Ties that heal

His dear Watson

A doctor and his Chihuahua make explaining narcolepsy look elementary

Sisters volumehigh

A conversation with Jessie and Glenn Close



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

Tapping cells for clues

Scientists develop a more precise way to measure cell stiffness. The highly sensitive probe could have practical applications in immunology and oncology.

Drug double duty

A medication that makes the body more sensitive to insulin also appears to relieve symptoms of chronic depression.

Putting C.F. to the test

A quick, new technique detects even rare mutations of cystic fibrosis, using the dried blood spots collected routinely from newborns.

Sugar baddy

Immune cells parked in arterial plaque and feasting on glucose appear to be major drivers of coronary artery disease.

Surgery gap

Who gets operations, and who doesn’t, around the globe.

TB game changer

A simple blood test can distinguish patients with active tuberculosis from those who have recovered, have latent TB or have been vaccinated.

Vitamin defense

Mice develop breast cancer sooner and have larger tumors when they don’t get enough vitamin D.

The Backstory

Microbe mentoring

The recipe for success includes independence, a gentle shove and a good stiff drink.

Letter from the Dean

Beyond technology

The importance of the human connection in medicine.


Gut bust

The world’s remaining hunter-gatherers differ from those of us who inhabit industrialized civilizations in many ways. Here’s one of them: the diversity of our intestinal microbial ecosystems. Guess whose is in better shape?


You can go home again

West Virginia is plagued by addiction. A native son — professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences Keith Humphreys, PhD — returns to help.

In Brief

Under their wing

Parents struggling to cope with their children’s devastating diagnoses get support from those who have been there.

In Brief

The inner lives of dolphins

A startling variety of previously unknown bacteria dwells inside the marine mammals. The findings could help scientists monitor the dolphins’ health during a time of changing ocean conditions.