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UC San Diego Health System May 2014
Focus on Health

Mother Delivers Baby, Develops Heart Disease

Three weeks after giving birth to her first child, 28-year-old Amanda was diagnosed with heart failure. The prognosis wasn’t good, but a multidisciplinary team at UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center - and a novel cardiac device placed just under her skin to prevent sudden cardiac arrest - offer hope that Amanda will be there for her growing daughter.

Baby gorilla

A Doc on the Wild Side

Neonatologist Dawn Reeves has helped care for a lot of newborns, but none like the girl gorilla who arrived via emergency C-section at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in March. The 4.6-pound bundle of furry joy is just the latest example of UC San Diego physicians coming to the aid of some very unusual patients.

Double Helix

Pregnant Pause: DNA Counseling

More women are waiting longer to become first-time mothers, which means a likely chat with a genetic counselor. But that’s not as scary as it sounds, and new, non-invasive tests that are easy, painless and quick can help reduce the stress of planning for a future family.


10 Colors That Suggest Urine Trouble
It’s a good thing to mind your pees with Qs, as in what color is it? Urine is typically and naturally yellowish, its hue generally dependent upon how much water you drink, but on occasion it can be a course of a different color – and much more concerning.

Dr. Shira Varon Joint injuries, and what you kneed to know

Q&A with Chris Wahl, MD

Each year, millions of Americans visit their doctors with sports- or activity-related joint injuries, most commonly to the knee or shoulder. We ask Dr. Christopher Wahl to diagnose the current situation.

  The Body Gaudy

Filter Factor
Tiny structures called glomeruli are among your hardest working body parts. Each kidney contains about 1 million of them, all working tirelessly to filter roughly 26 gallons of blood every hour, every day of your life.


Fun Fact

Moving Pictures

Steady Improvement

Monica talks about her struggle with dystonia, a neurological movement disorder in which involuntary muscle contractions cause repetitive movements and abnormal postures, and how deep brain stimulation treatments at the UC San Diego Movement Disorder Center changed her life for the better.

How to Video

Putting the Spotlight on Sunlight

Can you get sunburned on a cloudy day? What SPF is most effective? How often should I reapply sun lotion? May is Melanoma Awareness Month, and as summer approaches, it’s important to avoid the dark side of the sun. Learn more about skin cancer, including warning signs, treatment options and what types of sunscreen you should pack on your vacation.


Over the Counter

What’s In a Name?
Generic drugs are almost always less expensive than brand names, and they are required by law to work exactly the same way with the same expected results. Why it’s OK to go generic – and when you shouldn’t.


Research roundup

Training kids to pay less attention to food might help them eat less, cancer and the Goldilocks effect and using light to deliver drugs deep within the body.


In the News

Brain Changes Suggest Autism Starts in the Womb

For Soldiers with Gulf War Illness, a Clue to the Mystery in their Cells

Selling a Poison by the Barrel: Liquid Nicotine for E-Cigarettes
New York Times

Upcoming Events

May 12, 2014
Oncology 101
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May 17, 2014
Parkinson’s Disease: Empowering the Community
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May 18, 2014
Newborn Immunizations: Thinking Ahead to Your Baby’s Vaccines
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June 5, 2014
Melanoma: What You Need to Know
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June 15, 2014
8th Annual Survivor Beach
Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa

June 21, 2014
Childbirth Basics
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  Corner Clinic: Answers From Our Physicians

Clinic Corner
L-R: Atul Malhotra, Meghan Spriggs, Michael Albo

1. What are the medical differences between tiredness, fatigue and exhaustion?
2. What’s the point of ear wax?
3. Is there a way to prevent or treat incontinence?


Recipes: A Good Start to Healthy Summer Skin

Skin care during summer means more than just sunscreens and moisturizers. Eating right helps too, which means getting plenty of vitamin A. Try these recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner - and give yourself an A for effort.

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