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How personalized medicine is transforming your health care

This piece investigates how gene research and data mining will affect clinical care. The work of Michael Snyder, co-chair of the PHS Gene Environment and the Stanford W. Ascherman, MD, FACS, professor and chair of genetics, is featured here. The story appears in the January 2019 issue, “The Future of Medicine.”


Teen vaping continues to rise while other drug use declines, survey finds

A new report shows vaping among America's teenagers continues to climb, while the use of other substances — such as alcohol and opioids — has declined in recent years. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, professor of pediatrics, provides comment in this article.


Improving PTSD care through genetics

In this Q&A, Laramie Duncan, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences & PHS' gene-environment Interaction working group member, discusses her research on the relationship between PTSD and genes.


The hearbeat seat: Demoing new well-being technologies in a car

As part of a story for Stanford Medicine magazine, science writer Hanae Armitage tested out new technology that's meant to keep drivers more relaxed. The magazine piece focuses on work by Pablo Paredes, an instructor in radiology and in psychiatry and behavioral sciences, who is leading an effort rooted in "digital mindfulness," which harnesses technology to create and enhance a positive mental state.


What we know about diet and weight loss

This piece discusses research on dieting and references a study led by Christopher Gardner, the Rehnborg Farquhar Professor and a professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center and PHS' chair of the Food and Nutrition working group, which found that patients given either a low-fat or a low-carb diet lost about the same amount of weight after a year.  


Patients at high risk of HIV should take daily preventative drug, a task force recommends

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force is recommending that people at high risk of acquiring HIV take a daily pre-exposure prophylaxis known as PrEP. Douglas Owens is vice-chair of the Task Force. He is the Henry J. Kaiser, Jr. Professor and a professor of medicine and director of the Center for Health Policy and of the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research. 


Using technology to make commuters not-so-fast and not-so-furious

Pablo Paredes, an instructor in radiology and in psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is leading an effort rooted in "digital mindfulness," which harnesses technology to create and enhance a positive mental state. His work is highlighted in the current issue of Stanford Medicine magazine.


U.S. life expectancy declines again, a dismal trend not seen since World War I

Annual statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed drug overdoses and suicides contributed to a decline in U.S. life expectancy. Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial Professor and a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides comment in this piece. 


40 million people with diabetes will be left without insulin by 2030, study predicts

Worldwide, the number of people with Type 2 diabetes is expected to rise to 79 million adults by 2030, but only half will be able to access insulin, if current trends continue, according to a new study. Lead author Sanjay Basu, assistant professor of medicine, faculty fellow at the Center for Population Health Sciences, is quoted here.


Empowering women in India to improve their health: A Q&A

In this Q&A, Suhani Jalota, a graduate student in health policy, discusses her work helping impoverished women in India.


Air quality in California: Devastating fires lead to a new danger 

 As a result of the Camp Fire burning near Paradise in Northern California, the entire Bay Area is experiencing unhealthy air quality. This article discusses potential long-term health effects of large wildfires. Kari Nadeau, the Naddisy Foundation Professor of Pediatric Food Allergy, Immunology and Asthma, professor of medicine and of pediatrics, and director of the Parker Center, provides comment.


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