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June 2021

Switching from Western diet to a balanced diet may reduce skin, joint inflammation

June 22, 2021

Diet rich in sugar and fat leads to disruption in the gut’s microbial culture and contributes to inflammatory skin diseases such as psoriasis. Research shows that switching to a more balanced diet restores the gut’s health and suppresses inflammation.

Long-standing genomic medicine partnership expands specialty care for children in region

June 22, 2021

A seven-year telemedicine partnership between the UC Davis MIND Institute and Dignity Health ensures that more children with genetic disorders receive quick, convenient specialty care. The success is due to high-quality robots and a commitment to improving access to genomic medicine. 

Local foundation awards $1.25 million to MIND Institute to study rare genetic condition

June 21, 2021

RDM Positive Impact Foundation is sponsoring a $1.25 million project at the UC Davis MIND Institute to advance research about SYNGAP1, a rare genetic condition that impacts the brain across the lifespan. An interdisciplinary team is seeking revolutionary solutions.

New grants awarded for projects to improve mental health for Californians

June 21, 2021

UC Davis' Behavioral Health Center of Excellence has awarded three seed grants to help support new research efforts aimed at improving mental health in California.

UC Davis Health scientist awarded Pew Scholarship to beat bacteria behind tuberculosis

June 18, 2021

Bennett Penn, assistant professor of infectious diseases and of medical microbiology and immunology, has been named a 2021 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. He will receive funding over the next four years to investigate how bacteria causing tuberculosis build resistance to antibiotics.

Thoracic surgery chief David Tom Cooke named to Cancer Health’s 25: Black Lives Matter list

June 18, 2021

The second annual edition of Cancer Health magazine’s Change Makers recognizes 25 individuals working to break down barriers to the best cancer care for all Americans. The list includes David Tom Cooke, chief of general thoracic surgery at UC Davis Health.

UC Davis Health supports St. HOPE Juneteenth Block Party in Oak Park on June 19

June 18, 2021

UC Davis Health is honored to sponsor the first annual Juneteenth Block Party at 40 Acres on Saturday, June 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presented by St. HOPE, the free event features art, music, food, and entertainment.

UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center awarded 5-year grant renewal from NIH

June 17, 2021

The Clinical Translational Science Center (CTSC) received notice of its third NIH award renewal. The 5-year award, almost $33 million, provides critical funding to continue CTSC’s essential services for the UC Davis research community.

Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) awards grants to UC Davis Children’s Hospital for 2021-2023

June 17, 2021

From blood pressure monitoring to cellular therapy for neuroblastoma treatment, UC Davis Children’s Hospital continues to be on the cutting edge thanks to generous donations from CMN. This year’s grant winners are the best of the best in pediatric clinical care and research.

$3.98 million federal grant to advance cancer researcher bench strength

June 17, 2021

The National Cancer Institute is providing another $3.98 million federal grant to increase the number of cancer researchers at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Stay healthy and cool during the heatwave

June 16, 2021

Sacramento’s temperatures are expected to climb into triple-digits this week. UC Davis Health occupational and environmental medicine physician Sheri Belafsky and sports medicine physician Brandee Waite offer tips for staying cool and healthy in the heat.

Managing your re-entry anxiety

June 16, 2021

California lifted most of its COVID-19 restrictions, but many people are not ready to return to “normal.” Angela Drake, a clinical neuropsychologist, explains why we won’t change our behaviors overnight and provides tips for managing re-entry anxiety.

Local cancer award given to Janai Carr-Ascher to advance soft tissue sarcoma research

June 16, 2021

2021 Christine and Helen Landgraf Memorial Research Award will help further recipient Janai Carr-Ascher’s work studying sarcomas and testing new therapies.

UC Davis Children’s Hospital again named among nation’s best

June 15, 2021

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been recognized as a Best Children’s Hospital for 2021-22 by U.S. News & World Report in four pediatric specialty areas: neonatology, nephrology, orthopedics and urology.

California’s COVID-19 reopening: what you need to know (video)

June 15, 2021

After more than a year, California lifts most COVID-19 restrictions today (June 15). The changes will affect mask-wearing, businesses, gatherings and more. A UC Davis Health expert explains what you should know about the changes.

Co-inventor of EXPLORER earns prestigious national radiology award

June 14, 2021

Ramsey Badawi, co-inventor of the UC Davis Health total body scanner EXPLORER, earns prestigious 2021 Distinguished Investigator Award from the Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research.

