Stanford Medicine Newsletter Updates For the Local Community

Fall 2017

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Virtual reality easing treatment for young patients

For years, psychologists have talked fearful youth through frightening procedures, and nurses have offered stickers to appease preschoolers receiving shots. But they are finding that new technologies, including virtual reality and portable video systems, are far more effective in calming and distracting patients — easing their jobs while also reducing trauma for kids.

The new Packard Children's Hospital, scheduled to open in December, will incorporate many of these VR technologies to help soothe patients, as well as to educate them about their medical care. Read Story »

Sound Bites

“There is data that a man's fertility declines with age. As such, it may make sense to not wait too long as it may be more difficult to conceive. In addition, there are some potential risks to children.”

Michael Eisenberg, MD, assistant professor of urology, on his study indicating the average American father is getting older., Aug. 30

“Over the past few years, we've come to realize how important this gut community is for our health, and yet we're eating a low-fiber diet that totally neglects them. So we're essentially starving our microbial selves.”

Justin Sonnenburg, PhD, associate professor of microbiology and immunology, on his study of members of the Hadza community in Tanzania, who eat extremely high-fiber diets that help maintain a diversity of bacteria in the gut.

NPR, Aug. 24

“Altruism is not only beneficial to others, but it benefits us in terms of our health and longevity. It's quite profound.”

Neurosurgeon James Doty, MD, founding director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford, on the way in which diverse people have come together to rescue and provide aid to victims of the devastating Houston floods.

Time, Sept. 2

“"There is probably no greater fear in childhood than losing one's parents, and eliminating the fear of deportation, as DACA has done, can improve the development and mental health of these children.”

Fernando Mendoza, MD, professor of pediatrics, regarding research on children's mental health.

Sacramento Bee, Sept. 9


Investing in the next generation of medicine

This fall marks the beginning of a new era at Stanford Medicine, as we debut the first in a series of new facilities that will change the way we serve the community. Our two new hospitals, as well as upcoming research laboratories at the School of Medicine, will provide wide-ranging benefits to patients, as well as to researchers, health care providers and trainees. Read Story »

Identifying Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is arguably one of the most misunderstood conditions in medicine. Jose Montoya, MD, a professor of infectious disease, is a leading specialist in the field. He has been treating patients for more than a decade and has been studying the underlying mechanisms of the disease. Read Story »

Designed for healing

The new Stanford Hospital will feature some of medicine's most advanced technologies and innovative design, complemented by landscaping and amenities that promote healing and well-being. The 824,000-square-foot hospita will feature 368 single-occupancy rooms, a greatly enlarged emergency department, state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment rooms, and extensive gardens and green spaces that integrate seamlessly with the new building. Read Story »

Art and nature bring a holistic approach to healing at Packard Children's

It was the founding vision of Lucile Salter Packard to marry modern science and technology with a holistic approach to healing body, mind and spirit. That vision is reflected in the design of the new Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, scheduled to open in December. Read Story »

New research building designed for innovation and collaboration

The Biomedical Innovation Building is the first step in a sequence of new buildings that eventually will replace the outdated Edward Durell Stone complex at the School of Medicine. The BMI is designed to encourage interdisciplinary studies and quickly move biomedical research into clinical practice. Read Story »

When the road to college is complicated by chronic illness

In September, Hari Suresh of Fremont embarked on his freshman year at UC-Davis after a long and painful journey. He had not only fought through years of illness and chronic pain but also struggled to get the education he needed for college. Fortunately, he and his family found help through an advocacy program at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. Read Story »


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