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September 2020

Fragile X research icon empowers hundreds of women as a dedicated mentor

September 29, 2020

Few physicians have mentored as many women at UC Davis Health and around the world, as Randi Hagerman, professor, pediatrician and fragile X research icon at the MIND Institute. Her global reach has increased the understanding and awareness of neurodevelopmental disorders.

Congenital heart patient receives continued care from heart nurse through the years

September 29, 2020

Born with only three functioning heart chambers instead of four, Amanda had health challenges from her very first day of life. But pediatric heart nurse Barb Goebel has helped shepherd her care into adulthood.

New grant will help rural hospitals care for moms with opioid use disorder

September 28, 2020

UC Davis Health will help rural maternal and infant health care providers care for pregnant and post-partum mothers with opioid use disorder and their infants.

Year of the Nurse blog, Sandie Dial: ‘Pediatrics was where my heart was at'

September 25, 2020

After a winding path and 10 years of prerequisite work, UC Davis Health nurse Sandie Dial found her true passion and calling in the PICU. Hear about her journey in the latest installment of our Year of the Nurse blog.

Can better planning increase preventive health screening?

September 25, 2020

A team of UC Davis physicians, surgeons and public health specialists hoping to increase the use of recommended health screenings and vaccines are conducting a study to see if better planning in the doctor’s office can help.

COVID-19 science six months in: What have we learned? (video)

September 25, 2020

COVID-19 science is still evolving, and what we know includes the importance of wearing masks and social distancing, and the possibility the pandemic may get worse before it gets better.

UC Davis Health opens clinic for pregnant moms with opioid use disorder

September 25, 2020

UC Davis Health today opens a specialized clinic, focusing on the care of pregnant women with opioid use disorder. It is the only clinic of its kind in the Sacramento region.

Spina bifida: Surgery plus stem cells before birth could improve outcomes (video)

September 24, 2020

A UC Davis Health fetal surgeon and a stem cell scientist have received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to test a one-of-a-kind spina bifida treatment that combines surgery with stem cells.

Medical student takes a ‘break’ – and develops study aid app for histology, hematology and maybe more

September 24, 2020

UC Davis School of Medicine student Brandon Fennell built an app to help his histology studies. Then he reached out to HematologyOutlines co-founder Hooman Rashidi to augment that resource. Their new app was released in mid-August.

Multiple surgeries at UC Davis Children’s Hospital save preemie’s life

September 24, 2020

Life-threatening condition is no match for Alfredo Moran-Arias and his UC Davis doctors.

Global Reach of UC Davis Health humanitarians changes lives

September 24, 2020

Volunteer work with Rotaplast International helps repair cleft lip and palate deformities for hundreds of people – mostly children – and spreads UC Davis Health compassion around the globe.

Two of the nation’s most inspiring Hispanic scientists are at UC Davis

September 23, 2020

UC Davis researchers Luis Fernando Santana and Rebecca Calisi Rodríguez are included on Cell Press’s list of “100 Inspiring Hispanic/Latinx Scientists in America.”

UC Davis nursing professor named fellow in Academy of Nursing Education

September 23, 2020

Clinical Professor Amy Nichols inducted into presigious group of nursing educators at Nursing League for Nursing convention.

COVID-19 is wrecking our sleep with coronasomnia – tips to fight back

September 23, 2020

COVID-19 may be causing a second pandemic of insomnia – or “coronasomnia.” Sleep experts offer tips to improve sleep and ease the stress.

Deftones raises funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital through Adopt-a-Dot campaign

September 23, 2020

The Grammy Award-winning band Deftones has launched a philanthropic campaign called ‘Adopt-a-Dot’ based on their forthcoming album, Ohms. All proceeds will benefit UC Davis Children’s Hospital and Live Nation’s ‘Crew Nation,’ a global relief fund for live music crews who have been impacted by COVID-19. Donations can be made at Deftones.com/Adopt.

How to celebrate Halloween safely during the COVID-19 pandemic

September 22, 2020

Halloween can still be spooktacular with a little planning and imagination. UC Davis chief of pediatric infectious diseases Dean Blumberg offers families guidance and ideas that will keep the spirit of the season alive during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Complications from diabetes linked to worse memory, IQ in children

September 22, 2020

Diabetic ketoacidosis is linked to lower IQ scores and worse memory in children with type 1 diabetes.

New OSCAR Clinical Trial for potential COVID-19 therapy at UC Davis Health

September 22, 2020

Timothy Albertson leads OSCAR clinical trial at UC Davis Health for patients with COVID-19-related pulmonary complications.

Mexican government honors faculty member with prestigious award

September 21, 2020

A UC Davis professor of internal medicine has received a prominent award granted by the Mexican government for improving the lives of Mexican nationals in the U.S.

Improving partnerships between family caregivers and health care professionals

September 21, 2020

An international conference shares strategies and innovative programs for future health professionals to identify caregivers’ preparedness to provide care, as well as training in family-centered communication for the incumbent workforce.

How COVID transforms the parent-teacher relationship in special education

September 21, 2020

Distance learning presents unique challenges for children with neurodevelopmental disorders, but some of the adaptations that teachers and parents are making could lead to long-term improvements in special education. 

Medical students honor the legacy of body donors

September 21, 2020

Annual Service of Gratitude ceremony allows students to express appreciation to the family members whose loved ones donated their bodies to the UC Davis School of Medicine anatomy program.