Want to help sick Sacramento children? Then ‘Scoop Scoot’ on July 16

June 11, 2021

Scoot over to William Land Park on Friday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m. for the California Family Fitness Scoop Scoot 2021. The family-friendly event raises funds for the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department, which supports kids while they are in the hospital.

Early career investigator receives federal funding to research lethal prostate cancer

June 11, 2021

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center scientist Chengfei Liu has been unrelenting in his pursuit to find out why a type of prostate cancer becomes drug resistant. He recently earned a highly coveted National Cancer Institute (NCI) grant to further his research.

UC Davis nursing school hosts virtual graduation

June 10, 2021

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis hosts a virtual graduation celebration for its classes of 2021. While the online gathering was required for health and safety, it did not dampen the spirits of the 161 graduates marking this milestone.

Face masks block expired particles, despite leakage

June 10, 2021

A new study involving UC Davis researchers finds that surgical masks are effective at reducing outgoing airborne particles from talking or coughing. This was true even after taking leakage around the edges of the mask into consideration.

Student-run Paul Hom Asian Clinic gets grant to help community members quit tobacco

June 9, 2021

New tobacco cessation grant gives Asian American community in Sacramento One More Reason to Quit to prevent complications from COVID-19.

Prestigious international award for three UC Davis scientists

June 9, 2021

Three UC Davis scientists, including Distinguished Professor Bruce Hammock at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, are sharing an international award in recognition of their work on click-chemistry technology.

Teens and acne: Top tips to clearer skin

June 9, 2021

Eighty-five percent of teenagers are affected by acne during their teenage years and more than 50 million people have acne in the U.S. June is acne awareness month and we asked UC Davis pediatric dermatologist Smita Awasthi for her top tips to help teens on the path to clearer skin.

Pandemic inspires trio to provide for the underserved in Knights Landing (video)

June 8, 2021

Three friends connected to UC Davis wanted to help underserved families in Knights Landing during the pandemic, so they've set up a table each Sunday filled with groceries, baby supplies, pet food and other items - all free for the community.

Reminder: Plan for Route 99 closure, June 11-16, to affect travel to and from UC Davis Medical Center

June 8, 2021

Learn the details (and see a map) of the highway closure, scheduled for 8 p.m., Friday, June 11 until 4 a.m., Wednesday, June 16. Take transit, plan alternate routes and allow extra time for travel due to increased congestion.

UC Davis Health wins EMMY® Award for coverage of system’s renowned health care

June 8, 2021

Members of the UC Davis Health Public Affairs and Marketing Department are part teams that won two Northern California Area EMMY® Awards. The work included was coverage of surgery to separate conjoined twins and a collaboration with KVIE about vision loss.

Ralph Green honored for major contributions to field of nutrition

June 7, 2021

Professor Ralph Green has been inducted into the American Society for Nutrition's Class of 2021 fellows. He is an expert in diagnosing and treating diseases caused by nutritional deficiencies. Green’s research has focused on the role of micronutrients, including iron, B12 and folate.

MIND Institute brain bank focused on autism, diversity, education and research

June 7, 2021

The new CENE Brain Bank, supported by the MIND Institute, aims to increase the diversity of brain tissue available for research about autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions. The project includes collection sites in Latin American countries.

Extra, extra, read all about it in the latest issue of The Pediatric Press

June 7, 2021

The Pediatric Press, the online newsletter of UC Davis Children's Hospital, has published its summer issue. The summer edition includes stories about hospital awards, research developments, patient milestones, new clinic openings and other successes within the pediatric units.

Emergency department nurse promotes COVID-19 vaccines on TV with Gov. Gavin Newsom

June 4, 2021

Claudio Alvarado, an assistant nurse manager in the pediatric emergency department, appeared on stage with California Gov. Gavin Newsom to promote the state’s new Vax for the Win vaccine incentive program.

Cardiac arrest: Save a life in five steps with guidance from Project ADAM Sacramento

June 4, 2021

CPR/AED Awareness Week is a solemn reminder of cardiac arrest statistics. The good news? UC Davis has free education and training available so you can provide lifesaving assistance through a program called project ADAM.

