The road ahead

Rocket men

Analyzing the breath of critically ill children at warp speed

Go to bed

Social and school pressures prompt many stressed teens to forsake sleep

Warm welcomes video

Infusing traditional culture with western medicine to reduce newborn mortality



Upfront is a quick look at the latest developments from Stanford Medicine

Two new departments

The creation of the Department of Emergency Medicine reflects its rise as an independent field. The Department of Biomedical Data Science unites biostatistics and bioinformatics.

Native ties

DNA analysis suggests the 8,500-year-old skeleton known as Kennewick Man was a Native American ancestor.

Making rounds

Researchers develop tiny spheres of human brain cells that could reveal the molecular causes of neuropsychiatric disorders.

Detecting sepsis

Scientists identify a pattern of gene activity that could lead to quick, accurate diagnosis of deadly systemic inflammation.

Genes in common

Chimps and humans probably resist HIV-like viruses for the same reason.

Laser focus

Scientists use optogenetics to monitor neural stem cells transplanted into rats, determining that they have integrated into brain circuits and will fire on cue.

Change of heart

A class of drugs that reduces the production of stomach acid may elevate the risk of heart attack.

The Backstory

Brain trust

One family’s decision to donate their son’s rare and deadly brain tumor has inspired others, launching research into the disease’s origins and treatment.


India's medical miracle

Ten years ago, a passionate group of professionals started an emergency-care system with 14 ambulances. Today, they have 10,000, serving 750 million people.


And virus makes four

Researchers have detected viral proteins — and something that looks suspiciously like infectious viral particles — in early human embryos. Is that good, bad or both?

In Brief

My cerebellum wrote this

The movement-coordination center in the back of the brain turns out to play a role in human creativity.