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Dr. Olga Jonasson: Competency defeats gender bias

"<p>It's absurd." This was the response that Olga Jonasson - a medical student at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine - received …

The jurors who evaluate physicians' testimony in court

Two doctors I work with were recently asked to testify in court. I knew it was a case involving domestic violence and I knew I wanted to see what it …

Health Care

Pancreatic Cells Can Switch Fate To Produce Insulin, Say Stanford Researchers | Scope Blog

Flip-flopping is often considered to be a sign of indecision and poor judgment, but in the world of biology it can signal a kind of developmental …

Biology

New Blood Test Could Detect Early-stage Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death, because it is seldom detected before the disease has spread to other organs. Only 8 …

Caregivers Experience High Rates Of Anxiety, Depression, Study Finds

Caring for a dying person is challenging and all-encompassing. And, not surprisingly, that takes a toll on caregivers, according to a new …

Depression

Test Can Spot TB In Children, Helping Save Lives

During his decade of work in South Africa, Stanford’s Jason Andrews, MD, has seen many young children die from tuberculosis and been frustrated by …

Patients Of High-complaint Surgeons More Likely To Experience Complications

Patients treated by surgeons who are brusque, dismissive or disrespectful to patients and other caregivers are more likely to suffer complications, a …

Medicine

Conjoined Twins Update: Erika And Eva Sandoval Healing Well

Formerly conjoined twin sisters Erika and Eva Sandoval are recovering nicely from their Dec. 6 separation surgery at Lucile Packard Children’s …

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Thoughts On Love – From A Med Student Terrified Of It

With this being the week of Valentine’s Day, one thing has been pulled to the forefront of thoughts around the world: love. The four-letter word that …

In Madagascar, Stanford Researchers Are Working To Improve Health — and Studying Lemurs | Scope Blog

When Mark Krasnow, MD, PhD, isn’t in his biochemistry lab at Stanford, he might be found in the rainforests of Madagascar chasing down mouse lemurs. …

Madagascar

Health-care Costs Skyrocket When Defibrillators Send Needless Shocks

For people with heart conditions — not the kind a romance might spark — pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators are devices sent …

Health Care

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, I Think You’ll Love These Policy Tweets, Too

Valentine’s Day means a lot more than chocolates and greeting cards to social media-savvy policy wonks. For the past several years, “healthcare …

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Encephalitis Survival Story: How Sharing Allowed One Patient To Help Others

When Stanford Medicine and Inspire combined efforts in February 2012 to launch this blog series, I was honored to be their first contributor. …

Research Reveals Circuit That Clarifies How Stress Exacerbates Pain And Meditation Eases It

Everyone loves endorphins — those naturally occurring chemicals in the body that are commonly credited with the euphoric highs caused by running or …

Neuroscience

New Virtual Reality Display Adjusts For Differences In Vision

Without their uber-thick glasses, my dad and my stepson would be nearly blind, unable to do most everyday activities. My vision is middling — fine …

Virtual Reality

Using Music And Art To Express The Human Connection

Second-year Stanford medical student Sheun (Shay) Aluko recently commented that “there will never be a need to use Google Translate on a piece of art …

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Pain Hits Poor, Less Educated Americans Much Harder, New Study Finds

Researchers have known that people who are poorer and less educated experience more chronic pain. But a new analysis shows that gap is even bigger …

Chronic Pain

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Collecting Valentine’s Wishes For Patients | Scope Blog

Looking for a special Valentine this year? Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford can help out: They’ve set up a special site for members of the …

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Honoring Women And Girl Scientists

In honor of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a look now at some of those who inspire us — and a call to action from UN …

Science

Social Networks May Boost Fitness, Stanford Researchers Say | Scope Blog

Your online social network doesn’t just keep you connected, it can also help you stay fit, a new study shows.<p>A team of researchers led by Jure …

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Internal pump helps young patient wait for a heart transplant out of the hospital

Over at Healthier, Happy Lives, the blog of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, there’s a touching story about a boy who is waiting for a …

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Unable To Smell? One Stanford Researcher Is Working To Improve Therapies | Scope Blog

I don’t often think about my sense of smell, unless I’m given a fragrant flower or walk past someone smoking. But the ability to smell is both …

Medicine

Science-related Supreme Court Cases To Watch In 2017

When I was in grad school, scientists tended to be more interested in p-values than politics. Now, as change becomes the new norm under the Trump …

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Doctors Are Speaking Out Against Trump

On January 21st, the day of the Women’s March on Washington, I was working in the hospital as a resident physician assigned to the weekend shift. In …

Health Care

Why working with kids is a medical student’s ultimate challenge

During the first year of medical school, one of the most nerve-wracking, but exciting, experiences was learning how to interview and examine …

Medical School

Stanford Researchers Develop Simulations To Improve Heart Surgeries | Scope Blog

MRI and CT scans provide physicians with a detailed picture of their patients’ internal anatomy. Heart surgeons often use these images to plan …

Medicine

Stanford team is growing healthy skin for ill patients

Small sheets of healthy skin are being grown from scratch at a Stanford University lab, proof that gene therapy can help heal a rare disease that …

Gene Therapy

Women "undertested" For Breast Cancer Mutations, Say Researchers

Genetic testing to uncover the existence of breast and ovarian cancer-associated mutations like BRCA1 and 2 can help a woman with cancer understand …

Cancer

Substance In Crude Oil Shown To Harm Fish; Could Affect Human Health

A Stanford-led research team has identified a substance in oil that appears to be responsible for the irregular, weak heart contractions seen in fish …

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Inexpensive “lab On A Chip” Could Fuel Medical Diagnostics Revolution, Researchers Hope

Diagnosing malaria, or HIV, or cancer, or any of a number of diseases, now usually takes a sterile laboratory with trained technicians and expensive …

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