Rapid whole genome sequencing leads to better outcomes for babies, lower medical costs

June 4, 2021

A study published today outlined the success of Project Baby Bear, a real-world quality improvement program designed to test the clinical and economic value of using rapid Whole Genome Sequencing to diagnose and guide treatment for infants with unexplained rare disease.

Most Californians unaware of law to prevent gun violence but would support using it

June 4, 2021

A new study shows that two-thirds of Californians don’t know about a law designed to prevent a person at risk of hurting themselves or others from possessing or purchasing firearms or ammunition. More than 80% of survey participants were supportive once they read about this law.

Executive Chef Santana Diaz to lead 2021 Tower Bridge Dinner

June 4, 2021

Visit Sacramento has named UC Davis Health’s executive chef, Santana Diaz, to lead this year’s Farm-to-Fork Tower Bridge Dinner.

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

June 4, 2021

More than 100 students, residents, faculty and a staff member were honored for their exceptional contributions as part of the UC Davis School of Medicine’s annual awards. Some of the awards were announced at the recent commencement ceremony.

UC Davis Children’s Hospital welcomes new facility dog Daniels (video)

June 3, 2021

The newest employee at UC Davis Children’s Hospital has a wet nose and a wagging tail! Facility Dog Daniels works in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) to help calm, comfort and motivate young patients going through medical procedures and long hospital stays.

Researchers discover potential new approach to treating psoriatic joint inflammation

June 3, 2021

An international team of researchers, led by UC Davis Health, developed a new therapeutic approach to treating psoriatic arthritis, a chronic inflammatory disease affecting the joints.

Unleashed: how a doggie day care was the perfect fit for employee and employer (video)

June 2, 2021

For one woman with autism, a job at a local doggie daycare has provided purpose. The opportunity resulted from an innovative UC Davis MIND Institute program, which connects employers and agencies eager to support workers with developmental disabilities.

Hospital visits for extreme blood sugar highs and lows increase chance of dementia

June 2, 2021

Older people with type 1 diabetes who have been to the hospital at some point for both low and high blood sugar levels may be six times more likely to develop dementia later, according to a new study from UC Davis Health.

Don’t tread on it!

June 1, 2021

While the odds of being bitten by a rattlesnake are small, following some precautions from UC Davis Health experts, people can minimize the chances of being bitten and suffering severe or even life-threatening symptoms.

Heather Siefkes receives 2021 Eli Gold Prize

June 1, 2021

Heather Siefkes, assistant professor in the UC Davis Department of Pediatrics, received the 2021 Eli Gold Prize. Siefkes works in the Pediatric and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at UC Davis Children’s Hospital and is the medical director of Project ADAM Sacramento.

May 2021

Closure of state Route 99 (June 11-16) to impact travel to and from UC Davis Medical Center

May 28, 2021

North- and southbound state Route 99 will be closed from 47th Avenue to the U.S. Highway 50 connector, from 8 p.m. on Friday, June 11 until 4 a.m., Wednesday, June 16. Rerouted traffic is expected to affect the area around the medical center.

Nurse Residency Program earns ANCC accreditation, with distinction

May 28, 2021

UC Davis Health’s Nurse Residency Program is the first and only program in the Sacramento region to earn accreditation, with distinction, from the American Nurse Credentialing Center.

Three-dimensional models provide road map to cloacal repairs (video)

May 28, 2021

Three-dimensional printed models, created at the 3D PrintViz Lab on the UC Davis Health campus, have helped surgical teams plan for cloacal surgery in children. These models provide a veritable road map that makes all the difference. 

Friday before Memorial Day declared ‘Don’t Fry Day’ as reminder to be sun safe

May 28, 2021

“Don’t Fry Day” on the Friday before Memorial Day aims to reduce the number of new skin cancer diagnoses by promoting sun safety and encouraging people to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors this summer.

UC Davis Health among world’s first health care organizations to make Race to Zero emissions commitment

May 27, 2021

As a member of Health Care Without Harm’s Health Care Climate Challenge, UC Davis Health announced that it has joined the United Nations Climate Champion Race to Zero campaign, aiming to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Treatment provides brighter future for patient living with mental illness (video)

May 27, 2021

The UC Davis Early Psychosis Programs’ holistic approach to treating mental illness is featured in a moving new documentary short about Chris Ferrari, who received life-changing help from the clinic. The release is from One Mind, a leading brain health nonprofit.

