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March 2021

Colorectal cancer is a new threat to young adults

March 2, 2021

Colorectal cancer is now a leading cause of cancer death among people under 50, with rates of new diagnoses rising. Young mother and cancer survivor Teri Rivera was told she was too young to have colon cancer and is glad she listened to her body after finally getting screened, only to find out her cancer was stage III.

First stem cell clinical trial for spina bifida treatment announced

March 1, 2021

A UC Davis Health team today announced the launch of the world’s first FDA-approved human clinical trial to treat the most serious form of spina bifida. The trial involves the use of stem cells, applied during a surgery before birth.

We often ignore COVID-19 risks with people we know, psychologists say

March 1, 2021

New studies show that many people see friends and family – and even pleasant strangers – as less of a COVID-19 risk, which partly explains why some people drop their guard with family and at social gatherings.

February 2021

Med chicks and chill

February 26, 2021

UC Davis Medical Center’s always popular peregrine family returns for its third season of being live streamed from the top of the hospital in Sacramento.

Easter basket supplies needed for hospitalized children

February 26, 2021

UC Davis employees, students and the public are invited to make Easter special for children hospitalized at UC Davis Children’s Hospital this year, by helping to provide Easter baskets filled with goodies. The UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department is currently accepting donations for Easter basket supplies through their Amazon wish list.

New mini-medical school seeks to engage, serve Sacramento’s Vietnamese community

February 26, 2021

Vietnamese mini-medical school, an educational outreach effort by CTSC program and the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, is open for registration.

UC Davis Health launches nine-year process for rebuilding hospital to meet state seismic requirements

February 26, 2021

UC Davis Health today announced plans for an expansion of the UC Davis Medical Center with a project called ‘California Tower – part of the health system’s long-time commitment to improving health in local neighborhoods and across Northern California.

Reopening schools amid COVID-19 can be done safely, pediatricians say

February 25, 2021

UC Davis Health pediatricians say the science shows that if all the COVID-19 safety precautions are followed, it’s both important to open schools and possible to do it safely.

Casey Dyke lives normal teen life after 12 surgeries for tricuspid atresia, cholesteatoma (video)

February 25, 2021

Casey Dyke has been told he is a mended little miracle. With 12 surgeries for tricuspid atresia and cholesteatoma under his belt, he is now 16 years old and living his best life.

Boy receives life-changing cardiac catheterization for rare heart condition

February 24, 2021

Twelve-year-old Dane Gaffney had an extremely rare case that many pediatric cardiologists may see once in their career or not at all. Coarctation of the aorta is usually caught early in infancy and if left untreated as an infant, is fatal.

UC Davis Medical Center nationally recognized as a Best Maternity Care Hospital by Newsweek

February 24, 2021

UC Davis Medical Center was named to Newsweek’s 2021 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals this week. The distinction recognizes facilities that have provided exceptional care to mothers, newborns and their families, as verified by the 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Survey.

Bold new initiative helps address California’s shortage of mental health providers

February 24, 2021

UC Davis Health advanced practice providers work to address mental health disparities in California.

UC Davis School of Medicine scored a record year of NIH funding

February 23, 2021

In 2020, the UC Davis School of Medicine secured its highest-ever level of National Institutes of Health research funding at more than $181 million.

After bumpy start to life, Thea gets care she needs from UC Davis Health

February 22, 2021

Shortly after birth, Thea experienced trouble breathing. She was transferred to UC Davis Children’s Hospital, where she was diagnosed with Stickler Syndrome with Pierre Robin Sequence, two genetic disorders that can cause vision, hearing and joint problems, as well as a U-shaped cleft palate and breathing difficulties.

UC Davis Health ranks seventh in the nation for kidney transplants in 2020

February 22, 2021

Despite a pandemic and nationwide hospital capacity concerns, UC Davis Health’s kidney transplant team was among the top 10 busiest kidney transplant centers in the U.S last year.

UC Davis Health joins Mount Sinai, Cleveland Clinic and Northwestern in grant to implement and evaluate IBD Digital Therapeutics Toolkit within EHR

February 19, 2021

UC Davis Health has joined with several of the nation’s top health systems to help launch a NIH-sponsored initiative for an new digital therapeutics toolkit targeting inflammatory bowel disease.

Access to 3D mammography often depends on race, income and education

February 19, 2021

A new study published in JAMA Open Network indicates Black women and Latinas as well as less-educated and lower-income women have not been able to obtain 3D mammography as easily as white, well-educated and higher-income women.

