Balancing act

The immune system

Brain attack

An explanation for a mental illness that strikes out of the blue

The swashbuckler

How Mark Davis explained one of our immune system’s greatest mysteries



Upfront is a quick look at the latest developments from Stanford Medicine

The growing kidney

Discovery of kidneys’ growth potential holds promise for new treatment for renal disease.

Idle = Obese

An examination of national health survey results suggests that inactivity, rather than higher calorie intake, could be driving the surge in obesity.

Double mastectomy falls short

Removing both breasts after a cancer diagnosis in one breast is no more likely to prolong life than more selective treatment plus radiation therapy.

Cannabis connection

Blocking the brain’s “internal marijuana” may trigger early Alzheimer’s deficits.

Diagnosing diabetes

A handheld microchip can diagnose type-1 diabetes quickly and inexpensively.

Radiation relief

Researchers have identified a drug that could protect people from repercussions of high doses of radiation.

Google Rx

Stanford, Duke and Google are planning an initiative to understand the molecular markers that are key to health.

Let me go

Most physicians would choose a do-not-resuscitate status for themselves if they were terminally ill.

Let's focus on humans

In 2008, Stanford immunologist Mark Davis, frustrated that virtually none of the advances in basic immunology had been incorporated into standard medical practice, wrote a polemic against the reigning mouse model.

In Brief

Pain drain

The brain mechanism behind chronic pain’s sapping of motivation

Other Issues

Stanford Medicine magazine is published four times a year, and each issue focuses on a specific topic.