Stanford Medicine Newsletter Updates For the Local Community

Fall 2016

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 Crystal Mackall, MD, is the lead investigator at Stanford for the new Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy.

The promise and pitfalls of cancer immunotherapy

The concept of corralling the body's immune system to combat cancer has been around for decades but recently has emerged as one of the most promising avenues of treatment.

Earlier this year, Silicon Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist Sean Parker launched the new Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, investing $250 million in a multi-institution effort that includes Stanford Medicine. Read Story »

Sound Bites

“It's surprising that stores that are supposed to promote health sell the world's deadliest product of all, and even worse that they sell it at the cheapest price.”

Lisa Henriksen, PhD, senior research engineer at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, on her new study that found that pharmacies sell cigarettes for less than other stores.

Reuters, Aug. 25

“Plenty of articles show medical evidence that, in fact, dance really helps people with Parkinson's disease. It improves their motor function.”

Helen Bronte-Stewart, MD, professor of neurology, on a new Stanford program for patients with Parkinson's disease called Dance for PD.

KGO-TV, Sept. 14

“I'm very excited about investigating whether or not we can turn up the effectiveness of certain drugs that we know are pretty good in cancer by changing the composition of the gut microbiota.”

Ami Bhatt, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine and of genetics, on a study suggesting that a person's gut bacteria may contribute to an understanding of cancer.

KPIX-TV, Sept. 20

“We all are trying to actively understand a certain part of the puzzle when it comes to allergies. Understanding small pieces will help us eventually figure it out.”

Sharon Chinthrajah, MD, clinical assistant professor of medicine, about the factors affecting the rise in allergies among children.

CNBC, Sept. 10


Community matters

At Stanford Medicine, we're determined to bring the most advanced treatment and prevention approaches to all who can benefit. Leading the biomedical revolution in Precision Health also means reaching well beyond our campus to increase everyone's access to excellent care, regardless of where they live. Read Story »

Stanford Medicine physicians shed light on the opioid epidemic

Two Stanford Medicine researchers have written new books exploring the opioid epidemic from distinctly different angles, with the goal of helping people understand the dangers of prescription painkillers and gain control over chronic pain.. Read Story »

Expanded space to meet growing needs

After nearly a decade in the making, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford has begun the countdown to the debut of its expanded pediatric and obstetric hospital campus, which is slated to open in fall 2017. Read Story »

Hospital rankings

Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital have both received top honors from U.S. News & World Report. The surveys are just two of the scorecards in the marketplace intended to help consumers compare the quality of health-care providers. Read Story »

Study reveals parent and teen perspectives on mental health

Stigma associated with mental health issues is a major barrier for local youth suffering from depression, anxiety and other problems, making them reluctant to talk about the issues or seek out help, according to a new report from the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing.. Read Story »

When the hospital is home

Misty Blue Foster was born prematurely to a heroin-addicted mother, who died when Misty was 5. Suffering neglect in foster care, she nevertheless found kindness and encouragement at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. Read Story »



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Healthy weight for kids

The Pediatric Weight Control Program at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is now accepting enrollment for its winter classes. More »


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