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Winter 2018

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 Joseph Woo repairs aortic valves, a difficult and painstaking job most other heart surgeons decline.

Natural solutions

Nathan Healey was in the prime of his life, a successful tennis pro who had been a contender at the Australian Open, when his heart erupted. A seemingly healthy 32-year-old, he was puttering around his house in Reading, Pennsylvania, when he felt a tightness in his chest.

"All of a sudden, I felt dizzy and my heart rate was rising. I guess that is when something blew inside," Healey, now 37, recalled recently. Read Story »

Sound Bites

“There were media people and reporters absolutely everywhere. Several very aggressive reporters actually crawled up the outside walls with cameras to get to the second floor intensive care unit to photograph the (patient). It was pretty exciting. And yeah, we did feel like we were on the brink of something pretty major.”

Sharon Hunt, MD, professor of medicine, regarding the 50th anniversary of the first heart transplant at Stanford.

NPR, Jan. 6

“There are a few times in our lives when science astonishes us. This is one of those times.”

Matthew Porteus, MD, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics, on a gene-
editing tool known as CRISPR. Porteus spoke before a Senate panel that discussed the technology.

STAT, Dec. 31

“Smartphone screens light up the same area of the brain as opioids and cannabis. The rewards pathways mediated by dopamine respond to screens in a very similar way to opioids."

Anna Lembke, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, on what makes adolescents especially vulnerable to the addictive nature of smartphones

Daily Beast, Jan. 9

“We are quadrupling the stroke treatment window today. It's going to have a massive impact on how stroke is triaged and assessed.”

Gregory Albers, MD, professor of neurology, who directed a large-scale study that found patients could be effectively treated up to 16 hours or more after a stroke.

Washington Post, Jan. 24


Precision health in the clinic and operating room

Today, technological advances make it possible to identify subtle signs of disease early, even before symptoms occur. Cell and gene therapy, artificial intelligence, tests that reveal early signs of disease and wearable devices that can detect heart and other problems are among the tools empowering this growing movement, which we call precision health. Read Story »

Massive study looks at overall health

Leslie Purchase describes herself as a data devotee. So when she heard about the Project Baseline study — one of the largest and most comprehensive on the basic underpinnings of health and disease — she jumped at the chance to participate. Read Story »

Healing by design

Four years ago, Mukund Achar-ya spent a lot of time in the hospital while his wife struggled with terminal metastatic breast cancer. As her caregiver, he learned the ins and outs of hospital life and saw an opportunity to share his experience and offer feedback from a personal perspective. Read Story »

Replacing aortic valves without major surgery

At age 58, Laura Hosking was unusually young to be in need of a new aortic heart valve. But her situation was not typical: As a teenager, she had received treatment for late-stage Hodgkin's lymphoma, including full-body radiation, which put her at risk for problems with her heart and other disorders later in life. Read Story »

Answers in the DNA

Ten years is a long time in the life of a child. It is an eternity in the world of genomic sequencing. Within hours of her birth in 2003, Tessa Nye began having seizures. At the time, little was known about the cause of her severe form of epilepsy despite years of trial-and-error testing. Read Story »

Pediatric surgery breakthrough

A 10-day-old girl was the smallest infant in North America to undergo open-heart surgery without a blood transfusion in a procedure performed by specialists at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. Read Story »


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Free health care fair

Stanford Medicine is hosting Health Matters on May 19, a free communitywide event where participants can hear about the latest medical innovations and get tips on healthy living. More »


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