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New center to advance cancer cell therapy

Cancer cell therapy, once considered to be in the experimental realm, is rapidly becoming an accepted form of treatment that could vastly change the …

Cancer

What to do if you break your leg in the middle of nowhere

Know how to improvise, but try to be prepared.<p>So you’re out in the wilderness, enjoying the fresh air and leaving civilization far behind, when suddenly your friend slips and—crack! Maybe he falls onto his outstretched hand, or she lands on her leg. Either way, you have a bad feeling a bone might …

Pain

Neuroscience Offers Insights Into the Opioid Epidemic

Addiction changes the brain in lasting ways, and some brains are more vulnerable than others.<p>Most Americans say they’re interested in scientific discoveries, but they may be thinking of the kinds of findings that lead to new gadgets and wonder drugs. When it comes to discoveries about hazards and …

Addiction

Exploring the addictive nature of cigarettes

Why is it so hard to quit smoking? That was the question tackled recently by BBC World Service’s CrowdScience show. There are 1 billion smokers …

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Mindset about personal activity correlated with lifespan, new Stanford research shows | Scope Blog

The mind is a powerful thing — a simple thought can have an immediate physiological effect. For instance, just thinking about something stressful can …

Research

“Are people getting the right care?”

In 2012, Vasu Divi, MD, left his home state of Michigan and moved across the country to join Stanford Medicine. The otolaryngologist and cancer …

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Rift Valley fever virus illustrates interdependence between environment, global health

Formerly bound to the African continent, recent cases of Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV) in western nations and China warrant increased vigilance …

Viruses

Saving lives for 20-cents

One of the most important things I’ve learned as a writer is that every good story has an even better backstory. So when I heard that Stanford …

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RNA circles can spur immune response, protect cells against viruses, Stanford researchers find | Scope Blog

What goes around comes around. Just yesterday I had the pleasure of writing about chromosomal looping and gene expression, which led me down a …

Biology

The Uncertain Future of Genetic Testing

Bringing genetics into medicine leads to more accuracy, better diagnosis, and personalized treatment—but for some, gene testing has only resulted in unanswered questions.<p>AnneMarie Ciccarella, a fast-talking 57-year-old brunette with a more than a hint of a New York accent, thought she knew a lot …

DNA

Foreign aid cutbacks could harm health of Americans, Stanford health policy researcher argues | Scope Blog

New legislation introduced last week to could reduce foreign aid by $10 billion. Some of these cuts would affect global health organizations that …

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Brain scans shown to predict how well PTSD patients respond to therapy

Using neuroscience to help determine the best treatment plans for patients with psychiatric conditions — everything from depression to anxiety to …

The Brain

Bay Area doctors learn to navigate California’s right-to-die law

Dr. Kathryn Shade supports California’s right-to-die law and has helped a dozen Bay Area residents with terminal illnesses end their lives by taking …

Health Care

Formerly conjoined twins Eva and Erika Sandoval doing well at home

Formerly conjoined twins Eva and Erika Sandoval are thriving at home and discovering their own separate personalities.<p>The sisters, who were born …

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New tools to improve end-of-life communication available

Three years ago, I wrote a story on research showing that most physicians would choose a do-not-resuscitate or “no code” status for themselves if …

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Priscilla Chan is running one of the most ambitious philanthropies in the world

Chan and her husband — Mark Zuckerberg — are using Facebook’s billions to try and end disease and change education.<p>Priscilla Chan remembers the moment she decided to become a doctor.<p>She was a 21-year-old undergrad at Harvard College working at an after-school program for students from a nearby …

Philanthropy

Physicians who tout well-being may scare off patients, Stanford researcher finds

Physicians have to walk a tough line when encouraging healthy behavior. Take Dr. J. She bikes to work, swims over lunch, jogs on the weekend and eats …

Health Care

Low-carb vs. low-fat: New research says it doesn’t really matter

For every patient I have who comes to me believing that a low-carb diet is the way to be healthy or control weight, I have another who has been unable to shrug off the vestiges of the low-fat era, convinced that eating more fat will lead to heart disease or weight gain.<p>I remind them that the …

Nutrition

BBC World Service - CrowdScience, Why is it so Hard to Quit Smoking?

A billion people across the world smoke cigarettes, and many would agree it’s the hardest habit to quit. One such smoker, listener Sharif, emailed CrowdScience from Uzbekistan to ask if we could find out why giving up is so difficult. Marnie Chesterton travels to San Francisco to meet addiction …

Health

‘Are you saying I’m dying?’ Training doctors to speak frankly about death

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The doctor pulls up a chair next to his patient, a 74-year-old woman with lung cancer. He tells her she doesn’t need more …

Health Care

The implications of male and female brain differences: A discussion

Men and women are equal, but they and their brains aren’t the same, according to a growing pile of scientific evidence. So why is most research still …

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Nutrition expert Christopher Gardner discusses ways to encourage healthy eating

A few years back, a team of researchers (including Stanford’s Scott Rozelle, PhD, and Brian Sharbono) conducted a study in some of the poorest …

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Detecting single cancer cells with light: A podcast

When cancer is spotted early, it’s much easier to thwart. So researchers, including Stanford’s Jennifer Dionne, PhD, are working to detect cancer …

Cancer

A look at the pros and cons of abuse-deterrent opioids

Some opioid users become addicted when using prescription medications for pain relief. Reformulating those drugs to make them harder to abuse would …

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“Window into the brain” helps surgeons, patients and trainees

A new virtual reality system at Stanford provides an unprecedented peek inside the brain. The immersive technology can help patients understand their …

Medicine

Fun in the sun: Experts offer summer reminders and tips

Living in San Francisco, I’ve come to associate summer with swirling fog and heavy sweatshirts. (You’ve heard the famous quote that’s wrongly …

FemInEm blog facilititates conversations about women in emergency medicine

As a female PhD physicist, I was often the only woman in the room as both an undergraduate and graduate student and as a research scientist. I faced …

Medicine

Don’t let the fire consume you: A letter to incoming medical students

Dear Future Med Students,Congratulations on your acceptance to medical school! Wherever you’re starting this fall, know that you’re joining a “cult” …

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Stanford headache specialist demystifies migraine auras | Scope Blog

I have close friends who get debilitating migraines so I knew a bit about auras, which are sensory disturbances that often precede migraine …

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