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August 2019

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.

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

U.S. News ranks UC Davis Medical Center #1 in Sacramento

July 30, 2019

In its annual Best Hospitals rankings, U.S. News & World Report has once again ranked UC Davis Medical Center #1 in Sacramento.

Two UC Davis studies assess the health effects of the Camp Fire

July 24, 2019

UC Davis researchers are conducting two studies to better understand how the November 2018 Camp Fire affected the health of people in the region. They hope Northern Californians will join one or both of the studies.

What is 'gut health' and why is it important?

July 22, 2019

Everyone at some point experiences digestive problems such as abdominal pain, bloating, loose stools, constipation, heartburn, nausea or vomiting. Find out how to limit those symptoms.

Q&A with stem cell expert Jan Nolta

July 17, 2019

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

Skin condition affects patients inside and out

July 3, 2019

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

June 2019

Celebrate Fourth of July safely

June 27, 2019

Fireworks are a valued Fourth of July tradition but also a common cause of hand, hearing and burn injuries. UC Davis Health experts help you celebrate without a trip to the emergency room.

Men's health: Five quick tips to a healthier you!

June 26, 2019

June is Men's Health Month, and a great time for men to take the steps needed to get healthy and stay healthy.

UC Davis Medical Center and related programs earn reaccreditation

June 19, 2019

The Joint Commission has reaccredited UC Davis Medical Center, and the UC Davis Health Home Health (including certification for its Palliative Care program) and Hospice programs for the another three-year term.

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.

Vaccine aims to protect babies, pregnant women from infection

June 12, 2019

Research shows a new vaccine developed by UC Davis holds promise for slowing an infection that can have severe and even life-threatening impacts on some people and children.

Walmart and Sam's Club Campaign helps kids treated at UC Davis Children's Hospital live better

June 7, 2019

Walmart and Sam's Club are giving sick and injured kids at UC Davis Children's Hospital a chance at a "Happily Ever After" by raising money for Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals during their month-long campaign.

New partnership seeks to transform health care in rural California and Oregon

June 5, 2019

American Medical Association grant will boost graduate medical education and connect resident physicians to communities in need of more providers

10 health benefits of meditation

June 4, 2019

Find out how meditation can improve your abilities to cope with a busy world.

Former FBI agent meets his match, and his hero

June 3, 2019

Jeff Rinek spent three decades capturing child murderers, kidnappers and molesters. But as dangerous as the retired FBI agent’s job was, it was his knees that nearly killed him.

May 2019

Med Center teams step up efforts to help homeless patients

May 31, 2019

Safely discharging patients who don’t have stable housing is a very challenging and labor-intensive part of the care process.UC Davis Medical Center staff goes to extraordinary lengths to help homeless patients.

Hot tip: Robotic surgery for early throat cancer

May 29, 2019

Robotic-assisted surgery for throat cancer? Here's a success story peppered with good information!

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! 

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. 

UC Davis Health recognized for high-quality care to Medicare Advantage patients

May 15, 2019

UC Davis Health was recognized with a 4.5-star rating for providing high-quality care to Medicare Advantage patients.

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.

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. 

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). 

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Medical Center cafés earn national award for sustainability

March 14, 2019

UC Davis Medical Center has become the first hospital in the nation to earn designation as a James Beard Foundation "Smart Catch Leader," an honor denoting establishments with seafood that was fished or farmed in environmentally responsible ways.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

3D printing becoming a surgical game changer

March 1, 2019

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

UC Davis Center for Virtual Care earns reaccreditation from American College of Surgeons

March 1, 2019

The UC Davis Center for Virtual Care, an innovative health care and patient simulation facility, has been reaccredited as a Comprehensive Education Institute by the American College of Surgeons — an honor bestowed on only about 90 simulation centers worldwide.

February 2019

Helping the family caregivers of people with dementia

February 27, 2019

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

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.

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

February 8, 2019

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

UC Davis Health works to understand cystic fibrosis-related diabetes

February 7, 2019

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

January 2019

Addiction program breaks the cycle by changing mindsets

January 30, 2019

UC Davis Health's successful addiction counseling program treats patients in the emergency department while working to shift mindsets from a moral failing to a treatable disease.

Health care access expands for low-income patients in Sacramento region

January 28, 2019

UC Davis and Sacramento County partner to increase primary and specialty care services.

A national spotlight on a new approach to opioid addiction treatment

January 24, 2019

National news site Vox's 'Future Perfect' series highlights a unique ER-based program at UC Davis Medical Center.

Improved medication safety can help save lives, reduce costs

January 24, 2019

By participating in a national study aimed at developing better ways for medications to be prescribed, documented, and reconciled accurately and safely, UC Davis Medical Center has become a California leader in improving outcomes for high-risk patients.

