I almost died last year. It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t even inspiring. It was terrifying. And it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I had beaten cancer rather handily back in 2010. There were side effects from the chemo that took forever to overcome — chemo brain, neuropathy, fatigue. But I was lucky; the cancer […]Continue Reading ...
“Symptoms” is the medical term for any sign of a health problem, even if that sign doesn’t help your healthcare provider diagnose a specific illness. Symptoms, such as feeling tired or rundown (also called fatigue), are among the leading causes of disability for older adults. Sometimes symptoms are directly caused by illness–for example, an aching […]Continue Reading ...
How can we prevent opioid addictions from starting? Stanford pediatrician Alan Schroeder, MD, thinks one avenue is to examine whether the opioids given after routine procedures — and the procedures themselves — are always needed in the first place. Schroeder, the associate chief for research in pediatric hospital medicine at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, […]Continue Reading ...
Most reporters don’t go into work thinking they’re going to find a story that will occupy them for 17 years. But that’s what happened to Barry Meier. In 2001, a person serving on the board regulating Ohio’s pharmacies called an editor at The New York Times to sound the alarm about a drug that appeared […]Continue Reading ...
HIV infecting a human cell. Credit: NIH An HIV outbreak among people who inject drugs in Indiana from 2011 to 2015 could have been avoided if the state’s top health and elected officials had acted sooner on warnings, a new study by the Yale School of Public Health finds. The study, published in The Lancet […]Continue Reading ...
As someone who had spent her career studying molecules on a computer screen, experiments involving people were a revelation and inspiration for Jane Tseng, PhD, director of the Drug Research Center of the College of Pharmacy at National Taiwan University. As an article in the latest issue of Stanford Medicine magazine explains, Tseng got seriously […]Continue Reading ...
The year 2013 blew into my world like a whirlwind. I turned 58 and I had always been a healthy person. I prided myself on it. I’d been a vegetarian for 40 years. And since I was one of the rare folks who’d never had a driver’s license, I spent a lot of time walking, and I […]Continue Reading ...
Could doctors at fertility clinics be giving men bad advice? Dr. Da Li and Dr. XiuXia Wang, who are clinician-researchers at the Center for Reproductive Medicine of Shengjing Hospital in Shenyang in northeast China, think so. Recent research from Li’s and Wang’s lab, published in the journal Molecular and Cellular Proteomics, upends conventional wisdom that […]Continue Reading ...
About 31 million U.S. adults have food allergies, nearly half of which develop after age 18, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open. The research, a collaboration between Stanford food allergy expert Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, and scientists at Northwestern University, is the first comprehensive examination of the prevalence of food allergies among […]Continue Reading ...
A new study has found that the neurons in the brain can alter their genetic make-up unlike other cells of the body which remain constant. This genetic modification could be the basis for altered protein formation and deposits. This can lead to several neurodegenerative conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, explain the researchers. The study was published […]Continue Reading ...
A new study found that women with cervical cancer who had a radical hysterectomy with minimally invasive surgery had a significantly higher risk of death than those who had open surgery.Continue Reading ...
Researchers at the University of California have created a freely available database of healthy human immunity that can serve as an instant comparison group in immune system studies. Image Credit: Christoph Burgstedt / Shutterstock The open access database was assembled based on the results of 83 studies that included data on healthy “controls” of various […]Continue Reading ...
Sep 28 2018 A tumor-specific vaccine combined with an immune checkpoint inhibitor shrank tumors in one third of patients with incurable cancer related to the human papilloma virus (HPV) in a phase II clinical trial led by investigators at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and reported in JAMA Oncology. “That encouraging response […]Continue Reading ...
Arna Shefrin was on a flight to San Francisco when she became struck by a paralyzing pain in her hip, the first sign of the bizarre illness that would plague her for the next year. In a matter of months, she would become bedridden, tormented by unrelenting pain and by an irritating rash that covered […]Continue Reading ...
Mattias Lorentzon, M.D., Ph.D., Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. Credit: Elin Lindstrom Claessen A study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research shows that the risk of fractures increases by about 30 percent after a gastric bypass operation. It was also discovered that falls increase after these operations. “Gastric bypass is a well-established […]Continue Reading ...
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