Palliative Care, Hospice, and the End of Life Option Act

Posted By Donna Alvarado, Medical Editor

Presented by
Grant M. Smith, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
Primary Care and Population Health

October 10, 2019

Many people have heard of palliative care, but they may not understand it. It is health care given to improve the quality of life for people living with a serious illness.

Some of us – even some doctors – confuse it as being only hospice or end-of-life care. It’s much more than that.

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Nov 14th, 2019

Living Better with Atrial Fibrillation

Posted By Donna Alvarado, Medical Editor

Presented by
Paul J. Wang, MD, Professor of Medicine and Bioengineering
Bryant Y. Lin, MD, MSEng, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine

October 3, 2019

When someone has a heart condition called atrial fibrillation, they may feel an unusual heartbeat. It can feel like their heart is racing.

For some, it’s so mild they barely notice it. For others, it’s so intense they say, “It’s jumping out of my chest,” said Paul J. Wang, MD.

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Nov 12th, 2019

Diagnosing Complex and Mystery Conditions

Posted By Donna Alvarado, Medical Editor

Presented by
Justin Lotfi, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
Linda Geng, MD, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

September 5, 2019


On popular TV programs, hospital patients with a rare illness always get diagnosed within 60 minutes. The doctor is a hero(ine). The patient is grateful.

In real life, it’s not so fast or easy. That’s where Stanford’s Consultative Medicine Clinic comes in. Doctors there specialize in pursuing the diagnosis of patients with the most complex medical conditions.

Often these patients have seen other doctors who couldn’t help. Sometimes they’ve struggled through months or even years without knowing what’s wrong.

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Oct 23rd, 2019

Hypertension in the 21st Century: What We Know Now What We Need to Know

Posted By Donna Alvarado, Medical Editor

Presented by Vivek Bhalla, MD, FASN, FAHA
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director, Stanford Hypertension Center

June 13, 2019

High blood pressure afflicts about one-third to one-half of the U.S. population. Although it’s so common, doctors still don’t know what causes it in most cases.

But they do know how to improve it. That’s important because high blood pressure is known as “the silent killer” that has few symptoms. Yet it can lead to heart attack, stroke, dementia and kidney disease.

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Sep 5th, 2019

Eating Well for Your Blood Glucose and Loving It!

Posted By Donna Alvarado, Medical Editor

Presented by Leah Groppo, MS, RD, CDE
Clinical Dietitian III, Certified Diabetes Educator
May 23, 2019

You may not realize it, but you’re an expert. Nobody else knows more than you do about what food you like and what you don’t.

So when it comes to motivating you to eat healthy food, you know best how to do that. Doctors may give you information, but you hold the key to finding what strategy works for you. It’s different for everyone, says Leah Groppo, a dietitian and diabetes educator.

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Sep 3rd, 2019

Neck and Back Pain in Women: Spinal Problems, Solutions, and Future Directions

Posted By Donna Alvarado, Medical Editor

Presented by Corinna Zygourakis, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
April 4, 2019

Expect this: 90% of us will get low back pain sometime in our lives. It can hurt so much that some people feel like they can’t get out of bed.

But the good news is that it probably won’t last. Within 3 months of first getting low back pain, 90% of back-pain patients have stopped seeing the doctor.

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May 14th, 2019

Innovations in Hearing Loss

Posted By Donna Alvarado, Medical Editor

Presented by Peter Santa Maria, MD PhD
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

March 21, 2019

Which is worse—going blind, or deaf? Helen Keller, who endured both, had no doubt.

“Blindness separates people from things. But deafness separates people from people,” she said, as quoted by Peter Santa Maria, MD PhD, a specialist in surgery for hearing disorders. As Dr. Santa Maria sees it, hearing loss can cause profound changes because it damages our most important social connections.

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May 2nd, 2019
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