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July 2020

Now what? UC Davis public health expert maps out COVID-19 status and road ahead

July 15, 2020

COVID-19 cases have exploded and the majority are younger adults. Now there are new restrictions. But people can still have their lives – if they follow health recommendations and look after each other, says public health expert Brad Pollock.

Becoming Arizona: On climate justice, COVID-19 and unsung solutions in Sacramento

July 15, 2020

In the fifth and final installment of UC Davis’ Becoming Arizona climate change series, scientists, health professionals and community leaders examine the connecting dots of climate change, COVID-19 and racism, and discuss unsung solutions that may help warming cities like Sacramento address them.

High-fat diet with antibiotics use linked to gut inflammation

July 14, 2020

Combining Western diet and antibiotic use is a significant pre-inflammatory bowel disease (pre-IBD) risk factor.

UC Davis LIVE on coronavirus in the built environment on July 16

July 14, 2020

Can the way we design and use buildings affect the transmission of COVID-19? Will the pandemic affect how we think about indoor spaces where we live and work? 

UC Davis Children's Hospital gives local girl every opportunity to just be a kid

July 14, 2020

Isabella Lazzerini's two rare diagnoses warrant ongoing, specialized care but that doesn't stop her from enjoying life.

UC Davis Health expert offers family caregivers road map for navigating COVID-19

July 13, 2020

Few groups have faced more stress and confusion facing down COVID-19 than older adults and the people who care for them. Terri Harvath, director of the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, offers guidance and tips.

Study finds that special filters in glasses can help the color blind see colors better

July 13, 2020

A new UC Davis Eye Center study found that glasses engineered with spectral notch filters enhance color vision for those with the most common types of red-green color vision deficiency.

Domestic violence increased in the Great Recession

July 13, 2020

Emergency room visits for domestic violence incidents in California more than tripled during the Great Recession compared to the years before, signaling a need to prepare for similar and more prolonged effects during the COVID-19 financial crisis, suggest University of California, Davis, researchers.

Year of the Nurse blog, Julie Petray: ‘Care for patients with compassion, concern, as if this is a family member’

July 10, 2020

Early in Julie Petray’s career, she had a challenging patient experience that taught her that every person has a “soft spot.” She explains the importance of finding that connection in UC Davis Health’s Year of the Nurse blog.

Burn center team braces for wildfire season

July 10, 2020

The number and intensity of Northern California wildfires trigger fear that there could be another one in 2020. Preparing for that possibility is a central mission of the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center at UC Davis Medical Center.

Higher temps, reduced air quality and COVID-19 are a triple threat for those with chronic lung disease

July 10, 2020

Summer days of high heat and poor air quality can be extremely challenging for those with COPD, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and other lung conditions. Combined with the COVID-19 pandemic and the likelihood of fires, extra precautions are necessary this year.

Stephanie Crossen, Daphne Say receive 2020 Eli Gold Prize

July 10, 2020

Stephanie Crossen, assistant professor of pediatrics and pediatric endocrinologist, and Daphne Say, health sciences assistant clinical professor and pediatric gastroenterologist, have received the 2020 Eli Gold Prize this month.

Michael Condrin named COO of UC Davis Health Outpatient Care

July 10, 2020

Michael Condrin has been appointed to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer, Ambulatory Care for UC Davis Health. The position is responsible for all of UC Davis Health’s outpatient care, including 70 clinics at 25 clinical care locations.

Heartbreaking loss leads to unique donations for sarcoma cancer research

July 10, 2020

Rebecca Hastings created an ecommerce business she had hoped to run with her daughter Kelsey, but Kelsey died in her early 20s from a sarcoma cancer. Now the business gives 90% of its proceeds to top sarcoma cancer centers, including UC Davis.

UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy team adapts activities, crafts, even bingo for kids during COVID-19

July 9, 2020

Nothing will ever take the place of in-person contact but the COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in new ways to provide activities, crafts, music and art groups to pediatric patients.

UC Davis medical student wins global writing award

July 9, 2020

Samantha Wong's essay about Anthony Fauci and how physicians should be representatives of science, truth and facts made her a winner in the international 2020 Lasker Essay Contest.

Advanced heart pump and line dancing bring fuller life back to heart patient

July 8, 2020

Alice Marez says she was saved by UC Davis surgeons, an LVAD pump and line dancing. If she had to choose only one, 79-year-old Marez might just pick the line dancing. 

Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis announces local 2020 champion

July 8, 2020

Isabella Lazzerini has been a patient at UC Davis Children's Hospital since she was three days old.

"COVID fatigue" is hitting hard. Fighting it is hard, too, says UC Davis Health psychologist

July 7, 2020

People go through emotional stages of dealing with disasters. As a community, we’re in the disillusionment stage – people are tired, angry and don’t want to hear cautions about the coronavirus. That stage can last up to a year after the event – except we’re still in the event.

School of Nursing welcomes new students (VIDEO)

July 7, 2020

137 future registered nurses, physician assistants and family nurse practitioners embarked upon their education journeys at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.

Hospital patient and care team member discover their unique bond

July 7, 2020

Medical student Pauline Nguyen was amazed when she learned that a patient she was caring for had funded one of her scholarships.

UC Davis Health saves 2-year-old with dangerously high blood pressure

July 7, 2020

When Owen had an MRI appointment at Mercy San Juan Medical Center, his parents got the shocking news that Owen needed to be immediately transported to UC Davis Children’s Hospital via ambulance for monitoring and blood pressure control. 

UC Davis experts: Science says wearing masks and social distancing slow COVID-19 (VIDEO)

July 6, 2020

Evidence about how COVID-19 spreads clearly shows social distancing and wearing a mask help prevent people from spreading the coronavirus, and the mask protects wearers from being infected themselves.

