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Voice found: Woman speaks with new larynx

(CNN) -- For 11 years, Brenda Charett Jensen couldn't speak. She communicated through an electronic device that sounded like a robot. When the batteries ran out, her conversation was over.

Jensen lost her ability to speak after a breathing tube permanently damaged her airway during surgery in 1999. She breathed through a tracheotomy tube, which extended from a hole in her neck. Because Jensen could not pass air through her nose and mouth, she lost her senses of taste and smell.

On Thursday, Jensen emerged with her doctors from University of California Davis Medical Center. And she had something to say.


Prototype 'piercing' restores man's ability to swallow

Surgeon Peter Belafsky had been tinkering with ways to treat oropharyngeal dysphagia--a swallowing disorder that when severe can prevent people from being able to swallow at all--for years.

But it wasn't until he took his two daughters to get their ears pierced--and noticed the woman behind the counter with piercings in her nose, eyebrow, and....


UC Davis Physician Appointed President of American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Jonathan Sykes, professor of otolaryngology in the UC Davis School of Medicine, has been appointed president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).

Sykes will represent the more than 2,700 U.S. facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons...


Student team arrives for the blink of an eye

In the blink of an eye — literally — the facial plastic and reconstruction surgeon came up with an idea. For two years, Dr Travis Tollefson and colleague Dr Craig Senders had been studying the feasibility of developing a tiny apparatus that would allow victims of facial paralysis to blink their eyes....

UC Davis surgeons change lives

Physicians from UC Davis Health System not only enhance the quality of life for the Sacramento region, but also for communities around the world. Indigent families in the small Ecuadorian village of Riobamba have benefited from the expertise of UC Davis surgeons, who last year visited the small hospital there to perform free reconstructive surgeries on children and teens with craniofacial malformations...