Press Releases

  • Approach for preventing obesity, eating disorders

    New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics tell pediatricians and parents to avoid focusing on teenagers’ weight and shape to prevent both obesity and eating disorders.


  • iPS cell-derived heart cells predict drug toxicity

    Heart muscle cells made from induced pluripotent stem cells share gene expression patterns with native donor tissue, researchers discovered. These cells can be used to indicate people who should avoid certain medications that could damage their hearts.


  • Safer opioid analgesic designed

    Morphine and similar drugs are the world’s most widely used painkillers. But they’re also dangerous and addictive. A new compound may be able to safely provide the same analgesia as morphine.


  • Computers trained in pathology

    Automating the analysis of slides of lung cancer tissue samples increases the accuracy of tumor classification and patient prognoses, according to a new study.


  • Speeding diagnosis of genetic diseases

    Stanford researchers are devising ways to have computers help perform some of the intensive genetic analysis now performed manually when scientists study a patient's genome to diagnose a disease.


  • Deisseroth wins Massry Prize

    The psychiatrist and bioengineer is being honored for his groundbreaking work in creating a viable technique for installing light-driven “on” and “off” switches on the surfaces of nerve cells, enabling investigators to learn exactly what they do.


  • Stanford Medicine examines well-being

    The summer issue of the magazine delves into the question of how people thrive. It also includes a Q&A with author Laura Hillenbrand, who copes with chronic fatigue syndrome, on how she is leaving frailty behind.


  • A safer way for bone marrow transplants

    Scientists have devised a way to destroy blood stem cells in mice without using chemotherapy or radiotherapy, both of which have toxic side effects.


  • Sickle cell trait not as dangerous as thought

    Surprising findings from a study of health records of thousands of African-American soldiers show that a common genetic condition poses far less risk than previously thought.


  • What hypnosis does to the brain

    By scanning the brains of subjects while they were hypnotized, researchers at the School of Medicine were able to see the neural changes associated with hypnosis.



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