Stanford Medicine Newsletter Updates For the Local Community

Fall 2012

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Former Packard Children's Hospital patients Nicole Neal and her daughter, Audrey Harmony, now a thriving 6-month-old, came back for a visit on groundbreaking day in September.

Growing for the future

Trucks, hardhats and backhoes have been a familiar sight around Lucile Packard Children's Hospital for the past year, preparing the groundwork and relocating key structures, such as water lines.Now the hospital is officially on its way toward a major expansion.

Over the next few years, Packard Children's will add 521,000 square feet of new building space and more than 3.5 acres of gardens and landscaping. The expansion will add 150 patient rooms — 146 of them private — as well as specialized operating rooms, family-friendly amenities and the most advanced medical technology. The new addition is scheduled to open December 2016. Read Story »

Did you know?

During sleep, a person may change position as many as 40 times.


Sound Bites

“All this will have a profound impact on the diagnosis of disease, on our understanding of human immunity and susceptibility to disease, and on the body's responses to drugs. New therapies will inevitably follow.”

Michael Snyder, PhD, professor and chair of genetics, on ENCODE, a massive genome encyclopedia.

San Francisco Chronicle, Sept.5

“All of this suggests that there's no such thing as 'safe' or 'acceptable' lead levels.”

Eswar Krishnan, MD, assistant professor of medicine, on his study that found even relatively low levels of lead in the blood are linked to an increased risk of gout, a form of arthritis.

Chicago Tribune, Aug. 29

“Short-term jail for people who are addicted just doesn't work even if there's treatment in the jail. It's a chronic disorder, not an acute disorder. So it may solve the problem for the people who have to deal with the behavior, which is difficult and unpleasant, but it will not bring people to recovery.”

Keith Humphreys, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, on a proposed plan by the City of San Francisco to force chronically intoxicated people to choose between jail or mandatory treatment.

KQED Forum, Sept. 6

“What we hope is to have a clinical trial that is both safe and can extend life. We're working toward finding drugs that can do that.”

Michelle Monje-Deisseroth, MD, PhD, assistant professor of neurology and neurological sciences, on trying to gain a better understanding of a deadly childhood brain cancer.

Mercury News, Sept. 10

A premium on primary care

In a sign of how the medical landscape is changing in response to health-care reform, Stanford Hospital & Clinics is significantly expanding its primary care services with plans to add 50 new physicians and other providers over the next three years and open several new clinics on the Peninsula. Read Story »

Good stress, bad stress

Most of us have come to think that stress is bad for us, but it is really part of our fundamental survival system. Stress can be harmful and dampen the immune response if it is chronic or ongoing. But short-term stress — the "fight-or-flight" response — may actually be beneficial, according to research by Firdaus Dhabhar, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. Read Story »

Guardian angel for transplant patients and their families

When a physician at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital informed William Wylie-Modro and his family that a heart transplant was the teenager's only option, they were stunned — and utterly unprepared for the realities such a decision involved. Luckily they had someone in their corner from day one. "Mary is just a walking angel," said Sheron Wylie-Modro, William's mother. Read Story »

Calling the shots

Stanford medical student Rishi Mediratta vividly remembers the first time he gave someone a flu shot. "It was with a third-year medical student, and I was very nervous about having to stick a needle in someone," said the future physician. But thanks to the training he received as part of the school's student-run influenza-prevention program, "My first patient didn't even feel the needle." Read Story »

A sister's life-saving gift

Judith Lattin's life had become a very dark landscape. What she thought was a simple case of stress-induced intestinal trouble in her 20s had been the beginning of the end of her liver. At 48, she was stunned to learn that an autoimmune disease had scarred the organ beyond recovery. Read Story »

Health-care reform needs to focus on prevention

A Stanford researcher says discussins should focus more on looking for ways to truly improve health. More


Welch Road construction update

The latest information on construction around the medical center. More



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