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September 2019

Spirit Halloween gives back to UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 18, 2019

Participating Spirit Halloween stores in the Sacramento region will donate 10 percent of its sales to the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department, while offering shoppers 10 percent off their purchases.

Auburn Road headlines Rocktoberfest benefit for UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 17, 2019

Don't miss an opporutnity to check out Auburn Road at the 2019 Rocktoberfest to benefit CMN at UC Davis.

Annual ABC10 Mediathon raises $561,482 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 16, 2019

Patient stories aired during this year's Give for Kids Mediathon helped illustrate the impact of local donations

CMN Extra Life joins celebrities and fans at Wizard World

September 16, 2019

Get a UC Davis discount on admission to Wizard Wrold Sacramento, Sept. 20-22.

New Children's Hospital's online newsletter published

September 10, 2019

The Pediatric Press, UC Davis Children's Hospital's online newsletter, has published its summer issue.

Grief support group for young adults will begin Sept. 25

September 3, 2019

The Young Adult Bereavement Art Group will be offered for eight weeks by UC Davis Hospice and the UC Davis Children's Hospital Bereavement Program, starting Sept. 25.

Medical imaging rates continue to rise despite push to reduce them

September 3, 2019

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

UC Davis Health and NEC Society partner to help premature infants, families

September 3, 2019

The UC Davis Health Center for Healthcare Policy and Research will partner with the NEC Society during a two-year project to benefit premature babies who develop this devastating disease.

August 2019

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

August 28, 2019

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

Romano selected to serve on National Quality Forum panel

August 26, 2019

Patrick Romano, professor of internal medicine and pediatrics, has been selected to serve on the Scientific Methods Panel of the National Quality Forum, a nonprofit organization that sets national standards for health care quality and value.

Home dialysis program gives child a chance to be a kid

August 13, 2019

Thanks to outpatient peritoneal dialysis, 4-year-old Braylin can spend less time in the hospital and more time being at school and playing at home. 

4 things to know about Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section (VBACs)

August 12, 2019

UC Davis OB/GYN physician Michael Trifiro shares the pros and cons of VBAC.

Delivering healthy babies after treatment for opioid use disorder

August 8, 2019

Substance abuse experts at UC Davis Health are helping fight the opioid epidemic by expanding access and improving the quality of care for women who use drugs during pregnancy.

REACH helps homeless children cope

August 8, 2019

UC Davis Children’s Hospital crisis therapists are providing services to homeless children at the Mustard Seed School and Bannon Street Shelter.

Breastfeeding Q&A: What all moms should know

August 2, 2019

Laura Kair, pediatric hospitalist and medical director of well newborn care at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, answers some frequently asked questions about breastfeeding.

July 2019

Dairy Queen® Miracle Treat Day benefits UC Davis Children's Hospital July 25

July 15, 2019

Help hospitalized kids by celebrating Miracle Treat Day at Dairy Queen (DQ) locations on Thursday, July 25. When you purchase a Blizzard® Treat, $1 or more from every Blizzard Treat sold will go to UC Davis Children’s Hospital, Sacramento’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Epilepsy: 9 things you need to know about the disorder that caused a Disney star's death

July 12, 2019

Following the tragic death of Disney star Cameron Boyce from an epileptic seizure this week, many questions have arisen about seizures and epilepsy. UC Davis Health pediatric epileptologist Trishna Kantemneni shares what you need to know. 

UC Davis doctors help Haitian residents, physicians years after quake

July 9, 2019

Pediatrician Douglas Gross provided emergency care to Haitians after the devastating earthquake in 2010. His trip sparked a partnership between University of California campuses and the State University of Haiti -- the UC Haiti Initiative.

Laura Kair named Women's Health Research scholar for BIRCWH K12 program

July 8, 2019

Laura Kair, a UC Davis Children’s Hospital pediatrician and clinical researcher focused on breastfeeding and maternal-child health, was selected as a Women’s Health research scholar in the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) K12 program. 

Mom gives thanks for NICU team that saved her son

July 3, 2019

This week, 12 years ago, Charlotte Barbee held her son Josiah in the UC Davis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for the first time. 

June 2019

UC Davis Children's Hospital ranked among nation's best by U.S. News & World Report

June 18, 2019

UC Davis Children's Hospital is nationally ranked among the nation’s 50 best in neonatology, nephrology, diabetes/endocrinology, orthopaedics and urology.

Long-time pediatric residency volunteer honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

June 18, 2019

Michael Sugawara, a volunteer clinical faculty member with the UC Davis pediatric residency program, is the latest recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

EXPLORER, a UC Davis imaging breakthrough, makes a media splash

June 17, 2019

EXPLORER, the world's first total-body PET scanner, has been installed at UC Davis Health and will be ready for patient use this summer. Area media outlets got a sneak peek of the new technology on Monday.

UC Davis doctors care for kids at Stockton community clinic

June 17, 2019

UC Davis Children’s Hospital pediatricians are now offering specialty care at the Community Medical Centers clinic on West Lane in Stockton. The specialties are gastroenterology, cardiology and endocrinology.

