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June 2019

Primary care physician addresses the opioid crisis

June 20, 2019

Physicians throughout UC Davis Health, including primary care providers like Stephen Henry, are addressing the nation's opioid crisis.

MEDIA ADVISORY: U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams speaks to UC Davis faculty, students and staff about the opioid epidemic

June 20, 2019

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams is speaking at UC Davis School of Medicine about “Opioids and Better Health through Better Partnerships,” which encourages everyone to leverage their powerful resources to prevent and treat opioid use disorder.

Behavioral approaches cut inappropriate antibiotic use by over 30%

June 19, 2019

A UC Davis study of nine emergency departments and urgent care centers in California and Colorado found educating physicians and patients about safe antibiotic use can cut overuse by one-third.

UC Davis Children's Hospital ranked among nation's best by U.S. News & World Report

June 18, 2019

UC Davis Children's Hospital is nationally ranked among the nation’s 50 best in neonatology, nephrology, diabetes/endocrinology, orthopaedics and urology.

Long-time pediatric residency volunteer honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

June 18, 2019

Michael Sugawara, a volunteer clinical faculty member with the UC Davis pediatric residency program, is the latest recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

EXPLORER, a UC Davis imaging breakthrough, makes a media splash

June 17, 2019

EXPLORER, the world's first total-body PET scanner, has been installed at UC Davis Health and will be ready for patient use this summer. Area media outlets got a sneak peek of the new technology on Monday.

UC Davis doctors care for kids at Stockton community clinic

June 17, 2019

UC Davis Children’s Hospital pediatricians are now offering specialty care at the Community Medical Centers clinic on West Lane in Stockton. The specialties are gastroenterology, cardiology and endocrinology.

Dual degrees can mean a doubly satisfying career

June 17, 2019

The dual degree -- M.D./Ph.D. -- at UC Davis School of Medicine is a unique pathway through medical school that enables students to bridge the worlds of medical research and patient care.

UC Davis nursing school hosts commencement

June 14, 2019

UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May conferred degrees for 138 master’s-degree students and six doctoral candidates at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing's 2019 commencement.

Scoop Scoot raises funds for UC Davis Child Life on July 12

June 13, 2019

Scoot over to William Land Park on Friday, July 12 for ice cream and raise funds for the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department. 

More than 130 attend second annual blood cancer event

June 12, 2019

Blood cancer patients and their caregivers from as far as Oregon attended Live Your Best Life, an annual blood cancer event co-hosted by the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Vaccine aims to protect babies, pregnant women from infection

June 12, 2019

Research shows a new vaccine developed by UC Davis holds promise for slowing an infection that can have severe and even life-threatening impacts on some people and children.

Vaccine against cytomegalovirus slowed transmission in monkeys. Goal is to prevent disabilities in infants.

June 12, 2019

A CMV vaccine in infants and toddlers would help to prevent infections in pregnant women, reducing the chance that their babies become infected and develop disabilities. Research paves the way for further study and trials in people.

Quick tips to stay cool

June 12, 2019

How can you cool down on these triple-digit days? UC Davis Health occupational and environmental medicine expert Sheri Belafsky offers tips to beat the heat. 

Six tips to protect kids from the dangers of hot cars

June 10, 2019

Last year, 52 children died from heat stroke after they were left in hot cars. These cases happen when kids are left alone in a car – either they are mistakenly forgotten, or the child gets into an unlocked car without the parent knowing. Get the six tips that experts recommend for parents. 

Walmart and Sam's Club Campaign helps kids treated at UC Davis Children's Hospital live better

June 7, 2019

Walmart and Sam's Club are giving sick and injured kids at UC Davis Children's Hospital a chance at a "Happily Ever After" by raising money for Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals during their month-long campaign.

Heifetz honored at Cancer Care Network's Tahoe Forest Hospital event

June 6, 2019

Tahoe Forest Hospital honors one of its own at 20th anniversary fundraising event.

Neurodiversity Summit explores autism as a difference, not a disorder

June 6, 2019

Neurodiversity Summit brings experts, advocates together to discuss autism as a difference, not a disorder.

Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area teen shares gift with pediatric cancer patients

June 5, 2019

UC Davis Health patient Saul Dominguez received news that Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area granted his wish. What did he ask for? To help others. 

New clinical guide helps physicians identify risk, talk with patients about firearm safety and injury

June 5, 2019

Guide gives providers the knowledge and tools they need to help protect patients and communities.

