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September 2021

FACEBOOK LIVE (9/29): Pregnancy and COVID-19

September 23, 2021

Three UC Davis Health physicians from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology will discuss COVID-19 and pregnancy in an upcoming UC Davis Health Facebook Live event. The event will air live on Wed., Sept. 29 at 12 p.m.

UC Davis Health sponsors biggest breast cancer fundraiser in NorCal

September 22, 2021

The American Cancer Society’s 25th Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is on Oct. 17 at the west steps of the California State Capitol. Staff will be on hand at the UC Davis Health “Return to Screening” booth to talk about the importance of breast cancer screenings and why delaying care during the COVID pandemic could put your health at risk.

NIH grant funds new study to evaluate heart failure in California Central Valley patients

September 21, 2021

Martin Cadeiras, Javier E. López and Nipavan Chiamvimonvat are co-principal investigators for a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to take a precision medicine approach to evaluate patients with a poorly understood form of heart failure.

93% of UC Davis Health employees vaccinated against COVID-19

September 21, 2021

93% of UC Davis Health employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, just weeks after a new University of California vaccine mandate kicked in. The health system is a leader in vaccine compliance, ahead of a new state mandate for health care workers that takes effect Sept. 30.

Forbes ranks UC Davis as one of the best employers in California

September 20, 2021

UC Davis Health was is 12th on Forbes’ latest ranking of best employers in California and was the top-ranked employer in the “health care and social” sector.

UC President Michael Drake on campus to help induct Eye Center chairholder

September 20, 2021

UC President Michael Drake was at the UC Davis Health campus to help induct the new presidential chair in vitreoretinal science. The inaugural appointment of world-renowned physician Paul A. Sieving was held Sept. 17 with recognition of Neil and MJ Kelly and their generous donation that established the Kelly Presidential Chair in Vitreoretinal Science.

Hospitalized Caldor firefighter gets moral and monetary support

September 17, 2021

Hospitalized Caldor firefighter gets a visit from fellow firefighters before being presented with a check for $1,500 by the Firefighters Burn Institute executive director.

A record-breaking fundraising year for UC Davis Health

September 17, 2021

UC Davis and UC Davis Health are thanking donors for their generosity after a record-high fundraising year. Donors’ gifts help to fund patient care, medical research into new treatments, and education for the next generation of health care providers.

Veronica Ahumada brings human-robot interaction expertise to UC Davis Health

September 16, 2021

Veronica Ahumada joined UC Davis Health this year and brought her expertise in health informatics and human-robot interaction to the UC Davis Center for Health and Technology. She will be growing her research through two exciting grant-funded projects involving robots.

Nursing education beyond the hospital earns national award

September 15, 2021

A partnership between the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and Rolling Oaks, a senior independent living community of the Volunteers of America, earns a national award for innovative program while preparing future nurses for community health.

Two faculty members honored with AMA Inspiration Awards

September 15, 2021

Micaela Godzich, associate clinical professor and associate residency program director with Family and Community Medicine, and Véronique Taché, associate professor and residency program director with Obstetrics and Gynecology, have been honored with a 2021 American Medical Association Women Physicians Section Inspiration Award.

Driven by caring for his patients

September 13, 2021

UC Davis Health staff and retirees honor Dr. Mark Wineinger’s legacy by running his foundation and giving back to underserved patients.

UC Davis physician assistant graduates mark transition into practice

September 13, 2021

The graduating physician assistant (P.A.) class at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing gathered to recite the Physician Assistant Professional Oath before they prepare to take their licensing exam and enter into practice.

More options than ever for at-home and community COVID-19 tests

September 9, 2021

COVID-19 testing has become widely available, with free community PCR testing and over-the-counter antigen tests you can purchase to take at home. But which type of test should you use and when? And if you are vaccinated, do you need to be testing at all? Two UC Davis Health experts offer updates and advice.

Medical-surgical nurses earn national recognition with PRISM Award

September 9, 2021

The Accelerated Access Unit at UC Davis Medical Center receives national recognition for the collective achievements and contributions of the nursing staff of the medical-surgical unit.

