Health

Brian Wandell portrait / Photo: L.A. Cicero

Stanford scientists map white matter connections within the human brain

Roughly 100 trillion connections between neurons allow the brain to function. Psychology Professor Brian Wandell's group has devised a better technique for mapping these connections. 


Emma Seppala / L.A. Cicero

Stanford scholar helps veterans recover from war trauma

Newly published research by Stanford scholar Emma Seppala shows how meditation and breathing exercises can help military veterans recover from post-traumatic stress disorder.


Stephen Quake / L.A. Cicero

Eye implant developed at Stanford could lead to better glaucoma treatments

Lowering internal eye pressure is currently the only way to treat glaucoma. A tiny eye implant developed by Stephen Quake's lab could pair with a smartphone to improve the way doctors measure and lower a patient's eye pressure.


graphic showing path from poppy flower to pain pills / Kate Thodey and Stephanie Galanie

Stanford bioengineers close to brewing painkillers without using opium from poppies

A decade-long effort in genetic engineering is close to creating yeast that makes palliative medicines in stainless steel vats.


Stanford travelers advised to avoid West Africa

Stanford’s health, safety and international affairs offices have been closely monitoring the outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa and have issued strong recommendations that travelers to the region return home or refrain from embarking on Stanford-related trips to the area.


Ebola virus

Stanford experts tackle public health & policy questions on Ebola

CISAC biosecurity experts David Relman and Megan Palmer answer several questions about Ebola and the public health concerns and policy implications.


Mouse model

Stanford scientists use lasers and carbon nanotubes to look inside living brains

A team of Stanford scientists has developed an entirely non-invasive technique that provides a view of blood flow in the brain.


doctor measuring patient's blood pressure / Alexander Raths/Shutterstock

The U.S. suffers from lifespan inequality gap, Stanford researcher says

Stanford researcher Shripad Tuljapurkar found that a lifespan inequality gap continues in countries like the United States even while life expectancy is increasing. One reason is that America's mortality rate among young males is not getting better. Better access to health care would improve the situation.


Tanya Luhrmann

Hallucinatory 'voices' shaped by local culture, Stanford anthropologist says

Anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann found that voice-hearing experiences of people with serious psychotic disorders are shaped by local culture – in the U.S., the voices are harsh and threatening; in Africa and India, they are more benign and playful.


Alvan Ikoku speaking in a classroom / L.A. Cicero

Stanford fellow investigates how literature shapes transnational fields of medicine

Literary academic and Stanford Humanities Center fellow Alvan Ikoku explores how fictionalized accounts of the tropics and malaria research simultaneously foster and examine the foundations for global health.