Health Talks

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World-renowned Stanford physicians and health-care experts presented their latest research and discoveries to improve human health, eradicate disease, and promote healthy living for you and your family.

Health risks and prevention strategies for Asians
Latha Palaniappan, MD, MS

Professor of Medicine (Primary Care and Population Health)
and, by courtesy, of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology)
Co-Director, Center for Asian Health Research and Education (CARE)

Asians represent 30 percent of the Bay Area population, and 60 percent of the world’s population, yet there is a stunning lack of data available on the unique health risks they face. This session discussed some of the diseases that affect Asians at higher rates, and offered prevention and testing steps that can be taken to inform health-care decisions. Learn how a better understanding of your unique genetic traits could help empower a precision health approach to your medical care and enhance your longevity. Watch the replay.

Harnessing the microbiome to prevent and treat disease

Michael Fischbach, PhD

Associate Professor of Bioengineering and of Medicine (Microbiology and Immunology)

Learn how our microbiome, the millions of bacteria from hundreds of bacterial strains that live in our body’s digestive system, can play a critical role in our health and well-being. Dr. Fischbach explained how our diets can shape the microbiome for better and for worse, how chemical byproducts of the microbiome can defend against disease, and what our microbial ecosystem says about our overall health. What really happens in your gut when you eat different types of foods? What molecules and chemicals are created and how do they impact your risk for illness? The answers to these questions may hold the key to preventing and treating cancer and other deadly diseases. Watch the replay.

Diabetes debunked:
Fact vs. fiction on ways to prevent, manage, and reverse the disease

Sun Kim, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology, Gerontology, and Metabolism)
Group Leader, Stanford Diabetes Research Center

With more than 120 million Americans now living with diabetes or pre-diabetes—placing them at higher risk of complications from COVID-19—getting the real facts about diet, exercise, and effectively monitoring and managing your glucose levels is more critical than ever. Which eating program is most effective at managing glucose levels? Does diet or exercise have a bigger impact on weight loss? Can you really manage a diabetes diagnosis by changing your lifestyle? Dr. Kim dispelled the rumors, and provided information on the latest methods to prevent, manage, and reverse disease. Watch the replay.

What’s really happening with migrant kids at the border:
Bringing hope to the most vulnerable children worldwide

Paul Wise, MD, MPH

Richard E. Behrman Professor of Child Health and Society
Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy

Accustomed to working on the front lines of countries dealing with armed conflict, food insecurity, and political unrest, Dr. Wise is currently serving as a court-appointed special advisor on the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. Having just returned from the border, he shared the most recent developments, poignant images, and stories from his experience at the border and other global humanitarian missions and discussed the powerful and visible impact of his efforts with children in crisis. Most importantly, he discussed the critical role institutions like Stanford must play in creating solutions to advance justice, promote health equity, and create hope for vulnerable populations, both globally and at home. Watch the replay.

The genome odyssey
Euan Ashley, MD, PhD

Associate Dean at the School of Medicine
Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular), of Genetics, of Biomedical Data Science
and, by courtesy, of Pathology

A pioneer in genome sequencing, Dr. Ashley recently published a book detailing the history of the field and sharing the real-life diagnostic journeys of his patients and fellow doctors as they use genomics to hunt, prevent, predict, and beat disease. Learn how genomics is expanding the boundaries of our medical capabilities and helping to inform the worldwide fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, helping to create a future where treatments can be more precisely tailored to each individual and revolutionizing medicine as we know it. Watch the replay.