Cardiac Rehab Program continues to find ways to reach patients during COVID-19

February 19, 2021

Cardiac Rehab Program leaders are reaching out to heart patients to remind them that delaying care is dangerous and that the rehab clinic’s COVID-19 measures keep patients very safe.

Zero medical center patients admitted with flu this season

February 18, 2021

No patients admitted to the UC Davis Medical Center tested positive for the flu this entire season, and experts credit flu vaccines, masking and social distancing with averting a possible “twindemic” of influenza and COVID-19.

Transport Nurses Day recognizes team for life-saving care

February 18, 2021

 The UC Davis Children’s Hospital Transport Team specializes in bringing an advanced level of care to infants and children at surrounding community hospitals, where appropriate resources may not be available.

Department of Surgery announces appointment of four new division chairs

February 18, 2021

The Department of Surgery announces four new division chair appointments, effective immediately. The organizational changes will advance state-of-the-art technologies, drive innovative surgical techniques to improve patient outcomes, and foster translational and patient centered research.

UC Davis surgery resident awarded grant to create palliative care curriculum

February 17, 2021

Surgical resident Jennifer Geiger has received a $30,000 research grant to devise a new curriculum that teaches residents how to better communicate with patients facing end-of-life decisions.

Bariatric surgery team provides tools for success

February 17, 2021

Feeling like her weight held her back, Breeanna Meunier chose bariatric surgery at UC Davis Health and a team committed to her long-term success.

UC Davis Children’s Hospital Annual Report now available

February 17, 2021

The latest edition of the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Annual Report is now available. The publication covers2019-2020, an historic year that included the coronavirus and the separation of craniopagus twins.

New hope for patients with papillary kidney cancer as clear winner emerges in drug trial

February 16, 2021

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Director Primo “Lucky” Lara, Jr. helped author a clinical trial testing the best treatment for metastatic papillary kidney cancer. The promising results are published in The Lancet.

COVID-19 variants: More contagious and deadly – but masks and distancing still work

February 12, 2021

COVID-19 variants spreading across the U.S. are more infectious, cause more serious illness and are more deadly – but wearing a mask and social distancing still protect you, and they are as important as they’ve ever been.

Heart failure awareness week (Feb. 16-19) on UC Davis Health Facebook Live

February 12, 2021

During Heart Failure Awareness Week (Feb. 16-19), nine UC Davis experts will discuss heart failure symptoms, prevention, treatment and more in interactive Facebook Live sessions.

Neurological Surgery faculty member honored for his research about neural basis of decision-making

February 12, 2021

Ignacio Saez, assistant professor in the UC Davis Department of Neurological Surgery has been honored with the Edwin Boldrey Award from the San Francisco Neurological Society for his research.

UC Davis Medical Center recognized for higher quality in maternity care

February 11, 2021

UC Davis Medical Center is proud to be recognized by Blue Shield of California with a Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) for Maternity Care designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

Tobacco program enrollment up sixfold as patients coached to quit for cancer and COVID

February 11, 2021

There is a sixfold increase in patients getting tobacco treatment thanks, in part, to training medical staff to proactively reach out to patients who could benefit, especially during the pandemic when smoking can lead to COVID-19 complications.

Photo buttons help ease kids’ fears of providers in COVID-19 protective gear

February 11, 2021

Masks, face shields and other personal protective gear that health care providers must wear during the pandemic can intimidate some pediatric patients. Hoping to change that, Veronica Tuss, a child life specialist at the UC Davis MIND Institute, creates colorful photo buttons so that providers can share a smile with their patients while staying safe.

What you need to know about COVID-19 and heart disease

February 11, 2021

UC Davis Health Chief of Cardiac Surgery Bob Kiaii answers questions on heart disease, coronavirus, and patient care during the pandemic.

Two masks can be better than one against COVID-19

February 10, 2021

New CDC recommendations say the best protection from COVID-19 is to wear either two masks – with the cloth mask outside a surgical mask – or one tightly fitted mask with two or more layers. Our experts explain how to wear them and why.

Carmichael/Citrus Heights Clinic now offers pediatric gastroenterology services

February 10, 2021

Pediatric gastroenterology services are now offered at the UC Davis Health Carmichael/Citrus Heights Clinic. UC Davis pediatric gastroenterologists Arthur de Lorimier and Kelly Haas will provide service at this clinic twice a month.

UC Davis Health paper shows how simulation education helps learners spot patient safety hazards

February 9, 2021

A paper was recently published in Pediatric Emergency Care highlighting the success of a simulation activity focused on helping health professions students and trainees identify and report patient safety hazards in the emergency department.

