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Addiction policies should accord with neuroscience, Stanford researchers argue

In “Neuroscience of Need: Understanding the Addicted Mind,” an article I wrote for <i>Stanford Medicine</i> magazine a few years ago, I tried to describe the …

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Poetry Lover And Aspiring Physician-scientist

Elizabeth “Ellie” Beam, a MD-PhD student, hails originally from the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from Duke University, Beam conducted …

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Genes That Affect Diseases And Other Traits May Be Scattered Across Genome

Biomedical researchers tend to envision genes for traits from height to Alzheimer’s disease as being clustered in a limited number of pathways.<p>Two …

Genetics

Health Care Fixes Possible, Stanford Scholars Write | Scope Blog

Rather than replace the Affordable Care Act, legislators should take steps to fix it, a pair of Stanford-affiliated scholars urge in a recent <i>Foreign</i> …

What Tiny Antennae On Our Cells Can Tell Us About The Genetics Of Obesity

In 1675, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, the inventor of the microscope, discovered a tiny antenna that sticks out of our cells. Until the last 20 years …

The soul of a souped-up machine: Workhorse eye-scanning device can do virtual biopsies

A minor tweak to a major workhorse eye-scanning technology, described in a <i>Nature Communications</i> study, could lead to “virtual biopsies:” visualizing …

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How to encourage muscle stem cells to replace missing muscle? A familiar home, a few friends and some healthy exercise

I’ve been writing a lot recently about ways to tinker with muscle stem cells to encourage them to repair muscles injured by overuse or trauma. But …

The Unwritten Curriculum Of Med School

They say to avoid going to the hospital during July, which is when the newly branded doctors start working after receiving their medical degrees a …

Stanford’s Michele Barry on why we need more women leaders in global health

As the women began to clap, Michele Barry, MD, director of Stanford’s Center for Innovation in Global Health, realized she’d touched on something …

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Guns kill nearly 1,300 US children each year, study says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Rambunctious third-graders filled a classroom in Seattle on a crisp autumn day. One of the students dropped his backpack, and horror ensued.<p>That student had brought a parent's gun to school and was carrying it in his backpack. When the bag fell to the floor, the impact caused the gun to …

Guns

Stanford Medicine launches health care trends report

Big data will transform health care in the future, but more needs to be done to train doctors and patients in data management and analysis. Those …

Digital Health

To debug your gut (and maybe your brain, too), make nice to the bugs that live inside it

Each of us is carrying about 100 trillion microbes in our gut. They’re tiny and squirmy, but if you could line them all up end to end and convince …

Microbiome

“Being thin doesn’t mean I’m healthy”: A cancer survivor reflects on her weight

If you told high school-me that I could one day be thinner than any goal weight I’d ever set, I probably would have asked where to sign up. Never …

What does it mean to be well?

Aspiring to a higher level of wellness? We recently spoke with Catherine Heaney, PhD, associate professor of psychology and of medicine with the …

Wellness

New Lucile Packard Children's Hospital is a habitat for healing

by Sue DremannLucile Salter Packard, he late Silicon Valley philanthropist and namesake of Stanford's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital would likely …

A new doctor discovers the ‘gritty’ downside of modern medicine

I arrived at the hospital, white coat and stethoscope in hand. It was my first day as a doctor, and I was filled with a nervous mix of optimism and excitement.<p>I walked up to the medicine team room, entered the code on the door and introduced myself to the other residents — some of them newly minted …

Health Care

Congratulations to Stanford Medicine’s newest graduates

There was a lot of excitement on campus this past weekend, when a graduating class of 65 medical students, 53 PhD students, and 52 master’s of …

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Biodesign students display health care innovations

Solving problems in health care requires deeply understanding the problem and the perspectives of those affected before developing solutions.Take …

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Virtual reality can help alleviate pain

When I think of virtual reality, I think of playing games or being immersed in a 360 degree video experience where the action takes place all around …

What If (Almost) Every Gene Affects (Almost) Everything?

Three Stanford scientists have proposed a provocative new way of thinking about genetic variants, and how they affect people’s bodies and health.<p>In 1999, a group of scientists scoured the genomes of around 150 pairs of siblings in an attempt to find genes that are involved in autism. They came up …

Genetics

Stanford Medicine’s Class of 2017 to graduate on Saturday

On Saturday, Stanford Medicine’s graduating class will walk away from campus with a new title: Doctor.The day of celebration begins with a …

Education

Ribosomes rock! Or, how a Stanford study is rewriting our understanding of gene regulation

OK. I admit it. My bio-crushes are sometimes weird. Two years ago I was obsessed with the tiny African killifish, and earlier this year I was …

Biology

Stanford graduate advocates for disability rights and empowerment in Thailand

When Oranicha (Natty) Jumreornvong decided to leave her home in Thailand to attend Stanford University, her family was uneasy about her decision. …

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Pain catastrophizing linked to opioid use, particularly for women, Stanford study shows

Our nation is struggling with an unprecedented opioid epidemic, which is pushing researchers to better understand how people experience of pain and …

Pain

A graduating medical student to his patients: “Thank you”

While discussing my experiences in medical school at a recent dinner, one of my professors asked me, “Did you learn more from textbooks or …

Medicine

Stanford doctor writes about what’s really important

Know what matters in life and do those things well.That sounds like good advice, but all too often what matters in life feels a lot like everything, …

The New England Journal of Medicine

A tale of health insurance in the United States — from protection to profits

I didn’t know I was interested in history of health insurance before I read the excerpt from <i>An American Sickness</i> that appears in the latest issue of</i> …

Health Care

Solar-powered heart: Stanford scientists explore using photosynthesis to help damaged hearts

In the ongoing hunt to find better treatments for heart disease, the top cause of death globally, new research from Stanford shows promising results …

Medicine

Why access to health care matters: Stories from the front lines

As our elected officials consider to weigh the future of our nation’s health care, I thought I would take the opportunity to share a few vignettes of …

Health Care

East meets West: Stanford students invited to sample Tibetan medicine during clerkships

Stanford medical students must master genetics, biochemistry and immunology, among other disciplines. But school leaders don’t want these future …