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July 2021

Clinic transforms cancer treatment by combining diagnosis and therapy – or theranostics

July 29, 2021

A theranostics clinic is coming to UC Davis Health that will leverage the next generation in nuclear medicine to attack cancer in ways that traditional options cannot do alone. It combines diagnostics and therapeutics to deliver targeted radiotherapy.

Simone Biles’ withdrawal at Olympics shines light on need to recognize mental health

July 28, 2021

Gymnast Simone Biles’ withdrawal from the team and all-around competitions at the Tokyo Olympics created shockwaves around the globe. Trauma expert Brandi Liles discusses the impact of stress and abuse, and the need to talk about mental health without stigma.

“Hold on to your loved ones”: Wildfire survivor who lost children in wildfire offers advice

July 28, 2021

As the 2021 wildfire season in Northern California sparks with a fury, one survivor of the deadly Redwood Valley Fire in 2017 offers advice. Sara Shepherd recounts the blaze that killed her two children and forced her to prepare for future fires in a different way.

The truth behind COVID-19 vaccines and women’s health

July 28, 2021

Misinformation is spreading on the Internet regarding the COVID-19 vaccines and how they may affect women’s health. We asked Clara Paik, clinic medical director of obstetrics and gynecology and the co-division director of University Women’s Health, to answer some frequently asked questions about women’s health and the COVID vaccine.

Medical care for Team USA women's gymnastics at Tokyo Olympics led by UC Davis Health doctor (video)

July 27, 2021

Sports medicine doctor Marcia “Marcy” Faustin of UC Davis Health is living her dream job as co-head team physician for USA Gymnastics. Faustin is in Japan this week, providing medical care to the women’s national team, whose members are competing at the Olympic Games.

UC Davis Medical Center ranks as # 1 hospital in Sacramento, among the best in the U.S.

July 27, 2021

U.S. News & World Report named UC Davis Medical Center as one of the nation's Best Hospitals, the #1 hospital in Sacramento and among the top 10 in California.

UC Davis Health fixes baby’s heart defect using echocardiography-only strategy

July 27, 2021

Cedric Taylor was born at 25 weeks. Like many premature babies, he was born with patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), a condition in which the ductus arteriosus, a blood vessel in the heart, does not close spontaneously after birth.

UC Davis Burn Center achieves re-verification for meeting the highest standards of care

July 26, 2021

The Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center - UC Davis has received re-verification as an Adult Burn Center from the American Burn Association. This recognition is given to burn centers meeting the highest current standards of care for burn-injured patients.

Children’s Virtual Bereavement Art Group starts in August

July 26, 2021

The UC Davis Child Life and Creative Art Therapy Department will host “Remembering Together: Virtual Bereavement Art Group,” focusing on grief and processing loss through self-expression and art for children next month.

UC Davis nursing students bring life-saving TB screenings to a community organization

July 23, 2021

Nursing students from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing partner with Elica Health to conduct on-site tuberculosis screening for staff at SETA Head Start in Sacramento. The experience provided hands-on training for students and served a critical community health need.

Children’s hospital leaders surprise Walmart/Sam’s Club employees during CMN campaign

July 23, 2021

Visits from UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s CEO and other top hospital staff during the annual event provided a boost for staff. By recognizing the importance and impact of their fundraising efforts, leadership hopes each team member realizes that every dollar makes a difference.

New Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic provides multidisciplinary care to patients

July 23, 2021

A new multidisciplinary Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at UC Davis Health provides care for patients with a wide variety of brain injuries – from mild concussions to more severe conditions like vertigo, seizures, memory and concentration problems and more.

8 things health experts want you to know about the Delta variant

July 22, 2021

UC Davis Health experts are warning a Sacramento-area COVID-19 surge is likely in the coming weeks. Infections are rising, due largely to the highly transmissible Delta variant and low vaccination rates, which are around 50% in the region.

Reinventing the academic medical center

July 21, 2021

A new paper in the New England Journal of Medicine’s Catalyst describes UC Davis Health’s success in reinventing its academic medical center as a collaborative partner, facilitating a high level of patient care throughout the region and joining with competitors to form partnerships.

Stem cell transplants now available for some on outpatient basis

July 20, 2021

Multiple myeloma patient Dara Kara, from Benicia, receives first outpatient stem cell transplant at UC Davis Health. Also referred to as a bone marrow transplant, performing the procedure on an outpatient basis is expected to shorten recovery times and save health care costs.