Girl gets expert care for rare growth hormone deficiency condition

September 9, 2021

MRI results confirmed that Scarlett Hershey had panhypopituitarism, a rare condition in which the pituitary gland stops producing all or most hormones. Internationally, there are 4.2 cases of panhypopituitarism per 100,000 people per year. 

New research funding aims to improve the health of women

September 9, 2021

UC Davis School of Medicine will receive funds set aside but no longer needed to settle a class-action lawsuit against Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. The award will fund projects focused on women of color and in underserved communities.

COVID-19 pandemic inspires students to pursue medicine and help underserved communities (video)

September 8, 2021

For the second year in a row, students have entered the UC Davis School of Medicine during a global pandemic. For many, the decision to be doctors was influenced by inequities they observed first-hand during the pandemic.

Join the All of Us Research Program and be one in a million!

September 8, 2021

Participate in All of Us, the “million-person” research program funded by the National Institutes of Health to understand how individual differences can influence health and disease.

After a tragic longboarding accident, one patient fights to regain all that was lost

September 7, 2021

Last August, Kyle Benton was in a terrible longboarding accident and was transported to the UC Davis Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. His injuries included a traumatic brain injury, broken vertebrae and a blood clot in the brain. He would spend 43 days hospitalized, fighting for survival. This is his story.

School of Medicine receives state funding to address Native American health needs

September 3, 2021

The recently adopted California state budget includes $3.4 million for the UC Davis School of Medicine to grow its Rural PRIME program and create a new pathway to train students to address health needs of Native Americans.

Heart inflammation, COVID-19 and the rare side effects of the vaccine

September 2, 2021

UC Davis Health Cardiologist Nayereh Pezeshkian discusses COVID-19, its impact on the heart, and the rare risk of developing heart complications after a COVID-19 vaccine.

Luis G. Carvajal-Carmona selected as HACU Leadership Academy fellow

September 2, 2021

Luis G. Carvajal-Carmona, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, has been selected as a fellow for the third cohort of the Presidential Leadership Academy by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.

New virtual group supports children, teens through a caregiver’s illness

September 1, 2021

The UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department is launching a new virtual support group for children and adolescents ages 6 to 17 who have a parent or caregiver with a serious illness.

August 2021

Center for Healthcare Policy and Research to lead tobacco-cessation efforts in California

August 31, 2021

The UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research received a $7.5 million grant from California Department of Public Health to plan, implement and evaluate the Healthy Living Clinic Initiative, a program with around 40 community clinics to boost tobacco-use cessation in California.

Oak Park Rotary House provides hope, free accommodation for patient families (video)

August 31, 2021

Located within walking distance of UC Davis Children’s Hospital, the Oak Park Rotary House offers a two-bedroom private home for a family with a child who will be hospitalized for at least six months. Made possible by the Oak Park Rotary House Foundation, it provides rent-free, long-term temporary housing.

Pandemic takes center stage at annual health equity conference

August 30, 2021

The annual student-run Coalition for Health Equity 2021 conference will focus on the role of the pandemic on marginalized communities, including vaccine hesitancy.

New study shows rundown neighborhoods not slated to go into a steep decline

August 27, 2021

Rundown neighborhoods may not be slated to go into steep declines. A study of Detroit from the California Firearm Violence Research Center shows the tipping point into violence is not as inevitable as the landmark “broken windows” theory would suggest.

New study shows breast density is a cancer risk factor, even in older women

August 27, 2021

A new study proves that breast density can lead to breast cancer in women 75 and older. Strong evidence indicates life expectancy should be included in risk prediction models to help identify women who may benefit most from continued mammography.

California’s stem cell agency funds research into Angelman syndrome and bioprint pacemaker

August 26, 2021

Professors David Segal and Deborah Lieu have received Discovery Stage Research Projects awards from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). The grants will fund cell gene therapy for Angelman syndrome and building the first biopacemaker

Busting myths about diabetic ketoacidosis, a common but serious complication of diabetes

August 26, 2021

In a Q&A, Pediatrician Nicole Glaser discusses the causes, symptoms and treatment of DKA in children with Type I diabetes.

