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Sept. 14, 2015
Vol. 7, No. 16
Scientists home in on origin of human, chimpanzee facial differences

Scientists home in on origin of human, chimpanzee facial differences

A study of species-specific regulation of gene expression in chimps and humans has identified regions important in human facial development and variation.

 
 
New medical students ponder life-and-death questions
 

New medical students ponder life-and-death questions

During orientation, Stanford’s new class of medical students met with deans to pause and reflect on the meaning of pledging their lives to the compassionate care of patients and the challenges involved in achieving that goal.

 
Tutoring relieves math anxiety, changes fear circuits in children
 

Tutoring relieves math anxiety, changes fear circuits in children

Individualized math lessons improved kids’ arithmetic performance and made them feel more comfortable with the subject.

 
Researchers home in on biological cause of ALS
 

Researchers home in on biological cause of ALS

A mutation linked to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis interferes with the transport of proteins in and out of a cell’s nucleus. Targeting this pathway with drugs or therapies may one day help patients with neurodegenerative disease.

 
Girls and boys with autism differ in behavior, brain structure
 

Girls and boys with autism differ in behavior, brain structure

A study of about 800 children with autism found gender differences in a core feature of the disorder, as well as in the youngsters’ brain structures.

 
Spanish-speaking families prefer native language when discussing surgical care
 

Spanish-speaking families prefer native language when discussing surgical care

A study has found higher rates of patient satisfaction among Hispanic, Spanish-speaking families that are able to discuss their children’s surgical care in their native language.

 
Stanford-born nonprofit uses star power to teach youngsters in India about HIV/AIDS
 

Stanford-born nonprofit uses star power to teach youngsters in India about HIV/AIDS

Widely disseminated videos in India use animated figures of beloved celebrities to teach students how to protect themselves against the potentially fatal disease.

 
Carlos Bustamante named chair of new Department of Biomedical Data Science
 

Carlos Bustamante named chair of new Department of Biomedical Data Science

Population geneticist Carlos Bustamante will lead a new biomedical data department founded to advance precision health.

 
5 Questions: Ombudsperson Jim Laflin on the importance of listening

5 Questions: Ombudsperson Jim Laflin on the importance of listening

Jim Laflin, the “listener” for the School of Medicine, said in an interview that rather than advise people on what to do, he helps them to clarify and identify their options.

 
Thomas Stamey, expert on prostate cancer and PSA test, dies at 87

Thomas Stamey, expert on prostate cancer and PSA test, dies at 87

The founding chair of Stanford’s Department of Urology was an investigator for the controversial PSA blood test for prostate cancer, and used basic research in urology and surgery to help patients.

 

  

  

Of note

A roundup of recent honors and awards. In this issue, read about Leah Backhus, Michael Cleary, Ronald Witteles and more.


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