Inside Stanford Medicine View web version
Aug. 19, 2019
Vol. 11, No. 15
One therapy bests others at motivating kids with autism to speak

One therapy bests others at motivating kids with autism to speak

Tapping the interests and motivations of children with autism can help them understand the value of speaking and build their social skills, a new Stanford study found.

 
 
Forgotten immune cells protective in mouse model of multiple sclerosis
 

Forgotten immune cells protective in mouse model of multiple sclerosis

Stanford researchers have identified immune cells that help reduce the severity of a disease in mice akin to multiple sclerosis. These cells could one day be useful therapeutic targets in treating autoimmune diseases.

 
Human microbiome churns out thousands of tiny novel proteins
 

Human microbiome churns out thousands of tiny novel proteins

The bacteria in and on our bodies make thousands of tiny, previously unidentified proteins that could shed light on human health and advance drug development, Stanford researchers have found.

 
Researchers discover gel reduces scar tissue after surgery in animals
 

Researchers discover gel reduces scar tissue after surgery in animals

Applying a gel to internal tissues of animals after cardiac surgery significantly limits the formation of adhesions, a problematic form of scar tissue, Stanford researchers have found.

 
Stanford launches major effort to harness the microbiome to treat disease
 

Stanford launches major effort to harness the microbiome to treat disease

The Stanford Microbiome Therapies Initiative is backed by gifts from Marc and Lynne Benioff and Mark and Debra Leslie and is focused on developing and testing new disease therapies.

 
Ultra-fast communication allows aquatic cells to release toxins in unison
 

Ultra-fast communication allows aquatic cells to release toxins in unison

Observations of cellular life in a local marsh lead Stanford researchers to the discovery of a new type of intercellular communication.

 
Cigarettes with pro-environment marketing perceived as less harmful
 

Cigarettes with pro-environment marketing perceived as less harmful

A survey of adult former smokers, current smokers and people who have never smoked found that cigarettes marketed as being environmentally friendly were perceived as less harmful to health and the environment.

 
At new hospital, art and nature aim to benefit healing

At new hospital, art and nature aim to benefit healing

The new Stanford Hospital values the restorative qualities of art and nature. It includes four acres of outdoor gardens, floor-to-ceiling windows in every patient room and more than 400 works of original art.

 

  

  

Of note

A roundup of recent honors and awards. In this issue, read about Neera Ahuja Miriam Goodman, Feliks Kogan, Charles Yu and others.


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