UC Davis physician assistant graduates take oath

September 18, 2020

After 27 months of classroom discussions, skills lab instruction, and hundreds of hours of clinical rotations, Class of 2020 graduates gather virtually to recite the Physician Assistant Professional Oath.

Sacramento philanthropists lend support to healthy aging efforts

September 18, 2020

Two Sacramento families - Angelo K. and Sofia Tsakopoulos and Chrysanthy and George Demos - donate funds to support an effort to preserve independence and choice for people as they age.

Wraparound program receives $966,049 to help youth injured by violence

September 18, 2020

The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) has awarded UC Davis Health’s Wraparound Violence Intervention Program $966,049 in funding to combat violence in the Sacramento area. The program is designed to support victims of violence and reduce the likelihood of subsequent violence involvement and re-injury through intensive, relationship-based, individualized community case management services.

Service of gratitude to stream on Facebook live Saturday (video)

September 18, 2020

Medical students will thank family members of those who donated their bodies to science, during annual Service of Gratitude ceremony Saturday.

Student who seeks to be a doctor in her native South Central Los Angeles gets major award

September 17, 2020

A fourth-year medical student finds her calling in committing to bring good health to residents of neighborhoods like the one where she was raised in South Central Los Angeles.

Murals from local artists and Wide Open Walls coming to UC Davis Health campus

September 17, 2020

The Wide Open Walls art festival is bringing two uplifting murals from Sacramento artists to enrich the UC Davis Health campus and the neighborhood.

Two teams, one mission: Caring for Medi-Cal and uninsured patients

September 17, 2020

Sacramento County and UC Davis Health providers work side-by-side at the Sacramento County Primary Care Center in treating Medi-Cal and uninsured patients. They also continuously find new and better ways to do so.

Introducing COVID19questions.org

September 17, 2020

UC Davis Health is part of a a new research consortium inviting clinicians, researchers, patients and the general public to submit questions that could be answered by COVID-19 patient record data. 

New study links combination of fructose, glucose in high fructose corn syrup to heart health risks

September 17, 2020

Consuming high fructose corn syrup appears to be as bad for your health as consuming sugar in the form of fructose alone, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis. 

UC Davis applies microneedles to deliver gene therapy inside the eye

September 16, 2020

A novel approach to deliver gene therapy for retinal diseases eliminates the need for complex eye surgery and treats more damaged cells that existing methods, a team of UC Davis physicians and veterinary eye specialists has found.

NICU mom becomes NICU nurse

September 16, 2020

After her daughter spent 80 days in the NICU, Jennifer Swenson decided to spend her life giving back to other families as a neonatal nurse.

Anxiety about fevers during COVID-19 prompts doctors to revisit topic

September 16, 2020

Children get fevers. What to look for and when to worry. Pediatric experts address parent and caregiver concerns.

When to worry about AFib

September 15, 2020

Heart specialist Uma Srivatsa answers questions about a common type of arrhythmia known as atrial fibrillation, or AFib.

Get your flu shot now from UC Davis Health—it’s never been more important

September 15, 2020

Getting your flu shot is crucial protection from influenza, which could be even more severe in this time of COVID-19. Shots are now available at all UC Davis Health primary care clinics.

Year of the Nurse blog, Rachel Robertson: ‘It's hard to really explain the connection you form with a patient’

September 14, 2020

In our Year of the Nurse blog, UC Davis Health NICU nurse Rachel Robertson – herself a NICU patient as an infant – explains how primary nurses are able to develop deeper bonds that can lead to better care.

New dopamine sensors could help unlock the mysteries of brain chemistry

September 14, 2020

New neurotransmitter sensors to detect and monitor different information processing acts in the brain.

COVID-19 and flu season are about to merge – and doctors are worried

September 14, 2020

Flu season and COVID-19 are about to merge, and even infectious disease experts are unsure what will happen. But one thing is clear: Getting your flu shot has never been more important.

Comfort Commitment helps kids better cope with painful procedures in the hospital

September 11, 2020

Comfort and pain management have always been paramount in UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s approach to care. A new hospital initiative called Comfort Commitment launched this month, which provides a standardized approach to help pediatric patients better cope with distressing procedures and decrease pain and anxiety.

Shalaine Reddic: Where dreams, goals and accomplishments never cease

September 11, 2020

UC Davis Medical Center nurses all possess very special qualities, and Shalaine Reddic is the ideal reflection of that talent, expertise and spirit.

Year of the Nurse blog, Diana Arellano: 'We get to see our patients multiple times; we really get to know them'

September 10, 2020

In the next installment of our Year of the Nurse blog, UC Davis Health nurse Diana Arellano explains how, as an outpatient nurse, she is able to foster deeper connections over time with patients.

Coping with COVID fatigue 2.0: Tips for processing wildfires, smoke, blackouts and more

September 10, 2020

A UC Davis Health psychologist offers help to ease the emotional exhaustion from facing COVID-19, heat waves, blackouts, wildfires and skies glowing red from smoke.

ACTIVATE will bring telehealth services to vulnerable, at-risk residents of California’s Central Valley

September 10, 2020

A new public-private pilot initiative will bring telehealth services to underserved rural residents to reach populations who are vulnerable to the worst outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic with the technology, skills and connections they need to access and utilize health care services.

Protecting yourself from smoky air

September 9, 2020

As the Sacramento region experiences poor air quality from Northern California wildfires, UC Davis Health pulmonary experts share how to protect your health. 

