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May 2021

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

Los primeros signos que tuvo Santiago Alvarado, de 6 años, del Síndrome Inflamatorio Multisistémico en Niños (MIS-C) fueron algunos simples escalofríos. MIS-C es una enfermedad grave asociada con el COVID-19 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.

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.

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

May 3, 2021

Son coloridos, del tamaño de un bocadillo, divertidos para jugar, y son capaces de perforar los intestinos si se tragan.

April 2021

The ultimate real-world lesson: Nursing students administer COVID-19 vaccines

April 30, 2021

First-year nursing students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing gain valuable experience with real patients by giving COVID-19 injections. Students learn how the interaction is far more than simply administering the vaccine.

UC Davis students launch COVID-19 vaccine clinic and administer 7,600 doses (video)

April 30, 2021

When essential workers lacked access to the COVID-19 shot, the student-run Shifa Community Clinic decided to set up a vaccination site. The effort by UC Davis undergraduates and medical students has delivered more than 7,000 vaccine doses at a downtown Sacramento mosque.

Calibrating Lactoferrin protein in milk may boost learning and protect neurons

April 29, 2021

Lactoferrin is a glycoprotein found naturally in breast milk. A study by UC Davis Professor Fredric A. Troy II found that the lactoferrin concentration in the diet has significantly different impacts on learning, brain development and neuroprotection.

PsychLight sensor to enable discovery of new psychiatric drugs

April 28, 2021

UC Davis researchers develop PsychLight, a sensor that could be used in discovering new treatments for mental illness, in neuroscience research and to detect drugs of abuse.

Promising gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy

April 28, 2021

Clinical researchers at UC Davis Health are using an innovative gene therapy approach for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which the lead physician hopes will be a transformational treatment for children with the disease.

Male bladder cancer vulnerability could lead to a new treatment approach

April 28, 2021

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers found that targeting androgen receptors - a type of protein specific to men - may destroy cancer cells. Focusing on this male protein variant common in malignant bladder tumor cells may serve as a new avenue for treating bladder cancer in men.

David Tom Cooke to lead national thoracic surgeon association

April 28, 2021

General thoracic surgery chief David Tom Cooke becomes the first African American to be elected president-elect of the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association.

Little magnets are a big health hazard when swallowed

April 27, 2021

They are colorful, bite-size, fun to play with, and capable of punching holes in your intestines if swallowed. UC Davis experts warn parents to steer clear of neodymium magnets. Often called rare-earth magnets, these are the strongest magnets available commercially.

Encouraging COVID-19 vaccines in communities of color (video)

April 27, 2021

UC Davis Health staff and The California Endowment team up to create multilingual public service announcements to encourage underrepresented communities to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

New rapid COVID-19 test the result of university-industry partnership (video)

April 26, 2021

A partnership between UC Davis and Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr., chairman and CEO of Allegiant Travel Company, has led to a 20-minute COVID-19 test. The method pairs a mass spectrometer with a powerful machine-learning platform to detect SARS-CoV-2 in nasal swabs. A recent study published in Nature Scientific Reports shows the test to be 98.3% accurate for positive COVID-19 tests and 96% for negative tests. 

Volunteers from UC Davis Health provide COVID-19 vaccinations at Sleep Train Arena

April 26, 2021

Dozens of volunteers from UC Davis Health helped vaccinate vulnerable populations against COVID-19 over the weekend at a drive-thru clinic organized by the Consul General of Mexico in Sacramento.

Celebrating translational science researchers at UC Davis

April 23, 2021

During its 16th annual CTSC Scholar Symposium, UC Davis celebrated the graduation of its newest cohort of scholars who conduct innovative applied health research.

New ultrasound equipment means fewer needle 'pokes' and less stress for pediatric patients

April 23, 2021

Since veins are harder to see in children, ultrasound guided assistance is a game changer for kids and medical staff. Thanks to a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals grant, placing a needle is now much easier.

Join the St. Baldrick’s virtual shave party!