New partnership seeks to transform health care in rural California and Oregon

June 5, 2019

American Medical Association grant will boost graduate medical education and connect resident physicians to communities in need of more providers

10 health benefits of meditation

June 4, 2019

Find out how meditation can improve your abilities to cope with a busy world.

Former FBI agent meets his match, and his hero

June 3, 2019

Jeff Rinek spent three decades capturing child murderers, kidnappers and molesters. But as dangerous as the retired FBI agent’s job was, it was his knees that nearly killed him.

Drowning: It takes seconds for your child to be in danger

June 3, 2019

To prevent drownings, safety precautions are crucial. Follow our recommendations.

All-female UC Davis Health crew builds homes for neighbors

June 3, 2019

This volunteer work aligns with the UC Davis Health philosophy of caring for community members inside and outside a medical setting. 

May 2019

Med Center teams step up efforts to help homeless patients

May 31, 2019

Safely discharging patients who don’t have stable housing is a very challenging and labor-intensive part of the care process.UC Davis Medical Center staff goes to extraordinary lengths to help homeless patients.

Reimagining communities and assessing disaster response and health after the California wildfires, June 4-5

May 31, 2019

A two-day forum June 4-5 on the UC Davis Sacramento campus will share the latest information and insights to plan for a better future.

Frank Ing receives Master Interventionalists designation

May 31, 2019

Frank Ing, chief of pediatric cardiology and co-director of the UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center, received a Master Interventionalists of SCAI (MSCAI) designation by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) this month. 

UC Davis neuroscientist awarded for pioneering work on schizophrenia, other serious mental illnesses

May 31, 2019

Cameron Carter awarded for pioneering work to understand the healthy brain and how processes go awry in serious mental disorders

Laura Kair named 2019 Eli Gold Prize recipient

May 29, 2019

Laura Kair, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, has been awarded the 2019 Eli Gold Prize this month.

UC Davis nursing school graduate students showcase scholarly work

May 29, 2019

From barbershops to intensive care units, the research presented by graduate students from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing demonstrates a range of impact on health.

Spanish language support group for Type 1 diabetic children created

May 28, 2019

UC Davis Children's Hospital nurse resident Diana Arellano noticed Spanish-speaking patients with Type 1 diabetes and their families faced language barriers that prevented them from learning. Together with her colleagues, she tackled the issue by creating a new support group to help.

Cancer Center receives $3 million national clinical trials grant

May 24, 2019

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center has been awarded the National Clinical Trials Network - Lead Academic Participating Sites (LAPS) UG1 grant – the only center in California to do so.

Primo Lara named deputy chair of leading cancer research network

May 24, 2019

Lara takes on deputy chair role at SWOG.

More isn't better when it comes to evaluating chest pain

May 23, 2019

New and more effective tests are needed to help predict heart attacks and other major cardiac events in patients with chest pain, the second most common reason for emergency department visits in the U.S.

UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center hosts cardiac care event

May 23, 2019

UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center welcomed a crowd of 200 to hear about the latest in innovations, research updates and extremes of cardiac care. 

Filmmakers help pediatric patients express themselves through film

May 21, 2019

Thanks to UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s partnership with BayKids Studios, pediatric patients are transforming into directors, actors and heroes of their own stories.

Department of Defense grant will support novel bladder cancer treatment research

May 21, 2019

Large federal grant will boost research into immunotherapy treatment for bladder cancer.

UC Davis launches center to advance genome-editing tools

May 20, 2019

The new UC Davis Nonhuman Primate Testing Center for Evaluation of Somatic Cell Genome Editing Tools is designed to serve the nation’s research community by supporting studies that will advance therapies for human diseases through gene editing.

Keeping up with the peregrines

May 20, 2019

Sibling rivalries. Food fights. Empty nest syndrome. UC Davis Medical Center's new livestream has it all. It's their new web cam for watching a peregrine falcon family that lives atop the hospital. Stay tuned! 

School of Medicine graduates 93 students

May 17, 2019

Keynote speaker Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine Jorge Garcia urges students to discover the "joy of medicine" despite challenging circumstances

Researchers bring public health focus to UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center

May 17, 2019

The UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center is stepping up its public health approach to understanding and treating dementia and Alzheimer's disease with the addition of faculty from the UC Davis Department of Public Health Sciences and their major grant-funded research projects.

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center lecture to cover brain health May 23

May 17, 2019

Join renowned UC Davis Health Alzheimer's disease researcher and expert Charles DeCarli during a lecture on brain health and wellness.