Air Force, UC Davis Health partnership reaches new heights

September 9, 2020

New partnership agreements between the medical center at Travis Air Force Base and UC Davis Health will make it much easier for providers and trainees to gain clinical experience at both institutions.

COVID-19 conference with Wuhan scientists shows UC Davis Health’s global reach

September 9, 2020

An international video conference on COVID-19 treatments demonstrated again how UC Davis Health is a global source for coronavirus information.

Collaborative care for justice-involved youth is focus of AAP statement by UC Davis doctor

September 9, 2020

Youth involved in the justice system are more likely to have unmet medical, mental health and social needs, are more likely to be youth of color and are more likely to have been exposed to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). This was outlined in the recently published policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics, authored by UC Davis pediatrician Mikah Owen and University of Alabama at Birmingham adolescent medicine physician Stephenie Wallace.

New cardiology study tests a device designed to repair leaky tricuspid valves

September 8, 2020

UC Davis Health cardiologists are testing the safety and effectiveness of TriClip, a minimally invasive option for treating tricuspid regurgitation. 

Gun owner perceptions about actual firearm dangers suggest opportunities for improving gun safety

September 8, 2020

Owning a gun or living in a house with a gun linked to a lower perception of risk for gun violence.

Spine center imaging system provides full-length X-ray with less radiation

September 8, 2020

UC Davis Health spine surgeons are using unique imaging technology that provides head-to-toe, 3D images of bones and is safer than other options.

Year of the Nurse blog, Carter Todd: ‘The Black community deserves to have more allies on their team’

September 4, 2020

When UC Davis Health nurse Carter Todd finished school, he didn’t see many people who shared his background and experiences. In this latest Year of the Nurse blog entry, learn more about why he founded the Capitol City Black Nurses Association.

Bedwetting solutions: Expert pediatrician offers help for kids

September 4, 2020

We asked UC Davis pediatrician Lena van der List about causes, strategies and solutions that can help families beat the bedwetting blues.

Duck Dash goes virtual on Sept. 26 to raise funds for UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy

September 3, 2020

The 8th annual Duck Dash will take place virtually on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

7-year-old’s cancer diagnosis led her family to seek out UC Davis Children’s Hospital and Lor Randall

September 2, 2020

Lydia Alwan’s family wanted to save their daughter’s leg and her life.

Year of the Nurse blog, Megan Brown: ‘Learning to dance in the rain’

September 1, 2020

To cheer up a dispirited patient, UC Davis Health nurse Megan Brown posted uplifting quotes around her room. The patient later said that one of the quotes is still her motto, to this day. Read the full story in the Year of the Nurse blog.

Death of Chadwick Boseman highlights colon cancer among younger patients, need for regular screening

September 1, 2020

A UC Davis specialist says rates of colorectal cancer for people younger than age 50 are on the rise, and that regular screenings and early treatment are the keys to a good outcome.

Expertos de UC Davis explican errores comunes sobre el COVID-19

September 1, 2020

Especialistas en enfermedades infecciosas ofrecen una guía con la ciencia que explica algunos de los errores más comunes, desde el uso de desinfectante de manos y guantes hasta la inmunidad de rebaño y los impactos a largo plazo.

August 2020

School of Medicine, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing help propel record-high research funding for UC Davis

August 31, 2020

Boosted by COVID-19 research grants for the School of Medicine and significant increases in funding for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, UC Davis received a record-setting $941.2 million in awards in fiscal year 2019-20.

COVID-19 Labor Day playbook: Keep it small. Wear masks. Hold at 6 feet. Don’t give in.

August 31, 2020

UC Davis experts urge you to help stop another explosion of COVID-19 this Labor Day weekend – which could be a crossroads in the fight against the coronavirus – and they offer tips to stay safe.

UC Davis surgeons on track to do record number of kidney transplants in 2020

August 31, 2020

Kidney transplants are on the rise at UC Davis Health due to the increased availability of organs.

NIH grant will allow UC Davis Health to train community health workers in COVID-19 contact tracing

August 28, 2020

New grant allows for improved training of community health workers to engage with underserved populations in research such as testing, case identification and contact tracing for culturally and linguistically diverse groups.

Year of the Nurse blog, Haley Nagle: ‘You have to live every nursing shift day by day’

August 28, 2020

NICU nurse Haley Nagle, herself a NICU baby, understands how every word, every action and every touch leave a lasting impact on families. In this installment of the Year of the Nurse blog, learn about what she strives to give to the parents.

Call for entries in the Donate Life Visual Arts Contest

August 27, 2020

Local high school artists are invited to enter a poster or video in the 2020 Donate Life Visual Arts Contest, sponsored by UC Davis Transplant Center and Sierra Donor Services. 

Once a NICU baby, Haley Nagle gives back as a NICU nurse

August 27, 2020

Born at 36 weeks and at 3 pounds, Haley Nagle spent her first three weeks of life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Now she is a nurse in the UC Davis NICU, providing care to families during their babies’ first days of life.

Triple the joy: How UC Davis Health handled a very special delivery

August 26, 2020

When Mali-born singer-songwriter Awa Sangho and her husband Ernest Moreno found out she was pregnant with triplets, she turned to UC Davis Health. 

COVID-19 information continues to evolve: what’s new and what has changed?

August 26, 2020

The real science about the coronavirus grows almost daily. That can create obstacles for public health and infectious disease experts trying to keep people up to date on the nuances of staying safe.