Six tips to protect kids from the dangers of hot cars

June 10, 2019

Last year, 52 children died from heat stroke after they were left in hot cars. These cases happen when kids are left alone in a car – either they are mistakenly forgotten, or the child gets into an unlocked car without the parent knowing. Get the six tips that experts recommend for parents. 

Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area teen shares gift with pediatric cancer patients

June 5, 2019

UC Davis Health patient Saul Dominguez received news that Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area granted his wish. What did he ask for? To help others. 

Drowning: It takes seconds for your child to be in danger

June 3, 2019

To prevent drownings, safety precautions are crucial. Follow our recommendations.

May 2019

Frank Ing receives Master Interventionalists designation

May 31, 2019

Frank Ing, chief of pediatric cardiology and co-director of the UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center, received a Master Interventionalists of SCAI (MSCAI) designation by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) this month. 

Laura Kair named 2019 Eli Gold Prize recipient

May 29, 2019

Laura Kair, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, has been awarded the 2019 Eli Gold Prize this month.

Spanish language support group for Type 1 diabetic children created

May 28, 2019

UC Davis Children's Hospital nurse resident Diana Arellano noticed Spanish-speaking patients with Type 1 diabetes and their families faced language barriers that prevented them from learning. Together with her colleagues, she tackled the issue by creating a new support group to help.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

April 2019

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

March 2019

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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."

February 2019

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

February 27, 2019

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

Heart conditions affect young patients, too

February 26, 2019

Adults are often the focus of American Heart Month in February, but children with heart defects and conditions are also being treated with innovative technologies at the UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center.

UC Davis Pediatric and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit honored with silver Beacon Award for Excellence

February 26, 2019

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently conferred a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the UC Davis Pediatric and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.

New ER protocol would allow some infants with fevers to avoid painful tests

February 18, 2019

A national research team led by UC Davis Health clinicians and researchers has identified a new protocol for emergency departments that can determine which infant patients with fevers are at low risk of significant bacterial infections--a finding that has important implications for identifying cases in which infants may not need invasive medical care such spinal taps, antibiotics or hospitalizations.

Critical care transport nurses recognized for life-saving care

February 15, 2019

At UC Davis Children’s Hospital, the Critical Care Transport (CCTT) program is a dedicated children’s transport team available to a 33-county area – and sometimes beyond – 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The team specializes in bringing an advanced level of care to infants and children at surrounding community hospitals, where appropriate resources may not be available.

Spirit Halloween Stores' donations to UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department tops $500K

February 15, 2019

Hospitalization is hard. It can be really scary, especially for children. But thanks to generous support from donors like Spirit Halloween Superstores, UC Davis Children’s Hospital can help through its Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department.

Expert in pediatric neurology to speak at North Pacific Child Neurology Colloquium

February 15, 2019

Tallie Baram, an internationally-recognized expert in pediatric neurology and neuroscience, will give the keynote address at this year’s North Pacific Child Neurology Colloquium on April 5 at the UC Davis Alumni Center.

UC Davis Children's Hospital launches early mobility program for pediatric heart patients

February 12, 2019

The UC Davis Pediatric Cardiac and Intensive Care Unit launched the Pediatric A-F Bundle and Early Mobility Program specifically for pediatric cardiology patients this week. A ribbon cutting was held to mark the start of this program for patients with congenital heart defects and other heart conditions.

January 2019

UC Davis Children's Hospital joins program to test critically ill newborns

January 31, 2019

UC Davis Children's Hospital this month joins Project Baby Bear, the first California state-funded program to offer rapid whole genome sequencing for critically ill newborns.

Neonatal doctor receives national award for webcam program

January 31, 2019

UC Davis neonatologist Kristin Hoffman was selected by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to receive the CMN Achievement Award, a national honor that goes to one caregiver, team, or unit which has significantly elevated the care of children and has specifically been impacted by Children's Miracle Network Hospitals’ funds.

UC Davis pediatric heart patient enters Rock Your Scar contest

January 28, 2019

Four-month-old UC Davis patient Leo Woo has entered the Rock the Scar contest, a national photo contest to raise awareness about congenital heart defects.

10-year-old Kameron Fox to be honored at Aggies men's basketball game on Saturday

January 18, 2019

Like many boys his age, 10-year-old Kameron Fox loves sports. He loves to compete. He loves to win.

Six tips for flu prevention

January 14, 2019

Depending on your age and health status, influenza or “the flu” can act as a very achy nuisance or a threat to your life.

More than 150 UC Davis Health physicians named "Top Docs"

January 11, 2019

Annual Survey by Sacramento Magazine highlights expertise in primary and specialty care delivery.

San Diego Zoo Kids TV begins broadcasting at UC Davis Children's Hospital and Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern California

January 10, 2019

Young patients, their families and invited guests were treated to a visit with some amazing animal ambassadors—including a hedgehog, a great horned owl, and a blue and gold macaw.

