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Winter 2017

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Dance for PD allows Parkinson's patients to express themselves artistically while improving their motor skills and mood.

Dance program helps Parkinson's patients

The Dance for Parkinson's Disease class offers a welcoming community for those with the disease. The class not only is physically therapeutic but often gives students a psychological boost. People struggling with movement and speech because of the disease say the sessions are liberating, providing a new way to express themselves.

The program was introduced at Stanford Medicine last year with the opening of the new neuroscience center. It is not a traditional dance class but rather a group artistic experience. Read Story »

Sound Bites

“For some, it's going to be a higher dairy-fat, higher animal-fat diet. For others, it's going to be more whole grains, more beans and less dairy.”

Christopher Gardner, PhD, professor at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, regarding weight loss, which is complex and will vary from one individual to the next.

SF Chronicle, Jan. 11

“In the future, you will have multiple sensors relaying information to your smartphone, which will become your health dashboard. Alerts will go off with elevated heart rate over your normal level, and heartbeat abnormalities will be detected — hese will enable early detection of disease, perhaps even before you can detect it yourself.”

Michael Snyder, MD, professor and chair of genetics, about his study on wearable devices, which can alert you to illness before there are symptoms

Reuters, Jan. 12

Clearly in aging something is breaking down, and we become less effective at managing this inflammation.”

Mark Davis, MD, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, on a study that found caffeine may help reduce the inflammation that underlies many diseases of aging.

Time, Jan. 16

“To see that a significant number of women reported toxicity that was severe or very severe was remarkable. It was higher than I might have thought and an important reminder to me as a clinician that these therapies are quite toxic, and that we need to listen carefully to what patients may be telling us about them.”

Allison Kurian, MD, associate professor of medicine, on her study that found 42 percent of women have serious side effects from breast cancer treatment.

PBS NewsHour, Jan. 24


Community matters

In the fall of 2014, emergency physician Colin Bucks, MD, risked his life by traveling into the heart of the Ebola crisis in West Africa to help treat stricken patients. This is one example of how Stanford Medicine physicians are reaching out globally to provide care, conduct research and educate trainees and colleagues abroad. Read Story »

Fighting for children's health care:A pediatrician's perspective

I remember two things about my patient Maria, a tiny baby who was born a little early. One was her large, beautiful eyes. The other was that when I put my stethoscope on her tiny chest, I heard an enormous heart murmur. Maria had been born with a serious heart condition that would change her life and the life of her mom. Read Story »

Hospital plans integrate the therapy of nature

The Stanford University Medical Center Renewal Project will have extensive gardens and green spaces that integrate seamlessly with the new hospital buildings. Diverse landscapes have been designed for relaxation and quiet, or socializing and play, addressing the wide-ranging needs of patients and their families. Read Story »

A successful separation of conjoined twin girls

Conjoined twins Eva and Erika Sandoval are now adapting to life as individuals following a landmark 17-hour separation surgery at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. The girls have been handling their recovery cheerfully and progressing well with help from physical and occupational therapists. Read Story »

Building on science to improve wellness

What does it mean to be well? If we want to improve wellness for everyone, we have to be able to define it and measure it. Once we can calculate wellness, we can find out which factors increase it or decrease it. Read Story »

Volunteer devotes half a century to Stanford

Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, Martha Bachmann drives up to the front of Stanford Hospital, hands her keys to one of the valet attendants and comes inside to start her volunteer shift. Like clockwork, she arrives smiling, 20 minutes early, ready to stock the patient shopping cart and head out on the floors. At 100, Bachmann has had the same routine for 54 years. Read Story »

Participants needed to improve well-being

WELL for Life is a free wellness research program organized by the Stanford Prevention Research Center. More »


Save the Date: Health Matters

Stanford Medicine will host Health Matters, a free community-wide event showcasing the latest advancements in medicine and health, on Saturday, May 20. More »


Find out more about the events taking place at Stanford. More »

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