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Index of Spotlights

Infant in UC Irvine Medical Center's neonatal intensive care unit grabs the finger of a nurse during a feeding session.

Keeping hospitals healthy

UC Irvine Medical Center's successful initiatives to prevent the spread of hospital-acquired infectious diseases are being adopted at other medical facilities.

Exercise can be the best medicine for kids, says UC Irvine pediatrician Dr. Dan Cooper.

The best medicine for kids

Exercise can help children avoid type 2 diabetes, asthma attacks and other health problems, UC Irvine's Pediatric Exercise Research Center studies show.


Medical students bring music to hospital rooms

Getting in tune

UC Irvine School of Medicine students launch a program to bring the therapeutic sound of music into hospital rooms.

Mind over stress

Mind over stress

UC Irvine's Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine offers courses in stress reduction based on mindful self-awareness. 

Finding by neuro-oncologist Dr. Daniela Bota could help identify ways to keep cancer patients from experiencing problems with concentration, thinking and memory after chemotherapy treatments.

Lifting the fog of "chemo brain"

Research by neuro-oncologist Dr. Daniela Bota could help eliminate the debilitating phenomenon of cognitive confusion that is sometimes called "chemo brain."


Bioinformatics boosters

Bioinformatics boosters

UC Irvine School of Medicine's summer research program gives community college students a taste of the emerging field of bioinformatics.

Aleida del Toro, urodynamic technician in UC Irvine Healthcare's urogynecology department.

From student to teacher

When Aleida del Toro began urodynamic testing in 1982, the technology was new. She has since trained hundreds of doctors and students to perform the procedure.

Stroke center delivers life-saving care

Stroke center delivers life-saving care

UC Irvine Healthcare's Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center experts say the timing of treatment determines whether a stroke patient will resume a normal life, suffer disabilities—or even survive. 

Dr. Shuichi Suzuki is skilled in intricate stroke treatment techniques

Treating strokes with micro-devices

UC Irvine physician Dr. Shuichi Suzuki is among a new generation of neurointerventionists who are redefining stroke care, using micro-devices to restore blood flow and prevent lasting disabilities.

Safer, faster cheaper method for medical imaging devised

Safer, faster medical imaging

UC Irvine researchers devise faster, cheaper method of medical imaging that reduces exposure to harmful radiation.


Fats in some foods make them nearly irresistible

The potato chip predicament

Fats in some foods make them nearly irresistible and trigger a biological mechanism that drives our gluttonous behavior, UC Irvine researchers have found.

UC Irvine's Nursing Sciences Program in demand

UC Irvine's Nursing Sciences Program in demand

UC Irvine's Program in Nursing Sciences aims to meet the growing demand for skilled nurses in California.

UC Irvine researchers explore a new method to attack drug-resistant tuberculosis.

Attacking drug-resistant tuberculosis.

UC Irvine researchers explore a new way to attack one of the world's most stubborn diseases — drug-resistant tuberculosis.

UC Irvine's Multiple Sclerosis Center advances treatment options

MS treatment options advance

UC Irvine Healthcare's Multiple Sclerosis Center carries on the cutting-edge work launched by the late Dr. Stanley van den Noort.

UC Irvine ophthalmologist Dr. Roger Steinert is a national leader in eye surgery

Sharper Images

Eye surgeon Dr. Roger Steinert, director of UC Irvine School of Medicine's Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, has developed surgery techniques that have improved the eyesight of millions. 

The mummy study returns

The mummy study returns

A 3,600-year-old Egyptian princess is first known human to have heart disease, a research team led by a UC Irvine cardiologist finds.

Pharmacy careers are gaining in popularity at UC Irvine

A head start for pharmacy careers

The innovative curriculum in UC Irvine's Pharmaceutical Sciences program makes it UC Irvine’s next hot major.

Stroke of good fortune

Stroke of good fortune

UC Irvine doctoral student wins a Public Impact Fellowship for his research on whether strokes in rats can be averted by stroking a whisker after the trauma occurs.

With type 2 diabetes, family matters

With type 2 diabetes, family matters

Sarah Choi finds that social networking – the old-fashioned kind – helps immigrant older adults control type 2 diabetes.

UC Irvine's Best Doctors of 2011-12

UC Irvine's Best Doctors of 2011-12

More than 90 UC Irvine Healthcare physicians have been named Best Doctors in America for 2011-12, according to Best Doctors Inc. 

 


Doctoring in a diverse society

Doctoring in a diverse society

"Disparities in Medicine," empowers UC Irvine students to tackle culturally based healthcare disparities, is the only class of its kind in the nation. 

UC Irvine offers leading-edge techniques and therapies that give hope to women battling gynecologic cancers

Taking aim at gynecologic cancer

UC Irvine Healthcare's leading-edge techniques and therapies give hope to women battling gynecologic cancers.