Drums of the Pacific concert to benefit Children's Miracle Network at UC Davis

January 9, 2019

The inaugural Drums of the Pacific benefit concert will take place Saturday, March 2 from 5-7p.m. at The Colonial Theater in Sacramento. Proceeds will benefit Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) at UC Davis and provide funding for the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Top 15 foods you should be eating in 2019

January 4, 2019

New year, new diet, right? But which foods should we be eating in 2019 to optimize our health? We asked UC Davis Health experts which foods they recommend to help us all glean health benefits in the new year.

December 2018

Five facts families need to know about JUULing

December 28, 2018

It looks like a harmless USB flash drive, easily hidden in a school backpack or back pocket. But the JUUL, a slim electronic delivery device for nicotine, has become the e-cigarette of choice for many teens in the U.S.

Using antibiotics wisely

December 21, 2018

Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem, both in the U.S. and around the world. Learn how to be a part of the solution to preserve the life-saving power of antibiotics.

Cardiothoracic surgery team brings advanced heart care to Mexico

December 19, 2018

A team led by UC Davis cardiothoracic surgeons Gary Raff and Victor Rodriguez recently traveled to Torreón in the state of Coahuila, Mexico, to treat children — from newborns to teens — with congenital heart defects.

Pediatric HIV/AIDS patients receive gifts of the season, thanks to donation

December 19, 2018

The holidays will be brighter for UC Davis Pediatric HIV/AIDS patients, thanks to a donation of gifts from the Progressive Insurance office on Harvard Avenue in Sacramento. 

Special needs providers affected by Camp Fire get help from MIND Institute employees

December 18, 2018

The recent Camp Fire destroyed much more than homes in Paradise, Calif. and the surrounding areas. In many cases, people lost their jobs, cars and communities. And as devastating as fires can be for adults, they can be especially traumatic for children. For those with special needs such as autism, coping with change and loss can be even more difficult.

Later-born siblings of children with autism or ADHD are at elevated risk for both disorders

December 10, 2018

Later-born siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at elevated risk for both disorders, a new study led by Meghan Miller, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and at the UC Davis MIND Institute, has concluded. The findings appear today in JAMA Pediatrics.

November 2018

Home-based telemedicine project for children with diabetes awarded at national conference

November 27, 2018

Pediatrics associate professor and CTSC scholar Stephanie Crossen is using technology to help children better manage Type 1 diabetes.

Votes for UC Davis Children's Hospital could result in $50,000 to help local kids

November 27, 2018

UC Davis Health employees and the general public are invited to cast their votes to support UC Davis Children’s Hospital, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Promising approach to curing spina bifida gets $5.6 million

November 21, 2018

California's state stem cell agency has awarded a $5.66 million grant to UC Davis Health researchers who are pursuing a promising approach to repairing the birth defect that causes spina bifida.

New UC Davis Children's Surgery Center now open

November 15, 2018

UC Davis Children’s Hospital opened its new Children’s Surgery Center, a 20,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art pediatric facility this week.

Leading researchers call for a ban on widely used insecticides

November 1, 2018

Public health experts have found there is sufficient evidence that prenatal exposure to widely used insecticides known as organophosphates puts children at risk for neurodevelopmental disorders.

October 2018

Music therapy helps UC Davis Children's Hospital patient through pain, fear of hospitalization

October 22, 2018

When Genesis Oliva contracted a dangerous cellulitis infection which required multiple, painful surgeries, she was terrified. But music helped to ease her fear.

Nursing excellence at UC Davis Medical Center again receives national recognition

October 19, 2018

This week, the American Nurses Credentialing Center announced that it has renewed the hospital’s Magnet® designation for another four-year term.

Putting patients first: UC Davis Medical Groups nationally recognized for continuous quality improvement and patient-centered care

October 17, 2018

Sixteen UC Davis Medical Group sites have received Patient-Centered Medical Home recognitions from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), an organization that studies how well health plans and doctors provide scientifically recommended care.

UC Davis pediatric cancer patient has wish granted to be a Sacramento Republic FC player

October 10, 2018

Wishes do come true. If in doubt, ask pediatric cancer patient Matthew Harding. The 15-year-old boy from Elverta received the surprise of a lifetime on Wednesday when he became the youngest soccer player in Sacramento Republic FC history to be signed to a contract, as part of his Make-a-Wish wish.

UC Davis Child Life Internship program receives ACLP accreditation

October 9, 2018

The UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department's internship program was just granted clinical internship accreditation by the Association of Child Life Professionals(ACLP). This designation has been given to only three children’s hospitals in the state. UC Davis Children’s Hospital is the only ACLP-accredited child life internship program in Northern California.

First UC Davis fetal surgery patient turns 2

October 3, 2018

Matthew Saetern-Angeles, the first fetal intervention at the UC Davis Fetal Care and Treatment Center, turned 2 years old last week.

UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center earns echocardiography reaccreditation by IAC

October 2, 2018

The UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center's Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory has been granted an additional three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in pediatric transthoracic, pediatric transesophageal and fetal echocardiography. This latest accreditation demonstrates the facility's ongoing commitment to providing high-quality patient care.