April 22, 2021

COVID-19 safety precautions are prompting a virtual version of this year’s Sacramento St. Baldrick’s Shave Party to raise money for childhood cancer research. So far, more than $23,000 has been raised to help fight pediatric cancer.

Is raising the sales age of tobacco reducing youth smoking?

April 22, 2021

A new study, conducted by three UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers, studies young adult smoking trends three years after the start of California’s law raising the sales age of tobacco to 21.

UC Davis Health surgery chair to lead prestigious organization

April 22, 2021

Diana Farmer tapped to lead the oldest surgical association in the U.S.

Children’s Miracle Network partner Costco will raise funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital in May

April 22, 2021

Costco members and employees are not letting the pandemic stand in the way of making a difference for sick and injured kids. Shop online or in-store during Miracle Month and donations stay local to help kids treated at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Robotic surgery saves lives and restores hope for esophageal cancer patients

April 21, 2021

April is esophageal cancer awareness month and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is using robotic surgery technology to change the odds of surviving this rare cancer.

MIND Institute study of anxiety in children with autism now includes online treatment

April 20, 2021

The UC Davis MIND Institute is now offering online treatment as part of its clinical trial known as the STAAR study. The trial will compare the effectiveness of the medication sertraline and cognitive behavioral therapy in treating anxiety in children with autism.

New imaging diagnostic tool lights up tumors during brain cancer surgery

April 20, 2021

The UC Davis FLIm technology is a novel optical imaging system that could allow neurosurgeons to more precisely and thoroughly remove malignant brain tumors.

New acute care rehabilitation hospital project begins

April 20, 2021

Work is getting underway for the construction of UC Davis Health’s new acute care rehabilitation hospital that is set to open in 2023.

A behind-the-scenes department steps into the COVID-19 spotlight

April 19, 2021

In March 2020, UC Davis was in a race to create something that didn’t exist yet: a home-grown COVID-19 test. How the campus pulled together to help Pathology and Laboratory Medicine launch the first of over 100,000 COVID-19 tests this past year.

IHI and DAISY Foundation honor UC Davis nurses for commitment to patient care

April 19, 2021

UC Davis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) clinical nurse specialist Christa Bedford-Mu has been announced as the individual award recipient at this year’s 2021 DAISY Awards for Extraordinary Nurses in Patient Safety, presented in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Children’s Hospital nurse educator Michelle Linenberger also received an Honorable Mention from the DAISY Foundation and IHI.

It's Give Day: Donors to help young ICU patients, COVID-19 test efforts, and more (video)

April 16, 2021

As a complement to Picnic Day, UC Davis Give Day builds on the momentum of last year's record-breaking fundraising event. Community donors have stepped up to offer 233 challenges worth more than $2.3 million, supporting a broad array of causes.

UC Davis Hospice patient goes home to old Oklahoma farm ranch – one more time before forever

April 15, 2021

Through Dream Foundation and the efforts of UC Davis Hospice social worker Rebeckah Long, Jack O’Ryan was able to reconnect with family members in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and introduce his wife to his beloved aunt and uncle.

MIND Institute showcases research, gives tour during virtual open house (video)

April 14, 2021

The UC Davis MIND Institute offered a behind-the-scenes virtual tour of its clinic, labs and facility recently. The event also featured research updates and a live question and answer session, and is available for anyone to view online.

Donut Dash raises funds for UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department

April 13, 2021

The 13th annual Donut Dash is scheduled for May 22, at 8:30 a.m. at William Land Park in Sacramento. Proceeds will benefit the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department.This year’s event will look a little different from years past, with social distancing measures in place.

UC Davis Health pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to extremely rare side effect

April 13, 2021

UC Davis Health has paused all use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, following guidance from the CDC. This will not impact our ability to vaccinate thousands of people each day. The vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are safe, and the risks of COVID-19 are still greater than not being vaccinated at all. 

UC Davis Health celebrates new Roseville outpatient clinic

April 12, 2021

UC Davis Health has opened the doors of yet another new outpatient clinic in the Sacramento region, this one being a larger and convenient location in Roseville.