Student’s journey to medical school includes farmworker, construction jobs

August 25, 2021

Alex Villegas didn’t think he had what it takes to get into medical school, but an unexpected conversation with his boss prompted him to think otherwise. Villegas is now a first-year medical student at the UC Davis School of Medicine.

UC Davis and the School of Medicine set new records in research funding

August 25, 2021

UC Davis set a new record for external research funding, receiving $968 million in awards in the fiscal year 2020-21. The School of Medicine received the largest increase in funding, up 33% from the previous year.

Researchers Identify a Potentially Safer Approach to Opioid Drug Development

August 25, 2021

A study from Jennifer Whistler and her team at the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience contradicts existing thinking about how opioid drugs cause tolerance and respiratory depression, and suggests a new approach to developing safer analgesics.

The White Ribbon Project comes to cancer center to shine light on deadliest of cancers

August 25, 2021

Retired NFL linebacker Chris Draft, who lost his wife to lung cancer, presented white ribbon plaques to UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center in recognition of the advancements being made to save lives from the deadliest of cancers.

Crush Challenge returns to in-person cancer fundraiser Oct. 9

August 24, 2021

The annual Crush Challenge, raising money for research into innovative, cancer treatments, is back for a 7th year and includes a cycling excursion through the Napa Valley along with food and wine events on Oct. 9.

Quick reaction and determination lead to amazing recovery for man with spinal cord injury

August 24, 2021

New evidence shows that length of time from spinal cord injury to surgery improves outcomes. For 29-year-old Jasminder Singh, the quick reaction of UC Davis Health surgeons made all the difference.

Back-to-school eye health

August 23, 2021

Kids are returning to the classroom after more than a year of remote learning. Pediatric ophthalmologist Marcela Maria Estrada discusses the impact of the pandemic on kids’ eye health and offers tips for healthy eyesight, no matter what your age!

Electronic health systems deployed during COVID-19 help halt Hep B

August 23, 2021

A new UC Davis study shows how using telehealth and technology during the pandemic, together with bilingual/bicultural outreach, increased hepatitis B screenings of underserved populations and will likely save lives.

Health experts answer questions about COVID-19 and back-to-school safety

August 20, 2021

UC Davis experts Dean Blumberg and Lena van der List will be answering questions in a virtual Q&A session, “COVID-19 and Children: Vaccines and Back to School,” on Monday, Aug. 30 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Video game makes speech therapy fun for children with cleft palates

August 20, 2021

For more than seven years, UC Davis Health experts Travis Tollefson and Christina Roth have partnered with UC Santa Cruz researchers to provide feedback and testing of SpokeIt, a UC Santa Cruz-developed game. SpokeIt provides a tool that incentivizes children to improve their speech. 

How to protect yourself from smoky air due to the Caldor, Dixie wildfires

August 19, 2021

Poor air quality caused by wildfire smoke can affect lung health, particularly for those with asthma and other respiratory conditions. UC Davis Health experts have some tips for protecting yourself when it’s smoky outside.

Vaccine slashed COVID-19 rates among UC Davis Medical Center employees

August 19, 2021

A recently released study by UC Davis Health researchers reviews the incidence of COVID-19 illness among health care workers and documents the dramatic reductions in illness after vaccines were administered.

Sports medicine doctor reflects on her role at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

August 18, 2021

UC Davis Health family medicine physician Marcia Faustin was thrust into the global stage at the Olympic Games in Tokyo when she provided care to Simon Biles after the elite gymnast withdrew from competitions citing mental health issues.

Congressional leader travels to Davis, praises hospital food and nutrition program

August 18, 2021

Rules Committee Chairman Rep. Jim McGovern and Rep. John Garamendi visited UC Davis to learn about its efforts to solve challenges of health and hunger. They met with experts including UC Davis Health Executive Chef Santana Diaz.

