving’ caps off month-long fundraiser for charity. Local franchisees to give all proceeds to help kids treated at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Transplant provides new hope for 14-year-old with chronic kidney disease

March 29, 2021

More than a year ago, 14-year-old Aija Hall and her mother Angela Lasseter received the devastating news that she had focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a disease in which scar tissue develops on the parts of the kidneys that filter waste from the blood.

Correcting bad info and common mistakes as we move forward in the fight against COVID-19

March 25, 2021

With COVID-19 vaccine rollouts, new studies and new variants all emerging rapidly – not to mention made-up theories on social media, some incorrect information and downright dangerous myths may be confusing people.

Catching more breast cancers when mammograms are limited

March 25, 2021

In one of the largest research projects of its kind, a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open looks at nearly 900,000 individuals and close to 2 million mammograms to come up with a new way detect the most breast cancer cases with the fewest exams.

Screen 2 Screen: Virtual breast cancer outreach to benefit Asian women

March 24, 2021

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s virtual breast cancer outreach study called Screen 2 Screen is offering free educational webinars and mammography to lower breast cancer rates in Asian American communities.

UC Davis Health tests anti-inflammatory antiviral compound as COVID-19 therapy

March 24, 2021

Dominik Haudenschild is leading a team of UC Davis researchers testing a new class of anti-inflammatory antiviral compound as a COVID-19 treatment.

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center to help improve national cancer guidelines

March 23, 2021

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center will help improve national cancer guidelines after being elected into the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. The organization has established more than 80 clinical practice guidelines covering most types of cancer as well as prevention and supportive care.

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group fills critical gap in grieving process, especially during pandemic

March 23, 2021

While there are many bereavement groups intended for adults and children/teens, this program – offered by UC Davis Hospice and UC Davis Children’s Hospital – serves a segment of our community with unique needs and challenges: young adults.

‘Just sticky enough’ compound may help patients with kidney disease (video)

March 22, 2021

A multidisciplinary team has developed a new technology that may improve arteriovenous grafts used during kidney dialysis. Approximately 468,000 people in the United States receive dialysis.

Match Day celebrates more than 100 medical students

March 19, 2021

After months of waiting, graduating medical students finally learned which training programs they will attend for the next three to seven years on their path to becoming specialists.

Doctors volunteer to administer COVID-19 vaccine to people experiencing homelessness (video)

March 19, 2021

A team of UC Davis Health doctors volunteered their time to immunize people experiencing homelessness near downtown Sacramento, the latest effort to protect vulnerable populations from COVID-19.

UC Davis Health named Age-Friendly Health Systems Participant

March 18, 2021

UC Davis Health is leading the way in making sure that every day, every older adult receives age-friendly health care.

Oak Park church is latest venue for UC Davis Health COVID-19 community vaccinations (video)

March 17, 2021

UC Davis Health has started a weekly community vaccination clinic in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood. It’s the latest in a series of partnerships that have resulted in more than 10,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to the underserved, essential workers and others.

COVID-19 vaccine anxiety adds to stress on family caregivers

March 17, 2021

Family caregivers are among the silent heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic and now their stress is ratcheted up as they scramble to arrange vaccinations for the people they care for, often when they can’t get vaccines themselves.

Pediatric patients shine at Creative Arts Festival (video)

March 17, 2021

The UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department held their third annual Creative Arts Festival safely at the West Wind Drive-In Theater in Sacramento. A virtual art gallery highlighted 19 pieces of patient-made art and 17 patient-made films were screened.

Where’s St. Baldrick’s on St. Patrick’s Day?

March 17, 2021

The Sacramento St. Baldrick’s Shave Party to raise money for childhood cancer research is usually held at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center on St. Patrick’s Day, but COVID-19 safety precautions are prompting a virtual adaptation this year on April 23.

UC Davis approved as Center of Comprehensive Care for Pulmonary Hypertension

March 16, 2021

UC Davis Health has received reaccreditation as a Center of Comprehensive Care from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA). The designation recognizes the high quality and depth of resources available at UC Davis Health for the expert care of patients with pulmonary hypertension.

