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WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- A team of Stanford researchers is developing approaches to thwart a family of deadly viruses calledflaviviruses, by targeting the human cells that host these invading pathogens. Flaviviruses include the dengue-fever, yellow-fever, West Nile and Zika
Frederick Crews has written a reassessment of Freud based on newly available correspondence and re-evaluation of previously available materials. He shows that Freud was a fraud who deceived himself and succumbed to pseudoscience.
Our greatest and worst attribute is seeing and saying that the Emperor has no clothes. It requires intellectual honesty, a willingness to overcome confirmation bias and perhaps some hubris. Often we make others uncomfortable with the raw honesty of s
I often say that electronic health records (EHRs) is like Skynet in the Terminator. I expect to turn around from my screen someday, and Arnold will lift me by my throat saying, You haff not been doing yuh meaningful use. We practice in a time when EH
I have attended more than 400 conferences that were devoted to medicine and healthcare, and I can count the great ones on one hand. Terribly visualized presentations, new ideas in old shapes, delays,... Visit my blog to read the whole article and oth
In her role as a Stanford anesthesiologist, Alyssa Burgart, MD, doesnt see patients with spinal muscular atrophy as often as the neurologists who regularly treat them. Until recently, Burgart mostly saw SMA patients when they could no longer breathe
In this work, the authors used fast optical motion tracking and 2p imaging to measure the activity of individual neurons in freely moving animals. No surgery. No optical window. No restraint. And all the benefits of multiphoton imaging. The project w
Dr. Kelly Brogan is doing well these days. Invited to be a headliner at Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop Summit and to be on the advisory board of the 2018 SXSW Wellness Expo, she's riding high. Unfortunately Goop and SXSW appear not to care about her being an
Bill Williams is a teacher and theater director who lost his 24-year-old son to a heroin overdose in 2012. Ashley Elliott is a former addict who journeyed to recovery through two stints in rehab, jail, a halfway house and a 12-step program. Joe Riffe
About a year ago, I did away with TV. It was an overwhelming expense with little personal utilization. I thought to myself while struggling with the decision to cut the cable, What will I be missing? I may no longer be “Keeping up with the
The VA recently mandated inclusion of acupuncture, reiki, reflexology and other CAM in veterans medical benefits and will require that they be offered at VA medical facilities, ignoring the lack of evidence and federal rules on what medical benefits
I have attended more than 400 conferences that were devoted to medicine and healthcare, and I can count the great ones on one hand. Terribly visualized presentations, new ideas in old shapes, delays,... Visit my blog to read the whole article and oth
Long time readers know that I lost approximately 40 pounds in the year starting with Memorial Day 2013. When I started, I did not have a big goal, rather I had a small goal. The day I started, my goal was to lose 8 pounds. After losing 8 pounds, I ma
LabMaker sells parts, kits, and assemblies for open source neuroscience tools, including the UCLA MiniScope and Crystal Skull “coverslips”. LabMaker sells parts, kits, and assemblies for open source neuroscience tools, including t
Joshua Geller used to be very worried about food. Geller, now 14, has severe food allergies. Until recently, he couldn’t safely eat even the tiniest bit of any food containing cashew, pistachio, milk, eggs or fish. His situation is not unco
Recently, there was a fascinating article in the Wall Street Journal regarding robot-assisted surgery. It reported the results of two articles published in JAMA that demonstrated that robotic-assisted surgery cost more and took longer without achievi
Acupuncture proponents claim that acupuncture works for a long list of medical indications, and claiming that this is supported by evidence. Meanwhile the actual evidence, fairly and rigorously evaluated, is negative.
We dont need no obsolete medical education, sings the average medical student leaning on a fat volume of anatomy. Rightly so, as in the 21st century, students should learn about the human body... Visit my blog to read the whole article and other news
Long time readers of this blog know my disgust with pay for performance. P4P has many incarnations, all of which are harmful to patients and physicians. The blogosphere has ranted about this for at least 11 years. Search P4P on this blog and you will
In a growing movement toward targeted, less-toxic cancer therapies, physicians are growing increasingly less likely to recommend chemotherapy treatment in some early-stage breast cancer patients, according to a study published today in the Journal of
I am an Olympian. I am a retired All-American student-athlete. I am a resident. I am burned out. Let me be clear: I love medicine and the opportunity to have privileged relationships with patients and their families. I thrive on the fast-paced enviro
A seriously flawed Protandim study seemed to show that side effects were no more common than with placebo. Actually, they were almost twice as common. The researchers were looking at the wrong numbers and didn't even add correctly.
