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November 2020

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.

October 2020

Answers to common questions about Sacramento’s new Post-COVID-19 Clinic for 'long-haul' patients

October 30, 2020

UC Davis Health has launched one of just a handful of clinics in the U.S. to care for COVID-19 patients whose symptoms go on and on, sometimes for months. Clinic director and pulmonary care expert Mark Avdalovic answers common questions about this new community resource.

Year of the Nurse blog, Ellen Kissinger: ‘It just amazes me that nurses do this for complete strangers’

October 30, 2020

In this installment of the UC Davis Health Year of the Nurse blog, Ellen Kissinger explains how primary nursing enables nurses to go the extra mile for each and every one of their patients.

Rare set of conjoined twins successfully separated in 24-hour surgery at UC Davis Children’s Hospital

October 29, 2020

Nine-month-old conjoined twins Abigail and Micaela Bachinskiy are recovering at UC Davis Children’s Hospital after surgeons successfully separated them in a marathon surgery on Oct. 23 and 24.

UC Davis nursing school leaders named fellows in American Academy of Nursing

October 29, 2020

Five nurse leaders connected with the School of Nursing receive profession’s highest distinction.

New Post-COVID-19 Clinic helps long-suffering 'long-haul' patients

October 28, 2020

UC Davis Health is one of only a handful of health systems in the U.S. to launch a clinic dedicated to care for long-term coronavirus patients whose symptoms go on and on, sometimes for months, with no clear explanation or avenue for treatment.

Year of the Nurse blog, Yolanda Schjoneman: ‘As a manager, you’re always on; all the eyes are on you’

October 28, 2020

In this installment of the Year of the Nurse blog, Yolanda Schjoneman discusses the unique challenges and pressures that managers face – and how it’s crucial to have systems of mutual support so they can be at their best.

Patient from Hawaii calls his UC Davis Health surgeon ‘the magician’

October 26, 2020

John Veneri says UC Davis spine surgeon Kee Kim is much more than a surgeon. He calls him “the magician.”

Patients to get easier, quicker access to their health records

October 23, 2020

A big change is coming to patient access to electronic health record information. Starting Monday, Nov. 16, UC Davis Health will begin sharing almost all notes with patients.

Four tips to help children adjust to daylight saving time

October 23, 2020

Daylight saving time starts 11/1. Follow these four tips to help you and your kids adjust to the time change.

Rid your cabinet of unwanted medications on Prescription Drug Take Back Day (Oct. 24)

October 23, 2020

Saturday, October 24 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This is an opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinet and dispose of unwanted, unused and expired medications at a number of drug take-back bins on the UC Davis Health campus.

Year of the Nurse blog, Lourdes Moldre: ‘Seeing these kids…makes you just really appreciate everything’

October 23, 2020

In this installment of the Year of the Nurse blog, Lourdes Moldre, clinical director of Oncology Services and Regulatory Compliance at the Comprehensive Cancer Center, says meeting pediatric cancer patients put everything in perspective.

COVID-19 “long-hauler” patients search for answers and help

October 22, 2020

Some COVID-19 patients are having symptoms that last months – even if they had only mild cases – and experts are just beginning to get a grasp on the array of problems long-haul COVID-19 patients face.

UC Davis Health praised for training residents to care for medically underserved

October 22, 2020

UC Davis Health has been awarded $625,000 from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development for its commitment to train primary care residents to work in medically underserved areas.

Cord blood DNA can hold clues for early ASD diagnosis and intervention

October 22, 2020

Specific regions in cord blood DNA can help identify kids who might develop autism.

COVID closures disproportionately affecting those with disabilities

October 21, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected people with intellectual and developmental disabilities because they depend on others for support in their daily lives.

Dean Allison Brashear elected to McKnight Brain Research Foundation board

October 21, 2020

The McKnight Brain Research Foundation has announced the election of Allison Brashear, dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine, to its Board of Trustees.

