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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.
Dec 12 2017 | The Washington Post
By Amy B. Wang
A former Facebook executive is making waves after he spoke out about his “tremendous guilt” over growing the social network, which he feels has eroded “the core foundations of how people behave by and between each other.”
Chamath Palihapitiya began working for Facebook in 2007 and...
Dec 8 2017 | Neuroscience New.com
Stanford researchers have identified five new categories of specific symptoms and brain area activations that can be applied to the diagnosis of anxiety and depression in a more specific manner.
Dec 7 2017 | Huffpost
One of the biggest misconceptions about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is that it is merely a personality quirk. For half of diagnosed adults, standard recommended treatments for OCD (medications and cognitive behavior therapy) will help them achieve a meaningful reduction in their symptoms....
Dec 7 2017 | KQED - NPR
Stopping a plan once it's underway requires a lot of brainpower. Stopping an action required three key brain areas to communicate with eight other areas and all the communication had to occur within about one-tenth of a second.
Dec 6 2017 | Stanford Medicine - Scope
As a medical student, neurology can be one of the most intimidating rotations.
Dec 6 2017 | Stanford Medicine - Scope
Researchers have been trying to map out the brain’s complex neural circuits to understand how diseases like Parkinson’s disrupt healthy brain communication, in hopes of designing better therapies.

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