Stanford Medicine Newsletter Updates For the Local Community

Fall 2015

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From A's to Zzzz's

Carolyn Walworth, 17, often reaches a breaking point around 11 pm, when she collapses in tears. For 10 minutes or so, she just sits and, overwhelmed by unrelenting school demands, cries at her desk. She is desperately tired and longs for sleep, but she knows that more homework assignments await her. She finally crawls into bed around midnight or later.

Walworth is among a generation of teens growing up chronically sleep deprived. According to a 2006 National Sleep Foundation poll, more than 87 percent of U.S. high school students get far less than the recommended eight to 10 hours — a serious threat to their health, safety and academic success. Read Story »

Sound Bites

"You need to make two assessments. One is, what is someone's risk of cardiovascular disease? And the second is, what is their risk of bleeding complications? Those assessments should be made by patients with their clinicians."

Douglas Owens, MD, professor of medicine and director of Stanford Health Policy, regarding new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force endorsing a daily dose of aspirin for certain individuals

Washington Post, Sept. 15

"The most exciting aspect of our findings is that cognitive tutoring not only improves performance but is also anxiety-reducing."

Vinod Menon, MD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, regarding his study showing that tutoring improves student math performance and math anxiety

NPR, Sept. 8

"We can use a broad range of plant protein sources and create a palette of textures and tastes — for example, jerky, cured meats, sausage, pork.
The true challenge will be to re-create more complex pieces of meat that are the pinnacle of the meat industry."

Joseph Puglisi, PhD, professor of structural biology, regarding the development of meat alternatives.

New York Times, Sept. 20

"That's pretty promising for parents. Just because at this age my kid is not performing as well as I'd like them to doesn't necessarily set them on a path to do poorly."

Tanya Evans, PhD, postdoctoral scholar in psychiatry and behavioral sciences, on her study that found brain scans can predict a student's math performance.

Boston Globe, Sept. 17

Spreading the word on shut-eye

In his senior year of high school, one of James Underwood's friends left a Friday-night party around 12:30 am and nodded off at the wheel in a remote stretch of rural Arkansas. Exhausted after a long week, including early-morning commutes to school, he careened off the road and struck a tree about a mile from home. Read Story »

Community matters

Stanford University is well known as the heart of Silicon Valley innovation and entrepreneurship, where companies like Google, Cisco Systems, eBay, Hewlett-Packard, Yahoo and Netflix have marked their beginnings. For Stanford Medicine, this reciprocal relationship has been key to our goal to lead the biomedical revolution in Precision Health. Read Story »

Sudden impact

Paige Fisher was pedaling along a narrow path on her way to a yoga class last January when she crashed head-on into another bicyclist. When she came to, she was bleeding profusely and surrounded by worried bystanders. Despite a visit to the student health clinic, a scan at the emergency room and appointments with her primary care physician, she continued to feel dizzy, sleepy and sensitive to light weeks after her wounds had healed. Read Story »

Hospital taps into sustainable water practices

In this era of water conservation, architects, designers and planners for the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford expansion are working to significantly reduce water consumption. The facility is scheduled to open in the summer of 2017. Read Story »

The most important letter you may write

Recent research by V.J. Periyakoil, MD, has shown that doctors struggle in starting discussions about how their patients want to spend their last days. While polls suggest that most Americans would prefer to die at home without life-prolonging interventions, doctors are more likely to pursue aggressive treatments for terminally ill patients. Read Story »

Helping families fight hunger

When Lisa Chamberlain, MD, began seeing patients in East Palo Alto more than 10 years ago, she never thought one of her top concerns would be whether her patients had enough food to eat. Read Story »



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