A Stanford course for first-year medical students pairs future doctors with patients who have serious illnesses. The result: Friendship and education about patients’ struggles with illness and the health care system.
Better cancer diagnostics and treatments are in the works. Among the innovations: A method that unleashes immune cells to gobble cancers and a “smart” toilet that monitors urine and stool for signs of disease.
Scientists at Stanford Medicine are investigating whether a molecule called interferon-lambda can help people with mild cases of COVID-19 feel better and reduce their transmission of the disease-causing virus.
For years, cancer experts thought depression was at the root of the cognitive problems many patients face after cancer treatments. But now it’s clear that chemotherapy is the cause of chemo brain, and researchers are learning how to prevent and treat the condition.
The nine-month collaborative studies, funded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, will track the rate of new regional infections, define population immunity levels and help inform how to safely reopen California’s economy. Yvonne Maldonado is one of the lead investigators.