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July 2021

Travel and motion sickness: An expert weighs in on Dramamine, ginger and more

July 30, 2021

It’s unpleasant and unfortunately, common: motion sickness. And with more people traveling this summer, there’s renewed interest in remedies like Dramamine. A physician with the UC Davis Health Traveler’s Clinic has some tips for feeling better on the move.

When should you wear a mask to protect against the Delta variant? (video)

July 30, 2021

The guidelines about when to mask up to protect yourself against COVID-19 have changed quite a bit with the spread of the Delta variant. A UC Davis Health expert weighs in on why masking is important, who should be doing it and when.

Clinic transforms cancer treatment by combining diagnosis and therapy – or theranostics

July 29, 2021

A theranostics clinic is coming to UC Davis Health that will leverage the next generation in nuclear medicine to attack cancer in ways that traditional options cannot do alone. It combines diagnostics and therapeutics to deliver targeted radiotherapy.

Simone Biles’ withdrawal at Olympics shines light on need to recognize mental health

July 28, 2021

Gymnast Simone Biles’ withdrawal from the team and all-around competitions at the Tokyo Olympics created shockwaves around the globe. Trauma expert Brandi Liles discusses the impact of stress and abuse, and the need to talk about mental health without stigma.

“Hold on to your loved ones”: Wildfire survivor who lost children in wildfire offers advice

July 28, 2021

As the 2021 wildfire season in Northern California sparks with a fury, one survivor of the deadly Redwood Valley Fire in 2017 offers advice. Sara Shepherd recounts the blaze that killed her two children and forced her to prepare for future fires in a different way.

The truth behind COVID-19 vaccines and women’s health

July 28, 2021

Misinformation is spreading on the Internet regarding the COVID-19 vaccines and how they may affect women’s health. We asked Clara Paik, clinic medical director of obstetrics and gynecology and the co-division director of University Women’s Health, to answer some frequently asked questions about women’s health and the COVID vaccine.

Medical care for Team USA women's gymnastics at Tokyo Olympics led by UC Davis Health doctor (video)

July 27, 2021

Sports medicine doctor Marcia “Marcy” Faustin of UC Davis Health is living her dream job as co-head team physician for USA Gymnastics. Faustin is in Japan this week, providing medical care to the women’s national team, whose members are competing at the Olympic Games.

UC Davis Medical Center ranks as # 1 hospital in Sacramento, among the best in the U.S.

July 27, 2021

U.S. News & World Report named UC Davis Medical Center as one of the nation's Best Hospitals, the #1 hospital in Sacramento and among the top 10 in California.

UC Davis Health fixes baby’s heart defect using echocardiography-only strategy

July 27, 2021

Cedric Taylor was born at 25 weeks. Like many premature babies, he was born with patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), a condition in which the ductus arteriosus, a blood vessel in the heart, does not close spontaneously after birth.

UC Davis Burn Center achieves re-verification for meeting the highest standards of care

July 26, 2021

The Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center - UC Davis has received re-verification as an Adult Burn Center from the American Burn Association. This recognition is given to burn centers meeting the highest current standards of care for burn-injured patients.

Children’s Virtual Bereavement Art Group starts in August

July 26, 2021

The UC Davis Child Life and Creative Art Therapy Department will host “Remembering Together: Virtual Bereavement Art Group,” focusing on grief and processing loss through self-expression and art for children next month.

UC Davis nursing students bring life-saving TB screenings to a community organization

July 23, 2021

Nursing students from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing partner with Elica Health to conduct on-site tuberculosis screening for staff at SETA Head Start in Sacramento. The experience provided hands-on training for students and served a critical community health need.

Children’s hospital leaders surprise Walmart/Sam’s Club employees during CMN campaign

July 23, 2021

Visits from UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s CEO and other top hospital staff during the annual event provided a boost for staff. By recognizing the importance and impact of their fundraising efforts, leadership hopes each team member realizes that every dollar makes a difference.

New Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic provides multidisciplinary care to patients

July 23, 2021

A new multidisciplinary Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at UC Davis Health provides care for patients with a wide variety of brain injuries – from mild concussions to more severe conditions like vertigo, seizures, memory and concentration problems and more.

8 things health experts want you to know about the Delta variant

July 22, 2021

UC Davis Health experts are warning a Sacramento-area COVID-19 surge is likely in the coming weeks. Infections are rising, due largely to the highly transmissible Delta variant and low vaccination rates, which are around 50% in the region.