UC Davis nursing school selects inaugural nurse leader fellows

July 6, 2020

The 11 members of the inaugural cohort for the Betty Irene Moore Fellowships for Nurse Leaders and Innovators bring diversity of perspective and great potential to advance the nursing profession and are affiliated with major public and private universities across the country.

Year of the Nurse blog, Yusuf Rizam: ‘It’s a teamwork environment…you’re not on your own’

July 6, 2020

UC Davis Health nurse Yusuf Rizam started in the ICU right as the COVID-19 pandemic was hitting the hospital. Hear his thoughts on the challenges and rewards of his job, in the latest installment of the Year of the Nurse blog.

Surge in firearm purchasing during pandemic’s onset linked to higher rates of firearm violence in U.S.

July 6, 2020

A surge in firearm purchasing in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic – estimated to be over 2.1 million excess purchases – is linked to a significant increase in firearm violence, a study by UC Davis Violence Prevention Program suggests.

Walmart and Sam’s Club CMN campaign: The show goes on

July 2, 2020

"Appreciation Tour" takes UC Davis Children's Hospital leadership from Modesto to Redding

Deans’ Awards spotlight excellence

July 1, 2020

Leaders from UC Davis Health recognize individuals and teams for their contributions as transformative leaders in our community and the extraordinary work they do on behalf of our patients, staff members, faculty, students and the public.

CMN grant funds non-English caregiver booklets about home care of pediatric G-tube patients

July 1, 2020

Russian and Spanish language guides help caregivers understand their child’s gastrostomy tube.

UC Davis Medical Center again listed among ‘100 Great Hospitals in America’

July 1, 2020

In the annual list assembled by Becker’s Hospital Review, UC Davis Medical Center was selected based on analysis of ranking and award agencies that recognize excellence, leadership and innovation in the hospital and health care sector.

June 2020

Summer parties and COVID-19 can mix – if you’re careful

June 30, 2020

UC Davis experts offer tips for safe gatherings in the summer of COVID-19, including advice for handling food and beverages, setting up and spacing, and managing bathroom visits.

UC Davis Health’s Lydia Pleotis Howell named president of Association of Pathology Chairs

June 30, 2020

Lydia Pleotis Howell, chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, will serve a two-year term as president of the Association of Pathology Chairs. She has been in the role of president-elect for the past two years.

Year of the Nurse blog, Crissi Patel: ‘Nothing stopped me from just getting to that goal’

June 30, 2020

In the latest installment of our Year of the Nurse blog, UC Davis Health nurse Crissi Patel recounts her long journey to becoming a nurse. She never gave up on her dream, and her determination finally paid off.

Raw milk may do more harm than good

June 30, 2020

Raw or unpasteurized cows’ milk from U.S. retail stores can hold a huge amount of antimicrobial-resistant genes if left at room temperature, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis. The study also found bacteria that harbored antimicrobial-resistant genes can transfer them to other bacteria, potentially spreading resistance if consumed. The study was published in the journal Microbiome.

Experts offer tips for summer gatherings with family amid COVID-19

June 29, 2020

UC Davis Health officials warn to not let your guard down and don’t assume keeping things within the family is safe or free from masking and social distancing guidelines..

UC Davis Health donates 10,000 masks to business community

June 29, 2020

UC Davis Health partnership provides thousands of surgical masks to local businesses through Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce initiative.

Wanted: Field guide to coronaviruses, says UC Davis evolutionary biologist

June 29, 2020

UC Davis evolutionary biologist Jonathan Eisen says if we understood more about coronaviruses, we could have fought COVID-19 more quickly and effectively – and we should work now to be prepared for the next new dangerous virus.

New road map drives better health outcomes for everyone by 2030

June 29, 2020

New recommendations focus on the importance of a seamless system of comprehensive, accessible care designed to keep people healthy and well.

Fireworks in the age of COVID-19: More dangers than ever

June 26, 2020

This year, with most public fireworks displays canceled due to COVID-19, personal use of fireworks and related injuries are expected to increase.

A primer on sun safety from a UC Davis Health expert

June 26, 2020

It’s summer, which means UC Davis pediatricians are fielding questions from families about sunscreen, sunburn and how to best protect children from the Sacramento sun.

UC Davis nursing school names new health equity, diversity and inclusion dean

June 25, 2020

Piri Ackerman-Barger is tapped to lead the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing's efforts to create a diverse and welcoming setting in which to learn, work and collaborate. She is the first to hold this position in the school.

UC Davis researchers adapt amyloid technology to catch coronavirus

June 25, 2020

Two researchers at the University of California, Davis, are adapting their technology for amyloid-based, self-organizing protein scaffolds to combat coronavirus. They hope the technique could be used in diagnostic tests or for virus-neutralizing masks and other protective equipment.

UC Davis Vascular Center lab earns reaccreditation

June 24, 2020

The UC Davis Vascular Center’s lab has been reaccredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission for vascular testing in extracranial cerebrovascular testing, peripheral venous testing, peripheral arterial testing and visceral vascular testing. 

Unexpected spectrum of mental illnesses found in patients with rare genetic disorder

June 24, 2020

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers found an unexpected spectrum of mental illnesses in patients with a rare gene mutation. These patients had a “double hit” condition that combined features and symptoms of fragile X syndrome and premutation disorder, in addition to a range of psychiatric symptoms.

Pilot grants open door to better mental health care

June 24, 2020

The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at UC Davis recented awarded seed funding to three projects designed to improve mental health research in California and strengthen collaborations with community, regional and statewide partners.

UC Davis Health helps bring triplets into the world during COVID-19 pandemic

June 24, 2020

When Amanda Boucher found out that she was expecting triplets, she turned to UC Davis Medical Center, which offers expertise across all areas of high-risk obstetrical care.   

