Stanford Medicine Newsletter Updates For the Local Community

Summer 2009

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Staying healthy in an unhealthy economy

Kate and Mike Skrable have downsized their family needs to adjust to the unpredicatable economy.

Staying healthy in an unhealthy economy

When the economy started its freefall, Kate Skrable took action. With a 2-year-old son and only five years paid on their home mortgage, she found herself tossing and turning at night, worried about her job security and concerned about finances. One evening, she sat down and created a spreadsheet, trying to anticipate all her family’s expenses and working out the minimum income they would need to keep their home and lifestyle intact if she were to be laid off from work. Read Story »

Did you know?

The most common blood type in the world is Type O. The rarest, Type A-H, has been found in fewer than a dozen people since the type was discovered.


Sound Bites

“I’m disappointed … the NIH is putting this ideological barrier in the way of treating disease.”


Irving Weissman, MD, director of Stanford’s Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, on draft guidelines issued by the NIH that would prohibit federal funding for research involving stem cells created through a specific technique.

New York Times, April 17

“Until you can prove menopausal hormones help women, ‘replacement’ is not an appropriate term for something that does more harm than good.”


Marcia Stefanick, PhD, professor of medicine, on the subject of hormone replacement therapy for post-menopausal women.

Forbes, April 7

“That’s why we have to vaccinate every year. There are always changes.”


David Lewis, MD, professor of pediatrics, on the importance of vaccinations in light of the H1N1 flu crisis.

San Francisco Chronicle, May 10

“If people rush out there without really knowing what they’re doing, that really backfires and can bring this whole field to a halt.”


Marius Wernig, MD, assistant professor of pathology, regarding a boy who developed tumors from the experimental use of stem cells he received at a clinic in Moscow to treat a brain disease.

Associated Press, Feb. 18

“The world seems to lose interest in people with autism when they grow up.”


Carl Feinstein, MD, director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, on the need to provide support for the transition into adulthood for people with autism.

San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 7


Tips on weathering tough economic times

Tips on weathering tough economic times

Stanford experts offer some advice on how to discuss money matters with your family, eat well for less, get enough sleep and keep stress in perspective. Read Story »

Hospital design addresses needs of older patients

Hospital design addresses needs of older patients

Rita Ghatak, PhD, is continually talking with aging patients at Stanford Hospital to find out what they would change if they could. “They tell me that walking down a long hospital corridor to the patient units is difficult,” she said. Read Story »

Exercise after 50

Exercise after 50

For two weeks this August, Stanford will host the athletes of the 2009 Summer National Senior Games—10,000 men and women age 50 and older who will run, swim, cycle and more. Stanford Hospital & Clinics is a major sponsor of the event, which will reinforce the benefits of exercise for aging adults. Read Story »

Minimize risk of kids’ overuse sports injuries

Minimize risk of kids’ overuse sports injuries

Exercise and sports participation can be a double-edged sword for children who are at risk of suffering from overuse injuries. “We want children involved in physical activity, especially since we have an obesity crisis. Yet you can have too much of a good thing,” said James Gamble, MD, PhD, an orthopaedic surgeon at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Read Story »

Safe seating

Safe seating

At Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, 10,000 car seats have been fitted for families—an important milestone since four out of five car seats for kids are used incorrectly, putting children at risk. The Maggie Adalyn Otto Safely Home Car Seat Fitting Station is operated by certified technicians, who check to see that the seat brought by the family is not damaged or defective. Read Story »

Taking the time to help patients in need

Taking the time to help patients in need

Even before the Arbor Free Clinic in Menlo Park opens each Sunday morning, patients line up, waiting to be seen. They are people without health insurance, without enough money to pay for a doctor visit. Some may not have been to a doctor for years. But at Arbor Free, they can see Stanford physicians like Hayes B. Gladstone, MD, who has volunteered there one Sunday a month for eight years, ever since he joined the medical staff of Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Read Story »


Teen sex myths spread by Web

Health Web sites that tell teens about sex are often riddled with errors and omissions, according to research from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and the Stanford University School of Medicine. Read Story »


Volunteers needed for allergy treatment study

Grass pollen and dust mite allergy sufferers, ages 5 to 65, are needed for a Stanford University School of Medicine clinical trial of a new “ouchless” alternative to allergy shots. Read Story »



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