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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stanford has started assembling a committee for the comprehensive study of Searsville Dam, the contentious landmark in Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve whose future has remained undecided for decades. According to Jasper Ridge Director Philippe Cohen, the committee will decide the fate of the dam within two years.
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.