Stanford Medicine Newsletter Updates For the Local Community

Summer 2012

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Creature discomforts

Consider the yellow jacket. The ornery, covetous yellow jacket. That turkey sandwich you were eating at a table outside your workplace? That’s hers now. If you have the nerve to try to reclaim your lunch, you might pay a painful price. But wasps are just one of several stinging or biting critters that can trip up a beautiful summer day in the Bay Area: There are also mosquitoes, rattlesnakes, ticks and jellyfish.

Luckily, Stanford Hospital & Clinics has perhaps the foremost concentration of wilderness medicine physicians in the nation, Read Story »

Did you know?

Most people produce an average of 1 to 3 pints of saliva every day.


Sound Bites

“Heartburn is your body telling you there’s something wrong. Unfortunately, enough physicians don’t ask about it and patients don’t tell.”

Ann Chen, MD, assistant professor of gastroenterology, on the connection between heartburn and esophageal cancer.

Mercury News, April 28

“I wanted to develop a tool to give women the raw numbers—the probability of getting this cancer, the probability of surviving—and they could decide what that means for them.”

Sylvia Plevritis, MD, associate professor of radiology, on Stanford Cancer Institute’s online tool for women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 breast cancer mutations.

San Francisco Chronicle,
April 23

“While there is an enormous survival difference between some counties and others, it is the social and environmental characteristics of a given county and its population that matter the most.”

Mark Cullen, MD, chief of General Medical Disciplines at Stanford School of Medicine, on his study which found that social factors, such as education, marital status and income, are better indicators of the risk for early death than race or geography.

Scientific American, April 17

“I love seeing them and knowing that they are now living life as normal 2-year-olds. That has been our goal all along.”

Gary Hartman, MD, clinical professor of pediatric surgery, regarding the successful separation of once-conjoined twins Angelica and Angelina Sabuco.

CBS News, May 1

When blisters are afoot

Most of us are not fond of our feet, perhaps because we constrict them with shoes and transform them into playing fields for that most common of foot problems: the blister. Grant Lipman, MD, believes blisters are the most common medical problem we experience when we venture outdoors and into the wild. Read Story »

Remedies for stings and bites

What happens if you get stung by a jellyfish, or a wasp, or a yellow jacket? How do you treat a snakebite? Stanford's experts often tips on dealing with pesky and potentially dangerous creatures. Read Story »

Sunlight and the vitamin D dilemma

Vitamin D deficiency, believed to be linked to a wide range of health problems, is becoming increasingly common in the United States, affecting as many as 30 to 40 percent of the population. While vitamin D can be found in some foods, the most readily available source of the nutrient is through exposure to the sun. Read Story »

Banking for transplants

A new public cord blood collection program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital is now enabling new parents to donate their baby’s cord blood to an international stem cell transplant registry. Read Story »

The transformation of Stanford Medicine

Mariann Byerwalter is a co-chair of the Campaign for Stanford Medicine, which was officially launched in May with a $1 billion goal. She believes that the launch of the campaign is a historic moment not only for the university and the community but for medicine at large. Read Story »

Cancer’s aftermath

Janelle O’Malley has been cancer-free for eight years, following a complete hysterectomy to remove a malignant tumor. The aftermath of that surgery defines her as one of more than 12 million Americans who have had cancer. As those numbers rise, the lingering effects of the disease are fueling a new dimension of treatment—care for cancer survivors. Read Story »

Breaking the language barrier

When Carmen Arevalo of Palo Alto sits down with her daughter’s oncologist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, she talks about her daughter’s chemotherapy treatment and its possible side effects in her native language of Spanish. Interpreters have accompanied Arevalo on various appointments since her 12-year-old daughter, Jennifer, was first diagnosed in 2009 with rhabdomyosarcoma. Read Story »


Breaking new ground

The Breaking New Ground Campaign supports the child health programs of the School of Medicine and an expansion of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. More »


Packard’s triple transplant record

In an extremely rare, three-day series of transplants, three young adults received new hearts at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. More »


Med School 101

About 150 students from eight local high schools attended courses at Stanford. More »



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