News in 2012

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When to seek help for voice problems

December 01, 2012
The act of speaking involves a complex chain of events. It begins when air from the lungs travels through the trachea into the larynx (voice box)....

A lifetime of back pain cured

Marilyn Claytor, with spine surgeons, Nitin N. Bhatia, MD, and Samuel S. Bederman, MD, PhD
December 01, 2012
Marilyn Claytor knows back pain. The 74-year-old Anaheim resident was born with scoliosis—an abnormal curvature of the spine— and...

Ken Mitchell, pancreatic and kidney transplant patient

December 01, 2012
When Ken Mitchell first met UC Irvine Health transplant surgeon Dr. Clarence Foster, he was a diabetic in kidney failure. Mitchell, a 42-year-old...

Dan Christensen, Volunteer

Dan Christensen, Volunteer
December 01, 2012
When retiree Dan Christensen moved to Orange County from his native Oregon in September 2010, he immediately began searching for volunteer...

Tafi Bandelin, gastric banding patient

Tafi Bandelin before and after
December 01, 2012
Two years after her 70-pound weight loss, Tafi Bandelin attributes her new life to the gastric banding procedure she underwent at UC Irvine. At 60...

Tiffany Chancheya, hemangioma patient

Tiffany Chancheya, hemangioma patient
December 01, 2012
When Tiffany Chancheya was born in October 2005, she had a quarter-inch reddish mark on one cheek. Tiffany's parents, Tim and Samay Chancheya, grew...

Aggressive breast cancer tumor caught early

Carey Moyer, breast cancer patient
December 01, 2012
Carey Moyer was 31 and still a newlywed when she felt a lump in her right breast in January 2010. "It felt like a rock, but it didn’t hurt...

Skin-conserving surgeries for skin cancer

Dr. Christopher Zachary
December 01, 2012
Most types of skin cancer, such as basal and squamous cell cancers, are highly curable when treated early and appropriately. But the true size and...

UC Irvine center unites digestive disease experts

Dr. Kenneth Chang
December 01, 2012
The UC Irvine H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center (CDDC) is one of the few facilities in the nation—and the only one in Orange...

From beach to backyard, caution can reduce fire pit burns

Tina Aldatz Norris, Patient
December 01, 2012
Backyard barbecues and beach bonfires are beloved summer activities across the country, but they also put people—especially children—at...