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Cheng-ting Tsai and Peter Robinson with apparatus to analyze DNA-tagged biomarker / L.A. Cicero

Stanford chemists develop an ultra-sensitive test for cancers, HIV

Catching a disease in its earliest stages can lead to more effective therapies. Stanford chemists have increased the likelihood of detecting these diseases via a test that is thousands of times more sensitive than current diagnostics.

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Stanford scientists report new insights into HIV's evolution that can improve pharmaceutical testing techniques

Using two decades of HIV data, Stanford scientists found that effective treatment caused the virus to evolve differently than less effective treatments. They hope this insight will improve testing of new drugs.  

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'Squishiness' can indicate embryo viability, Stanford researchers find

A team of bioengineers and physicians has found that the squishiness of an hour-old fertilized egg can predict its viability, a metric that could lead to safer, more successful IVF pregnancies.

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Stanford project suggests longer, healthier lives are possible

A Stanford analysis shows how to enhance longevity and well-being through healthy living, financial security and social relationships.

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Stanford scientists uncover neural pathway responsible for opioid withdrawal

Stanford researchers manipulated the brains of morphine-addicted mice and allowed the animals to overcome withdrawal symptoms. The finding could offer a new approach to quieting symptoms that often lead to recurring drug use.

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Q&A with Mariann Byerwalter, interim president and CEO of Stanford Health Care

Recently named interim president and CEO of Stanford Health Care, Mariann Byerwalter talks about why this is a particularly exciting time for SHC as it builds a new hospital and pursues innovative breakthroughs that improve people's lives.

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Fad diets shape societal trends about health, Stanford scholar reveals in dissertation

Stanford doctoral candidate Adrienne Rose Johnson says diet books idealize lifestyles of the past in ways that contribute to global health problems.

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Stanford psychologist's 18-month study of his own brain reveals new relations between brain and body

Russell Poldrack scanned his brain to create the most detailed map of brain connectivity ever.  

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Stanford scientists solve mystery of arsenic release into groundwater

Bacteria living in shallow sediment layers of permanently flooded wetlands in Asia drive arsenic release into water by feeding on freshly deposited plant material, a new study finds.

Close-up of a mosquito on human skin. / Photo: Muhammad Mahdi Karim, Wikimedia Commons

Biologists develop novel antiviral approach to preventing viral infections that cause dengue fever

By targeting fundamental cellular machinery, the antiviral approach developed in Judith Frydman's lab at Stanford could provide a roadmap to preventing infections that affect hundreds of millions of people every year.