Sib Sacks program aims to provide support to pediatric patients’ brothers and sisters

April 12, 2021

Having a sick or injured child is stressful for the whole family, including brothers and sisters. Enter Sib Sacks, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals-funded Child Life program designed to address siblings’ unique needs.

New remote patient-care technology assists patients using neuromodulation therapy

April 9, 2021

The Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Program at UC Davis Health has a new tool to treat patients receiving neuromodulation therapy for movement disorders. Abbott’s  NeuroSphere Virtual Clinic is a first-of-its-kind remote patient care system. UC Davis Health is the first hospital in Northern California and among the first 10 in the United States to offer it to patients.

Unexpected birth in UC Davis Medical Center parking garage

April 9, 2021

Off-duty Adventist Health Lodi Memorial labor and delivery nurse came to the rescue when Madison Fritter gave birth in the UC Davis Medical Center parking garage.

Military emergency medicine residents at UC Davis Health test their mettle — and win — in national ‘SimWars’ competition

April 9, 2021

A group of military emergency medicine residents at UC Davis Health participated for the first time in the competition, which tests teams from across the country on their medical knowledge and decision-making skills through simulation scenarios.

Participants sought for COVID-19 vaccine trial for booster and variant protection

April 9, 2021

UC Davis Health seeks volunteers for a clinical trial to determine the efficacy of a COVID-19 booster shot and protection against the South African virus variant.

New test to study language development in youth with Down syndrome

April 8, 2021

A team led by UC Davis Health researchers tested and validated a new set of procedures for collecting, measuring and analyzing the spoken language of youth with Down syndrome in a naturalistic setting.

Even before COVID-19 pandemic, youth suicide already at record high

April 8, 2021

Isolation and distancing are amplifying challenges that children and teens already experience. Experts are worried that studies being conducted now will show a continued increase in suicide rates, which have been going up over the last decade.

$15 million grant to renew center studying effects of maternal infections on offspring

April 7, 2021

Discovering how infections during pregnancy can lead to psychiatric illness and developmental disorders in offspring years later is the subject of a $15.7 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to the Conte Center at the University of California, Davis.

UC Davis Medical Center ranked among World’s Best Hospitals 2021 by Newsweek

April 7, 2021

Newsweek Magazine has named UC Davis Medical Center to its 2021 list of the “World’s Best Hospitals,” and it’s the only one so honored from the Sacramento region.

Expertise and kindness defy odds in long, precarious fight against COVID-19

April 7, 2021

Ajay Randhawa spent nearly two months in intensive care, much of it unconscious and on life support because of COVID-19. He was saved by the expertise of UC Davis Health doctors and nurses and, he says, by their kindness.

Brad Simmons named Chief Administrator UC Davis Medical Center and Chief Operating Officer, UC Davis Health – Hospital Division

April 7, 2021

Brad Simmons has been appointed to the newly created position of Chief Administrator, UC Davis Medical Center and Chief Operating Officer, UC Davis Health Hospital Division. The position’s responsibilities include all inpatient care for UC Davis Health.

Study finds risk of leukemia higher than expected in children with Down syndrome

April 6, 2021

Down syndrome remains a strong risk factor for childhood leukemia, a new study led by UC Davis and UC San Francisco researchers has found.

Wireless monitors mean kids receiving intensive care will soon be back on the move

April 5, 2021

In the past, UC Davis Pediatric and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit patients were dependent on in-room monitors to provide critical vitals to staff. But now, a CMN-funded monitor conversion will give kids some freedom while hospitalized.

UC Davis Health opens two more vaccination sites in underserved areas

April 2, 2021

UC Davis Health now has three locations where residents of underserved neighborhoods can get their COVID-19 vaccine, thanks to partnerships with churches and a community organization that serve vulnerable populations.

