Rachel Whitmer photo portraitRachel Whitmer, PhD, Epidemiology Division Chief, recently presented research conducted while at Kaiser Permanente Divison of Research at the 2018 Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Chicago, Il. The study analyzed health information from more than 14,500 women members of Kaiser Permanente for nearly 50 years, tracking reproductive milestones and correlated this information with records of dementia diagnosis. They found that women who had 3 or more children had a 12% lower risk of developing dementia compared to women with one child. And women who had miscarriages were at higher risk of developing dementia compared to women who did not; each miscarriage was linked to an 8% increased risk. When women began menstruating also seemed to influence dementia risk. Those whose first periods occurred at 16 years or later had a 22% greater risk of developing dementia compared to women who got their first period between ages 10 years and 13 years.

Dr. Whitmer is quoted in the article: "Everyone brushed it off to the fact that women were living longer," says Rachel Whitmer, professor of epidemiology at University of California, Davis. "Now science is saying, wait, that is not the end of the story."

Dr. Whitmer's study received numerous mentions in top news outlets including NPR, NBC News, CBS News, US News and World ReportThe Washington Post as well as AARP.org and WebMD and many local news programs.

Carolyn DewaCarolyn Dewa, MPH, PhD was recently spoke about her research review "The relationship between physician burnout and quality of healthcare in terms of safety and acceptability: a systematic review" in an article titled "Is Physician Burnout Affecting Your Care?" published by U.S. News & World Report. Dr. Dewa's literature review published in the journal BMJ Open found that there is moderate evidence that physician burnout is associated with safety-related quality of care.

Dr. Dewa is a professor in the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and a WOS appointment in the Department of Public Health Sciences.

Diana Miglioretti receives UC Davis School of Medicine Research Award

Dr. Miglioretti is the Dean's Professor in the Department of Public Health Science's Division of Biostatistics.  The award is given annually to a member of the school in recognition of outstanding contributions to biomedical science and medicine through laboratory or clinical research and will be presented during the UC Davis School of Medicine Spring General Faculty Meeting.

Hoch appointed to expert panel of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review

Jeffrey Hoch, professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and associate director of the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research and professor of public health sciences at UC Davis, has been appointed to the California Technology Assessment Forum (CTAF) of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review.

The institute is a nonprofit organization that makes recommendations to patients, clinicians, insurers and policymakers on interpreting and using medical evidence to improve the quality and value of health care.

Irva Hertz-Picciotto, the Interim Chief of the Division of Epidemiology, is the lead for the seven-year initiative called Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes, or ECHO. The initiative capitalizes on existing studies of various pediatric populations to develop a clearer picture of how physical, chemical, biological, social, behavioral, natural and built environments affect newborns, along with the lung, brain and metabolic health of children. More than 30 research centers from throughout the U.S. are united in the new national effort.