UC Davis NICU receives gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence

July 19, 2021

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at UC Davis Children’s Hospital is now the 12th in the U.S. to receive a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. It is the only hospital in Northern California to receive this honor.

Can CBD help people with psoriasis find relief?

July 19, 2021

UC Davis Dermatologist Jason Hawkes discusses the effects and risks of using cannabinoids, such as CBD, as an alternative or complementary treatment to psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory skin disease.

Travel tips to stay healthy this summer during the pandemic

July 16, 2021

Travel plans this summer should include staying updated on changing COVID-19 conditions and being ready to change or cancel your trip. Vaccinated travelers have less to worry about but still need to be prepared.

COVID-19 and the Delta variant: What you need to know (video)

July 15, 2021

The Delta variant is now the dominant strain of COVID-19 in California and the U.S. It’s highly infectious, but epidemiologists say current vaccines are providing sufficient protection against illness and hospitalization.

A network of healthy connections

July 15, 2021

Roger Mendoza has helped UC Davis Health stay connected, with the installation of more than 2,300 miles of IT cabling infrastructure. But it’s his connections with the health system’s providers that have kept him healthy through multiple cancers, a brain hemorrhage and more.

Can turmeric reduce joint pain during breast cancer treatment?

July 14, 2021

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center received a $50,000 grant from the Safeway Foundation. The funding will allow researcher Mili Arora to study whether the spice turmeric can provide pain relief for breast cancer patients on oral anti-estrogen drugs.

Annual CMN Miracle Balloon campaign at DQ raises money for UC Davis Children’s Hospital

July 14, 2021

Record hot temperatures are just one reason to visit your local Dairy Queen through July 31. Helping save local kids’ lives is another. The CMN Miracle Balloon campaign is on now, raising money for UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Turning tarantula venom into pain relief (video)

July 13, 2021

Researchers at UC Davis Health are “toxineering” venom from the Peruvian green velvet tarantula into a non-opioid medication that could help people with chronic pain. Approximately 20 percent of the adults in the U.S., or about 50 million, are affected by chronic pain.

UC Davis psychology chair named to key federal committee on autism

July 9, 2021

Susan Rivera, psychology professor and chair and faculty member of the MIND Institute and Center for Mind and Brain, has been named to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. The federal committee provides guidance and recommendations on autism research, services, and policy.

Daughter donates kidney to her role model, her dad, on Father’s Day

July 8, 2021

Rather than a shirt, a necktie or new tools, Jazlyn Estrella gave her father, Ruther Estrella, the gift of a lifetime. She donated her kidney and shared with him the gift of life.

Susan G. Komen® awards $600,000 research grant to radiology chair Elizabeth Morris

July 8, 2021

Department of Radiology Chair Elizabeth Morris, with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, was awarded a Susan G. Komen® grant to develop artificial intelligence models to predict breast cancer risk at a more personalized level.

Transitioning from a student in class to a professional in the clinic (video)

July 7, 2021

The inaugural group of nurse practitioner residents completes their program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. After 12 months in underserved primary care clinics and tailored specialty rotations, they enter the workforce with increased skills and confidence.

U.S. saw surge in firearm purchases and violence during first months of COVID-19 pandemic

July 7, 2021

Firearm purchases and firearm violence surged during the first five months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Firearm purchases increased by 85% and interpersonal firearm injuries increased by 27%. Approximately 9.3 million firearms were purchased during this period.

Girl with Nager syndrome receives life-changing care to help her eat, breathe

July 6, 2021

Born with Nager syndrome, Lily Jones had craniofacial challenges, no ear canals and extremely short forearms at birth. The UC Davis Cleft and Craniofacial team partnered with her and her parents, Nick and Elysia Jones, to help improve her life.

Undiagnosed celiac disease is one local family’s cautionary tale for other parents

July 2, 2021

It was obvious one-year-old Piper was sick, but what was wrong? When her parents could not get answers, they turned to UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

UC Davis Health breaks ground on new rehabilitation hospital (video)

July 1, 2021

UC Davis Health, with partner Kindred Healthcare, broke ground on a planned rehabilitation hospital today. The new facility, which will be the first free-standing physical rehabilitation hospital in Sacramento, will expand treatment capacity for stroke, brain trauma and spinal cord injury patients.

