Stanford Medicine Newsletter Updates For the Local Community

Summer 2015

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 Christopher Dawes, CEO of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford; Lloyd Minor, MD, dean of the School of Medicine; and Amir Dan Rubin, CEO of Stanford Health Care.

Community matters

Stanford Medicine, which includes Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health, is growing to make possible a new future for health care — one rooted in prevention and health, even as our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disease continues to provide life-changing outcomes for our patients. We’re working toward a future in which we harness the power of biomedical information to deliver care that is predictive, preventive, proactive and precise to keep each individual patient healthy. We are leading the biomedical revolution in Precision Health. Read Story »

Sound Bites

“What we're looking forward to is showing that, in combination with current diagnostics, this will improve our ability to diagnose sepsis.”

Postdoctoral scholar and surgery resident Timothy Sweeney, MD, PhD, on his study that could be the basis for a new diagnostic test for sepsis.

The Scientist, May14

“If you look at mothers' antibodies after vaccination they are pretty high for the first nine months; then within two years the antibody levels drop very low. That's why the mother needs a dose for every pregnancy.”

Yvonne Maldonado, MD, professor of pediatrics, on a new study that found vaccinating pregnant women against whooping cough is the best way to protect their newborns from potentially fatal respiratory infections.

Reuters, May 12

“This study further highlights what other scientists have shown — that eating a diet low in dietary fiber will have a large negative impact on the microbiota. This case study also highlights how rapidly the gut microbiota responds to diet.”

Justin Sonnenburg, PhD, associate professor of microbiology and immunology, regarding a study on the devastating effects of junk food.

Men's Journal, May 21

“We're doing better with all these programs, but is it adequate? No. Every time a kid winds up in the ER with bad exacerbation of asthma, it's a failure.”

Paul Wise, MD, MPH, professor of pediatrics and health policy expert, on the statewide challenges of treating children with asthma.

KQED Radio, May 24


Smartphone app for heart health

In March, the School of Medicine launched a first-of-its-kind iPhone app that enables users to help advance the understanding of the health of the human heart. The free MyHeart Counts app uses the new Apple ResearchKit framework to help assess each user’s heart health and provide information on how to improve it. Read Story »

Using yoga to combat the effects of childhood trauma

Can a simple regime of yoga and other mindfulness practices have cognitive benefits for children suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder brought on by poverty and violence? A team of scientists at Stanford is trying to find out. Read Story »

The Health Library's new home

When her son was diagnosed with a serious kidney and urinary tract defect, Cathy Draper struggled to find information about his condition. "At that time it was very difficult to get the information we needed," she said. "I did not have a place to go for scientifically based health information." But then she heard about the Stanford Health LIbrary, a free community resource for medical and health information. Read Story »

New South Bay Cancer Center designed with patients in mind

When the new Stanford Cancer Center South Bay opens its doors in San Jose for its first patients, Tracey Laney will be there waiting. For nearly 20 years, Laney has been one of the first people to greet patients at the Southbay Hematology Oncology Partners clinic in Campbell. The longtime practice now has joined with Stanford Health Care to form the new center, which will welcome patients this summer. Read Story »

Implanted pump helps heart-failure patient graduate from high school

In February, Tovi “TJ” Balliao and his family received devastating news: The 17-year-old was suddenly in heart failure, experiencing life-threatening bouts of irregular heart rhythm. The diagnosis, severe dilated cardiomyopathy, often strikes without warning or any apparent trigger. TJ needed a new heart but was too sick to wait for a heart transplant. Read Story »

Adding a patient-friendly touch to new neuroscience building

Interior designer and Parkinson's patient Nancy Stohn describes her work in helping to design a new neurology outpatient building at Stanford Medicine that is set to open later this year on the Hoover Medical Campus on Quarry Road. Read Story »


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