Volume 24 • No. 1 • January 2000

Bauer appointed to reconfigured vice president's post;
dean sought

Doctors can help spur health legislation,
says Eshoo

Facilities upgrade planned for medical school facilities

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VESTIBULAR SCHWANNOMA - A Stanford research team led by John Adler, professor of neurosurgery, has found that adding recuperation periods during radiation therapy for a hard-to-reach tumor within the skull can help prevent hearing loss, a common side effect of traditional therapy. The finding, presented in the December issue of Neurosurgery, comes from a four-year study of patients with vestibular schwannoma, a benign tumor that grows between the inner ear and brain stem.


HIV - A recent study by Andrew Zolopa, assistant professor of medicine, demonstrates that a new drug-resistance test can be used to design more effective strategies for fighting HIV infection. Zolopa and his colleagues reported in the Dec. 7 Annals of Internal Medicine that the new test, which reveals mutations in the genetic sequence of HIV that enable the virus to resist drug therapy, is more helpful than traditional clinical evaluation for predicting patients' responses to drug therapy.

HEARTBURN - A new treatment developed by David Utley, clinical instructor of surgery, could provide drug-free relief for the 14 million Americans who suffer from heartburn as a result of gastroesophageal reflux disease. The new procedure, currently undergoing clinical trials nationally, utilizes radiofrequency energy to tighten the lower esophageal sphincter - thereby preventing stomach acid from flowing backwards from the stomach into the esophagus.

MOUTH GERMS - Using a combination of old and new scientific methods, Stanford scientists have discovered that the human mouth is home to more bacteria than previously thought - including 37 strains that microbiologists had never before recorded. The study, led by David Relman, assistant professor of medicine and of microbiology and immunology, was published in the Dec. 7 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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