Epilepsy expert selected as neurology department chair

October 20, 2020

The UC Davis School of Medicine appointed internationally recognized neurologist Amy Brooks-Kayal professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Neurology.

Year of the Nurse blog, Monica Ocanas: ‘I can see myself in a lot of these parents’

October 20, 2020

In the latest installment of our Year of the Nurse blog, UC Davis Health nurse Monica Ocanas emphasizes the importance of caring not only for young patients but their entire family. She draws from personal experience to relate to parents.

For toddlers with autism, more intervention hours are not necessarily better

October 19, 2020

Two prominent early intervention models for toddlers with autism show a very similar impact, whether delivered at 15-hours or 25-hours per week intensities.

LNU Lightning Complex fire survivor starts over

October 16, 2020

Jim Robinson has one word for anyone living near a wildfire: Leave. It's something he wishes he had done sooner.

Year of the Nurse blog, Carla Martin: ‘Rule number one, no crying in the command center’

October 16, 2020

Nurse Carla Martin, executive director for Patient Care Services at UC Davis Medical Center, provides a glimpse into how the hospital prepared for and grappled with the arrival of the first community-transmitted COVID-19 patient.

Local artists and Wide Open Walls bring the power of art to UC Davis Health campus (video)

October 16, 2020

Local artists bring their creativity and talent to the UC Davis Health campus and the surrounding neighborhood, creating two uplifting murals for The Wide Open Walls art festival.

2020 Nobel Laureate Jennifer Doudna guest speaker on CRISPR and coronavirus (Oct. 30)

October 16, 2020

2020 Nobel Laureate Jennifer Doudna guest speaker at the upcoming Distinguished Speaker Series in Research and Innovation.

COVID-19 is making Halloween 2020 a different kind of scary

October 15, 2020

COVID-19 and trick-or-treating are a dangerous mix, say public health experts, and they worry about new surges in coronavirus cases because COVID-fatigued people won’t heed the warnings.

Pickleberry Pie hosts monthly virtual concert series with UC Davis Children’s Hospital

October 15, 2020

Pickleberry Pie will perform live concerts on the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Facebook page monthly for hospitalized patients and the public.

Free mammograms available for uninsured women at UC Davis Health

October 14, 2020

Uninsured women aged 40 and over may qualify for a free mammogram at UC Davis Health on Oct. 17 and 31. Learn how to make an appointment.

Mamografías sin costo en UC Davis Health para mujeres sin seguro médico

October 14, 2020

Mujeres sin seguro médico que son mayores de 40 años podrían cualificar para una mamografía, sin costo alguno, en UC Davis Health, el 17 y 31 de octubre. Aprenda cómo hacer una cita.

What is an antibody cocktail and what trials are being done at UC Davis Health?

October 14, 2020

What we know and hope to learn about the antibody cocktail used in President Trump's COVID-19 treatment.

NICU webcam program positively impacts parents, study finds

October 14, 2020

NICU parents feel more involved in their infant’s care, more likely to provide breastmilk to their baby when they can watch their child in the NICU, thanks to a webcam.

Concerns about violence increase in California amid COVID-19 pandemic

October 14, 2020

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

Three-year-old patient with spina bifida walks, runs, thanks to fetal surgery (video)

October 13, 2020

Three years ago, Chloe MacCullough received the life-changing news that her unborn child had spina bifida. She thanks the team at the UC Davis Fetal Care and Treatment Center for the surgery that changed her son’s life.

Students volunteer to provide flu shots at Yolo County drive-through clinic

October 13, 2020

Nearly 20 students from the UC Davis School of Medicine and Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing are volunteering their weekend hours at Yolo County’s free flu shot clinic in West Sacramento to help vaccinate the underserved.

Year of the Nurse blog, Kristine Ahlberg: ‘I was the bridge between the two of them’

October 13, 2020

UC Davis Health nurse Kristine Ahlberg didn’t just bring back the stem cells a patient needed from the woman’s sister in Mexico. She served as a bridge between the two, who hadn’t seen each other in a decade. Get the full story in our Year of the Nurse blog.