Tips for a sensory-friendly July 4th

July 1, 2021

The Fourth of July is often characterized by fireworks, parades and celebrations, which can be challenging for some individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions. A UC Davis MIND Institute expert offers some tips to make the holiday celebrations more comfortable. 

Fireworks can be fun but dangerous: How to stay safe this July 4th

July 1, 2021

Fireworks are a Fourth of July highlight. They’re also the cause of serious injuries every year. UC Davis Health experts urge extreme caution when using fireworks and offer tips for staying safe while celebrating during COVID-19.

June 2021

Neurology chair receives Ambassador for Epilepsy Award

June 30, 2021

UC Davis Department of Neurology Chair Amy Brooks-Kayal has received the prestigious Ambassador for Epilepsy Award. The International Bureau for Epilepsy and the International League Against Epilepsy recognized Brooks-Kayal and 11 others worldwide for outstanding contributions to the cause of epilepsy.

Overcoming the odds despite challenges of spina bifida

June 30, 2021

At this year’s Bear Creek High School graduation ceremony in Stockton, 17-year-old Ben Brogger walked gracefully onto the stage and delivered an inspiring speech to the graduating seniors. It was a moment that Adriana and Dan Brogger weren’t sure they would ever witness when their son was diagnosed with spina bifida in the womb.

The danger of button batteries

June 29, 2021

Button cell batteries, the flat, coin-shaped batteries found in many toys, watches and remote controls, can do serious internal damage if accidentally swallowed. UC Davis pediatric emergency physicians warn families to keep these batteries secure and out of children’s reach.

Internal medicine resident praised for contributions to diversity

June 25, 2021

Jorge Salazar, an internal medicine resident, is the first recipient of a newly created award to recognize significant contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion in Graduate Medical Education.

Touchdown: Burn survivor gets support during toughest challenge of his life

June 25, 2021

18-year-old Gabriel Gonzalez receives surprise visitors while recovering from third-degree burns at UC Davis Health. The Woodcreek Oaks graduate ventured outside for the first time since May 17 to greet his former football teammates.

UC Davis Health receives nearly $4 million to train mental health clinicians

June 25, 2021

UC Davis Health has been awarded a four-year, $3.9 million contract to provide training and technical assistance to programs in California aimed at identifying and treating people in the early stages of psychosis or a mood disorder.

Annual Walmart and Sam’s Club Campaign benefiting local kids kicks off Monday

June 25, 2021

Help kids live better when you shop. All donations to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN) stay local to help treat sick and injured kids in UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s 33-county service area.

Study confirms the low likelihood that SARS-CoV-2 on hospital surfaces is infectious

June 24, 2021

A new study confirms the low likelihood that coronavirus contamination on hospital surfaces is infectious. The study is the original report on recovering near-complete SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences directly from surface swabs.

New COVID-19 vaccine clinic for people with autism, other neurodevelopmental conditions (video)

June 24, 2021

The UC Davis MIND Institute is offering a new COVID-19 vaccine clinic for individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions. The clinic will offer a comfortable experience for families, including sensory support and specially trained staff.

Chancellor’s Innovation Awards highlight new therapeutics, pandemic response (video)

June 24, 2021

Two School of Medicine faculty received UC Davis Chancellor’s Innovation Awards. David E. Olson received an Innovator of the Year Award and Richard W. Michelmore received an Innovative Community Partner Award.

Research provides a roadmap to HIV eradication via stem cell therapy

June 23, 2021

A groundbreaking study found that stem cells reduce the amount of virus causing AIDS, boost the body’s antiviral immunity, and restore the gut’s lymphoid follicles damaged by HIV. It provided a roadmap for multi-pronged HIV eradication strategies.

Long-standing genomic medicine partnership expands specialty care for children in region

June 22, 2021

A seven-year telemedicine partnership between the UC Davis MIND Institute and Dignity Health ensures that more children with genetic disorders receive quick, convenient specialty care. The success is due to high-quality robots and a commitment to improving access to genomic medicine. 

Local foundation awards $1.25 million to MIND Institute to study rare genetic condition

June 21, 2021

RDM Positive Impact Foundation is sponsoring a $1.25 million project at the UC Davis MIND Institute to advance research about SYNGAP1, a rare genetic condition that impacts the brain across the lifespan. An interdisciplinary team is seeking revolutionary solutions.

