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Should health-care workers press charges against violent patients?

This piece discusses violence from patients and how health-care workers face a complicated question after an assault — Should they press charges? It’s possible to prosecute, but such a move can be a difficult decision for doctors like me and others, writes Nathaniel Morris, a resident in psychiatry and behavioral sciences.


Music and Sleep Study

Dr. Rafael Pelayo, clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is interviewed about a new British study that shows music can help you fall asleep for a good night’s rest.


Why Sleep Paralysis Feels Like a Waking Nightmare

The article looks at what happens to your body when sleep paralysis occurs, the health conditions and sleep disorders that trigger it, and what treatments are available. Dr. Logan Schneider, clinical instructor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is interviewed for the story.


More than the ‘baby blues’

This article discusses postpartum depression and maternal mental health. Katherine Williams, clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, who leads Stanford Medicine's Women's Wellness Clinic, is quoted here.


Why Some Are More Likely To Smoke

While the rate of tobacco use among Americans has declined overall, the habit still disproportionately affects the poor. During this segment, Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial Professor, discussed how smoking shifted from a habit of the rich to a burden on the poor.


The FDA just approved an opioid 10 times more powerful than fentanyl

Despite criticism and concerns, the FDA has approved Dsuvia, a new opioid 10 times more powerful than fentanyl. Anna Lembke, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and chief of the Stanford Addiction Dual Diagnosis Clinic, is quoted in this piece.


What we’ve learned about the effects of weed since it was legalized

Many questions remain about how marijuana affects the human body and behavior; data is also lacking about the public health ramifications of legalization. Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial Professor, provides comment.


Should hem/oncs recommend integrative therapies to their patients?

In a point-counterpoint article, David Spiegel, medical director of the Center for Integrative Medicine, addresses the need for integrative therapy in conjunction with traditional cancer treatment.


Your smartphone may know more about your mental health than you

Amit Etkin, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, discusses in this piece how  mood is a complex and hard-to-define entity, making it difficult to self-report on and treat, and how objective measurements related to smartphone technologies and capabilites may improve management of mental illness in the future.


Ultrasound releases drug to alter activity in targeted brain areas in rats

Stanford researchers have developed a noninvasive way of delivering drugs to within a few millimeters of a desired point in the brain. Senior author Raag Airan, assistant professor of neuroradiology, is quoted in this release. Karl Deisseroth, the D.H. Chen Professor and professor of bioengineering and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, who was not involved in the research, also provides comment here.


Why the ‘right’ polices to resolve opioid epidemics change over time

Because epidemics are dynamic, the impact of any new policy can change dramatically over time, writes Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial Professor, in this piece. The work of graduate student Allison Pitt and Margaret Brandeau, professor of management science and engineering, is also referenced here.


Stanford physicians outline potential negative health effects of detaining immigrant children

A team of physicians has explained the negative effects of the current approach for the treatment of immigrant families and outlined suggested improvements. Ryan Matlow, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of community research programs for Stanford Medicine's Early Life Stress and Pediatric Anxiety Program, is quoted in this blog post.


Stanford professor gives expert evidence in rape case

Daryn Reicherter, clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the Human  Rights in Trauma Mental Health Program was recently welcomed by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Christopher Pryde in Suva. He was in the country for four days following an invitation from the DPP to give expert evidence in a rape case in the High Court (State-v-Peni Vukici).  Fiji Sun Times also covered the case (read the story here: Expert: State-v-Peni Vukici Rape Case Was One Of The Worst He Has Ever Seen).


Opioid use disorder vastly undercounted: Massachusetts study

This piece discusses new research that found far more Massachusetts residents suffer from opioid use disorder than has previously been understood. Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial Professor, who was not involved with the study, is quoted.


America's Opioid Epidemic

This segment examined the opioid crisis in America. Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial Professor, was interviewed.


How sleep works: The reasons why we can’t live without it

This segment explains the importance of sleep, the factors that play into why we wake up tired and how to feel more rested. William Dement, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences-emeritus, is interviewed about the history of sleep and what happens when we sleep.


Sleep Deprived

The special report looks at the most common sleep disorders, and the health consequences that go along with being sleep deprived. Mark Buchfuhrer, sleep specialist with the Stanford Sleep Medicine Center, is interviewed about the symptoms of restless leg syndrome and available treatments (time 22:26-25:35).


Trump signs opioid bill, father who lost son says we need a bigger ‘Band-aid’

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed a bill that will expand access to certain kinds of opioid treatment. During this segment, Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial Professor, discussed how this bipartisan measure could help in the battle against opioid addiction as well as where it falls short.


