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December 2019

2018 California Safety and Wellbeing Survey details firearm ownership in the state

December 6, 2019

UC Davis researchers asked Californians if they owned firearms and when, where and how they got them. They estimated 4.2 million California adults personally own a gun, and an additional 3.1 million live in a home with someone else who does. Find out more.

Lars Berglund is the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science

December 5, 2019

Lars Berglund will serve as the new editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, effective January 1, 2020.

First of its kind study seeks to answer whether the effects of the “abortion pill” can be reversed

December 4, 2019

Women who initiate medical abortion but opt to stop in the middle of treatment may be at risk for serious blood loss, a UC Davis Health study finds.

School of Medicine lab recognized for safety

December 3, 2019

Burns-Pugh lab at School of Medicine wins safety award

November 2019

Neurological surgery professor elected as AAAS fellow

November 26, 2019

UC Davis Health neuroscientist, Robert Berman, has been elected as a AAAS fellow for his contributions to understanding traumatic brain injury, autism and Fragile-X-related disorders.

Sex, drugs and arrhythmia: Modeling approaches to enable precision cardiac pharmacology

November 26, 2019

To promote cardiac safety, researchers at the GRANDi laboratory are using computer simulations to understand and predict the impact of new drugs on the cardiac cells.

Opioid prescription doses are increasingly being tapered, often more rapidly than recommended

November 15, 2019

New research shows that opioid dose tapering can occur at rates much higher than recommended, increasing the risks of withdrawal, uncontrolled pain or mental health crises.

Automated quitline referrals help patients give up tobacco

November 7, 2019

Electronic health record systems that house patient medical histories can also easily link them with telephone counseling services ― or quitlines ― that improve their chances of giving up tobacco.

Radiology professor awarded "Trailblazer" grant for hybrid imaging research

November 7, 2019

Guobao Wang received a "Trailblazer R21" grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to develop a new method combining positron emission tomography (PET) and X-ray computed tomography (CT) scanning.

UC Davis Health researchers join the search for chlamydia vaccines

November 4, 2019

Laurel Beckett and Alexander “Sandy” Borowsky are part of a new research effort to develop vaccines for a common sexually transmitted disease. 

October 2019

Dean Allison Brashear praises clinical trials program, wants to include more patients

October 24, 2019

Dean Brashear during the UC Davis School of Medicine Office of Research Expo showcased some of the exciting research happening at the School of Medicine and called for more clinical trials to be open for patients.

Central Valley workplaces can be hostile for minority doctors

October 23, 2019

Despite the dire need for primary health care providers in California’s Central Valley, workplace discrimination and harassment can cause minority providers to change practices or leave the region entirely.

Study identifies 5 patterns of gun ownership by motivation, practices, other features

October 10, 2019

The UC Davis study is the first to identify nuanced patterns of gun ownership. Striking differences between the groups, suggests one-size-fits-all approaches to prevent firearm injuries and death may be less effective than those that consider these differences.

UC Davis Health unaffected by power outage

October 9, 2019

PG&E outage not affecting UC Davis Health

Cellular therapy shows promise for Duchenne muscular dystrophy

October 7, 2019

UC Davis Health researchers announced promising findings from interim results of HOPE-2 clinical trial for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Four UC Davis studies report on key issues in preventing gun violence

October 7, 2019

Research from scholars at the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program and the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center published this week are informing the national dialogue on reducing injury and death from gun violence.

Blood flow screening to improve detection of critical congenital heart defects in newborns

October 2, 2019

Heather Siefkes, assistant professor of pediatric critical care at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, was awarded National Institute of Child Health and Human Development grant to improve critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) early detection in newborns by establishing a threshold to blood flow levels.

UC Davis awarded new CRISPR grant to test novel approach to cancer treatment

October 1, 2019

UC Davis scientists win NIH award to develop a novel approach to using CRISPR to tackle colon cancer cells.

September 2019

Handgun purchasers with a prior DUI have a greater risk for serious violence, study finds

September 30, 2019

A UC Davis study of nearly 80,000 legal handgun owners in California finds that those with a prior DUI conviction have a greater risk of murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault and other serious violent crimes compared to those without DUI convictions.

Web tool prioritizes health risks for postmenopausal women

September 23, 2019

A new web-based calculator helps middle-aged women predict their risks of experiencing heart attack, stroke, hip fracture, or breast, lung or colorectal cancer within 5, 10 or 15 years.

All of Us Research Program enrolls more than 200,000 core participants nationwide

September 20, 2019

The California consortium, which includes UC Davis Health, just surpassed 23,000 core participants. Outreach efforts to roll  out in Davis, Elk Grove and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center this October.

Study to test a new way of talking with patients about low-back pain imaging

September 19, 2019

Joshua Fenton, a UC Davis professor of family and community medicine, has received a $1.4 million, four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to test an approach to helping low-back pain patients understand when they do not need imaging tests that increase radiation exposure and provide no clinical benefit.

