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Using design thinking to cope with chronic illness

Design thinking may be able to help us disentangle one of the most perplexing complications in the prevention, management, and treatment of chronic …

Design Thinking

“This shouldn’t be the case in 2017”: A call for more research on transgender health

There’s a pressing need for more research into transgender health issues. That was the argument eloquently laid out at Stanford Medicine X talk this …

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Dean Lloyd Minor shares leadership lessons at Medicine X

After graduating from medical school, Lloyd Minor, MD, now dean of School of Medicine, spent more than a decade honing his medical and research …

Leadership

Boosting physician wellness

In a small, informal workshop at Stanford Medicine X on Sunday afternoon, a group of medical students, doctors and others met to discuss one of the …

Health Care

Grief in the time of social media

When Alexis Roberts Keiner’s 9-year-old son died unexpectedly at day care in 2012, “we had to choose very quickly what kind of bereaved family we …

Social Media

Barriers in health care for people with disabilities: It’s not what you think

On the final day of Stanford Medicine X, Alice Wong, founder and project coordinator of the Disability Visibility Project, moderated the poignant, at …

Health Care

America’s huge problem with opioid prescribing, in one quote

You have to double the amount of opioids Japan consumes five times to come close to the US.<p>If you want a clear explanation of just how much of an outlier the US is in prescribing the powerful drugs that led to the opioid epidemic, consider this statistic given by Stanford drug policy expert Keith …

Pain

Now, that’s dogged research: Medicine X speaker shares a story of possibility

When Doug Lindsay, a 21-year-old college student, first began to feel sick, he received a diagnosis of mononucleosis and was told to stay home and …

Medicine

Struggling to pick a hospital for cancer surgery? Medicine X panelists aim to help

Researchers have known for several decades that it can make a big difference whether you go to a local hospital or to a specialty cancer center for …

Health Care

Two hearts that beat as one: One twin’s fight to save her sister

“Without time to waste, I instinctively grabbed Annie, thrust the car door open and began to sprint — with 70-pound Annie in my arms,” recalled …

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Misconceptions about opioid use: A Medicine X discussion

We often hear about the “opioid crisis” and its devastating effects — more than 90 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose and about 2 …

Pain

“We are all going to die” – so let’s talk about it, urges Medicine X speaker

As part of a series of powerful talks at Stanford Medicine X this morning, Andrea Wilson took the stage to talk about what might be everyone’s least …

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“It’s going to take a collaborative effort”: Extending the enthusiasm of Medicine X beyond campus

Lloyd Minor, MD, dean of the medical school, kicked off the second day of Stanford Medicine X by discussing some of today’s challenges in health …

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On humanity, dignity and seizing opportunity: A call to action at Medicine X

The Friday mid-afternoon session of Stanford Medicine X featured three stories, each meant to jolt attendees out of their everyday thoughts, to …

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Every single moment: One photographer’s journey with ALS

It was a classic Medicine X moment: Patient-advocate and artist-in-residence Anthony Carbajal was on stage talking about his disease — “Having [it] …

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No longer spectators, Medicine X health entrepreneurs use digital tools to create change

With her father beside her whispering encouragement, Lorelei Hoenen, a 6-year-old with a blonde ponytail, looked out across the silent crowd at …

Health Care

A call to action (with everyone included) as this year’s Medicine X begins

There was a buzz in the air this morning as Larry Chu, MD, took the stage (to the event’s signature upbeat music) to kick off this year’s Medicine X …

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Biodesign fellows to focus on innovation in orthopedics

Each year, a new group of Biodesign Innovation Fellows comes to Stanford to learn a hands-on process for health technology innovation. The 12 …

Innovation

Research uncovers the neurons that drive thirst

<b></b>What makes us thirsty? On some level, the answer is obvious: If we don’t drink enough water, our bodies send us unpleasant wake-up calls in the form …

Neuroscience

It’s back! Stanford Medicine X returns to campus | Scope Blog

The wait is nearly over: Tomorrow marks the start of Stanford Medicine X, the medical school’s popular conference devoted to patient-centered …

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Apple upgrades heart monitoring tech to flag arrhythmias, adds new study with Stanford Medicine

Apple COO Jeff Williams noted that the company has been working on improvements to its heart rate monitoring technology over the past couple of years …

Health Care

Take 2 Hikes and Call Me in the Morning

A growing trend in medicine has doctors prescribing visits to parks for their patients. A pediatrician named Robert Zarr at Unity Health Care in …

Health Care

Cureus medical journal aims to be the “digital scrub sink of the 21st century”

I’ve struggled through the slow and often painful process of publishing, both as an author and peer reviewer. So I was curious about the medical …

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Countdown to Medicine X: An ePatient tackles health care design challenges

If there were a rewards or frequent flyer program for time spent in hospitals, I would qualify for an elite status.I lost my first husband to bladder …

Health Care

Exploring the capitation reimbursement model for primary care

A leading question in primary care is whether practices can shift towards delivering better preventive and proactive health services. A key barrier …

Health Care

Transplants for patients with disabilities: One mom’s story

With far fewer hearts, or lungs, or kidneys than are needed, transplant programs use a variety of measures to match organs with recipients. And for …

Medicine

Stanford researchers: The secret to overcoming the opioid crisis may lie partly in the mind

Chronic pain affects an estimated one in three Americans — more than cancer, heart disease, and diabetes combined. This widespread struggle has led to the wide use of pain medications, and a mounting national crisis of opioid addiction and deaths. It’s enough to make you wonder whether there’s a …

Pain

“Drinkable” placenta nourishes marsupial young, say researchers at Stanford, Australia | Scope Blog

I will try to refrain from using too many exclamation points, but my latest article was so! much! fun! to write. (There. Now I’ve got it out of my …

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Awe, anxiety, joy: Researchers identify 27 categories for human emotions

Scores of words describe the wide range of emotions we experience. And as we grasp for words to describe our feelings, scientists are similarly …

Emotions