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May 2019

UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center hosts cardiac care event

May 23, 2019

UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center welcomed a crowd of 200 to hear about the latest in innovations, research updates and extremes of cardiac care. 

Filmmakers help pediatric patients express themselves through film

May 21, 2019

Thanks to UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s partnership with BayKids Studios, pediatric patients are transforming into directors, actors and heroes of their own stories.

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.

Keeping up with the peregrines

May 20, 2019

Sibling rivalries. Food fights. Empty nest syndrome. UC Davis Medical Center's new livestream has it all. It's their new web cam for watching a peregrine falcon family that lives atop the hospital. Stay tuned! 

School of Medicine graduates 93 students

May 17, 2019

Keynote speaker Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine Jorge Garcia urges students to discover the "joy of medicine" despite challenging circumstances

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.

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center lecture to cover brain health May 23

May 17, 2019

Join renowned UC Davis Health Alzheimer's disease researcher and expert Charles DeCarli during a lecture on brain health and wellness.

To meat or not to meat: Are meatless burgers really healthier?

May 16, 2019

Meatless burgers are more popular than ever - but are they good for us? UC Davis Health senior dietitian Marie Barone shares her recommendations. 

School of Medicine Class of 2019 Graduation Awards

May 16, 2019

Annual awards ceremony honors students, faculty, residents and staff.

Sally Rogers receives 2019 Hibbard Williams Award

May 16, 2019

Sally Rogers, a professor in the UC Davis Health Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the UC Davis MIND Institute, received the 2019 Hibbard Williams Extraordinary Achievement Award.

In the spotlight: 'The answer to the opioid crisis?'

May 15, 2019

A novel pain drug developed at UC Davis has proven effective and non-addictive so far in animal trials, leading to hope it might help ease the opioid crisis in humans.

Artificial intelligence tool vastly scales up Alzheimer's research

May 15, 2019

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

UC Davis hosts 20th Northern California Genetics Exchange

May 14, 2019

The UC Davis Health Department of Pediatrics, division of Genomic Medicine, hosted the 20th annual Northern California Genetics Exchange (NCGE) Friday, May 10 at the UC Davis MIND Institute.

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.

Bold named physician-in-chief of UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

May 14, 2019

Richard Bold, M.D., chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology, has been named Physician-in-Chief of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Cycling: Good for you and the environment

May 10, 2019

Want to start bike riding for fun and fitness? The head coach of the UC Davis Cycling Team offers guidance for getting started and getting the most out of your time in the bike saddle. 

Young artists promote organ and tissue donation

May 10, 2019

The UC Davis Transplant Center and Sierra Donor Services visual arts contest gives high schoolers the chance to express their creativity, win prize money and engage their communities in the Donate Life message. Winners for 2019 were announced this week.

Is blue light from your cell phone, TV bad for your health?

May 9, 2019

Blue light boosts alertness, helps memory and cognitive function, and elevates mood. But overexposure to blue light could be hurting your eyes, sleep cycle. Learn how you can reduce the risk.

UC Davis Health joins study to improve TBI outcomes

May 9, 2019

UC Davis Health has joined a nationwide study — called the Brain Oxygen Optimization in Severe Traumatic Brain Injury trial, or BOOST3 — to identify the safest and most effective way to monitor and treat patients with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). 

Telemedicine brings care closer to pediatric patients in rural communities

May 9, 2019

While families may be able to find primary care close to home, specialty care is often scarce. To get specialized care for their children, many families are turning to innovations like telehealth – remote consultation through video or audio. James Marcin, director of the UC Davis Center for Health and Technology, answered questions that many parents ask about telehealth.

Treating substance use disorder in California emergency departments

May 8, 2019

Offering prescription medicine to quell opiate withdrawal and on-site counselors in the emergency department is helping patients with addictions get into recovery programs in their own communities.

Knowing how to talk with patients about substance abuse and where they can get help, June 14

May 7, 2019

'Breaking the chains of addiction' gives physicians, nurses and counselors the tools and resources they need to get patients on the road to recovery.

UC Davis Names New Dean for Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

May 6, 2019

Stephen J. Cavanagh is recognized for developing the health care workforce, maximizing the use of advanced practice nurses in clinics around the region to advance access, and educating the next generations of clinicians and scholars.

Is a nurse ever really on vacation?

May 6, 2019

A Sacramento man is thankful for the quick thinking and life-saving skills of a UC Davis Medical Center nurse and several others who recently saved his life as he was finishing up a Hawaiian vacation.

