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Regular electroacupuncture can lower high blood pressure by activating natural opioids.

Acupuncture lowers hypertension by activating natural opioids

Regular electroacupuncture treatment can lower hypertension by increasing the release of a kind of opioid in the brainstem region that controls blood pressure, UC Irvine Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine researchers show.

Dr. Sai-Hong Ignatius Ou and his patient, Allen Fremont, whose

Targeting lung cancer

After more than a decade of work helping patients like Allen Fremont, Dr. Sai-hong Ignatius Ou has gained FDA approval for a drug treatment that targets mutations of non-small cell lung cancers.

Cary and Catherine Goronkin stroll around a lake in Fullerton as part of his health regimen to keep Crohn's disease in check

Living with Crohn's disease

There's no cure for Crohn's disease, but UC Irvine Health inflammatory bowel disease experts help Cary Goronkin manage his condition.

Elizabeth Hill plays with her year-old daughter, Audrey

A miracle baby

Lupus had caused Elizabeth Hill's kidneys to fail. But the dialysis that kept her alive also meant the odds were stacked against her fulfilling her life's plan: to be a mother.

UC Irvine cardiologist Dr. Dawn M. Lombardo

Matters of the heart

UC Irvine cardiologist Dr. Dawn M. Lombardo works to combat the No. 1 killer of women: heart disease.

UC Irvine nurse practitioner Karen Sommers has devoted her nearly 30-year career to caring for patients with leukemia.

Leukemia patients feel her caring touch

UC Irvine Healthcare nurse practitioner Karen Sommers devotes herself to caring for leukemia patients at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Sudhir Gupta and Piedad Concannon

Up, up and away

In celebration of World PI Week, Dr. Sudhir Gupta and his staff hold a brief reception at the Jeffrey Modell Diagnostic Center for Primary Immunodeficiency, releasing 100 helium-filled balloons into the sky in a gesture of worldwide support for diseases affecting the body's immune system.

Dr. Pranav Patel, cardiologist and interim chief of UC Irvine's Division of Cardiology

Heart disease: the No. 1 killer of U.S. women

Heart disease is the No.1 killer of U.S. women, claiming more women than men each year, UC Irvine experts say.

UC Irvine cancer patient Angelo Giuliano

Lymphoma nearly stopped Angelo in his tracks

Cancer was the last thing on Angelo Giuliano’s mind when the high-energy entrepreneur experienced spells of fatigue in early 2009. UC Irvine medical oncologist Dr. Leonard Sender gave him the unwelcome diagnosis: a rare and aggressive form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Breast cancer survivor Binh Phan trying on wedding dresses

Breast cancer survivor walks down the aisle

Young adult cancer patient Binh Phan celebrated the wedding of her dreams thanks to Dr. Leonard Sender and the medical team at UC Irvine's Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

 UC Irvine's H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center patient Jennifer Martin

Relishing life after ulcerative colitis, thanks to UC Irvine inflammatory bowel disease experts

Jennifer Martin, whose diseased colon was removed by a UC Irvine surgeon, wants others who suffer with inflammatory bowel disease to know that "it's possible to live a normal life again. Your normal may be a little bit different, but you can adapt."

Blood detective

Blood detective

UC Irvine hematologist Dr. Jae Chang uses medical sleuthing skills to identify rare disorders.

People stretching in class

How to have a healthier 2011

UC Irvine expert says the key to getting and staying fit in the new year is being realistic

Workers in rice paddy

Stopping the spread of infectious diseases

UCI research on viral and bacterial illnesses could benefit millions worldwide

UC Irvine cardiologist Dr. Morton Kern with a white pill

New hope for heart health

Cardiologist points to extended benefits of statins treatment

UC Irvine oncologist Dr. Rita Mehta

Targeting breast cancer

UC Irvine oncologist Dr. Rita Mehta pioneered the now-routine use of chemotherapy to shrink or eradicate breast cancer tumors before surgery.

Mummy in scanner

The mummy's curse: hardened arteries

Discovery suggests that the condition causing heart attacks and strokes isn't just a modern malady

Dr. Alpesh Amin

Hospitalist: The new medical specialty

Dr. Alpesh Amin is a pioneer and leader in the rapidly growing field of hospital medicine

UC Irvine oncologist Dr. Rita Mehta pioneered the now-routine use of chemotherapy on tumors before surgery

Targeting breast cancer

UC Irvine oncologist Dr. Rita Mehta pioneered the now-routine use of chemotherapy to shrink or eradicate breast cancer tumors before surgery.