Q&A with UC Davis Health expert: COVID-19 advice on barbers, salons, tattoo parlors, massage services

June 23, 2020

A range of services are now open to the public, including hair and nail salons, barbers, tattoo parlors and more. Natascha Tuznik, associate professor of infectious disease, offers advice for staying safe, plus some serious cautions.

UC Davis Health provides telehealth services to 14 counties in new Partnership HealthPlan of California affiliation

June 23, 2020

UC Davis Health has entered into a new agreement to provide pediatric telehealth services to the 14 Northern California counties that Partnership HealthPlan of California (PHC) serves, starting July 1, 2020.

Wall of Hope gives families optimism and inspiration

June 23, 2020

The Wall of Hope, located next to the entrance of the NSICU, was started by certified neuroscience registered nurse Delia Christian about 13 years ago. Its location is intentional -- it’s the first thing patients and families see when entering the NSICU, and the last thing they see when they leave.

Defining paths to possible mother to child coronavirus transmission

June 23, 2020

UC Davis Health physicians defined the conditions of viral transmission from mother to baby during pregnancy and delivery.

Male contraception clinical trial launches in Sacramento

June 22, 2020

UC Davis Health is testing a potential new birth control option that could lead to the first male hormonal birth control on the market.

Satya Dandekar honored with prestigious NIH MERIT award for HIV research

June 22, 2020

Prestigious MERIT award from the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases honored Satya Dandekar, chairperson of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, for her illustrious journey in HIV research.

Movie theaters may pose less COVID-19 risk than we think, says UC Davis Health expert

June 22, 2020

If moviegoers are careful, and theater companies take precautions, going to the movies can be much less risky than other social outings during the COVID-19 pandemic, says an infectious disease associate professor.

Chancellor May: Remember the meaning of Juneteenth

June 19, 2020

UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May shares his thoughts and reflections on Juneteenth, the commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. He encourages the UC Davis community to learn more about the history and profound resonances of this day.

Second Breath redistributes medical supplies

June 19, 2020

When Andrew Li was training to be a surgeon at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, he launched Second Breath  Now, as part of the faculty of the UC Davis Health Division of Plastic Surgery, he has brought Second Breath to the Sacramento region. 

UC Davis Health expert: How to tune up your immune system during COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

June 19, 2020

Our immune systems naturally weaken and slow as we age, but we can still give them a boost. Satya Dandekar, chair of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, offers practical tips.

Year of the Nurse blog, Heather Donaldson: ‘Now my life is very much a life of service’

June 18, 2020

In the latest installment of our Year of the Nurse blog, Heather Donaldson explains how she pivoted from her dream of becoming a rock star to embark on a fulfilling career as a critical care nurse – and what that path has taught her.

UC Davis experts explain the importance and the “how to” of wearing masks to fight COVID-19

June 18, 2020

Wearing a mask is an act of kindness to prevent infection in others, experts said. They have advice for when to wear them, what not to wear and how to care for masks – and the takeaway is clear: Wear masks to protect your community.

UC Davis study details use of extreme risk protection orders in California over first four years

June 18, 2020

The population-based study is one of the first to detail the early use of ERPOs in California. The policies help fill a gap in violence prevention efforts by allowing individuals to intervene when someone who is not prohibited from owning a firearm poses an immediate risk of violence to themselves or others.

Project Baby Bear shows genomic sequencing for infants in intensive care yields life-changing benefits and medical cost savings

June 18, 2020

In a pilot program funded by the State of California, Project Baby Bear demonstrated that a rapid precision medicine program for critically ill babies enrolled in Medi-Cal produced better health outcomes and reduced suffering for the infants while decreasing the cost of their care. UC Davis Children’s Hospital was one of five participating hospitals statewide in the pilot program. The pilot program was started at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.

UC Davis Health’s Wraparound program celebrates two years

June 18, 2020

For the past two years, the UC Davis Health Wraparound program has been offering the Oak Park community ongoing support for these violently injured young people as they return home and recover from their trauma. Last year, the program expanded support to include patients from six other neighborhoods in Sacramento County that have high rates of community violence.   

Walmart #HelpsKidsLiveBetter through their support of CMN at UC Davis Children’s Hospital

June 17, 2020

All funds stay local when you round up at the register beginning June 22.

UC Davis Health replaces car seat challenge with new standard of care

June 17, 2020

UC Davis Health is no longer performing routine car seat challenges for newborn infants before hospital discharge.

Noninvasive fetal oxygen monitor could make for safer deliveries

June 17, 2020

A device to directly measure blood oxygen saturation in a fetus during labor has been developed by researchers at the University of California, Davis. By providing better information about the health of a fetus right before birth, the device could both reduce the rate of cesarean sections and improve outcomes in difficult deliveries.

Surprising tips for cleaning surfaces in your house and around town

June 16, 2020

A UC Davis infectious disease expert says many people don’t really know how and what to clean to avoid COVID-19 infection.

Cinthia Tirado named by Gov. Newsom to Medical Board of California

June 16, 2020

Cinthia Tirado, associate clinical professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at UC Davis Health, has been appointed to the Board that protects health care consumers through the proper licensing and regulation of physicians, surgeons and other providers.

Among the nation’s best

June 16, 2020

UC Davis Children’s Hospital is nationally ranked in four pediatric specialties in the new 2020-21 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings by U.S. News & World Report, published online today. 

With the help of UC Davis Children’s Hospital, pediatric patient gets to celebrate turning nine years old

June 16, 2020

Every birthday is a milestone when you have cystic fibrosis.

UC Davis Health researchers win 2020 Chancellor’s Innovation Awards

June 15, 2020

Recipients of the UC Davis 2020 Chancellor’s Innovation Awards include four UC Davis Health researchers. 

New UC Davis cystic fibrosis parent peer support group launched

June 15, 2020

A new parent peer support group launched on Saturday via Zoom for parents and families of UC Davis pediatric cystic fibrosis (CF) patients.

