The digital edge

How technology is transforming health care

This issue of Stanford Medicine magazine explores how technology is transforming health education, research and patient care around the globe.

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Happy Commute Wellbeing

Driving us sane

In a literal test drive, I chatted with experimental robots that help manage stress — here’s how it went

Letter from the Dean

Planning a digital future with humanity

Embracing high-tech tools without diminishing the crucial need for the human touch


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Compatible with life?

Doctors and families grapple with what’s next when a severe genetic disorder is diagnosed during pregnancy


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

Sugar bombs

Evidence of blood-sugar level spikes in healthy people prompts call for everyone to undergo annual continuous glucose monitoring.

Sociability boost

Activating the release of a mood-regulating chemical into a single brain circuit can improve the sociability of mice with autismlike symptoms.

Magnetic pull

Researchers can employ a magnetic wire to detect up to 80 times more free-floating cancer cells in blood than simple blood tests show.

Blues clue

Depressed people have lower levels of a naturally occurring amino acid called acetyl-L-carnitine that helps our bodies produce energy.

Stalling salmonella

Varying levels of a naturally occurring molecule that slows the spread of Salmonella could explain why the pathogen doesn’t sicken everyone.

DNA stutter

The relatively rapid evolution of our brains could explain why humans suffer from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but animals don’t.

Cancer canary

People with frequent common skin cancers could have a higher risk of developing other cancers, study shows.

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Issue 3 / 2023

AI explodes

Taking the pulse of artificial intelligence in medicine