Child with MIS-C receives life-saving care at UC Davis Children’s Hospital

April 2, 2021

Six-year-old Santiago came down with chills that quickly progressed to a rash, high fever, headaches, vomiting and diarrhea. This is his journey with MIS-C, the condition that is associated with COVID-19 that affects children.

Beads of Courage offers visual reminder of the strength, resilience of young patients (video)

April 2, 2021

Emily Love‘s journey with leukemia is memorialized in beads. Every poke, every procedure, every hospitalization, measured in colorful little treasures. It’s a visual story that could span the length of a room. Find out how the Beads of Courage program has supported our patients for more than 12 years.

From cheerleader to life saver

April 1, 2021

For many patients with end-stage kidney disease, a living donor kidney transplant is the best treatment option. This Donate a Life Month, a UC Davis Health employee gives her kidney - and a second lease on life - to a patient.

MRI room makeover helps ease patient stress during radiology procedures

April 1, 2021

Medical procedures like MRIs are frightening, especially for kids. But thanks to a grant from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the radiology environment is a little less scary.

March 2021

UC Davis School of Medicine ranks No. 4 nationally in diversity

March 31, 2021

The UC Davis School of Medicine is ranked No. 4 in diversity nationwide, thanks to a number of innovative programs over the past decade that draw underrepresented minority groups.

Versa Blue brings advanced radiation treatment to cancer patients

March 31, 2021

A new high-energy x-ray system that uses 3D and 4D technology to map and then apply highly precise doses of therapeutic radiation is now benefitting patients at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Pediatric kidney stone program adds new clinic location

March 31, 2021

UC Davis Health opens a second pediatric kidney stone clinic today in Sacramento. Located in the Glassrock Clinic, this new clinic provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for pediatric patients with kidney stone disease.

UC Davis, UC Davis Health leaders among Sacramento area’s Most Admired CEOs

March 30, 2021

The Sacramento Business Journal has named UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May and Vice Chancellor of Human Health Sciences and UC Davis Health CEO David Lubarsky to its list of the Sacramento area’s Most Admired CEOs.

UC Davis schools of nursing and medicine receive high national rankings by U.S. News & World Report

March 30, 2021

The UC Davis School of Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing continue to distinguish themselves as national leaders in training the next generation of health care providers and research innovator.

Studies show long-haul COVID-19 afflicts 1 in 4 COVID-19 patients, regardless of severity

March 30, 2021

People who catch COVID-19 have at least a one in four chance of developing long-haul COVID with symptoms lasting months, even if they have very mild cases, are young and are in excellent health, new studies show.

UC Davis Health awarded advanced certification for ventricular assist device therapy

March 30, 2021

UC Davis Health earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its Ventricular Assist Device Program. It is part of the Comprehensive Heart Failure Program, which delivers state-of-the-art care for patients with advanced heart failure.

Studying the impact of community violence on Alzheimer’s and dementia in African Americans

March 30, 2021

Michelle Ko, assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences, has been awarded a $2.3 million grant from the National Institute on Aging. She’ll examine whether exposure to community and structural violence at different points in life is associated with a decline in cognitive function or Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias among older African Americans.

Hospitalized kids benefit from Jersey Mike's 'Day of Giving' this Wednesday, March 31

March 30, 2021

Jersey Mike’s restaurant’s 11th annual ‘Day of Giving’ caps off month-long fundraiser for charity. Local franchisees to give all proceeds to help kids treated at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Transplant provides new hope for 14-year-old with chronic kidney disease

March 29, 2021

More than a year ago, 14-year-old Aija Hall and her mother Angela Lasseter received the devastating news that she had focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a disease in which scar tissue develops on the parts of the kidneys that filter waste from the blood.

Correcting bad info and common mistakes as we move forward in the fight against COVID-19

March 25, 2021

With COVID-19 vaccine rollouts, new studies and new variants all emerging rapidly – not to mention made-up theories on social media, some incorrect information and downright dangerous myths may be confusing people.

