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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.

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.

December 2020

UC Davis Health launches new COVID-19 vaccine trial

December 30, 2020

Participants are needed for a new clinical trial at UC Davis Health to test another experimental COVID-19 vaccine that could help address the global pandemic.

Nothing to worry about, say COVID-19 trial volunteers who got the vaccine

December 29, 2020

Pfizer’s revealed to many UC Davis Health clinical trial participants if they had received the COVID-19 vaccine. Many recipients said their reactions to the shots were minor and easy to handle.

Express Care delivers express services

December 29, 2020

A young college student got his first taste of Express Care, UC Davis Health’s online care service that provides quick access from the convenience of home to experienced UC Davis clinicians.

Student-run clinic provides care in rural Yolo County

December 28, 2020

Knights Landing One Health addresses the health needs of a farmworker community.

Virtual Toy Drive raises more than $21,000 for hospitalized kids

December 28, 2020

The holidays were merry and bright for hospitalized kids at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, thanks to more than $21,000 that was raised during this year’s Virtual Toy Drive. The toy drive provided free toys for every hospitalized child, from infants through teens. Toys were also given to pediatric patients in the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s pediatric infusion room as well as to children served by the UC Davis CAARE Center.

‘Miracle babies’: Formerly conjoined twins Abigail and Micaela home for Christmas

December 24, 2020

Christmas came early for the Bachinskiy family today: formerly conjoined twins Abigail and Micaela were discharged from UC Davis Children’s Hospital and will be spending their first Christmas together at home. The 11-month-old craniopagus conjoined twins, born connected at the head, were separated in a 24-hour separation surgery.

Year of the Nurse blog, Gina Mumper: ‘People are now really seeing what we do’

December 24, 2020

In her 20 years in the profession, UC Davis Health’s Gina Mumper has seen nurses rise to the occasion time and time again. In this installment of our Year of the Nurse blog, she explains how COVID-19 has spotlighted their hard work.

Collaborative approach to fighting cancer in canines and humankind gets a boost

December 23, 2020

UC Davis has received the first federal grant in the country to fund a comparative oncology training program, which was launched on August 1, 2020. The comparative oncology training partnership is a collaboration between the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Year of the Nurse blog, Stacey Armstrong: ‘Stay really present with who the person is’

December 23, 2020

First impressions can be misleading. In this installment of our Year of the Nurse blog, UC Davis Health’s Stacey Armstrong recounts an experience with the son of a patient who was dying. He ended up completely surprising her.

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrives at UC Davis Medical Center: 10 things to know

December 22, 2020

UC Davis Health has received 4,300 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and will continue to inoculate its frontline health care workers. The vaccine is similar to Pfizer’s but has a few key differences, including the way it’s stored, and how far apart its two shots are spaced.

Year of the Nurse blog, Josh Spangler: ‘A chance to help teach somebody’

December 22, 2020

In this installment of our Year of the Nurse blog, UC Davis Health’s Josh Spangler discusses what he enjoys about being a preceptor in the MSICU – helping teach the next generation of nurses while honing his own skills.

The real facts about common COVID-19 vaccine myths

December 21, 2020

Infectious disease expert Dean Blumberg explains the science and the facts about the COVID-19 vaccines as he dispels common myths and misinformation.

Stem cells: A possible treatment for severe respiratory failure, a COVID-19 complication

December 21, 2020

UC Davis Health scientists joined a landmark multicenter clinical trial to test the ability of a type of stem cells to treat patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a life-threatening lung injury.

Year of the Nurse blog, Brandi Beren: ‘It's such a huge, profound time in your life’

December 21, 2020

UC Davis Health’s Brandi Beren “fell in love” with working in labor and delivery. In this installment of our Year of the Nurse blog, she explains the immense joy and satisfaction she derives from being with new parents at a special time.

“Fauci Effect” prompts nearly 40% increase in UC Davis medical school applications

December 18, 2020

A record number of medical students are applying to UC Davis, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, which has inspired a new generation of future doctors who admire well known physicians such as Anthony Fauci.

