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September 2018

UC Davis Transplant Center milestone: 4,000th kidney transplant completed this week

September 21, 2018

Surgeons at the UC Davis Transplant Center reached a major milestone Wednesday night, when they completed the center’s 4,000th kidney transplant. Their patient, Pedro Chavez of Hanford, Calif., is doing well and is expected to be released from the hospital this weekend. 

UC Davis Children's Hospital hosts annual Celebration of Life event

September 21, 2018

A large pastel colored kite with paper hearts on its tail carried the wishes and prayers from patient families who lost a child at this year's UC Davis Children's Hospital annual Celebration of Live event last Thursday.

Study seeks to improve cancer survival for Latinos, Asians and Blacks

September 21, 2018

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center has received a $6.3 million grant from the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities for a 5-year study to tease out why some ethnic and racial minority groups fare worse than whites when they get cancer and to find more precise treatments to improve their chances of survival.

Study finds patient-centered visual aid helps emergency medicine doctors discuss risks, decide on diagnostic options with parents of children with minor head injuries

September 21, 2018

Shared decision-making tools in the pediatric emergency medicine department enhance parents' knowledge and trust in their physicians, study finds.

A fracture anywhere reduces bone density everywhere

September 19, 2018

New studies from UC Davis Health are among the first to associate fractures with systemic bone loss. They also begin the path to finding treatments that preserve long-term skeletal health and reduce susceptibility to additional fractures and, potentially, osteoporosis.

First UC Davis Center for Valley Fever symposium features latest on research and patient care

September 19, 2018

The UC Davis Center for Valley Fever is an international leader in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Valley fever and home to the Coccidioidomycosis Serology Laboratory, which serves as the gold standard reference laboratory for diagnosis, testing both human and veterinary specimens from across the world.

UC Davis Children's Hospital first in Sacramento region to offer patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) closures without surgery

September 18, 2018

Marcellus Brown was born prematurely at 24 weeks and his ductus arteriosus, an artery in the heart that normally closes after birth, didn’t close.

Kurzrock awarded Department of Defense Spinal Cord Injury Research Program grant

September 17, 2018

Chief of pediatric urologic surgery Eric Kurzrock received a $785,000 grant from the Department of Defense to pursue spinal cord injury research.

UC Davis Children's Hospital launches 'Two Peds in a Pod' podcast

September 17, 2018

UC Davis Children’s Hospital today launches ‘Two Peds In A Pod,’ a podcast featuring two pediatricians, Dean Blumberg and Lena Rothstein, who discuss child health topics of interest to parents in plain, non-medical language.

A new life with Parkinson's

September 14, 2018

If someone described Len Monaco in one word 10 years ago, it would be “tough.” But that changed when he found out he had Parkinson’s disease. Today, a technology known as deep brain stimulation, or DBS, helps control his symptoms and has given him back his life.

From top student to top doc

September 14, 2018

Olivia Campa distinguished herself as a UC Davis medical student and resident with her dedication to delivering high-quality, compassionate care to financially disadvantaged patients. Her current focus is ensuring that patients with opiate dependence get the care they need.

Adventist Health Lodi Memorial celebrates partnership with UC Davis Health at community event

September 14, 2018

The Lodi community gathered Thursday evening to celebrate the expansion of pediatric and neonatal services available at Adventist Health Lodi Memorial, thanks to its new partnership with UC Davis Health.

Patient travels from Dubai for life-changing heart procedure at UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 14, 2018

Doctors told them nothing more could be done; that they’ve done all that can be done. They said their daughter Yuvna’s heart condition was too severe. It was too complex. She had surgery and cardiac catheterizations, but now she was at the end of the road.

