This week's grand rounds

October 5 @ 8:00-9:00 am

The Science of Big Data and the Promise of Personalized Medicine

Presenter: Mary Hawn, MD

Our Latest News

Witteles and Verghese Take on the ACGME Milestone Program

A new publication investigates the ACGME's 'Milestone-based" system of assessment.

How Zika affects cranial precursor cells

New research shows that cranial neural crest cells can be infected by the Zika virus, causing them to secrete high levels of cytokines that can affect neurons in the developing brain.

Familial hypercholesterolemia finally has an ICD code

In an age when big data can expand the reality of precision health, it helps if you have precise data.

Precision policy: Bringing out the best health behaviors with targeted programs

Technology and data: two of the most talked-about words in any conversation about how to finally get a handle on disease.

Cancer Mortality Differs Among Asian Ethnic Groups

Overall rates are lower, but specific groups face higher rates of some cancer types.

More evidence on the importance of physical activity for older adults

Major mobility disability can significantly diminish the quality of life for seniors. Being unable to move independently to perform daily activities that require walking can take an emotional and physical toll.

Cholesterol testing recommended for all, says Stanford cardiologist

People with the disease, known as familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), are unable to clear LDL from the circulation so it builds up in the arteries and can ultimately block blood flow to the heart, if left untreated.

Upcoming Grand Rounds

October 12 @ 8:00-9:00 am

Medicine and the Arts: The Human Connection

October 19 @ 8:00-9:00 am

With David Stevens

Department Events

October 3 @ 12:00-1:00 pm

Investigating Clinical Heterogeneity in Systematic Reviews


October 4 @ 08:00-9:00 am

Systemic Therapy of Advanced Breast Cancer

Cancer Education Seminar

October 5 @ 4:00-6:30 pm

Purvesh Khatri, MD

Digestive Disease Clinical Conference

October 6 @ 12:00-1:00 pm

Use of Description Logic in Calculating HEDIS Quality Measures at Kaiser Permanente

BMIR Research Colloquium

October 7 @ 7:30 am - October 8 @ 5:15 pm

EP in the West

CME Symposium

October 7 @ 12:00-5:00 pm

With Emmet B. Keeffe, M.D. and Scott L. Friedman, M.D.

Liver Symposium

Funding and Fellowship Opportunities
Special Announcement

The School of Medicine is consolidating its endpoint computing support structure under Information Resources & Technology (IRT). This new model—which affects desktops, laptops, and mobile devices, but not servers—is defined by teams responsible for geographically delineated zones such as Lokey/CCSR or Edwards/Lane. IRT already provides support for some of our remote locations including Redwood City and 1520 Page Mill, and in the coming weeks, they will begin to adopt CV Medicine employees based in Falk, BMIR in MSOB, and SCCR in 1070 Arastradero. IRT’s transition team will work closely with Division Chiefs and Managers, Cathy Garzio, Jack Zeng, Jeff Melton, and Medicine’s IT staff throughout this process to ensure a smooth, carefully planned hand-off. For questions, contact Jack Zeng of Medicine or Daniel Paepcke of IRT.

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In the News

“Twitter may open door to people’s thoughts on heart health” - This article cites a commentary on the use of social media to collect health data coauthored by Mintu Turakhia and Bob Harrington.


“Cancer immunotherapy is moving fast. Here’s what you need to know.” - Crystal Mackall comments on recent advances in the field of cancer immunotherapy.

Washington Post

“Trying to break unhealthy habits? There’s a coach for that.” - An increasing number of people are turning to wellness coaches to help change unhealthy behaviors. Kate Lorig is quoted.

Wall Street Journal

“Top wellness award goes to workplace where many health measures got worse” - Idaho’s Boise School District received the workplace wellness award from the Health Project. James Fries is quoted.


“UCLA’s epigenetic clock predicts life expectancy” - Using an epigenetic clock, a team of scientists found that DNA in 5 percent of the population ages faster than average, leading to a shorter lifespan. Coauthor Themistocles Assimes is quoted.

United Press International

“Asian Americans show different cancer pattern than whites.” - A new study found that Asian Americans have lower overall cancer mortality rates than non-Hispanic whites. However, there are certain exceptions due to differences in biological or lifestyle risk factors. Lead author Latha Palaniappan is quoted.

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