Record-setting month of giving at Jersey Mike's raises $80K for UC Davis Children's Hospital

May 27, 2021

Jersey Mike’s Sacramento-area franchises raised more than $80,000 for UC Davis Children’s hospital in March, setting a new record during the chain’s annual Month of Giving fundraiser. Sick and injured kids across 33 local counties benefit from Jersey Mike’s efforts.

More work still needed to recruit, retain OB/GYN residents that reflect the diverse patient population they serve

May 26, 2021

To address health care disparities among minority women in obstetrics and gynecology, one approach is to increase diversity among health care providers to better reflect the patient population that they serve. But are medical residents within OB/GYN more diverse than other medical specialties?

New research study aims to improve cancer disparities

May 26, 2021

People from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds in the Sacramento area encouraged to participate in a UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center research study aimed at reducing the cancer burden in underrepresented communities.

Atreja named to HIMSS Future50 Community

May 26, 2021

Chief Information and Digital Health Officer Ashish Atreja has been named to the annual Future50 list of innovative thinkers and leaders by the global technology advisory organization, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis announces local 2021 champion

May 25, 2021

A patient since before he was born, Casey Dyke has lived his best life, thanks to UC Davis Children’s Hospital donors. He’s now the Children’s Miracle Network Champion representing UC Davis for 2021.

104 graduating doctors celebrated virtually in 50th annual commencement (video)

May 24, 2021

The UC Davis School of Medicine celebrated its 50th annual commencement ceremony on Saturday. School leaders conferred 104 Doctor of Medicine degrees during a virtual ceremony that honored the students’ diversity, commitment, and resilience.

Sacramento high school student makes 250 face coverings by hand for UC Davis Hospice patients

May 24, 2021

St. Francis High School senior Katrina Uthoff was recently presented with her school’s Pillar of Service Award for making the handmade masks that were a huge hit with UC Davis Hospice staff and homebound patients and their families.

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra visits community vaccine clinics in Sacramento (video)

May 21, 2021

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra came to Sacramento to learn first-hand how UC Davis Health and its community partners are helping people from underserved communities get the COVID-19 vaccine in neighborhood clinics.

Ulfat Shaikh appointed to the Children’s Hospitals Association’s Next Generation of Quality committee

May 21, 2021

Ulfat Shaikh, medical director for health care quality and professor of pediatrics at UC Davis Health, has been appointed to the Children’s Hospitals Association’s Next Generation of Quality Steering Committee. The committee includes 11 members representing children’s hospitals across the country.

Nation’s cancer centers urge action to get HPV vaccinations back on track

May 20, 2021

Top cancer centers, including the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, are sounding the alarm about a drop in the HPV vaccination rate. They attribute the change to a decrease in well-child visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Program addresses food insecurity in South Sacramento communities hard-hit by COVID-19

May 20, 2021

The UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center designed and funded Food for All, a project focused on addressing COVID-19-aggravated food insecurity among Asian communities in South Sacramento.

Improving mental health focus of Xavier Becerra visit to UC Davis Health

May 20, 2021

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra made a visit UC Davis Medical Center on Wednesday to tour the Early Psychosis Programs and meet with campus leadership and faculty. The programs are nationally recognized as a leading provider of early psychosis care.

A call to gynecologic surgeons to reduce excess opioid pills after hysterectomy

May 19, 2021

A UC Davis Health study urged gynecologic surgeons to prescribe the smallest effective opioid prescription after hysterectomy. Their study found that, on average, patients use only half of pills prescribed after the operation.

Air quality linked to increased risk of Alzheimer's

May 19, 2021

A study led by UC Davis toxicologist Pamela Lein found a link between traffic-related air pollution and an increased risk for age-related dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. More than 5 million Americans currently live with Alzheimer's disease.

Healing arts take center stage in honor of National Cancer Survivor Day

May 19, 2021

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is celebrating National Cancer Survivors Day in June with a virtual healing arts exhibit. The goal is to show how creative expression can help patients recover from cancer.

UC Davis drops race-based reference ranges from a standard kidney test

May 18, 2021

Race-based reference ranges will no longer be part of a test routinely used to check a patient’s kidney health. UC Davis Health is one of the first in the nation to make the change to the estimated glomerular filtration rate or eGFR.

UC Davis nursing school announces 2021 nurse leader fellows

May 17, 2021

The national program office at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis announces 10 new nursing scientists in the second cohort of the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators.