Gunshot injuries in California drop, but percentage of firearm deaths goes up

August 26, 2020

Despite a significant drop in gun injuries, California has experienced a substantial increase in the state’s overall death rate among those wounded by firearms.

Radiation treatment for childhood or young adult primary cancer linked to worse breast cancer-specific survival

August 26, 2020

A newly published study suggests breast cancer-related survival is decreased among patients who were treated for with radiation therapy for cancers during their youth.

The top five health items to pack in your emergency evacuation bag

August 25, 2020

Wildfires are leading to emergency evacuations across California. These are the items that our Home Care Services staff recommend packing to keep you healthy and safe.

UC Davis Children’s Hospital helps local boy with kidney disease hold onto hope

August 25, 2020

Justin Ramirez continues to look forward despite his failing kidney.

Costco to raise funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital during annual Miracle Balloon Campaign

August 24, 2020

CMN’s long-time partner doesn’t let COVID-19 stop the giving.

A pesar de obstáculos y amenazas de deportación, un estudiante de medicina usa su determinación para salir adelante (video)

August 24, 2020

Un estudiante de segundo año de medicina que quiere ser médico de atención primaria es uno de más de 650,000 jóvenes en todo el país que están protegidos de ser deportados mientras el programa federal DACA siga en efecto

Despite obstacles and deportation threat, medical student finds success through resiliency (video)

August 24, 2020

A second-year medical student who aspires to be a primary care physician is one of more than 650,000 young people nationwide who are protected from deportation as long as the federal DACA program remains in effect.

What you need to know about breastfeeding during the COVID-19 pandemic

August 24, 2020

Laura Kair, medical director of Well Newborn Care at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, addresses some frequently asked questions about breastfeeding, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

UC Davis Health begins clinical trial in hopes of a COVID-19 vaccine (video)

August 20, 2020

UC Davis Health, in partnership with Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE began a global clinical trial for an investigational vaccine against COVID-19.

Tupper Prize and Williams Award honor faculty for achievement

August 20, 2020

Ted Wun and Nate Kuppermann took home this year’s top faculty honors for the School of Medicine.

UC Davis Health staff sending hearts to cheer each other up during COVID-19 fight

August 20, 2020

Nurses and whole departments at the UC Davis Medical Center are sending brightly-colored scrub hats – and a bit of joy – to each other as they battle the coronavirus.

Children’s Miracle Network awards grants to UC Davis Children’s Hospital for 2020-2022

August 19, 2020

More than $260,000 in CMN donations will support the work of pediatric clinicians and researchers.

UC Davis Health patient safety experts offer primer to prevent COVID-19 diagnostic error

August 19, 2020

The co-editors-in-chief of a globally recognized resource on patient safety sift through coronavirus information from the U.S. and around the world to provide substance and perspective.

UC Davis Health inscribe a participantes en importante ensayo clínico de vacuna contra el COVID-19

August 18, 2020

UC Davis Health está buscando 200 participantes para un importante estudio de investigación para una vacuna contra el COVID-19

New family medicine residency grad begins his career as a rural doctor

August 18, 2020

Family medicine physician Tommy Saborido is keeping the tradition of the country doctor alive. When he completed his residency training in June, he chose to work as one of the few physicians in the small rural town of Fall River Mills in Shasta County. 

Advice about kids and COVID-19 from UC Davis Health expert

August 18, 2020

More and more evidence shows that coronavirus infections among children are increasing, and that kids can also get seriously ill. Children’s infectious disease expert Dean Blumberg offers help.

Surgical and engineering researcher wins national dialysis innovation award

August 17, 2020

Aijun Wang, a UC Davis associate professor of surgery and biomedical engineering, has been awarded a $500,000 grant to create the next generation of vascular grafts for dialysis patients with end-stage kidney disease. 

Strategies for supplementation to breastfed newborns vary widely among U.S. hospitals

August 17, 2020

A study led by UC Davis Health found considerable differences in the management of breastfed infants across U.S. hospitals, especially in terms of criteria for medically-indicated supplementation.

Cómo hablar con sus hijos sobre el racismo

August 14, 2020

Mientras el país mantiene una conversación nacional sobre la injusticia racial, el pediatra Mikah Owen comparte sus ideas sobre cómo los padres pueden hablar sobre raza con sus hijos y ayudar a crear más justicia en la salud infantil. Read the English version of the story. 

Quick tips for staying cool and reducing COVID-19 exposure

August 14, 2020

COVID-19 and its continuing high transmission rate has made staying cool this summer a challenge. UC Davis Health experts provide tips for reducing the risks of both COVID-19 and heat-related illness.  

UC Davis research pivots to take on COVID-19

August 14, 2020

UC Davis with its unique range of both human and veterinary medicine capabilities, now has 38 novel coronavirus studies underway on its Sacramento and Davis campuses, including a clinical trial for a possible COVID-19 vaccine.

UC Davis Health partnership with Air Force: valuable training and better care

August 14, 2020

A strong partnership between UC Davis Health and the Air Force leads to better care for both military and civilian patients.

New funding for firearm violence research in California

August 14, 2020

The UC Firearm Violence Research Center has awarded more than $250,000 in unique firearm violence research projects to seven teams of investigators.