New grants awarded for projects to improve mental health for Californians

June 21, 2021

UC Davis' Behavioral Health Center of Excellence has awarded three seed grants to help support new research efforts aimed at improving mental health in California.

UC Davis Health scientist awarded Pew Scholarship to beat bacteria behind tuberculosis

June 18, 2021

Bennett Penn, assistant professor of infectious diseases and of medical microbiology and immunology, has been named a 2021 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. He will receive funding over the next four years to investigate how bacteria causing tuberculosis build resistance to antibiotics.

Thoracic surgery chief David Tom Cooke named to Cancer Health’s 25: Black Lives Matter list

June 18, 2021

The second annual edition of Cancer Health magazine’s Change Makers recognizes 25 individuals working to break down barriers to the best cancer care for all Americans. The list includes David Tom Cooke, chief of general thoracic surgery at UC Davis Health.

UC Davis Health supports St. HOPE Juneteenth Block Party in Oak Park on June 19

June 18, 2021

UC Davis Health is honored to sponsor the first annual Juneteenth Block Party at 40 Acres on Saturday, June 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presented by St. HOPE, the free event features art, music, food, and entertainment.

UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center awarded 5-year grant renewal from NIH

June 17, 2021

The Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) received notice of its third NIH award renewal. The 5-year award, almost $33 million, provides critical funding to continue CTSC’s essential services for the UC Davis research community.

Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) awards grants to UC Davis Children’s Hospital for 2021-2023

June 17, 2021

From blood pressure monitoring to cellular therapy for neuroblastoma treatment, UC Davis Children’s Hospital continues to be on the cutting edge thanks to generous donations from CMN. This year’s grant winners are the best of the best in pediatric clinical care and research.

$3.98 million federal grant to advance cancer researcher bench strength

June 17, 2021

The National Cancer Institute is providing another $3.98 million federal grant to increase the number of cancer researchers at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Stay healthy and cool during the heatwave

June 16, 2021

Sacramento’s temperatures are expected to climb into triple-digits this week. UC Davis Health occupational and environmental medicine physician Sheri Belafsky and sports medicine physician Brandee Waite offer tips for staying cool and healthy in the heat.

Managing your re-entry anxiety

June 16, 2021

California lifted most of its COVID-19 restrictions, but many people are not ready to return to “normal.” Angela Drake, a clinical neuropsychologist, explains why we won’t change our behaviors overnight and provides tips for managing re-entry anxiety.

Local cancer award given to Janai Carr-Ascher to advance soft tissue sarcoma research

June 16, 2021

2021 Christine and Helen Landgraf Memorial Research Award will help further recipient Janai Carr-Ascher’s work studying sarcomas and testing new therapies.

UC Davis Children’s Hospital again named among nation’s best

June 15, 2021

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been recognized as a Best Children’s Hospital for 2021-22 by U.S. News & World Report in four pediatric specialty areas: neonatology, nephrology, orthopedics and urology.

California’s COVID-19 reopening: what you need to know (video)

June 15, 2021

After more than a year, California lifts most COVID-19 restrictions today (June 15). The changes will affect mask-wearing, businesses, gatherings and more. A UC Davis Health expert explains what you should know about the changes.

Co-inventor of EXPLORER earns prestigious national radiology award

June 14, 2021

Ramsey Badawi, co-inventor of the UC Davis Health total body scanner EXPLORER, earns prestigious 2021 Distinguished Investigator Award from the Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research.

Early career investigator receives federal funding to research lethal prostate cancer

June 11, 2021

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center scientist Chengfei Liu has been unrelenting in his pursuit to find out why a type of prostate cancer becomes drug resistant. He recently earned a highly coveted National Cancer Institute (NCI) grant to further his research.

Want to help sick Sacramento children? Then ‘Scoop Scoot’ on July 16

June 11, 2021

Scoot over to William Land Park on Friday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m. for the California Family Fitness Scoop Scoot 2021. The family-friendly event raises funds for the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department, which supports kids while they are in the hospital.

UC Davis nursing school hosts virtual graduation

June 10, 2021

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis hosts a virtual graduation celebration for its classes of 2021. While the online gathering was required for health and safety, it did not dampen the spirits of the 161 graduates marking this milestone.