2018 UC Davis Health Symposium on Valley Fever, Sept. 20

September 13, 2018

Join specialists from the UC Davis Center for Valley Fever as they share the latest accomplishments and strengths and illuminate the road ahead in prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Chancellor May Invites All to Attend "Aggie Heroes" Celebration, Sept. 24

September 13, 2018

New Fall Welcome on the Davis campus combines Fall Convocation and the New Student Celebration from years past — mixing the formality of the former with the festivity of the latter, including a DJ, taiko drumming and lion dancing, as well as live social media posts projected on a giant screen.

UC Davis faculty shared best practices on dementia care in Vietnam

September 13, 2018

Vietnam has one of the fasting growing aging populations in the world. As part of that country's effort to better care for patients with dementia, they brought together the world's leading thought-leaders, including experts from UC Davis.

Spirit Halloween gives back to UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 12, 2018

Spirit Halloween Superstores won't have tricks, but they will be giving plenty of treats to UC Davis Children's Hospital this Halloween season.

Save the date: 9th Annual UC Davis Health Quality Forum on March 13, 2019

September 10, 2018

The 9th Annual UC Davis Health Quality Forum will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the UC Davis Health Education Building, Room 1222, 4610 X Street, Sacramento.

UC Davis Health expands underserved care

September 7, 2018

UC Davis Health providers help One Community Health deliver comprehensive care to the community, regardless of patients' abilities to pay.

Pathology department hosts symposium on cardiac biomarkers

September 7, 2018

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is hosting its annual Pathology Diagnostic Symposium, this year focusing on cardiac biomarkers: Sept. 13 in the Education Building, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

New Biomarker Panel Could Accelerate Autism Diagnoses

September 6, 2018

Investigators at the UC Davis MIND Institute and NeuroPointDX, a division of Stemina Biomarker Discovery, have identified a group of blood metabolites that could help detect some children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Part of the Children’s Autism Metabolome Project (CAMP), the largest metabolomic ASD study ever attempted, these findings are a key step toward developing an ASD biomarker test. The research was published September 6 in the journal Biological Psychiatry.

UC Davis nursing doctoral student awarded grant from Jonas Philanthropies

September 6, 2018

Adebola Olarewaju, a doctoral student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, receives a grant from Jonas Philanthropies to advance her training as a future nurse leader.

UC Davis Health's Medical Information team invited to share findings at EPIC national conference

September 5, 2018

Individualized, in-clinic training helps UC Davis physicians better navigate EHRs,and shows significant improvements in satisfaction, efficiency and after-hours work 

University of California Firearms Violence Research Center announces call for research proposals on the prevention of firearm violence in California

September 5, 2018

UCFC, the firearm research center funded with an appropriation from the state in 2016 and housed within the Violence Prevention Research Program at UC Davis, aims to catalyze research, awarding grants of up to $10,000.

August 2018

Improving depression care for older adults

August 31, 2018

Researchers and clinicians at UC Davis Health have launched a new study for older adults with depression that is designed to enhance their treatment and care with more focused assistance from patient family members and close friends.

Providing care where there is none

August 31, 2018

For more than 45 years, UC Davis School of Medicine students have operated clinics in inner city neighborhoods of Sacramento, providing free and convenient care to uninsured, low-income and other medically underserved populations.

UC Davis MIND Institute's 2018-19 Distinguished Lecturer Series kicks off Sept. 12

August 30, 2018

The UC Davis MIND Institute 2018-19 Distinguished Lecturer Series kicks off with a presentation by Christopher Coe from the University of Wisconsin on Sept. 12. Join us for a fascinating overview of recent discoveries on how an infant's gut microbiome is established.

Grief support group for young adults will begin Sept. 19

August 30, 2018

The Young Adult Bereavement Art Group will be offered for eight weeks by UC Davis Hospice and the UC Davis Children's Hospital Bereavement Program, starting Sept. 19.

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center hosts brain health lecture as part of series on Sept. 6

August 29, 2018

Join us for an interesting talk by led by UC Davis' Rachel Whitmer about healthy brain aging and cognitive function. 

