Apart yet together

Breaking COVID-19’s deadly embrace

The invader

How the new coronavirus penetrates, exploits and kills cells, and how scientists are trying to destroy it

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

Gut check

People with ulcerative colitis are missing intestinal microbes that produce anti-inflammatory substances in a healthy gut, researchers have found.

Social sobriety

Through the fellowship it provides, Alcoholics Anonymous helps people quit drinking more effectively than therapy, Stanford Medicine research shows.

Runner’s low

Though popular among runners, electrolyte supplements do little to keep sodium levels in balance during endurance events, new Stanford Medicine research shows.

Antidepressant predictor

An EEG brain-wave signature can predict an antidepressant’s efficacy and be used as a tool to get treatment to patients more quickly, study shows.

What vapers don’t know

A recent survey shows that 17-24-year-olds who use vaping products have very little idea about those products, including what brands they use and how much nicotine they contain.

Letter from the Dean

Rising to the challenge

Stanford Medicine clinicians, researchers, students and staff have mobilized in the fight against the historic pandemic health crisis, Dean Lloyd Minor says.

In Brief

Game on

Stanford researchers have enlisted video-game players to help develop an effective coronavirus vaccine that maintains its potency as it’s shipped around the world.

In Brief

Hands-off learning

Shifting to online classes during a pandemic has changed medical school education, but Stanford Medicine students and faculty have adapted to keep learning on track.

The Backstory

The doctor is in — on your smartphone

In 2019, fewer than 2% of Stanford Health Care medical appointments were conducted virtually. COVID-19 pushed that up to 50% and telemedicine advocates are confident they’ll remain popular among physicians and patients.


On George Floyd

In a letter to a former Stanford colleague after George Floyd was killed, pediatric neurosurgeon Samuel Cheshier, MD, PhD, challenges white people to take action when they witness anti-Black racism.


The cell whisperer

To gain insights into human health and disease, an engineer perfects ways to grow cells into miniature mimics of organs and tissues and collaborates with doctors to put them to work.

Other Issues

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

Summer 2019

Value focused

Focusing on adding value to health care