UC Davis Medical Center surgery patient said he was treated like royalty

June 15, 2020

Alexander Estrada was referred to UC Davis Medical Center for surgery by a specialist through a partnership with Dignity Health and was thrilled with his outcome and his care.

Crossen leads telehealth how-to videos for Pediatric Endocrine Society

June 15, 2020

As more health care providers adapt to telehealth to care for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, some are finding occasional challenges with the experience when it’s new to them. Now, some help is available in a new set of how-to videos for health care providers from UC Davis pediatric endocrinologist Stephanie Crossen.

Statement: UC Davis Health is committed to transgender and non-binary communities

June 15, 2020

UC Davis Health has a longstanding, continuing commitment to providing compassionate, high-quality and equitable care for LGBTQ+ patients.

UC Davis Vascular Center named a TCAR Center of Excellence

June 12, 2020

The UC Davis Vascular Center has been named a TCAR Center of Excellence for the high quality of its care team and patient outcomes for transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR).

UC Davis Health experts give status report on COVID-19 testing

June 12, 2020

The capacity for testing for COVID-19 infections has come a long way, while testing for antibodies to determine immunity is still a work in progress.

Let’s talk about mental health: The invisible impact of COVID-19

June 12, 2020

The next virtual CTSC Science Café will be held on June 18 from 6 to 7:15 p.m. to discuss the intersections of mental health and the coronavirus pandemic.

A teacher’s learning experience with stroke

June 11, 2020

Peter Dwyer’s birthday this year may not have happened at all. Last September, the retired high school teacher was raking leaves when his left side suddenly buckled. He had experienced an acute ischemic stroke.

Q&A: Safety tips for Phase 3 openings from a UC Davis Health infectious disease expert

June 11, 2020

Safely venturing back to bars, restaurants, gyms, brew pubs and more will take caution and some planning. Here are some key do's, don'ts and important warnings.

UC Davis nursing school hosts virtual celebration

June 11, 2020

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis celebrates the accomplishments of this year's graduates with a virtual celebration.

NIH grant funds a new study of infants at higher risk for ADHD and ASD

June 11, 2020

A $3.65 million grant from NIH to fund Meghan Miller’s study of autism and ADHD markers in babies.

Northern California hospital partnership saves local girl’s life

June 11, 2020

From Red Bluff to Redding to Sacramento, Harper Bruckenstein held on for dear life.

Falcons at UC Davis Medical Center

June 10, 2020

The nest is much less active these days as the young peregrine chicks at UC Davis Medical Center are now spreading their wings, practicing flight and rarely spending much time at home anymore.

Join Chancellor May, health system leaders for virtual celebration of Ernest E. Tschannen Eye Institute, June 16

June 10, 2020

The new eye institute, slated for completion in 2022, expands outstanding patient care, inspired educational programs and innovative research to develop new treatments. RSVP to attend celebration.

Sepideh Gholami wins prestigious Young Investigator Award

June 10, 2020

UC Davis Health surgeon and researcher Sepideh Gholami was named the 2020 recipient of the Society of Surgical Oncologists’ grant for innovative ideas and concepts designed to improve patient cancer care.

Izumiya, Tuscano, and Siefkes receive grants to advance innovative solutions with commercial potential

June 10, 2020

Three UC Davis Health researchers will receive grants to advance research and innovations with commercial potential.

UC Davis Health offers game changing treatment for some liver tumors

June 10, 2020

UC Davis Health is offering an innovative treatment for liver tumors for patients who might not qualify for surgery.

UC Davis experts provide tips and cautions for visiting older family members

June 9, 2020

Visiting older family members now requires balancing their emotional and physical health. Two UC Davis Health experts offer advice for a visit, how to keep them safe and whether you should go.

UC Davis Health CEO, infectious disease expert discuss COVID-19 testing, vaccine, lessons learned (FB Live)

June 9, 2020

Vice Chancellor of Human Health Sciences and UC Davis Health CEO David Lubarsky and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases Stuart Cohen shared the latest developments during a conversation on the UC Davis Health Facebook page on June 9.

How schools might reopen safely amid coronavirus pandemic

June 9, 2020

We asked Dean Blumberg, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, about some health and safety measures that K-12 schools should consider when navigating reopenings.

UC Davis Dental Clinic reopens today using coronavirus best practices

June 9, 2020

By leveraging the strengths of UC Davis Health, the UC Davis Dental Clinic will reopen with a series of COVID-19 prevention protocols that are unique in the Sacramento region. 

National survey shows different bacteria on cellphones and shoes

June 9, 2020

The largest study of its kind in the U.S. shows thousands of different types of bacteria living on cellphones and shoes, including groups that have barely been studied by scientists.

Survey of California Filipinos finds health and education resources lacking

June 9, 2020

The hundreds of Filipinos answering these surveys are telling researchers that 40 percent of homes have a health care worker living there. And more than 95 percent of the survey respondents said they had not been tested for the coronavirus yet. Nationwide, it has been reported that Filipinos are overrepresented among health care workers, and the California data show similar trends, researchers said.

Special performance on Facebook Live supports autism community

June 9, 2020

The Balcony theater group and the MIND Institute are hosting an event streamed on the MIND’s Facebook page in support of the autism community on June 13 at 5 p.m. PT. The event includes an expert panel discussion and a performance of Through Andrew’s Eyes play.

Duchenne clinical trial offers promising results using unique therapy

June 9, 2020

UC Davis Health researchers say there is promising news about a potential stem cell-related treatment for people with the progressive genetic disorder known as Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy (DMD).

Pilot grants boost COVID-19 research

June 8, 2020

The Center for Healthcare Policy and Research, Center for Health and Technology and the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at UC Davis have collaborated to fund projects that explore the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health, breast cancer screening, NICU care, children with disabilities and post-surgery therapies. 