Sally Rogers receives 2019 Hibbard Williams Award

May 16, 2019

Sally Rogers, a professor in the UC Davis Health Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the UC Davis MIND Institute, received the 2019 Hibbard Williams Extraordinary Achievement Award.

To meat or not to meat: Are meatless burgers really healthier?

May 16, 2019

Meatless burgers are more popular than ever - but are they good for us? UC Davis Health senior dietitian Marie Barone shares her recommendations. 

School of Medicine Class of 2019 Graduation Awards

May 16, 2019

Annual awards ceremony honors students, faculty, residents and staff.

In the spotlight: 'The answer to the opioid crisis?'

May 15, 2019

A novel pain drug developed at UC Davis has proven effective and non-addictive so far in animal trials, leading to hope it might help ease the opioid crisis in humans.

Artificial intelligence tool vastly scales up Alzheimer's research

May 15, 2019

Artificial itelligence tool, developed by UC Davis and UCSF scientists, can detect Alzhimer's disease markers in autopsied brain tissue.

UC Davis hosts 20th Northern California Genetics Exchange

May 14, 2019

The UC Davis Health Department of Pediatrics, division of Genomic Medicine, hosted the 20th annual Northern California Genetics Exchange (NCGE) Friday, May 10 at the UC Davis MIND Institute.

Researchers uncover how the body can fight off staph infections

May 14, 2019

Research led in part by UC Davis School of Medicine scientists may help in developing a cell-based therapy to fight  potentially deadly staph infections.

Bold named physician-in-chief of UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

May 14, 2019

Richard Bold, M.D., chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology, has been named Physician-in-Chief of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Cycling: Good for you and the environment

May 10, 2019

Want to start bike riding for fun and fitness? The head coach of the UC Davis Cycling Team offers guidance for getting started and getting the most out of your time in the bike saddle. 

Young artists promote organ and tissue donation

May 10, 2019

The UC Davis Transplant Center and Sierra Donor Services visual arts contest gives high schoolers the chance to express their creativity, win prize money and engage their communities in the Donate Life message. Winners for 2019 were announced this week.

Is blue light from your cell phone, TV bad for your health?

May 9, 2019

Blue light boosts alertness, helps memory and cognitive function, and elevates mood. But overexposure to blue light could be hurting your eyes, sleep cycle. Learn how you can reduce the risk.

UC Davis Health joins study to improve TBI outcomes

May 9, 2019

UC Davis Health has joined a nationwide study — called the Brain Oxygen Optimization in Severe Traumatic Brain Injury trial, or BOOST3 — to identify the safest and most effective way to monitor and treat patients with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). 

Telemedicine brings care closer to pediatric patients in rural communities

May 9, 2019

While families may be able to find primary care close to home, specialty care is often scarce. To get specialized care for their children, many families are turning to innovations like telehealth – remote consultation through video or audio. James Marcin, director of the UC Davis Center for Health and Technology, answered questions that many parents ask about telehealth.

Treating substance use disorder in California emergency departments

May 8, 2019

Offering prescription medicine to quell opiate withdrawal and on-site counselors in the emergency department is helping patients with addictions get into recovery programs in their own communities.

Knowing how to talk with patients about substance abuse and where they can get help, June 14

May 7, 2019

'Breaking the chains of addiction' gives physicians, nurses and counselors the tools and resources they need to get patients on the road to recovery.

UC Davis Names New Dean for Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

May 6, 2019

Stephen J. Cavanagh is recognized for developing the health care workforce, maximizing the use of advanced practice nurses in clinics around the region to advance access, and educating the next generations of clinicians and scholars.

Is a nurse ever really on vacation?

May 6, 2019

A Sacramento man is thankful for the quick thinking and life-saving skills of a UC Davis Medical Center nurse and several others who recently saved his life as he was finishing up a Hawaiian vacation.

UC Davis Health to boost revitalization in underserved communities

May 3, 2019

Promise Zone initiative funded by UC Davis Health and community partners will improve neighborhoods

Tips to reduce seasonal allergy symptoms

May 3, 2019

Sneezing. Itchy throat. Watery eyes. It's definitely spring — and allergy time. UC Davis Health allergist Rosemary Hallett offers guidance for controlling symptoms and surviving spring.

Personalized medicine pioneer details regulation in breast cancer, May 7

May 3, 2019

Columbia University Professor Kevin L. Gardner describes the latest research into the molecular mechanisms that increase breast cancer risk. He is the keynote speaker at the 2019 Stowell Lecture at UC Davis Health.