Drug overdose deaths decline for sixth straight month

Drug overdose deaths in the United States have now fallen for six straight months, according to the CDC’s most recent data, dropping 2.8 percent from their peak. Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial Professor, provides comment in this article.


Trump claims on opioid crisis met with mix of skepticism and hope by experts as deaths plateau

Coverage of opioid-related news, including a recent drop in drug overdose deaths, a new report on the public health emergency declaration from the Government Accountability Office, and a look at soon-to-be-enacted federal legislation meant to address the issue. Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial Professor, provides comment in each piece (The Atlantic and Vox).


LeBron James has turned the NBA into the ZZZ

With so many NBA stars playing on West Coast teams, fans on the East Coast must contend with sleep deprivation if they want to watch their favorites play. Clete Kushida, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the Stanford University Center for Human Sleep Research, provides comment in this story.


NOVA: ADDICTION

This segment on addiction featured numerous experts including Robert Malenka, the Nancy Friend Pritzker Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and deputy director of the Stanford Neurosciences Institute, and Anna Lembke, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and chief of the Stanford Addiction Dual Diagnosis Clinic.


Professional guidance needed to detect mental health issues

Leading experts discussed challenges in early detection of mental health problems and why professional help is essential during an interaction at the 16th Hindustan Times Leadership Summit. The panel had Dr. Shekhar Saxena, visiting professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and David Spiegel, Willson professor and associate chair of of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine.  


Daniel Mason’s Winter Soldier probes a troubled doctor’s psyche

This article profiles physician-author Daniel Mason, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and highlights his third novel Winter Soldier.


I tried hypnotherapy to stop eating sugar — here’s what happened

This piece discusses hypnotherapy and quotes David Spiegel, the Jack, Samuel and Lulu Willson Professor.


Spotlight: Still on the Journey to Wellness Equality: The Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act of 2008

It’s been a decade since the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act was signed into law, but it has a long way to go before its mandate guaranteeing equal health coverage for your brain as your body is fulfilled. 


How fentanyl is contaminating America’s cocaine supply

Fentanyl has been the leading killer of the opioid epidemic and is now making its way into illegal stimulants, such as cocaine. Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial Professor, provides comment in this story.


What one devastated community can teach the world about mental health

A year after the devastating wildfires in Sonoma County, this piece explores how living through the natural disaster has affected the mental health of residents. Shannon Wiltsey Stirman, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, talks about her research on the subject in this article.


A DNA test claims to tell you how you’ll respond to depression medications. Here’s what scientists think of it.

This piece examines a wave of new DNA tests that are designed to determine how well a given depression medication will work with a patient’s genetic makeup. Alan Schatzberg, the Kenneth T. Norris Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of the Stanford Mood Disorders Center, weighs in on how helpful the tests are in practice.


Considering the challenges posed by technology that tracks whether you took your meds

Each new digital health development comes with cautions as well as benefits. This post highlights a new paper on ethical considerations of emerging medical technologies. Laura Dunn, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and an author of the paper, is quoted.


Opioid-benzo overlap higher in patients using multiple health systems

Receiving drugs from more than one health care system was tied to a greater risk of overlapping prescriptions for opioids and benzodiazepines, a cross-sectional study showed. Anna Lembke, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and chief of the Stanford Addiction Dual Diagnosis Clinic, who was not involved with the research, is quoted in this article.


Pain doctors, advocates urge curbs on “forced opioid tapering”

Last week more than 100 health care professionals and pain care advocates signed a letter urging the Department of Health and Human Services to prohibit or minimize rapid, forced opioid tapering in outpatients. The letter was signed by a number of School of Medicine faculty including Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial Professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.


Why Are So Many More Children Being Diagnosed With ADHD Today?

John Leikauf, instructor of psychiatry, talks about ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, one of the most common mental health conditions among children in the U.S. And the diagnosis rate of this brain disorder - characterized by a difficulty focusing attention, restlessness, and impulsive behaviors—appears to have increased over the past 20 years, according to a new study published in JAMA.


Meet the Silicon Valley CEOs spending millions of dollars to hack their own bodies

A growing number of entrepreneurs and CEOs are trying biohacking to maximize performance, but health experts and researchers are skeptical of many of these experimental methods, and say that some may be doing more harm than good. Jamie Zeitzer, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted in this story.


13 Little Ways You Can Help Someone Who Has Experienced Trauma

Experts chime in on how emotional support can be beneficial for survivors of sexual assaults or physical trauma. David Spiegel, associate chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of the Center on Stress and Health, provides advice on helping friends or loved ones through the recovery process.


