Stanford Medicine Newsletter Updates For the Local Community

Summer 2011

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A rendering of the new Stanford Hospital highlights the design's use of space and light to create a welcoming environment.

Ready for renewal

With the Palo Alto City Council’s unanimous approval now in hand, Stanford University Medical Center is laying the groundwork for its much-anticipated $3 billion Renewal Project, which will bring new state-of-the-art patient care and research facilities to the community. After a four-year process, the council gave the final nod to the project on June 6, paving the way for construction of a new Stanford Hospital and laboratories at the School of Medicine and the expansion of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Read Story »

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The heart beats 3 billion times in a full lifetime.


Sound Bites

“The most dangerous exercise you can do when you have arthritis is none.”

Kate Lorig, MD, director of the Patient Education Research Center at Stanford, on doctors now recommending moderate physical activities to help manage osteoarthritis.

Wall Street Journal, April 12

“This is the disease of the 21st century that we need to crack—the mystery that we need to solve.”

Jose Montoya, MD, associate professor of medicine, on chronic fatigue syndrome.

San Francisco Chronicle, May 25

“It is an effective and inexpensive way to manage medical care.”

David Spiegel, MD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, on using hypnosis to help manage pain and anxiety.

New York Times, April 16

“If you are a 25-year-old person and you just become HIV infected, if you get into care and get onto treatment, you are expected to live into your 70s.”

Andrew Zolopa, MD, associate professor of infectious diseases and geographic medicine and director of the Stanford Positive Care Clinic, discussing how HIV is on the rise in people in their early 20s., June 2

“It is important that men who are considering having children have the opportunity to weigh the risks of the various available procedures.”

Eugene Carragee, MD, professor of orthopaedic surgery and editor-in-chief of the Spine Journal, on his study suggesting that a bone-growth protein used in spine surgery is tied to sterility in some men.

New York Times, May 25


When disaster strikes

News reports this spring have been grim: earthquakes triggering nuclear disaster in Japan, violent events across the Middle East, a barrage of tornadoes in the Midwest and South. These catastrophes present a special challenge for parents, who often wonder how to talk to their children about such troubling news. Read Story »

Seeking sleep

For some people suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, the remedy feels every bit as troublesome as the disorder. That’s how Robert Upchurch felt until he took advantage of a new class at the Stanford Sleep Medicine Center in Redwood City. Read Story »

Study: Drug plus dairy treats dangerous milk allergy

As the most common food allergy, milk allergy affects millions, including 2.5 percent of children under age 3. While some kids outgrow it, others’ life-threatening response to dairy products never subsides. Read Story »

The pioneer of preemie care

“Well, I think little Will is pretty close to being able to go home.” That’s the opinion — and you can count on it — as it comes from 81-year-old neonatologist Philip Sunshine, MD, who has cared for more than 30,000 premature babies in his long and still very active career. Read Story »

When your child has sleep problems

On June 1, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital opened an expanded Pediatric Sleep Center on the campus of El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. More »


Silicon Valley companies join hospital partnership

Stanford Hospital & Clinics and six leading Silicon Valley technology companies have joined together to provide philanthropic support for development of the new $2 billion adult hospital. More »


Stanford earns top hospital ranking

Stanford Hospital & Clinics has been ranked No. 1 in San Jose, Calif., in the first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings by U.S. News & World Report. More »


A sneak peek at medical school

About 150 Bay Area high schoolers came to Stanford to play medical student for the day. More »


Volunteers needed for blood pressure study

Stanford is taking part in a national study to determine whether maintaining blood pressure levels lower than current recommendations reduces the risk of cardiovascular and kidney disease. More »



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