UC Davis research informs new national cervical cancer screening recommendation

August 21, 2018

A comprehensive analysis of eight clinical trials and four cohort studies on cervical cancer screening by researchers from UC Davis and Kaiser Permanente Northwest has found that while Pap smears are still highly effective for detecting pre-cancerous cells and cancer, testing for the virus that causes these cancers also is an excellent screening tool.

Life's a picnic at Family Time at the MIND event

August 20, 2018

Nearly 175 people gathered at the UC Davis MIND Institute on Saturday for a back-to-school-themed picnic and talent showcase as part of the Family Time at the MIND series.

Pediatric patient receives life-changing care for double aortic arch

August 16, 2018

When Elk Grove resident Brooke Peoples was 1 year old, she was diagnosed with a double aortic arch, a rare congenital cardiovascular malformation.

Neurogenic obesity is topic of upcoming Kilmer Memorial lecture

August 15, 2018

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation expert Davis Gater Jr., from Penn State Health Hershey Medical Center, will deliver the annual David D. Kilmer Memorial Lecture on Friday, Sept. 7, with a presentation titled "Neurogenic obesity: Trimming the fat."

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers method to improve IQ test sensitivity now widely available

August 15, 2018

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers from the Translational Psychophysiology and Assessment Laboratory (T-PAL) developed a method to improve IQ test sensitivity and remove barriers associated with floor effects in people with intellectual disabilities.

Q&A with Laura Kester: Eating disorders and what families need to know

August 15, 2018

In her role as an adolescent medicine physician at UC Davis Children's Hospital, Laura Kester diagnoses and treats children and teens with eating disorders and helps to provide them with the resources and support that they need. The following is a Q&A with Kester, providing advice and help for families on this topic.  

UC Davis Diabetes Summer Camp offers friendship, fun

August 15, 2018

The UC Davis Diabetes Summer Camp, held last month in Davis, provided a week of friendship, fun and diabetes education for patients battling Type I Diabetes. 

UC Davis Medical Center Again Ranked One of California's Top Hospitals

August 14, 2018

U.S. News ranks the medical center among the nation's best in 11 specialties; No. 5 in California, and No. 1 in Sacramento overall for 2018-19.

Medical volunteers needed at California International Marathon on Dec. 2

August 13, 2018

Medical volunteers are needed at this year's California International Marathon, which will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2 and will be sponsored by UC Davis Children’s Hospital. UC Davis Health will provide medical care for the runners, both on course at medical stations from Folsom to Sacramento and at the finish line medical tent at the State Capitol. Volunteers are needed to be part of the medical team that will assess/triage runners who need medical assistance. 

On a mission: $12 million state appropriation earmarked for Jordan's syndrome

August 13, 2018

Nine teams, including UC Davis stem cell researchers, pursue a cure for rare disorder with links to autism, Alzheimer's disease and cancer

Study of cancer survival over 20-year period in California finds improvements for some, but not all

August 13, 2018

Better treatments and improved screening programs that detect cancer at earlier stages led to an overall 12 percent improvement in cancer survival in California, according to a new report from the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement.

UC Davis Children's Hospital Symposium set for Nov. 1

August 13, 2018

The UC Davis Children’s Hospital Symposium will be held Thursday, Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Betty Irene Moore Hall, Room 1000.

Organ donor patients honored in Honor Guard procession

August 10, 2018

Since 2016, the UC Davis Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) staff has been honoring organ donors with an honor guard procession. Now this tradition   been extended to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) and, soon, other intensive care units in UC Davis Medical Center.

UC Davis MIND Institute Summer Institute huge success

August 9, 2018

The sell-out crowd at this year's annual Summer Institute hosted by the MIND Institute brought together health care professionals, educators, therapists and self-advocates/families/caregivers to learn about the latest in treatment, public policy and research. 

UC Davis CAARE Center awarded grant to provide trauma training for staff, mental health providers

August 9, 2018

The UC Davis CAARE Center was recently awarded a $300,000, two-year grant by Sacramento County Behavioral Health Service to provide training and consultation for mental health providers and support staff treating youth with a history of sexual exploitation. 