Immigration symposium produces comprehensive report on trauma-informed care

March 15, 2021

Experts in immigration, health care and mental health gathered for a virtual symposium to discuss how providers can offer better care for immigrants harmed by federal policies such as family separation. A full report of the symposium is now available.

Study finds adolescents with autism may engage neural control systems differently

March 12, 2021

UC Davis Health researchers studying executive control in adolescents and young adults with autism have published new research that suggests a unique approach, rather than impairment.

Abdominal pain isn’t normal and shouldn’t be ignored (video)

March 12, 2021

Jennifer Dunn was only 39 years old when she began having symptoms. In 2019, she made what would be a critical visit to the emergency room. A CT scan identified multiple lesions and a later biopsy confirmed her colon cancer was advanced.

Another toll of COVID-19: Lost casual friendships and their uplifting value

March 11, 2021

COVID-19 has cost us our casual friendships and interactions, a loss we may not realize consciously but feel deeply, psychologist Kaye Hermanson says.

Girl gets life-saving dialysis at home through peritoneal dialysis program (Video)

March 11, 2021

Launched in 2016, the outpatient peritoneal dialysis program at UC Davis Children’s Hospital provides pediatric patients and their families with training on home-based peritoneal dialysis, while patients await a kidney transplant. It has been a lifeline for parents like Aija Hall.

Latino vaccination initiative boosted by UC Davis Health partnership

March 10, 2021

A consortium of community partners, including UC Davis Health, is providing COVID-19 vaccines to Latinos in Sacramento, a population severely affected by the pandemic.

Duffle bags filled with essentials give sense of autonomy, dignity to at-risk foster youth

March 10, 2021

When children are discharged from the hospital and go into foster care, they typically leave with all of their possessions in a plastic bag. Now, thanks to pediatric social workers at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, these children receive a MAARY bag to help during this difficult transition. MAARY is an acronym for Marginalized and At Risk Youth.

New screening guidelines may help reduce lung cancer disparities

March 10, 2021

New lung screening guidelines will give more Black people, women, and younger people, who smoke less, access to life-saving lung cancer scans. The guidelines will help address health disparities and catch more cases of lung cancer, earlier. The goal is to reduce the odds of dying from the biggest cancer killer in America.

CDC: Americans who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 can start returning to regular life (video)

March 10, 2021

Visits with loved ones, hugs from grandparents and dinner with a friend. These are some of the things that the CDC says people who are fully vaccinated can now enjoy. But there are still some guidelines to follow before fully returning to regular life.

Nexplanon birth control study seeks participants

March 9, 2021

UC Davis Health is now enrolling women in a new study to extend Nexplanon’s use to five years. Nexplanon is a contraceptive implant that is inserted under the skin of the upper arm to provide birth control. The implant is currently approved for three years of use.  

Helping kids with autism transition back to in-person school: 10 tips

March 9, 2021

Many area schools are making plans to return to in-person instruction. After a year of distance learning, the transition may be tough for families, educators and students. Children with autism may face even greater challenges with the change. Here are resources and tips for easing that transition.

New research seeks to reduce birth injury causing shoulder, arm and hand paralysis

March 9, 2021

New study evaluates maternal and hospital factors possibly linked to risk of brachial plexus birth injury, the leading cause of infants’ upper extremity paralysis.

Coronavirus pandemic highlights gaps in support for caregivers

March 8, 2021

Heather M. Young has dedicated her career to improving the lives and well-being of older adults. But for her — and millions of others — the coronavirus pandemic brings the challenges to life.

Nurse training reimagined as escape room activity at Center for Simulation and Education Enhancement

March 5, 2021

Nurse Educator Michelle Linenberger transformed a simulation education session into an innovative, engaging activity that challenges PICU nurses to hone their skills in assessing and treating an asthmatic child.

How to help your child through loss, sickness due to COVID-19

March 5, 2021

Since the pandemic started, many parents have wondered how to help their child(ren) cope with their fears and anxiety. In many cases, they’re also helping children handle the illness or loss of a loved one due to COVID-19 as. Certified Child Life Specialist Marisa Martinez answers some frequently asked questions and provides tips and resources for parents and families.