Face masks block expired particles, despite leakage

June 10, 2021

A new study involving UC Davis researchers finds that surgical masks are effective at reducing outgoing airborne particles from talking or coughing. This was true even after taking leakage around the edges of the mask into consideration.

Student-run Paul Hom Asian Clinic gets grant to help community members quit tobacco

June 9, 2021

New tobacco cessation grant gives Asian American community in Sacramento One More Reason to Quit to prevent complications from COVID-19.

Prestigious international award for three UC Davis scientists

June 9, 2021

Three UC Davis scientists, including Distinguished Professor Bruce Hammock at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, are sharing an international award in recognition of their work on click-chemistry technology.

Teens and acne: Top tips to clearer skin

June 9, 2021

Eighty-five percent of teenagers are affected by acne during their teenage years and more than 50 million people have acne in the U.S. June is acne awareness month and we asked UC Davis pediatric dermatologist Smita Awasthi for her top tips to help teens on the path to clearer skin.

Pandemic inspires trio to provide for the underserved in Knights Landing (video)

June 8, 2021

Three friends connected to UC Davis wanted to help underserved families in Knights Landing during the pandemic, so they've set up a table each Sunday filled with groceries, baby supplies, pet food and other items - all free for the community.

Reminder: Plan for Route 99 closure, June 11-16, to affect travel to and from UC Davis Medical Center

June 8, 2021

Learn the details (and see a map) of the highway closure, scheduled for 8 p.m., Friday, June 11 until 4 a.m., Wednesday, June 16. Take transit, plan alternate routes and allow extra time for travel due to increased congestion.

UC Davis Health wins EMMY® Award for coverage of system’s renowned health care

June 8, 2021

Members of the UC Davis Health Public Affairs and Marketing Department are part teams that won two Northern California Area EMMY® Awards. The work included was coverage of surgery to separate conjoined twins and a collaboration with KVIE about vision loss.

Ralph Green honored for major contributions to field of nutrition

June 7, 2021

Professor Ralph Green has been inducted into the American Society for Nutrition's Class of 2021 fellows. He is an expert in diagnosing and treating diseases caused by nutritional deficiencies. Green’s research has focused on the role of micronutrients, including iron, B12 and folate.

MIND Institute brain bank focused on autism, diversity, education and research

June 7, 2021

The new CENE Brain Bank, supported by the MIND Institute, aims to increase the diversity of brain tissue available for research about autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions. The project includes collection sites in Latin American countries.

Extra, extra, read all about it in the latest issue of The Pediatric Press

June 7, 2021

The Pediatric Press, the online newsletter of UC Davis Children's Hospital, has published its summer issue. The summer edition includes stories about hospital awards, research developments, patient milestones, new clinic openings and other successes within the pediatric units.

Emergency department nurse promotes COVID-19 vaccines on TV with Gov. Gavin Newsom

June 4, 2021

Claudio Alvarado, an assistant nurse manager in the pediatric emergency department, appeared on stage with California Gov. Gavin Newsom to promote the state’s new Vax for the Win vaccine incentive program.

Cardiac arrest: Save a life in five steps with guidance from Project ADAM Sacramento

June 4, 2021

CPR/AED Awareness Week is a solemn reminder of cardiac arrest statistics. The good news? UC Davis has free education and training available so you can provide lifesaving assistance through a program called project ADAM.

Rapid whole genome sequencing leads to better outcomes for babies, lower medical costs

June 4, 2021

A study published today outlined the success of Project Baby Bear, a real-world quality improvement program designed to test the clinical and economic value of using rapid Whole Genome Sequencing to diagnose and guide treatment for infants with unexplained rare disease.

Most Californians unaware of law to prevent gun violence but would support using it

June 4, 2021

A new study shows that two-thirds of Californians don’t know about a law designed to prevent a person at risk of hurting themselves or others from possessing or purchasing firearms or ammunition. More than 80% of survey participants were supportive once they read about this law.

Executive Chef Santana Diaz to lead 2021 Tower Bridge Dinner

June 4, 2021

Visit Sacramento has named UC Davis Health’s executive chef, Santana Diaz, to lead this year’s Farm-to-Fork Tower Bridge Dinner.

School of Medicine honors dozens of students, residents and faculty with annual awards

June 4, 2021

More than 100 students, residents, faculty and a staff member were honored for their exceptional contributions as part of the UC Davis School of Medicine’s annual awards. Some of the awards were announced at the recent commencement ceremony.