Hybrid learning during COVID-19 could be an answer for school reopenings

October 13, 2020

Some schools may reopen when allowed by combining some in-class teaching with remote learning. Here are some strengths and cautions about hybrid learning during a pandemic.

New four-year residential program for students with intellectual disabilities at UC Davis

October 12, 2020

A new, residential four-year college program for students with intellectual disabilities is the first of its kind in the west and is expected to serve as a model for other California schools.

Drive-through sites make all-important flu shots even easier

October 12, 2020

With COVID-19 and flu season about to merge, getting a flu shot has never been more important, and UC Davis Health has made it even easier, offering shots at five drive-through sites.

Can an antibody ‘cocktail’ prevent COVID-19 infection?

October 12, 2020

In a new COVID-19 clinical trial, Stuart Cohen at UC Davis Health tests monoclonal antibody combination to prevent COVID-19 in adults exposed to infected patients.

Morehouse medical school president to share health equity insights with UC Davis community

October 9, 2020

Valerie Montgomery Rice, president and dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine, will participate in a series of events with students and leaders, including a Facebook Live conversation on Oct. 12 with Gary May and Allison Brashear.

UC Davis Health earns ‘Most Wired’ recognition for ninth year in a row

October 8, 2020

UC Davis Health has been recognized for the ninth year in a row for excellence in using technology to improve the delivery of care.

Happy 10th Anniversary to the School of Nursing!

October 8, 2020

The School of Nursing grew out of the shared vision of UC Davis and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Now, more than 650 alumni make an indelible impact on the clinics, classrooms and communities in which they serve. They embody and enact the vision of our founders from bedside care to individuals and families to bold changes in health care systems across California.

Year of the Nurse blog, Nadine Kerr: ‘It's who I was meant to be; I could never be anything else’

October 7, 2020

Although Nadine Kerr wanted to be a pastry chef when she was young, her life baked up something different. In the latest installment of our Year of the Nurse blog, she explains why nursing turned out to be her true calling.

How to help babies, toddlers sleep through the night

October 7, 2020

UC Davis pediatrician Lena van der List offers sleep tips for babies, toddlers.

Children’s Bereavement Art Workshop scheduled for November

October 6, 2020

UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department will host a free, virtual, three-session children’s bereavement art workshop on Nov. 5, 12 and 19.

Patient gives thanks to team that saved her life, her baby and found her a home

October 6, 2020

Lakisha Carmon returned to UC Davis Medical Center today to present plaques and heartfelt appreciation to her team in Labor and Delivery. 

Talent Showcase spotlights, connects kids with autism, ADHD

October 6, 2020

The UC Davis MIND Institute’s first-ever virtual showcase was a big success.

New nursing collaboration addresses discrimination, advances diversity and inclusion

October 5, 2020

UC Davis Health is tackling racism by giving nurses new tools to address discrimination, which includes an effort that focuses on relationships as well as anti-racism and cultural humility training at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.

Excess folic acid during pregnancy harms brain development of mice

October 5, 2020

A study of pregnant mice found high levels of folic acid were associated with significant changes in brain development of offspring.

UC Davis School of Medicine and UTHealth get nearly $54 million to study the role of white matter lesions in dementia

October 5, 2020

Brain scientists from UC Davis School of Medicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center have been awarded a six-year, $53.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to determine the role of incidental white matter lesions, or WMLs, in dementia.

New website dedicated to education and awareness about firearm injury prevention

October 5, 2020

Firearm prevention and research experts at UC Davis Health have launched a web site designed for health care providers. The goal is to help them work with patients to prevent firearm-related harm.

Four tips to help support parents after pregnancy loss

October 1, 2020

The heartbreaking news of model and TV personality Chrissy Teigen’s pregnancy loss this week has heightened awareness of miscarriage, which affects one in four women in the U.S. UC Davis social worker Brenna Rizan offers advice for grieving parents.