UC Davis team recognized for national leadership in pulmonary embolism care

August 8, 2018

A team of UC Davis physicians and surgeons has been recognized for helping to launch a national effort to guide standards for treating pulmonary embolism, the third most common cause of death from cardiovascular disease in the U.S.

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and UC Davis MIND Institute receive more than $3 million for Down syndrome research

August 8, 2018

While Down syndrome is the leading genetic cause of intellectual disability, evidence-based interventions lag behind other neurodevelopmental disorders. Angela John Thurman aims to understand language and pre-linguistic precursors to inform future interventions and treatments for those with the disorder.

UC Davis Announces New Second Hospital on University's Sacramento Campus

August 8, 2018

The University of California, Davis, today announced that along with Kindred Healthcare, it will construct and operate a second hospital on its downtown Sacramento campus to provide more inpatient rehabilitation services in Sacramento County.

MUSE microscopy named Innovation of the Year by Microscopy Today

August 8, 2018

Stunning images, like this breast tissue sample, was captured with the MUSE microscope, a technology developed by UC Davis and other scientists that holds great promise for analyzing tissue specimens immediately after a biopsy and getting results to patients faster.

Children's Miracle Network Care-a-thon listeners show how much they care, donations total $170,304

August 8, 2018

Sacramento’s Entravision radio stations teamed up for the annual Children’s Miracle Network Care-a-thon, which raised a total of $170,304 to support pediatric programs, equipment, research and patient care at UC Davis Children's Hospital. The event is part of the annual CMN Hospitals Entravision Radiothon

Mediathon nets $521,547.33 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

August 8, 2018

The annual Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN) Mediathon on ABC10 raised more than $500,000 for UC Davis Children's Hospital, the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital in Sacramento. Funds raised stay local, meaning all funds donated benefit the children in the 33-county service area served by the hospital.

UC Davis Children's Hospital receives $74,000 from CMN Friendship Invitational

August 8, 2018

Community members and corporate partners took to the links at the 2018 CMN Friendship Invitational Golf Tournament, raising close to $75,000 to benefit Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis. 

The Art of Pain Relief: How museums may help address chronic pain

August 8, 2018

UC Davis pain management specialists examine an art museum tour for a unique approach to addressing chronic pain.

Walmart superhero campaign to benefit UC Davis Children's Hospital begins end of August

August 7, 2018

Help Walmart help sick and injured children by making a donation at your local Walmart Aug. 27-Sept. 30 during the store’s annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals miracle balloon campaign. Donations stay local to support children in UC Davis Children’s Hospital 33-county service area.

Attacking cultural trauma and dementia among Vietnamese immigrants

August 7, 2018

Oanh Meyer’s mother Anh Le, arrived in the United States in 1975 as a Vietnam War refugee just a few days before the fall of Saigon. And while she settled in America and raised a family, the trauma of living in war-torn Vietnam throughout the conflict took a toll on her.

Children's Miracle Network (CMN) awards grants for 2018-2019

August 7, 2018

Thirteen grants totaling nearly $400,000 have been awarded by Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) at UC Davis to clinicians and researchers at UC Davis Medical Center. Grants in the amount of $225,388 will enhance the clinical care of children and $169,883 was awarded for research directly improving the health and welfare of children.

Acupuncture provides help for pediatric GI patient

August 7, 2018

Twelve-year-old Samantha Rickards was not one to complain. But when her stomach hurt and every day the pain got worse, her parents were alarmed … especially after a visit to her pediatrician, a gastroenterologist and two-and-a-half months of tests and medications with no answers or relief.

Liquid biopsy could ease the way to immunotherapy for lung cancer

August 6, 2018

Researchers at UC Davis, Genentech and Foundation Medicine are the first to show that a blood-based test to assess tumor mutational burden (TMB) accurately identifies non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients who could benefit from immunotherapies called checkpoint inhibitors. The blood test offers a much less invasive and more repeatable alternative to tissue testing. The study was published online today in Nature Medicine.

