Precision health

Brain waves

How neuroscience could determine your mental health treatment

Tracking pain

How health data provided by patients adds up to better care



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

Disarm, not destroy

A novel technique prevents C. difficile from causing harm while sparing healthy gut flora.

Insulin shocker

A drug used overseas for the treatment of gallbladder spasms prevents the onset of Type 1 diabetes in mice.

The source

Researchers have located the elusive liver stem cell, which could benefit drug testing and knowledge of liver biology and disease.

Two faced

Chimps and humans are nearly identical genetically. So why don’t they look alike?

Number sense

Brain characteristics better predict children’s future math ability than does their performance on standardized tests.

Here comes the sun

Treating newborn jaundice with filtered sunlight is just as safe and effective as conventional blue-light phototherapy. The finding could benefit infants in the developing world.

On the brain

A new building brings 21 neuroscience subspecialties under one roof.


To have a child?

An excerpt from neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi's searing new memoir, 'When Breath Becomes Air.'


Building a better drug

Harvesting drugs from plants is precarious. Synthesizing them is inefficient. But we just might be able to grow them in the lab.

In Brief

Father of the magazine

Known as 'the conscience of the Medical Center,' Spyros Andreopoulos was a giant in the public-information world.