With sharp teeth, cape-like wings, keen hunting skills and nocturnal lifestyles, bats figure prominently in Halloween decor. Equally spooky is their ability to harbor dangerous viruses such as Marburg, SARS, Middle East respiratory syndrome, and others. Dorothy Tovar, a Stanford graduate student in microbiology and immunology, is working to understand how these bats remain healthy while hosting […]Continue Reading ...
The following are some questions to ask the research team when thinking about a clinical trial. Write down any questions you might have and bring your list with you when you first meet with the research team. What treatment or tests will I have? Will they hurt? What are the chances I will get the […]Continue Reading ...
Before coming to medical school, I made a promise to myself: I will not become a Robot Doctor. Time and again, I visited what I call Robot Doctors – those physicians unable to empathize with me and seemingly unable to compute moments when I said something unscripted. For example, I once made an appointment with […]Continue Reading ...
There is a saying among students that medical education is like “taking a drink out of a fire hydrant.” The simile evokes the torrent of information and the impossibility of taking it all in. The type of people who are admitted to medical school aren’t used to being wrong; to call them perfectionists wouldn’t be […]Continue Reading ...
Note: This article contains language about physical assault that could be upsetting to some readers. Stanford med school saved my life. Not in the metaphorical way, but in a very literal way. If I didn’t start medical school when I did, there is a high chance I wouldn’t be alive today. I struggled writing this […]Continue Reading ...
“Check it out,” my boyfriend said, angling his rash-covered arms in front of the camera. Despite his best precautions, after a day of yard work, he was covered in poison ivy. Over video chat, he showed off the pustules that had erupted on his feet; I cringed. “It’s fiiiinne,” he said, wincing while putting his […]Continue Reading ...
Busy, able-bodied teenagers strode past my 16-year-old daughter on her high school campus. Through their banter, they glared sideways at my scarf-covered daughter. She was fused in cream and pink over her head, then in purple, blue, and red around her neck. Not having seen Sofia dressed in that way, and most probably not sure how […]Continue Reading ...
August 21, 2018 What if instead of daily insulin injections or wearing pumps, just getting a shot every few months could reverse Type 1 diabetes for you – or your dog? It might take ushering in healthy pancreatic cells like a Trojan horse. The Trojan horse, in this case, would be collagen, a protein that […]Continue Reading ...
Like many newish medical students, second-year student Jill Anderson, a Bay Area native, is still figuring out exactly what she’d like to do. Her current interests include obstetrics/gynecology and pediatrics, with some clinical research and teaching mixed in. I caught up with her recently to learn more. How did you first become interested in science? […]Continue Reading ...
I was convinced I would become an adult when I turned 21. But now, I’m certain that turning 65 was the watershed moment that finally grew me up. I’m pleased as pomegranate punch to be 65 — and alive. Not just alive and breathing, but actively engaged in making the right choices about this next […]Continue Reading ...
Data on overdose and death are pretty reliable. But there’s still much that’s unknown about opioid misuse that doesn’t lead to an adverse outcome such as overdose. Drug surveys are reseachers’ main method of collecting data on opioid misuse. I’ve been in drug survey research for almost two decades, but in recent years I’ve learned […]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 ...
As I sat down to chat with Kim Kinnear, who is wrapping up her first year in the master’s program in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling, her cheery demeanor stood out. Her kind and upbeat spirit was, she assured me, standard for what she called the “genetic counselor persona.” I asked her a few questions to […]Continue Reading ...
When we first met, as an icebreaker of sorts, I asked Nichole Young-Lin, MD, MBA, if she had done anything fun over the weekend. “Well,” she responded casually. “My husband and I did yoga with goats.” Yoga with goats!? I was all ears to learn more about this young physician who had crafted her own […]Continue Reading ...
After spending three years doing biomedical research, Nagehan Ayakta wasn’t happy. Medicine, she thought, would be a better fit. Now beginning her second year of medical school at Stanford, Ayakta thinks she’s hit on the right career. I sat down with her to learn more. Why did you choose Stanford? Stanford is a big campus with literally […]Continue Reading ...
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