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Gut microbes, key guests on Turkey Day, could be used therapeutically

This Thanksgiving, give thanks to the millions of microbes roaming around in your gut. As you lean back from the table, your tummy content, they’ll …

Microbiome

16 Days of Activism campaign aims to end violence against women and girls

Violence against women and girls is one of the most common and tolerated violations of human rights in existence today. To raise awareness of this …

Gender

Medicine from the bench: Lessons from a mental health court

I recently completed my psychiatry rotation at the Palo Alto VA. It was a fantastic experience filled with interesting moments. For example, one …

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In Capitol Hill meeting, Stanford researchers present alternatives to insurance cutbacks

High-quality health care tends to be expensive, but if you ask Brian Brady, MD; Nicholas Bott, PsyD; and Vicky Woo, MD, they’ll tell you it doesn’t …

Health Care

Actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson champion cancer survivors at Stanford event | Scope Blog

Nine years ago, former Stanford oncologist Ellie Guardino, MD, PhD, was putting on a gown to prepare for an event when she reached back to remove the …

Cancer

Privilege? What’s that got to do with diversity?

For our ongoing 1:2:1 podcast series on diversity, Portraits of Stanford Medicine, I recently spoke with Alan Ceaser, PhD, a postdoc research fellow …

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What about secondhand marijuana smoke? Stanford Medicine expert weighs in | Scope Blog

In 1995, California became the first state in the country to enact laws protecting people from exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke in public …

Cannabis

How to Get Children with Autism to Sleep

Poor-quality sleep may heighten behaviors including hyperactivity, compulsions and aggressiveness

Autism

New target for CAR T cell leukemia therapy “gives hope” to researchers at Stanford, NCI | Scope Blog

Last August, a new leukemia therapy called CAR T-cells burst onto the national stage when it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration to …

Cancer

Stanford Medicine magazine puts spotlight on pediatric care | Scope Blog

As a mother, pediatric care is personal for me. I’m likely not alone in saying that pediatricians were crucial partners for me and my husband when …

Medicine

Verily executive outlines future health care goals at Fogarty Lecture

The transition from health to illness remains little understood, but it is a critical component of efforts to begin predicting and preventing …

Digital Health

Personalized Health Conference cultivates international, interdisciplinary collaborations

“Every one of us has a passion to improve human health,” said Lloyd Minor, MD, dean of Stanford’s medical school, as he welcomed participants to the …

Digital Health

New database expected to strengthen prematurity research

A new online tool will make it easier for researchers to share many types of data from scientific studies of premature birth.<p>The recently launched …

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Nanoparticles help track human heart muscle cells in mice in Stanford study | Scope Blog

This beautiful image shows human heart muscle cells called cardiomyocytes that have been derived from embryonic stem cells and then reintroduced into …

Medicine

High-value oncology practices include “support for the patient journey”

Earlier this week I wrote about a landmark paper in the <i>Annals of Family Medicine</i> in which Stanford researchers, led by health care policy expert …

Health Care

Can you really be addicted to sex?

When Harvey Weinstein’s abusive behaviour became public, he reportedly checked into rehab as a sex addict. But does sex addiction exist? As Emily …

Addiction

Dolphins: The final frontier for new types of bacteria?

When a dolphin grins at you, he’s also showing off the diverse community of microorganisms living on his teeth. Of course, you can’t see those tiny …

Biology

Senate committee hearing on CRISPR technology features Stanford researcher | Scope Blog

Stanford University School of Medicine researcher Matthew Porteus, MD, PhD, was one of three expert witnesses who spoke at a U.S. Senate committee …

Genetics

Pneumonia diagnosis could be improved by algorithm that can beat radiologists

Pneumonia is a widespread and potentially deadly disease. In the United States alone, about 1 million hospital visits each year are due to pneumonia, …

Machine Learning

The challenges and rewards of being an introvert in medicine

More than two years ago, I wrote about some of the obstacles — as well as the opportunities — that introverted medical students face during training. …

Medicine

The last thing to do before graduating medical school

There is an exhibit currently on display at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art titled “Standardized Patient” by Kerry Tribe. It’s a …

Medicine

Digital divide for electronic health records worth investigating, researcher says

Over the past several years, most hospitals have adopted electronic health records — a digital version of a patient’s medical chart that can contain …

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Researchers investigate new treatment for glaucoma

As an avid reader, I find I can get through just about anything if I can decompress and escape into a good book — so the idea of losing my vision is …

Neuroscience

A meditation in medical school

<i>Breathing is different when you know what your lungs look like.</i> I first realized this during a meditation session at Stanford’s Windhover building. …

Medicine

Is Strep Linked to Scary Kids' Behavior Disorder?

Study Skills

In study inspired by late Stanford physician, immunotherapy found safe in HIV patients | Scope Blog

Results are in from a clinical trial prompted by the late Stanford physician Holbrook Kohrt, MD, PhD. And the findings — that it is safe for people …

Medicine

A new initiative brings Meharry Medical College students to Stanford | Scope Blog

Bow Tie 101: It may not be an official component of medical education, but we know some Stanford professors – including Abraham Verghese, MD, who’d …

Education

Physician-academics help assess humanitarian and medical response in war-torn Iraq

Paul Wise, MD, a Stanford pediatrician and professor of medicine, recently returned from Iraq where he witnessed what humanitarian health care …

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Educating the next generation of surgeons: A Q&A

Research shows that many medical students view surgeons as intimidating, competitive and predominantly male workaholics — and these stereotypes can …

Education