UC Davis nursing students awarded for service to community from national association

August 3, 2018

Carter Todd and Sherena Edinboro, graduate students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, received 40 and Under Awards from the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA). The master’s-degree leadership students, who also work as nurses at UC Davis Health, were among 19 black recipients at the 46th Annual NBNA Institute and Conference in St. Louis July 31-Aug.5.

UC Davis researchers find quiet viruses alter body's response to vaccines, pathogens

August 2, 2018

UC Davis study shows subclinical cytomegalovirus infections change microbe and immune cell populations and responses to influenza vaccine.

Entravision stations raise funds for UC Davis Children's Hospital Aug. 2-4

August 2, 2018

Entravision's 72-hour Radiothon kicks off today, raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis. 

Sarcoma specialist chosen to lead orthopaedic surgery at UC Davis Health

August 1, 2018

UC Davis Health welcomes R. Lor Randall as the new chair of the UC Davis Department of Orthopaedic surgery. Randall is known for his compassion and expertise in treating and studying cancers of connective tissue in children and adults. 

More Active Shooter Survival workshops scheduled

August 1, 2018

The UC Davis Police Department is hosting another two Active Shooter workshops emphasizing the need for communities to pre-plan for catastrophic events.

Dairy Queen® Miracle Treat Day benefits UC Davis Children's Hospital Aug. 2

August 1, 2018

Help hospitalized kids by celebrating Miracle Treat Day at Dairy Queen (DQ) locations[this Thursday, Aug. 2. When you purchase a Blizzard® Treat, $1 or more from every Blizzard Treat sold will go to UC Davis Children’s Hospital, Sacramento’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center hosts sleep-related lecture as part of series on Aug. 9

August 1, 2018

Can your sleep habits today impact your risk for dementia years later? Join us for a talk with world-renowned expert, Kristine Yaffe, to find out.

July 2018

All about the virus responsible for the throat cancer surge

July 31, 2018

Humanpapilloma virus (HPV) is now the leading cause of certain types of throat cancer. Dr. Michael Moore, director of head and neck surgery at UC Davis and an HPV-related cancer expert, answers some tough questions about the trend and what can be done about it.

Ronald McDonald House Northern California gifts new caring cart to UC Davis Children's Hospital

July 31, 2018

Ronald McDonald House Northern California has donated a new caring cart to UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Kantamneni appointed director of pediatric epilepsy at UC Davis Health

July 31, 2018

Trishna Kantamneni has joined the UC Davis Department of Neurology as director of pediatric epilepsy, effective July 1, 2018.

Papa Murphy's pizza sales support UC Davis Children's Hospital on Aug. 3-4

July 30, 2018

In celebration of ABC10's Children's Miracle Network Mediathon on Aug. 3, Papa Murphy's Pizza is offering two ways to give back to UC Davis Children's Hospital.

NIH renews UC Davis Health's clinical research work in neurological disorders

July 27, 2018

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) announced this week that it has renewed  UC Davis Health in Sacramento for another five years as one of just two locations on the West Coast for its NeuroNEXT Network for Excellence in Neuroscience Clinical Trials.

Let's ROC!! Join the 5K Run for Ovarian Cancer (ROC) on Sunday, Sept. 16

July 27, 2018

Get your running shoes on and bring the family to Let's Roc! The 5K Run for Ovarian Cancer starts and finishes at 45th and X Streets and is organized by the Ovarian Cancer Education & Research Network (OCERN)

USS La Jolla sailors visit UC Davis Children's Hospital

July 26, 2018

In celebration of Sacramento Navy Week, sailors from the USS La Jolla, a Los Angeles-class submarine, visited pediatric patients and families at UC Davis Children's Hospital last Friday.  

