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'Superbugs' are on the rise

Antibiotics have been the first line of defense when it comes to fighting infection and illness for decades.<p>But their popularity has given rise to …

Do you need the shingles vaccine?

You’ve probably seen the commercials on TV: A fireman who talks about pain that’s “like a bag of hot coals;”’ an aerobics instructor who complains …

10 flu myths you should stop believing

Myths about the flu are everywhere, making it difficult to tell the difference between what's fact and what's fiction. UC Irvine Health internal …

Do you drink too much? Take the test

People don’t know what an actual serving size of alcohol amounts to, says Christy Carroll, RN, UC Irvine Health trauma injury prevention coordinator. …

Q&A: How do clinical trials help cancer patients?

Clinical trials test new medical treatments, conducted in the quest to develop more effective ways to treat or even cure diseases.<p>UC Irvine Health is …

How to tell if it's time for a joint replacement

If hip or knee pain is keeping you from enjoying the things you love to do, it might be time for a conversation with your doctor.<p>After a long bout of …

10 tips for losing weight

Dr. Rajesh “Robby” Gulati, medical director of the UC Irvine Health Weight Management Program, has a theory about shedding pounds.<p>“I want you to be …

Living with Crohn's disease

There's no cure for Crohn's disease, but inflammatory bowel disease experts help patients manage their condition<p>Throughout his childhood, Cary …

Pack a protein punch in your breakfast

Americans may think they consume plenty of protein, but newer research highlights the beneficial effects of consuming more protein than the …

How much is too much? The role of alcohol in injuries

The next time you trip over a step and find yourself sitting in the emergency room nursing a sprained ankle, don’t be surprised if someone hands you …

This one weird trick prevents germs

Mom drilled the words into your head: Always wash your hands thoroughly before eating and after using the restroom.<p>But maybe you weren’t paying …

10 ways to protect your skin in cold weather

With chillier weather here, now is the perfect time to begin changing your daily habits to prevent dry, chapped skin.<p>Bathing five to 10 minutes in …