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Dec 28 2017 | The Washington Post
Barres died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer, Stanford announced. He was 63. Within neuroscience, he was known as “the godfather of glia” for his pioneering work on the cells that make up 90 percent of the human brain. And across academia, Barres was beloved for his efforts to make science more...
Dec 28 2017 | Stanford Medicine - Scope
A new memoir, Counting Backwards: A Doctor’s Notes on Anesthesia - “I erase consciousness, deny memories, steal time, immobilize the body.”
Dec 27 2017 | Notes from the Quad
Mark Tessier-Lavigne shares a piece that he wrote in tribute to Ben almost a year ago.
Dec 21 2017 | Stanford Medicine - Scope
According to a new study from the University of California, San Diego that shows using smoking cessation drugs alone may not improve your chances of successfully quitting.
Dec 20 2017 | HUFFPOST
If you’re overthinking everything and stressed beyond measure, you’re certainly not alone. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Say goodbye to 2017 ― and some of the negative emotions that came with it ― by adopting a few of these expert- and research-backed habits in the new year.
Dec 18 2017 | Stanford Medicine - Scope
Stanford researchers led by neurosurgeon Casey Halpern, MD, have identified, both in mice and in a human subject, a signature pattern of electrical activity in a small but important deep-brain region called the nucleus accumbens just a second or two before a burst of impulsive behavior.
Dec 18 2017 | Stanford Medicine - Scope
For a child or teen, the prospect of a major medical procedure can be terrifying. Alleviating that terror is one of the primary reasons pediatric specialists at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford are increasingly turning to virtual reality to help prepare and calm patients, to educate, and...
Dec 18 2017 | Insight Higher Ed
Kevin Kruger and Catherine Parkay suggest three ways higher education can successfully use behavioral science to increase student completion.
Dec 14 2017 | Stanford Medicine - Scope
Those who have been personally affected by mental illness are often motivated, even driven, to do something to help lessen the suffering of others. But short of joining a research lab or pursuing an advanced degree, is there anything that can be done? Yes, Stanford psychiatrist Carolyn Rodriguez,...
Dec 12 2017 | Stanford Medicine - Scope
The traditional treatment for SMA patients, whose disease robs them of muscle strength, was to make them more comfortable and improve their lives as the debilitating disease progressed.

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