UC Davis Health to boost revitalization in underserved communities

May 3, 2019

Promise Zone initiative funded by UC Davis Health and community partners will improve neighborhoods

Tips to reduce seasonal allergy symptoms

May 3, 2019

Sneezing. Itchy throat. Watery eyes. It's definitely spring — and allergy time. UC Davis Health allergist Rosemary Hallett offers guidance for controlling symptoms and surviving spring.

Personalized medicine pioneer details regulation in breast cancer, May 7

May 3, 2019

Columbia University Professor Kevin L. Gardner describes the latest research into the molecular mechanisms that increase breast cancer risk. He is the keynote speaker at the 2019 Stowell Lecture at UC Davis Health.

Warmer weather increases kids' risk of falling from windows

May 2, 2019

Each year, about 5,000 children are treated for window fall-related injuries in hospital emergency departments across the country. Here are some preventative tips to keep your family safe.

A possible explanation for the higher rate of autism in males?

May 2, 2019

Staci Bilbo will share recent research that demonstrated communication, socialization and cognition difficulties in male mice after experiencing maternal stress and exposure to diesel exhaust particles. 

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 Names New Dean for School of Medicine

April 30, 2019

Allison Brashear, professor of neurology, brings expertise in health policy, hospital-clinical integration, academic and research excellence, and a passion for inclusion and patient-centered care.

California breast cancer experts gather to address health equality among Latinas

April 30, 2019

This mini-symposium, led by Luis Carvajal-Carmona, is part of the Cancer Center's Latino Cancer Health Equity Initiative funded by a $3 million grant received in February.

UC Davis faculty engage community in education about the impact of flavored tobacco use

April 25, 2019

UC Davis and UC Davis Health faculty are addressing the surge in use of flavored tobacco products and their associated risks.

Celebrating Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 21-27

April 22, 2019

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine kicks off a week of celebration and recognition for the 400 staff and faculty who conduct about 10 millions tests each year at UC Davis Health.

IBD: What it is and how to control it

April 22, 2019

Those with an inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis know all too well the gut pain and other symptoms that can frequently interrupt and even control their lives. UC Davis Health gastroenterologist Jesse Stondell, who specializes in treating IBD, discusses the latest treatment options and what he typically recommends for his patients.

Cancer Center signs MOU with Filipino hospital

April 22, 2019

A partnership between Makati Medical Center and Comprehensive Cancer Center launched.

Postpartum depression affects 1 in 9 women: What you should know

April 19, 2019

A UC Davis Health physician-scientist and his team researched and tested a new drug called Zulresso, which is the first to specifically treat postpartum depression.

CBD 101

April 19, 2019

Is cannabidiol, better known as CBD, right for you? UC Davis Health physiology associate professor Yu-fung Lin answers some questions about its safety and health benefits.

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.

Preventing 'whooping cough'

April 18, 2019

Pertussis, widely known as “whooping cough,” is a contagious bacterial infection of the respiratory system. It’s called “whooping cough” because children infected with it gasp for air between the fierce bouts of coughing that it causes.

John Boone earns top honor from American Association of Physicists in Medicine

April 18, 2019

John Boone was named the American Association of Physicists in Medicine's 2019 William D. Coolidge Gold Medal winner for more than three decades of expertise in the field of medical physics. This is the highest honor given to scientists in the field. 

MIND Institute to host annual open house and resource fair April 27

April 18, 2019

Parents, friends, special educators, medical professionals and self-advocates are encouraged to attend this event to learn more about UC Davis MIND Institute research and resources. 

UC Davis nursing school partners with AARP on national family caregiving report

April 17, 2019

According to the special report, Home Alone Revisited: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Care, 20 million family caregivers perform complex nursing and medical tasks with little instruction. The nationwide report is co-authored by Heather M. Young, dean emerita of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.

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.

Patty Schetter will speak as the next Minds Behind the MIND lecturer on April 24

April 16, 2019

Patty Schetter from the UC Davis MIND Institute will discuss video modeling as a tool that can teach people with developmental disabilities a variety of skills they can use in school, their jobs and relationships.

Shaikh to serve on American Academy of Pediatrics' Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

April 15, 2019

Ulfat Shaikh, professor of pediatrics and director of healthcare quality at UC Davis School of Medicine, has been elected to serve on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Executive Committee of the Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (COQIPS). 

Empowering foster parents to become super parents

April 15, 2019

UC Davis Health now offers free trainings in child passenger safety, water safety and infant-safe sleeping for foster parents.

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.

Creating a culture of safety

April 15, 2019

There are three types of huddles that take place every day at UC Davis Medical Center, and they all have one thing in common: ensuring and improving patient care and safety.

Kandice Duns named part of 2019 Emerging Leaders Cohort by AWHONN

April 15, 2019

The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) has selected Kandice Dunn as part of the 2019 Emerging Leaders Cohort.

