Stanford Medicine Newsletter Updates For the Local Community

Summer 2018

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 Greg Albers helped develop brain-imaging software that allows physicians to learn which patients will benefit from surgery to remove blood clots up to 16 hours after a stroke.

More can benefit from stroke treatment

Last April, Cindi Dodd, a 46-year-old graphic designer who lives in Salinas, went to bed around 10:30 p.m., anticipating a 5 a.m. wake-up from her husband because she was scheduled for outpatient surgery at Stanford. Though she arrived at Stanford Hospital the next morning, she didn't walk through the doors as an outpatient; she came via helicopter as the victim of a massive ischemic stroke.

Dodd's treatment at Stanford was part of a trial looking at whether more people can benefit from thrombectomy. Until recently, the procedure was recommended only for patients who reach a treatment center within six hours of a stroke. The trial, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and conducted at 38 health centers, confirmed that people whose stroke occurred more than six hours earlier can benefit. Read Story »

Sound Bites

In the past, physicians have been reluctant to jump into the fray. But people are getting too frustrated and too tired. We are starting to voice our outrage. And we're still not as vocal as we should be.”

David Spain, MD, professor and chief of trauma and critical care surgery, on the reaction of physicians to recent mass shootings.

San Francisco Chronicle, April 4

Jennifer's donation gave us a tool we didn't have.

Michelle Monje, MD, PhD, assistant professor of neurology, regarding the donation of a 6-year-old girl's fatal brain tumor and how the tumor sample is being used in research to find a cure for the disease.

NBC News, April 17

What this tells us is that you can mitigate some of your genetic risk for heart disease by being fit, no matter how high that risk may be.”

Erik Ingelsson, MD, PhD, professor of cardiovascular medicine, on his recent study showing that physical fitness enhances heart health even for those with a high genetic risk for heart disease.

New York Times, April 14

It would be nice to know if there were genes to make corals more or less susceptible to global warming.”

Phillip Cleves, PhD, postdoctoral scholar in genetics, on his research that successfully used the gene-editing tool known as CRISPR on a type of ocean coral..

Time, April 23

A bold plan for improving human health

This is an important moment for Stanford Medicine.For the first time, the medical school and the two hospitals have teamed up to create an integrated strategic plan. This is a pivotal development that will have a significant impact on our future and our ability to serve our surrounding community. Read Story »

The keys to dieting success

Many dieters face a dilemma when they're trying to lose weight: Will a low-fat diet work best, or should they try the low-carb approach? Nutrition expert Christopher Gardner, PhD,wanted to provide some answers. For one year, his team tracked 609 overweight people who were assigned to follow either a healthy low-fat diet or a healthy low-carb diet. Read Story »

Operating rooms of the future

Both hospitals on the expanding Stanford Medicine campus have reinvented their surgical suites to support the techniques of today and the innovations of the future. At Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, the new surgical and imaging suites opening at the end of June will complete the Treatment Center. At the new Stanford Hospital, opening in late 2019, the entire second floor will be devoted to surgery. Read Story »

Fighting deadly diseases -- with a phone

The next time you hear the buzz of a mosquito, rather than running inside or slathering on repellent, pull out your cellphone. With a tool developed by a Stanford lab, you can contribute to global knowledge about mosquitoes — and help reduce the prevalence of the diseases they spread. Read Story »

New clinical building in Redwood City

On July 9, the Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center in Redwood City will open a new three-story medical building, broadening the range of Stanford Medicine expertise available at the location. Pavilion D will be home to the spine, tumor, and foot and ankle centers; the digestive health and pelvic health centers; and an endoscopy suite. Read Story »

Lung cancer patient finds health again at Stanford

Many people believe that only smokers are at risk for lung cancer, yet that's far from the truth. Take the case of Ginger Powell. Eight years ago, she was diagnosed with stage-4 lung cancer. A persistent shortness of breath became bothersome enough to send her to the doctor, and a chest X-ray identified fluid surrounding her heart — fluid that was found to contain cancer cells. Read Story »

Gracin gets her words back

Gracin Hahne was 3½ months old when she had her first seizure. "I was changing her diaper," said Heidi Hahne, Gracin's mom. "I also noticed something else: There were light patches, like abnormal pigmentations, on her skin."Gracin's seizures were caused by benign tumors, called tubers, that develop in the brain as part of a condition called tuberous sclerosis complex. Read Story »

Be part of a mural

Help create a digital mosaic mural that will be displayed at the opening of the new Stanford Hospital in 2019. More »


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