Panda Express donation of $444,604 supports emotional wellbeing of pediatric patients

February 9, 2021

Panda Express' annual fundraising efforts positively impact local patients and families. The restaurant chain donated nearly $450,000 raised in 2020 to Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

“I literally survived a fire.” Burn survivor finds strength in helping peers

February 8, 2021

Judy White learns she’s not alone as a burn survivor, thanks to a UC Davis Health support group she found 23 years after her trauma. Now, White volunteers to help other survivors.

Spirit Halloween breaks record, raises $101,694 for hospitalized children despite pandemic

February 5, 2021

UC Davis Children's Hospital's Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy department gets a big boost from local specialty store.

The recipe for good health starts with food

February 5, 2021

With a focus on good health, UC Davis Health’s Food and Nutrition Services team has made it their mission to source ingredients from Northern California farms and ranches.

Super Bowl Sunday or Super COVID-19 Spreader? How to watch the big game safely

February 5, 2021

Health experts are worried that Super Bowl parties could cause an increase in COVID-19 infections. They urge people not to gather with those outside their homes for the big game.

Programa de teleconferencias sobre el autismo ahora disponible en español (video)

February 5, 2021

Ahora el Instituto MIND de UC Davis está ofreciendo en español su programa interactivo de teleconferencias, conocido como ECHO. El objetivo es alcanzar a más proveedores de salud, en particular aquellos de habla hispana y en América Latina.

Nursing leader Judie Boehmer named board president of Sacramento’s Ronald McDonald House

February 4, 2021

Judie Boehmer, a nursing executive at UC Davis Health, has been appointed board president for Sacramento’s Ronald McDonald House. 

Equalizing breast cancer detection is key to improving outcomes for Black women

February 4, 2021

Addressing health disparities is key to raising awareness on World Cancer Day and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is asking women of color to help by participating in an important breast cancer study.

Fragile X premutation registry launches internationally (video)

February 3, 2021

The UC Davis MIND Institute and the National Fragile X Foundation have launched an international registry of people carrying the fragile X premutation. The goal is to facilitate and encourage research about the genetic condition to improve understanding and treatment.

NICU graduation celebrates milestone for families

February 3, 2021

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has created a new tradition to help families mark a special milestone when leaving the neonatal intensive care unit: A NICU graduation.

Virtual autism teleconferencing program for providers now offered in Spanish (video)

February 2, 2021

The UC Davis MIND Institute is now offering its interactive autism teleconferencing program, known as ECHO, in Spanish. The goal is to reach more health care providers, particularly Spanish-speaking professionals and those in Latin America.

Three medical students advance in global competition to address health inequities

February 2, 2021

Three UC Davis School of Medicine students – Annica Stull-Lane, Erica Lin and Christina Lowry – are finalists in an international competition aimed at finding solutions to health inequities in low-resource settings.

Ten tips for using telehealth in diabetes care

February 1, 2021

UC Davis Health pediatric endocrinologists are having success using telehealth to provide care to children and teens with diabetes. They’ve teamed up with other experts in the field to create a guide for colleagues around the country who want to do the same.

Vaccine Anxiety: Tips for handling the latest COVID fatigue

February 1, 2021

Uncertainty about when, where and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine is creating the latest pandemic anxiety for already weary people. Psychologist Kaye Hermanson has advice for managing the stress.

January 2021

First-of-its-kind health clinic for foster children opens in Sacramento

January 29, 2021

UC Davis Health has partnered with the Sacramento County Health Center to open a first-of-its-kind clinic in Sacramento to provide medical care for children in the foster care system.

Twelve COVID-19 treatments being tested at UC Davis School of Medicine

January 28, 2021

In the search for potential COVID-19 treatments, UC Davis School of Medicine is recruiting participants for more than 12 clinical trials.

Leading oncology organizations issue joint warning

January 28, 2021

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is joining the American Cancer Society and the nation’s leading oncology organizations to urge people to schedule cancer screenings as soon as possible in order to prevent unnecessary deaths.

Reactions, immunity, pregnancy and more: Answers for when you get the COVID-19 vaccine

January 27, 2021

Infectious disease experts explain what to do before and after you get a COVID-19 vaccine, what reactions to expect, when to get your second dose, and what to do if you’ve had the disease.

New report shows critical link between tobacco use and cancer deaths

January 27, 2021

The first report in the state to track tobacco-related cancers looks at the nexus between tobacco use and cancer risk by examining regional data based on ethnicity, gender and age.

