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How Doctors Are Battling “an Unknown Enemy”

For doctors, a rare disease can be a frustrating mystery. It poses challenges they haven’t learned about in medical school or encountered in …

Medicine

“Oh, My! It’s In Everything!” Stanford Group Encourages People To Ditch Sugar For A Week | Scope Blog

Do you sigh for cinnamon rolls, pine for pastries, or lust after lemon meringue pie? You aren’t alone, and Stanford Medicine wants to help. But maybe …

Brain In A Bottle? Not Quite, But Watching The Human Brain Develop In A Dish Is A Big First Step

This striking image captures nerve cells (in green) migrating from one region of the human forebrain into another region — in laboratory glassware. …

Neuroscience

Understanding and preventing concussions: A conversation with Stanford’s David Camarillo

We’ve written quite a bit about the work of Stanford bioengineer David Camarillo, PhD, who is working to understand concussions. On a recent episode …

The Brain

On transitions and identity: A reflection by Stanford’s Philip Pizzo

Philip Pizzo, MD, began planning for life after medicine before he had barely begun to work as a doctor. As a resident in pediatrics, Pizzo, the …

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How Do Traumatic Childhood Experiences Affect Adults?

During my two years off from medical school, I’ve been volunteering as a court appointed special advocate for children in the foster care system. And …

Medicine

Stanford’s Big Data Conference returning

Late May brings Stanford Medicine’s fifth annual Big Data in Biomedicine conference, open to the public.The May 24-25 meeting — titled “Big Data in …

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#ILookLikeASurgeon selfies sweeping Bay Area

What does a female surgeon look like?<p>Obscured by her cap, mask and gown, it might be hard to tell for patients waking up in the operating room to the …

Medical School

Aging Research: Plasma Protein Revitalizes the Brain

For centuries, people have yearned for an elixir capable of restoring youth to their aging bodies and minds. It sounds like pure fantasy, but, in …

Neuroscience

At Stanford, algorithms and data fuel precision health

Building on the key tenets of precision medicine, Stanford Medical School believes algorithms will transform healthcare into an industry that is more …

Using antique wax figures to learn about anatomy

“Look at the detail inside the heart,” said Paul Brown, DDS, a consulting associate professor of anatomy at Stanford. “Isn’t that phenomenal?”I tend …

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Moving toward multi-pronged treatment for the worst childhood brain tumor

New Stanford research published in <i>Cancer Cell</i> suggests two potential drug targets for a terrible pediatric brain tumor, diffuse intrinsic pontine …

Cancer

A patient advocate’s impassioned plea to care for the caregiver, too

We celebrated my dad’s 70th birthday on a warm summer night in 2011 with a big Sicilian family dinner and root beer floats for dessert on our patio. …

Health Care

A comic about birth control educates patients — and providers

Growing up in India, Aparna Sridhar, MD, devoured comics like Tintin and Asterix. And as a gynecologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, …

Health

Patients can teach the next generation of doctors, experts at Stanford Medicine X Ed say

The pain from her rheumatoid arthritis hasn’t stopped Jennifer Walker from expressing herself — she paints, advocates for the Arthritis Foundation …

Medical School

“I knew my heart; it knew me”: A patient reflects on her disease and transplant

Young at heart. He has a heart of gold. She’s a heartbreaker.So often we used the word “heart” to define who we are or how we feel — but how much …

Medicine

Precision education: Tailoring medical training to support future doctors

Since she was a little girl, Cyrena Gawuga, PhD, wanted to be a doctor. But struggles with lupus and bipolar disorder forced her to drop out of …

Education

On the intersection of pain and beauty: One patient’s journey

<i>“The pain passes, but the beauty remains” ― Pierre-Auguste Renoir</i>Jennifer Walker doesn’t want to be defined by her disease. So much more than a …

Pain

A healing song and symbolic feather to close the first day of Medicine X |ED

Everyone rose to their feet and a hush came over the crowd as Erik Brodt, MD, wrapped up his closing keynote speech to end the first day of …

Education

An activist mom on being inspired by “a force of nature”

When your little boy is diagnosed with a progressive and fatal disease that he can’t understand, let alone pronounce, you become an advocate in a …

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In agreement: Neha Sangwan on the importance of clear communication

Here’s the scenario, Neha Sangwan, MD, a medical and personal communications consultant, told a rapt Medicine X | ED audience Saturday afternoon.She …

Medicine

Working together in health care: Why it’s hard and what works

A large group of care providers often swirls around each patient. There’s a primary doctor and nurses and specialists of all sorts — MDs like …

Health Care

On learning, the patient’s voice and the power of stories: Stanford’s Medicine X | ED begins

Excitement was in the air this morning as Stanford’s Medicine X | ED conference began. The event focuses on new and innovative ways to look at …

Education

Medicine X | ED happening this weekend

We’ve been talking here for weeks about Medicine X | ED, and it’s finally happening: This weekend, a wide range of stakeholders will gather on campus …

Education

Award-winning project takes on threat of multidrug-resistant bacteria

The moment of insight that leads to new drug discoveries and therapies can come from just about anywhere. For Stanford students Christian Choe, Maria …

Medicine

Searching for a diagnosis: a network of doctors tries to solve medical mysteries

WHITTIER, Calif. — Lynn Whittaker stood in the hallway of her home looking at the framed photos on the wall. In one, her son Andrew is playing high …

Health

A Stanford expert in the science of learning turns his attention to medical education

Dan Schwartz, PhD, found himself unconvinced after a recent visit to his general practitioner. In for a bad wheel, he’d been given a simple …

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