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Julia Brownell

Population Matters

Even without a formal school of public health, numerous avenues for public health related research and study have emerged at Stanford independent of a formal structure. Driven by a growing faculty and student interest, the programs range from formal degrees to pure research centers and even student groups.

Study finds immigrants pick American foods to fit in

Asian Americans may change their eating habits to favor less healthy mainstream American foods in an effort to fit in with white American society. These findings have emerged from a recent study by researchers at Stanford and other institutions, who suggest that such behaviors could contribute to the trends of increasing obesity among generations of immigrants.

Physician self-referrals lead to unnecessary tests

A Stanford study published late last month found that if your doctor buys a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine, you’re more likely to get an MRI scan for lower back pain. If you go to an orthopedic surgeon, you’re also more likely to get surgery. These procedures are often not helpful to patients and can drive up healthcare costs.

Bio-X teams up with Sanofi-Aventis for research

The Bio-X program at Stanford and Sanofi-Aventis recently announced a collaboration agreement on biomedical research. A joint committee of Bio-X and Sanofi-Aventis scientists will determine up to five projects to fund every year, and research fellows will be exchanged between the company and the University.

Study finds Type 2 diabetes partly reversible

Researchers at the School of Medicine have discovered that type 2 diabetes is at least in part an autoimmune disease. Their report, published in this month’s Nature Medicine, shows that B-cells appear in the inflammation of the visceral fat that precedes diabetes, and controlling them with drugs can actually prevent insulin resistance in mice on high-fat diets.

Researchers devise new clinical trial system

A team of Boston- and Stanford-based researchers has devised a less costly, clinic-based approach to randomized clinical trials (RCT) that shifts patients to a more successful therapy as the trial progresses. The method, based on the Veteran’s Affairs (VA) electronic medical records system (EMR), is currently being tested in a comparative effectiveness trial of two insulin regimens in the Boston VA system.

Chef and obesity researcher present New Nordic Diet

Claus Meyer, the founder and co-owner of Restaurant magazine’s number one-rated restaurant in the world, and Arne Astrup, a leading obesity researcher from the University of Copenhagen, sat down with a group in Tresidder on Tuesday to talk about the New Nordic Diet as a way to promote healthy eating.

Stanford Dining expands with new nutritionist

As part of a more holistic approach to food service, Stanford Dining has hired Elaine Magee as its new wellness nutritionist. The new position is the first full-time nutritionist Stanford Dining has ever supported. Previously, Ricker dining manager Mary Duch served as Dining’s part-time nutritionist. Following the new hire, Duch will be managing Ricker full-time. Vaden Health Center also has a full-time nutritionist, Vivian Cristman, who works with students on individual dietary concerns.

School of Medicine wins obesity grant

Stanford School of Medicine has won a $12.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to pilot and develop an unusually long-term program to combat childhood obesity, potentially leading the way for other programs in the future nationwide.

City council discusses hospital expansion

The Palo Alto City Council convened last night to hold a study session of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR), Fiscal Impact Analysis and Development Agreement for the proposed expansion of the Stanford University Medical Center (SUMC).

Robinson speaks to Farm

Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson spoke about human rights at Stanford on Monday, drawing from her past work as the United Nations high commissioner for human rights and on her more recent work with nonprofits like Realize Rights. She focused on practical action and the role Stanford could play in the process.

Researchers find multiple sclerosis breakthrough

Stanford researchers published findings on Sunday indicating that there are two types of multiple sclerosis (MS) that respond differently to the most common drugs used today. These findings could have clinical applications for personalizing the current treatments for MS.

Economist Daley-Harris motivates students

In a small auditorium at Bechtel International Center last night, Sam Daley-Harris tried to motivate approximately 40 students to use their lives to make a difference in fighting against the social problems of today’s world.
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