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group starts Sept. 15

August 18, 2021

The UC Davis Hospice Program and UC Davis Children's Hospital will offer a free eight-week Young Adult Bereavement Art Group for individuals ages 17 to 24 who are coping with the recent loss of a loved one.

Tips to help kids with autism transition back to in-person school

August 17, 2021

As kids head back to full-day, in-person school for the first time in over a year, things will look different. The transition is challenging for many students, particularly those with neurodevelopmental conditions. MIND Institute experts have some tips to help.

UC Davis Medical Center awarded national certification for heart attack care

August 17, 2021

UC Davis Medical Center has received the Primary Heart Attack Center from the Joint Commission for its devotion to consistent, organized and quality care for patients with ST-elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI) -commonly known as heart attack.

Third dose COVID-19 'booster' shots available for patients with compromised immune systems

August 17, 2021

Patients whose immune systems are compromised are at higher risk of complications from COVID-19. Now UC Davis Health is offering a protective third shot to immunocompromised patients who received initial doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Here’s who qualifies for the “booster.”

UC Davis School of Medicine partners with Pfizer to study COVID-19 booster vaccine

August 13, 2021

UC Davis Health has chosen 60 people to participate in a clinical trial to determine if a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot is necessary, safe and effective. The participants are among 225 who signed up more than a year ago for the clinical trial that led to the FDA Emergency Use Authorization of the Pfizer vaccine.

Emergency Department sees highest number of COVID-19 cases so far in 2021

August 13, 2021

After seeing the lowest number of COVID-19 patients for the year in June, the Emergency Department at UC Davis Medical Center saw the highest number for the year during the first week in August. Physicians report the majority of people seeking treatment are unvaccinated. They are also younger.

Study explains why food high in saturated fat may lead to plaque build-up in arteries

August 13, 2021

A new study suggests that eating food rich in saturated fat and choline increases metabolites that build plaques in the arteries. It also points to a possible drug that may block the negative effects of the high-fat diet.

Annual MIND Summer Institute program a major success (video)

August 12, 2021

The UC Davis MIND Institute recently held its annual Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, a learning program that brings together experts, advocates, caregivers and families. This year’s virtual event highlighted strategies for improving mental health.

Get outdoors but stay skin safe with free UC Davis Health sunscreen stations

August 12, 2021

Free sunscreen stations, provided by UC Davis Health, make it easy to enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of being outdoors while protecting skin and preventing cancer.

Treating our own: Turning to colleagues for cancer care

August 11, 2021

UC Davis faculty with cancer don’t have to go far to get care. A leading national expert on COVID-19 who was diagnosed with colon cancer at the height of the pandemic is back on the job quickly after robotic surgery is performed by his peer.

Patient shuns COVID-19 vaccine, then changes mind after hospitalization

August 10, 2021

Saul Torres skipped the COVID-19 vaccine because he didn’t believe in it, but then he was hospitalized with complications prompted by the virus. Now he’s urging everyone to get the shot.

Hospital visitors must show proof of vaccination; unvaccinated/partially vaccinated individuals must have negative test, starting Aug. 11

August 10, 2021

In accordance with a California Department of Public Health order, UC Davis Medical Center will require visitors to present either proof of vaccination or, for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals, documentation of a recent negative COVID-19 test.

Study suggests holistic admissions policies increase medical school diversity

August 6, 2021

New study by School of Medicine faculty members confirms the importance of pre-med Postbaccalaureate programs to better prepare medical school applicants. The programs are also known to increase diversity of applicants from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds.

Learn & Lounge series empowers adolescents and young adults during cancer treatment and beyond

August 6, 2021

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center teamed up with UCLA Health to launch Learn & Lounge during the COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual monthly meetup for adolescent and young adult cancer patients and survivors.