Enhancing California’s specialty crops

March 4, 2021

UC Davis’ Center for Precision Medicine and Data Sciences will be helping to enhance the competitiveness of California’s specialty crops thanks to a new grant.

When to start potty training: what age should kids start (and do boys really take longer)?

March 3, 2021

What parents need to know about potty training: What age should you start? Do boys really take longer? Why are kids learning at later ages? Here’s the breakdown.

Colorectal cancer is a new threat to young adults (video)

March 2, 2021

Colorectal cancer is now a leading cause of cancer death among people under 50, with rates of new diagnoses rising. Young mother and cancer survivor Teri Rivera was told she was too young to have colon cancer and is glad she listened to her body after finally getting screened, only to find out her cancer was stage III.

First stem cell clinical trial for spina bifida treatment announced

March 1, 2021

A UC Davis Health team today announced the launch of the world’s first FDA-approved human clinical trial to treat the most serious form of spina bifida. The trial involves the use of stem cells, applied during a surgery before birth.

We often ignore COVID-19 risks with people we know, psychologists say

March 1, 2021

New studies show that many people see friends and family – and even pleasant strangers – as less of a COVID-19 risk, which partly explains why some people drop their guard with family and at social gatherings.

February 2021

Med chicks and chill

February 26, 2021

UC Davis Medical Center’s always popular peregrine family returns for its third season of being live streamed from the top of the hospital in Sacramento.

Easter basket supplies needed for hospitalized children

February 26, 2021

UC Davis employees, students and the public are invited to make Easter special for children hospitalized at UC Davis Children’s Hospital this year, by helping to provide Easter baskets filled with goodies. The UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department is currently accepting donations for Easter basket supplies through their Amazon wish list.

New mini-medical school seeks to engage, serve Sacramento’s Vietnamese community

February 26, 2021

Vietnamese mini-medical school, an educational outreach effort by CTSC program and the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, is open for registration.

UC Davis Health launches nine-year process for rebuilding hospital to meet state seismic requirements

February 26, 2021

UC Davis Health today announced plans for an expansion of the UC Davis Medical Center with a project called ‘California Tower – part of the health system’s long-time commitment to improving health in local neighborhoods and across Northern California.

Reopening schools amid COVID-19 can be done safely, pediatricians say

February 25, 2021

UC Davis Health pediatricians say the science shows that if all the COVID-19 safety precautions are followed, it’s both important to open schools and possible to do it safely.

Casey Dyke lives normal teen life after 12 surgeries for tricuspid atresia, cholesteatoma (video)

February 25, 2021

Casey Dyke has been told he is a mended little miracle. With 12 surgeries for tricuspid atresia and cholesteatoma under his belt, he is now 16 years old and living his best life.

Boy receives life-changing cardiac catheterization for rare heart condition

February 24, 2021

Twelve-year-old Dane Gaffney had an extremely rare case that many pediatric cardiologists may see once in their career or not at all. Coarctation of the aorta is usually caught early in infancy and if left untreated as an infant, is fatal.

UC Davis Medical Center nationally recognized as a Best Maternity Care Hospital by Newsweek

February 24, 2021

UC Davis Medical Center was named to Newsweek’s 2021 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals this week. The distinction recognizes facilities that have provided exceptional care to mothers, newborns and their families, as verified by the 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Survey.

Bold new initiative helps address California’s shortage of mental health providers

February 24, 2021

UC Davis Health advanced practice providers work to address mental health disparities in California.

UC Davis School of Medicine scored a record year of NIH funding

February 23, 2021

In 2020, the UC Davis School of Medicine secured its highest-ever level of National Institutes of Health research funding at more than $181 million.

After bumpy start to life, Thea gets care she needs from UC Davis Health

February 22, 2021

Shortly after birth, Thea experienced trouble breathing. She was transferred to UC Davis Children’s Hospital, where she was diagnosed with Stickler Syndrome with Pierre Robin Sequence, two genetic disorders that can cause vision, hearing and joint problems, as well as a U-shaped cleft palate and breathing difficulties.

UC Davis Health ranks seventh in the nation for kidney transplants in 2020

February 22, 2021

Despite a pandemic and nationwide hospital capacity concerns, UC Davis Health’s kidney transplant team was among the top 10 busiest kidney transplant centers in the U.S last year.

