Scientists reveal brain circuit mechanisms underlying arousal regulation
A new study shows that a circuit in a brain structure called the thalamus acts like a radio, with different stations operating at different frequencies and appealing to different “listening audiences.”…
Common treatment for prostate cancer appears to double Alzheimer’s risk
Short-circuiting the need for expensive clinical trials, researchers uncovered an association between androgen blockers and cognitive decline by examining patient medical records.
Infertile men have a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, study finds
Men who are infertile have a higher risk of developing a variety of other health problems, according to a new study.
Killifish project explores the genetic foundation of longevity
Stanford researchers are using the African turquoise killifish as a model to study longevity and have provided its genetic information as a resource for the research community.
Optimal C-section rate may be as high as 19 percent to save lives of mothers and infants
A new study suggests that the World Health Organization recommendation for cesarean delivery rates should be re-examined.
Herbert Schwartz, former chair of Department of Pediatrics, dies at 89
Schwartz, a pediatric hematologist-oncologist, conducted research on hemoglobin and helped establish Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.
Researchers find sleep gene linked to heart failure
Researchers have identified a previously unknown association between heart function and the narcolepsy-linked orexin receptor pathway, a finding that could provide a promising direction for treatment research.
Spyros Andreopoulos, former head of Stanford Medicine’s news and public affairs office, dies at 86
Spyros Andreopoulos advocated for transparency during his 30 years as director of Stanford Medicine’s news and public affairs office. He died Nov. 20.
Ancient viral molecules essential for human development
Genetic residue from ancient viral infections has been repurposed to play a vital role in acquiring pluripotency, the developmental state that allows a fertilized human egg to become all the cells in the body.
New class of RNA tumor suppressors identified
Two short, “housekeeping” RNA molecules block cancer growth by binding to an important cancer-associated protein called KRAS. More than a quarter of all human cancers are missing these RNAs.
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