Reinventing the academic medical center

July 21, 2021

A new paper in the New England Journal of Medicine’s Catalyst describes UC Davis Health’s success in reinventing its academic medical center as a collaborative partner, facilitating a high level of patient care throughout the region and joining with competitors to form partnerships.

Stem cell transplants now available for some on outpatient basis

July 20, 2021

Multiple myeloma patient Dara Kara, from Benicia, receives first outpatient stem cell transplant at UC Davis Health. Also referred to as a bone marrow transplant, performing the procedure on an outpatient basis is expected to shorten recovery times and save health care costs.

UC Davis NICU receives gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence

July 19, 2021

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at UC Davis Children’s Hospital is now the 12th in the U.S. to receive a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. It is the only hospital in Northern California to receive this honor.

Can CBD help people with psoriasis find relief?

July 19, 2021

UC Davis Dermatologist Jason Hawkes discusses the effects and risks of using cannabinoids, such as CBD, as an alternative or complementary treatment to psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory skin disease.

Travel tips to stay healthy this summer during the pandemic

July 16, 2021

Travel plans this summer should include staying updated on changing COVID-19 conditions and being ready to change or cancel your trip. Vaccinated travelers have less to worry about but still need to be prepared.

COVID-19 and the Delta variant: What you need to know (video)

July 15, 2021

The Delta variant is now the dominant strain of COVID-19 in California and the U.S. It’s highly infectious, but epidemiologists say current vaccines are providing sufficient protection against illness and hospitalization.

A network of healthy connections

July 15, 2021

Roger Mendoza has helped UC Davis Health stay connected, with the installation of more than 2,300 miles of IT cabling infrastructure. But it’s his connections with the health system’s providers that have kept him healthy through multiple cancers, a brain hemorrhage and more.

Can turmeric reduce joint pain during breast cancer treatment?

July 14, 2021

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center received a $50,000 grant from the Safeway Foundation. The funding will allow researcher Mili Arora to study whether the spice turmeric can provide pain relief for breast cancer patients on oral anti-estrogen drugs.

Annual CMN Miracle Balloon campaign at DQ raises money for UC Davis Children’s Hospital

July 14, 2021

Record hot temperatures are just one reason to visit your local Dairy Queen through July 31. Helping save local kids’ lives is another. The CMN Miracle Balloon campaign is on now, raising money for UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Turning tarantula venom into pain relief (video)

July 13, 2021

Researchers at UC Davis Health are “toxineering” venom from the Peruvian green velvet tarantula into a non-opioid medication that could help people with chronic pain. Approximately 20 percent of the adults in the U.S., or about 50 million, are affected by chronic pain.

UC Davis psychology chair named to key federal committee on autism

July 9, 2021

Susan Rivera, psychology professor and chair and faculty member of the MIND Institute and Center for Mind and Brain, has been named to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. The federal committee provides guidance and recommendations on autism research, services, and policy.

Daughter donates kidney to her role model, her dad, on Father’s Day

July 8, 2021

Rather than a shirt, a necktie or new tools, Jazlyn Estrella gave her father, Ruther Estrella, the gift of a lifetime. She donated her kidney and shared with him the gift of life.

Susan G. Komen® awards $600,000 research grant to radiology chair Elizabeth Morris

July 8, 2021

Department of Radiology Chair Elizabeth Morris, with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, was awarded a Susan G. Komen® grant to develop artificial intelligence models to predict breast cancer risk at a more personalized level.

Transitioning from a student in class to a professional in the clinic (video)

July 7, 2021

The inaugural group of nurse practitioner residents completes their program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. After 12 months in underserved primary care clinics and tailored specialty rotations, they enter the workforce with increased skills and confidence.

U.S. saw surge in firearm purchases and violence during first months of COVID-19 pandemic

July 7, 2021

Firearm purchases and firearm violence surged during the first five months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Firearm purchases increased by 85% and interpersonal firearm injuries increased by 27%. Approximately 9.3 million firearms were purchased during this period.

Girl with Nager syndrome receives life-changing care to help her eat, breathe

July 6, 2021

Born with Nager syndrome, Lily Jones had craniofacial challenges, no ear canals and extremely short forearms at birth. The UC Davis Cleft and Craniofacial team partnered with her and her parents, Nick and Elysia Jones, to help improve her life.