Finding the ‘fingerprints’ of prostate cancer

Finding the ‘fingerprints’ of prostate cancer

UC Irvine pathology professor Dr. Dan Mercola has designed genetic biomarker tests that enable earlier detection of prostate cancer.

Hospital benefactor M.A. Douglas honored

Hospital benefactor M.A. Douglas honored

The late M.A. Douglas, whose estate donated $21 million toward the construction of UC Irvine Douglas Hospital. is honored at dedication ceremony.

Dr. Laura Mosqueda

Standing up for seniors

UC Irvine's Dr. Laura Mosqueda, a national leader in geriatric care, is determined to reduce the incidence of elder abuse and spread the word about efforts to safeguard at-risk seniors.

Emiliana Borrelli, professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at UC Irvine, studies the role of dopamine in sleep disorders and addiction.

New clues to brain diseases

UC Irvine microbiologist and molecular genetics professor Emiliana Borrelli studies the role of dopamine in sleep disorders and addiction.

Medical education through simulation

Medical education through simulation

UC Irvine's School of Medicine lets doctors-to-be practice on mannequins that mimic real-life medical conditions.


Reducing infections, one central line at a time

Reducing infections, one line at a time

UC Irvine Medical Center takes aim at stemming patient complications and healthcare costs by reducing potentially deadly infections from intravenous catheters.


Visualizing victory over breast cancer

Visualizing victory over breast cancer

UC Irvine researcher Justin Ducote pioneers an imaging technique that provides a clearer picture of dense breast tissue, a risk factor for breast cancer. 


Redefining cancer surgery

Redefining cancer surgery

Surgeons at UC Irvine Healthcare’s innovative Robotic Oncology Center are redefining cancer surgery.

Tackling concussion

Tackling concussion

A team of UC Irvine physicians works with local high school athletes and their coaches to improve the diagnosis and treatment of concussion.

An African perspective on healthcare

An African perspective on healthcare

New UC Irvine medical student Folu Ani’s experiences in his native Nigeria fuel his passion to help others

Dr. Behnoosh Afghani: It's important that these students know there are many, many opportunitites.

Medical mentor

Dr. Behnoosh Afghani leads UC Irvine's efforts to expose local high school students to careers in medicine and healthcare.

UC Irvine virologist Rozanne Sandri-Goldin

Keeping the funds flowing

UC Irvine virologist Rozanne Sandri-Goldin knows how to keep the science funding flowing.


UC Irvine medical student Heather Sand

Students lauded for launching health clinic

UC Irvine medical students are honored for creating and staffing the UC Irvine Outreach Clinic, a free clinic at the Orange County Rescue Mission's Village of Hope in Tustin.


Built to last

Built to last

UC Irvine School of Medicine's new medical education building blazes a trail in 21st century physician training with the latest in advanced and green technologies.

Warming the heart

Warming the heart

Patients at UC Irvine Healthcare's Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center are wrapped in colorful quilts, courtesy of a university employee group, UCI Stars. 


Saving your skin

Saving your skin

UC Irvine Healthcare's Melanoma Center has launched a pigmented lesion program to monitor people at highest risk for skin cancer.

Moving fast on strokes

Moving fast on strokes

A rapid response program spearheaded by UC Irvine neurologist Dr. Steven C. Cramer improves care for Orange County stroke victims.


One grateful patient

One grateful patient

Bill Sanders, a 78-year-old open-heart surgery patient, is feeling good these days thanks to the care he received from UC Irvine Medical Center.


Giving doctors a checkup

Giving doctors a checkup

Living Our Values award recipient Rose Jacobs makes sure UC Irvine Medical Center physicians have — and keep — the proper credentials

Nursing mind and memory

Nursing mind and memory

Ruth Mulnard, founding faculty member in UC Irvine's nursing program, directs brain-related clinical studies.


Bridging the healthcare divide

Bridging the healthcare divide

UC Irvine nurse Jill Berg takes her battle against asthma on the road — with house calls.

Getting the lead out

Getting the lead out

UC Irvine public health professor Oladele Ogunseitan works to keep pollutants in electronic products from contaminating landfills and endangering public health.


UC Irvine's top docs of 2009-10

UC Irvine's top docs of 2009-10

More than 85 UC Irvine Healthcare physicians are named "Best Doctors," an honor reserved for the top 5 percent of U.S. doctors.

New stroke therapy succeeds in rats

Stroke therapy succeeds in rats

Professor James H. Fallon and his UC Irvine research team have found a naturally occurring protein that restores motor function in rats after a stroke.

Standing up to autism

Standing up to autism

Cole Stewart talks like any four-year-old because of therapy at For OC Kids, Orange County's leading medical resource for children with autism. 