UC Davis nursing students mark end of graduate program with virtual pinning ceremony (video)

December 18, 2020

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing hosts a virtual pinning event to celebrate graduates’ completion of 18-month Master of Science in Nursing program.

Liver specialist honored as a ‘Health Care Visionary’

December 18, 2020

Christopher Bowlus has been recognized by the American Liver Foundation for his contributions to liver disease research and care.

Year of the Nurse blog, Erin Cornelius: ‘You have to have the support of someone to do almost anything’

December 18, 2020

As one of the leaders of the Re-igniting the Spirit of Caring program, UC Davis Health’s Erin Cornelius emphasizes the need to connect with colleagues and draw mutual strength and support. Learn more in our Year of the Nurse blog.

COVID-19 in the community: Employees suffer, too

December 17, 2020

Despite their best efforts at work, some UC Davis Health employees are getting caught by the pandemic at home

Deftones donate $52,500 to UC Davis Children’s Hospital through Adopt-a-Dot campaign

December 17, 2020

Closing out 2020 on a very positive note, Deftones have completed their ‘Adopt-a-Dot’ fundraiser and made a donation of $52,500 to UC Davis Children’s Hospital. The Grammy Award-winning band Deftones launched their philanthropic campaign in September called ‘Adopt-a-Dot’ based on their album, “Ohms.” The cover art, created by Frank Maddocks, features thousands of pixelated dots, and fans could make a charitable donation for one or more dots. Donors uploaded photos to Deftones.com/Adopt, adding yet another dimension to the artwork and claiming a spot of their own.

Big brains and white matter: New clues about autism subtypes

December 17, 2020

Researchers found that a long-accepted theory about brain size in some children with autism may not be true. In a separate study, they linked development of white matter with changes in autism symptom severity.

Wildfire smoke can carry microbes that cause infectious diseases

December 17, 2020

Wildfire smoke contains microbes, a fact that’s often ignored, but one that may have important health repercussions.

Year of the Nurse blog, Christine Trainor: ‘They come back and it must be for a good reason’

December 17, 2020

In this installment of our Year of the Nurse blog, inpatient GI nurse Christine Trainor explains how and why nursing students and GI fellows change their perceptions of the specialty after spending time in the department at UC Davis Health.

UC Davis Health appoints Ashish Atreja as Chief Information and Digital Health Officer

December 16, 2020

UC Davis Health has appointed Ashish Atreja to the new position of Chief Information and Digital Health Officer.

Year of the Nurse blog, Jennifer Suhd-Brondstatter: ‘We’re the safety net for the patient’

December 16, 2020

Beyond the stereotypical function of handing a patient meds, nurses also play an essential role in actively managing medications. UC Davis Health’s Jennifer Suhd-Brondstatter explains, in this installment of our Year of the Nurse blog.

Saying no to holiday gatherings during COVID-19 can be painful

December 16, 2020

New COVID-19 infections continue to explode and health officials warn that holiday gatherings can be dangerous and even deadly. But how do you tell people you love to stay away? Psychiatrist Shannon Suo has some answers.

The first shots: Frontline health care workers receive historic COVID-19 vaccine (video)

December 15, 2020

UC Davis Health is now inoculating frontline health care workers against COVID-19. Those most at risk of virus exposure are receiving the first shots. Vaccination of the general public could begin in the spring. 

Year of the Nurse blog, Erin Colmar: ‘We’re going to beat this’

December 15, 2020

In this installment of our Year of the Nurse blog, UC Davis Health’s Erin Colmar talks about how the MSICU has dealt with the wave of COVID-19 patients – and how she and her colleagues are coping with the emotional toll.

Risk factors for Valley fever among Hispanic California farmworkers

December 15, 2020

Valley fever exposure might be higher in certain agricultural tasks and types of crops, according to Prof. Stephen McCurdy’s research.

New resource specialist will help pediatric cancer families with non-medical needs

December 15, 2020

A new initiative aims to address the emotional, practical and financial struggles facing families when their child is undergoing cancer treatment. It will be the topic of a virtual event hosted by the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center on Wednesday, December 16, starting at 4:15 p.m. 

