Stanford Medicine Newsletter Updates For the Local Community

Summer 2016

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Desiree LaBeaud focuses on understanding the risk factors and long-term health consequences of infectious diseases like the Zika virus.

What to know about Zika virus

The warm weather of summer is an invitation to mosquitoes, which may carry the risk of disease, such as Zika virus. Desiree LaBeaud, MD, is a Stanford pediatrician and infectious disease researcher who focuses on understanding the risk factors and long-term health consequences of arboviral infections, including Zika. She spoke with Stanford Medicine News about the local risks of Zika, what precautions residents can take, and what travelers should do to avoid infection with the virus. Read Story »

Sound Bites

“People have been trying to do this for 100 years, to harness the immune system, but it's just in the last five years we've started to see the signals. I hope this leads to improved cures for patients with cancer."

Crystal Mackall, MD, professor of pediatrics and medicine, on the new $250 million Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, in which Stanford is a partner.

San Francisco Chronicle, April 13

“We did not intend for this to be informing the refugee crisis in Europe. But it does suggest that when people wind up in highly deprived neighborhoods straight off the bat, we are going to see the effects years later.”

Rita Hamad, MD, instructor in medicine, on her study which found that refugees placed in deprived neighborhoods have a higher risk of type-2 diabetes.

STAT, April 28

“The results we're seeing are clear, in that kids who use Glass later make more eye contact when they're not using Glass. Kids naturally connect with wearables and robotics, which is why this is so exciting.”

Dennis Wall, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, on how Google Glass and other new technologies can help autistic youngsters connect with others.

USA Today, April 28

“We're participating in a discussion where people don't agree on the most basic terms.”

Keith Humphreys, MD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, on his study showing wide global variability in government guidelines on what constitutes low-risk drinking.

CNN, April 18


Community matters

At Stanford Medicine, the School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children's Health work together to provide optimal patient care that often begins before conception and lasts a lifetime. Read Story »

25 years of improving health

From the beginning, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford stood out. When it opened on June 10, 1991, it was one of very few children's hospitals in America to incorporate both pediatrics and labor and delivery in one facility. Read Story »

New hospital puts a premium on sustainability

When visitors gaze out the windows of the patient rooms in the new Stanford Hospital, they will be able to look over a vista of rolling hills, rooftop gardens and green landscaping. But they might not notice the mechanisms designed to make the hospital sustainable and protect those expansive bedside views. Read Story »

Domino effect

The first thing Linda Karr asked her doctor after her heart transplant surgery at Stanford Health Care was, "How is my heart donor doing?" That question is as exceptionally rare as the surgery that made it possible. On Feb. 1, as part of a "domino" procedure, Karr received the heart of Tammy Griffin, who received a new heart and lungs from a deceased donor. Read Story »

Stanford Health Care names new CEO

David Entwistle has been named the new president and chief executive officer of Stanford Health Care, effective July 5. The chief executive officer at University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics since 2007, Entwistle will succeed Mariann Byerwalter, who has served as interim president and CEO since January 2016. Read Story »

New center brings unique services closer to families

In May, Stanford Children's Health opened the doors to a new pediatric subspecialty center to expand access to outpatient care for children and adolescents and couples dealing with fertility issues. Stanford Children's Health Specialty Service-Sunnyvale brings Stanford Medicine's world-class expertise closer to patients so that families don't have to travel as far to receive the highest standards of care. Read Story »

His dear Watson

There's Watson and Crick. Holmes and Watson. And Watson and Mignot. Or, more properly, Watson, the narcoleptic Chihuahua, and Emmanuel Mignot, MD, PhD, director of the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine. Athough he is a family pet, Watson moonlights as an ambassador of narcolepsy, helping children understand and cope with the disease. Read Story »


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