Stanford Medicine Newsletter Updates For the Local Community

Summer 2007

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Welcome to the first edition of Stanford Medicine Newsletter for the local community

As leaders of the three health-care institutions at Stanford University -- Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, and the School of Medicine -- we're launching this publication to keep you updated on our outstanding clinical care programs for adults and children, programs for the community, and cutting-edge biomedical research. Read Story »

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

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

Stanford Emergency Medicine
A unique design for children

Bewildered. Frightened. Anxious. A dash to the emergency room with a worried parent can strand a sick or hurting child seriously out of his or her comfort zone. It can even complicate diagnosis and treatment efforts. The new emergency medicine department shared by Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford Hospital & Clinics alleviates this problem by combining Packard Children's trademark kid-friendly atmosphere with a coterie of pediatric emergency medicine specialists familiar with their young patients' needs and anxieties. Read Story »

Study drives stake through claims that garlic lowers cholesterol levels

When it comes to lowering cholesterol levels, garlic stinks, according to a recent study from the School of Medicine.

Despite decades of conflicting studies about the pungent herb's ability to improve heart health, the researchers say their study provides the most rigorous evidence to date that consuming garlic on a daily basis -- in the form of either raw garlic or two of the most popular garlic supplements -- does not lower LDL cholesterol levels among adults with moderately high cholesterol levels.

Did you know?

There are an average of 206 bones in the adult human body and more than 300 in children (as they grow, some of the bones fuse together).

Sound Bites

"It used to be accepted dogma that there would never be a 12-step group in an Islamic country. But today I would bet that it is Brazil and Iran where 12-step groups are growing the fastest."

bbc radio

Keith Humphreys, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, on the benefits of spiritual approaches to treatments for alcoholism.

BBC World Service Radio, Jan. 29

"Yes, there are critics, but I've spoken with a lot of them, and even they say, 'If I have a stroke, I want to be treated with hypothermia.'"

men's health

Gary Steinberg, MD, PhD, the Bernard and Ronni Lacroute-William Randolph Hearst Professor in Neurosurgery and Neurosciences, discussing a surgical technique in which mild hypothermia is induced before brain surgery. The approach might also dramatically cut the number of deaths due to stroke and head trauma.

Men's Health, Feb. 22

"Parents serve as important models for their children, but children are clearly influenced by models and messages outside the family."

oakland tribune

Joel Killen, PhD, professor of medicine and a member of the Center for Healthy Weight team at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, on the importance of families and society in the fight against the childhood obesity epidemic.

Oakland Tribune, Feb. 18

"The important thing to me is that stem cells might not only extend life, but also improve the quality of life, as so many people suffer in their later years."

the new york times

Lorry Lokey, the founder of Business Wire, who is donating $33 million to help build a home for Stanford's Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. It is the largest contribution from an individual to the School of Medicine.

New York Times, Feb. 27

"All we're saying is that women should be informed about the risks and benefits so they can make a decision based on all the facts."

the washington post

Douglas Owens, MD, professor of medicine, on a new set of guidelines issued by the American College of Physicians, which recommends clinicians make mammography screening decisions on a case-by-case basis for women in their 40s. Owens led the committee that wrote the guidelines.

Washington Post, April 3

Stefan Heller, PhD

Stem Cells Explored As Hearing Loss Treatment

Stefan Heller's dream is to someday find a cure for deafness. As a leader in stem cell -- based research on the inner ear at the School of Medicine, he's got a step-by-step plan for making this dream a reality. It may take another decade or so, but if anyone can do it, he's the guy to bet on. Read Story »

Greg Albers, MD

Rise In Strokes As Boomers Age
Single most important risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure

Though new drugs and other strategies are helping to prevent strokes, the number of people who experience this potentially debilitating condition is likely to increase as the population ages, according to Greg Albers, MD, director of the Stanford Stroke Center, one of the country's first comprehensive stroke centers. Read Story »

Philip A. Pizzo, MD

A New Policy For Working With Industry

Dean Pizzo on the new Stanford Industry Interactions Policy: "When I graduated from medical school at the University of Rochester, I remember being offered a black doctor's bag emblazoned with the logo of a major pharmaceutical company. That was in the late 1960s, when it was in vogue to rebel against the business establishment. And so I and some of my fellow graduates politely refused the gift." Read Story »

proud of our nurses

Hospital Recognized For Nursing Excellence

Stanford Hospital & Clinics has received the highest recognition a hospital can achieve for excellence in nursing and quality patient care -- Magnet Recognition for Nursing Excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Read Story »

give blood for life

Summer Blood Drive

Stanford Blood Center urges people to donate blood and save lives this summer. Patients, like Savanah, age 2, at the local hospitals served by the center depend on community blood donations every day. Read Story »

Raven Warren

Local Teens Get First Hand Look At Medical Practice

Few teenagers get a chance during their life, let alone in one day, to practice birthing a baby and cutting open gallbladders in surgery. Read Story »

Stanford Receives NCI Cancer Center Designation

The Stanford Comprehensive Cancer Center has been awarded "cancer center" designation from the National Cancer Institute -- a distinction that reflects both high-quality patient treatment and excellent basic and clinical research. This new status is shared with the Fremont-based Northern California Cancer Center, which worked with Stanford to achieve the designation. Read Story »

down syndrome

Packard Children's Down Syndrome Clinic

The array of medical complications associated with Down syndrome can present a maze of appointments and logistics as trying for the patient as it is for the parent. The new Down Syndrome Clinic at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital simplifies life for families and physicians, too, by providing a single site for diagnosis and treatment. This concentrated attention helps physicians coordinate patients' care. Read Story »


School Bullying Affects Majority of Elementary Students

Nine out of 10 elementary students have been bullied by their peers, according to a simple questionnaire developed by researchers at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and the School of Medicine. What's more, nearly six in 10 children surveyed in the preliminary study reported participating in some type of bullying themselves in the past year. Read Story »

Calling All Study Volunteers

More than 350 clinical studies ongoing at any given time. Read Story »
 Pine bark extract: Can it help reduce the blood pressure of people who are at mild to moderate risk for heart disease? More »
 Omega-3 fats: Can they help patients with Alzheimer's? More »

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