Spyros Andreopoulos, former head of Stanford Medicine’s news and public affairs office, dies at 86
Spyros Andreopoulos advocated for transparency during his 30 years as director of Stanford Medicine’s news and public affairs office. He died Nov. 20.
New class of RNA tumor suppressors identified
Two short, “housekeeping” RNA molecules block cancer growth by binding to an important cancer-associated protein called KRAS. More than a quarter of all human cancers are missing these RNAs.
Ancient viral molecules essential for human development
Genetic residue from ancient viral infections has been repurposed to play a vital role in acquiring pluripotency, the developmental state that allows a fertilized human egg to become all the cells in the body.
Insulin-sensitizing drug relieves symptoms of chronic depression in some people
Pioglitazone, available generically for treating Type 2 diabetes, improved symptoms of long-term depression in patients also suffering from insulin resistance.
Study shows ethnicity does not predict type of end-of-life care patients want
Financial and communication barriers are prime roadblocks to quality end-of-life care for ethnic minorities with the least amount of education, according to a multilingual study.
Measuring immune cells before surgery may help predict recovery time
Blood drawn an hour before surgery and stimulated to produce an immune response revealed patterns that predict patient health outcomes.
Dangerous liaison: Bacteria, viruses in league
Serendipity spurs the discovery of a curious collusion between bacterial pathogens and viruses that infect them, triggering the formation of clinically frustrating structures called biofilms.
Researchers urge lifting of NIH funding restrictions on chimeric research
In September, the National Institutes of Health halted research funding for chimeric human/nonhuman embryos until new funding guidelines are established. Stanford researchers describe the detrimental impact of a ban.
Stanford researchers identify potential security hole in genomic data-sharing network
Hackers with access to a person’s genome might find out if that genome is in an international network of disease databases.
Sleep deprivation affects stem cells, reducing transplant efficiency
Although the research was done in mice, the findings have possible implications for bone marrow transplants, more properly called hematopoietic stem cell transplants, in humans.
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