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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Stanford researchers to improve LGBTQ+ health and representation
Stanford Medicine researchers have been awarded millions of dollars from the NIH to better research LGBTQ+ health.
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.
Health care financial burden of animal-related injuries is growing, study says
The cost of treating animal-related injuries in U.S. emergency rooms is about $1.2 billion per year, a new Stanford study shows.
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 …
Stomach cancer hits Asian populations harder
Over the last six decades in the U.S., gastric, or stomach, cancer rates have plummeted. But around the world, gastric cancer remains a leading cause …
Study shows daily aspirin could lower women's risk of ovarian cancer
A team of researchers at the National Cancer Institute have conducted the largest study to date assessing the relationship between non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and ovarian cancer risk. Their findings …
She’s an ultrarunning champion, studying the genetics of sports injury
In the Spotlight: Megan Roche runs 50-mile races, coaches and writes about running, and is working on a PhD at Stanford.
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 …
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 …
Makerspace debuts in Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Aaron, a teenage Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford patient, was tired of having nurses and doctors pop in and out of his room without warning. …
Heartbeats and Hiccups: Weaving together advocacy and mental health
Two health care providers discuss the advocacy work that fuels them outside their role and how it intersects with mental health.