Warmer weather increases kids' risk of falling from windows

May 2, 2019

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

A possible explanation for the higher rate of autism in males?

May 2, 2019

Staci Bilbo will share recent research that demonstrated communication, socialization and cognition difficulties in male mice after experiencing maternal stress and exposure to diesel exhaust particles. 

Can horses bring healing for dementia patients and their caregivers?

May 1, 2019

The UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center is working with Connected Horse, a nonprofit that introduces horses and equine activities to people with dementia and their caregivers. The hope is that the connection will support healing.

UC Davis Health is first in US to use advanced CT scanner on patients

May 1, 2019

Clinicians at UC Davis Medical Center have scanned more than 500 patients with a new ultra-high-resolution computed tomography (CT) scanner, the first health system in the U.S. to use the machine with patients.

April 2019

UC Davis Names New Dean for School of Medicine

April 30, 2019

Allison Brashear, professor of neurology, brings expertise in health policy, hospital-clinical integration, academic and research excellence, and a passion for inclusion and patient-centered care.

California breast cancer experts gather to address health equality among Latinas

April 30, 2019

This mini-symposium, led by Luis Carvajal-Carmona, is part of the Cancer Center's Latino Cancer Health Equity Initiative funded by a $3 million grant received in February.

UC Davis faculty engage community in education about the impact of flavored tobacco use

April 25, 2019

UC Davis and UC Davis Health faculty are addressing the surge in use of flavored tobacco products and their associated risks.

Celebrating Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 21-27

April 22, 2019

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine kicks off a week of celebration and recognition for the 400 staff and faculty who conduct about 10 millions tests each year at UC Davis Health.

IBD: What it is and how to control it

April 22, 2019

Those with an inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis know all too well the gut pain and other symptoms that can frequently interrupt and even control their lives. UC Davis Health gastroenterologist Jesse Stondell, who specializes in treating IBD, discusses the latest treatment options and what he typically recommends for his patients.

Cancer Center signs MOU with Filipino hospital

April 22, 2019

A partnership between Makati Medical Center and Comprehensive Cancer Center launched.

Postpartum depression affects 1 in 9 women: What you should know

April 19, 2019

A UC Davis Health physician-scientist and his team researched and tested a new drug called Zulresso, which is the first to specifically treat postpartum depression.

CBD 101

April 19, 2019

Is cannabidiol, better known as CBD, right for you? UC Davis Health physiology associate professor Yu-fung Lin answers some questions about its safety and health benefits.

UC Davis physician was part of the landmark NASA twin study

April 19, 2019

UC Davis Health nephrologist Maryam Afkarian was a researcher on NASA’s study of physiological differences in identical twin astronauts — Scott Kelly, who traveled in space, and Mark Kelly, who remained on Earth.

Preventing 'whooping cough'

April 18, 2019

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

John Boone earns top honor from American Association of Physicists in Medicine

April 18, 2019

John Boone was named the American Association of Physicists in Medicine's 2019 William D. Coolidge Gold Medal winner for more than three decades of expertise in the field of medical physics. This is the highest honor given to scientists in the field. 

MIND Institute to host annual open house and resource fair April 27

April 18, 2019

Parents, friends, special educators, medical professionals and self-advocates are encouraged to attend this event to learn more about UC Davis MIND Institute research and resources. 

UC Davis nursing school partners with AARP on national family caregiving report

April 17, 2019

According to the special report, Home Alone Revisited: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Care, 20 million family caregivers perform complex nursing and medical tasks with little instruction. The nationwide report is co-authored by Heather M. Young, dean emerita of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.

Can a virtual reality game make kids less distractible?

April 16, 2019

Pencils dropping, kids sneezing, clicking heels and other distractions can making classroom learning difficult for kids with ADHD or who are otherwise highly distractible. A new UC Davis study tests whether a virtual reality game exposing kids to these and other distractions can alleviate the problem and help them succeed.

Patty Schetter will speak as the next Minds Behind the MIND lecturer on April 24

April 16, 2019

Patty Schetter from the UC Davis MIND Institute will discuss video modeling as a tool that can teach people with developmental disabilities a variety of skills they can use in school, their jobs and relationships.

Shaikh to serve on American Academy of Pediatrics' Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

April 15, 2019

Ulfat Shaikh, professor of pediatrics and director of healthcare quality at UC Davis School of Medicine, has been elected to serve on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Executive Committee of the Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (COQIPS). 