Winter 2021 Synthesis shows cancer advancements continue despite COVID-19

January 26, 2021

Winter 2021 Synthesis magazine is now available online. The issue spotlights cancer care in the era of COVID-19 as well as lessons learned during the pandemic that will help UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center combat health inequities through outreach to rural communities.

How COVID-19 vaccines work: Answers for you

January 26, 2021

More than 20 million people have gotten a COVID-19 vaccine – with very few serious reactions. Infectious disease experts answer questions about why vaccines are safe and effective, how they work, how they were developed quickly and much more.

New motility testing now available for pediatric GI patients

January 26, 2021

Maheen Hassan brings new expertise to the Sacramento region, offering motility testing for pediatric gastroenterology patients. Tests now available include esophageal manometry and anorectal manometry.

Biomarkers in mother’s plasma could aid in early autism diagnosis and intervention

January 25, 2021

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers used machine learning to crunch 10,000 autoantibody pattern combinations to identify maternal biomarkers associated with a sub-type of autism. The findings have implications for early diagnosis and intervention.

COVID-19 vaccine is not the only shot in the arm that saves lives

January 25, 2021

Thanks to a new National Cancer Institute grant, the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is expanding its study into why certain populations are more hesitant than others to get the HPV vaccine. The new study, called UC HPV, starts this week and runs through June 30, 2021.

Student-run health care clinics rely on donation drive after annual fundraiser canceled

January 22, 2021

The 41st annual Silent Auction and Wine Tasting Benefit, which raises funds for the School of Medicine’s student-run clinics, has been canceled due to the pandemic. Organizers have begun an online donation drive to collect much-needed funding.

UC Davis pediatric heart patient enters Rock Your Scar contest

January 22, 2021

Two-year-old Leo Woo has already had two successful heart surgeries, thanks to UC Davis pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon Gary Raff. Leo’s parents Sarah Ehrman and Chris Woo have entered Leo in this year’s Rock Your Scar, a national contest hosted by Mended Little Hearts to raise awareness about congenital heart defects.

New Patient Contact Center attains LEED Gold certification for its environmentally conscious features

January 21, 2021

The 68,000-square-foot facility in Rancho Cordova, which had its grand opening last October, achieved a high standard of sustainability through a range of features, including bike racks/lockers and its power, plumbing, HVAC and lighting systems.

Virtual car seat education, inspections now available at UC Davis Health

January 21, 2021

The public can receive free, virtual car seat education and inspections, as well as socially distant car seat installations in English and Spanish, thanks to the UC Davis Trauma Prevention and Outreach Department.

UC Davis Health professor named City of Davis Citizen of the Year

January 19, 2021

Associate Professor Jann Murray-García receives top award from City of Davis for her sustained volunteer work to promote platforms for positive discussion of race and social justice in our community.

UC Davis receives $3.2 million grant to study age-related macular degeneration

January 19, 2021

Glenn Yiu, an associate professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science, has been awarded a five-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health National Eye Institute for a study on age-related macular degeneration, or AMD.

Get COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you’re allowed, experts urge (video)

January 15, 2021

It’s crucial to get people vaccinated against COVID-19 as fast as possible to prevent the rise of vaccine-resistant coronavirus variants. A slow vaccine rollout may make it easier for variants to take hold and even defeat the vaccine, experts said.

New radiology chair an internationally recognized pioneer in high risk breast screenings

January 15, 2021

Dr. Elizabeth Morris was appointed chair of the UC Davis School of Medicine Department of Radiology, assuming the post January 18, 2021.

Fewer behavior problems in young foster care kids after PC-CARE program

January 14, 2021

A new study finds that young children in the foster care system demonstrated fewer behavior problems after participating in an innovative seven-week intervention. The program is called PC-CARE, and was pioneered at UC Davis CAARE Center.

Exposure to violence takes a toll on the socioemotional well-being of Californians

January 14, 2021

A survey of Californians finds that exposure to violence has pervasive social and emotional impacts on people, especially when firearms are involved.

UC Davis Health degree programs top Best Jobs for 2021 list

January 14, 2021

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is one of the only schools in the nation to prepare future physician assistants and nurse practitioners, the top professions for 2021, in a collaborative, interprofessional environment.

Research on COVID-19 vaccine includes data from UC Davis School of Medicine

January 13, 2021

The New England Journal of Medicine published a peer-reviewed paper on the newly available Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. It includes clinical trial data collected from UC Davis Health, the only academic medical center on the West Coast to take part in the study.

New, more contagious strains of COVID-19 may be spreading quickly

January 13, 2021

Natural mutations of the coronavirus have created two fast-spreading COVID-19 variants. Infectious disease expert Dean Blumberg explains why they are more contagious, how they may affect people, and how we can protect ourselves.