New college program for students with intellectual disabilities accepting applications

May 17, 2021

Applications are now being accepted for Redwood SEED Scholars, a brand-new, four-year college program for students with intellectual disabilities. The inclusive program includes living on campus, attending traditional classes and work opportunities. Applications are due June 4.

UC Davis Medical Center’s obstetric anesthesia service named Center of Excellence

May 14, 2021

The Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology this week  announced that UC Davis Medical Center has attained its prestigious Center of Excellence designation. The medical center was one of 17 institutions and programs globally to earn the designation this year.

Children 12 to 15 can now be vaccinated against COVID-19 (video)

May 13, 2021

U.S. public health agencies support the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds. Parents and caregivers can now schedule appointments for kids in this age group. A UC Davis pediatric infectious disease expert explains the benefits of vaccinating adolescents.

Young man's scary injury benefits from spine center skill and expertise

May 12, 2021

A 24-year-old man is on the road to recovery following an off-road vehicle accident that left him nearly paralyzed. He credits UC Davis Spine Center with expert surgery that kept him from nearly becoming a paraplegic.

Measuring brain blood flow and activity with light

May 12, 2021

A new, noninvasive method for measuring brain blood flow with light has been developed by biomedical engineers and neurologists at UC Davis. The new technology could be used for assessing brain injuries or in neuroscience research.

UC Davis MIND Institute to host inaugural stem cell, gene therapy conference

May 11, 2021

The UC Davis MIND Institute is now accepting abstracts for its first-ever Stem Cell and Gene Therapy for Neurodevelopmental Disorders Conference. The September event will feature both in-person and virtual options and will focus on the development of treatments for genetic disorders.

Wear PJs and “Say Goodnight to Cancer” during virtual fundraiser

May 11, 2021

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life event put on by the UC Davis Colleges Against Cancer chapter is virtual this year, with participants wearing pajamas to “Say Goodnight to Cancer.”

School of Medicine launches new interdisciplinary center focused on diagnostic innovations

May 10, 2021

The UC Davis School of Medicine has launched a new initiative, the Center for Diagnostic Innovation, to bring together industry partners, clinicians, researchers and educators to develop innovative new testing methods to improve patient health.

UC Davis Health now enrolling children ages 12-17 for Novavax coronavirus vaccine trial

May 7, 2021

UC Davis Health will soon launch a stage 3 clinical trial for a new coronavirus vaccine for children ages 12-17 with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Novavax. The two-year study aims to enroll 100 participants.

Paciente con MIS-C recibe atención crítica en el Hospital de Niños de UC Davis

May 6, 2021

Santiago, de seis años, empezó a tener escalofríos que rápidamente se convirtieron en un sarpullido, fiebre alta, dolores de cabeza, vómitos y diarrea. Esta es su historia con MIS-C, la enfermedad que está asociada al COVID-19 y que afecta a los niños.

Gratitude: The best medicine during tough times

May 5, 2021

A UC Davis gratitude expert says being grateful may be the best medicine when it comes to insulating ourselves against the psychological impact of the coronavirus pandemic. He has advice for how to cultivate a lifelong gratitude practice.

Sacramento girl supports UC Davis Facility Dog program with Bat Mitzvah gifts

May 4, 2021

The word mitzvah means “good deed,” and Sacramento resident Meredith Bluth celebrated her Bat Mitzvah last month with a very good deed indeed: she invited her friends and family to donate to the UC Davis Facility Dog program.

MIND Institute honored by Chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion efforts (video)

May 4, 2021

The UC Davis MIND Institute received a department-wide award from the UC Davis Chancellor’s Office for its significant efforts to increase diversity, equity and inclusion. Recent efforts include grants, healing circles and outreach to the medically underserved.  

Thinking of skipping your second COVID-19 vaccine shot? Here’s why you shouldn’t (video)

May 4, 2021

Millions of Americans are skipping their second Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 shot. UC Davis Health experts say that means less protection from coronavirus, and immunity that won’t last as long. They advise everyone to get that second dose.

'An awesome change agent' (video)

May 4, 2021

Victoria Ngo, a Health Systems and Community Leadership Postdoctoral Fellow at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, receives the UC Davis Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity and Community for her postdoctoral research.