UC Davis Children’s Hospital welcomes new facility dog Daniels (video)

June 3, 2021

The newest employee at UC Davis Children’s Hospital has a wet nose and a wagging tail! Facility Dog Daniels works in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) to help calm, comfort and motivate young patients going through medical procedures and long hospital stays.

Researchers discover potential new approach to treating psoriatic joint inflammation

June 3, 2021

An international team of researchers, led by UC Davis Health, developed a new therapeutic approach to treating psoriatic arthritis, a chronic inflammatory disease affecting the joints.

Unleashed: how a doggie day care was the perfect fit for employee and employer (video)

June 2, 2021

For one woman with autism, a job at a local doggie daycare has provided purpose. The opportunity resulted from an innovative UC Davis MIND Institute program, which connects employers and agencies eager to support workers with developmental disabilities.

Hospital visits for extreme blood sugar highs and lows increase chance of dementia

June 2, 2021

Older people with type 1 diabetes who have been to the hospital at some point for both low and high blood sugar levels may be six times more likely to develop dementia later, according to a new study from UC Davis Health.

Don’t tread on it!

June 1, 2021

While the odds of being bitten by a rattlesnake are small, following some precautions from UC Davis Health experts, people can minimize the chances of being bitten and suffering severe or even life-threatening symptoms.

Heather Siefkes receives 2021 Eli Gold Prize

June 1, 2021

Heather Siefkes, assistant professor in the UC Davis Department of Pediatrics, received the 2021 Eli Gold Prize. Siefkes works in the Pediatric and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at UC Davis Children’s Hospital and is the medical director of Project ADAM Sacramento.

May 2021

Closure of state Route 99 (June 11-16) to impact travel to and from UC Davis Medical Center

May 28, 2021

North- and southbound state Route 99 will be closed from 47th Avenue to the U.S. Highway 50 connector, from 8 p.m. on Friday, June 11 until 4 a.m., Wednesday, June 16. Rerouted traffic is expected to affect the area around the medical center.

Nurse Residency Program earns ANCC accreditation, with distinction

May 28, 2021

UC Davis Health’s Nurse Residency Program is the first and only program in the Sacramento region to earn accreditation, with distinction, from the American Nurse Credentialing Center.

Three-dimensional models provide road map to cloacal repairs (video)

May 28, 2021

Three-dimensional printed models, created at the 3D PrintViz Lab on the UC Davis Health campus, have helped surgical teams plan for cloacal surgery in children. These models provide a veritable road map that makes all the difference. 

Friday before Memorial Day declared ‘Don’t Fry Day’ as reminder to be sun safe

May 28, 2021

“Don’t Fry Day” on the Friday before Memorial Day aims to reduce the number of new skin cancer diagnoses by promoting sun safety and encouraging people to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors this summer.

UC Davis Health among world’s first health care organizations to make Race to Zero emissions commitment

May 27, 2021

As a member of Health Care Without Harm’s Health Care Climate Challenge, UC Davis Health announced that it has joined the United Nations Climate Champion Race to Zero campaign, aiming to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Treatment provides brighter future for patient living with mental illness (video)

May 27, 2021

The UC Davis Early Psychosis Programs’ holistic approach to treating mental illness is featured in a moving new documentary short about Chris Ferrari, who received life-changing help from the clinic. The release is from One Mind, a leading brain health nonprofit.

Record-setting month of giving at Jersey Mike's raises $80K for UC Davis Children's Hospital

May 27, 2021

Jersey Mike’s Sacramento-area franchises raised more than $80,000 for UC Davis Children’s hospital in March, setting a new record during the chain’s annual Month of Giving fundraiser. Sick and injured kids across 33 local counties benefit from Jersey Mike’s efforts.

More work still needed to recruit, retain OB/GYN residents that reflect the diverse patient population they serve

May 26, 2021

To address health care disparities among minority women in obstetrics and gynecology, one approach is to increase diversity among health care providers to better reflect the patient population that they serve. But are medical residents within OB/GYN more diverse than other medical specialties?

New research study aims to improve cancer disparities

May 26, 2021

People from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds in the Sacramento area encouraged to participate in a UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center research study aimed at reducing the cancer burden in underrepresented communities.

