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Fall 2013

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Nurses and registration administrators enter patient information into the hospital electronic medical records system during a emergency drill.

Prepared for the worst

The woman in the emergency department waiting area was screaming for her friend. "Where is she? I lost her in the crowd!" she wailed.

Moments later, she dashed across the room to hug her missing comrade, who was covered in blood, with serious burns on her arms and legs.

Happily, the burns were fake — as was the blood. The two women were among several hundred volunteers taking part in a university-wide emergency preparedness drill that included Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. Read Story »

Did you know?

Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system.


Sound Bites

“That's a new finding and it needs to be replicated, but we're excited that it didn't cause any harm and may have supported their recovery.”

Judith Prochaska, PhD, MPH, associate professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center and lead author of a new study that found psychiatric patients given smoking-cessation treatment were less likely to be rehospitalized.

Reuters, Aug. 23

“This paper says that diet and microbes are necessary companions in all of this. They literally and figuratively feed each other.”

David Relman, MD, professor of medicine and chief of Infectious Diseases at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, on a new finding that different kinds of bacteria living inside the gut can help spur obesity or protect against it.

Associated Press, Sept. 6

“Our findings may well explain the long-mysterious vulnerability of the aging brain to neurodegenerative disease. Kids don't get Alzheimer's or Parkinson's.”

Ben Barres, MD, PhD, professor and chair of neurobiology and senior author of new research suggesting a protein known for initiating immune response may set up our brains for neurodegenerative disorders.

Health Day, Aug. 13

“It's still a very serious epidemic. Small changes can magnify into large improvements in health over time.”

Thomas Robinson, MD, professor of pediatrics and director of the Center for Healthy Weight at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, on a recent CDC report pointing to small declines in childhood obesity.

NPR, Aug. 6


Exercise may prevent 'sedentary death'

Carol Hutner Winograd, MD, is a professor emerita of medicine and former clinical director of the Geriatric Research Education Clinical Center at Stanford. A specialist in geriatric medicine, she has co-authored a book, Treatments for the Alzheimer Patient: The Long Haul. Read Story »

Marking the milestones

The largest construction project in Palo Alto's history — the Stanford Medical Center Renewal Project — reached a new milestone this summer. And it was ahead of schedule. The reopening of Welch Road — four months earlier than planned — marks an important transition in the project, and its new look offers a tangible sign of the vision for the future. Read Story »

Taking it to the streets

People who live in places that promote walking, socializing and eating fresh foods are physically and mentally healthier than those who do not. Feliciana Jimenez, an 80-year-old with nine children, squints with a critical eye at the camera window of a tablet computer. Through this lens, she sees her street in a whole new light. Read Story »

Transoral robotics

John Ayers didn't hesitate to pursue the chemotherapy and radiation recommended to treat his Stage IV tongue cancer. But after the treatment, he developed further problems that called for an extraordinary solution: the use of slender robotic fingers directed by a master surgeon at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Read Story »

The power of touch

For babies, the nine months of pregnancy may feel like one long, loving embrace. It's not surprising, then, that studies support the benefits of skin-to-skin contact for mothers and babies from the moment of birth, throughout infancy and beyond. Read Story »

Study finds autistic children excel at numbers

Children with autism and average IQs consistently demonstrated superior math skills compared with non-autistic children in the same IQ range. More »



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