New show spotlights mother's disease, negative effects on daughter

April 12, 2019

A new show depicts an abusive relationship between a mother, who suffers from Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, and her daughter who appears to be constantly sick.

Former PICU patient named this year's Children's Miracle Network child champion for Sacramento

April 12, 2019

PICU patient Jackson Manning returned to UC Davis Children’s Hospital this week, not as a patient but as the new Children’s Miracle Network child champion for 2019 in the Sacramento region.

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.

Department of Neurology faculty member receives American Heart Association award

April 11, 2019

Frank Sharp, distinguished professor in the Department of Neurology, received the prestigious Thomas Willis Lecture Award from the American Heart Association for his work in stroke.

UC Davis nursing faculty, students and alumni present research at regional conference

April 10, 2019

A contingent of more than 40 nursing faculty, researchers, alumni and students from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis will present their scholarly work at the annual Western Institute of Nursing conference.

Welcome all soccer players: There's a new place to play in Oak Park

April 9, 2019

UC Davis Health, Sacramento Republic FC and Street Soccer USA have joined forces to bring soccer players in Oak Park a safe and exciting new place to play: UC Davis Health Neighborhood Street Soccer Park.

Bringing brains to classrooms

April 9, 2019

Every March, UC Davis Health pathologists take real brain specimens to local schools as part of multiple community outreach programs.

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.

Employees step up to support patient care for Wednesday's labor action

April 9, 2019

Dozens of employees sign up to join volunteer labor pool in support of patients during strike

UC Davis Health and Adventist Health partner to bring cancer care to Chico and patients affected by the Camp Fire

April 8, 2019

Camp Fire victims now have cancer care closer to home with new UC Davis Health-Adventist Health clinic in Chico.

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

Aguilar-Gaxiola appointed to national committees to improve health and community engagement

April 8, 2019

UC Davis Health thought leader focused on reducing health disparities and building strong communities has been named to two national committees.

Minimally invasive options expand for surgical patients in the Sacramento region

April 5, 2019

UC Davis is the first health system in California, and the second on the West Coast, to welcome the arrival of a new robotic surgery system that offers patients the advantages of miniminally invasive surgery plus another: just one small incision.

'Before I die' art project gives ED staff opportunity to publicly post dreams, wishes

April 5, 2019

Every day UC Davis Medical Center's emergency department staff respond to psychiatric emergencies, abuse and assault cases, and other traumatic situations. Read what they publicly posted about their own dreams wishes as part of the Before I Die, I Want To ... initiative.

UC Drug Discovery Consortium announces first partnership

April 5, 2019

New industry partnership to provide seed funding for early-stage drug discovery.

UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center sponsors Concepts in Congenital Cardiac Care symposium

April 4, 2019

The UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center will host its third annual Concepts in Congenital Cardiac Care symposium on May 11, 2019. It will provide a forum for collaboration within the multidisciplinary congenital cardiac community.  

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.

Volunteers needed at Sactown Run this Sunday

April 3, 2019

UC Davis Health volunteers are needed to staff the UC Davis Children's Hospital booth at the Sactown Run this Sunday.

March 2019

World-renowned geneticist to speak at the MIND Institute on April 10

March 28, 2019

Join us for a fascinating talk and Q&A with world-renowned geneticist, Huda Zoghbi, who discovered the gene that causes Rhett syndrome. Her extensive research has provided insights into other disorders such as autism and bipolar disorder.

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.

Measles: What parents need to know

March 26, 2019

With measles outbreaks occurring now throughout the U.S., Dean Blumberg, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, answers some frequently asked questions about the disease and the MMR vaccine.

Rectal cancer program accredited by the American College of Surgeons

March 26, 2019

The rectal cancer surgery program at UC Davis Health has been accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), making it one of just nine programs in the nation to achieve this recognition.

How does gestational diabetes affect pregnant women and their babies?

March 22, 2019

Gestational diabetes accounts for a majority of diabetes diagnoses in pregnant women. A UC Davis Health OB/Gyn physician discusses how mothers and their babies are affected.

What is child life?

March 22, 2019

The UC Davis’ Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy department offers support for children and their families to help minimize the anxiety of hospitalization, increase understanding and strengthen coping skills while helping children to continue their typical growth and development.

UC Davis Health IT leader is "One to Watch"

March 22, 2019

Jennifer Burger, executive director, Epic Applications, was recently honored with the prestigious “Ones to Watch” award at the International Data Group’s annual conference.

UC Davis Health graduates meet growing demand for clinical laboratory scientists

March 21, 2019

Employment outlook is strong for clinical laboratory scientists, and graduates of UC Davis Health's training program are quickly hired by regional labs.

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).

