Presented by: Eugene Roh, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgery
May 28, 2015
Tendons are bands of thick connective tissue that attach muscle to bone that can expand and push into the nerve when they become overused. The tendons act as a sort of spring, storing energy for movement. Tendonopathy is an umbrella term for the inflammation or irritation of a tendon, which causes pain and tenderness just outside a joint. When the condition is acute and short-term, it is referred to as tendinitis; when the pain continues for more than three months, it is considered chronic and is known as tendinosis.
Presented by: Jamshid Ghajar, MD, PhD
Clinical Professor, Neurosurgery
Director, Stanford Concussion and Brain Performance Center
May 14, 2015
While most people think they know what a concussion is, in reality there is no universally accepted scientific definition, and both diagnosis and treatment vary from physician to physician. The condition is elusive as well—a traumatic brain injury that alters the way the brain functions, with a range of symptoms that can vary in intensity and duration. Its effects can include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance, and coordination. Brain scans, using magnetic resonance imaging or computed tomography, often show no physiological change even though the person may be acting “not quite right.”
Casey Halpern, MD
Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery
Elizabeth Erickson-DiRenzo, PhD
Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology
May 7, 2015
Essential tremor is one of the most common neurological disorders that causes uncontrolled shaking, usually in the hands or limbs. It also can affect the muscles of the larynx, causing loss of control of volume and pitch of the voice.
Presented by: Jeremy Heit, MD, PhD
Fellow, Neuro-interventional Radiology
Stanford University Medical Center
April 30, 2015
About 800,000 Americans suffer from a stroke each year—someone every 45 seconds. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. but the greatest cause of long-term disability. Most people do not die from a stroke, but its effects cause more than half of all neurologic hospitalizations. The direct and indirect costs from lost work and lost productivity are estimated to run about $73 billion each year. May is National Stroke Prevention Month.
Robert Lustig, MD, MSL
Professor, Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco
Christopher Gardner, PhD
Professor (Research), Medicine, Stanford University Medical Center
April 9, 2015
When TV dinners and fast food options first appeared, they were touted as a method of liberation from the kitchen. Swapping home-cooked meals for snacks, sweets, sugary drinks, and processed foods has led to a calorie-rich, nutrient-poor diet associated with today’s rise of obesity and chronic metabolic diseases like diabetes and hypertension.
Presented by: Rafael Pelayo, MD
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine
February 12, 2015
Snoring is the target of many jokes. But doctors have another name for it: heroic snoring. That’s because snoring actually rescues a sleeper from not getting enough air to breathe, said Rafael Pelayo, MD, in a lecture at Stanford Health Library.
Presented by: Mary James, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
Stanford University Medical Center
January 29, 2015
When it comes to getting the best medical care, Mary James, MD, believes firmly that prevention is key.
That has led her to urge people to set up a health baseline with their doctors. Taking stock of one’s own physical, mental and emotional health can be the first step in preventing problems years later. Who should have this type of evaluation?