Dean's fellowships in entrepreneurship, informatics and precision medicine announced

July 25, 2018

Innovative projects focus on developing 'living' endothelium, predicting COPD exacerbations, improving safety of new antiarrhythmic drugs and tailoring breast cancer genomic testing for Latinas

Reproductive history may affect dementia risk

July 24, 2018

Research reported this week by UC Davis Health Professor Rachel Whitmer showed correlations between a dementia diagnosis in women and number of children, number of miscarriages, age at the time of first menstrual period, age at the start of natural menopause and total reproductive years. “The story of estrogen and the brain is just beginning," Whitmer said.

Oldham receives grant for pulmonary fibrosis biomarkers study

July 23, 2018

Justin Oldham, a specialist in the genetics and treatment of interstitial lung disease, has been awarded a CHEST Foundation research grant to study bloodstream biomarkers that can help predict therapeutic outcomes for patients with different types of pulmonary fibrosis.

Education, processes for identifying and caring for human trafficking victims being developed

July 20, 2018

Multidisciplinary teams at UC Davis Medical Center have come together to educate and develop clinical protocols to meet the needs of sex trafficking victims.

Cancer Center to help patients tackle nicotine addiction

July 18, 2018

Steven Berkstresser has chewed tobacco for most of the past 40 years, and he’s always wanted to kick the habit. But it was a cancer diagnosis that prompted him to join a UC Davis program to help him quit.

New Study Pages website helps volunteers, patients find clinical trials at UC Davis Health

July 17, 2018

The MIND Institute's study of early social skills of infants and toddlers is just one of the ongoing clinical studies volunteers and patients can find on the new Study Pages website, a resource for healthy volunteers, patients and clinical investigators.

2018 Diversity & Inclusion Dialogue Series presentation, July 18

July 13, 2018

Join Sacramento City Councilmember Eric Guerra as he presents, "Immigration: Are we closing the door on the American Dream?" The discussion is part of UC Davis Diversity & Inclusion Dialogue Series.

Natale named chief of staff at UC Davis Medical Center

July 13, 2018

JoAnne Natale, professor of pediatric critical care and director of quality and safety at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, has been elected chief of staff of UC Davis Medical Center, effective July 1.

Permanent supportive housing holds potential for improving health of the homeless

July 11, 2018

Would providing permanent supportive housing to the homeless improve their health? Find out more and the recommendations of a team of leading physicians and experts who evaluated current studies. The work, done on behalf of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, was led by Kenneth W. Kizer, distinguished professor and Institute for Population Health Improvement director at UC Davis.

Jonathan Riess receives 2018 Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award

July 11, 2018

The National Cancer Institute recognizes UC Davis oncologist for outstanding clinical research.

Community colleges can boost physician diversity and access to primary care

July 10, 2018

New UC Davis Health research shows that medical school graduates who attended community college are more likely to select family medicine for their residency training and to be from groups traditionally underrepresented in medicine. “If we want to expand the primary care workforce together with culturally competent care, we need to focus more on community college as an important pathway to medical school,” said lead author Efrain Talamantes.

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center hosts brain food lecture as part of series on July 19

July 10, 2018

Join cardiovascular expert John Rutledge for a fascinating lecture on the link between a healthy heart and aging well. 

Coming home: Nurse who received life-saving care as a child returns

July 9, 2018

The life-saving care Elizabeth Clifton received 30 years ago at UC Davis Medical Center inspired her to become a registerd nurse and educator. She's come full circle -- literally -- having returned to UC Davis to teach new nurses in the same room where she was treated for rare autoimmune disorder as a child.

Violence Prevention Research Program epidemiologists recognized for leading-edge studies

July 6, 2018

Methods to assess aspects of the environment at school, among peers and in neighborhoods awarded for best postdoctoral paper from the Society for Epidemiologic Research. Poster presentation on recurrent firearm assault injuries also recognized.

Be safe in the sun

July 3, 2018

Most young people don’t think much about the dangerous effects of the sun and artificial ultraviolet (UV) light, but sun safety early in life is crucial to preventing skin cancer in adulthood.