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Spring 2008

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

Jennifer Tremmel is the director of the Women's Heart Health Clinic at Stanford Hospital.

Clinic addresses disparities in women’s heart health

Diagnosing and treating women who might otherwise slide under the radar screen is the goal of Stanford Hospital’s quickly growing Women’s Heart Health Clinic, which opened less than a year ago. The new clinic is designed to reach out to women whose conditions, for a variety of reasons—less aggressive care, differing risk factors, gaps in research—are getting missed. Read Story »

Did you know?

Women's hearts beat faster than men's.

Sound Bites

“A long time ago, when it got dark, you ate dinner and went to sleep. Now we’ve turned night into day. We’re getting a lot less sleep. It all adds up to a lot of stress, and our minds and bodies are not prepared to deal with it.”

David Spiegel, MD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, on the effects of chronic stress on the body due to the fact that very few people are making time to unplug and relax.

San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 10

“We discover that when we get to the bedside, we leave our spiritual ZIP codes behind.”

Bruce Feldstein, MD, chaplain at Stanford Hospital & Clinics’ spiritual care service, on counseling patients of many faiths.

San Jose Mercury News, Dec. 24

“There is plenty of compelling evidence that sleep is the most important predictor of how long you will live—perhaps more important than whether you smoke, exercise or have high blood pressure or cholesterol.”

William Dement, MD, PhD, the Lowell W. and Josephine Q. Berry Professor, on the health benefits of getting enough sleep.

Parade, Dec. 23

“When the YMCA looked at a changing America, what they saw was a lifestyle that was getting out of control.”

Wes Alles, PhD, director of Stanford’s faculty/staff wellness program, on helping to design the YMCA’s new nationwide initiatives to improve its weight-loss and fitness programs.

Associated Press, Jan. 11

“You can’t just sprinkle some flax on your caramel macchiato mocha frappuccino vanilla latte and say, ‘I got my fiber for the day.’”

Christopher Gardner, PhD, associate professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, on eating well.

San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 2

“You want to instill hope in your patients. But you also don’t want to mislead them. It’s such a fine line to walk sometimes.”

Graham Walker, a fifth-year medical student, on the power of the placebo effect on patients.

Los Angeles Times, Jan. 14



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

Parents help treat eating disorders

Most parents know what it feels like to want desperately to “fix” their child’s problem, be it a broken toy or a broken heart. But until recently, parents of children with eating disorders were shut out of their child’s recovery and perhaps even blamed for its development. Read Story »

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

Health care goes green

Krisanne Hanson thinks about what “green” means every day at Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. As general services project manager for the two hospitals, Hanson is keenly aware of the opportunities for health care facilities to make sustainability a priority. Read Story »

Infectious disease: A surprising cause of cancer

Everyone knows that smoking is the No. 1 cause of cancer. Can you name No. 2? At least 25 percent of malignancies are caused by viruses, bacteria and parasites, writes infectious disease expert Julie Parsonnet. After smoking, infection is the leading cause of cancer. Read Story »

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

Peer helps older adults avoid falls

Barbara Gordon, an 83-year-old resident of Channing House in Palo Alto, was a patient advocate and long-term-care ombudsman before she retired from Stanford Hospital several years ago. Now she volunteers to help prevent falls among older adults, for a fall can result in injuries that become a critical turning point in their lives. Read Story »

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

Cardiac surgery

Forty years ago, the first successful human heart transplant in the U.S. was performed by cardiac surgeon Norman Shumway, MD, and his team at Stanford Hospital. The event was the culmination of more than a decade’s worth of research, finally translated into a therapeutic option for patients with end-stage heart failure. Read Story »

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

Saving the lives of children through early intervention

Researchers at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital have found that deploying the hospital’s Rapid Response Teams at the first inkling of trouble—rather than taking the standard course of cautiously watching and waiting—can significantly reduce mortality in hospitalized children. Read Story »

Schoolkids raise funds for emergency care

Hundreds of students at Covington Elementary School in Los Altos dug into their pockets and donated their weekly allowances to help ease the lives of children receiving emergency treatment at Stanford Hospital. Read Story »

Pedometer use increases physical activity

A small, inexpensive device worn at the hip could be the key to ramping up a person’s physical activity. Read Story »


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