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How to combine anesthesiology, internal medicine and rock climbing

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“Dear Future Doctor, here’s a few things you’ll need to know”: Med students release parody video

Ready for the first-ever musical parody produced by Stanford medical students?

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.

“We need a breakthrough”: Cancer researchers call for more effective, lower cost therapies

Cancer is wily. Although drug developers are continually crafting hard-hitting drugs, a variety of factors, such as a tumor’s genetic heterogeneity, mean that cancer usually comes out on top.

Using social media in clinical research: Case studies address ethical gray areas

If a public-health researcher is reviewing Facebook profiles of 14-year-old males for firearm references and discovers photos or words referencing a potentially threatening situation, should the researcher intervene?

Researchers receive outstanding investigator awards from National Cancer Institute

Steven Artandi, Laura Attardi and Amato Giaccia will receive up to $600,000 annually for seven years to study cancer processes.

Vantage Point: It’s time to talk honestly about dying

A Stanford palliative-care expert urges better, higher-quality communication between patients and physicians regarding end-of-life care.

Watch Research Corner with Ken Mahaffey and Manisha Desai

In this interview, Dr. Mahaffey sits down with Dr. Manisha Desai to discuss her work at Stanford.

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In the News

“Pitfalls for proxies” - In this opinion piece, VJ Periyakoil writes about three common traps that the proxy decision-makers should be aware of.

New York Times

“Robert Califf, FDA nominee, queried on industry ties” - Robert Califf testified this week during his FDA nomination hearing. Bob Harrington provides comment.

New York Times

“Why doctors are performing fewer angioplasties” - Fewer angioplasties are being done as organizations review their safety and efficacy. Bob Harrington authored an accompanying editorial in JAMA and is quoted in this article.


“Google and AHA announce a five-year, $50 million collaboration” - Bob Harrington discusses a new $50 million partnership between Google Life Sciences and the AHA.

MedPage Today

“PSA screening rates decline after USPSTF says ‘no’” - Prostate cancer screening and the incidence of early-stage disease have declined since the USPSTF recommended against routine PSA tests. Doug Owens is quoted.

MedPage Today

“Scientists looking at nature, not the lab, for new cancer treatments” - A medical task force has released a list of natural substances that should be studied as possible cancer treatments. Dean Felsher is quoted.


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