UC Davis Medical Center receives Platinum Level Excellence in Life Support Award

August 6, 2021

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

ACE Hardware joins forces with local pediatric patient to raise money for sick and injured children

August 5, 2021

A young entrepreneur was invited to sell her Girls BBQ product at Ace Hardware this month. A portion of sales will benefit UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

At the hospital gift shop, hope is in stock

August 5, 2021

Recently reopened to patients, visitors and employees, the gift shop in the Pavilion of UC Davis Medical Center provides more than just flowers and balloons. For people like Samantha Torrence and her son in the PICU, it offers inspiration.

How a hospital becomes a costly hotel for patients who can’t leave

August 5, 2021

Some UC Davis Medical Center patients are in the hospital for months or years after being medically cleared for discharge. Care facilities more appropriate to their needs can’t or won’t accept them, leaving UC Davis with fewer beds for patients with acute health care needs.

9 things to know about COVID-19 and the Delta variant as kids return to school (video)

August 4, 2021

The Sacramento area is seeing more cases of COVID-19 and the highly contagious Delta variant. What does this mean for students who are slated to be back on campus, especially those too young to be vaccinated?

Mark Mannis named president-elect of the California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons

August 4, 2021

Mark J. Mannis, professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science, has been named president-elect of the California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (CAEPS). 

UC Davis Health recognized for outstanding patient loyalty

August 4, 2021

In recognition of its exceptional patient loyalty ratings, UC Davis Health was named to the 2021 NRC Health Top 100 Consumer Loyalty Award list.

Is reducing opioids for pain patients linked to higher rates of overdose and mental health crisis?

August 3, 2021

A UC Davis Health study published in JAMA found a 68% increase in overdose events and a doubling of mental health crises among patients who were on stable opioid therapy but saw their doses tapered.

School of Medicine Class of 2025 begins academic journey (video)

August 3, 2021

The UC Davis School of Medicine officially welcomed 132 first-year students wearing their white coats and blue face masks to an in-person, pandemic-era induction ceremony that was void of guests but full of tributes to family members.

Two-thirds of California firearm owners with children do not store guns in recommended way

August 3, 2021

Firearm injuries are among the leading causes of death for children and adolescents in the U.S., but a new study finds two-thirds of firearm-owning adults in California who live with children do not store their guns safely, locked up and unloaded.

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine posts latest position statement on infant feeding

August 2, 2021

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) has published its latest position statement, affirming its commitment to gender equality and health equity, and providing guidelines on infant feeding, lactation-related language and gender.

July 2021

Travel and motion sickness: An expert weighs in on Dramamine, ginger and more

July 30, 2021

It’s unpleasant and unfortunately, common: motion sickness. And with more people traveling this summer, there’s renewed interest in remedies like Dramamine. A physician with the UC Davis Health Traveler’s Clinic has some tips for feeling better on the move.

When should you wear a mask to protect against the Delta variant? (video)

July 30, 2021

The guidelines about when to mask up to protect yourself against COVID-19 have changed quite a bit with the spread of the Delta variant. A UC Davis Health expert weighs in on why masking is important, who should be doing it and when.

Emergency Department earns 2021 Emergency Nurses Association Lantern Award

July 29, 2021

UC Davis Health’s Emergency Department received the Emergency Nurses Association’s 2021 Lantern Award for demonstrating exceptional and innovative performance in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.

Clinic transforms cancer treatment by combining diagnosis and therapy – or theranostics

July 29, 2021

A theranostics clinic is coming to UC Davis Health that will leverage the next generation in nuclear medicine to attack cancer in ways that traditional options cannot do alone. It combines diagnostics and therapeutics to deliver targeted radiotherapy.

Simone Biles’ withdrawal at Olympics shines light on need to recognize mental health

July 28, 2021

Gymnast Simone Biles’ withdrawal from the team and all-around competitions at the Tokyo Olympics created shockwaves around the globe. Trauma expert Brandi Liles discusses the impact of stress and abuse, and the need to talk about mental health without stigma.

“Hold on to your loved ones”: Wildfire survivor who lost children in wildfire offers advice

July 28, 2021

As the 2021 wildfire season in Northern California sparks with a fury, one survivor of the deadly Redwood Valley Fire in 2017 offers advice. Sara Shepherd recounts the blaze that killed her two children and forced her to prepare for future fires in a different way.

