Jump to search

January 2021

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.

Biomarkers in mother’s plasma predict a type of autism in offspring with 100% accuracy

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.

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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

November 2020

Tower 4 nurse inspires others to donate to Patient Assistance Support Fund in Gratitude Heals campaign

November 25, 2020

Moved by the socioeconomic struggles of a young patient roughly her own age, Amanda Blanc sought out ways “to do something more” for patients facing hardships. The Gratitude Heals campaign offers a number of opportunities to give back.

Obesity affects stem cell transplants for cancer, blood disorder treatments

November 25, 2020

Led by a UC Davis Health team, researchers have found that obesity can block the benefits of a stem cell transplant when it is used for treating blood cancers and other related disorders.

UC Davis Health physician appointed to national public health task force

November 25, 2020

Joy Melnikow, professor in the UC Davis Department of Family and Community Medicine, will soon become a member of the U.S. Community Preventive Services Task Force.

Year of the Nurse blog, Carol Leija: ‘Just be there for them, and be that constant’

November 25, 2020

In this installment of our Year of the Nurse blog, UC Davis Health’s Carol Leija recounts an emotional experience that demonstrated to her the importance of being a steady source of strength for patients and their families.

Student-run clinic provides drive-through flu shots in Del Paso Heights

November 24, 2020

A group of students from UC Davis and Sacramento State set up a drive-through flu shot clinic on Sunday to connect with a Hmong population that has been reluctant to seek health care from western medicine.

Emeritus professor, an inventor of the plug-in hybrid car, harnesses new technology to control his diabetes

November 24, 2020

Andy Frank, a UC Davis emeritus professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, knows the transformative power of technology. Now, with UC Davis Health resources, he’s learning how it can transform his health.

Give a holiday gift to a child in the hospital from the comfort of home

November 23, 2020

The second annual Virtual Holiday Toy Drive for UC Davis Children’s Hospital is now live. Those interested can make a donation or purchase through an Amazon wish list.

Health leaders struggle to warn people of the new dangers of COVID-19

November 23, 2020

With COVID-19 surging at record rates, health leaders are frustrated with efforts to convince people not to gather for small events or holiday meals. Two experts explain the consequences of ignoring the warnings.

‘Top Docs’ list includes 240 UC Davis Health physicians

November 20, 2020

More UC Davis physicians than ever before are included on Sacramento Magazine’s 2020 list of the region’s best doctors.

Ignoring COVID-19 these holidays risks the lives of your family (video)

November 20, 2020

With COVID-19 raging across California and the U.S., experts warn that holiday gatherings could put the lives of friends and family at risk. That’s especially true for older adults. But keeping some connection is also crucial for their health.

Year of the Nurse blog, Darrell Desmond: ‘I would do anything to elevate UC Davis’

November 20, 2020

In this installment of our Year of the Nurse blog, Darrell Desmond talks about his transition from being an oncology nurse to one of UC Davis Health’s first Black nurse managers – and what he has learned along the way.

Pulmonologist honored by Sacramento County Tobacco Control Coalition

November 19, 2020

Amir A. Zeki, a UC Davis Health pulmonary and critical care medicine specialist, has been honored by the Sacramento County Tobacco Control Coalition for educating the community about the health dangers of e-cigarettes.

COVID-19 is a great reason to join the Great American Smokeout

November 19, 2020

UC Davis experts hold Facebook roundtable to support participation in the Great American Smokeout and give tobacco users tips for quitting during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The importance of masking with COVID-19: A conversation with UC Davis Health expert Stuart Cohen (video)

November 18, 2020

UC Davis Health’s Chief of Infectious Diseases Stuart Cohen breaks down the research to explain the truth of mask effectiveness, during a conversation with UC Davis Health CEO and Vice Chancellor of Human Health Sciences David Lubarsky.

UC Davis rolls out COVID-19 exposure app to campuses (video)

November 18, 2020

UC Davis Health expands the fight against the coronavirus by encouraging students, staff and faculty to use the California COVID Notify exposure notification system.