Pregnant mother's immunity tied to behavioral, emotional challenges for kids with autism

August 14, 2020

Children with autism born to mothers who had immune conditions during their pregnancy are more likely to have behavioral and emotional problems, a UC Davis Health study has found. Offspring sex may also interact with maternal immune conditions to influence outcomes, particularly in terms of a child's cognition.

UC Davis researchers find a way to help stem cells work for the heart

August 13, 2020

Blocking an enzyme — soluble epoxide hydrolase, or sEH — linked with inflammation makes it possible for stem cells to repair damaged heart tissue.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, mothers can still safely breastfeed with appropriate precautions

August 13, 2020

Mothers with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 can safely breastfeed with appropriate precautions and the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh potential risks, according to a review article published in the American Journal of Perinatology.

UC Davis Health physician awarded Bronze Star for efforts battling COVID-19 in Afghanistan

August 13, 2020

Emergency doctor and Lt. Col. Rory Stuart helped lead the fight to protect U.S. and NATO forces when the coronavirus posed both a medical crisis and a security risk.

UC Davis Health supports soccer program to engage girls in low-income communities

August 13, 2020

A new partnership between UC Davis Health, Street Soccer USA and the California Storm will increase opportunities for low-income and minority girls to play soccer, especially in Sacramento's Oak Park community. 

UC Davis Health to enroll participants for major COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial

August 12, 2020

UC Davis Health has been chosen as one of only 120 sites worldwide to enroll participants for a late-stage COVID-19 vaccine study that has already shown promising results.

UC Davis MIND Institute event draws thousands of people from 15 countries

August 12, 2020

The UC Davis MIND Institute’s first virtual Summer Institute breaks records, reaching thousands of people in at least 15 countries.

Brashear named to state stem cell agency’s governing board

August 12, 2020

School of Medicine Dean Allison Brashear is the newest board member of the state’s stem cell agency, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Racial, socioeconomic disparities fuel increased infant mortality rates in California

August 11, 2020

While infant mortality rates (IMR) decreased overall from 2007 to 2015 in California, disparities in infant death rates have increased in some groups, including among obese mothers, those who smoke and African American women, according to a new study published in PLOS One. 

GI symptoms linked to behavioral problems in children, especially those with autism

August 10, 2020

Common gastrointestinal symptoms are linked to troubling sleep problems, self-harm and physical complaints in preschool children. These symptoms are more common and potentially disruptive in young kids with autism.

UC Davis nursing school launches scholarship program for disadvantaged students

August 10, 2020

A new Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students Program at the School of Nursing will support students in the graduate school's entry-level nursing program.

UC Davis Medical Center recognized for quality stroke care

August 7, 2020

The UC Davis Comprehensive Stroke Center has received the 2020 Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for consistently adhering to measures backed by the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association.

Fetal interventions help baby with hydrops

August 7, 2020

Amanda Brazeal was pregnant for the second time. She expected an easy delivery. She could not have known that her baby would have hydrops, a life-threatening condition in which an abnormal amount of fluid builds up in the unborn child.

How to support clinician engagement in quality improvement?

August 6, 2020

UC Davis Health study details the most significant factors to nurture clinicians’ self-efficacy and effectiveness in leading and engaging in QI activities.

COVID-19 insights from the expert leading UC Davis Health’s coronavirus fight

August 5, 2020

Stuart Cohen has spent 40 years fighting infectious disease and leads UC Davis Health efforts to protect the community. He details what we know, and don’t know, about the coronavirus.

Black patients with advanced cirrhosis are more likely to be hospitalized

August 5, 2020

A new UC Davis Health study shows that Black patients with advanced liver cirrhosis tend to be hospitalized more often and for longer periods of time than patients of other races and ethnicities. 

Zulresso brings mother back from postpartum depression

August 5, 2020

The birth of her son should have been a happy time for this new mother. But for Bari, the first three months after she delivered her baby boy were dark. But after taking Zulresso, the first intravenous drug for the treatment of postpartum depression to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), she is able to find joy in her life once more. 

Panda Cares Day supports UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients

August 5, 2020

On August 8, order online using PandaCaresDay promo code to help local kids.

Two UC Davis Health experts featured in national medical journal

August 4, 2020

Nancy Lane and Garen Wintemute each have featured commentaries in the Aug. 4 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. Lane discusses a promising treatment for osteoarthritis. Wintemute has a call to action for health professionals to address disparities in society that are causing violence and harming health.

Larissa May named interim health officer for Yolo County

August 4, 2020

Yolo County has selected UC Davis Health's Larissa May as its interim health officer to help craft policy and guide the Board of Supervisors on its health strategies.

School of Medicine curriculum upgrade to be implemented next school year

August 4, 2020

The most significant upgrade in 15 years to the UC Davis School of Medicine curriculum will take effect next year based on a modernization proposal designed by a team of faculty, resident physicians, medical students, and staff

Music & Memory reduces dementia medications and aggressive behavior

August 3, 2020

In the most comprehensive study of its kind on the effects of the Music & Memory program, researchers from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis found personalized music reduces the amount of medication taken by nursing home residents and lessens their aggressive behaviors.

UC Davis Children's Hospital is named gold safe sleep champion by National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program

August 3, 2020

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a gold safe sleep champion for its commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep.

July 2020

Daniel T. O’Connor grant recipient aspires to establish clinical lactation center focused on precision medicine

July 31, 2020

This year’s Daniel T. O’Connor, M.D., Memorial Research Grant recipient is a student who is passionate about making new research discoveries in breastfeeding medicine and mammary gland biology that will benefit women and children around the world.

