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Beau Biden and brain cancer

UC Irvine Health neuro-oncologist Daniela Bota, MD, PhD<p>More than 22,000 Americans are diagnosed each year with a form of brain cancer.<p>The 2015 death …

Brain bleeds and comprehensive stroke centers

A stroke happens in the U.S. every 40 seconds.<p>It can be an ischemic stroke, when a clot blocks blood supply to the brain, or a hemorrhagic stroke, …

Medicine

Hidden dangers of fire pits

Many locals have fond memories of blazing fires and roasting marshmallows at the numerous fire pits that dot Orange County beaches.<p>Keeping a safe …

Detecting more breast cancers earlier

There is no better tool today to screen for breast cancer than three-dimensional mammography, said UCI Health breast imaging expert Dr. Stephen A. …

Strawberry Spinach Salad that packs a nutritious punch

Strawberries are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins, while spinach is a nutrition powerhouse. When they combine forces in this colorful and tangy …

Food

Going to great lengths to support breast cancer patients

Dr. Garrett Wirth, Grace Caponera and the pony tail.<p>Like most of us, Dr. Garrett A. Wirth takes pride in his appearance.<p>As a UCI Health aesthetics …

Breast Cancer

Retrieving clot benefits stroke patients, says UCI Health study

Movie buffs may recall the plot of the 1966 film <i>Fantastic Voyage</i> — a team of doctors in a submarine is shrunk to microscopic size and injected into a …

Medical Research

Heart-healthy guacamole

What a difference an avocado can make.<p>Recently published research has shown that bad cholesterol levels can be reduced by adding an avocado a day to …

Healthy Eating

The secret of the small arteries

When it comes to matters of the heart, men and women are different. When it comes to matters of heart disease, those differences can be deadly.<p>In …

Medicine

New kidney biopsy technique changes cancer diagnosis

A less invasive approach to kidney tumors

A growth on a kidney can pose a dilemma.<p>Traditionally, the safest way to find out whether it is cancerous – without possibly spreading cancer cells, …

Cancer

Finding her voice after 23 years

Many people may find their own voice difficult to listen to. But Kiana Davis’s voice is music to her ears. That’s because until last November, the …

Voice Mail

Treatment powered by poop may cure deadly diarrhea

Dr. Nimisha Parekh, director of the UCI Health inflammatory bowel disease program<p>Poop is on the cutting-edge of research into the cure for …

Medicine

Texting can be a literal pain in the neck

Texting on your phone can be a pain in the neck – literally.<p>Our national obsession with handheld devices has given rise to a new condition doctors …

Text Messaging

Seeing clearly through spots and 'floaters'

Are you seeing spots? Do squiggles or tiny cobwebs drift across your field of vision?<p>If so, you may be experiencing a common and usually benign …

UCI

Reversing the rising trend of heart attacks in young women

It may come as a surprise to learn that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 health threat to women over age 25, and is responsible for six times as …

ER or urgent care?

It’s Friday night. While you chop an onion, your extra-sharp knife slips and now you have a nasty wound that’s bleeding profusely.<p>You need some help …

Urinary Tract Infection

Living to age 90 and beyond

What allows people to live 90 and beyond? Believe it or not, drinking the occasional cup of coffee or glass of wine may be one of the ways to …

Dementia

Ovarian cancer survivor running true to form once again | UCI Health | Orange County, CA

“It’s a silent, deadly, awful thing,” says Leslie Ginsberg about ovarian cancer. Always in great shape, in 2012, she had just placed first in her age …

Cancer

Lung cancer in remission after experimental targeted therapy

Dr. Allen Fremont considers himself a lucky guy. Fremont, a researcher at the RAND Corporation, was diagnosed with stage IV non-small cell lung …

Cancer

The Bloom Triplets Turn Four

Recognizing and treating ear infections

Ear infections are one of the most common ailments among toddlers and young children, and one of the most common reasons to visit a pediatrician.<p>But …

Personal Hygiene

There is help for pelvic floor problems

Millions of women suffer silently from pelvic floor disorders. They may leak urine or be unable to fully control their bowel movements. Or they may …

Physiotherapy

How to prevent senior falls | UCI Health | Orange County, CA

The daily routine of stepping out of the shower may seem simple enough, but for an older adult it can be fraught with hesitation and fear. The …

Toys that could damage your child's hearing

UCI Health otolaryngologist Dr. Hamid Djalilian and his team tested more than two dozen popular toys to determine which had the highest sound levels …

Expert primary care, now in a neighborhood near you

Medical specialists may be invaluable when you tackle a formidable disease, but your best partner to prevent serious health problems in the first …

TrueBeam™ delivers powerful and precise radiation treatment to heal brain tumor patient

Retired teacher's outlook, novel treatment keep brain tumor at bay

Therapy relies on electrical field to destroy cancer cells<p>Kristina Sirca calls the array of electrodes on her scalp the “head zapper.” While it looks …

How to recognize when you're depressed

Depression is a hidden disease.<p>“People sometimes think that depression is a failing of character and they are ashamed to seek help,” says Dr. Jody …