Year of the Nurse blog, Michael Dion: ‘Take care of yourself so that you can take care of others’

December 11, 2020

UC Davis Health’s Michael Dion explains, in this installment of our Year of the Nurse blog, a couple of vital things he has learned in the profession: treating and caring without judgment, and taking the time to center oneself.

Children’s Bereavement Virtual Art Workshop starts in January 2021

December 11, 2020

The UC Davis Child Life and Creative Art Therapy Department will host a virtual, three-session children’s bereavement art workshop on Jan. 14, 21 and 28 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The workshop for children will teach them tools to express and process difficult emotions related to loss.

UC Davis Health is prepared to receive Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

December 10, 2020

With an allotment of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to arrive as early as Monday, UC Davis Health is preparing its storage space and its employees for one of the most significant inoculation efforts in recent history.

Year of the Nurse blog, Natasha Palmer: ‘Just a sense of pride and honor’

December 10, 2020

In this installment of our Year of the Nurse blog, UC Davis Health’s Natasha Palmer provides the deeply personal reason why she tries to create space for loved ones to have a moment of grace with a patient in his or her final moments.

Nurse leader shares Department of Defense award with Emergency Department peers for COVID aid effort

December 10, 2020

Assistant nurse manager Claudio Alvarado, a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves who was mobilized to New York this spring, nominated Alyssa Johnson for her efforts in coordinating and shipping care packages to front-line workers.

Pregnant mom battles COVID-19, delivers baby while in ICU

December 10, 2020

Diana Estrada-Arauza was the picture of health. She was 33 years old. No preexisting conditions. But when she was seven months pregnant, she became sick with the coronavirus and was admitted to the ICU to get the acute care that she and her unborn baby needed.

UC Davis Health patient gets Northern California’s first robotic mitral valve repair

December 9, 2020

Kris Dyas is the first patient in Northern California to have robotic-assisted surgery to repair his leaky mitral heart valve.

Spanish radio station listeners donate $267,794 to help kids

December 9, 2020

Long-time Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals media partner comes through in 2020, raising much needed funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Year of the Nurse blog, Susan Henning: ‘It’s that bond with people that keeps me in nursing’

December 9, 2020

In this installment of our Year of the Nurse blog, UC Davis Health’s Susan Henning discusses the bonds with patients that keep her in the profession – while also nudging her toward retirement on the hardest days.

Hydrogen peroxide keeps gut bacteria away from the colon lining

December 9, 2020

An enzyme in the colon lining releases hydrogen peroxide – a known disinfecting compound- to protect the body from gut microbial communities. The new study points to the need for a different approach to treating gut inflammation and bacterial imbalance in the colon.

Year of the Nurse blog, Natalie Detwiler: ‘What nurses recognize is that it’s treating the whole family’

December 8, 2020

Seeing the difference that nurses made in her brother’s care, Natalie Detwiler understands how nurses are crucial to the experience of both patients and their loved ones. This is the latest entry in our Year of the Nurse blog.

The next generation of combined COVID-19 and flu test rolls out

December 8, 2020

A second combined test for COVID-19 and flu viruses was rolled out at UC Davis Health. This newest test is high volume, returning hundreds of gold standard results daily. It follows a trailblazing 20-minute test for bedside use introduced in November.

Neurologist Michael Rogawski named fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

December 8, 2020

Michael Rogawski has been elected a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the highest professional distinction given to academic inventors, for his inventions in drug discovery and development.

UC Davis Health joins Novavax in testing a new COVID-19 vaccine

December 7, 2020

UC Davis Health launches a COVID-19 clinical trial with Novavax to test a new coronavirus vaccine. This vaccine has an important advantage: liquid state storage that allows for distribution using standard vaccine channels, unlike the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines that must be stored at subzero temperature.

The ICU: life-saving care during COVID-19 and every day

December 7, 2020

The ICU at UC Davis Health provides care for critically ill patients from a huge region, including those with coronavirus. It can be expanded to adapt to the expected surge in COVID-19 cases.

