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STANFORD UNIVERSITY – With specificity and precision, the brain’s Visual Word Form Area, or VWFA, does exactly what its name implies. Every time we see something that looks like a word, it activates. The VWFA is so adept at packaging visual input for the brain’s language centers that the task of word-recognition only takes a [...]

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 STANFORD UNIVERSITY — With the novel use of a technique that uses light to control brain cells, Stanford University researchers have shown that fragmented sleep causes memory impairment in mice. Using a novel research method known as optogenetics  to manipulate brain cells to affect just one aspect of sleep, the researchers found  that regardless of how many [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY – Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine have demonstrated that a single year of math lessons is associated with unexpectedly big changes in the brain’s approach to problem solving and that these changes can be seen in the brain scans of second- and third-graders. The latest findings are part of the [...]

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Twenty years ago, people diagnosed with autism were relatively rare, and the public’s awareness of the disorder was chiefly limited to Hollywood depictions such as that in the 1988 Academy Award-winning movie Rain Man. Today, many people know a neighbor, friend or classmate who is dealing with autism—prevalence has risen about twenty-fold since 1990. But [...]

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Matthew Callaghan, MD, had an epiphany about medical device design during a planning meeting, when his hospital was drafting a worst-case scenario protocol to decide which types of patients would receive life support from the hospital’s limited number of breathing ventilators. “The physicians assumed that we’d have to ration the ventilators, and that if we [...]

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STANFORD SCHOOL OF MEDICINE — An alarming number of adolescents already battling eating disorders are also intentionally cutting themselves, and health-care providers may be failing to diagnose many instances of such self-injury, according to a new study from Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. The researchers found that 40.8 percent of [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY – The light, tickling tread of a pesky fly landing on your face may strike most of us as one of the most aggravating of life’s small annoyances.  But for scientists working to develop pressure sensors for artificial skin for use on prosthetic limbs or robots, skin sensitive enough to feel the tickle [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – Andy Katz-Mayfield, MBA class 2011, has a resume that highlights his time with national consulting and equity investing firms. Danielle Weiss, a physician, recently completed a fellowship in endocrinology at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. In the normal flow of life on the Stanford University campus, there was little chance that [...]

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Surgeon Laura Esserman raised questions last fall about the effectiveness of mammograms for women under 50. Now she is coordinating a national research effort to match the right drug to the rigcancer patients more quickly. Only collaboration makes this kind of medicine possible, says the 1993 MBA. by Deborah Franklin The waiting room of the [...]

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“There are always a few people more interested in citing their credentials than in getting the work done, and media people looking for the sensational angle, but they stood out in stark contrast to the dedicated and tireless people who rolled up their sleeves coming in and hugged going out. Take it from someone who [...]

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