Year of the Nurse blog, Aron Anthony King: ‘I want to bring more people in...and push them to do more’

June 8, 2020

UC Davis Health nurse Aron Anthony King highlights two of his goals: increase diversity in his profession to provide more culturally competent care, and help encourage future nurses and leaders.

Pediatric resident promotes health equity

June 8, 2020

An abstract by UC Davis pediatric resident Jess Huang has been accepted as a poster presentation at this month’s Academy of Communication in Healthcare (ACH)’s Healthcare Communication Virtual Research Forum.

UCOP Seed Grants Fund COVID-19 Research Projects

June 8, 2020

UC Office of the President funds UC Davis School of Medicine and College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences research projects aimed at mitigating the impact of COVID-19.

Rescheduled to June 11: UC Davis LIVE on coronavirus testing with Nam Tran, Larissa May

June 5, 2020

Originally slated for June 4, the UC Davis LIVE conversation with UC Davis Health's Larissa May and Nam Tran has been rescheduled to Thursday, June 11 at 11:30 a.m. Tune in then on UC Davis' social media channels to hear the latest on coronavirus testing.

After scary diabetic ketoacidosis, 11-year-old patient and family give thanks

June 5, 2020

When Kristin Javier was diagnosed with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) at Mercy San Juan, she was transferred to UC Davis Children’s Hospital where she received the life-saving care she needed.

Davis teen suffers ski injury, has successful surgery during COVID-19

June 5, 2020

Audrey Adamchak's love for the outdoors took her to Dartmouth, but a fall brought her back to UC Davis Health.

Student-run clinic continues offering care during the pandemic

June 4, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped health care throughout the region, including at student-run clinics. Some are temporarily closed or providing only essential services while the stay-at-home order is in effect. A few, like Clínica Tepati, are using telehealth to maintain, and even expand, access to care. 

UC Davis scientists and national researchers detail road to COVID-19 vaccine (video)

June 4, 2020

More than 3,800 viewers hear UC Davis scientists and other national researchers explain the promises and challenges of developing and distributing a COVID-19 vaccine worldwide.

Q&A: An infectious disease expert's travel do's and don'ts on road trips

June 4, 2020

More travel advice in this time of COVID-19 – about roads trips, camping, rest stops and more – from Natascha Tuznik, assistant clinical professor of infectious diseases.

Q&A: An infectious disease expert’s travel do’s and don’ts on air travel, hotels

June 3, 2020

Natascha Tuznik, assistant clinical professor of infectious diseases, has helpful, and surprising, advice about traveling in this time of COVID-19 – or deciding to stay home.

17 researchers win COVID-19 seed grants

June 2, 2020

UC Davis researchers have a role in nine of the 25 COVID-19-related projects that recently received seed grants averaging about $50,000 from CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, a systemwide UC initiative headquartered at Berkeley.

UC Davis Health adapting from lessons of telehealth

June 2, 2020

UC Davis Health adapted to telehealth at an unprecedented rate because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, it’s using lessons learned to adapt for the future an even fuller experience for patients.

School of Medicine honors dozens of students, residents and faculty with annual awards

June 2, 2020

Annual awards recognize talented students, residents and faculty within School of Medicine.

Prompt diagnosis, team surgery and intensive care save the life of landscape architect

June 2, 2020

Getting medical care right away when health conditions arise are essential despite coronavirus.

Q&A with new community pediatrician Mikah Owen

June 1, 2020

A Q&A with Mikah Owen, who joined UC Davis Health last month as an assistant clinical professor in pediatrics, with a focus on community pediatrics.

New grant brings advanced vascular care to small communities

June 1, 2020

The UC Davis Vascular Center has launched a telehealth initiative to improve assessments and care for patients who live in small communities and have lower-extremity ulcers due to peripheral artery disease or diabetes.

May 2020

Universal need for massive COVID-19 testing — Are we deluding ourselves?

May 29, 2020

Costly COVID-19 testing of the entire population is not the answer to solving the COVID-19 pandemic, but by testing smarter, we will be able to better track down the virus.

COVID-19 community survey seeking participants

May 29, 2020

Scientists from the University of California, Davis are conducting a survey to learn about the impacts of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak that began early in 2020.

Virtual graduation confers 114 Doctor of Medicine degrees

May 29, 2020

Technology - along with celebratory joy, gratitude and a serious sense of purpose - united School of Medicine graduates in the first-ever virtual commencement in the 50-year history of the school.

UC Davis infectious disease experts have some warnings about COVID-19 and summer

May 29, 2020

Summer means warm weather and relaxed social restrictions for COVID-19, but UC Davis experts warn that the disease may stay just as contagious, especially with large gatherings.

UC Davis Health leaders: Smart testing, not mass testing, the best path out of the COVID-19 pandemic

May 29, 2020

In a May 29 LinkedIn piece, UC Davis Health’s David Lubarsky and Brad Pollock write that the impractical notion of mass population testing should be replaced by a more nuanced and targeted approach to achieving safer living and working.

UC Davis Health repaying generosity of community with PPE donations to others

May 29, 2020

Thanks to careful planning and community support, UC Davis Health is donating personal protective equipment to hospitals and others in the community ranging from Sac Fire to the Food Literacy Center to the Navajo Nation.

Hwang recognized for advancing the field of dermatology

May 29, 2020

Samuel Hwang, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Dermatology, has been honored by the American Skin Association with a Research Achievement Award in Psoriasis for helping advance the field of dermatology.

UC Davis Health scores big at Healthcare Advertising Awards

May 28, 2020

UC Davis Health scored big at the Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards, the largest health care advertising awards competition in America.

Kindness and calm from Infusion Center made patients feel safe during pandemic

May 28, 2020

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses and staff at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Adult Infusion Center walked a comforting line between acknowledging the scary time and making patients feel safe.

