Out there

Charting medicine's unknowns

Brain balls

Tiny lab-grown blobs could aid understanding of psychiatric and neurological disease

What happened next

Stanford’s heart transplant breakthrough precipitated years of protocol advances



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

Robotics drawback

Kidney removal takes longer and costs more when robots assist surgeons, a new study says.

Mystery microbes

An analysis of blood reveals that most microbes living inside humans have never been seen before.

Intensive-care inequities

The quality of neonatal intensive care in California is inconsistent across racial and ethnic groups.

Halting tumor growth

The growth of some brain tumors might be halted by cutting off their access to a particular signaling protein.

Ready, set, ...

The discovery that muscle stem cells behave differently in the body than they do in lab dishes changes how researchers view stem cell function.

Cancer crushers

A new form of CAR T-cell therapy could expand cancer treatment options.

Valve replacement insight

Mechanical heart valves are often safer than natural tissue for mitral valve replacement until age 70. The benefits of mechanical valves for aortic valve replacement ends at 55.

Letter From the Dean

Empathy must inform science

Understanding humanity is essential to consider as we push the limits of our medical and scientific knowledge.


Operating at zero gravity

In an excerpt from his new book, astronaut and physician Scott Parazynski recounts his mission to repair a ripped solar panel on one of the International Space Station's wings.


Recovering from stroke

Researchers are zeroing in on new techniques to help people recover fully and quickly from a stroke.

In Brief

Young blood

Infusions of blood plasma from young donors were safe and improved functional ability for people with Alzheimer’s in a small safety trial.

The Backstory

Tiny heart repairs

Newborns with rare genetic disorders trisomy 13 and trisomy 18 rarely live past a year old — but heart surgery could give them a chance at longer lives.