Stanford Medicine Newsletter Updates For the Local Community

Fall 2007

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Play eases the anxiety of Bernard Dannenberg's young patient.

Medical resident Aria Barzin, MD, practices surgical techniques.

Simulation center creates real-life medical scenarios

When airline pilots experience severe wind shear conditions for the first time, it’s not aboard a jumbo jet filled with hundreds of passengers, but in a simulator, where their mistakes won’t cost lives. If they crash the plane, they just hit the reset button and take off again. Those same principles of aviation safety education are being used to train a new generation of surgeons at the Goodman Simulation Center at Stanford Hospital, which opened in May of this year. Read Story »


McDonald’s holds on to kids’ tastes

A Chicken McNugget by any other name is just not as tasty. At least to kids.

Asked to sample two identical foods from the fast-food giant McDonald’s, children preferred the taste of the version branded with the familiar “Golden Arches” to one packaged in unmarked paper, said researchers.

“Kids don’t just ask for food from McDonald’s,” said Thomas Robinson, MD, director of the Center for Healthy Weight at Packard Children’s Hospital and an associate professor of pediatrics and of medicine at the School of Medicine. “They actually believe that the chicken nugget they think is from McDonald’s tastes better than an identical, unbranded nugget.”

The study results are likely to fuel more debate over a growing movement to restrict marketing that is directed to kids under 8 years old.


Did you know?

The brain consumes more than 25 percent of the oxygen used by the human body.

Sound Bites

“I personally do not believe menopause is a disease state or that the decline in estrogen contributes to disease, with maybe the exception of bones.”

bbc radio

Marcia Stefanick, PhD, professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, on how the issue of hormone treatment for menopause continues to be hotly debated five years after the publication of a landmark study from the Women’s Health Initiative. Stefanick is chair of the national steering committee for the WHI study.

Philadelphia Inquirer, July 29

“By the end of next month, we expect 80 million people to be covered, roughly the size of the country of Germany.”

men's health

S.V. Mahadevan, MD, assistant professor of surgery, on the medical school’s partnership with the Emergency Management and Research Institute to develop a 911-type emergency medical system in India.

Palo Alto Daily News, May 10

“We can start to sort of speak the language of the brain using optical excitation.”

oakland tribune

Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD, assistant professor of bioengineering and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, on a technique that uses light to control the activity of brain cells. The remote-control technology may someday serve as a treatment for neurological and psychiatric disorders.

New York Times, Aug. 14

“It’s very difficult for folks to move away from something that has been so widely accepted.”

the new york times

David Cornfield, MD, professor of pediatrics, on a new study that found that universal tuberculosis testing in kindergarten-age children is outdated and a waste of money.

San Francisco Chronicle, July 7

“This is arguably the most important topic anyone will have in life, and education about it stops in high school unless you pursue a health-care career.”

the washington post

Paul Auerbach, MD, clinical professor of surgery, on the importance of paying attention to medical symptoms., July 31

Stefan Heller, PhD

Modernizing medicine
Hospitals' improvements will accommodate patient needs

The plans to improve Stanford's hospitals assures that community members needing medical services will be able to count on Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital having the room to care for them whenever they are sick or injured. Read Story »

Greg Albers, MD

Elite care for weekend warriors

The same extraordinary care afforded to the San Francisco 49ers is available to anyone with a sports medicine or overuse injury through Stanford’s Sports Medicine Clinic—Super Bowl ring or not. Read Story »

Philip A. Pizzo, MD

Follow the money to track illegal Internet drug sales

Faculty member Keith Humphreys on the growing number of drugs sold online: "Most adolescents are more tech-savvy than their parents and understandably have less fear of ordering a drug on their home computer or cell phone than they would of venturing out into the street to find a dealer." Read Story »

proud of our nurses

Dedicated blood donor makes a giving record

Woodside resident Dick Tagg walked into the Stanford Blood Center for his 500th donation in late August and faced a phalanx of media who were there to witness the landmark event. But Tagg, whose donation set a Stanford Blood Center record, took it in stride. Read Story »

give blood for life

Stanford Health Library
When you want to know more

Health information is widely available on the Internet. “Google” any ailment, and you’re likely to receive thousands of links to medical wisdom, all espousing the truth about your particular illness or injury. But what information can you actually trust? How do you know the Web site you find is legitimate, accurate and current? Read Story »

Raven Warren

Helping kids connect
New Web site calms fears, uncertainties

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital’s new Web site, the Packard Kids Connection, is an engaging online way for children ages 5 to 12 to learn what to expect during a visit to the hospital. Read Story »

Calling all study volunteers

More than 350 clinical studies ongoing at any given time. Read Story »
 Antioxidants and omega-3 fats: Can they help prevent heart disease? More »
 Diabetes: Does it increase a person’s vulnerability to infection with tuberculosis? More »



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