One-stop relief from acid reflux

January 11, 2019

UC Davis Health's Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery has established a Reflux Clinic to provide one-stop specialty care for reflux patients -- something no one else in the entire Sacramento region is doing.

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.

UC Davis Health resident to attend prestigious military program for civilians

January 10, 2019

Internal Medicine/Psychiatry resident among select civilians to meet with military leaders.

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.

November 2018

Caring for vulnerable populations

November 28, 2018

UC Davis Medical Center launches testing for at-risk patients for hepatitis C and HIV in the emergency department.

In memoriam: Clay Abajian

November 21, 2018

Clay Abajian, a registered nurse who worked at UC Davis Medical Center and as an nursing instructor at Sacramento State University,  died on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 while volunteering his time as a mission assistant on an Angel Flight. He was 64.

UC Davis Health volunteers respond to Camp Fire evacuees' urgent need for medical care

November 21, 2018

Physicians, nurses and students from UC Davis Health are providing urgently needed medical care to survivors of the Camp Fire in Butte County.

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.

Man legally blind for 10 years thankful for sight restored

November 19, 2018

Last year, Dazell Mallory could only see shadows and vague movements of objects placed inches from his face. Today, his vision is near normal and he can drive and play tennis, thanks to UC Davis Eye Center surgeon Jeffrey Caspar.

Delivering care at the South Pole Station

November 16, 2018

For John Rose, a professor of emergency medicine and director of Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Management at UC Davis Health, venturing outside of the National Science Foundation’s South Pole Station is an ordeal.

Shop Cyber-Smart

November 16, 2018

Many cyber-threats are avoidable. Learn how to shop online more safely from UC Davis Health's Information Technology Security Office.  

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.

High-tech pill bottle cap sends electronic reminders

November 6, 2018

Some kidney transplant patients will soon participate in a pilot project to see if "smart" pill bottle tops that alarm, text and call when they've missed a dose helps them adhere to their complex prescription protocols.

Veterans Day Reception at UC Davis Health, Nov. 8

November 2, 2018

Join Veterans Employee Association representative Jim Marchetti and Professor of neuroradiology Arthur B. Dublin at this year's Veterans Day celebration, from noon to 1:30 p.m., 2nd floor breezeway, Education Building Nov. 8

UC Davis rehab team gives back to the community as part of annual PT Day of Service

November 2, 2018

 UC Davis Health Home Care Service rehabilitation team gives back to the community during PT Day of Service.

October 2018

UC Davis Health experts and patients featured in KVIE program on sleep

October 22, 2018

A documentary exploring the frustrations and health consequences of sleep disorders along with the perspectives of UC Davis Health sleep experts and their patients airs October 24 at 7 p.m. on KVIE, the region’s public television station.

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.

Veteran outreach and self-identification event, Nov. 8

October 16, 2018

You served your country. You serve the University. Now, let us serve you. Sign on and be counted by attending an upcoming Vet Self-ID event or by completing an online form. 

UC Davis Health's clinical trials directory recognized among most innovative at global clinical research summit

October 16, 2018

The Clinical Studies website is a resource for those who may be interested in participating in research studies at UC Davis Health. Easy-to-understand language, sharing options and online sign ups among the popular features.

Changing hospital food one menu item at a time

October 8, 2018

First Farm-to-Fork dish for hospitalized patients launched at UC Davis Medical Center.

UC Davis Health and Health Net sign Medi-Cal primary care contract

October 4, 2018

Sacramento County Medi-Cal enrollees continue to have UC Davis Health's primary care as an option, thanks to an agreement with Health Net.

Wounded warrior research to improve traumatic brain injury and burn care

October 1, 2018

Better, more precise care for military personnel and civilians who suffer traumatic brain injury along with burns or other forms of trauma is in the work thanks to a new grant from Department of Defense that's been awarded toresearchers and clinical care specialists at UC Davis Health.

September 2018

Simmons named Interim CEO of UC Davis Medical Center

September 25, 2018

Brad Simmons, currently the chief operating officer of UC Davis Medical Center, will become the interim chief executive officer of the medical center, pending approval by UC Regents next month.

UC Davis Transplant Center milestone: 4,000th kidney transplant

September 21, 2018

Surgeons at the UC Davis Transplant Center reached a major milestone Wednesday night, when they completed the center’s 4,000th kidney transplant. Their patient, Pedro Chavez of Hanford, Calif., is doing well and is expected to be released from the hospital early next week. 

A new life with Parkinson's

September 14, 2018

If someone described Len Monaco in one word 10 years ago, it would be “tough.” But that changed when he found out he had Parkinson’s disease. Today, a technology known as deep brain stimulation, or DBS, helps control his symptoms and has given him back his life.

UC Davis Health's Medical Information team invited to share findings at EPIC national conference

September 5, 2018

Individualized, in-clinic training helps UC Davis physicians better navigate EHRs,and shows significant improvements in satisfaction, efficiency and after-hours work