Refining law on the definition of death
Experts propose revising the legal and medical standard on declaring someone dead based on respiratory function and likelihood of consciousness rather than cessation of brain function.
‘Remote-controlled’ CAR-T cell therapy safer
Stanford researchers modified anti-cancer CAR-T cells so they can be controlled with an oral drug. The modified cells are safer, more potent and more active against solid tumors in mice.
Garry Gold appointed chair of radiology
Garry Gold, who specializes in understanding osteoarthritis via MRI, has been appointed chair of the Department of Radiology, embracing a vision of early disease detection.
How Stanford Medicine tackles opioid crisis
At Stanford Medicine, programs to help patients struggling with substance-abuse disorders, research into addiction, and educational programs to increase awareness about addiction and treatment are aimed at reducing dependence on opioids.
Lisa Wise-Faberowski dies at 57
Lisa Wise-Faberowski, who studied a rare congenital heart condition as well as the effects of anesthesia on children’s developing brains, died at 57.
Brain plasticity leads to worse seizures
A brain mechanism needed for learning explains why epileptic seizures become more frequent, but a finding in rodents offers hope for treatment, according to a new study.
Marijuana can damage heart
Marijuana use and heart-attack risk were correlated in a large human study, Stanford scientists and their collaborators found. A molecule in soybeans may counteract these effects.
New members of arts, sciences academy
Stanford Medicine professors David Relman and Abraham Verghese were among the nine Stanford faculty members elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Teens’ brains tuned to unfamiliar voices
Around age 13, kids’ brains shift from focusing on their mothers’ voices to favor new voices, part of the biological signal driving teens to separate from their parents, a Stanford Medicine study has found.
Fiber supplements’ effects differ
Researchers found that one fiber supplement seemed helpful while another appeared harmful — but study participants’ reactions varied.