Medicine and literature, mental health and history: A Q&A with psychiatrist-writer Daniel Mason

Daniel Mason, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry, talks about his new novel The Winter Soldier and the intersection of medicine and literature in this Q&A.


Suicide in the Muslim community

This piece features Rania Awaad, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and clinical director of the Bay Area branches of the Khalil Center, the largest clinic nationwide for Muslim mental health issues, including crisis work.  


The House just passed a bipartisan bill to confront the opioid epidemic

The House of Representatives voted last week 393-8 on a rare bipartisan package to address the opioid epidemic — and the Senate is expected to soon follow with its own vote of approval. Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial Professor, is quoted in this piece and in a piece by the NY Times.


Eight scientists awarded NIH grants for high-risk, high-reward research

Eight School of Medicine researchers will receive $32 million over five years to fund explorations of cancer, the brain, the aging process, chromosomes and the development of cells. Two of the faculty featured in this article are from the Department: Manish Saggar, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the Brain Dynamics Lab at Stanford, who focuses his research on developing computational methods to better understand how the human brain adapts from doing one thing to the next, both in people who have mental health problems and those who don’t; and, Karl Deisseroth, professor of bioengineering and of psychiatry and behavior sciences and the D.H. Chen Professor, who will work with Anne Brunet, PhD, professor of genetics, to advance the basic science of how the brain and the aging process control each other.


Stanford Neurosciences Institute announces second round of Big Ideas

The Stanford Neurosciences Institute has chosen four new projects for its second round of Big Ideas grants, which funds major interdisciplinary research initiatives aimed at driving the next breakthroughs in brain science.  One of the projects features at team from our department: Sergiu Pasca and Karl Deisseroth, who will work to develop brain organoids – three dimensional brain tissues grown in the lab – to study human brain development, evolution and neuropsychiatric disorders.


Solving America’s painkiller paradox

This piece offers some suggestions to curb the opioid epidemic. Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial Professor and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and Anna Lembke, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, are quoted here.


Gov. Brown nixes California mandate for later school start time

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed SB328, a bill that would have required public middle and high schools to start classes no earlier than 8:30 a.m. Rafael Pelayo, clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides comment in the SF Chronicle and in a Los Angeles Times article.


Organizations join forces to help teens with severe mental health challenges

Stanford Children’s Health and the nonprofit Children’s Health Council have launched RISE, an intensive mental health outpatient program for adolescents ages 14-18. Michele Berk, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and co-leader of RISE; Antonio Hardan, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford; and Stephanie Clarke, clinical instructor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, are quoted in this story.


‘Danger to self’: A psychiatrist-in-training grapples with the power to involuntarily commit patients

This first-person piece by Nathaniel Morris, a resident in psychiatry, walks readers through the process of placing a patient on a psychiatric hold.


The scientific secrets to preventing jet lag

This piece explains the science of jet lag, how it can be overcome, and how travelers can protect themselves. Jamie Zeitzer, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides insights.


The latest on safe injection sites in Orange County, plus a new study that’s challenging their efficacy

In this segment, Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial Professor and a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and others discuss the safety and efficacy of supervised injection sites.  


A look inside the child detention centers near the U.S. border

In this Q&A, Paul Wise, the Richard E. Behrman Professor in Child Health and professor of pediatrics, discusses his trip to the border region this summer to interview children and tour the detention centers. Nancy Ewen Wang, professor of emergency medicine, and Ryan Matlow, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, also took part.  


A Chamber Music Group Spreads an Anti-Bullying Message

Musikiwest, founded by Michelle Djokic in 2017 is a chamber music group that uses scripted rehearsals in middle and high-school classrooms to address issues such as bullying, shaming, and exclusivity. Through one of her board members, Djokic was introduced to Stanford psychiatrist Rona Hu, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, who is involved in planning the scripted rehearsals.


How Instagram has changed outdoor spaces

Beyond the safety hazards, experiencing nature with social media sharing in mind can have a psychological impact, says Elias Aboujaoude, clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, in this article.


Spotlight: Anna Deveare Smith on Communicating and Connecting for Social Justice

Actress, playwright, and social justice activist Anna Deveare Smith has a rich history with Stanford University, including ten years as the Anna O’Day Maples Professor of the Arts in the Department of Drama.  Professor Smith came back to The Farm for part of last spring and summer at the invitation of Laura Roberts and Victor Carrion; her visit is covered in this piece.