Catching more breast cancers when mammograms are limited

March 25, 2021

In one of the largest research projects of its kind, a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open looks at nearly 900,000 individuals and close to 2 million mammograms to come up with a new way detect the most breast cancer cases with the fewest exams.

Screen 2 Screen: Virtual breast cancer outreach to benefit Asian women

March 24, 2021

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s virtual breast cancer outreach study called Screen 2 Screen is offering free educational webinars and mammography to lower breast cancer rates in Asian American communities.

UC Davis Health tests anti-inflammatory antiviral compound as COVID-19 therapy

March 24, 2021

Dominik Haudenschild is leading a team of UC Davis researchers testing a new class of anti-inflammatory antiviral compound as a COVID-19 treatment.

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center to help improve national cancer guidelines

March 23, 2021

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center will help improve national cancer guidelines after being elected into the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. The organization has established more than 80 clinical practice guidelines covering most types of cancer as well as prevention and supportive care.

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group fills critical gap in grieving process, especially during pandemic

March 23, 2021

While there are many bereavement groups intended for adults and children/teens, this program – offered by UC Davis Hospice and UC Davis Children’s Hospital – serves a segment of our community with unique needs and challenges: young adults.

‘Just sticky enough’ compound may help patients with kidney disease (video)

March 22, 2021

A multidisciplinary team has developed a new technology that may improve arteriovenous grafts used during kidney dialysis. Approximately 468,000 people in the United States receive dialysis.

Match Day celebrates more than 100 medical students

March 19, 2021

After months of waiting, graduating medical students finally learned which training programs they will attend for the next three to seven years on their path to becoming specialists.

Doctors volunteer to administer COVID-19 vaccine to people experiencing homelessness (video)

March 19, 2021

A team of UC Davis Health doctors volunteered their time to immunize people experiencing homelessness near downtown Sacramento, the latest effort to protect vulnerable populations from COVID-19.

UC Davis Health named Age-Friendly Health Systems Participant

March 18, 2021

UC Davis Health is leading the way in making sure that every day, every older adult receives age-friendly health care.

Oak Park church is latest venue for UC Davis Health COVID-19 community vaccinations (video)

March 17, 2021

UC Davis Health has started a weekly community vaccination clinic in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood. It’s the latest in a series of partnerships that have resulted in more than 10,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to the underserved, essential workers and others.

COVID-19 vaccine anxiety adds to stress on family caregivers

March 17, 2021

Family caregivers are among the silent heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic and now their stress is ratcheted up as they scramble to arrange vaccinations for the people they care for, often when they can’t get vaccines themselves.

Pediatric patients shine at Creative Arts Festival (video)

March 17, 2021

The UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department held their third annual Creative Arts Festival safely at the West Wind Drive-In Theater in Sacramento. A virtual art gallery highlighted 19 pieces of patient-made art and 17 patient-made films were screened.

Where’s St. Baldrick’s on St. Patrick’s Day?

March 17, 2021

The Sacramento St. Baldrick’s Shave Party to raise money for childhood cancer research is usually held at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center on St. Patrick’s Day, but COVID-19 safety precautions are prompting a virtual adaptation this year on April 23.

UC Davis approved as Center of Comprehensive Care for Pulmonary Hypertension

March 16, 2021

UC Davis Health has received reaccreditation as a Center of Comprehensive Care from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA). The designation recognizes the high quality and depth of resources available at UC Davis Health for the expert care of patients with pulmonary hypertension.

Immigration symposium produces comprehensive report on trauma-informed care

March 15, 2021

Experts in immigration, health care and mental health gathered for a virtual symposium to discuss how providers can offer better care for immigrants harmed by federal policies such as family separation. A full report of the symposium is now available.

Study finds adolescents with autism may engage neural control systems differently

March 12, 2021

UC Davis Health researchers studying executive control in adolescents and young adults with autism have published new research that suggests a unique approach, rather than impairment.

Abdominal pain isn’t normal and shouldn’t be ignored (video)

March 12, 2021

Jennifer Dunn was only 39 years old when she began having symptoms. In 2019, she made what would be a critical visit to the emergency room. A CT scan identified multiple lesions and a later biopsy confirmed her colon cancer was advanced.

