How age affects pancreatic function
A Stanford-led national collaboration to procure and analyze human pancreatic tissue from deceased donors illustrates how the organ’s function changes as we age, and could point the way toward new diabetes treatments.
Radiologist Gerald Friedland dies
The former chief of the Veterans Affairs medical center in Palo Alto was remembered as a hard-working, generous mentor to generations of medical residents, and a caring husband and father.
Immune-cell 'brake' on inflammation
Deficits in a recently discovered immune cell’s function may trigger a rare age-related auto-inflammatory disease — and perhaps far more common ones, too.
IPS cells aid study of chemotherapy side effect
Doxorubicin is a chemotherapy drug used to treat many cancers, but it causes serious heart damage in some patients. Heart muscle cells made from the skin cells of breast cancer patients can be used to study this phenomenon.
Low-risk drinking guidelines vary widely
Inconsistency among countries about what constitutes a "standard drink" and definitions of low-risk drinking hampers international research and confuses people attempting to drink responsibly.
Smokers have harder time getting jobs
A study comparing employment in smokers and nonsmokers showed that by 12 months, smokers were less likely to have found a job than nonsmokers, and those who did earned less than nonsmokers.
Paper tape helps prevent foot blisters
Researchers followed ultramarathon runners around the world to test whether low-cost paper tape could reduce debilitating and painful blisters.
60 Minutes reporter to speak on aging
The Stanford Health Policy Forum on April 26 will feature a conversation on longevity and aging with journalist Lesley Stahl and psychologist Laura Carstensen.
Neanderthal Y chromosome genes probably extinct
The Neanderthal counterpart of the human Y chromosome, or male sex chromosome, appears to have died out. Why this happened is up for debate.
Rheumatoid arthritis drug trial success
A new drug appears to help people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, but eventually stop benefitting from the use of the current top treatment: injectable, bioengineered proteins that interfere with the action of a powerful inflammatory substance.
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