Taking the “Ewww”… out of snail cream
June 17, 2014 – 11:07 pm | No Comment

Great news for all those women (and men) who have wanted to try the beautifying effects of snail slime but could never get past the “ick” factor. 20yrsyounger.com promises to get rid of the Ewww… while still letting women reap the anti-aging and rejuvenating benefits of snail slime cream. The process itself is called lyophilisation [...]

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On being a parent with chronic pain
January 6, 2014 – 8:15 pm | No Comment
On being a parent with chronic pain

On being a parent with chronic pain The Atlantic posted a moving piece today written by a mother whose severe scoliosis has left her body in a near-constant state of pain. The author, Rachel Rabkin Peachman, points to a recent review of scientific literature documenting how children of parents with chronic pain are affected by their mothers’ and fathers’ [...]

Stanford among the beneficiaries of major gift from Ludwig Cancer Research
January 6, 2014 – 7:41 pm | No Comment
Stanford among the beneficiaries of major gift from Ludwig Cancer Research

Stanford among the beneficiaries of major gift from Ludwig Cancer Research Daniel K. Ludwig was a reclusive, self-made billionaire and a friend of President Richard Nixon who took the president’s “War on Cancer” to heart. In his will, Ludwig left his entire fortune to cancer research. Now, the New York-based Ludwig Cancer Research is announcing one of [...]

Stanford shares in $540 million gift from Ludwig Cancer Research
January 6, 2014 – 7:07 pm | No Comment
Stanford shares in $540 million gift from Ludwig Cancer Research

Stanford shares in $540 million gift from Ludwig Cancer Research The Stanford University School of Medicine has received $90 million from Ludwig Cancer Research on behalf of its founder, Daniel K. Ludwig, to support the school’s innovative work in cancer stem cells, which are believed to drive the growth of many cancers. Stanford is one [...]

Social learning in a medical photo-sharing app for doctors
January 6, 2014 – 7:06 pm | No Comment
Social learning in a medical photo-sharing app for doctors

Social learning in a medical photo-sharing app for doctors Figure 1, a free medical photo-sharing app for health-care professionals, has been likened to Instagram for its social functions of posting, favoriting and commenting on photos. It’s also a useful learning tool. Co-founder Joshua Landy, MD, a Toronto-based critical care physician, had an idea to expand the reach of [...]

Severe mental illness tied to higher rates of substance use
January 3, 2014 – 7:34 pm | No Comment
Severe mental illness tied to higher rates of substance use

Severe mental illness tied to higher rates of substance use New NIH study shows that certain protective factors do not exist in those with severe mental illness People with severe mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder have a higher risk for substance use, especially cigarette smoking, and protective factors usually associated with lower [...]

Ironman of Stanford Women’s Cancer Center
January 3, 2014 – 6:45 pm | No Comment
Ironman of Stanford Women’s Cancer Center

Ironman of Stanford Women’s Cancer Center Oliver Dorigo, MD, PhD, loves training. The associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology has trained in medicine, surgery, gene therapy, molecular biology, laboratory research and clinical trials management. And that’s just for his day job(s), directing Stanford’s Division of Gynecologic Oncology and the gynecologic oncology program at the Stanford Women’s Cancer Center. In [...]

Med students awarded Schweitzer Fellowships lead health-care programs for underserved youth
January 2, 2014 – 4:12 pm | No Comment
Med students awarded Schweitzer Fellowships lead health-care programs for underserved youth

Med students awarded Schweitzer Fellowships lead health-care programs for underserved youth Two Stanford School of Medicine students are among the 11 recipients of this year’s Albert Schweitzer Fellowship – San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. Founded in 2006, the fellowship supports health-focused graduate students in year-long projects working with vulnerable communities to address health disparities locally. Michael Fu and [...]

Stanford research: The meaningful life is a road worth traveling
January 1, 2014 – 6:53 pm | No Comment
Stanford research: The meaningful life is a road worth traveling

Stanford research: The meaningful life is a road worth traveling A Stanford research project explored the key differences between lives of happiness and meaningfulness. While the two are similar, dramatic differences exist – and one should not underestimate the power of meaningfulness. “The quest for meaning is a key part of what makes us human,” [...]

Insights into Brain Injury
December 16, 2013 – 8:24 pm | No Comment
Insights into Brain Injury

Insights into Brain Injury New findings provide insight into the damage caused by mild traumatic brain injury and suggest approaches for reducing its harmful effects. Nationwide, at least 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries occur each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 75% of these are concussions or other mild [...]

Tobacco, Drug Use May Raise Risk of Stillbirth
December 16, 2013 – 8:24 pm | No Comment
Tobacco, Drug Use May Raise Risk of Stillbirth

Tobacco, Drug Use May Raise Risk of Stillbirth Smoking tobacco or marijuana, taking prescription painkillers, or using illegal drugs during pregnancy may increase the risk of stillbirth, according to a new study. Stillbirth occurs when a fetus dies at or after 20 weeks of gestation.  While the U.S. stillbirth rate decreased from 18 per 1,000 [...]