UC Davis Health launches COVID-19 patient vaccinations (video)

January 12, 2021

UC Davis Health began vaccinating its first patients for COVID-19 today.

California Master Plan for Aging provides blueprint that uplifts older adults and their family caregivers

January 11, 2021

The California Master Plan for Aging outlines five bold goals and 23 strategies to tackle the growing older-adult population and build a California for all ages by 2030.

MIND Institute and psychiatry researcher receives ‘early career’ honor

January 11, 2021

UC Davis’ Angela John Thurman has received the Early Career Award from the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The honor recognizes her considerable research contributions in the development of language, cognition and behavior.

Innovative serotonin sensor to improve neurological drug development

January 11, 2021

UC Davis researchers developed and used an innovative sensor to track serotonin in the brains of mice during social interactions, fearful situations and sleep/wake conditions. Sensor can help in developing better neuropsychological drugs for depression and other conditions.

COVID-19 vaccine information for UC Davis Health patients announced

January 8, 2021

UC Davis Health began notifying its patients today about vaccinations for COVID-19.

Outreach to vulnerable populations key to studying the impact of COVID-19 on cancer prevention

January 8, 2021

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is collaborating with 17 other cancer centers to study the impact COVID-19 is having on cancer prevention, control and survival, thanks to a grant from the National Cancer Institute. The UC Davis work will focus on diverse communities.

Year of the Nurse blog, Jonathan Moomey: ‘It always goes back to being there for others’

January 8, 2021

In this installment of our Year of the Nurse blog, UC Davis Health’s Jonathan Moomey recalls a formative experience he had as a young ER nurse – when the hospital chaplain, with some of his last breaths, said: “Jon, slow down….”

Six tips for teaching kids to swallow pills

January 8, 2021

For many children, taking medicine is literally a tough pill to swallow. At UC Davis Children’s Hospital, child life specialists teach kids this new skill of swallowing pills, when liquid medicine and chewable tablets are not options. The team shares six tips.

Cancer care during the winter surge: Don’t delay seeing the doctor

January 7, 2021

To prevent a wave of post-pandemic deaths, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center experts say it’s critical that patients keep on schedule with mammograms, annual check-ups and other key screenings or diagnostic tests. And, if any treatment is required, it is important it isn’t postponed.

Year of the Nurse blog, Lori Madden: ‘I was fascinated by the fact that we had clinical studies happening’

January 7, 2021

Leading the Center for Nursing Science as a Clinical Nurse Scientist, Lori Madden discusses her passion for research – and reminisces about her first trip to the National Institutes of Health – in our Year of the Nurse blog.

UC Davis Health leader elected president of The Gerontological Society of America

January 7, 2021

Internationally recognized expert in gerontological nursing and nursing education Terri Harvath becomes 77th president of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging.

Year of the Nurse blog, Rebecca Billing: ‘We feel honored and humbled to do what we do’

January 6, 2021

With her daughter recently becoming a nurse, UC Davis Health’s Rebecca Billing has been reflecting on her legacy – and her mother’s legacy – as nurses. In this installment of our Year of the Nurse blog, she talks about nursing’s evolution.

UC Davis students develop mentorship program for Oak Park neighborhood youth

January 5, 2021

When the pandemic prompted the closure of student-run clinics, volunteers with Imani Clinic made the most of the unfortunate situation: They created a mentorship program to provide tutoring for K-12 students in and around Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood.

Concerns about violence increase in California amid COVID-19 pandemic

January 4, 2021

Study finds that people in California are more worried about violence during COVID-19 pandemic.

Mixed reality goggles, 3D printing aid in surgical planning to separate craniopagus twins

January 4, 2021

The surgical team that separated conjoined twins Abigail and Micaela had access to equipment and technology that did not exist 10 years ago, including mixed reality imaging goggles that map out the brain and blood vessels and 3D printed models of the twins’ skulls as they prepared to successfully separate the two girls.

Caring for your mental health in 2021: 10 tips

January 4, 2021

The new calendar year presents a great opportunity to refocus on our mental health, according to UC Davis Health experts. They offer 10 tips to help you better handle stress and find joy despite the stress of the coronavirus pandemic.

Year of the Nurse blog, Sarah Sokol: ‘I’m going to be a nurse; this is what I want to do’

January 4, 2021

When her boyfriend suffered a devastating accident, UC Davis Health’s Sarah Sokol accompanied him on his arduous rehabilitation journey – and discovered that she wanted to be a nurse. Hear her full story in our Year of the Nurse blog.