Los imanes pequeños son un enorme riesgo de salud cuando se tragan

May 3, 2021

Son coloridos, del tamaño de un bocadillo y divertidos para jugar, pero si se tragan son capaces de perforar los intestinos. Expertos de UC Davis aconsejan a los padres que se mantengan alejados de los imanes de neodimio. Generalmente conocidos como imanes de tierras raras, estos son los imanes más potentes que están disponibles en el mercado.

COVID-19: A snapshot of where things stand in Sacramento and at UC Davis Health

May 3, 2021

Efforts to vaccinate local residents and health care workers against COVID-19 have helped reduce hospitalizations and positive tests. Health care professionals note dramatic reductions from the high numbers of patients last year, but say in recent weeks, those numbers have stayed steady.

Unexpected medical condition prompts early delivery for mom’s sixth pregnancy

May 3, 2021

When Antelope resident Martel Calabretta was pregnant with her sixth baby, she was a seasoned veteran. But early on, she realized that baby number six was a very different pregnancy and required the specialty care that UC Davis Health provides.

April 2021

The ultimate real-world lesson: Nursing students administer COVID-19 vaccines

April 30, 2021

First-year nursing students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing gain valuable experience with real patients by giving COVID-19 injections. Students learn how the interaction is far more than simply administering the vaccine.

UC Davis students launch COVID-19 vaccine clinic and administer 7,600 doses (video)

April 30, 2021

When essential workers lacked access to the COVID-19 shot, the student-run Shifa Community Clinic decided to set up a vaccination site. The effort by UC Davis undergraduates and medical students has delivered more than 7,000 vaccine doses at a downtown Sacramento mosque.

Calibrating Lactoferrin protein in milk may boost learning and protect neurons

April 29, 2021

Lactoferrin is a glycoprotein found naturally in breast milk. A study by UC Davis Professor Fredric A. Troy II found that the lactoferrin concentration in the diet has significantly different impacts on learning, brain development and neuroprotection.

PsychLight sensor to enable discovery of new psychiatric drugs

April 28, 2021

UC Davis researchers develop PsychLight, a sensor that could be used in discovering new treatments for mental illness, in neuroscience research and to detect drugs of abuse.

Promising gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy

April 28, 2021

Clinical researchers at UC Davis Health are using an innovative gene therapy approach for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which the lead physician hopes will be a transformational treatment for children with the disease.

Male bladder cancer vulnerability could lead to a new treatment approach

April 28, 2021

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers found that targeting androgen receptors - a type of protein specific to men - may destroy cancer cells. Focusing on this male protein variant common in malignant bladder tumor cells may serve as a new avenue for treating bladder cancer in men.

David Tom Cooke to lead national thoracic surgeon association

April 28, 2021

General thoracic surgery chief David Tom Cooke becomes the first African American to be elected president-elect of the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association.

Little magnets are a big health hazard when swallowed

April 27, 2021

They are colorful, bite-size, fun to play with, and capable of punching holes in your intestines if swallowed. UC Davis experts warn parents to steer clear of neodymium magnets. Often called rare-earth magnets, these are the strongest magnets available commercially.

Encouraging COVID-19 vaccines in communities of color (video)

April 27, 2021

UC Davis Health staff and The California Endowment team up to create multilingual public service announcements to encourage underrepresented communities to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

New rapid COVID-19 test the result of university-industry partnership (video)

April 26, 2021

A partnership between UC Davis and Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr., chairman and CEO of Allegiant Travel Company, has led to a 20-minute COVID-19 test. The method pairs a mass spectrometer with a powerful machine-learning platform to detect SARS-CoV-2 in nasal swabs. A recent study published in Nature Scientific Reports shows the test to be 98.3% accurate for positive COVID-19 tests and 96% for negative tests. 

Volunteers from UC Davis Health provide COVID-19 vaccinations at Sleep Train Arena

April 26, 2021

Dozens of volunteers from UC Davis Health helped vaccinate vulnerable populations against COVID-19 over the weekend at a drive-thru clinic organized by the Consul General of Mexico in Sacramento.

Celebrating translational science researchers at UC Davis

April 23, 2021

During its 16th annual CTSC Scholar Symposium, UC Davis celebrated the graduation of its newest cohort of scholars who conduct innovative applied health research.

New ultrasound equipment means fewer needle 'pokes' and less stress for pediatric patients

April 23, 2021

Since veins are harder to see in children, ultrasound guided assistance is a game changer for kids and medical staff. Thanks to a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals grant, placing a needle is now much easier.

