Stanford Medicine Newsletter Updates For the Local Community

Spring 2015

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Scott Radabaugh and his children are diligent about eating well and taking their medications to keep their cholesterol levels down.

Living with a high-cholesterol gene

Scott Radabaugh is just 47, but he lives with the knowledge that his heart could give way at any time.

"It's almost like having a loaded gun pointed at your chest all the time. You just never know when it's going to go off," he said.

Radabaugh, a single father of three, has what he calls a "sleeping giant" of a disease, a gene that makes him prone to soaring blood levels of low-density lipoprotein, known as LDL — the so-called bad cholesterol.

He's already had two major surgeries to clear arteries blocking blood flow to his brain and his heart, and he is on the lookout for signs that he will need a third. Read Story »

Sound Bites

“This just says the environment plays a huge role in shaping what your immune system looks like.”

Mark Davis, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, on his study that found environment trumps genetics in determining the shape of our immune system.

Associated Press, Jan. 16

“It illustrates the amazing wealth and diversity of as-yet-unrecognized, potent, biologically active compounds made by the microbial world — some of which may have real clinical value.”

David Relman, MD, professor of microbiology and immunology, on a new method of producing antibiotics from bacteria.

New York Times, Jan. 7

“Desensitizing isn't new to our world. Alexander the Great used to do it. He would desensitize his body for poison before going out to battle.”

Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics, on a clinical trial for children who have food allergies.

KGO-TV, Jan. 12

“The question is whether these aggressive screening policies are justified and whether they would result in more benefit than harm.”

John Ioannidis, MD, director of the Stanford Prevention Research Center, on a study that questions large-scale screening for hepatitis C.

SF Chronicle, Jan. 14

“For someone in no greater than room light all day, this e-book reader at night is going to be much more potent than if somebody had been outside at all during the daytime.”

Jamie Zeitzer, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, on a study that found reading devices shift the body's natural sleep-wake cycle.

Boston Globe, Dec. 22


Community matters

We live in a time of unprecedented possibilities for human health. Here at Stanford Medicine we share a common aspiration to improve human health, fueled by our unparalleled work in education and innovation, inspired by and centered on the unique needs of every patient and family. Read Story »

Teens with eating disorders benefit from family support

Families can help their teenagers recover from eating disorders, according to recent research by James Lock, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. Read Story »

Beam me up

Physicians, staff, parents and donors mingled at the construction site of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford January 14 to celebrate its topping off — a ceremony to mark the completion of the structural phase of its new facility and to observe an important milestone in the construction of the $1.2 billion project. Read Story »

Prenatal partnership

When Emily Ballenger of San Jose delivered her twins, Julia Burch and Carrie Belle, last August at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, she also was credited with helping train a medical student in the art of patient-centered care and relationship building. Read Story »

Treating pediatric depression: A shared responsibility

There are no simple solutions when it comes to pediatric depression or, worse, teen suicide. But faculty members at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford are reaching out to local teens and schools to help those who may be struggling with mental health issues. Read Story »

Onboard flight rescue

Sophia Loo, RN, and Angela Bingham, RN, barely made their connecting flight to San Jose. The veteran cardiac care nurses at Stanford Health Care were on their way back from a December health-care conference. As they settled into their seats, Loo heard a woman a few rows ahead of her saying, "Sir, sir, are you OK?" and then, "I think this man needs help." Read Story »

Health Matters event will be May 16

Stanford Medicine will host Health Matters, a community-wide event featuring interactive and educational programs about health for the entire family. The event will be held May 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Read Story »

Healthy weight program for kids

Concerned about a child's weight? The Pediatric Weight Control Program at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford can help. The program helps children ages 8 to 15 and their families develop lifelong healthy habits. Read Story »



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