Stanford Medicine Newsletter Updates For the Local Community

Fall 2009

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Staying healthy in an unhealthy economy

Ramping up for flu season

Dozens of doctors, nurses and volunteers at Stanford Hospital tested out a singular drive-through approach this summer to handle the kind of patient surge that the novel H1N1 flu virus could produce this fall.

During the exercise — the first of its kind in the country — pretend patients remained in their cars, driving through a series of checkpoints in which they were examined by health care workers wearing protective gloves, masks and gowns. The goal was to do a quick and accurate diagnosis of large numbers of people and to control infection in a way that is not possible in a crowded emergency room. It’s part of the hospital’s overall plan to manage a potential H1N1 epidemic locally. Read Story »

Did you know?

Every person has a unique tongue print.


Sound Bites

“We’ve been focused on fat because there’s just so much of it. Unfortunately, it’s a great resource in America.”

Michael Longaker, MD, PhD, a plastic surgeon and stem cell biologist, commenting on a Stanford study that found that millions of fat cells removed during liposuction can be easily turned into induced pluripotent stem cells., Sept. 7

“For some people, adding exercise is going to be a significant benefit to their weight-loss program; for others, not so much. To get substantial weight loss you need to do the dieting thing, and do that well.”

Abby King, PhD, acting director of the Stanford Prevention Research Center, on approaches to weight loss.

San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 27

“It’s different from a car accident or an assault, where you get a single trauma and it’s over and you have to deal with it. With a preemie, every time you see your baby, the experience comes up again.”

Richard Shaw, MD, an associate professor of child psychiatry, on a Packard study that found that parents with children in the neonatal intensive care unit experience posttraumatic stress disorder.

New York Times, Aug. 24

“There’s an inherent tendency to assume that newer and more expensive means better, although this is often not the case.”

Randall Stafford, PhD, associate professor of medicine, issuing a call for drug labels that disclose how a new medication compares with existing drugs., Aug. 20


Culinary partnership

Stanford Hospital patients now have the choice of a new lunch and dinner menu featuring organic, local and sustainably grown ingredients. The hospital’s Farm Fresh program was developed in collaboration with Jesse Cool, a nationally recognized Northern California chef and advocate of healthy eating. Read Story »

Medical school dean discusses concerns of a flawed system

Philip Pizzo, MD, dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine, shares his perspective on health-care reform. Read Story »

Fetal center helps parents prepare for complications

Complex fetal diagnoses bring extraordinary strain to pregnant women and their families. To support families through complicated fetal diagnoses, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital recently opened the Center for Comprehensive Fetal Health & Maternal and Family Care. Read Story »

Packard expansion focused on family-centered care

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital has moved a step closer to realizing plans for its coming expansion. The project will add 521,000 square feet of space and 104 pediatric hospital beds in a new five-story building at the corner of Welch and Quarry roads, connected to the current Packard Children’s facility. Read Story »


Faculty consulting work on public view

Stanford University School of Medicine has joined a small cadre of medical schools in publicly disclosing information about the consulting activities of its 1,400 affiliated faculty. More 



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