Year of the Nurse blog, Cindy Steele: ‘Teenagers, they just are my heart'

November 18, 2020

In this installment of our Year of the Nurse blog, UC Davis Health’s Cindy Steele shares stories of her time in the adolescent unit of the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, demonstrating that “kids will be kids.”

Winter is coming: COVID fatigue is merging with winter blues and SAD

November 18, 2020

As if our exhaustion with COVID-19 weren’t enough, now comes cold weather, scary spikes in cases and strong warnings to curtail holiday gatherings. It's COVID fatigue: the winter chapter. A UC Davis Health psychologist offers help with coping.

Free, student-run community health clinic grapples with pandemic constraints

November 18, 2020

The Paul Hom Asian Clinic has been delivering personalized, compassionate and free health care for nearly 50 years in Sacramento.

Annual giving campaign benefits Oak Park neighborhood preschools (video)

November 17, 2020

For the past 22 years, the UC Davis Health African American Faculty and Staff Association has led a successful fundraising effort to buy holiday gifts for children at Oak Park Preschool. This year, they want to help the school’s essential workers, too.

Breathing problems in teens: COVID-19 or lung injury due to vaping?

November 17, 2020

Lung injury due to e-cigarette use (EVALI) and COVID-19 share many symptoms. Providers need to get the vaping history of teenagers with unexplained breathing problems.

Despite cardiac tumors and hydrops, baby beats the odds

November 17, 2020

When her baby was diagnosed in the womb with multiple cardiac tumors and hydrops, Tabitha Downs relied on the UC Davis Children’s Hospital team to help save her unborn baby’s life.

Radiology professor John Boone named new editor-in-chief of Medical Physics

November 17, 2020

UC Davis Professor of Radiology John Boone is named new editor-in-chief of Medical Physics, the journal for the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.

COVID-19 dos and don’ts during a dangerous Thanksgiving and holiday season

November 16, 2020

California and the U.S. have been hit by surging cases of COVID-19, making Thanksgiving and the holidays potentially perilous. Infectious disease expert Natascha Tuznik offers advice and cautions for restrained celebrations.

Medical student focused on global health receives new, national scholarship

November 16, 2020

National Medical Fellowships has selected second-year School of Medicine student Zena Simmons for its inaugural Dr. Prentiss Taylor Scholarship.

Team Travis medical group visits UC Davis Medical Center

November 13, 2020

Medical reservists from Travis Air Force Base toured UC Davis Medical Center as part of an effort to develop new clinical training opportunities.

Expanding diversity, equity and inclusion at the UC Davis MIND Institute

November 13, 2020

The UC Davis MIND Institute has created a new committee and a grant program to increase diversity in its faculty and staff, while addressing inequities in access to care. The hope is to strengthen empathy, awareness and equity throughout its programs.

New cutting-edge rapid test detects both COVID-19 and flu

November 12, 2020

A groundbreaking, rapid combined test for COVID-19 and flu viruses has been rolled out at UC Davis Health, which is among the first in the nation to use this highly accurate “gold-standard” screening that produces results in 20 minutes.

State stem cell agency funds clinical trial for spina bifida treatment

November 12, 2020

California’s stem cell agency awarded funding to UC Davis Health researchers for the first human clinical trial using stem cells to treat spina bifida.

Different types of COVID-19 tests explained

November 12, 2020

Since COVID-19 appeared, testing to detect active infections of the coronavirus has continued to evolve. UC Davis Health expert Nam Tran, a member of the California COVID-19 Testing Task Force, explains the range of tests and their uses.

'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek mourned as pancreatic cancer event raises profile of disease

November 10, 2020

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center will help kick off Sacramento’s virtual PurpleStride event to raise awareness about Pancreatic Cancer and raise money to fight the disease. 

Military doctors battle against COVID-19

November 10, 2020

UC Davis Health’s military members have served around the world in a range of situations, including in combat zones. This year, they’ve helped protect their country against a worldwide enemy: COVID-19.

Army veteran’s military service fueled passion to care for the underserved

November 10, 2020

Nurse practitioner graduate student Elisa Garcia shares how the core values of the Army instilled in her a desire to care for underserved communities.

