Stanford Medicine Newsletter Updates For the Local Community

Winter 2016

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Neurologist Frank Longo and neurosurgeon Gary Steinbergare co-directors of the new Stanford Neuroscience Health Center.

Under one roof

The new Stanford Neuroscience Health Center on Quarry Road in Palo Alto is devoted to the outpatient care of adults with neurological disorders. The 92,000-square-foot building combines neurology, neurosurgery and interventional neuroradiology services under one roof to make it as easy as possible for patients to receive a complete range of care.

The building's interiors were designed with extensive input from a neuroscience patient advisory group. Read Story »

Sound Bites

“If [teens] don't eat right, they can become irritable, depressed [and] develop problems such as obesity and eating disorders — and those have a whole host of psychological morbidities.”

Neville Golden, MD, professor of pediatrics, on how nutrition impacts the brain and behavior of teens.

U.S. News, Jan. 5

“While we pass on relatively few changes in our human DNA for each generation, this study indicates that we are potentially passing on huge changes in our gut microbiome.”

Justin Sonnenburg, PhD, associate professor of microbiology and immunology, on his study about how a low intake of fiber reduces the range of gut bacteria — a change that is passed along to our children.

Science, Jan. 13

“I think the biggest challenge is that people don't want to make plans and have discussions because the topic is so threatening to them. So what happens is, because they don't plan for it, they are subjected to treatments that are A, not helpful and B, not what they want."

V.J. Periyakoil, MD, director of the Stanford Palliative Care Education & Training Program, on end-of-life decision-making

PBS, Jan. 14

“There is no reason why you can't do the screening right there (in the waiting room) on an iPad."

Keith Humphreys, MD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, on a new recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that all adults be screened for depression.

Reuters, Jan. 26

Community matters

In 1968, Stanford surgeon Norman E. Shumway, MD, PhD, and his surgical team performed the first successful adult hu-man heart transplant in the United States. That landmark intervention was the first bold stride in Stanford Medicine's enduring leadership in cardiovascular diagnosis, treatment and prevention that is, today, as promising as ever. Read Story »

Young Athletes Academy tackles youth sports injuries

Young athletes are highly prone to injuries, accounting for more half of the 7 million sports- and recreation-related injuries each year in the United States, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control. Every 25 seconds an athlete between the ages of 5 and 24 visits the emergency room for a severe sports injury, Safe Kids Worldwide reports. Read Story »

Nature by design

For nearly a year, a group of designers, architects, parents and staff held regular sessions to weigh in on some very important plants and animals. Discussions ranged from cottontail rabbits to Western dogwoods, tiger salamanders to black bears. The results will help refine the identity of the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford expansion when the new building opens in summer 2017. Read Story »

Controlling tremors

Brad Ackerman has lived most of his life with essential tremor, a common movement disorder that most often affects the muscles in the head, tongue, jaw, voice and legs. The involuntary shaking or trembling caused by essential tremor can make the activities of daily life quite difficult. Read Story »

Advanced care for high-risk skin cancer patients

Shortly after he turned 60, Stephen Hudson received a single new lung to replace the one destroyed by his exposure to asbestos. He was happy to be alive, but it is never easy to adjust to post-transplant life. Among all the other new health habits required of him, Hudson had to take immune-suppressing medications to lower his body's natural reaction to attack the new lung, and those medications boosted his risk of skin cancer. Read Story »

New wheels for teen medical clinic

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Teen Health Van, a program for underserved youth sponsored by Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and Stanford Children's Health. Thanks to generous donors, the clinic recently acquired a new vehicle with the latest technologies to help improve care for its vulnerable patients. Read Story »


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