Year of the Nurse blog, Michelle Linenberger: ‘It's helping families gain some control in the end’

May 28, 2020

As a new graduate nurse, Michelle Linenberger remembers watching an experienced nurse stay with a patient while she died. Those moments have taught her the importance of having conversations about death – and how one wishes to die.

Autism severity can change substantially during early childhood

May 28, 2020

Kids with autism may have a change in their symptom severity during childhood. Around 30% of them have less symptoms by age 6.

The virtual museum experience: Can it help reduce social isolation and chronic pain?

May 28, 2020

Can participating in virtual, online museum programs help people with chronic pain feel more socially connected?  UC Davis Health is seeking volunteers to find out.

School of Medicine hosts first-ever virtual graduation Friday

May 27, 2020

Unique commencement ceremony to unite the School of Medicine's 114 graduates by Zoom.

UC Davis Health honored with multiple Practice Greenhealth awards for environmental excellence

May 27, 2020

In addition to landing in the national "top 10" Circles of Excellence in the Food and Green Building categories, UC Davis Health also garnered Practice Greenhealth's Emerald Award for improvements in environmental performance and the Greening the OR Recognition Award.

Book choice: ‘Marbles,’ on mental health

May 27, 2020

The Campus Community Book Project has two big announcements: the title of the book on mental health we will all be encouraged to read in 2020-21, and the theme for the year after that, along with a call for nominations.

Distance learning brings later school start times, chance for more sleep for children

May 27, 2020

As schools across the country have turned to distance learning during COVID-19, a new opportunity has emerged for children: later school start times – and the chance for more sleep.

CTSC is a quiet hero of UC Davis COVID-19 research

May 26, 2020

The Clinical and Translational Science Center is an unsung hero of both UC Davis's COVID-19 research and its ongoing clinical trials.

Breastfeeding moms find valuable support online despite COVID-19

May 26, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, UC Davis Health moved its in-person weekly breastfeeding support group online. The lactation team now hosts Zoom meetings, providing the same resource that new mothers can access from the comfort of home. 

New double-contrast technique picks up small tumors on MRI

May 26, 2020

Early detection of tumors is extremely important in treating cancer. A new technique developed by researchers at the University of California, Davis, offers a significant advance in using magnetic resonance imaging to pick out even very small tumors from normal tissue. The work is published May 25 in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.

Local girl's kindness rocks the UC Davis Health campus

May 22, 2020

Scarlett Bronner turned her passion for painting rocks into an inspiring way to show health care workers how much they are appreciated.

UC Davis Vascular Center recognized for participation in North American quality initiative

May 22, 2020

The Society for Vascular Surgery has awarded three stars — the highest number possible — to the UC Davis Vascular Center for active participation in its Vascular Quality Initiative. 

Volunteering in Brooklyn hospital: Long days, short on supplies, plenty of caring workers

May 22, 2020

Paula Wagner, a nurse practitioner and one UC Davis Health’s providers who volunteered in New York City, provides a striking snapshot of the pandemic there.

Medical innovations win big in 20th annual UC Davis Business Competition

May 22, 2020

A team of UC Davis graduate students captured both the $20,000 first prize and the $10,000 Health Sector Award in the 20th annual Big Bang! Business Competition at the University of California, Davis, Wednesday night.

Vice Chancellor for Research, graduate student develop COVID-19 contact-tracing tool

May 22, 2020

Computer scientists at the University of California, Davis, have developed a web-based contact-tracing application. The app, We-Care, allows users to check in at specific locations and notifies them if someone reporting themselves as positive for COVID-19 checks in at the same location within a certain  time window.

Know and respond quickly to signs of stroke

May 22, 2020

A UC Davis Health specialist recommends learning more about common stroke symptoms and your own risks for the condition.

Fight against big soda topic of UC Davis public webinar on May 27

May 21, 2020

The sticky business of sugar-sweetened beverages will be the topic of an online panel discussion with California Assemblymember Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, and an expert from the University of California, Davis, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 27.

UC Davis Health performs 10,000th molecular test for COVID‑19

May 21, 2020

During the pandemic, UC Davis Health established robust pathways with 30 hospitals and health care facilities throughout the region, streamlining the receipt and molecular testing of COVID-19 specimens.

How Sacramento’s history has shaped today’s health care disparities [video]

May 21, 2020

Leaders from UC Davis Health tour Sacramento to learn history of its neighborhood and how it impacts the social determinants of health in the region.

Diana Farmer receives APSNA’s Champion Award

May 21, 2020

Diana Farmer, chair of surgery at UC Davis Health and surgeon-in chief of UC Davis Children’s Hospital, has received the Champion Award by the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association (APSNA).

Seeking pain-relieving surgery during a pandemic

May 20, 2020

Roseville patient who had debilitating pain from a slipped disk grateful for surgery.

Expert crew brightens the grounds and the day for everyone at UC Davis Health

May 20, 2020

The skillful work of UC Davis Health groundskeepers helps make the experience of patients and staff more comforting.

Year of the Nurse blog, Rodrigo Almirol: ‘The best care that they needed, with respect and dignity’

May 20, 2020

In this ongoing series of nurses' stories, UC Davis Health nurse Rodrigo Almirol shares what he strives to do for every patient, and what he hopes they will take away from the experience of his care.

Pilot study to assess intranasal compound for prevention of SARS-CoV-2 infection

May 20, 2020

Can an antiviral compound found in shellfish be effective against the novel coronavirus? The Covid Catalyst Fund awarded a grant to conduct a rule-out study.

UC Davis LIVE: Treating COVID-19 on May 21

May 19, 2020

In the second edition of UC Davis LIVE: COVID-19, two UC Davis clinicians will talk about and take questions on the new treatments for COVID-19 being tested at UC Davis Health and other hospitals, including the experimental antiviral drug remdesivir — used to treat UC Davis’ first patient of the pandemic in March — and using plasma from people who have recovered from the novel coronavirus to treat patients.