Year of the Nurse blog, Hillary Tucker: ‘I had to return to caring for my patient in the bed next door’

October 1, 2020

UC Davis Health assistant nurse manager Hillary Tucker explains the importance of considering the values of patients and families – as well as the norms within each unit of the hospital – in coping with end-of-life situations.

UC Davis to offer free COVID-19 testing for Central Valley farmworkers

October 1, 2020

Four UC Davis research centers will partner with 10 community organizations to offer free COVID-19 testing for Central Valley farmworkers under a new federal grant

Going beyond to make dreams come true

October 1, 2020

Kathryn Sexson, the School of Nursing's family nurse practitioner program director, discusses partnering with students in their quest to improve health care and working with other faculty to ensure students navigate the complexities of graduate school.

September 2020

Sleepiness leads to dangerous diabetes diagnosis

September 30, 2020

Ameiah Williams’ 450+ blood sugar levels were a medical emergency.

What matters most to your health: genetics, lifestyle or life experiences?

September 30, 2020

Paula Braveman, UC San Francisco physician and expert on the social determinants of health, is the first virtual speaker sponsored by UC Davis Health’s George G. Snively Lectureship in Family Medicine. Her address — “What Makes Us Healthy or Sick?” — is Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Six tips to make the flu shot less scary for your child

September 30, 2020

Flu shot season can bring stress and anxiety for many children. Follow these 6 tips to make flu shot time less scary.

Thoracic surgeon honored with membership in elite organization

September 30, 2020

David Tom Cooke, head of general thoracic surgery at UC Davis Health, is one of 50 surgical educators inducted into the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators.

Student-run clinics reopen to patients and volunteers (video)

September 29, 2020

After being shuttered for more than five months, student-run clinics received permission to resume in-person appointments at a consolidated location where safety is paramount.

Fragile X research icon empowers hundreds of women as a dedicated mentor

September 29, 2020

Few physicians have mentored as many women at UC Davis Health and around the world, as Randi Hagerman, professor, pediatrician and fragile X research icon at the MIND Institute. Her global reach has increased the understanding and awareness of neurodevelopmental disorders.

Congenital heart patient receives continued care from heart nurse through the years

September 29, 2020

Born with only three functioning heart chambers instead of four, Amanda had health challenges from her very first day of life. But pediatric heart nurse Barb Goebel has helped shepherd her care into adulthood.

New grant will help rural hospitals care for moms with opioid use disorder

September 28, 2020

UC Davis Health will help rural maternal and infant health care providers care for pregnant and post-partum mothers with opioid use disorder and their infants.

Year of the Nurse blog, Sandie Dial: ‘Pediatrics was where my heart was at'

September 25, 2020

After a winding path and 10 years of prerequisite work, UC Davis Health nurse Sandie Dial found her true passion and calling in the PICU. Hear about her journey in the latest installment of our Year of the Nurse blog.

Can better planning increase preventive health screening?

September 25, 2020

A team of UC Davis physicians, surgeons and public health specialists hoping to increase the use of recommended health screenings and vaccines are conducting a study to see if better planning in the doctor’s office can help.

COVID-19 science six months in: What have we learned? (video)

September 25, 2020

COVID-19 science is still evolving, and what we know includes the importance of wearing masks and social distancing, and the possibility the pandemic may get worse before it gets better.

UC Davis Health opens clinic for pregnant moms with opioid use disorder

September 25, 2020

UC Davis Health today opens a specialized clinic, focusing on the care of pregnant women with opioid use disorder. It is the only clinic of its kind in the Sacramento region.

Spina bifida: Surgery plus stem cells before birth could improve outcomes (video)

September 24, 2020

A UC Davis Health fetal surgeon and a stem cell scientist have received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to test a one-of-a-kind spina bifida treatment that combines surgery with stem cells.