Year of the Nurse blog, Christine Williams: ‘I'm going to do the best I can to take care of your child’

November 10, 2020

In this installment of our Year of the Nurse blog, UC Davis Health’s Christine Williams shares her experiences from eight years as a flight nurse – and discusses the immense responsibility of caring for critically ill children.

‘A bona fide Great American Hero’: UC Davis Hospice honors 102-year-old WWII vet, professor emeritus

November 9, 2020

UC Davis Hospice’s We Honor Veterans program, which honors and thanks veterans for their service, recently recognized Milton Hildebrand during a special ceremony and shared his astonishing story of heroism with his loved ones.

Young survivors of acute myeloid leukemia have long-term complications from treatment

November 9, 2020

Adolescent and young adult patients treated for acute myeloid leukemia have a high risk of developing several long-term health complications after treatment.

Prominent cancer surgeon teaching techniques around the globe

November 9, 2020

The global reach of UC Davis expertise includes teaching cancer surgeries to top surgeons around the world – with audiences sometimes as large as 1,000 people.

A wrong turn results in the right path

November 9, 2020

More than three decades after a life-altering car crash, a nurse practitioner recounts how her experience as a patient prompted her to change her career and choose a life caring for others. This National Nurse Practitioner Week feature shares her story.

UC Davis Health garners IHA Excellence in Healthcare Award, California’s top honor for provider organizations

November 6, 2020

UC Davis Health is among the 20 provider organizations across the state recognized by the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) for high clinical quality and patience experience measures.

Year of the Nurse blog, Joleen Lonigan: ‘Giving voice to patients, as well as nurses within our organization’

November 6, 2020

In this installment of our Year of the Nurse blog, UC Davis Health’s Joleen Lonigan discusses her priority projects of the moment – as well as her ongoing legacy of hiring, supporting and mentoring hundreds of nurses.

New effort to help children manage pain

November 6, 2020

UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients can now receive help for their pain from an interdisciplinary team of pediatric pain consultants who take a holistic approach.

UC Davis nursing professor named Gerontological Society of America fellow

November 6, 2020

Assistant Professor Fawn Cothran  named fellow in the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education and practice in the field of aging.

Does breastfeeding lower mother’s breast cancer risk?

November 5, 2020

Less than 40% of women in the U.S. know that breastfeeding lowers breast cancer risk.

UC Davis Hospice celebrates veterans through moving, personalized ceremonies with their loved ones

November 5, 2020

Since its inception in 2012, UC Davis Hospice’s “We Honor Veterans” program has recognized more than 150 veterans with meaningful ceremonies that often represent the last opportunity for veterans to be thanked for their service.

Inaugural Love Your Lungs event kicks off Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November 4, 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, keeping your lungs healthy has never been more important. One of the best steps you can take is to give up tobacco products, which can put people who get COVID-19 at risk for complications.

Year of the Nurse blog, Judie Boehmer: ‘Look at the person wholly, don't just look at it as a task’

November 4, 2020

In this installment of our Year of the Nurse blog, Judie Boehmer tells the story of two patients who left a deep impression on her: a woman who underwent gender confirmation surgery, and a man who lost both of his eyes.

Applications open for UC Davis Health nurse practitioner residency program

November 3, 2020

UC Davis Health will select up to 10 N.P.s to begin a year-long, full-time residenc to provide high-quality primary care in under-resourced areas.

Jennifer Doudna on CRISPR, coronavirus and curiosity-driven research

November 3, 2020

2020 Nobel Laureate Jennifer Doudna gave a fascinating talk on CRISPR and its potential to improve diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.

Families enjoy drive-through trunk-or-treat event at UC Davis MIND Institute

November 2, 2020

The UC Davis MIND Institute offered patients a drive-through trunk-or-treat experience — a safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pancreatic cancer is often fatal and it’s on the rise.

November 2, 2020

Pancreatic cancer has a very low five-year survival rate, but UC Davis Health is working to improve the outlook for patients with this difficult disease through new research and treatment and by teaming up with other comprehensive cancer centers in California.