Five Questions

  • Owens on new statin recommendation

    The Stanford professor of medicine was a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which has issued a new recommendation on statin use based on an extensive literature review.


  • Kim discusses Biohub infectious disease project

    The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub will include two major research projects intended to help cure and prevent disease. One, focusing on infectious disease, will be led by biochemist Peter Kim.


  • Teen beliefs about marijuana

    A survey of hundreds of California high-school students shows that teens don’t understand the risks of marijuana use, and are more likely to smoke it if they have seen marijuana ads.


  • Darnall on opioids and pain management

    A Stanford Medicine psychologist is helping patients reduce pain without opioids and prescription drugs. She offers practical steps for people to harness the power of their mind-body connection to reduce symptoms of pain and increase their quality of life.


  • Malenka calls for MDMA research

    In a Q&A, the neuroscientist discusses the reasons for continued basic and clinical research on an illegal drug scientists call 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA, and partiers call Ecstasy.


  • Entwistle on taking the helm of SHC

    In a Q&A, the new president and CEO of Stanford Health Care shares his thoughts about his new job and the evolving health care landscape.


  • Stafford: More plants, less meat

    In a letter to JAMA, the preventive-medicine expert addresses the failure of the newest USDA Dietary Guidelines to articulate the health and climate benefits of a low-meat diet.


  • Owens on colorectal cancer screening

    The health policy expert answered questions about the guidelines he co-authored that strongly recommend adults ages 50 to 75 be screened for colon cancer.


  • Swetter on choosing sunscreen

    With summer just around the corner, a Stanford dermatologist discusses how to think about SPF labels, how to properly apply sunscreen, the differences between UVA and UVB radiation and more. what to consider when choosing a sunscreen and how to use it properly.


  • Desiree LaBeaud on the Zika virus

    The infectious disease expert discusses the local risks of contracting the Zika virus, what precautions residents can take and what travelers outside the United States should do to avoid infection with the virus.



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