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A look at move day at the new Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

Congratulations to our friends at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford: The new hospital is officially open. Last weekend, 91 patients — …

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Baby’s heart defect risk linked to mom’s early-pregnancy blood sugar levels

For decades, physicians have known that pregnant women with diabetes face a higher risk than non-diabetic women of giving birth to a baby with a …

Diabetes

How to help combat mental illness

Those who have been personally affected by mental illness are often motivated, even driven, to do something to help lessen the suffering of …

Mental Disorders

Few California pharmacists prescribe birth control, a study finds

It takes time and money to visit the doctor’s office to get birth control. This is particularly an issue for low-income women, those who live in …

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Breaking down diabetes: Top priorities for patients and their doctors

Thirty million Americans have diabetes, a disease where the body loses its ability to remove enough sugar from the bloodstream, spurring harmful …

Diabetes

Expanding the reach of emergency medicine

Emergency medicine physician Peter Acker, MD, was drawn to Stanford by a fellowship program in international emergency medicine program. He arrived …

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Healthy holidays: Strategies to help enjoy celebratory foods

Splashes of color, festive shapes and sprinkles make holiday food some of the most exciting nosh we’ll have all year. With all of these appealing …

Weight Loss

“A very hopeful job”– saving the sickest kids with a new leukemia therapy

As a parent, some stories are more difficult to write than others. My recent <i>Stanford Medicine</i> magazine article about kids with leukemia is an …

Cancer

Pass/fail, but should we still stress?

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 territory with …

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Drug blocks Zika and other deadly viruses in cells cultures, Stanford researchers find | Scope Blog

A team of Stanford researchers is developing approaches to thwart a family of deadly viruses called flaviviruses, by targeting the human cells that …

Biology

Stanford bioethicists explore use of new spinal muscular atrophy drug

In her role as a Stanford anesthesiologist, Alyssa Burgart, MD, doesn’t see patients with spinal muscular atrophy as often as the neurologists who …

Medicine

In Stanford clinical trial, children successfully desensitized to food allergens | Scope Blog

Joshua Geller used to be very worried about food.<p>Geller, now 14, has severe food allergies. Until recently, he couldn’t safely eat even the tiniest …

Medicine

One family’s story illuminates the Bay Area housing crisis

Recently, I met a mother facing a complex set of challenges. Patricia Gutierrez is a single mom raising three children in San Mateo County, just …

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New report provides recommendations to reduce the cost of prescription drugs in the U.S.

People living in the United States spend more per capita on prescription drugs than people living in any other country. In an effort to make …

Pharma

Newly renovated Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford to open its doors | Scope Blog

This is a big week for the Stanford Medicine community: The renovated Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford will officially open its doors on …

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Uptick in gun violence research reveals several consequences of policy changes

There’s good news, of sorts, on the gun violence research front — namely that there’s an increasing number of studies on the issue, which has long …

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On the road to diabetes: How to halt disease progression and turn back to health

While diabetes is a serious chronic disease with devastating complications, it usually develops after years of insulin resistance, or pre-diabetes. …

Diabetes

What would a CVS-Aetna merger mean for health consumers?

CVS Health recently announced it would buy Aetna, the country’s third-largest health insurance company, for $69 billion — a deal that could revamp …

Health Care

Researchers investigate fruit flies as a step toward understanding the human brain

Researchers have been trying to map out the brain’s complex neural circuits to understand how diseases like Parkinson’s disrupt healthy brain …

Neuroscience

A natural fix for heart valves

In the operating room, cardiac surgeon Joseph Woo, MD, is poised to begin a challenging operation on a man whose aorta and aortic valve have been …

Medicine

How to master the neuro exam

As a medical student, neurology can be one of the most intimidating rotations. The brain is so complex and the neuro exam so difficult to master that …

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Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford celebrates new facility | Scope Blog

On Nov. 30, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate its new building.<p>Slated to welcome its first …

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At code-a-thon, participants asked to develop solutions to combat the opioid epidemic

This week programmers from across the country will convene in Washington, D.C., to take part in a code-a-thon hosted by the U.S. Department of Health …

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Stanford conference outlines new vision for global health leadership | Scope Blog

The inaugural Women Leaders in Global Health conference – held earlier this fall at Stanford – convened more than 400 men and women from 68 countries …

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A conversation with Helle Thorning-Schmidt of Save the Children International

Children are all too often the casualties in armed conflict around the world. Save the Children International estimates more than 50,000 children in …

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Many different types of anxiety and depression exist, new study finds

Five new categories of mental illness that cut across the current more broad diagnoses of anxiety and depression have been identified by researchers …

Depression

Connecting the dots between common male medical condition and later disease

Cardiac, metabolic and vascular disease are often hard to catch in their early stages, but Stanford researchers may have identified a risk factor to …

Medicine

A Neurosurgeon's Remarkable Plan to Treat Stroke Victims With Stem Cells

Gary Steinberg defied convention when he began implanting living cells inside the brains of patients who had suffered from a stroke<p>Comment on this …

Medicine

Cancer survival disparities show that MediCal is a “disaster” in need of reform, researcher writes

Californians with public insurance, like Medicaid, or no insurance, have lower survival rates for several types of cancer than those with private …

Health Care

New approach for patients with brain trauma, volunteers needed

Currently, treatment options for people with brain injury from a trauma — such as a car crash, or bike accident — are limited. Some of these people …

Parkinson's Disease