The first page was startling. A Catholic nun dies giving birth to conjoined twins. And so begins the epic journey of Abraham Verghese's sweeping novel, …
Doctors are becoming happier with their work life
Physicians are more satisfied in their jobs, a Stanford survey finds, but they're less happy than workers in other fields.
Everything adolescents should know about the dangers of tobacco
Nicotine changes the brain. And tobacco-using adolescents are especially susceptible. As an adolescent brain develops, nicotine alters the delicate network of neurons and synapses, increasing …
Bone marrow transplants may be possible without toxic pre-treatment, new research suggests
Antibody-based hematopoietic stem cell transplants may transform the treatment of patients with blood and immune diseases including cancers.
Why technology won’t destroy the doctor-patient relationship
SMS (“Stanford Medical School”) Unplugged is a forum for students to chronicle their experiences in medical school. The student-penned entries appear on Scope once a …
How mentorship shaped a Stanford surgeon’s 30 years of liver transplants
This year, pediatric liver transplant surgeon Carlos Esquivel, MD, PhD, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his first liver transplant and his long career as …
Brainwide spread of seizures linked to specific cell type, new study shows
New Stanford Medicine research shows that a type of nerve cell called mossy cells play a key role in seizures in temporal lobe epilepsy.
Image of the week: penicillin production, 20th century
The above image shows equipment (glass flasks and milk churns) used for making early forms of penicillin. Though Alexander Fleming is credited with having discovered …
Five years later: Lucy Kalanithi on loss, grief and love
Stanford physician Lucy Kalanithi opens up about loss, grief and love for her neurosurgeon husband, Paul, five years after his death from lung cancer.
Scientists use ‘sleep age’ to infer longterm health
Stanford Medicine professor Emmanuel Mignot answers questions about sleep age, emphasizing the importance of developing good sleep hygiene.
Cheers to…No Alcohol Day
I don't relish being a party pooper, but I have some bad news: Any way you sip it, alcohol is a low-grade poison. (We all …
How stress affects your brain and how to reverse it
Stress in 2020 seems worse than ever. Stanford's Andrew Huberman discusses ways to reduce stress, such as different breathing patterns.
Taking painkillers with sleeping pills is an increasingly risky business
For those of us following the confounding opioid epidemic, there's more bad news. Stanford researchers have determined that taking strong prescription painkillers together with sleeping …
For gay men, having a biological child can be complicated
Stanford physicians have published the first study of gay men's experiences with using assisted reproductive technology to have children.
The science of willpower
Contrary to popular belief, willpower is not an innate trait that you're either born with or without. Stanford health psychologist Kelly McGonigal explains more in this piece.
Are ‘natural’ skin products irritating your skin?
Two Stanford Medicine dermatology experts weigh in on the possible allergies associated with "natural" skincare products.