The Silent Storm: Chinese American youth mental health

KTSF's five-part feature story explores the mental health problems of young people in the Chinese American community, including interviews with youth, parents, and mental health professionals.  Rona Hu, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and Joanne Lee, resident in psychiatry and behavioral sciences, discuss stigma, expectations, and encourage parents to communicate with their offspring and not be afraid to seek help.   


HSR&D to Manage New Elizabeth Dole Center of Excellence for Veteran and Caregiver Research

The VA has announced funding for a new center of excellence to expand its capacity to deliver innovative, data-driven, and integrated approaches to improve services for Veterans and their caregivers. Managed by HSR&D, the first of its kind center will be named for Senator Elizabeth Dole in recognition of her national leadership and advocacy on behalf of the nation's 5.5 million military and Veteran caregivers. The Center consists of a multidisciplinary team that takes advantage of HSR&D's virtual network of nationally recognized VA investigators and their university affiliates. Ranak Trivedi, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and part of HSR&D's Center for Innovation to Implementation (Ci2i), Palo Alto is part of the team of VA investigators that will lead the Center.


Congress is on the verge of a bipartisan opioid package. But experts have big concerns.

The U.S. Senate is poised to vote on the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, a legislative package meant to address the opioid epidemic. Keith Humphreys, Esther Ting Memorial Professor and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides comment.


Mental illness is all over TV — Here’s why that’s not always a good thing

This piece takes a case-by-case look at television portrayals of mental illness and where the programs went wrong. Keith HumphreysRona Hu, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences; and Anna Lembke, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provide comment here.


‘If this book is not expressing everything, what am I doing with my life?’

This feature profiles physician-author Daniel Mason, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.


Should school start later? Sleepy kids, logistics at odds as Gov. Brown weighs legislation

If signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, SB328 would require public middle and high schools to start classes no earlier than 8:30 a.m. Rafael Pelayo, clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides comment in this article and an article from Goop.com.


Fidget spinners, weighted blankets, and the rise of anxiety consumerism

This piece explores the rising popularity of products designed to alleviate anxiety and compulsions. Anna Lembke, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides comment here.


What's the evidence that supervised drug injection sites save lives?

In response to the opioid epidemic, several cities are considering creating supervised injection sites — spaces where people can, under supervision, inject heroin and use other drugs. This piece discusses the effectiveness of these sites and quotes Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial Professor and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.


The most essential books for wrapping your head around the opioid crisis

This piece highlights a selection of books about the opioid crisis and includes “Drug Dealer, MD,” written by Anna Lembke, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and chief of the Stanford Addiction Dual Diagnosis Clinic.


Have drug overdose deaths peaked?

Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial Professor and a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides comment in this piece on drug overdose fatalities.


“Minds Wide Open” Documentary Showcases a Hopeful Future for Brain Science

The Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute (TCCI) today announced the upcoming release of “Minds Wide Open,” the first documentary commissioned and produced by TCCI founders Tianqiao Chen and Chrissy Luo to showcase exciting advances and tantalizing opportunities in brain science. Featuring some of the world’s most innovative scientists and doctors, the film focuses on interdisciplinary work being done to unlock the mysteries of the human brain and help people whose lives are affected by brain disease and disorders. Among the scientists featured in the film are four faculty in our Department and members of the Stanford Neuroscience Institute at Stanford University - Laura Roberts, Karl Deisseroth, Sergiu Pasca, and Nolan Williams. Our gratitude to Brandon Gregg and Julie and Violet Walters for sharing their stories. The trailer and more information about the film can be viewed at: www.MindsWideOpenFilm.com


Lab-grown brain bits open windows to the mind — and a maze of ethical dilemmas

This piece details research and ethical considerations around lab-grown brain organoids. Sergiu Pasca, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.


A med student gets a crash course in battle wounds and PTSD in ‘The Winter Soldier’

This review highlights a third novel written by Daniel Mason, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.


Is hypnosis real? Here’s what science says

David Spiegel, the Jack, Samuel and Lulu Willson Professor, is quoted in this article on hypnosis.


At a Crossroads: Medical Cannabis and Mental Health

With the shift toward cultural acceptance, it is important to keep in mind that cannabis has addictive potential and may exacerbate mental health problems, particularly among adolescents and emerging adults. Nancy Haug, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences, writes this piece.


Ketamine for depression: How the promising antidepressant drug appears to work like an opioid

Ketamine’s antidepressive effects require activation of opioid receptors in the brain, a new Stanford study shows. The surprising finding may alter how new antidepressants are developed and administered in order to mitigate the risk of opioid dependence. Alan Schatzberg, the Kenneth T. Norris Jr., Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Carolyn Rodriguez, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, share senior authorship. Nolan Williams, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and Boris Heifets, clinical assistant professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine, share lead authorship. The research is highlighted in articles from Newsweek, Daily Mail (U.K.), Live Science, MDMag.com, Medscape, SFGate.com, TIME.com, Wired, NPR and others.

