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Mirrored-Prism Spectacles

The use of gas is very common in retinal surgery because gas is lighter than fluid and can float inside the eye to help seal macular holes or help re-attach a detached retina. However, patients often have to maintain a head- or face-down position for up to a week to achieve the optimal effect.


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Couple celebrates renewed health following weight-loss surgery

Dan and Monica Costello were, until two years ago, successful in all aspects of their lives except one: their weight. READ MOREarrow

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Can interacting with horses help people with dementia?

The study aims to determine whether interacting with horses can alleviate problems including depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances and other challenges affecting quality of life of people with early-stage dementia or mild cognitive impairment. The collaboration among researchers at the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Center for Equine Health the non-profit Connected Horse also examines how the interaction with horses affect the caregivers. READ MOREarrow

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How insulin harms the heart

UC Davis biochemist and cell biologist Kevin Xiang has often wondered what mechanisms are responsible for increasing the risk of heart failure among diabetics. READ MOREarrow

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Is it safe to go the distance?

Interest in high-intensity sports is growing, and running a marathon or half-marathon will likely be on many New Year’s resolution lists for 2017. There are definitely health benefits to running, but there are risks as well. We talked with sports medicine physician Brandee Waite about preparing for your first — or next — marathon. READ MOREarrow

Ukelele and UC Davis Children’s Hospital music therapy program helps teen with cystic fibrosis strengthen her coping skills.

Bringing music home

Fifteen-year-old Madison “Madi” Phelps, of Robbins, Calif., has been a UC Davis Children’s Hospital patient since she was 11 months old. Diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections, she is often admitted to the hospital for maintenance treatment, two weeks at a time. READ MOREarrow

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It's in the genes

UC Davis student pursues career in molecular medicine READ MOREarrow

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Ernest's story

Ernest E. Tschannen, 91, is a philanthropist and immigrant who amassed a fortune in U.S. real estate and has donated millions to the UC Davis Eye Center and other worthy causes throughout the Sacramento region. Hear his story. READ MOREarrow

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Using antibiotics wisely

Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem, both in the United States and around the world. READ MOREarrow

Lilia Torres, a licensed vocational nurse, with grateful patient Luke Conley at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Healer Extraordinaire

In his 78 years, Luke Conley III has seen his share of medical providers. At UC Davis alone, where he has been a patient since 2002, the numbers of technicians, pharmacists, nurses and doctors he’s encountered are too many to count. So when he was challenged to nominate an oncology nurse for Cure Magazine’s “Extraordinary Healers” award, he could only think to embrace them all. READ MOREarrow