When Elyse Imamura’s son was an infant, she and her husband, Robert, chose to spread out his vaccinations at a more gradual pace than the official schedule recommended. “I was thinking, ‘OK, we’re going to do this,’” says Imamura, 39, of Torrance, Calif. “‘But we’re going to do it slower so your body gets acclimated […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Although most victims survive the 735,000 heart attacks that occur annually in the U.S., their heart tissue is often irreparably damaged—unlike many other cells in the body, once injured, heart cells cannot regenerate. According to a new UC San Francisco study, the issue may date back to our earliest mammalian ancestors, […]Continue Reading ...
In middle school, I asked for a neuroscience textbook for Christmas. I understood maybe a few pages, but I loved the pictures. In high school, I asked for a neuroanatomy atlas. I can still hear my mother going “Mhmmmm” when I’d tell her the brain area she used if she so much as moved her […]Continue Reading ...
In Uganda, one surgery can not only save the life of an infant or child, it also can extend it, providing a better quality of life. This can have a dramatic impact not only on the patient, but on the patient’s friends and family as well. Credit: Yale University Nasser Kakembo, MD, is a pediatric […]Continue Reading ...
Some of you may have made a New Year’s resolution to hit the gym to tackle that annoying belly fat. But have you ever wondered how physical activity produces this desired effect? A signaling molecule called interleukin-6 plays a critical role in this process, researchers report December 27 in the journal Cell Metabolism. As expected, […]Continue Reading ...
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Nobody knows who first said, “To succeed, you first have to fail.” But it’s a phrase many smokers likely relate to. About half of all smokers try to quit each year, according to federal data. But only about 7 percent are successful. “We’ve heard about people who […]Continue Reading ...
A new academic year has begun, and another fresh-faced group of medical students are embarking on many years of training. To learn more about how they cope with the deluge of material and stress, I recently spoke with Lisa Medoff, PhD, a learning strategies specialist at Stanford Medicine. What are the most common fears of medical […]Continue Reading ...
David Bilder, who earned a PhD in developmental biology at Stanford in the 1990s and is now a professor of cell and developmental biology at the University of California, Berkeley, returned to campus to deliver remarks at our recent lab coat ceremony. He welcomed incoming Stanford Biosciences graduate students with these words. When I heard about […]Continue Reading ...
Millions of Americans are progressively losing their sight as cells in their eyes deteriorate, but a new therapy developed by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, could help prolong useful vision and delay total blindness. The treatment — involving either a drug or gene therapy — works by reducing the noise generated by nerve […]Continue Reading ...
Columbia neuroscientists have revealed that a simple brain region, known for processing basic sensory information, can also guide complex feats of mental activity. The new study involving mice demonstrated that cells in the somatosensory cortex, the brain area responsible for touch, also play a key role in reward learning, the sophisticated type of learning that […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain The solution to a widespread shortage of certain antibiotics, painkillers and anesthetics is to declare a ‘national pharmacopoeia’ an issue of national security, says the editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Surgery. While former Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins is chairing a federal committee looking to implement a national pharmacare program, […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: University of Warwick You can offset some of the effects of Christmas overindulgence with a few easy steps – quite literally! According to a University of Warwick expert, a post Christmas dinner stroll will do more to keep you in the festive spirit than starving yourself beforehand, while a good portion of that winter […]Continue Reading ...
Health care proved important but apparently not pivotal in the 2018 midterm elections on Tuesday as voters gave Democrats control of the U.S. House, left Republicans in charge in the Senate and appeared to order an expansion of Medicaid in at least three states long controlled by Republicans. In taking over the House, Democrats are […]Continue Reading ...
Stanford psychiatrist Daniel Mason, MD, wrote his first novel, The Piano Tuner, an international bestseller, when he was a medical student. Mason went on to pursue both medicine and writing, which meant his third novel, published last month, took a full 14 years to complete. The Winter Soldier — which has received national acclaim — follows 22-year-old Lucius Krzelewski, who […]Continue Reading ...
FRIDAY, Sept. 28, 2018 — Living with a potentially disabling condition like multiple sclerosis (MS) can be difficult, but new research suggests patients get better at dealing with it over time. “There’s an aging paradox in healthy adults. We expect people who are older to be more depressed and anxious because of aging processes [such […]Continue Reading ...
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