Undiagnosed celiac disease is one local family’s cautionary tale for other parents

July 2, 2021

It was obvious one-year-old Piper was sick, but what was wrong? When her parents could not get answers, they turned to UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

UC Davis Health breaks ground on new rehabilitation hospital (video)

July 1, 2021

UC Davis Health, with partner Kindred Healthcare, broke ground on a planned rehabilitation hospital today. The new facility, which will be the first free-standing physical rehabilitation hospital in Sacramento, will expand treatment capacity for stroke, brain trauma and spinal cord injury patients.

Tips for a sensory-friendly July 4th

July 1, 2021

The Fourth of July is often characterized by fireworks, parades and celebrations, which can be challenging for some individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions. A UC Davis MIND Institute expert offers some tips to make the holiday celebrations more comfortable. 

Fireworks can be fun but dangerous: How to stay safe this July 4th

July 1, 2021

Fireworks are a Fourth of July highlight. They’re also the cause of serious injuries every year. UC Davis Health experts urge extreme caution when using fireworks and offer tips for staying safe while celebrating during COVID-19.

June 2021

Neurology chair receives Ambassador for Epilepsy Award

June 30, 2021

UC Davis Department of Neurology Chair Amy Brooks-Kayal has received the prestigious Ambassador for Epilepsy Award. The International Bureau for Epilepsy and the International League Against Epilepsy recognized Brooks-Kayal and 11 others worldwide for outstanding contributions to the cause of epilepsy.

Overcoming the odds despite challenges of spina bifida

June 30, 2021

At this year’s Bear Creek High School graduation ceremony in Stockton, 17-year-old Ben Brogger walked gracefully onto the stage and delivered an inspiring speech to the graduating seniors. It was a moment that Adriana and Dan Brogger weren’t sure they would ever witness when their son was diagnosed with spina bifida in the womb.

The danger of button batteries

June 29, 2021

Button cell batteries, the flat, coin-shaped batteries found in many toys, watches and remote controls, can do serious internal damage if accidentally swallowed. UC Davis pediatric emergency physicians warn families to keep these batteries secure and out of children’s reach.

Internal medicine resident praised for contributions to diversity

June 25, 2021

Jorge Salazar, an internal medicine resident, is the first recipient of a newly created award to recognize significant contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion in Graduate Medical Education.

Touchdown: Burn survivor gets support during toughest challenge of his life

June 25, 2021

18-year-old Gabriel Gonzalez receives surprise visitors while recovering from third-degree burns at UC Davis Health. The Woodcreek Oaks graduate ventured outside for the first time since May 17 to greet his former football teammates.

UC Davis Health receives nearly $4 million to train mental health clinicians

June 25, 2021

UC Davis Health has been awarded a four-year, $3.9 million contract to provide training and technical assistance to programs in California aimed at identifying and treating people in the early stages of psychosis or a mood disorder.

Annual Walmart and Sam’s Club Campaign benefiting local kids kicks off Monday

June 25, 2021

Help kids live better when you shop. All donations to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN) stay local to help treat sick and injured kids in UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s 33-county service area.

Study confirms the low likelihood that SARS-CoV-2 on hospital surfaces is infectious

June 24, 2021

A new study confirms the low likelihood that coronavirus contamination on hospital surfaces is infectious. The study is the original report on recovering near-complete SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences directly from surface swabs.

New COVID-19 vaccine clinic for people with autism, other neurodevelopmental conditions (video)

June 24, 2021

The UC Davis MIND Institute is offering a new COVID-19 vaccine clinic for individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions. The clinic will offer a comfortable experience for families, including sensory support and specially trained staff.

Chancellor’s Innovation Awards highlight new therapeutics, pandemic response (video)

June 24, 2021

Two School of Medicine faculty received UC Davis Chancellor’s Innovation Awards. David E. Olson received an Innovator of the Year Award and Richard W. Michelmore received an Innovative Community Partner Award.

Research provides a roadmap to HIV eradication via stem cell therapy

June 23, 2021

A groundbreaking study found that stem cells reduce the amount of virus causing AIDS, boost the body’s antiviral immunity, and restore the gut’s lymphoid follicles damaged by HIV. It provided a roadmap for multi-pronged HIV eradication strategies.

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 and 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.