Join the St. Baldrick’s virtual shave party!

April 22, 2021

COVID-19 safety precautions are prompting a virtual version of this year’s Sacramento St. Baldrick’s Shave Party to raise money for childhood cancer research. So far, more than $23,000 has been raised to help fight pediatric cancer.

Is raising the sales age of tobacco reducing youth smoking?

April 22, 2021

A new study, conducted by three UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers, studies young adult smoking trends three years after the start of California’s law raising the sales age of tobacco to 21.

UC Davis Health surgery chair to lead prestigious organization

April 22, 2021

Diana Farmer tapped to lead the oldest surgical association in the U.S.

Children’s Miracle Network partner Costco will raise funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital in May

April 22, 2021

Costco members and employees are not letting the pandemic stand in the way of making a difference for sick and injured kids. Shop online or in-store during Miracle Month and donations stay local to help kids treated at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Robotic surgery saves lives and restores hope for esophageal cancer patients

April 21, 2021

April is esophageal cancer awareness month and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is using robotic surgery technology to change the odds of surviving this rare cancer.

New imaging diagnostic tool lights up tumors during brain cancer surgery

April 20, 2021

The UC Davis FLIm technology is a novel optical imaging system that could allow neurosurgeons to more precisely and thoroughly remove malignant brain tumors.

MIND Institute study of anxiety in children with autism now includes online treatment

April 20, 2021

The UC Davis MIND Institute is now offering online treatment as part of its clinical trial known as the STAAR study. The trial will compare the effectiveness of the medication sertraline and cognitive behavioral therapy in treating anxiety in children with autism.

New acute care rehabilitation hospital project begins

April 20, 2021

Work is getting underway for the construction of UC Davis Health’s new acute care rehabilitation hospital that is set to open in 2023.

A behind-the-scenes department steps into the COVID-19 spotlight

April 19, 2021

In March 2020, UC Davis was in a race to create something that didn’t exist yet: a home-grown COVID-19 test. How the campus pulled together to help Pathology and Laboratory Medicine launch the first of over 100,000 COVID-19 tests this past year.

IHI and DAISY Foundation honor UC Davis nurses for commitment to patient care

April 19, 2021

UC Davis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) clinical nurse specialist Christa Bedford-Mu has been announced as the individual award recipient at this year’s 2021 DAISY Awards for Extraordinary Nurses in Patient Safety, presented in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Children’s Hospital nurse educator Michelle Linenberger also received an Honorable Mention from the DAISY Foundation and IHI.

It's Give Day: Donors to help young ICU patients, COVID-19 test efforts, and more (video)

April 16, 2021

As a complement to Picnic Day, UC Davis Give Day builds on the momentum of last year's record-breaking fundraising event. Community donors have stepped up to offer 233 challenges worth more than $2.3 million, supporting a broad array of causes.

UC Davis Hospice patient goes home to old Oklahoma farm ranch – one more time before forever

April 15, 2021

Through Dream Foundation and the efforts of UC Davis Hospice social worker Rebeckah Long, Jack O’Ryan was able to reconnect with family members in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and introduce his wife to his beloved aunt and uncle.

MIND Institute showcases research, gives tour during virtual open house (video)

April 14, 2021

The UC Davis MIND Institute offered a behind-the-scenes virtual tour of its clinic, labs and facility recently. The event also featured research updates and a live question and answer session, and is available for anyone to view online.

UC Davis Health pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to extremely rare side effect

April 13, 2021

UC Davis Health has paused all use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, following guidance from the CDC. This will not impact our ability to vaccinate thousands of people each day. The vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are safe, and the risks of COVID-19 are still greater than not being vaccinated at all. 

UC Davis Health celebrates new Roseville outpatient clinic

April 12, 2021

UC Davis Health has opened the doors of yet another new outpatient clinic in the Sacramento region, this one being a larger and convenient location in Roseville.

Sib Sacks program aims to provide support to pediatric patients’ brothers and sisters

April 12, 2021

Having a sick or injured child is stressful for the whole family, including brothers and sisters. Enter Sib Sacks, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals-funded Child Life program designed to address siblings’ unique needs.

New remote patient-care technology assists patients using neuromodulation therapy

April 9, 2021

The Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Program at UC Davis Health has a new tool to treat patients receiving neuromodulation therapy for movement disorders. Abbott’s  NeuroSphere Virtual Clinic is a first-of-its-kind remote patient care system. UC Davis Health is the first hospital in Northern California and among the first 10 in the United States to offer it to patients.