UC Davis invests $4 Million to launch new research centers

September 16, 2019

A gene therapy center and a perinatal origins of disparities center are part of a new $4 million initiative at UC Davis that is designed to address some of society's greatest challenges and needs.

Prestigious scholarship recognizes medical student's activism, UC Davis' leadership in reducing health inequities

September 13, 2019

No other school has more recipients of the Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarship than UC Davis.

Medical imaging rates continue to rise despite push to reduce them

September 3, 2019

Physician groups have pushed to reduce rates of medical imaging, but they continue to go up, raising concerns about potential harms to patients, UC Davis and other researchers have found.

August 2019

Probiotic use can lead to major economic and health savings related to flu-like illnesses

August 28, 2019

A team of researchers developed an economic model to estimate the cost savings of general probiotic use in the U.S. by simulating a population representative of the national demographics. They found that savings to the health care payer and the economy could reach $1.4 billion a year in medical bills and lost productivity due to acute respiratory tract infections.

Mapping the brain landscape for Alzheimer's disease using artificial intelligence

August 14, 2019

A team of researchers lead by Brittany Dugger of UC Davis Health has been awarded a major grant from the National Institute for Aging (NIA) to help define the neuropathology of Alzheimer's disease in individuals of Mexican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Dominican descent. The five-year grant will fund the first large-scale initiative to present a detailed description of brain manifestations of the Alzheimer's disease using artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Med student focusing on gut biome awarded 2019 O'Connor research grant

August 1, 2019

Simran Sandhu, a medical student at UC Davis School of Medicine, earned the 2019 Daniel T. O’Connor, M.D., Memorial Research Grant for his translational research examining how different pathologies may result in gut and skin microbiome imbalance in patients.

July 2019

Less-invasive procedures as good as open surgery in restoring leg blood flow, avoiding amputation

July 30, 2019

Surviving with their legs intact is just as likely for patients having a less-invasive procedure to open clogged leg arteries as for patients having an invasive surgery. 

UC Davis Health aims to end hepatitis B spread

July 25, 2019

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, with partners in Sacramento County and the community, has an ambitious goal to end the transmission of hepatitis B in the Asian American community through comprehensive screening and vaccination.

Worrisome increase in some medical scans during pregnancy

July 24, 2019

Study finds high rate of CT scan use in pregnant women in the U.S. and Canada, despite warnings to reduce radiation exposure to mothers and fetuses during pregnancy.

Northern Californians asked to complete Camp Fire survey

July 23, 2019

One person per household in Butte and other counties affected by the Camp Fire are asked to answer an online questionnaire about their daily lives, property and health before the fires occurred and immediately afterward, along with their current situations.

About the UC Davis California Wildfire and Health Impacts Survey

July 23, 2019

Researchers leading a series of studies on wildfires and health answer common questions about their survey, which is now open to those affected by the November 2018 Camp Fire. 

Pregnant women and new moms invited to join Camp Fire study

July 23, 2019

Women in Northern California who were pregnant during or right after the 2018 Camp Fire are invited to participate in a UC Davis study to determine if the fire affected their health and the health of their babies.

Q&A with stem cell expert Jan Nolta

July 17, 2019

Jan Nolta, director of UC Davis' stem cell program, answers questions about treatments and therapies using stem cells, including what people should be very cautious about when a clinic attaches a pricetag to its services.

Skin condition affects patients inside and out

July 3, 2019

UC Davis Health dermatologists have new approaches to treating vitiligo, a very visible condition that causes patches of skin to lose color and sometimes make individuals feel very self-conscious.  

Luis Carvajal-Carmona named basic science leader at Cancer Center

July 1, 2019

Carvajal-Carmona to lead basic science at Cancer Center.

June 2019

National Eye Institute director and vision scientist to join UC Davis

June 27, 2019

Paul A. Sieving, an internationally renowned physician, vision scientist and thought leader in eye care, will join the UC Davis Health Eye Center faculty this fall. He will establish a new Center for Ocular Regenerative Therapy to advance gene-based treatments.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Nobel laureate to speak at UC Davis School of Medicine

June 5, 2019

Mario Capecchi, who was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize for his pioneering work on the development of genetically engineered mice, will speak on June 14 at UC Davis' Sacramento campus.

May 2019

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.

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.

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.

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.

Artificial intelligence tool vastly scales up Alzheimer's research

May 15, 2019

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

March 2019

Assisted dying: The search for ensuring unconsciousness and a humane death

March 27, 2019

Using protocols anesthesiologists follow before surgery can help improve assisted dying and capital punishment to ensure people are unconscious at the time of death, according to a published review by UC Davis Health's CEO.

