UC Davis cardiac surgeons are leaders in treating complex heart disease.

A heart — and life — healed

If there is a word that describes John Cavellini, it’s blessed. He survived polio as a child to grow up and become a successful dentist, marry the love of his life, raise three children and retire on a 60-acre ranch in Anderson, Calif. When one of his heart valves failed, he figured it was no big deal. He would have it repaired and continue doing what he enjoyed most: fixing classic motorcycles, hunting, fishing and being a grandfather. READ MOREarrow

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Is knuckle cracking safe?

While knuckle cracking may be irritating to others, Robert Boutin, a UC Davis professor of radiology and specialist in musculoskeletal imaging, wanted to know what exactly caused the cracking sound and whether it resulted in any harm. READ MOREarrow

Jason Sajulan

Moment of panic paves way for a future saving lives

Jason Sajulan left the Navy a gunner's mate 2nd class and entered the world of retail in San Luis Obispo, California. While he thought his professional path was set, a tragic incident set a string of events in motion and brought him to the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis to pursue a career as a physician assistant. READ MOREarrow

Sadie and parents outside the Medical Center

Discovery leads to birth of healthy child

Prudence had two normal pregnancies. But after delivery, her babies died without medical explanation. UC Davis researchers investigated the causes of death for two years (news release says 3 years so we need to verify) until they discovered a lethal gene mutation that causes lactic acidosis — excessive acid build-up — and ultimately cardiac arrest and death. READ MOREarrow

Raymond Menchaca is the first patient in Northern California to receive the new bioresorbable stent.

New stent, new life

Cardiologists at UC Davis Health System treated the first patient in Northern California with a new bioresorbable stent, which works like a traditional metal stent in opening vessels clogged by fatty deposits. Instead of remaining in the vessel for a lifetime, however, the device is made of material similar to dissolving sutures and disappears within three years. READ MOREarrow

Measuring tape with diet pills

Can diet pills help you lose weight?

Everyone knows that a combination of diet and exercise is the best way to lose weight. But many of us have tried this, over and over again, without lasting success. Still, we know it's important to take off those extra pounds, both for the sake of our physical health and our state of mind. Can diet pills help us meet our goals? READ MOREarrow

Heat map of screenable cancers in California counties

Cancer screening saves lives

With cancer now surpassing heart disease as the leading cause of death in California and 22 other states, increased screening is essential to saving lives, says Kenneth W. Kizer, IPHI director. READ MOREarrow

UC Davis summer camp teaches kids how to live with Type 1 diabetes.

Catering to kids with diabetes

It was a snapshot of a typical summer camp day. Eighties music and the scent of sunscreen lingered in the air. Kids, dressed in swimsuits, were gathered by the UC Davis Rec Pool. READ MOREarrow

medicine bottles

Vaccine law takes effect

A new law in California that requires vaccinations for all children entering child care or school, and eliminates the personal-belief exemption for parents and guardians took effect in 2016. READ MOREarrow

Eye Center staff reach out to feed down-and-out

Blessing Bags for the homeless

When UC Davis Eye Center laboratory technician Leslie Lopez went to Cesar Chavez Plaza in Sacramento for one of the free Concerts in the Park back in July, she saw firsthand all of the homeless people who call the plaza home. READ MOREarrow