Empowering foster parents to become super parents

April 15, 2019

UC Davis Health now offers free trainings in child passenger safety, water safety and infant-safe sleeping for foster parents.

Computer-based memory games may benefit people with fragile X syndrome

April 15, 2019

Cognitive interventions may benefit children with fragile X and other intellectual disabilities.

Creating a culture of safety

April 15, 2019

There are three types of huddles that take place every day at UC Davis Medical Center, and they all have one thing in common: ensuring and improving patient care and safety.

Kandice Duns named part of 2019 Emerging Leaders Cohort by AWHONN

April 15, 2019

The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) has selected Kandice Dunn as part of the 2019 Emerging Leaders Cohort.

New show spotlights mother's disease, negative effects on daughter

April 12, 2019

A new show depicts an abusive relationship between a mother, who suffers from Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, and her daughter who appears to be constantly sick.

Former PICU patient named this year's Children's Miracle Network child champion for Sacramento

April 12, 2019

PICU patient Jackson Manning returned to UC Davis Children’s Hospital this week, not as a patient but as the new Children’s Miracle Network child champion for 2019 in the Sacramento region.

Neurologic disease research at UC Davis contributes to first treatment specifically approved for postpartum depression

April 11, 2019

UC Davis neurology research contributes to first-ever drug approved for postpartum depression.

Department of Neurology faculty member receives American Heart Association award

April 11, 2019

Frank Sharp, distinguished professor in the Department of Neurology, received the prestigious Thomas Willis Lecture Award from the American Heart Association for his work in stroke.

UC Davis nursing faculty, students and alumni present research at regional conference

April 10, 2019

A contingent of more than 40 nursing faculty, researchers, alumni and students from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis will present their scholarly work at the annual Western Institute of Nursing conference.

Welcome all soccer players: There's a new place to play in Oak Park

April 9, 2019

UC Davis Health, Sacramento Republic FC and Street Soccer USA have joined forces to bring soccer players in Oak Park a safe and exciting new place to play: UC Davis Health Neighborhood Street Soccer Park.

Bringing brains to classrooms

April 9, 2019

Every March, UC Davis Health pathologists take real brain specimens to local schools as part of multiple community outreach programs.

How Salmonella hijacks immune cells

April 9, 2019

Study shows how bacteria flip "bioelectrical switch," redirecting immune cells away from infection site to spread disease.

Employees step up to support patient care for Wednesday's labor action

April 9, 2019

Dozens of employees sign up to join volunteer labor pool in support of patients during strike

UC Davis Health and Adventist Health partner to bring cancer care to Chico and patients affected by the Camp Fire

April 8, 2019

Camp Fire victims now have cancer care closer to home with new UC Davis Health-Adventist Health clinic in Chico.

Is there a better way to test for heart attacks in women in emergency departments?

April 8, 2019

UC Davis study to assess sex-specific levels of heart muscle damage to guide emergency care for women nationwide

Aguilar-Gaxiola appointed to national committees to improve health and community engagement

April 8, 2019

UC Davis Health thought leader focused on reducing health disparities and building strong communities has been named to two national committees.

Minimally invasive options expand for surgical patients in the Sacramento region

April 5, 2019

UC Davis is the first health system in California, and the second on the West Coast, to welcome the arrival of a new robotic surgery system that offers patients the advantages of miniminally invasive surgery plus another: just one small incision.

'Before I die' art project gives ED staff opportunity to publicly post dreams, wishes

April 5, 2019

Every day UC Davis Medical Center's emergency department staff respond to psychiatric emergencies, abuse and assault cases, and other traumatic situations. Read what they publicly posted about their own dreams wishes as part of the Before I Die, I Want To ... initiative.

UC Drug Discovery Consortium announces first partnership

April 5, 2019

New industry partnership to provide seed funding for early-stage drug discovery.

UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center sponsors Concepts in Congenital Cardiac Care symposium

April 4, 2019

The UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center will host its third annual Concepts in Congenital Cardiac Care symposium on May 11, 2019. It will provide a forum for collaboration within the multidisciplinary congenital cardiac community.  

State awards $8.8 million to UC Davis for Alzheimer's disease research

April 4, 2019

Can better fitness or diet help reduce the risk of diabetes and Alzheimer's disease in African Americans? New state grants will help get the answers.

Volunteers needed at Sactown Run this Sunday

April 3, 2019

UC Davis Health volunteers are needed to staff the UC Davis Children's Hospital booth at the Sactown Run this Sunday.