Meyers named president of Association for Clinical and Translational Science

March 19, 2019

Frederick Meyers, director of the UC Davis Center for Precision Medicine & Data Sciences and professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Hematology-Oncology, leads association that works to move innovations from the laboratory bench to the patient bedside.  Meyers was instrumental in establishing the Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC).

UC Davis Health physicians perform California's first minimally invasive mitral valve replacements

March 14, 2019

UC Davis Health cardiologists are the first in the state to use a minimally-invasive system called transcatheter mitral valve replacement, or TMVR, to replace the mitral valve without the need for conventional open-heart surgery. The new technology is being tested as part of the SUMMIT study.

Dementia looks different in brains of Hispanics

March 12, 2019

A major new study from the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Center has uncovered dramatic differences in the brains of Hispanics with a dementia diagnosis compared with those of non-Hispanic whites and of African Americans.

Fear of hospitalization keeps men from talking about suicide

March 7, 2019

Fear of psychiatric hospitalization is one of the primary reasons that older men — an age and gender group at high risk for suicide — don’t talk about suicide with their physicians. Researchers discovered this finding as part of a pre-launch, stakeholder assessment of a multimedia program designed to encourage men to open up to their primary care providers about suicidal thoughts.

Researchers seeking a cure for spina bifida get a step closer to their goal

March 5, 2019

Researchers on the path to finding a cure for spina bifida have identified specific elements in stem cell secretions as key to protecting neurons and ultimately reducing the lower-limb paralysis associated with the birth defect. The team will use the results to optimize the neuroprotective qualities of a stem cell treatment they developed that improves mobility in lab animals and dogs with spina bifida.

3D printing becoming a surgical game changer

March 1, 2019

Thanks to high-tech, 3D printers, UC Davis Health physicians are enhancing their capabilities and mapping out surgeries in ways that benefit patients and surgical outcomes.

February 2019

Physicians advocate for increased diversity in medical training nationwide

February 28, 2019

New England Journal of Medicine article written by UC Davis Health professors shows what they consider a disturbing trend -- the share of medical students from underrepresented groups is on the decline nationwide. But the article also highlights proven strategies at UC Davis School of Medicine for advancing equity in admissions

Helping the family caregivers of people with dementia

February 27, 2019

The Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis has created a support program to help caregivers with the hospital-to-community transition of family members who have dementia.

Prenatal vitamin intake may reduce autism recurrence in high-risk families

February 27, 2019

High-risk younger siblings of children with autism are less likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), have significantly lower autism symptom severity, and higher cognitive scores if their mothers take maternal prenatal vitamins during their first month of pregnancy, UC Davis research has found.

Radiologists quickly improve screening performance with 3D mammography

February 26, 2019

Radiologists quickly learn to read 3D mammography more accurately than they read standard 2D mammograms, a first-of-its-kind study by a UC Davis researcher has found.

Robot-assisted throat cancer surgery gets assist from novel optical device

February 8, 2019

For hard-to-reach tumors at the back of the throat, robots can assist surgeons to remove cancers in a less invasive way. But this high-tech approach has a drawback: the surgeon’s inability to assess through touch whether they’ve been able to get all of the cancer out.

UC Davis Health works to understand cystic fibrosis-related diabetes

February 7, 2019

Endocrinologist John Yoon is working toward understanding the root causes of cystic fibrosis-related diabetes, which becomes more common for cystic fibrosis patients as they age. His research also has potential to help battle all forms of diabetes

Early intervention in autism improves language, IQ and social skills

February 4, 2019

Breakthrough research demonstrating that children with autism as young as 18 months can vastly improve their language, cognition and social skills with an early intervention developed by UC Davis Professor Sally Rogers has been replicated in a major new study.

January 2019

Neuroscience research funding at UC Davis Health among top in nation

January 29, 2019

UC Davis Health neuroscientists are among some of the best funded in the nation, according to data from the National Institutes of Health.

Physician-researchers earn clinical research honors

January 22, 2019

A research study co-authored by UC Davis Health physicians Jonathan Ducore and Adam Giermasz, co-directors of the UC Davis Health Hemophilia Treatment Center has received a national “Top Ten” award by the Clinical Research Forum.

Experimental drug improves eye gaze behavior in fragile X syndrome

January 17, 2019

Researchers at MIND Institute at UC Davis and Rush University Medical Center have found that mavoglurant, an experimental drug known as an mGluR5 negative modulator, can positively modify a key characteristic behavior in individuals with fragile X syndrome (FXS).

Anti-inflammatory compound helps protect against cancer growth

January 14, 2019

When chemotherapy kills cancer cells, the debris of dead and dying cells can lead to inflammation and the surge of more cancerous cells. Newly published research on ovarian cancer, involving an anti-inflammatory compound developed in the Bruce Hammock lab at UC Davis, and tested at Harvard Medical School on mouse models, indicates that the compound not only suppresses inflammation but reduces cancer growth, acting as a “surge protector.”