Stanford Medicine Newsletter Updates For the Local Community

Winter 2010

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Stanford emergency physician Paul Auerbach, MD, carries a boy to an emergency clinic in Haiti.

Helping in Haiti

Paul Auerbach, MD, and Heather Tilson, RN, were among a team of emergency physicians and nurses from Stanford Hospital & Clinics who traveled to Haiti shortly after the catastrophic earthquake struck on Jan. 12. At the University Hospital in Port-au-Prince, they operated in a sea of patients. During their two-week stay, the team treated an estimated 2,000 people. Read Story »

Did you know?

By age 60, most people have lost half of their taste buds.


Sound Bites

“We have had more success in preventing obesity in children than we have in trying to treat obesity in adults. Most (adults) regain the weight they lose.”

Thomas Robinson, MD, director of the Center for Healthy Weight at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, on studies suggesting that Americans have reached an obesity plateau.

Los Angeles Times, Jan. 14

“Making it to 25? It’s a bit of a miracle.”

Philip Oyer, MD, professor of cardiothoracic surgery, on Elizabeth Craze, one of the youngest patients to survive a heart transplant. Oyer was one of the surgeons who operated on Craze at Stanford in 1984 when she was a toddler.

People, Dec. 21

“It’s fair to say Stanford is once again leading the pack.”

David J. Rothman, PhD, president of the Center on Medicine as a Profession at Columbia University, on Stanford’s new model for the continuing education of physicians. The model aims to ensure that corporate donors do not exert influence over the curriculum.

New York Times, Jan. 11

“Really important things happen during the course of hospitalization that affect when an extremely premature baby will be discharged.”

Susan Hintz, MD, a neonatologist at Packard Children’s, who developed a method to estimate when the tiniest preemies will go home.

Medscape, Dec. 17

“I think I was drawn to medicine with a strong sense of it being a romantic pursuit, a calling. I often think writing emanates from that stance of being a physician.”

Abraham Verghese, MD, senior associate chair for the theory and practice of medicine program, on physician-authors.

NPR, Nov. 17


Probing the mysteries of an unpredictable flu

When Cornelia Dekker, MD, was an intern in 1976, a surprise outbreak of swine flu at Fort Dix, N.J., set health-care providers scrambling to immunize Americans against a possible epi-demic. Instead of causing widespread disease, the virus disappeared as unexpectedly as it had come, piquing Dekker’s interest in the mysteries of influenza. Read Story »

Aiming for the Super Bowl of hospitals

Former 49ers quarterback Steve Young, Pro Football Hall of Famer and Super Bowl champion, has been a member of the Stanford Hospital & Clinics Board of Directors for the past 10 years. He is also the founder of Forever Young, a nonprofit that serves children who face significant physical, emotional and financial challenges. He talked about his personal experience with Stanford Hospital and the need for a new state-of-the-art facility. Read Story »

Second-generation depression

With clinical depression now affecting 20 million Americans, there’s a growing need to stop the disorder. Young people who have experienced a major depressive episode are at a greater risk of cycling through depression again within the next five years and are at a higher risk of suicide and other mental health problems. Read Story »

A 30-year legacy of firsts

Children and adults undergoing surgery, victims of trauma, newborn infants, people with cancer and leukemia, transplant recipients—these are just a few of those who need blood to survive. Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital are among the largest users of blood products in the country, yet they rarely experience shortages because of Stanford Blood Center’s dedication to procuring and providing the safest blood possible. Read Story »

Love on a leash

As Rita moves confidently through the hallways of Stanford Hospital, her official badge swings back and forth with each step. There’s no MD after her name, but her skills as a healer could justify it. When Rita visits a patient, the atmosphere instantly brightens. "Oh, here you go, pretty girl,” cooed Stella, a patient in the intermediate cardiac care unit. “What a good dog!” Read Story »

Reduce TV time to burn more calories

Stanford researchers have found a simple way to avoid weight gain: Spend less time in front of the television set. More »


Insider perspectives on medical news

Stanford’s medical school recently launched a blog, called Scope, to provide the public with high-quality, timely information about biomedical research and health-care policy. More »


Site connects scientists and volunteers

People interested in participating in research studies can now connect online with scientists through a new nonprofit service called ResearchMatch, the first of its kind in the country. More »



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