Medical student takes a ‘break’ – and develops study aid app for histology, hematology and maybe more

September 24, 2020

UC Davis School of Medicine student Brandon Fennell built an app to help his histology studies. Then he reached out to HematologyOutlines co-founder Hooman Rashidi to augment that resource. Their new app was released in mid-August.

Multiple surgeries at UC Davis Children’s Hospital save preemie’s life

September 24, 2020

Life-threatening condition is no match for Alfredo Moran-Arias and his UC Davis doctors.

Global Reach of UC Davis Health humanitarians changes lives

September 24, 2020

Volunteer work with Rotaplast International helps repair cleft lip and palate deformities for hundreds of people – mostly children – and spreads UC Davis Health compassion around the globe.

UC Davis nursing professor named fellow in Academy of Nursing Education

September 23, 2020

Clinical Professor Amy Nichols inducted into prestigious group of nursing educators at National League for Nursing convention.

Two of the nation’s most inspiring Hispanic scientists are at UC Davis

September 23, 2020

UC Davis researchers Luis Fernando Santana and Rebecca Calisi Rodríguez are included on Cell Press’s list of “100 Inspiring Hispanic/Latinx Scientists in America.”

COVID-19 is wrecking our sleep with coronasomnia – tips to fight back

September 23, 2020

COVID-19 may be causing a second pandemic of insomnia – or “coronasomnia.” Sleep experts offer tips to improve sleep and ease the stress.

Deftones raises funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital through Adopt-a-Dot campaign

September 23, 2020

The Grammy Award-winning band Deftones has launched a philanthropic campaign called ‘Adopt-a-Dot’ based on their forthcoming album, Ohms. All proceeds will benefit UC Davis Children’s Hospital and Live Nation’s ‘Crew Nation,’ a global relief fund for live music crews who have been impacted by COVID-19. Donations can be made at Deftones.com/Adopt.

How to celebrate Halloween safely during the COVID-19 pandemic

September 22, 2020

Halloween can still be spooktacular with a little planning and imagination. UC Davis chief of pediatric infectious diseases Dean Blumberg offers families guidance and ideas that will keep the spirit of the season alive during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Complications from diabetes linked to worse memory, IQ in children

September 22, 2020

Diabetic ketoacidosis is linked to lower IQ scores and worse memory in children with type 1 diabetes.

New OSCAR Clinical Trial for potential COVID-19 therapy at UC Davis Health

September 22, 2020

Timothy Albertson leads OSCAR clinical trial at UC Davis Health for patients with COVID-19-related pulmonary complications.

Mexican government honors faculty member with prestigious award

September 21, 2020

A UC Davis professor of internal medicine has received a prominent award granted by the Mexican government for improving the lives of Mexican nationals in the U.S.

Improving partnerships between family caregivers and health care professionals

September 21, 2020

An international conference shares strategies and innovative programs for future health professionals to identify caregivers’ preparedness to provide care, as well as training in family-centered communication for the incumbent workforce.

How COVID transforms the parent-teacher relationship in special education

September 21, 2020

Distance learning presents unique challenges for children with neurodevelopmental disorders, but some of the adaptations that teachers and parents are making could lead to long-term improvements in special education. 

Medical students honor the legacy of body donors

September 21, 2020

Annual Service of Gratitude ceremony allows students to express appreciation to the family members whose loved ones donated their bodies to the UC Davis School of Medicine anatomy program.

UC Davis physician assistant graduates take oath

September 18, 2020

After 27 months of classroom discussions, skills lab instruction, and hundreds of hours of clinical rotations, Class of 2020 graduates gather virtually to recite the Physician Assistant Professional Oath.

Sacramento philanthropists lend support to healthy aging efforts

September 18, 2020

Two Sacramento families - Angelo K. and Sofia Tsakopoulos and Chrysanthy and George Demos - donate funds to support an effort to preserve independence and choice for people as they age.