The truth behind COVID-19 vaccines and women’s health

July 28, 2021

Misinformation is spreading on the Internet regarding the COVID-19 vaccines and how they may affect women’s health. We asked Clara Paik, clinic medical director of obstetrics and gynecology and the co-division director of University Women’s Health, to answer some frequently asked questions about women’s health and the COVID vaccine.

Medical care for Team USA women's gymnastics at Tokyo Olympics led by UC Davis Health doctor (video)

July 27, 2021

Sports medicine doctor Marcia “Marcy” Faustin of UC Davis Health is living her dream job as co-head team physician for USA Gymnastics. Faustin is in Japan this week, providing medical care to the women’s national team, whose members are competing at the Olympic Games.

UC Davis Medical Center ranks as # 1 hospital in Sacramento, among the best in the U.S.

July 27, 2021

U.S. News & World Report named UC Davis Medical Center as one of the nation's Best Hospitals, the #1 hospital in Sacramento and among the top 10 in California.

UC Davis Health fixes baby’s heart defect using echocardiography-only strategy

July 27, 2021

Cedric Taylor was born at 25 weeks. Like many premature babies, he was born with patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), a condition in which the ductus arteriosus, a blood vessel in the heart, does not close spontaneously after birth.

UC Davis Burn Center achieves re-verification for meeting the highest standards of care

July 26, 2021

The Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center - UC Davis has received re-verification as an Adult Burn Center from the American Burn Association. This recognition is given to burn centers meeting the highest current standards of care for burn-injured patients.

UC Davis nursing students bring life-saving TB screenings to a community organization

July 23, 2021

Nursing students from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing partner with Elica Health to conduct on-site tuberculosis screening for staff at SETA Head Start in Sacramento. The experience provided hands-on training for students and served a critical community health need.

Children’s hospital leaders surprise Walmart/Sam’s Club employees during CMN campaign

July 23, 2021

Visits from UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s CEO and other top hospital staff during the annual event provided a boost for staff. By recognizing the importance and impact of their fundraising efforts, leadership hopes each team member realizes that every dollar makes a difference.

New Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic provides multidisciplinary care to patients

July 23, 2021

A new multidisciplinary Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at UC Davis Health provides care for patients with a wide variety of brain injuries – from mild concussions to more severe conditions like vertigo, seizures, memory and concentration problems and more.

8 things health experts want you to know about the Delta variant

July 22, 2021

UC Davis Health experts are warning a Sacramento-area COVID-19 surge is likely in the coming weeks. Infections are rising, due largely to the highly transmissible Delta variant and low vaccination rates, which are around 50% in the region.

Reinventing the academic medical center

July 21, 2021

A new paper in the New England Journal of Medicine’s Catalyst describes UC Davis Health’s success in reinventing its academic medical center as a collaborative partner, facilitating a high level of patient care throughout the region and joining with competitors to form partnerships.

Stem cell transplants now available for some on outpatient basis

July 20, 2021

Multiple myeloma patient Dara Kara, from Benicia, receives first outpatient stem cell transplant at UC Davis Health. Also referred to as a bone marrow transplant, performing the procedure on an outpatient basis is expected to shorten recovery times and save health care costs.

UC Davis NICU receives gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence

July 19, 2021

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at UC Davis Children’s Hospital is now the 12th in the U.S. to receive a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. It is the only hospital in Northern California to receive this honor.

Can CBD help people with psoriasis find relief?

July 19, 2021

UC Davis Dermatologist Jason Hawkes discusses the effects and risks of using cannabinoids, such as CBD, as an alternative or complementary treatment to psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory skin disease.

Travel tips to stay healthy this summer during the pandemic

July 16, 2021

Travel plans this summer should include staying updated on changing COVID-19 conditions and being ready to change or cancel your trip. Vaccinated travelers have less to worry about but still need to be prepared.

COVID-19 and the Delta variant: What you need to know (video)

July 15, 2021

The Delta variant is now the dominant strain of COVID-19 in California and the U.S. It’s highly infectious, but epidemiologists say current vaccines are providing sufficient protection against illness and hospitalization.