Advice from UC Davis experts to calm the anxieties of back-to-school during COVID-19 (video)

July 31, 2020

Kids get anxious when their lives are uncertain, and in this coronavirus era, almost everything is uncertain. Two experts help families work through the stress of an unprecedented back-to-school year.

UC Davis Health helps two Fontan patients fulfill their dreams of motherhood

July 31, 2020

Before the Fontan procedure, most children born with single ventricles would die before their second birthday. These days, the survival rate of these patients has extended through young adulthood and now patients with prior Fontan procedures are interested in trying to have children. UC Davis Health helped two of these patients this year.

Insights about firearm ownership and opinion may help advance gun violence prevention policy

July 31, 2020

Understanding firearm ownership and opinion may help advance gun violence prevention policies, according to UC Davis Health researchers in a new study out today.

UC Davis experts detail common mistakes about COVID-19

July 30, 2020

Infectious disease experts offer a guide through the science that explains some of the most common mistakes, ranging from hand sanitizer and gloves to herd immunity and long-term impacts.

UC Davis Health leads in research and coordination of early psychosis programs in California

July 30, 2020

Tara Niendam has received a $2.8 million contract from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health in support of EPI-CAL, a network of early psychosis programs in California.

African Americans with early-life cardiovascular disease risks have worse late-life cognitive function

July 30, 2020

Research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference shows that African Americans with cardiovascular disease (CVD) risks prior to or during mid-life tend to have worse cognition when they age than those with no CVD risks.

Meet MILO, a powerful machine learning AI tool from UC Davis Health

July 29, 2020

Meet MILO, a turnkey software tool that provides a fully automated ML/AI solution to many different research and business needs.

New nurse practitioner residents begin clinical rotations

July 29, 2020

The first group of nurse practitioner residents begin clinical rotations in a program to equip new advanced practice providers with new skills for better patient care and increased access to care.

Toy or therapy device? UC Davis Health researchers study effectiveness of fidget tools

July 29, 2020

A new UC Davis MIND Institute Study explores whether a high-tech fidget device increases focus and relieves anxiety in adults with ADHD, which is particularly relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to talk about racism with children

July 28, 2020

As our country continues a national conversation about racial injustice, UC Davis pediatrician Mikah Owen shares his thoughts on how parents can talk to their children about race and help create more equity in children’s health. Read the Spanish version. 

U.S. News names UC Davis Medical Center among the nation’s best

July 28, 2020

U.S. News & World Report's rankings are out. UC Davis Medical Center is again the #1 hospital in Sacramento, and in the Top 10 in California -- distinctions it has earned for many years in a row.

UC Davis Health expert: Don’t let COVID boredom cloud your judgment on risk

July 28, 2020

A leading infectious disease physician sorts through your risk of coronavirus infection in activities ranging from dining and takeout to sports, shopping, going to the dentist and opening your mail.

Induction ceremony welcomes Class of 2024

July 27, 2020

Medical school officially got underway with the annual induction ceremony during a virtual program where first-year students donned their white coats at home surrounded by friends and family.

Cardiac rehabilitation program achieves recertification

July 27, 2020

UC Davis Health’s Cardiac-Vascular Rehabilitation Program has been recertified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. This renewed certification recognizes UC Davis’ continuing commitment to improving the health and quality of life of patients with heart and blood vessel disease through a supervised, evidence-based exercise and education program.  

UC Davis family medicine residents have a new clinical home: One Community Health

July 27, 2020

UC Davis Health’s decades-long partnership with One Community Health, a midtown health center that offers care to the area's most disadvantaged patients, has expanded to include a comprehensive family medicine clinic. 

UC Davis LIVE on children, anxiety and going back to school

July 27, 2020

In this week’s UC Davis LIVE: COVID-19 two psychologists from the UC Davis MIND Institute will discuss how children and parents can manage the stress and anxiety of going back to school this fall.

Year of the Nurse Blog, Cassi Carter: 'Learning from every patient'

July 27, 2020

For UC Davis Health nurse Cassi Carter, supporting the needs of the many pysch patients in her care is where she learns her greatest lessons.

North Addition’s new art connects to culture of the region and of UC Davis Health

July 24, 2020

More than 80 pieces of art from the UC Davis Health collection – ranging from paintings and full wall murals to medallions and digital images – bring depth, energy and beauty to the newest building on the Sacramento campus.

Gastroschisis patient now a happy, healthy 2-year-old

July 24, 2020

Early in her pregnancy, Liz Curtis received the life-changing news that her baby had gastroschisis, a birth defect in which the intestines are outside of the body, due to a hole in the abdominal wall. 

Major grant for UC Davis Health center focused on disabilities research

July 24, 2020

An engine for interdisciplinary research: The UC Davis MIND Institute’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center is renewed with a $6.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

From UC Davis Health experts: A guide to caring for yourself at home during COVID-19

July 23, 2020

With so much cross chatter on coronavirus testing, symptoms, isolating and staying safe, it can be hard to know what to do if you suspect you might have COVID-19. Two UC Davis Health physicians offer guidance and tips.

UC Davis Health, Adventist Health Lodi Memorial launch telehealth ICU services

July 23, 2020

UC Davis Health and Adventist Health Lodi Memorial have launched the Lodi hospital’s first telehealth intensive care unit to provide a link between clinicians at each hospital and enhance round-the-clock care for patients.