 


FDA pushes for development of non-opioid pain medications

The Food and Drug Administration is planning new steps to encourage the development of nonaddictive alternatives to opioid pain medications. Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial Professor and a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides comment in this piece.


The 1968 Democratic Convention, 3D Printed Firearms, Questioning Marijuana Safety

More than half of states now allow marijuana for medical or recreational use, and the Pew Research center says more than half of Americans support such laws. This segment explored whether marijuana is the new Big Tobacco. Keith Humphreys was a guest.


Stanford psychiatrist focuses on mental health needs of Muslims

This blog post highlights a Q&A with Rania Awaad, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, who uses her training in psychiatry and Islamic law to address the health needs of Muslims at Stanford and throughout the Bay Area.


State approves $15M for youth mental health centers

A yearslong effort to launch an open-to-all, one-stop-shop youth mental health clinic in Santa Clara County took a critical step forward on Thursday, securing $15 million in funding from the state's Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission.  The clinic is the product of a partnership between Santa Clara County and Stanford University's Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing.  

This topic was also covered on KCBS in a radio interview with Steven Adelsheim.


Cannabis-use dependency: Not just blowing smoke

Keith Humphreys was a guest in this episode that discussed whether cannabis is addictive.  


Teen intensive outpatient program to expand

An intensive outpatient program run by Stanford Children's Health and the non-profit Children's Health Council is expected to double its capacity. Michele Berk, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is a co-leader.


We're failing in the opioid crisis. A new study shows a more serious approach would save lives.

A new mathematical model examines how policy interventions could affect opioid-related deaths. Even in the best case, these approaches could save on 6,000 lives over 10 years, the research estimates. Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial Professor and a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, was a co-author along with colleagues from the School of Engineering. The work is featured in pieces by Vox, Healio and a Stanford Medicine press release.  


Safe injection sites were thought to reduce drug overdoses. The research isn’t so clear.

In response to the opioid epidemic, several cities are considering creating supervised drug consumption sites — spaces where people can, under supervision, inject heroin and use other drugs. Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial Professor and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides comment in this piece.


Researchers identify key brain circuits for reward-seeking and avoidance behavior

Conducted in mice, the new study may help untangle multiple psychiatric conditions, including alcohol use disorder, anxiety disorders, insomnia, and depression in humans. William Giardino, postdoctoral research fellow, and Luis de Lecea, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences are featured.


Drug overdoses hit a record high in 2017

Synthetic drugs, including fentanyl, are driving the overdose death rates to record levels nationwide. Keith Humphreys is quoted in this article.


America’s invisible pot addicts

As marijuana legalization spreads, some Americans are struggling to reduce or stop using pot. Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial Professor and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides comment here. Humphreys is also quoted in a Daily Mail (U.K.) article on edible cannabis products and the use of social media sites to market and sell them.


Life on the border: Back at Stanford, ready to pitch in

Laila Soudi, project lead for the Stanford Refugee Research Project, has been documenting her experience traveling among Syrian refugees in the Middle East. In this final piece, she reflects on her travels near the Syrian border and the project’s future.


Cancer patients using alternative medicine may skip some standard care

Cancer patients who used alternative, non-medical therapies may be more likely to forgo recommended medical treatments like chemotherapy and radiation, according to a new study. David Spiegel, the Jack, Samuel and Lulu Willson Professor, was not involved with the research and provides comment here.


Better health might depend on a good night’s sleep

This article discusses the importance of sleep for good health, especially for older adults. Maurice Ohayon, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the Stanford Sleep Epidemiology Research Center, is quoted.


Rash of overdoses show dangers of powerful synthetic drugs

Synthetic drugs, including fentanyl, are driving the overdose death rates to record levels nationwide. Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial Professor and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted in this article.


Serotonin revived as a possible target for autism treatments

Social behavior in mouse models of autism spectrum disorder normalized when investigators triggered the release of a specific signaling substance, serotonin, in a single part of the animals’ brains, according to a recent Stanford study. Senior author Rob Malenka, the Nancy Friend Pritzker Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and deputy director of the Stanford Neurosciences Institute, is quoted in this article.


Typical kid behavior or a mental-health problem? It can be hard to decide.

Mental-health challenges are a serious - and growing - problem for teenagers. This piece examines how parents can recognize if their behavior is normal or something more serious. Steven Adelsheim, clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing, is quoted.


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