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Six tips for preventing snake bites

UC Davis Health System toxicologists provide six tips on preventing snake bites. 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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Life-saving heart transplant recipient Michelle Lasater with her family.

An extra special Mother's Day

Michelle Lasater has spent the past year enjoying the first-year milestones of a new mom, including first birthday, first Halloween, first Christmas and first Easter. Her daughter, however, is 2-and-a-half years old.

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Terry Caldwell stays busy with cycling after a heart condition known as aortic valve stenosis.

Back on the bike trail

Terry Caldwell stays busy with cycling, walking, tai chi, kayaking, dancing, and visiting with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. The former carpenter has had a few health issues since retiring, but nothing that set him back for long. Even, at least at first, a heart condition known as aortic valve stenosis. READ MOREarrow

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How H. pylori thrives in highly acidic stomach

The medical community used to think that the stomach’s highly acidic environment made it a relatively sterile organ. But the unexpected discovery in 1982 that the Helicobacter pylori bacteria caused inflammation and peptic ulcers shattered that belief and earned the discoverers the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2005. READ MOREarrow

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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 have been successful in all aspects of their lives except one: their weight. Since having gastric bypass surgery, they are a combined 200 pounds lighter and can add “health” to their list of accomplishments. 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