Troubling COVID-19 syndrome identified in children

May 19, 2020

A newly identified and severe inflammatory syndrome – similar to Kawasaki disease  ̶  has been linked to the coronavirus causing COVID-19 in about 200 children in the United States and Europe.

UC Davis nursing professor named fellow in American Medical Informatics Association

May 19, 2020

School of Nursing Assistant Professor Katherine Kim is named a fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association.

A message to expecting moms: Don’t delay care during COVID-19

May 19, 2020

The message has been clear from health care professionals across the country: Don’t delay necessary medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic. But for expecting mothers, delays to medical care can have serious, life-threatening consequences for both mom and baby.

Depression symptoms linked to reduced cognitive control in people with autism

May 19, 2020

Symptoms of depression in young adults with autism were linked to less proactive cognitive control, a new UC Davis MIND Institute study has found.

Environmental Services team keeps hospital clean and safe at all times

May 18, 2020

As UC Davis Medical Center battles COVID-19, cleaning crews are there every step of the way.

Year of the Nurse blog, Theresa Pak: ‘I want to be that kind of warrior, that was connecting to people’

May 18, 2020

During her nursing school days amid the uncertainty of the AIDS epidemic, Theresa Pak witnessed a colleague set an extraordinary example of empathy and compassion. From that day, she has strived to live up to the standard of care.

Life-saving care in the time of COVID-19

May 18, 2020

When she was diagnosed with adenosarcoma, a rare form of uterine cancer, she sought help from Gary Leiserowitz, chair of obstetrics and gynecology at UC Davis Health.

California Poison Control sees spike in household disinfectant exposures in March, April

May 18, 2020

As California residents use more cleaning products to disinfect their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Poison Control System’s Sacramento Division, housed at UC Davis Health, has seen a spike in reported household disinfectant exposures in March and April.

UC Davis leaders and scientists answer pressing COVID-19 questions

May 15, 2020

More than 2,000 people around the world tuned in to hear straight answers about COVID-19 from UC Davis and UC leaders and scientists.

UC Davis physician brings heart care to Sacramento County clinic

May 15, 2020

Edris Aman is a cardiologist and expert in cardiac imaging. He also is part of a growing team of specialists who sees patients at the County of Sacramento Primary Care Center, which  serves Medi-Cal and uninsured patients.

'Pillow Project' makes UC Davis Leukodystrophy Clinic patients comfortable

May 15, 2020

Young leukodystrophy patients who are seen at the UC Davis Midtown Ambulatory Care Center and UC Davis Medical Center will be getting specially made positioning pillows to make their visits more comfortable, courtesy of a partnership between the UC Davis Leukodystrophy Subspecialty Clinic and the Olivia Kay Foundation.

UC Davis Health identifies biomarker for early blood vessel damage due to sickle cell anemia

May 15, 2020

Unique computer-assisted microscope offers non-invasive, real-time approach to assess blood vessels

UC Davis emergency medicine physicians receive national awards for leading-edge work

May 14, 2020

Researchers conducting studies on violence prevention, gender medicine and blood pressure monitoring in critical care patients receive national awards.

Year of the Nurse blog, Kelly Hamilton: ‘We fought so hard to have his voice in the conversation’

May 14, 2020

UC Davis Health nurse Kelly Hamilton recounts her experience with a patient who had difficulties communicating with the care team – and explains why it’s so important for patients like him to be heard and empowered.

UC Davis researchers get $3 million FAST grant to find treatment for Angelman syndrome

May 14, 2020

Two UC Davis researchers receive $3 million grant to find an effective treatment for Angelman syndrome, a rare neurodevelopmental disorder.

Grant to track evolution of novel coronavirus with math

May 14, 2020

To stay a step ahead of the COVID-19 virus, an interdisciplinary team of UC Davis researchers will use mathematics, data science and experimental biology to predict potential mutations of the novel coronavirus. The proposed research was recently funded by a $200,000 RAPID grant from the National Science Foundation.

UC Davis pediatric orthopaedic surgeon gives teen another chance at sports...and a future

May 13, 2020

Emma Voorhies' knee injury initially sidelined her, but thanks to UC Davis Children's Hospital, she can look forward to playing again.

Can a drug developed for sickle cell anemia mitigate lung damage in patients with COVID-19?

May 12, 2020

UC Davis scientists provide senicapoc for COVID-19 clinical trial in Denmark.

Anonymous kidney donation is ultimate random act of kindness

May 12, 2020

Nancy Cabrellis donated her kidney anonymously not even knowing who would get it simply because she thought it could help someone. She was right.

School of Medicine’s Kuppermann, Fancher, Godzich garner awards from Academic Senate, Academic Federation

May 12, 2020

Nathan Kuppermann has been honored with the Academic Senate’s highest honor, the Faculty Distinguished Research Award. Tonya Fancher was honored with a Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award (Academic Senate), and Micaela Godzich garnered the award for Excellence in Graduate/Professional Teaching or Mentoring (Academic Federation).

Scholarship students share how philanthropy powers their paths

May 12, 2020

This week (May 11–15), the UC Davis Foundation’s “by philanthropy” initiative highlights the work that has been made possible by the generosity of others.

Second COVID-19 info webinar: May 14

May 12, 2020

UC Davis Distinguished Professor Walter Leal’s first COVID-19 public awareness symposium drew an audience of more than 1,000, and this week he is hosting another one, this time featuring welcome remarks by UC President Janet Napolitano.

Access to primary care differs by county for Medi-Cal patients

May 11, 2020

New research from UC Davis Health policy experts shows that Medi-Cal patients in Yolo County have better access to primary care than patients in nearby counties. Primary care access was worse in Sacramento, San Joaquin and Solano counties. 

