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
and
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

Virtual Reality: Technology Treatment for Mental Illness

Posted By Donna Alvarado, Medical Editor

Presented by Kim Bullock, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
November 1, 2018

Some people have a fear of flying. Others may have a fear of getting into elevators. Still others have eating disorders–or body-image fears–that make thin people feel like they are fat.

All of them could be helped by virtual reality. New developments in virtual reality are making it a potentially valuable tool for treating some anxiety disorders and mental health conditions, as described by Kim Bullock, MD, in a recent presentation at the Stanford Health Library.

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Dec 16th, 2018

Facial Paralysis and Restoring Movement

Posted By Donna Alvarado, Medical Editor

Presented by Jon-Paul Pepper, MD
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology (Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)
October 4, 2018

The human face has never been such a widespread icon of communication as it is now. Many digital media platforms rely on our facial photos to identify who we are and connect us with others.

That’s why people who experience facial paralysis may feel the impact more than ever. A smile can be crucial to conversations. A frown or a drooping eyelid may convey a different emotional message than what a person with facial paralysis actually feels.

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Dec 16th, 2018

Lymphedema: What You Need to Know About Diagnosis, Treatment, and the Promise of Research

Posted By SHL Librarian

Presented by Stanley Rockson, MD
Professor of Lymphatic Research and Medicine
May 3, 2018

Having a painfully swollen arm or leg isn’t the first thing most people worry about when they get treated for cancer. But this aftermath of treatment can be life-altering for cancer survivors.

The swelling is called lymphedema. It occurs when the body’s lymph fluid can’t drain normally through the lymph nodes because of the cancer treatment. There are other causes, too. Stanley G. Rockson, MD, has spent 25 years working to alert patients – and their doctors – to recognize this condition before it becomes severe.

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Jul 10th, 2018

Multiple Sclerosis: The State of the Art

Posted By SHL Librarian

Presented by Lucas B. Kipp, MD, FRCPC
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Science
March 8, 2018

Multiple sclerosis no longer has to be an inevitable slide into a crippled state. For people getting diagnosed and treated early, newer drugs have dramatically reduced the risk of declining into disability.

But challenges remain for people who didn’t get help soon enough to preserve their abilities. No drugs are available yet to roll back the disability they’ve already developed. Researchers are pursuing solutions with urgency.

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May 30th, 2018

Understanding Bone Marrow Transplantation. Clinical and Personal Perspectives

Posted By SHL Librarian

Presented by David Miklos, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Blood and Marrow Transplantation

and Bonnie Willdorf
Author, Dancing with Cancer: Maladies and Miracles in Stem Cell Transplantation
February 7, 2018

A bone marrow transplant can save the lives of people diagnosed with cancer. But there’s a challenge that comes with it.

People may have to live with medical complications of the transplant ranging from mildly uncomfortable to severe or even life-threatening.

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Mar 6th, 2018
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