Wraparound program receives $966,049 to help youth injured by violence

September 18, 2020

The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) has awarded UC Davis Health’s Wraparound Violence Intervention Program $966,049 in funding to combat violence in the Sacramento area. The program is designed to support victims of violence and reduce the likelihood of subsequent violence involvement and re-injury through intensive, relationship-based, individualized community case management services.

Service of gratitude to stream on Facebook live Saturday (video)

September 18, 2020

Medical students will thank family members of those who donated their bodies to science, during annual Service of Gratitude ceremony Saturday.

Student who seeks to be a doctor in her native South Central Los Angeles gets major award

September 17, 2020

A fourth-year medical student finds her calling in committing to bring good health to residents of neighborhoods like the one where she was raised in South Central Los Angeles.

Murals from local artists and Wide Open Walls coming to UC Davis Health campus

September 17, 2020

The Wide Open Walls art festival is bringing two uplifting murals from Sacramento artists to enrich the UC Davis Health campus and the neighborhood.

Two teams, one mission: Caring for Medi-Cal and uninsured patients

September 17, 2020

Sacramento County and UC Davis Health providers work side-by-side at the Sacramento County Primary Care Center in treating Medi-Cal and uninsured patients. They also continuously find new and better ways to do so.

Introducing COVID19questions.org

September 17, 2020

UC Davis Health is part of a a new research consortium inviting clinicians, researchers, patients and the general public to submit questions that could be answered by COVID-19 patient record data. 

New study links combination of fructose, glucose in high fructose corn syrup to heart health risks

September 17, 2020

Consuming high fructose corn syrup appears to be as bad for your health as consuming sugar in the form of fructose alone, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis. 

UC Davis applies microneedles to deliver gene therapy inside the eye

September 16, 2020

A novel approach to deliver gene therapy for retinal diseases eliminates the need for complex eye surgery and treats more damaged cells that existing methods, a team of UC Davis physicians and veterinary eye specialists has found.

NICU mom becomes NICU nurse

September 16, 2020

After her daughter spent 80 days in the NICU, Jennifer Swenson decided to spend her life giving back to other families as a neonatal nurse.

When to worry about AFib

September 15, 2020

Heart specialist Uma Srivatsa answers questions about a common type of arrhythmia known as atrial fibrillation, or AFib.

Get your flu shot now from UC Davis Health—it’s never been more important

September 15, 2020

Getting your flu shot is crucial protection from influenza, which could be even more severe in this time of COVID-19. Shots are now available at all UC Davis Health primary care clinics.

Year of the Nurse blog, Rachel Robertson: ‘It's hard to really explain the connection you form with a patient’

September 14, 2020

In our Year of the Nurse blog, UC Davis Health NICU nurse Rachel Robertson – herself a NICU patient as an infant – explains how primary nurses are able to develop deeper bonds that can lead to better care.

New dopamine sensors could help unlock the mysteries of brain chemistry

September 14, 2020

New neurotransmitter sensors to detect and monitor different information processing acts in the brain.

COVID-19 and flu season are about to merge – and doctors are worried

September 14, 2020

Flu season and COVID-19 are about to merge, and even infectious disease experts are unsure what will happen. But one thing is clear: Getting your flu shot has never been more important.

Comfort Commitment helps kids better cope with painful procedures in the hospital

September 11, 2020

Comfort and pain management have always been paramount in UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s approach to care. A new hospital initiative called Comfort Commitment launched this month, which provides a standardized approach to help pediatric patients better cope with distressing procedures and decrease pain and anxiety.

Shalaine Reddic: Where dreams, goals and accomplishments never cease

September 11, 2020

UC Davis Medical Center nurses all possess very special qualities, and Shalaine Reddic is the ideal reflection of that talent, expertise and spirit.

Year of the Nurse blog, Diana Arellano: 'We get to see our patients multiple times; we really get to know them'

September 10, 2020

In the next installment of our Year of the Nurse blog, UC Davis Health nurse Diana Arellano explains how, as an outpatient nurse, she is able to foster deeper connections over time with patients.

