Stanford Medicine Newsletter Updates For the Local Community

Summer 2013

Download Print Version

Stanford Medicine News is published by the communications group at Stanford University Medical Center. To subscribe to the print version, send your name and address to:

 Deprived of oxygen at birth, Jackson Thomas underwent controlled hypothermia at Packard Children's to help him avoid brain injury.

Brain trust

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital has launched an ambitious effort to protect premature and dangerously ill infants from brain injury.

The new Neuro NICU, consisting of six beds in a dedicated room in the neonatal intensive care unit, will provide specialized neurological care to at-risk babies, including those who are premature, suffer early infections, have birth defects or were deprived of oxygen during labor and delivery.

Packard Children's is one of a handful of hospitals in the country with a unit of this kind, which offers advances in treatments and technologies that allow physicians not only to keep fragile babies alive but also to reduce their risk of suffering neurological problems. Read Story »

Did you know?

The average life span for a stomach cell is two days.


Sound Bites

“I am teaching something they need to know. These are future scientists who need to understand the underlying concepts behind this exploding field.”

Stuart Kim, MD, PhD, professor of developmental biology and genetics, who co-founded the Genetics 210 class at Stanford. Medical schools are increasingly including genetic education in their curricula.

Mercury News, May 24

“In the past, we thought of antibiotics as magic bullets. But — and I hate using the military metaphor — they're more like a cluster bomb or a neutron bomb. They're indiscriminate. And there's a lot of collateral damage.”

David Relman, MD, professor of microbiology and immunology, on how antibiotics affect the microbiome.

Quest, May 3

“If you've got another 10 or 15 years, why be miserable if there's something that can help you?”

Dolores Gallagher-Thompson, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, on how a growing number of seniors are using therapists to help them cope with the changes and challenges of aging.

New York Times, April 22

“The brain is the most complex entity in the universe. And the brain is the source of our personal identity. That's why we're all so devastated by neurological diseases.”

William Newsome, PhD, professor of neurobiology, on the importance of the new national Brain Initiative, which aims to map the human brain in hopes of finding cures for Alzheimer's, epilepsy and traumatic injuries.

San Francisco Chronicle, April 2


Breaking boundaries in studies of sex and health

This spring marked the launch of the Stanford Center for Health Research on Women and Sex Differences in Medicine, known as the Stanford WSDM ("wisdom") Center. There, Stanford scientists are encouraged to study sex differences in cells, tissues, animal models and human health outcomes and to emphasize women's health. Read Story »

Under pressure

Components of the new Stanford Hospital were subjected to intense air and water pressure at special testing facilities. While bulldozers and backhoes change the landscape to make way for the new Stanford Hospital, parts of the building already have been constructed and put under intense scrutiny. Read Story »

How to weather summer's health challenges

Brooks Bahr, MD, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Stanford, has paid the price for his carelessness under the sun. The fair-skinned Bahr has played outdoor sports his entire life, including football at the University of Utah. By the time he was 32, he had developed a basal cell skin cancer, which was removed. Read Story »

Fending off heat stroke

Heat stroke can affect almost anyone when temperatures climb and the sunshine is intense. It can strike during a neighborhood softball game, at an outdoor concert, while sitting in a hot car or even when mowing the front lawn. Read Story »

Changing perspectives on cataract surgery

At age 80, Mary Savoie had developed cataracts that interfered with many of her favorite activities. An avid reader, she'd begun to struggle with the words on the page. The stress of playing bridge, another of her favorite pursuits, made her eyes feel dry. Read Story »

Very special delivery

Eloise required expert coordinated care when she was born with a serious congenital condition. Today she is a lively and healthy toddler. Zoë Bower was 18 weeks pregnant when she received devastating news during a prenatal ultrasound: The fetus had a hole in the diaphragm muscle that normally separates the chest and abdomen. Read Story »

Med School 101

Some 140 local high schoolers who participated in Med School 101, an annual, daylong event designed to expose young minds to medicine and related fields. Read Story »


Make health changes simultaneous for best success

Most people know that the way to stay healthy is to exercise and eat right, but millions of Americans struggle to meet those goals or can't even decide where to start. More »


Bike challenge for cancer research

The 2013 Canary Challenge, a bike ride to raise funds for research in early cancer detection, will be held on Sept. 28. More »



Find out more about the events taking place at Stanford. More »


Note: Healing Matters rescheduled

The mailed copies of Stanford Medicine News contained information about the Healing Matters event that was planned for this fall. The event has now been rescheduled for the spring of 2014. Additional details will be published at a future date.

Footer Links: