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Dear Folksies: A Medical Blog From World War II

Linda Bine grew up listening to bedtime stories about her father’s experiences in World War II. When he was a second-year Stanford resident in 1942, …

Nazi Concentration Camps

At Big Data In Biomedicine, Reexamining Clinical Trials In The Era Of Precision Health

Clinical trials, in their current incarnation, are ill-suited for the nimble, personalized precision health era, a a panel of speakers at the Big …

Cardiologist Eric Topol On Why We Need To Map The Human Body And "go Deep" With Big Data

This year’s Big Data in Biomedicine conference included a passionate talk from cardiologist Eric Topol, MD, of The Scripps Research Institute. Topol, …

A Look At Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Efforts To Accelerate Biomedical Research

When it was introduced in late 2015, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative made waves in the biomedical community. Established with an open letter to their …

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AI And Imaging: Experts Delve Into Its Promise

Will artificial intelligence (AI) replace radiologists? During a session on AI and imaging yesterday at the Big Data in Biomedicine conference, …

Researchers Consider How To Cost-effectively Reduce HIV Risk For Intravenous Drug Users

Opioid users often end up injecting heroin — adding infectious diseases like HIV to the host of other risks they face. To chip away at the …

“Predict, Prevent And Cure Precisely,” Stanford Medicine’s Lloyd Minor Urges | Scope Blog

Lloyd Minor, MD, dean of Stanford’s School of Medicine, opened the school’s annual Big Data in Biomedicine conference today with a call for …

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The Case For Slacking Off In School

This quarter, during the block of our Human Health and Disease course dedicated to learning about the pulmonary system, I conducted one of the …

Education

Fitness Trackers Accurately Measure Heart Rate But Not Calories Burned, Stanford Study Shows | Scope Blog

Your fitness tracker knows how fast your heart beats when you bicycle to work and how your heart flip-flops when your sweetie surprises you with a …

Wearable Tech

Big Data In Biomedicine Conference Kicks Off On Wednesday

Stanford Medicine’s two-day Big Data in Biomedicine Conference begins this morning. The conference, now in its fifth year, focuses on the …

Mowing Down Cancer

To explain her work, Stanford chemistry professor Carolyn Bertozzi, PhD, often turns to analogies. Cancer cells, she says, are like M&M’S with a hard …

Working to bring online medical education to South Africa

Stanford lecturer Maya Adam, MD, has a long connection with South Africa. Her mother is South African, and Adam grew up both there and in Canada. …

South Africa

Simply Streisand: On Matters Of The Heart

By any measure, Barbra Streisand is an entertainer without peer. She has sold more albums in the U.S. than any other female recording artist. She’s …

Barbra Streisand

Scientists make strides in hunt for genetic causes of heart disease

In 2007, Stanford cardiologist Tim Assimes, MD, PhD, started along an investigative path to discover the root genetic causes of coronary artery …

Eight things you can do now that might reduce your odds of dementia later

It’s a safe bet that you’d like to avoid getting Alzheimer’s. But you probably haven’t done the one thing that could make you five times more likely to reach the age of 85 without getting the disease and 7.5 times more likely to have suffered no memory loss or other major cognitive decline.<p>Don’t …

Dementia

Stanford Medicine Magazine Reports On Sex, Gender And Medicine | Scope Blog

The practice of medicine would be a lot simpler if humans came in only one sex. And, as I learned while editing the new issue of <i>Stanford Medicine</i> …

Medicine

The Future Of Clinical Trials Considered During Dean’s Lecture Series Address

A number of changes could affect the future of clinical trials, including the increased involvement of health-care providers, said Thomas Pike, the …

Medicine

Price Of Protection: Immune-gene Version, Great At Combating Leprosy, Is Not Without Drawbacks

Leprosy begins with a bacterial infection and, after five to twenty symptom-free years, can end in severe nerve, skin, vision and respiratory-tract …

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Don’t Think Of Heart Disease As Inevitable, Stanford Expert Says | Scope Blog

Heart disease continues to be the largest single cause of death in the United States and worldwide. But familiarity seems to breed contempt.<p>Most …

Medicine

Countdown To Big Data In Biomedicine: On Personal Data And Sustainability

Perhaps you’re familiar (or <i>very</i> familiar) with PubMed, the go-to database for biomedical research. Or, perhaps you’ve spent a rainy Sunday exploring …

Big Data

In Study, Female OB/GYNs Less Likely Than Males To Receive Top Patient Satisfaction Scores

Gender bias can rear its head in unexpected ways. In a new study from Stanford researchers, female OB/GYNs were 47 percent less likely to receive top …

Gender

Denying Health Care to Diabetics Makes Just About Zero Sense

Last week, the Trump administration made a new enemy: the American Diabetes Association. During a panel discussion at a forum for health care …

Health Care

Study shows cancer therapy may work in new and unexpected way

The body’s immune cells constantly work to achieve the right balance between being shoot-first, ask-questions-later enforcers that efficiently wipe …

Cancer

It'll Take an Army to Kill the Emperor

The men and women who are trying to bring down cancer are starting to join forces rather than work alone. Together, they are winning a few of the battles against the world's fiercest disease. For this unprecedented special report, we visited elite cancer research centers around the country to find …

Cancer

When The Medical Student Is No Longer The Most Important Person In The Room

For the first two years of medical school, everything was all about us.<p>Day one was our white coat ceremony. Our family and friends traveled from near …

Medicine

Sand And Waves

My childhood is shaped by sand and waves, and the steady memory of boogie boarding with my mother, falling onto wrinkled towels damp with the last …

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How Medicare Payment Changes Affected Home Dialysis Use

End-stage renal disease makes up 7.2 percent of Medicare spending, even though those patients represent less than 1 percent of the Medicare …

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Life Lessons After Death

“Have you heard of the book <i>When Breath Becomes Air?”</i> my boyfriend recently asked.<p>I had indeed. We’ve written about the book’s author, the late …

Books

The Song Goes On: Living With Non-obstructive Heart Disease

I became part of a statistic seven years ago. I’m among the 20 percent of heart disease patients whose illness couldn’t be prevented. I led a healthy …

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