Coping with COVID fatigue 2.0: Tips for processing wildfires, smoke, blackouts and more

September 10, 2020

A UC Davis Health psychologist offers help to ease the emotional exhaustion from facing COVID-19, heat waves, blackouts, wildfires and skies glowing red from smoke.

ACTIVATE will bring telehealth services to vulnerable, at-risk residents of California’s Central Valley

September 10, 2020

A new public-private pilot initiative will bring telehealth services to underserved rural residents to reach populations who are vulnerable to the worst outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic with the technology, skills and connections they need to access and utilize health care services.

Protecting yourself from smoky air

September 9, 2020

As the Sacramento region experiences poor air quality from Northern California wildfires, UC Davis Health pulmonary experts share how to protect your health. 

Air Force, UC Davis Health partnership reaches new heights

September 9, 2020

New partnership agreements between the medical center at Travis Air Force Base and UC Davis Health will make it much easier for providers and trainees to gain clinical experience at both institutions.

COVID-19 conference with Wuhan scientists shows UC Davis Health’s global reach

September 9, 2020

An international video conference on COVID-19 treatments demonstrated again how UC Davis Health is a global source for coronavirus information.

Collaborative care for justice-involved youth is focus of AAP statement by UC Davis doctor

September 9, 2020

Youth involved in the justice system are more likely to have unmet medical, mental health and social needs, are more likely to be youth of color and are more likely to have been exposed to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). This was outlined in the recently published policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics, authored by UC Davis pediatrician Mikah Owen and University of Alabama at Birmingham adolescent medicine physician Stephenie Wallace.

New cardiology study tests a device designed to repair leaky tricuspid valves

September 8, 2020

UC Davis Health cardiologists are testing the safety and effectiveness of TriClip, a minimally invasive option for treating tricuspid regurgitation. 

Gun owner perceptions about actual firearm dangers suggest opportunities for improving gun safety

September 8, 2020

Owning a gun or living in a house with a gun linked to a lower perception of risk for gun violence.

Spine center imaging system provides full-length X-ray with less radiation

September 8, 2020

UC Davis Health spine surgeons are using unique imaging technology that provides head-to-toe, 3D images of bones and is safer than other options.

Year of the Nurse blog, Carter Todd: ‘The Black community deserves to have more allies on their team’

September 4, 2020

When UC Davis Health nurse Carter Todd finished school, he didn’t see many people who shared his background and experiences. In this latest Year of the Nurse blog entry, learn more about why he founded the Capitol City Black Nurses Association.

Bedwetting solutions: Expert pediatrician offers help for kids

September 4, 2020

We asked UC Davis pediatrician Lena van der List about causes, strategies and solutions that can help families beat the bedwetting blues.

Duck Dash goes virtual on Sept. 26 to raise funds for UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy

September 3, 2020

The 8th annual Duck Dash will take place virtually on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

7-year-old’s cancer diagnosis led her family to seek out UC Davis Children’s Hospital and Lor Randall

September 2, 2020

Lydia Alwan’s family wanted to save their daughter’s leg and her life.

Year of the Nurse blog, Megan Brown: ‘Learning to dance in the rain’

September 1, 2020

To cheer up a dispirited patient, UC Davis Health nurse Megan Brown posted uplifting quotes around her room. The patient later said that one of the quotes is still her motto, to this day. Read the full story in the Year of the Nurse blog.

Death of Chadwick Boseman highlights colon cancer among younger patients, need for regular screening

September 1, 2020

A UC Davis specialist says rates of colorectal cancer for people younger than age 50 are on the rise, and that regular screenings and early treatment are the keys to a good outcome.

Expertos de UC Davis explican errores comunes sobre el COVID-19

September 1, 2020

Especialistas en enfermedades infecciosas ofrecen una guía con la ciencia que explica algunos de los errores más comunes, desde el uso de desinfectante de manos y guantes hasta la inmunidad de rebaño y los impactos a largo plazo.