Healthy aging

Healthy aging

UC Irvine's Dr. Sonia Sehgal says age is not just a number, but a mix of many factors — some we can control, some we can't. The internist and geriatrician offers a decade-by-decade approach to maximizing quality of life.

Giving the gift of life

Giving the gift of life

Kathryn Jennell's decision to donate her husband's organs saved three lives and led UC Irvine Medical Center to change its donor policy.

Improving the radiation therapy experience

Improving the radiation experience

Controlling the ambience and offering faster, more precise radiation therapy are just a few of the ways that UC Irvine's Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center seeks to improve the patient experience.

Clues in blood

The blood detective

UC Irvine Healthcare hematologist Dr. Jae Chang uses his medical sleuthing skills to identify rare, hard-to-diagnose blood disorders.

Lesson learned in Taiwan drive disease care

The missionary doctor

Gastroenterologist Dr. Kenneth Chang brings lessons learned in a Taiwanese fishing village to sophisticated digestive disease care at UC Irvine Healthcare's H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center.

Preparing for flu season

Protection against the flu

With the H1N1 flu spreading widely throughout the state and nation, priority for the slow-arriving supply of vaccine is being given to pregnant women, children and young adults ages 2 to 24, healthcare and childcare workers and those with chronic medical conditions. 


Eye cells may hold key to studying Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's lesions in the eye

UC Irvine neuroscientist Zhiqun Tan has found retinal lesions in mice that mirror brain cells ravaged by Alzheimer's disease, making the eye a potential path to diagnosis and treatment.


Beware of metabolism-altering chemicals

Beware of metabolism-altering chemicals

UC Irvine cell biologist Bruce Blumberg is studying a possible link between America's obesity epidemic and metabolism-altering industrial chemicals.

Helping young people conquer cancer

Helping young people conquer cancer

UC Irvine oncologist Dr. Leonard Sender has made it his mission to lobby for more aggressive treatment of cancer in young adults, a poorly studied group with one of the lowest survival rates.

Halting herpes eye disease

Halting herpes eye disease

A vaccine created by Gavin Herbert Eye Institute researchers Lbachir BenMohamed and Dr. Anthony Nesburn may prevent a leading cause of blindness and more.


Improving care for older adults

Improving care for older adults

Armed with a $2-million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, Dr. Laura Mosqueda and her team in UC Irvine's nationally respected geriatrics program will teach physicians and other caregivers how to better serve older patients.


Joining forces to combat breast cancer

Joining forces to combat breast cancer

Physicians at UC Irvine's Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center launching the Athena study with colleagues at four other UC campuses to screen and track as many as 400,000 women for breast cancer.


UC Irvine researchers work to defeat Alzheimer's disease

Fighting Alzheimer's disease

A new case of Alzheimer's disease is diagnosed every 70 seconds in the United States, contributing $148 billion a year to healthcare costs. UC Irvine researchers are working on several fronts to combat the disease.

Triumph through teamwork

Triumph through teamwork

UC Irvine Healthcare trauma chief Dr. Michael Lekawa and orthopaedic spine surgeon Dr. Nitin Bhatia describe car crash survivor Jon Wilhite's life-threatening injuries on Angels Radio AM 830.


Chao Family Comprehensive Center Center

Cancer center's comprehensive status renewed

The National Cancer Institute reaffirms its designation of excellence for UC Irvine Healthcare's Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center in Orange.


Dr. Neil Jones, Hand Surgeon

Hand surgery center gets new director

Dr. Neil Jones, the new director of UC Irvine Healthcare's Center for Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, is among the few surgeons in the world to master the highly complex procedure of transferring toes microsurgically onto the hand to construct new thumbs and fingers.


UC Irvine's Sarah Lopez becomes a doctor

Medicine for the Latino community

New medical school graduates leave UC Irvine School of Medicine's PRIME-LC program, primed to deliver healthcare to the nation's fast-growing Latino community.

Dr. Thomas Alhering, Urologist

Keeping it cool

UC Irvine urologic oncologist Dr. Thomas Ahlering uses hypothermia during prostate surgery to boost a patient's recovery and quality of life.


Dr. Ping Wang, UC Irvine endocrinologist and diabetes expert

Diabetes skyrockets in U.S.

Diabetes is skyrocketing in the United States, says Dr. Ping Wang, director of UC Irvine Healthcare's Center for Diabetes Research and Treatment.


Jack J. Lin, MD

Treating epilepsy

UC Irvine neurologist Dr. Jack J. Lin aims to eliminate seizures in patients treated at UC Irvine Healthcare's Comprehensive Epilepsy Program.

UC Irvine oncologist Dr. Ignatius Ou takes aim at the deadliest cancer, non-small cell lung tumors.

Taking aim at the deadliest cancer

UC Irvine oncologist Dr. Ignatius Ou takes aim at the deadliest cancer — non-small cell lung tumors.
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