Leonard Monaco

A new life with Parkinson's

If someone described Len Monaco in one word 10 years ago, it would be “tough.” But that changed when he found out he had Parkinson’s disease. Today, a technology known as deep brain stimulation, or DBS, helps control his symptoms and has given him back his life. READ MOREarrow

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On a mission: $12 million state appropriation earmarked for Jordan's syndrome

It started with one dad’s quest to help his daughter, Jordan, who began missing major developmental milestones and showed signs of autism spectrum disorder before age 1. It wasn’t until her whole genome was mapped in 2014 at age 9 that they found the cause: a random mutation of a single nucleotide in Jordan’s DNA. READ MOREarrow

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Six tips for preventing snake bites

UC Davis Health provides six tips on preventing snake bites. READ MOREarrow

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Be Safe In the Sun

In California, where fun in the sun is a way of life, teens love to hang out at the beach or by the pool to beat the summer sizzle. READ MOREarrow

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Surviving summer with chronic lung disease

Summer days of high heat and poor air quality can be extremely challenging for those with COPD, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and other lung conditions. Combined with the likelihood of fires, extra precautions are necessary.

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Oh, my aching head!

Migraine headaches can strike any time and be debilitating, making it impossible to work or enjoy even life’s simple pleasures. They affect approximately 12 percent of the population living in the U.S. and are three times more prevalent in women than men. READ MOREarrow

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Exercise safely in summer heat

Continue your regular exercise program in the summer, but also take steps to prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke. A sports medicine physician highlights the symptoms and ways to avoid them. READ MOREarrow

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Celebrating Fourth of July safely

Fireworks are a central part of celebrating the Fourth of July. They also can cause serious burn, orthopaedic and hearing injuries if used without proper precautions. READ MOREarrow

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When family caregivers don't get the whole picture, loved ones with dementia may suffer

Family caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s or other kinds of dementia may be getting medical advice – and antipsychotic drugs for related symptoms such as aggression, delusions, hallucinations and sleep disturbances – from doctors. But they learn about other kinds of treatment approaches that may be beneficial from family, friends and community resources. READ MOREarrow

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A legacy of Asian American community engagement

Asian Americans are the first U.S. racial group for whom cancer is the leading cause of death. In 2000, the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (AANCART), an initiative funded by the National Cancer Institute, set out to reduce this cancer health disparity. Headquartered at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center since 2002, the group’s researchers poured their energy into addressing the unique cancer burden affecting Asian Americans. READ MOREarrow