Smartsound, a South Korean start-up sent me Skeeper, their pink pocket cardiologist. The gadget promises to measure heart health and to give personalized lifestyle advice, although I have mixed... Visit my blog to read the whole article and other new
For many years I set a Thanksgiving Challenge to myself. The goal was to lose weight between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. It was a resolution. This year I do not need to lose weight. So my goal this year is to maintain. My personal plan is
Recently, I met a mother facing a complex set of challenges. Patricia Gutierrez is a single mom raising three children in San Mateo County, just north of Stanford. Gutierrez has a limited income, but until a few months ago, it was OK: She was able to
In order to safely plan for a successful retirement, its imperative to have a general idea of what your spending needs will be when retired. We cannot calculate whether or not our anticipated withdrawal rate would be considered safe (in the range of
Move over, Christopher Shaw, there's a new antivaccine scientist dedicated to demonizing aluminum adjuvants in town. His name is Christopher Exley. He's got a fluorescence microscope, and he's not afraid to use it.
Every minute spent without treatment could reduce the chance of survival in case of medical emergency and trauma patients. Digital health innovations making patients the point-of-care could become a... Visit my blog to read the whole article and othe
Last week I posted a list of topics that we discussed during a 5 day period of rounding. I was asked to share my teaching points. We had 2 patients, one who had a normal gap acidosis and one who had an increased anion gap acidosis at admission. The t
Stanford undergrad Prathik Naidu has some big plans this weekend: He’s heading to Sweden to present his research at Sunday’s Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony. Stanford Report has the story: Naidus research involves machine learning alg
Just under half of health care workers do not get their annual flu vaccine. Some of these workers contract the flu and unknowingly transfer it to their sick hospitalized patients, and in some cases, because of them passing the flu along, those patien
Are patients being senselessly slaughtered by poorly trained Reiki practitioners? Probably not. Okay, they aren't...at least not directly. But Reiki is dumb and so is the belief that the power to manipulate human energy fields would be risk free. Her
The potential of artificial intelligence for making healthcare better is indisputable. The question is how to integrate it successfully into our healthcare systems. For doing so, we have to overcome... Visit my blog to read the whole article and othe
I just finished listening to the latest Michael Connelly mystery – Two Kinds of Truth. His main character in many books is Harry (short for Hieronymus) Bosch. Bosch is a police detective who epitomizes characteristics that we see in the bes
People living in the United States spend more per capita on prescription drugs than people living in any other country. In an effort to make prescription drugs more affordable and accessible for people living in the U.S., theNational Academies of Sci
When interviewing for my book, I asked about insurance, but the topic came up even when I didn’t specifically ask about it. It was never positive in relation to practice. A doctor said, “I expected to be around tough and hard case
Coffee drinkers, rejoice. A new paper shows positive associations between consumption and an array of health outcomes.
A short story about wearable sensors, predictive algorithmsand their potential ethical consequences. 35-year-old Susanne Wolfort won a historic court battle against Japanese Shinsai Motors... Visit my blog to read the whole article and other news abo
Each week on rounds several very interesting topics arise. In December I plan to discuss these issues on a daily basis, but today I am reflecting on 5 days of ward rounds last week. I just plan to list some issues, not include the discussions or why
This is a big week for the Stanford Medicine community: The renovated Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford will officially open its doors on Saturday, Dec. 9. From a hospital release: Designed to transform the patient and family expe
It was nearing the end of my day at the mobile health clinic where I work as a nurse practitioner, providing free, comprehensive primary care to uninsured patients in central Florida. Clinic was officially over, and we were no longer taking patients;
Science-Based Medicine has been operating for a decade. While we have been successful by many measures, the challenges we face remain great. Here is a look at the mission of SBM, and a call for support to our readers.
Ive used the whole evolution of Fitbit devices from Fitbit One through Surge and Blaze, so it was obvious Ill test Ionic. I was curious what the first smartwatch and fitness tracker combination... Visit my blog to read the whole article and other new
I had a wonderful dinner with some medical students last night. Earlier in the day at morning report I had asked them multiple questions. Given the ongoing debate over pimping (a debate that will likely never end), I asked them to reflect on the ques
There’s good news, of sorts, on the gun violence research front — namely that there’s an increasing number of studies on the issue, which has long suffered from a lack of federal funding. “With journals in a va
We often pull comparisons between unexpected resources in any given profession, especially when it comes to adopting tried and true best practices. For example, I always encourage hospital systems and training institutions to look to the hospitality
A new documentary takes a novel approach. It features scientist moms who are just like other moms except that they understand the science. They set the record straight about GMOs, vaccines, and other subjects of interest to parents. They provide the
The widespread U.S. opioid & overdose crisis is an ever-increasing tragic concern for everyone: writhing victims, family members beingfain to see their relatives suffer or die, doctors... Visit my blog to read the whole article and other news
I could stop with one sentence – there are several styles that work. Let me explain. Internal medicine rounds have several goals. First, we owe our patients the best diagnostic evaluation and then the best care. We owe our patients careful
While diabetes is a serious chronic disease with devastating complications, it usually develops after years of insulin resistance, or pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes can progress to diabetes when liver and muscle cells become more and more insulin resista