Another toll of COVID-19: Lost casual friendships and their uplifting value

March 11, 2021

COVID-19 has cost us our casual friendships and interactions, a loss we may not realize consciously but feel deeply, psychologist Kaye Hermanson says.

Girl gets life-saving dialysis at home through peritoneal dialysis program (Video)

March 11, 2021

Launched in 2016, the outpatient peritoneal dialysis program at UC Davis Children’s Hospital provides pediatric patients and their families with training on home-based peritoneal dialysis, while patients await a kidney transplant. It has been a lifeline for parents like Aija Hall.

Latino vaccination initiative boosted by UC Davis Health partnership

March 10, 2021

A consortium of community partners, including UC Davis Health, is providing COVID-19 vaccines to Latinos in Sacramento, a population severely affected by the pandemic.

Duffle bags filled with essentials give sense of autonomy, dignity to at-risk foster youth

March 10, 2021

When children are discharged from the hospital and go into foster care, they typically leave with all of their possessions in a plastic bag. Now, thanks to pediatric social workers at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, these children receive a MAARY bag to help during this difficult transition. MAARY is an acronym for Marginalized and At Risk Youth.

New screening guidelines may help reduce lung cancer disparities

March 10, 2021

New lung screening guidelines will give more Black people, women, and younger people, who smoke less, access to life-saving lung cancer scans. The guidelines will help address health disparities and catch more cases of lung cancer, earlier. The goal is to reduce the odds of dying from the biggest cancer killer in America.

CDC: Americans who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 can start returning to regular life (video)

March 10, 2021

Visits with loved ones, hugs from grandparents and dinner with a friend. These are some of the things that the CDC says people who are fully vaccinated can now enjoy. But there are still some guidelines to follow before fully returning to regular life.

Nexplanon birth control study seeks participants

March 9, 2021

UC Davis Health is now enrolling women in a new study to extend Nexplanon’s use to five years. Nexplanon is a contraceptive implant that is inserted under the skin of the upper arm to provide birth control. The implant is currently approved for three years of use.  

Helping kids with autism transition back to in-person school: 10 tips

March 9, 2021

Many area schools are making plans to return to in-person instruction. After a year of distance learning, the transition may be tough for families, educators and students. Children with autism may face even greater challenges with the change. Here are resources and tips for easing that transition.

New research seeks to reduce birth injury causing shoulder, arm and hand paralysis

March 9, 2021

New study evaluates maternal and hospital factors possibly linked to risk of brachial plexus birth injury, the leading cause of infants’ upper extremity paralysis.

Coronavirus pandemic highlights gaps in support for caregivers

March 8, 2021

Heather M. Young has dedicated her career to improving the lives and well-being of older adults. But for her — and millions of others — the coronavirus pandemic brings the challenges to life.

Nurse training reimagined as escape room activity at Center for Simulation and Education Enhancement

March 5, 2021

Nurse Educator Michelle Linenberger transformed a simulation education session into an innovative, engaging activity that challenges PICU nurses to hone their skills in assessing and treating an asthmatic child.

How to help your child through loss, sickness due to COVID-19

March 5, 2021

Since the pandemic started, many parents have wondered how to help their child(ren) cope with their fears and anxiety. In many cases, they’re also helping children handle the illness or loss of a loved one due to COVID-19 as. Certified Child Life Specialist Marisa Martinez answers some frequently asked questions and provides tips and resources for parents and families.

Enhancing California’s specialty crops

March 4, 2021

UC Davis’ Center for Precision Medicine and Data Sciences will be helping to enhance the competitiveness of California’s specialty crops thanks to a new grant.

When to start potty training: what age should kids start (and do boys really take longer)?

March 3, 2021

What parents need to know about potty training: What age should you start? Do boys really take longer? Why are kids learning at later ages? Here’s the breakdown.

Colorectal cancer is a new threat to young adults (video)

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.