When I set out to write an article about Stanford’s global health track for residents within the Department of Medicine for the latest issue of Stanford Medicine magazine, it was an embarrassment of riches — too many interesting physician-scientists working on too many fascinating projects to fit onto a single page of the magazine. I […]Continue Reading ...
Dan Willard doesn’t remember a thing from those fateful 48 hours. Not what happened to the 32 pills of prescribed painkiller—nor how his daughter dragged his body from the chair to the floor so she could follow the emergency operator’s CPR instructions. But he knows what led up to it all. The 65-year-old retired 911 […]Continue Reading ...
Concerns about the addictive nature of e-cigarettes–now used by an estimated 1 out of 20 Americans–may only be part of the evolving public health story surrounding their use, according to data being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session. New research shows that adults who report puffing e-cigarettes, or vaping, are […]Continue Reading ...
Article Body Social Media Today’s teens and tweens are connected to one another, and to the world, via digital technology more than any previous generation. Recent data suggests that social media venues like Facebook and Twitter have surpassed e-mail as the preferred method of communication in all age groups. While today’s tweens and teens may […]Continue Reading ...
Millennials, beware: Your grandparents are about to start calling you for help downloading the new Medicare smartphone app. The iPhone and Android app, which launched Feb. 6, is called “What’s Covered,” and true to its name, it mostly answers one simple, yes-or-no question: Is this medical procedure covered by traditional Medicare? Milt Roney, a 71-year-old […]Continue Reading ...
FRIDAY, Feb. 1, 2019 — A personalized web-based decision aid about prolonged mechanical ventilation does not improve prognostic concordance between clinicians and surrogate decision makers, according to a study published online Jan. 29 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Christopher E. Cox, M.D., from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and colleagues examined whether a […]Continue Reading ...
Experts know that in adults younger than 65, having high cholesterol levels in your blood can raise your risk for heart attacks and strokes. However, in adults 80 years old and older, researchers have not–until now–thoroughly studied high cholesterol’s impact on heart disease, your ability to function well, or your risk for death. In fact, […]Continue Reading ...
New target for gastric cancer therapies Cardiff University researchers have uncovered new information about the underlying mechanisms for gastric cancer, providing hope of potential new therapies in the future. The team, at the University’s European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute, found they could stop gastric cells dividing and growing by deleting a particular cell-surface receptor […]Continue Reading ...
It’s always heartbreaking to learn about a medical problem that’s largely been addressed in the United States but continues to plague low- and middle-income countries. That’s why it was heartening to read about the NeoBreathe, a device developed by two former fellows with the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign, in the new issue of Stanford […]Continue Reading ...
Debate among public health professionals over approaches to tobacco and nicotine regulation has intensified with the rise of vaping in the form of electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) and tobacco heat-not-burn products. A new article from researchers at the Prevention Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation explores the contours of the debate […]Continue Reading ...
Finally, we have some good news about physician discontent: A recent survey found they’re feeling better about their jobs than three years earlier. About 44 percent of physicians who responded to a nationwide survey between October 2017 and March 2018 reported at least one symptom of burnout. In 2014 that number was about 54 percent. […]Continue Reading ...
Physicians can now be alerted to pediatric patients’ risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, or SUDEP, during routine primary care visits by using software developed and commercialized by a researcher-entrepreneur at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Digital Health Solutions LLC, founded by Dr. Stephen Downs, has created a module about SUDEP for its […]Continue Reading ...
For the study, the researchers recruited 50 participants ages 7-17. Families were randomly split into two groups: a “symptoms as side effects” mindset and a “symptoms as positive signals” mindset. Both groups received identical treatment instructions and were trained to use medications, such as antihistamines, for non-life-threatening symptoms, and had access to the same resources. […]Continue Reading ...
Monkey brain scans have revealed new information about the part of the brain that processes visual information. The findings were recently presented in PNAS by neurophysiologists Qi Qhu (KU Leuven) and Wim Vanduffel (KU Leuven/ Harvard Medical School). When the brain receives visual signals from our eyes, it processes them in a strictly hierarchical way. […]Continue Reading ...
Professor Leo Beletsky. Credit: Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University The misuse of and addiction to opioids is a public health crisis in the United States. Part of solving that crisis, say two Northeastern researchers, is changing how we talk about addiction. Leo Beletsky, an associate professor at Northeastern who studies opioid addiction, and Zachary Siegel, a doctoral […]Continue Reading ...
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