Baby born with large hole in her heart healed, thanks to innovative procedure

March 19, 2019

Redding resident Kacee Roberts was 13 weeks pregnant when an ultrasound detected a problem with her unborn baby. Learn how the UC Davis Health team repaired the defect.

Match Day 2019: Soon-to-graduate medical students to attend residency in 10 states

March 15, 2019

Match Day 2019, a suspenseful and festive annual rite of passage, determined where 93, 4th year students from the School of Medicine will go for residency training.

UC Davis School of Nursing finalist for national award for excellence in health digital media

March 15, 2019

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing was named a finalist for a national award for excellence in health- and wellness-related programming across broadcast and digital media at the inaugural Sharecare Awards.

Cancer Center convenes educational roundtable on flavored tobacco products

March 15, 2019

UC Davis Health is hosting an educational roundtable on the impact of flavored-tobacco product use in the Sacramento community on Monday.

Pulmonary rehab is exercise therapy and much more

March 14, 2019

Gail Shamberg-Pero has dealt with chronic lung disease for years. While her physicians help make her "unsick," as she calls it, pulmonary rehabilitation plays an important role in her overall wellness.

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.

Valley fever on the rise in California

March 13, 2019

California has the distinction of having more Valley fever infections ithan anywhere else. UC Davis infectious disease specialist and director of the UC Davis Center for Valley Fever is a member of the Congressional Task Force that's working to develop new therapies. 

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.

UC Davis Children's Hospital honored in national Children's Hospital Association photo exhibit

March 12, 2019

A panel of distinguished judges chose three photographs of patients and caregivers at UC Davis Children’s Hospital for inclusion in the biennial Children’s Hospitals Photo Exhibit.

UC Davis Schools of Medicine and Nursing receive high national rankings by U.S. News

March 12, 2019

The medical and nursing schools at UC Davis Health again ranked among the best in the country in today’s release of the U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 graduate school rankings.

Support group for children with pacemakers and defibrillators scheduled for April 4

March 11, 2019

The UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center will host its first gathering of a new support group for patients with pacemakers and defibrillators on Thursday, April 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Room 1101, 2279 45th Street, Sacramento. 

Data-driven healthcare focus of 2019 Highman Lecture at UC Davis Health, March 21

March 8, 2019

Wilson To will deliver the 2019 Benjamin Highman Lecture on “Digitally-enhanced, Data-driven Healthcare.”

'Jeopardy!' host diagnosed with pancreatic cancer: What you should know about the disease

March 7, 2019

Longtime "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek announced he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Here are some things to know about the hard-to-detect disease.

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.

New pediatric tele-physiatry program helps children in rural and underserved communities

March 7, 2019

Using the power of telehealth, children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities now have access to UC Davis Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physicians, funded by a $2 million, five-year grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

David Lewis will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on March 13

March 7, 2019

Davis Lewis from University of Pittsburgh will present “Altered Neurodevelopment in Schizophrenia” on Wednesday, March 13 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series.

Endometriosis explained: 8 things women should know

March 7, 2019

About one in 10 women in the United States suffer from endometriosis, but there are treatment options that can help with symptoms such as painful periods.

Stroke can strike at any age

March 6, 2019

The death of actor Luke Perry this week is a tragic reminder that stroke can affect anyone, anytime. While the risk of stroke increases with age, it can occur at any age. Vascular neurologist Kwan Ng provides tips for recognizing the signs of stroke, together with guidance for stroke prevention.

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center hosts first official head-shaving event

March 6, 2019

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is raising funds for pediatric cancer research by hosting Rock the Bald on Monday, March 11.

9th Annual UC Davis Health Quality Forum will be held March 13

March 6, 2019

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

IHOP pancake drive-through raises funds for UC Davis Children's Hospital on March 11

March 6, 2019

On Monday, March 11, pancake lovers can drive through, eat their fill of short-stack pancakes and make a donation to support sick and injured children at UC Davis Children's Hospital, in recognition of IHOP’s National Pancake Day. 

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.

Training program teaches physicians, other providers to identify risk, prevent gun violence

March 5, 2019

The video “Preventing Firearm-Related Injury and Death: A Targeted Intervention” translates cutting-edge information on the causes and consequences of firearm violence into strategies that health professionals can use to prevent firearm-related injury and death. 

Month of Giving at Jersey Mike's Subs benefits UC Davis Children's Hospital

March 5, 2019

Eleven Jersey Mike's Subs locations in the greater Sacramento area will donate to Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis Children’s Hospital during March for the "Month of Giving."

Plumas District Hospital named Rural Center of Excellence

March 5, 2019

Rural health care is getting a big boost in the small Northern California community of Quincy thanks to a new partnership between Plumas District Hospital and UC Davis Health.