UC Davis nursing school recognized as Nursing Diversity Champion

December 7, 2020

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is among 12 schools nationwide recognized for its efforts to expand diversity, underscoring its mission to advance health and health equity.

Holiday Round Up for Kids campaign underway at local Ace Hardware stores

December 7, 2020

Shop for the holidays and sick and injured kids get a gift, too. Ace Hardware encourages customers to round up their change this holiday season to help pediatric patients in Northern California.

The frightening uncertainty for long-haul COVID-19 patients (video)

December 4, 2020

Some COVID-19 patients like Marina Oshana have symptoms that go on and on – hers continue after nine months. Oshana and an expert from UC Davis Health’s Post-COVID-19 Clinic explain what we do and don’t know about the medical mystery of “long-haulers.”

Kidney and brain injuries linked to diabetic ketoacidosis

December 4, 2020

UC Davis Health experts have identified factors that make children with diabetic ketoacidosis more likely to experience acute kidney injury. The results may eventually lead to new options and better treatments for the dangerous condition. 

Gestational age linked to ADHD in children with Down syndrome

December 4, 2020

A new study by the UC Davis MIND Institute finds a connection between gestational age and ADHD in children with Down syndrome. An earlier gestational age is linked to higher ADHD symptoms later in childhood.

Year of the Nurse blog, Ada Kwong: ‘You got to rely on each other to lift everybody back up’

December 4, 2020

In this installment of our Year of the Nurse blog, UC Davis Health nurse Ada Kwong discusses the impact she hopes to have on patients and colleagues, and the importance of maintaining a fresh outlook and positive attitude toward work.

Striving to improve care for people experiencing homelessness - locally and statewide

December 3, 2020

UC Davis Health clinical professor Angela Drake is taking part in a new learning community with providers, insurers and health systems throughout California. She’s also joined the Project Review Committee of Sacramento Steps Forward, a nonprofit addressing homelessness.

Year of the Nurse blog, Calene Roseman: ‘I decided I would be a better nurse than them’

December 3, 2020

A native of Trinidad, UC Davis Health’s Calene Roseman took a unique path to the nursing profession. Learn about the two experiences that shaped her career, in the latest installment of our Year of the Nurse blog.

Year of the Nurse blog, Jeremy Veldstra: ‘Every day I'm learning something new’

December 2, 2020

As a self-described “adrenaline junkie” and former high school science teacher, Jeremy Veldstra has found his calling as an Emergency Department nurse. Learn more about his work in the latest Year of the Nurse blog entry.

Nurse practitioners learn better care for underserved patients (video)

December 2, 2020

The UC Davis Health nurse practitioner (N.P.) residency program prepares new N.P.s to better care for underserved patients. Learn why one resident loves her job and how program leaders say it’s good for Northern California.

Pediatric Heart Center hosted international conference

December 2, 2020

The UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center hosted an international pediatric cardiology conference via Zoom this fall with the pediatric cardiology team from Sejong Cardiac Hospital in Seoul, South Korea.

Do's and don’ts of winter restaurant dining

December 2, 2020

Outdoor restaurant dining is all we have during the scary COVID-19 surge. But it’s winter and some efforts to stay warm can be very risky. Infectious disease expert Natascha Tuznik sorts through what’s dangerous and what’s safe.

Year of the Nurse blog, Kiki Wong-Yee: ‘Being their guiding light in this dark time of their lives’

December 2, 2020

In this installment of our Year of the Nurse blog, Kiki Wong-Yee talks about the challenges of guiding a family through a cancer diagnosis and treatment – and how rewarding that work has been in her career.

Lectures in Spanish to educate physicians and researchers about neurodevelopmental disabilities

December 1, 2020

The UC Davis MIND Institute is creating a new, bi-monthly Spanish-language lecture series about autism, fragile X and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. The effort is aimed at physicians and researchers, particularly those in Latin American countries.

A new emergency waiting room, designed just for kids

December 1, 2020

The UC Davis pediatric emergency department today unveiled a brand new waiting room, specially designed for kids. Boasting bright colors and a child-friendly design, this new 500-square-foot area provides a comfortable space for young patients and their families that is private and separate from the adult emergency waiting area.