During COVID-19, online gaming helps teens with autism build their social skills

May 11, 2020

Online video gaming helps children with autism socialize during COVID-19.

Year of the Nurse blog, Ann Smith and Rachel Teixeira: ‘Who I am as a nurse is a direct reflection of the example of my mom’

May 11, 2020

UC Davis Health nurse Rachel Teixeira talks about following her role model of caring and professionalism – her mother Ann Smith. For Smith, her daughter’s commitment to the family’s legacy is “like full circle.”

Six tips to keep children safe from falling from windows

May 11, 2020

Each year about 5,000 children are treated for window fall-related injuries in hospital emergency departments across the country. Here are some tips to help keep children safe from window falls. 

An extraordinary beginning for sisters born at UC Davis Children's Hospital

May 8, 2020

Momo twins Isabella and Sofia Walker beat the odds in more ways than one.

Vice Chancellor David Lubarsky elected to CMA Board representing academic physicians

May 8, 2020

UC Davis Health CEO Dr. David Lubarsky was elected as a California Medical Association Trustee to better represent the voice of academic physicians, including the 6,000 physicians of UC.

Year of the Nurse blog, Alexandria DePew: ‘The patients that we’re serving…they’re not just a diagnosis’

May 8, 2020

Early in her career, UC Davis Health Emergency Department nurse Alexandria DePew tried to comfort a patient with a terminal disease. Seeing the patient’s emotional distress showed her the depth of care that nursing requires.

UC Davis Children’s Hospital celebrates mom

May 8, 2020

Mothers of hospitalized pediatric patients received extra love and gratitude today at UC Davis Children’s Hospital in celebration of Mother’s Day. 

Year of the Nurse blog, Bertha Ramirez-Preciado: 'This is something you can't learn; it just comes'

May 7, 2020

UC Davis Health nurse Bertha Ramirez-Preciado knows that nursing takes more than book learning. She shares one example of how she doesn't just provide a patient's health care – she supports her and her family in every sense.

Nursing students essential for maintaining workforce pipeline

May 7, 2020

When the pandemic hit and halted training programs, nursing students faced a challenging pathway to graduating on time and beginning their nursing careers. UC Davis Medical Center came to the rescue.

Chantry receives award for excellence in breastfeeding research

May 7, 2020

Caroline Chantry, professor emerita at the UC Davis Department of Pediatrics and a volunteer clinical faculty member, is selected as this year’s Patricia Martin Annual Awardee for Excellence in Breastfeeding Research by the Journal of Human Lactation.

Year of the Nurse includes opportunity for nurses to tell their own stories

May 6, 2020

To help honor the “Year of the Nurse,” UC Davis Health has launched a blog featuring nurses voicing their own stories, the ups and downs of a career in caring for others.

Hospital visitor restrictions eased

May 6, 2020

UC Davis Medical Center has updated its hospital-visitor policy to reflect the changing conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 ‘LIVE’ series debuts May 7

May 6, 2020

UC Davis is launching two new series that take a deep dive into how our researchers are meeting the challenge of COVID-19. They will explore how UC Davis scientists, clinicians, engineers and others, often working across disciplines, are turning their knowledge to tackle COVID-19, from its origin to our communities and hospitals.

Telehealth connects a family during COVID-19 care

May 5, 2020

81-year-old Suren Vaniyev was the first patient to connect with family through UC Davis Medical Center's new Virtual Visit Program.

Determination and heart power young nurse

May 5, 2020

Lourdes Cueva starts this week as a UC Davis Medical Center nurse after negotiating pathway programs, working since high school to help her family and entering the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing with a seven-week-old daughter.

10 ways to protect your child from drowning

May 5, 2020

With the weather heating up, many people are heading to nearby swimming pools , rivers or the ocean. But drowning claims thousands of lives each year. Follow these tips to keep your children safe. 

New insight on maternal infections and neurodevelopmental disorders

May 5, 2020

The immune responses of a female mouse before pregnancy can predict how likely her offspring are to have behavioral deficits if the immune system is activated during pregnancy, according to researchers from the Center for Neuroscience at UC Davis. The findings, published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, could help resolve what role serious infections during pregnancy play in the later development of conditions such as autism and schizophrenia in offspring.

Preventing another COVID-19 problem: Skin irritation from hand washing

May 5, 2020

Tips to keep your hands clean and healthy during COVID-19 pandemic.

Peregrine parents nurturing five new arrivals at UC Davis Medical Center

May 4, 2020

UC Davis Medical Center has an unprecedented five baby peregrine falcons that just hatched and are now growing in a nest on the hospital's roof.

Davis campus custodial staff help UC Davis Health

May 4, 2020

Davis campus has trained and sent approximately 40 custodians to the UC Davis Health campus to help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

UC Davis Health physician runs to give back and connect

May 4, 2020

Neurologist Marc Lenaerts ran more than 200 miles in April to raise COVID-19 fund donations and along the way found it connected him to a disconnected world.

UC Davis Medical Center achieves top stroke certification

May 1, 2020

UC Davis Medical Center has been certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, the highest recognition possible from The Joint Commission

New UC Davis Health blog spotlights bright minds, bold ideas ‘cultivating health’ in Sacramento and beyond

May 1, 2020

Learn about the SUV-sized robot speeding COVID-19 tests, NICU webcams connecting parents with their babies, life-changing programs that help children with behavior issues and smokers with tobacco addictions, and more.

Cancer patient puts her faith in UC Davis Health

May 1, 2020

Grace Parker's cancer surgery was scheduled in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. That did not dissuade her.

Tips for enjoying the great outdoors safely during COVID-19

May 1, 2020

As Californians continue to shelter in place, many are heeding the call of the great outdoors, especially with spring weather. But how do you do so safely, and still maintain social distancing?