Unexpected birth in UC Davis Medical Center parking garage

April 9, 2021

Off-duty Adventist Health Lodi Memorial labor and delivery nurse came to the rescue when Madison Fritter gave birth in the UC Davis Medical Center parking garage.

Military emergency medicine residents at UC Davis Health test their mettle — and win — in national ‘SimWars’ competition

April 9, 2021

A group of military emergency medicine residents at UC Davis Health participated for the first time in the competition, which tests teams from across the country on their medical knowledge and decision-making skills through simulation scenarios.

Participants sought for COVID-19 vaccine trial for booster and variant protection

April 9, 2021

UC Davis Health seeks volunteers for a clinical trial to determine the efficacy of a COVID-19 booster shot and protection against the South African virus variant.

New test to study language development in youth with Down syndrome

April 8, 2021

A team led by UC Davis Health researchers tested and validated a new set of procedures for collecting, measuring and analyzing the spoken language of youth with Down syndrome in a naturalistic setting.

Even before COVID-19 pandemic, youth suicide already at record high

April 8, 2021

Isolation and distancing are amplifying challenges that children and teens already experience. Experts are worried that studies being conducted now will show a continued increase in suicide rates, which have been going up over the last decade.

$15 million grant to renew center studying effects of maternal infections on offspring

April 7, 2021

Discovering how infections during pregnancy can lead to psychiatric illness and developmental disorders in offspring years later is the subject of a $15.7 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to the Conte Center at the University of California, Davis.

UC Davis Medical Center ranked among World’s Best Hospitals 2021 by Newsweek

April 7, 2021

Newsweek Magazine has named UC Davis Medical Center to its 2021 list of the “World’s Best Hospitals,” and it’s the only one so honored from the Sacramento region.

Expertise and kindness defy odds in long, precarious fight against COVID-19

April 7, 2021

Ajay Randhawa spent nearly two months in intensive care, much of it unconscious and on life support because of COVID-19. He was saved by the expertise of UC Davis Health doctors and nurses and, he says, by their kindness.

Brad Simmons named Chief Administrator UC Davis Medical Center and Chief Operating Officer, UC Davis Health – Hospital Division

April 7, 2021

Brad Simmons has been appointed to the newly created position of Chief Administrator, UC Davis Medical Center and Chief Operating Officer, UC Davis Health Hospital Division. The position’s responsibilities include all inpatient care for UC Davis Health.

Study finds risk of leukemia higher than expected in children with Down syndrome

April 6, 2021

Down syndrome remains a strong risk factor for childhood leukemia, a new study led by UC Davis and UC San Francisco researchers has found.

Wireless monitors mean kids receiving intensive care will soon be back on the move

April 5, 2021

In the past, UC Davis Pediatric and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit patients were dependent on in-room monitors to provide critical vitals to staff. But now, a CMN-funded monitor conversion will give kids some freedom while hospitalized.

UC Davis Health opens two more vaccination sites in underserved areas

April 2, 2021

UC Davis Health now has three locations where residents of underserved neighborhoods can get their COVID-19 vaccine, thanks to partnerships with churches and a community organization that serve vulnerable populations.

Child with MIS-C receives life-saving care at UC Davis Children’s Hospital

April 2, 2021

Six-year-old Santiago came down with chills that quickly progressed to a rash, high fever, headaches, vomiting and diarrhea. This is his journey with MIS-C, the condition that is associated with COVID-19 that affects children.

Beads of Courage offers visual reminder of the strength, resilience of young patients (video)

April 2, 2021

Emily Love‘s journey with leukemia is memorialized in beads. Every poke, every procedure, every hospitalization, measured in colorful little treasures. It’s a visual story that could span the length of a room. Find out how the Beads of Courage program has supported our patients for more than 12 years.

From cheerleader to life saver

April 1, 2021

For many patients with end-stage kidney disease, a living donor kidney transplant is the best treatment option. This Donate a Life Month, a UC Davis Health employee gives her kidney - and a second lease on life - to a patient.

MRI room makeover helps ease patient stress during radiology procedures

April 1, 2021

Medical procedures like MRIs are frightening, especially for kids. But thanks to a grant from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the radiology environment is a little less scary.