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May 21, 2018
Vol. 10, No. 10
New center sets out to stop disease before it starts

New center sets out to stop disease before it starts

At the Precision Health and Integrated Diagnostics Center, scientists turn the norms of disease research on their head, searching not for treatments but for ways to prevent disease entirely.

 
 
Multigene testing replacing BRCA tests for breast cancer risk
 

Multigene testing replacing BRCA tests for breast cancer risk

Tests to detect mutations in multiple genes are replacing BRCA-only analyses in women with breast cancer, according to a study by scientists at Stanford and several other institutions. Greater access to genetic counselors needed.

 
Scientists use dietary seaweed to manipulate gut bacteria in mice
 

Scientists use dietary seaweed to manipulate gut bacteria in mice

Gut bacteria able to digest seaweed can outcompete native bacteria in the large intestine of nori-fed mice, according to Stanford scientists. Favoring one species over others in the gut could help advance precision health.

 
PET scan tracer predicts success of cancer ‘vaccine’
 

PET scan tracer predicts success of cancer ‘vaccine’

With a radioactive tracer, scientists can use a PET scan to quickly tell whether a cancer immunotherapy will be effective or not, according to a new Stanford study.

 
Reducing tapeworm infection could improve academic performance, reduce poverty
 

Reducing tapeworm infection could improve academic performance, reduce poverty

Tapeworm infection from eating contaminated pork can damage the brain, causing learning impairments and possibly enforcing cycles of poverty. A Stanford study is the first to look at infection rates within schools and propose solutions targeting children.

 
Stanford Medicine magazine explores the art, science of listening and hearing
 

Stanford Medicine magazine explores the art, science of listening and hearing

The spring issue of Stanford Medicine magazine focuses on the importance of listening and hearing, and how new discoveries could improve both.

 
Renowned microbe hunter Stanley Falkow dies at 84

Renowned microbe hunter Stanley Falkow dies at 84

“A giant in the field of microbiology,” the Stanford researcher identified the mechanisms by which antibiotic resistance spreads and played a key role in the development of DNA cloning.

 

  

  

Of note

A roundup of recent honors and awards. In this issue, read about Michael Eisenberg, Sun Kim, Clement Marshall and others.


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