UC Davis Health joins Mount Sinai, Cleveland Clinic and Northwestern in grant to implement and evaluate IBD Digital Therapeutics Toolkit within EHR

February 19, 2021

UC Davis Health has joined with several of the nation’s top health systems to help launch a NIH-sponsored initiative for an new digital therapeutics toolkit targeting inflammatory bowel disease.

Access to 3D mammography often depends on race, income and education

February 19, 2021

A new study published in JAMA Open Network indicates Black women and Latinas as well as less-educated and lower-income women have not been able to obtain 3D mammography as easily as white, well-educated and higher-income women.

Cardiac Rehab Program continues to find ways to reach patients during COVID-19

February 19, 2021

Cardiac Rehab Program leaders are reaching out to heart patients to remind them that delaying care is dangerous and that the rehab clinic’s COVID-19 measures keep patients very safe.

Zero medical center patients admitted with flu this season

February 18, 2021

No patients admitted to the UC Davis Medical Center tested positive for the flu this entire season, and experts credit flu vaccines, masking and social distancing with averting a possible “twindemic” of influenza and COVID-19.

Transport Nurses Day recognizes team for life-saving care

February 18, 2021

 The UC Davis Children’s Hospital Transport Team specializes in bringing an advanced level of care to infants and children at surrounding community hospitals, where appropriate resources may not be available.

Department of Surgery announces appointment of four new division chairs

February 18, 2021

The Department of Surgery announces four new division chair appointments, effective immediately. The organizational changes will advance state-of-the-art technologies, drive innovative surgical techniques to improve patient outcomes, and foster translational and patient centered research.

UC Davis surgery resident awarded grant to create palliative care curriculum

February 17, 2021

Surgical resident Jennifer Geiger has received a $30,000 research grant to devise a new curriculum that teaches residents how to better communicate with patients facing end-of-life decisions.

Bariatric surgery team provides tools for success

February 17, 2021

Feeling like her weight held her back, Breeanna Meunier chose bariatric surgery at UC Davis Health and a team committed to her long-term success.

UC Davis Children’s Hospital Annual Report now available

February 17, 2021

The latest edition of the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Annual Report is now available. The publication covers2019-2020, an historic year that included the coronavirus and the separation of craniopagus twins.

New hope for patients with papillary kidney cancer as clear winner emerges in drug trial

February 16, 2021

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Director Primo “Lucky” Lara, Jr. helped author a clinical trial testing the best treatment for metastatic papillary kidney cancer. The promising results are published in The Lancet.

COVID-19 variants: More contagious and deadly – but masks and distancing still work

February 12, 2021

COVID-19 variants spreading across the U.S. are more infectious, cause more serious illness and are more deadly – but wearing a mask and social distancing still protect you, and they are as important as they’ve ever been.

Heart failure awareness week (Feb. 16-19) on UC Davis Health Facebook Live

February 12, 2021

During Heart Failure Awareness Week (Feb. 16-19), nine UC Davis experts will discuss heart failure symptoms, prevention, treatment and more in interactive Facebook Live sessions.

Neurological Surgery faculty member honored for his research about neural basis of decision-making

February 12, 2021

Ignacio Saez, assistant professor in the UC Davis Department of Neurological Surgery has been honored with the Edwin Boldrey Award from the San Francisco Neurological Society for his research.

UC Davis Medical Center recognized for higher quality in maternity care

February 11, 2021

UC Davis Medical Center is proud to be recognized by Blue Shield of California with a Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) for Maternity Care designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

Photo buttons help ease kids’ fears of providers in COVID-19 protective gear

February 11, 2021

Masks, face shields and other personal protective gear that health care providers must wear during the pandemic can intimidate some pediatric patients. Hoping to change that, Veronica Tuss, a child life specialist at the UC Davis MIND Institute, creates colorful photo buttons so that providers can share a smile with their patients while staying safe.

What you need to know about COVID-19 and heart disease

February 11, 2021

UC Davis Health Chief of Cardiac Surgery Bob Kiaii answers questions on heart disease, coronavirus, and patient care during the pandemic.

