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6 steps to help you prevent a fall

Falls can happen to anyone, but older adults are more at risk. The good news is that there are things you can do to stay balanced and on your feet. Check out these 6 steps to prevent falls.

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Mental Health

How to spot a concussion and what to do if you suspect a brain injury

Concussions and bran injuries are common in contact sports, but anyone who suffers a hit to the head, such as in a car crash, can experience them. Learn the signs of a concussion and when to get medical help.

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Diabetes: Types, symptoms, risk factors, and how you can get help

Diabetes is a fairly common condition in the U.S., and many people don't know they have it. Our registered dietitian explains diabetes, the risk factors, and ways to get help managing your diabetes.

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Children's Health

What causes acne, and how do I treat it?

Acne can begin showing up in the preteen and teen years and can last well into adulthood. Learn what causes pimples, blackheads, and cysts, and how to help clear up your skin.

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Acid reflux symptoms and treatments to help ease your heartburn

Millions of Americans experience heartburn, or acid reflux, at least once a month. About 10% of adults have daily symptoms. Check out what causes acid reflux and how you can help ease the burn.

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Children's Health

Breastfeeding benefits, latching tips and more for new parents

While breastfeeding can be a challenging time for new parents, there are many benefits to breastfeeding your newborn. Our experts answer questions about breastfeeding and offer helpful tips.

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Mental Health

How blue light affects your eyes, sleep, and health

Blue light from digital screens can have a number of long-term health effects, especially when it comes to sleep, eye strain, and age-related macular degeneration.

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Cancer Care

Lung cancer: What you should know and why you should get screened

Lung cancer is the No. 1 cancer killer in the U.S., but very few people get screened. Learn the risk factors, symptoms, treatments, and why you should be screened for lung cancer.

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At-home COVID test instructions, accuracy, and where to find one

As people return to traveling and large gatherings, at-home COVID-19 tests are growing in popularity. Learn how to correctly take an at-home test, where to get one, and more.

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Exercise and Fitness

Plantar fasciitis: How is it treated and who’s at risk?

Many of us have felt the pain of plantar fasciitis at some point in our lives. Find out what causes it and some treatments to get you out of pain.

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15 summer safety tips for people with breathing problems

Hot summer days and poor air quality can be hard for people breathing problems and lung conditions. Our experts offer 15 tips to deal with the poor air quality.

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Long COVID: 9 things we've learned about long haulers so far

Long haulers are people who have COVID-19 symptoms for weeks or months after infection. Since launching our Post-COVID-19 Clinic, see what we've learned about long COVID.

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Exercise and Fitness

5 tips to exercise safely when it's hot outside

It can be dangerous to exercise when it's hot outside. Our Sports Medicine team has some advice if you're thinking of getting a sweat on in the summer heat.

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What you should know about sunscreen, SPF, and protecting your family

Protect yourself and your family this summer from the risk of skin cancer, the most common cancer in the U.S., with these sunscreen and skin care tips.

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Exercise and Fitness

8 tips to help ease your back pain

Back pain is one of the most common reasons people visit the doctor. Our experts have eight tips to help ease your back pain and strengthen your muscles.

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Rush to vaccinate: Protecting our frontline staff from COVID‑19

Once the COVID-19 vaccine was approved, it was a rush to set up vaccination stations. See how UC Davis Health was able to vaccinate more than 80% of its front line workers in the weeks that followed.

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Children's Health

Second chances: Victims of violence find healing, new lives through mentorships

Chevist Johnson and Esmerelda Huerta, violence intervention specialists, are all about changing the lives of young people impacted by violence. Check out how they guide youth to see a different future for themselves.

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Virtual perspective: Mixed reality goggles help surgeons prepare for complex procedures

Mixed reality goggles help neurosurgeons prepare for complex procedures, allowing them to examine and manipulate virtual models. See how these goggles help educate and aid in better patient care.

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Personalizing treatments: The real promise of Precision Medicine

Precision Medicine, an increasingly popular field in health care, accounts for genetics, environment, a patient's history, and more when tailoring treatments. Check out how it's being used in cancer treatment.

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Feeding health: Bringing farm-to-fork meals to patients

Chef Santana Diaz makes it his goal to provide healthy food options for patients. That's why his team created a first-of-its-kind farm-to-fork hospital program in partnership with local farmers and ranchers.

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Robotic surgery: Training the next generation of surgeons

Bahareh Nejad, medical director of robotic surgery, trains the next generation of surgeons to use advanced robotic systems. See how robotic surgery allows for a much better overall patient experience.

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Cancer Care

Total Explorer: Inventing the world’s first full-body PET scanner

UC Davis Health scientists spent 15 years developing the world’s first total-body PET scanner, called EXPLORER. The machine scans a patient’s entire body at once, delivering breathtaking image quality.

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Fighting together: Research power couple helps battle COVID-19

Married couple Nam Tran and Kristin Grimsrud are leaders in the fight against COVID‑19. Tran oversees UC Davis Health's COVID‑19 testing, while Grimsrud is developing a COVID-19 vaccine patch.

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Digging deeper: Machine learning speeds up dementia research

UC Davis Health researchers, with UC San Francisco, developed a machine learning program to speed up dementia research. The program enhances the ability of neuropathologists to find a cure.

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Children's Health

Researching MIS-C: Tracking a dangerous form of COVID-19 in kids

Two UC Davis Health pediatricians and researchers bring their expertise together to research a severe illness in children called MIS-C linked to COVID-19. See how they're contributing to this worldwide effort.

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Cancer Care

Customizing cures: Developing treatments to conquer diseases

UC Davis Health’s Good Manufacturing Practice Facility develops therapies in one of the nation's most advanced facilities. Individualized therapies can be made to treat diseases that previously had no cures.

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Not just skin deep: Advancing dermatology treatments with research

Dermatologist and researcher Samuel Hwang maintains a busy clinical practice while working to advance treatments for skin issues and cancers. Check out the work he's completed and continues to do.

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Surgical precision: 3D printing improves outcomes for patients

Brad Strong and his team are finding innovative ways to use 3D printers in health care. Creating a replica allows surgeons to bend implants in a precise manner and examine issues before going into surgery.

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Calling it quits: Empowering Californians to stop tobacco

Elisa Tong's favorite thing is to help people quit tobacco. She and her colleagues provide that extra push and encouragement many patients need to get them on the right track toward a healthier life.

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Overcoming challenges: Optimizing COVID-19 testing with a giant robot

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a rush to process novel coronavirus tests. Thanks to the SUV-sized Roche machine and hard-working laboratory scientists, UC Davis Health has significantly increased testing capacity.

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At UC Davis Health, we aim to teach and lead people to live a healthy lifestyle. This blog is a user-friendly guide of tips for our community to cultivate health through all stages of life.

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