Atreja named to HIMSS Future50 Community

May 26, 2021

Chief Information and Digital Health Officer Ashish Atreja has been named to the annual Future50 list of innovative thinkers and leaders by the global technology advisory organization, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis announces local 2021 champion

May 25, 2021

A patient since before he was born, Casey Dyke has lived his best life, thanks to UC Davis Children’s Hospital donors. He’s now the Children’s Miracle Network Champion representing UC Davis for 2021.

104 graduating doctors celebrated virtually in 50th annual commencement (video)

May 24, 2021

The UC Davis School of Medicine celebrated its 50th annual commencement ceremony on Saturday. School leaders conferred 104 Doctor of Medicine degrees during a virtual ceremony that honored the students’ diversity, commitment, and resilience.

Sacramento high school student makes 250 face coverings by hand for UC Davis Hospice patients

May 24, 2021

St. Francis High School senior Katrina Uthoff was recently presented with her school’s Pillar of Service Award for making the handmade masks that were a huge hit with UC Davis Hospice staff and homebound patients and their families.

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra visits community vaccine clinics in Sacramento (video)

May 21, 2021

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra came to Sacramento to learn first-hand how UC Davis Health and its community partners are helping people from underserved communities get the COVID-19 vaccine in neighborhood clinics.

Ulfat Shaikh appointed to the Children’s Hospitals Association’s Next Generation of Quality committee

May 21, 2021

Ulfat Shaikh, medical director for health care quality and professor of pediatrics at UC Davis Health, has been appointed to the Children’s Hospitals Association’s Next Generation of Quality Steering Committee. The committee includes 11 members representing children’s hospitals across the country.

Nation’s cancer centers urge action to get HPV vaccinations back on track

May 20, 2021

Top cancer centers, including the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, are sounding the alarm about a drop in the HPV vaccination rate. They attribute the change to a decrease in well-child visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Program addresses food insecurity in South Sacramento communities hard-hit by COVID-19

May 20, 2021

The UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center designed and funded Food for All, a project focused on addressing COVID-19-aggravated food insecurity among Asian communities in South Sacramento.

Improving mental health focus of Xavier Becerra visit to UC Davis Health

May 20, 2021

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra made a visit UC Davis Medical Center on Wednesday to tour the Early Psychosis Programs and meet with campus leadership and faculty. The programs are nationally recognized as a leading provider of early psychosis care.

A call to gynecologic surgeons to reduce excess opioid pills after hysterectomy

May 19, 2021

A UC Davis Health study urged gynecologic surgeons to prescribe the smallest effective opioid prescription after hysterectomy. Their study found that, on average, patients use only half of pills prescribed after the operation.

Air quality linked to increased risk of Alzheimer's

May 19, 2021

A study led by UC Davis toxicologist Pamela Lein found a link between traffic-related air pollution and an increased risk for age-related dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. More than 5 million Americans currently live with Alzheimer's disease.

Healing arts take center stage in honor of National Cancer Survivor Day

May 19, 2021

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is celebrating National Cancer Survivors Day in June with a virtual healing arts exhibit. The goal is to show how creative expression can help patients recover from cancer.

UC Davis drops race-based reference ranges from a standard kidney test

May 18, 2021

Race-based reference ranges will no longer be part of a test routinely used to check a patient’s kidney health. UC Davis Health is one of the first in the nation to make the change to the estimated glomerular filtration rate or eGFR.

UC Davis nursing school announces 2021 nurse leader fellows

May 17, 2021

The national program office at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis announces 10 new nursing scientists in the second cohort of the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators.

New college program for students with intellectual disabilities accepting applications

May 17, 2021

Applications are now being accepted for Redwood SEED Scholars, a brand-new, four-year college program for students with intellectual disabilities. The inclusive program includes living on campus, attending traditional classes and work opportunities. Applications are due June 4.

UC Davis Medical Center’s obstetric anesthesia service named Center of Excellence

May 14, 2021

The Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology this week  announced that UC Davis Medical Center has attained its prestigious Center of Excellence designation. The medical center was one of 17 institutions and programs globally to earn the designation this year.

Children 12 to 15 can now be vaccinated against COVID-19 (video)

May 13, 2021

U.S. public health agencies support the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds. Parents and caregivers can now schedule appointments for kids in this age group. A UC Davis pediatric infectious disease expert explains the benefits of vaccinating adolescents.

