• Toxic brain cells may drive neurologic disease

    Astrocytes, star-shaped cells in the central nervous system, are essential to the survival and healthy function of brain neurons. But aberrant astrocytes may be driving neurodegenerative disorders.

  • Gay physicians may face challenges abroad

    Being gay and working in global health presents a unique set of issues, as many countries treat homosexuality as a crime, punishable by prison or death.

  • Center for Digital Health opens at Stanford

    The new Stanford center aims to advance the field of digital health by enabling collaborations between faculty and industry and offering educational opportunities.

  • Inflammatory link to heart disease, death

    A chronic inflammatory process that occurs in some, but not all, older people may trigger cardiovascular problems, a new Stanford study shows. Part of the solution might be found in a cup of coffee.

  • Source of opioids’ side effects identified

    Stanford researchers said they have identified the receptors to which opioids bind to produce tolerance to the drugs and increased sensitivity to pain. They also found that a commercially available drug limited those side effects in mice.

  • Foretelling ill health

    New research from Stanford shows that fitness monitors and other wearable biosensors can tell when an individual’s heart rate, skin temperature and other measures are abnormal, suggesting possible illness.

  • Fewer bone stem cells in diabetes impedes healing

    Stanford researchers found that activating bone stem cells helps repair fractures in diabetic mice. Applying a protein to the fracture site increased the expression of key signaling proteins and enhanced healing in the animals.

  • Scientists’ plan for reproducibility

    Nature Publishing Group has launched a new journal and its inaugural issue includes a “manifesto for reproducible science” co-authored by Stanford Medicine’s John Ioannidis.

  • Care delivery ‘black box’ of health economics

    A physician and economist, Chan aims to shed light on why costs and patient outcomes can vary widely, even from one hospital to the next in the same city.

  • Caviar as a risk factor

    Anders Huitfeldt, a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford, explored the ambiguity of a popular scientific term in an article published in the British Medical Journal.

2022 ISSUE 1

Understanding the world within us

COVID-19 Updates

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