Rocket men

Analyzing the breath of critically ill children at warp speed

Recent and Relevant


Kids today

Alan Guttmacher, director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development, outlines the health issues facing children.


Where do diseases come from?

Researchers are exploring the notion that many "adult-onset" conditions are rooted in our earliest exposures and experiences.

Inside Stanford Medicine

The peanut prescription

Researchers have found that treating kids' peanut allergy with oral immunotherapy changes the DNA of their immune cells. The finding could help determine who needs continued therapy and who can stop treatment.

Inside Stanford Medicine

Doing the math

In a recent study, one-on-one tutoring helped third graders with high math anxiety by altering the fear circuits in their brain.

From the Archives

Facing mortality

Before I go

A young neurosurgeon with metastatic lung cancer contemplates the fluid nature of time, and how to bid farewell to his infant daughter. "Words," he writes, "have a longevity I do not."

A debilitating condition with no cure

The butterfly effect

In some circles, they're known as the "butterfly children" — kids with a severe blistering disease that makes their skin too fragile to touch. Meet one who would prefer to be called a dragonfly.

What makes us tick

Going under

Neuroscientists and anesthesiologists are tackling an area previously claimed only by philosophers: consciousness. The research could lead to more precise assessments of patients who appear to be in comas, and to the development of better anesthetics.

A surgeon's journey back

Her left hand

It was the correct diagnosis. The correct treatment. There was no surgical error. And yet somehow, the veteran surgeon who makes a living with her hands woke up partially paralyzed. Already she thinks, Will I still be able to operate? Already she thinks, What am I if I’m not a surgeon?

Other Issues

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

Summer 2015

Skin deep

The science of the body's surface

Spring 2015

Life time

The long and short of it

Fall 2014

Balancing act

The immune system