Young man's scary injury benefits from spine center skill and expertise

May 12, 2021

A 24-year-old man is on the road to recovery following an off-road vehicle accident that left him nearly paralyzed. He credits UC Davis Spine Center with expert surgery that kept him from nearly becoming a paraplegic.

Measuring brain blood flow and activity with light

May 12, 2021

A new, noninvasive method for measuring brain blood flow with light has been developed by biomedical engineers and neurologists at UC Davis. The new technology could be used for assessing brain injuries or in neuroscience research.

UC Davis MIND Institute to host inaugural stem cell, gene therapy conference

May 11, 2021

The UC Davis MIND Institute is now accepting abstracts for its first-ever Stem Cell and Gene Therapy for Neurodevelopmental Disorders Conference. The September event will feature both in-person and virtual options and will focus on the development of treatments for genetic disorders.

Wear PJs and “Say Goodnight to Cancer” during virtual fundraiser

May 11, 2021

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life event put on by the UC Davis Colleges Against Cancer chapter is virtual this year, with participants wearing pajamas to “Say Goodnight to Cancer.”

School of Medicine launches new interdisciplinary center focused on diagnostic innovations

May 10, 2021

The UC Davis School of Medicine has launched a new initiative, the Center for Diagnostic Innovation, to bring together industry partners, clinicians, researchers and educators to develop innovative new testing methods to improve patient health.

UC Davis Health now enrolling children ages 12-17 for Novavax coronavirus vaccine trial

May 7, 2021

UC Davis Health will soon launch a stage 3 clinical trial for a new coronavirus vaccine for children ages 12-17 with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Novavax. The two-year study aims to enroll 100 participants.

Paciente con MIS-C recibe atención crítica en el Hospital de Niños de UC Davis

May 6, 2021

Santiago, de seis años, empezó a tener escalofríos que rápidamente se convirtieron en un sarpullido, fiebre alta, dolores de cabeza, vómitos y diarrea. Esta es su historia con MIS-C, la enfermedad que está asociada al COVID-19 y que afecta a los niños.

Gratitude: The best medicine during tough times

May 5, 2021

A UC Davis gratitude expert says being grateful may be the best medicine when it comes to insulating ourselves against the psychological impact of the coronavirus pandemic. He has advice for how to cultivate a lifelong gratitude practice.

Sacramento girl supports UC Davis Facility Dog program with Bat Mitzvah gifts

May 4, 2021

The word mitzvah means “good deed,” and Sacramento resident Meredith Bluth celebrated her Bat Mitzvah last month with a very good deed indeed: she invited her friends and family to donate to the UC Davis Facility Dog program.

MIND Institute honored by Chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion efforts (video)

May 4, 2021

The UC Davis MIND Institute received a department-wide award from the UC Davis Chancellor’s Office for its significant efforts to increase diversity, equity and inclusion. Recent efforts include grants, healing circles and outreach to the medically underserved.  

Thinking of skipping your second COVID-19 vaccine shot? Here’s why you shouldn’t (video)

May 4, 2021

Millions of Americans are skipping their second Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 shot. UC Davis Health experts say that means less protection from coronavirus, and immunity that won’t last as long. They advise everyone to get that second dose.

'An awesome change agent' (video)

May 4, 2021

Victoria Ngo, a Health Systems and Community Leadership Postdoctoral Fellow at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, receives the UC Davis Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity and Community for her postdoctoral research.

Los imanes pequeños son un enorme riesgo de salud cuando se tragan

May 3, 2021

Son coloridos, del tamaño de un bocadillo y divertidos para jugar, pero si se tragan son capaces de perforar los intestinos. Expertos de UC Davis aconsejan a los padres que se mantengan alejados de los imanes de neodimio. Generalmente conocidos como imanes de tierras raras, estos son los imanes más potentes que están disponibles en el mercado.

Unexpected medical condition prompts early delivery for mom’s sixth pregnancy

May 3, 2021

When Antelope resident Martel Calabretta was pregnant with her sixth baby, she was a seasoned veteran. But early on, she realized that baby number six was a very different pregnancy and required the specialty care that UC Davis Health provides.

COVID-19: A snapshot of where things stand in Sacramento and at UC Davis Health

May 3, 2021

Efforts to vaccinate local residents and health care workers against COVID-19 have helped reduce hospitalizations and positive tests. Health care professionals note dramatic reductions from the high numbers of patients last year, but say in recent weeks, those numbers have stayed steady.