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A better way to test for HIV: Translate it into DNA

There are a number of easy ways to test for HIV, and there are a number of reliable ways, but easy and reliable? That’s hard to come by — but perhaps …

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Bye-bye TV: Safety-net clinic unveils new mural to support learning

For years, a television dominated the children’s waiting room at MayView Community Health Center’s Mountain View clinic.<p>Now, a colorful new mural has …

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His patients said floating in a sensory deprivation float was healing. So he tried it.

In mental health care, it’s not uncommon for patients to pursue complementary therapies to manage mental illness. As a psychiatrist, I’ve seen patients who take dozens of daily vitamin supplements. Some try acupuncture or massage. Others swear by light therapy or Reiki.<p>But there was one therapy …

Meditation

The aging brain: A conversation with a cognitive psychologist

My colleague Tracie White recently wrote about cognitive psychologist Ruth O’Hara’s research on worrying and its impact on cognition, memory and …

The Brain

Breaking down diabetes: How to prevent complications

Diabetes is a disease defined by its complications. High blood sugar contributes to many, but not all, of these potential consequences, so it’s …

Diabetes

Black women doctors celebrated

Picture your doctor(s). Chances are they don’t look like Stanford’s Leah Backhus, MD, one of a small but growing number of black female …

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Weight gain, and loss, causes widespread molecular changes

We’re all well-acquainted with the temptations — and the aftermath — of bountiful holiday goodies. And I know for many (including me) it’s not …

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How Gaining and Losing Weight Affects the Body

ISTOCK, SUSANNEBGaining and losing weight causes extensive changes in the gut microbiota and in biomarkers related to inflammation and heart disease, …

Weight Loss

Tweak to technique could bolster disease detection

A team of Stanford researchers, led by Ron Davis, PhD, director of the Stanford Genome Technology Center, has developed a technique that they hope …

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New toolkit will help doctors spot heart disease linked to pregnancy

A new set of guidelines will help doctors spot hidden heart disease in pregnant women and new mothers.The guidelines, part of a recently released …

Medicine

Widespread flu outbreak causing serious complications this year

Some states are reporting a higher number of deaths from flu this year than usual. CNBC's Meg Tirrell takes a look at how the medical community is …

Public Health

Encountering a patient who hear voices

My classmate and I were walking back to the residents’ workroom when we realized one of the psychiatry patients was trailing along behind us. I …

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Engineering biology to solve problems

Akshay Maheshwari is a California native in his fourth year as an MD/PhD student at Stanford. He can usually be found on his way to the medical …

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Class allows students to engineer the sense of touch to help others

It’s probably not all that surprising that brand new Stanford undergraduates would be interested in messing around with robots, computer programming …

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Screening, new treatments dramatically reduced breast cancer deaths, says multi-center study

As an undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, in the late 1980s, I had the privilege of working in the laboratory of cancer …

Cancer

VA provides fewer unnecessary end-of-life interventions than Medicare, new study shows

At the end of life, less is usually more. Less pain, of course, but also fewer visits to the hospital and fewer treatments in the last few months of …

Health Care

"Fierce, empowered… and less alone": A 32-year-old cancer patient reflects on her new film

As someone who battled against Hodgkin’s lymphoma when I was in my 20s, I can relate to Becky Hall, a young breast cancer patient at Stanford. I …

Cancer

Just How Bad Is Kids’ Smartphone Addiction?

A letter from investors to Apple urges the tech giant to address childhood tech addiction.<p>It's the easiest babysitting hack known to modern adults …

Parenting

Keeping snails in check could significantly reduce parasitic worm infections

At times the snail can be a very effective disease-causing machine. Particularly during the rainy season, waterborne snails that congregate in …

Medicine

Separating the weak from the strong: New device sorts sperm

For sperm, looks matter. As you might guess, sperm that have a wonky shape — a lopsided head or crooked tail, for example — also harbor wonky DNA. …

Biology

Medical Research? Congress Cheers. Medical Care? Congress Brawls.

WASHINGTON — They cannot agree on subsidies for low-income people under the Affordable Care Act or even how to extend funding for the broadly popular Children’s Health Insurance Program — two issues requiring urgent attention as Congress returns to work.<p>But a more exotic corner of the medical world …

Health Care

How Stanford jump started heart transplant surgery 50 years ago | Scope Blog

Ten years of painstaking research came to a head in a Stanford Hospital operating room fifty years ago this week. On Jan. 6, 1968, the first adult …

Medicine

Pass-fail in medical school. But the stress remains.

0 Shares<p>Greetings from the library. I’m writing to you through caffeine jitters, wrapped in a scarf that doubles as a blanket. I’ve marked my …

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Get up and dance: A singer-songwriter explores how music can help dementia

<p>Singer-songwriter Beatie Wolfe was inspired to explore the power of music on people with dementia after reading Oliver Sacks’ <i>Musicophilia: Tales of</i> …

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What's it like to work in the ER on Christmas?

For the past 28 years, Phillip Harter, MD, has worked every Christmas Day but one in Stanford Hospital’s Marc and Laura Andreessen Emergency …

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Building a championship team — in dermatology

As the Golden State Warriors roll into another impressive season, I keep thinking about a conversation I had with dermatologist Paul Khavari, MD, PhD …

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Helping chemotherapy patients regain their sense of taste

The holidays are a time of feasting for many people. You might be thinking fondly right about now of a fantastic meal from last week (prime rib, …

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When the end is near: Discovering the limitations of comfort in medical school

What do you say to somebody who knows that they are about to die?<p>I’ve had lots of practice comforting people. I’ve had to tell patients that their …

Medicine

“We still enjoy life”: A member of a family with a rare, genetic eye condition shares her story

One of my most enjoyable recent experiences at work was my chat with Darlene Katzin. We share Midwestern roots and when we spoke, I pictured her in …

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Living with cancer: A Q&A with comedian Fred Reiss

Cancer isn’t what comes to mind when I think of stand-up comedy, but Fred Reiss may change that. A three-time cancer survivor, Reiss shares at Comedy …

Cancer