A network of healthy connections

July 15, 2021

Roger Mendoza has helped UC Davis Health stay connected, with the installation of more than 2,300 miles of IT cabling infrastructure. But it’s his connections with the health system’s providers that have kept him healthy through multiple cancers, a brain hemorrhage and more.

Can turmeric reduce joint pain during breast cancer treatment?

July 14, 2021

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center received a $50,000 grant from the Safeway Foundation. The funding will allow researcher Mili Arora to study whether the spice turmeric can provide pain relief for breast cancer patients on oral anti-estrogen drugs.

Annual CMN Miracle Balloon campaign at DQ raises money for UC Davis Children’s Hospital

July 14, 2021

Record hot temperatures are just one reason to visit your local Dairy Queen through July 31. Helping save local kids’ lives is another. The CMN Miracle Balloon campaign is on now, raising money for UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Turning tarantula venom into pain relief (video)

July 13, 2021

Researchers at UC Davis Health are “toxineering” venom from the Peruvian green velvet tarantula into a non-opioid medication that could help people with chronic pain. Approximately 20 percent of the adults in the U.S., or about 50 million, are affected by chronic pain.

UC Davis psychology chair named to key federal committee on autism

July 9, 2021

Susan Rivera, psychology professor and chair and faculty member of the MIND Institute and Center for Mind and Brain, has been named to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. The federal committee provides guidance and recommendations on autism research, services, and policy.

Daughter donates kidney to her role model, her dad, on Father’s Day

July 8, 2021

Rather than a shirt, a necktie or new tools, Jazlyn Estrella gave her father, Ruther Estrella, the gift of a lifetime. She donated her kidney and shared with him the gift of life.

Susan G. Komen® awards $600,000 research grant to radiology chair Elizabeth Morris

July 8, 2021

Department of Radiology Chair Elizabeth Morris, with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, was awarded a Susan G. Komen® grant to develop artificial intelligence models to predict breast cancer risk at a more personalized level.

Transitioning from a student in class to a professional in the clinic (video)

July 7, 2021

The inaugural group of nurse practitioner residents completes their program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. After 12 months in underserved primary care clinics and tailored specialty rotations, they enter the workforce with increased skills and confidence.

U.S. saw surge in firearm purchases and violence during first months of COVID-19 pandemic

July 7, 2021

Firearm purchases and firearm violence surged during the first five months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Firearm purchases increased by 85% and interpersonal firearm injuries increased by 27%. Approximately 9.3 million firearms were purchased during this period.

Girl with Nager syndrome receives life-changing care to help her eat, breathe

July 6, 2021

Born with Nager syndrome, Lily Jones had craniofacial challenges, no ear canals and extremely short forearms at birth. The UC Davis Cleft and Craniofacial team partnered with her and her parents, Nick and Elysia Jones, to help improve her life.

Undiagnosed celiac disease is one local family’s cautionary tale for other parents

July 2, 2021

It was obvious one-year-old Piper was sick, but what was wrong? When her parents could not get answers, they turned to UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

UC Davis Health breaks ground on new rehabilitation hospital (video)

July 1, 2021

UC Davis Health, with partner Kindred Healthcare, broke ground on a planned rehabilitation hospital today. The new facility, which will be the first free-standing physical rehabilitation hospital in Sacramento, will expand treatment capacity for stroke, brain trauma and spinal cord injury patients.

Tips for a sensory-friendly July 4th

July 1, 2021

The Fourth of July is often characterized by fireworks, parades and celebrations, which can be challenging for some individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions. A UC Davis MIND Institute expert offers some tips to make the holiday celebrations more comfortable. 

Fireworks can be fun but dangerous: How to stay safe this July 4th

July 1, 2021

Fireworks are a Fourth of July highlight. They’re also the cause of serious injuries every year. UC Davis Health experts urge extreme caution when using fireworks and offer tips for staying safe while celebrating during COVID-19.