Two masks can be better than one against COVID-19

February 10, 2021

New CDC recommendations say the best protection from COVID-19 is to wear either two masks – with the cloth mask outside a surgical mask – or one tightly fitted mask with two or more layers. Our experts explain how to wear them and why.

Carmichael/Citrus Heights Clinic now offers pediatric gastroenterology services

February 10, 2021

Pediatric gastroenterology services are now offered at the UC Davis Health Carmichael/Citrus Heights Clinic. UC Davis pediatric gastroenterologists Arthur de Lorimier and Kelly Haas will provide service at this clinic twice a month.

UC Davis Health paper shows how simulation education helps learners spot patient safety hazards

February 9, 2021

A paper was recently published in Pediatric Emergency Care highlighting the success of a simulation activity focused on helping health professions students and trainees identify and report patient safety hazards in the emergency department.

Panda Express donation of $444,604 supports emotional wellbeing of pediatric patients

February 9, 2021

Panda Express' annual fundraising efforts positively impact local patients and families. The restaurant chain donated nearly $450,000 raised in 2020 to Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

“I literally survived a fire.” Burn survivor finds strength in helping peers

February 8, 2021

Judy White learns she’s not alone as a burn survivor, thanks to a UC Davis Health support group she found 23 years after her trauma. Now, White volunteers to help other survivors.

Spirit Halloween breaks record, raises $101,694 for hospitalized children despite pandemic

February 5, 2021

UC Davis Children's Hospital's Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy department gets a big boost from local specialty store.

The recipe for good health starts with food

February 5, 2021

With a focus on good health, UC Davis Health’s Food and Nutrition Services team has made it their mission to source ingredients from Northern California farms and ranches.

Super Bowl Sunday or Super COVID-19 Spreader? How to watch the big game safely

February 5, 2021

Health experts are worried that Super Bowl parties could cause an increase in COVID-19 infections. They urge people not to gather with those outside their homes for the big game.

Programa de teleconferencias sobre el autismo ahora disponible en español (video)

February 5, 2021

Ahora el Instituto MIND de UC Davis está ofreciendo en español su programa interactivo de teleconferencias, conocido como ECHO. El objetivo es alcanzar a más proveedores de salud, en particular aquellos de habla hispana y en América Latina.

Nursing leader Judie Boehmer named board president of Sacramento’s Ronald McDonald House

February 4, 2021

Judie Boehmer, a nursing executive at UC Davis Health, has been appointed board president for Sacramento’s Ronald McDonald House. 

Equalizing breast cancer detection is key to improving outcomes for Black women

February 4, 2021

Addressing health disparities is key to raising awareness on World Cancer Day and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is asking women of color to help by participating in an important breast cancer study.

Fragile X premutation registry launches internationally (video)

February 3, 2021

The UC Davis MIND Institute and the National Fragile X Foundation have launched an international registry of people carrying the fragile X premutation. The goal is to facilitate and encourage research about the genetic condition to improve understanding and treatment.

NICU graduation celebrates milestone for families

February 3, 2021

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has created a new tradition to help families mark a special milestone when leaving the neonatal intensive care unit: A NICU graduation.

Virtual autism teleconferencing program for providers now offered in Spanish (video)

February 2, 2021

The UC Davis MIND Institute is now offering its interactive autism teleconferencing program, known as ECHO, in Spanish. The goal is to reach more health care providers, particularly Spanish-speaking professionals and those in Latin America.

Three medical students advance in global competition to address health inequities

February 2, 2021

Three UC Davis School of Medicine students – Annica Stull-Lane, Erica Lin and Christina Lowry – are finalists in an international competition aimed at finding solutions to health inequities in low-resource settings.

Ten tips for using telehealth in diabetes care

February 1, 2021

UC Davis Health pediatric endocrinologists are having success using telehealth to provide care to children and teens with diabetes. They’ve teamed up with other experts in the field to create a guide for colleagues around the country who want to do the same.

Vaccine Anxiety: Tips for handling the latest COVID fatigue

February 1, 2021

Uncertainty about when, where and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine is creating the latest pandemic anxiety for already weary people. Psychologist Kaye Hermanson has advice for managing the stress.