News Mentions for the week of February 13, 2023
Our experts are often called upon to provide insight on current events and topics in the news. Here are some of the articles Stanford Psychiatry faculty have been interviewed for in recent weeks.
- Fox News
New prison data blows up narrative that low-level drug offenders are filling up US prisons: experts
Only 3.2% of state prisoners are locked up for drug possession, which three experts say flies in the face of the argument that prisons are overflowing with low-level offenders. Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides comment.
- NY Times
What Can Hypnosis Do for Your Health?
Afik Faerman, postdoctoral scholar, and David Spiegel, Willson Professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, were interviewed by The New York Times about their work on hypnosis. In the article, Faerman and Spiegel discuss how hypnosis can benefit our health and advocate for its integration as an adjunct to ongoing treatments.
- Nature News
‘Mirror neurons’ fire up during mouse battles
Brain cells are crucial for triggering fights — but also become active when mice merely observe fights. Nirao Shah, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and of neurobiology, and by courtesy of obstetrics and gynecology, is quoted throughout.
- TRT World
Coping with earthquake trauma: Take a break from the news, seek help
Mental health experts in the US and Türkiye explain how to cope with post-disaster trauma. Rania Awaad, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.
- News Center - Stanford Medicine
Scientists discover mirror neurons in mice and find they’re tuned to aggression
When mice watch other mice brawl, neurons in their brains fire as if they’re in the fight, according to a new study by Stanford Medicine researchers. Nirao Shah, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and of neurobiology, and by courtesy of obstetrics and gynecology, and Taehong Yang, postdoctoral fellow, are featured.
- National Rural Health Association
National Rural Health Association announces their 2023 Rural Health Fellows roster
Each year, NRHA selects 10 to 15 highly motivated individuals who have proven their dedication to improving the health of rural Americans through their educational or professional experience to participate in the association's Rural Health Fellows Program. Congratulations to Jonathan Updike, fellow in child and adolescent psychiatry, for being selected as a 2023 Fellow!
Can you be addicted to porn?
Psychology doesn't officially acknowledge the existence of porn addiction, but many people say they suffer from it. Is it real? Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.
- CBC Radio
Voles can teach us a lot about love. Here's what the latest scientific findings show
It's official: There's more to love than just one hormone. New research challenges the vital role of oxytocin, the so-called "love hormone," in social bonding. A recent study in the peer-reviewed journal Neuron has shown that prairie voles born without the ability to respond to oxytocin still formed strong bonds with their mates and young pups. Nirao Shah, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and of neurobiology, and by courtesy of obstetrics and gynecology, is quoted.
Biden’s moonshot examined: Researchers say cancer cure is a long ways off
The White House is pressing ahead, saying a combination of research on cures and prevention efforts will end the scourge. Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides comment.
- Stanford Report
Stanford community mobilizes after Turkey-Syria earthquake
Faculty, staff, and students are rallying to support those affected by the disaster that has killed tens of thousands. Students, faculty, and staff with connections to Turkey, Syria, and Lebanon filled the Markaz Lounge last week to share their grief, anxiety, helplessness, and anger in a safe, supportive space led by Enas Dakwar, staff psychologist at Vaden Health Services and Rania Awaad, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. Another campus wide support group will be held on February 22nd.
- San Francisco Chronicle
Teen girls ‘engulfed’ in sadness, violence and trauma, federal report finds
Teenage girls in the United States are experiencing record levels of sadness, violence and suicidal thoughts, intensifying a decline that began before the COVID-19 pandemic and continued through its social upheaval, according to new federal data. Hilit Kletter, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides comment.
What the Heck Is a Dopamine Detox?
The concept of dopamine fasting has been all over TikTok lately so it got us wondering...what exactly is a dopamine detox, and is it worth the hype or is it just another social media trend to skip? Anna Lembke, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides comment.
‘It’s too early:’ Florida lawmakers look at pushing back middle and high school start times
Florida lawmakers are looking into whether middle and high school is starting too early in the state. Rafael Pelayo, clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, testified in front of Florida's House Choice & Innovation Subcommittee last week, after which State Rep. John Paul Temple filed a bill Friday that would require later start times for most middle and high schools in the state.