Stanford Medicine Newsletter Updates For the Local Community

Fall 2014

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A weighty problem

Popular thinking holds that the nation's obesity epidemic, which accounts for roughly 20 percent of health-care spending in the United States, is the result of greater consumption of calories.

But a recent study by Uri Ladabaum, MD, a Stanford professor of gastroenterology, and his team points out the contribution of physical inactivity to the obesity epidemic. Between 1988 and 2010, the percentage of women reporting no physical activity skyrocketed from 19 percent to 52 percent, the researchers found. And the percentage of inactive men jumped from 11 percent to 43 percent over the same period. Read Story »

Sound Bites

“We clearly show that in this older population, the more they exercised, they less likely they were to develop atrial fibrillation — and the obese women were the ones who benefited most from this exercise."

Marco Perez, MD, director of the Stanford Inherited Arrhythmia Clinic, on a study about the relationship between obesity, exercise and heart disease.

U.S. News & World Report, Aug. 22

“These episodes have not gotten much attention, but given that they occur at a high rate in the general population, more research should be done on when they occur and whether they can be treated."

Maurice Ohayon, MD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, on a study that found that one in seven adults experiences "sleep drunkenness," waking up confused, prone to poor decisions and even violent behavior.

CBS News, Aug. 25

“This study reinforces the idea that what we eat directly influences our gut microbiota, which, in turn, is intimately linked to many facets of our health."

Justin Sonnenburg, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, regarding a study on the dietary impact of artificial sweeteners.

National Geographic, Sept. 17

“I predict that the study we're doing will help to push stimulation as a therapy for stroke. You can imagine how important that would be for the millions of stroke patients with disability."

Gary Steinberg, MD, PhD, professor and chair of neurosurgery, on a study that found that light-driven stimulation can improve stroke recovery in mice.

BBC, Aug. 18


Matters of the heart

Michael Murphy's mother made special keepsake boxes for all seven of her children to preserve the typical memorabilia of childhood. In Murphy's box was a detailed record of the 1966 surgery that left a scar that runs 14 inches along his left side. Read Story »

Weathering heights

A.J. Barker might not have a long commute to get to work in the morning, but he probably has one of the highest. Each workday he climbs 200 feet of steel to position himself in the cabin of one of the two enormous yellow tower cranes at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford expansion work site. Read Story »

Streamlining cancer care

Sharron Brockman has become all too familiar with cancer. Diagnosed with stage-3 ovarian cancer, Brockman has gone through two rounds of chemotherapy and had to drop out of a clinical trial because of a reaction to one of the medications. But when she decided to continue her treatment at the Stanford Cancer Center, she came across something new: her own multidisciplinary care coordinator. Read Story »

Tool for transport

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford has a new electronic medical records system that helps make the patient-transfer process safer and more efficient in the event of a major crisis. Caregivers have prompt access to a fully automated report that categorizes patients in terms of their specific needs, such as what types of IV medication they receive, or whether they're on ventilators. Read Story »

Expert support for early arrivals

When Heather Keller's twins arrived 14 weeks early, not only was she unprepared for their birth, but she quickly became overwhelmed by all the medical issues that followed — brain cysts, pneumonia, infections. The problems started at the top of their heads and ended at their toes, she said. Read Story »

Study: Double mastectomy does not boost patient survival

A large-scale study of women undergoing breast cancer surgery showed no survival benefit for those who had both breasts removed compared with those who had a lumpectomy followed by radiation. Read Story »



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