10-year-old girl fights leukemia battle with resilience, grace

July 22, 2020

When Jessenia Muro was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), she turned to the UC Davis Children's Hospital care team. 

Brain builds and uses maps of social networks, physical space, in the same way

July 22, 2020

Even in these social-distanced days, we keep in our heads a map of our relationships with other people: family, friends, co-workers and how they relate to each other. New research from the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis, shows that we put together this social map in much the same way that we assemble a map of physical places and things.

Children’s Miracle Network donations help fund community hospital outreach program

July 22, 2020

CMN grant helps UC Davis Children’s Hospital expand Pediatric Acute Care Education Sessions (PACES).

UC Davis nurses raise funds for Make-a-Wish kids

July 21, 2020

UC Davis nurses Kendra Teetsle, Janeen Robinson and Deborah Woods are participating in the first Make-a-Wish Trail Blaze Challenge on Aug. 15 to raise funds to support pediatric patients at UC Davis Children's Hospital. 

UC Davis Health pulmonary rehab mixes science and kindness to inspire exercise during COVID-19

July 21, 2020

The UC Davis Health pulmonary rehab team helps bring fitness to patients who are among the most vulnerable to the coronavirus by combining gentle persuasion, exercise science and kindness – and a playbook that will work for anyone from beginners to trained athletes.

UC Davis Health study seeks better detection of depression in children with autism

July 21, 2020

UC Davis Health researchers are hoping to create better interventions for children with autism who struggle with depression.

Quitline plus surgery are big motivators for giving up smoking

July 20, 2020

Smokers who had thoracic surgery were much more likely to stop using tobacco if they also completed a quitline intervention, a new UC Davis Health study shows. 

New am-bark-ssador Rono the K-9 begins making rounds at UC Davis Medical Center

July 20, 2020

Following in the pawsteps of Charlie on the Davis campus, Rono is the Sacramento campus’ very own UC Davis Police Department K-9. After a “swearing-in” ceremony last Thursday, he began his first shift at the hospital.

UC Davis School of Medicine grad to lead Los Angeles County Medical Association

July 20, 2020

A UC Davis School of Medicine alumna is the first Asian American woman to lead the Los Angeles County Medical Assoication. 

UC Davis Health tests monoclonal antibodies as potential COVID-19 treatment

July 20, 2020

Timothy Albertson leads a new clinical trial at UC Davis Health to evaluate the efficacy, safety and tolerability of an antibody cocktail in hospitalized adult patients with COVID-19.

Year of the Nurse Blog, Sally Easley: ‘You realize you’re reaching through to people’

July 17, 2020

For UC Davis Health nurses such as Sally Easley, it’s sometimes the smallest things that linger longest in memory. Hear her recount one of those memorable moments, in the latest installment of our Year of the Nurse blog.

UC Davis Medical Center rated among the Best Maternity Care Hospitals by Newsweek

July 17, 2020

UC Davis Medical Center is one of Newsweek’s Best Maternity Care Hospitals in 2020, according to rankings released today.

Walmart and Sam’s Club CMN Campaign extended to July 31

July 17, 2020

Local store associates continue to #HelpKidsLiveBetter by fundraising for UC Davis Children’s Hospital through July 31.

Radio stations dedicate 72 hours to UC Davis Children’s Hospital fundraising efforts

July 16, 2020

Radio listeners help sick and injured children in 33-county service area.

Teen’s heart is still going strong thanks to UC Davis Children’s Hospital

July 16, 2020

UC Davis pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons gave Damian Del Rio a chance at a future.

Now what? UC Davis public health expert maps out COVID-19 status and road ahead

July 15, 2020

COVID-19 cases have exploded and the majority are younger adults. Now there are new restrictions. But people can still have their lives – if they follow health recommendations and look after each other, says public health expert Brad Pollock.

Becoming Arizona: On climate justice, COVID-19 and unsung solutions in Sacramento

July 15, 2020

In the fifth and final installment of UC Davis’ Becoming Arizona climate change series, scientists, health professionals and community leaders examine the connecting dots of climate change, COVID-19 and racism, and discuss unsung solutions that may help warming cities like Sacramento address them.

High-fat diet with antibiotics use linked to gut inflammation

July 14, 2020

Combining Western diet and antibiotic use is a significant pre-inflammatory bowel disease (pre-IBD) risk factor.

UC Davis Children's Hospital gives local girl every opportunity to just be a kid

July 14, 2020

Isabella Lazzerini's two rare diagnoses warrant ongoing, specialized care but that doesn't stop her from enjoying life.

UC Davis Health expert offers family caregivers road map for navigating COVID-19

July 13, 2020

Few groups have faced more stress and confusion facing down COVID-19 than older adults and the people who care for them. Terri Harvath, director of the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, offers guidance and tips.

Study finds that special filters in glasses can help the color blind see colors better

July 13, 2020

A new UC Davis Eye Center study found that glasses engineered with spectral notch filters enhance color vision for those with the most common types of red-green color vision deficiency.

Domestic violence increased in the Great Recession

July 13, 2020

Emergency room visits for domestic violence incidents in California more than tripled during the Great Recession compared to the years before, signaling a need to prepare for similar and more prolonged effects during the COVID-19 financial crisis, suggest University of California, Davis, researchers.

Burn center team braces for wildfire season

July 10, 2020

The number and intensity of Northern California wildfires trigger fear that there could be another one in 2020. Preparing for that possibility is a central mission of the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center at UC Davis Medical Center.

Heartbreaking loss leads to unique donations for sarcoma cancer research

July 10, 2020

Rebecca Hastings created an ecommerce business she had hoped to run with her daughter Kelsey, but Kelsey died in her early 20s from a sarcoma cancer. Now the business gives 90% of its proceeds to top sarcoma cancer centers, including UC Davis.

Year of the Nurse blog, Julie Petray: ‘Care for patients with compassion, concern, as if this is a family member’

July 10, 2020

Early in Julie Petray’s career, she had a challenging patient experience that taught her that every person has a “soft spot.” She explains the importance of finding that connection in UC Davis Health’s Year of the Nurse blog.

Higher temps, reduced air quality and COVID-19 are a triple threat for those with chronic lung disease

July 10, 2020

Summer days of high heat and poor air quality can be extremely challenging for those with COPD, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and other lung conditions. Combined with the COVID-19 pandemic and the likelihood of fires, extra precautions are necessary this year.

Stephanie Crossen, Daphne Say receive 2020 Eli Gold Prize

July 10, 2020

Stephanie Crossen, assistant professor of pediatrics and pediatric endocrinologist, and Daphne Say, health sciences assistant clinical professor and pediatric gastroenterologist, have received the 2020 Eli Gold Prize this month.

Michael Condrin named COO of UC Davis Health Outpatient Care

July 10, 2020

Michael Condrin has been appointed to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer, Ambulatory Care for UC Davis Health. The position is responsible for all of UC Davis Health’s outpatient care, including 70 clinics at 25 clinical care locations.

UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy team adapts activities, crafts, even bingo for kids during COVID-19

July 9, 2020

Nothing will ever take the place of in-person contact but the COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in new ways to provide activities, crafts, music and art groups to pediatric patients.

UC Davis medical student wins global writing award

July 9, 2020

Samantha Wong's essay about Anthony Fauci and how physicians should be representatives of science, truth and facts made her a winner in the international 2020 Lasker Essay Contest.

Advanced heart pump and line dancing bring fuller life back to heart patient

July 8, 2020

Alice Marez says she was saved by UC Davis surgeons, an LVAD pump and line dancing. If she had to choose only one, 79-year-old Marez might just pick the line dancing. 

Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis announces local 2020 champion

July 8, 2020

Isabella Lazzerini has been a patient at UC Davis Children's Hospital since she was three days old.

"COVID fatigue" is hitting hard. Fighting it is hard, too, says UC Davis Health psychologist

July 7, 2020

People go through emotional stages of dealing with disasters. As a community, we’re in the disillusionment stage – people are tired, angry and don’t want to hear cautions about the coronavirus. That stage can last up to a year after the event – except we’re still in the event.

School of Nursing welcomes new students (VIDEO)

July 7, 2020

137 future registered nurses, physician assistants and family nurse practitioners embarked upon their education journeys at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.

Hospital patient and care team member discover their unique bond

July 7, 2020

Medical student Pauline Nguyen was amazed when she learned that a patient she was caring for had funded one of her scholarships.

UC Davis Health saves 2-year-old with dangerously high blood pressure

July 7, 2020

When Owen had an MRI appointment at Mercy San Juan Medical Center, his parents got the shocking news that Owen needed to be immediately transported to UC Davis Children’s Hospital via ambulance for monitoring and blood pressure control. 

UC Davis experts: Science says wearing masks and social distancing slow COVID-19 (VIDEO)

July 6, 2020

Evidence about how COVID-19 spreads clearly shows social distancing and wearing a mask help prevent people from spreading the coronavirus, and the mask protects wearers from being infected themselves.

UC Davis nursing school selects inaugural nurse leader fellows

July 6, 2020

The 11 members of the inaugural cohort for the Betty Irene Moore Fellowships for Nurse Leaders and Innovators bring diversity of perspective and great potential to advance the nursing profession and are affiliated with major public and private universities across the country.

Year of the Nurse blog, Yusuf Rizam: ‘It’s a teamwork environment…you’re not on your own’

July 6, 2020

UC Davis Health nurse Yusuf Rizam started in the ICU right as the COVID-19 pandemic was hitting the hospital. Hear his thoughts on the challenges and rewards of his job, in the latest installment of the Year of the Nurse blog.

Surge in firearm purchasing during pandemic’s onset linked to higher rates of firearm violence in U.S.

July 6, 2020

A surge in firearm purchasing in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic – estimated to be over 2.1 million excess purchases – is linked to a significant increase in firearm violence, a study by UC Davis Violence Prevention Program suggests.

Walmart and Sam’s Club CMN campaign: The show goes on

July 2, 2020

"Appreciation Tour" takes UC Davis Children's Hospital leadership from Modesto to Redding

Deans’ Awards spotlight excellence

July 1, 2020

Leaders from UC Davis Health recognize individuals and teams for their contributions as transformative leaders in our community and the extraordinary work they do on behalf of our patients, staff members, faculty, students and the public.

CMN grant funds non-English caregiver booklets about home care of pediatric G-tube patients

July 1, 2020

Russian and Spanish language guides help caregivers understand their child’s gastrostomy tube.

UC Davis Medical Center again listed among ‘100 Great Hospitals in America’

July 1, 2020

In the annual list assembled by Becker’s Hospital Review, UC Davis Medical Center was selected based on analysis of ranking and award agencies that recognize excellence, leadership and innovation in the hospital and health care sector.