Strive, thrive and take five

The science of well-being

In the circle

American Indians and Stanford researchers come together to prevent diabetes

Cash flow

When assistance payments are less frequent, people make worse food choices



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


Activity in a small group of nerve cells explains whether a rat wants his sugar water in steady doses or highly variable ones. The findings could explain why some people prefer steady salaries and others like to play the slots.

New leader

David Entwistle, the former CEO of University of Utah Hospital & Clinics, takes the helm at Stanford Health Care.

Only human

A study of organ donors’ pancreatic tissue has led to a “tantalizing” discovery about age-related changes in gene expression — one that couldn’t have been found in mice. The findings could lead to new diabetes treatments.

How much alcohol?

The definitions of a standard drink and of low-risk drinking vary by country, researchers say, making it difficult for people to figure out where the healthy limits are.

'Be true' needs redo

Abstinence and fidelity programs have not been effective in changing sexual behavior in global HIV-prevention effort.

Not again

A new, low-cost way of inserting an IUD shortly after birth could help women worldwide with family planning.

Cancer sleuth

A refined technique for identifying and sequencing DNA from tumor cells circulating in blood could help doctors identify mutations and improve treatment.

Worth the paper

Researchers discover that inexpensive paper tape, available at drugstores, can prevent foot blisters.

The Backstory

Opened with care

When Eduardo Zambrano peers inside the hand-painted boxes sent to him from Latin America, he sees more than tumor samples. He sees children, and an opportunity to help.

Letter from the Dean

Be proactive

Let's look beyond biology to socioeconomics and the environment


At what cost?

Stanford Biodesign has a 15-year tradition of improving health care through innovation. Now, the program is pivoting to take affordability into account.


Inflammation implication

As we age, chronic systemic inflammation — aka “inflammaging” — seems to set off many ailments, including heart disease.

In Brief

Screen time

How to get college athletes to protect themselves from the sun.

In Brief

The beat goes on

One woman needed a heart-lung transplant. Another needed a new heart. Stanford physicians saw an opportunity for a rare “domino” transplant.