Stanford Medicine Newsletter Updates For the Local Community

Summer 2017

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Young and transgender

As a child, Noah Wilson thought gender meant boy or girl, the end. But when they were both 14, Noah's best friend, Rory, came out as nonbinary, a person who feels neither squarely male nor female.

Noah went home and Googled "nonbinary." He was just trying to be a supportive friend but soon realized that something else was going on. The idea that people could question their gender resonated. A lot. Maybe I'm not a girl, he remembers thinking. Worried about what his parents would think, he kept quiet and spent months wrestling internally with his gender identity. Read Story »

Sound Bites

“One of the challenges in this country is that we have not adequately appreciated the full social impact of dementia. It's not just the patient who is diagnosed with dementia — it's the family.”

Nick Bott, postdoctoral research fellow in medicine, regarding his study that found that wives and daughters shoulder the burden of care for family members with Alzheimer's.

HealthDay News, May 9

“Sending kids to school at 7 a.m. is the equivalent of sending an adult to work at 4 in the morning.”

William Dement, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, on the challenges of being a teen, including sleep deprivation.

Washington Post, May 15

“The error depends on the type of activity you're tracking. For activities like walking and sitting, the results are more accurate than for more intense pursuits, like spinning and running. The point is, you're not burning as much as you think you are.”

Anna Shcherbina, lead author of a new study that found fitness trackers aren't always accurate in counting calories.

NBC News, May 24

“No one says, 'Why can't we just live together?'”

David Schneider, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, on learning to adapt to microbes and to fight infections without the use of antibiotics.

STAT News, May 18

“Something bad is happening, and I may be able to help. Yeah, there is some intimidation in that, but if you can overcome that fear and jump in and help, you may be able to save someone's life.”

Trauma surgeon David Spain, MD, at a recent mass casualty training by Stanford Medicine experts for students at Sequoia High School in Redwood City.

ABC News 7, May 25


Community matters

The mental health of our youth has become an issue of growing national concern, with many calling for new approaches to address the unmet needs of teens. In our own community, families, school officials and health care providers have made the mental health of our youth a top priority. Read Story »

A 3D look inside the brain

Stanford Medicine is using a new software system that combines imaging from MRIs, CTs and angiograms to create a three-dimensional model that physicians and patients can see and manipulate — just like a virtual reality (VR) game. Read Story »

Expanded Emergency Department

No one wants to go to the emergency department, but when patients end up at Stanford Hospital's new ED, they'll find a comforting atmosphere, with plenty of space, access to nature, and room for supportive family and friends. Read Story »

CDC on youth suicide

Earlier this year, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report on risk factors for suicide among youth in Santa Clara County. Stanford psychiatrist Steven Adelsheim, MD, discusses the findings. Read Story »

Possible alternative to knee replacement

Jason Dragoo, MD, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at Stanford Medicine, is treating patients in a study that aims to reestablish cartilage, decrease chronic inflammation caused by knee osteoarthritis or both. Read Story »

40 years of making sock monkeys

Forty years ago, fliers appeared around Los Altos calling on volunteers to join in some "monkey business" to benefit young patients at Children's Hospital at Stanford, as Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford was then known. Volunteers have been creating sock monkeys ever since for the patients at Packard Children's. Read Story »

Stanford Medicine in Emeryville

Stanford Health Care is now readily accessible to patients who work or live in the East Bay. A new outpatient facility, based in Emeryville, opened in March. More »



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