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

Solving Medical Mysteries at the Stanford Center for Undiagnosed Diseases

Posted By Donna Alvarado, Medical Editor

Presented by Jon Bernstein, MD PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Matthew Wheeler, MD PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

February 28, 2018

Every so often, you might wake up feeling sick one morning with a fever, aches, and pains. Is it a cold or flu? Often the symptoms fade and disappear before you see a doctor.

For some people, the symptoms persist—for weeks, even months—and don’t stop. If symptoms grow severe, they may eventually go to a doctor and get tests—only to get no answers and no relief. Some of them are able to consult specialists and get advanced tests and procedures: all to no avail.

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May 2nd, 2019

Pelvic Health Following Delivery

Posted By Donna Alvarado, Medical Editor

Presented by Lisa Rogo-Gupta, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
January 17, 2019

Giving birth can be a wondrous accomplishment for many women. It’s also one of the riskiest. The hard work of labor and delivery can leave a new mother with pelvic injuries that go unrecognized and – all too often – untreated.

“Delivering a baby is the most magical thing I’ve ever done,” said Lisa Rogo-Gupta, MD, a clinical assistant professor of pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. “It is a wonderful blessing.”

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Apr 1st, 2019
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