In the News - 2019

Pediatric and obstetric health leaders from Stanford Medicine Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford are frequently highlighted in local and national media for providing world-class, extraordinary care to children and expectant mothers. Following is a sampling of these media appearances.

December 2019

Brain function irregular in children with Type 1 diabetes, study says Stanford Medicine press release 12/9/19 The default mode network, which controls the brain at rest, does not switch off in children with Type 1 diabetes when they focus on a task, a study led by Stanford scientists has shown. Bruce Buckingham, MD, and Allan Reiss, MD, are authors on the study.

Flu season may peak just in time for the holidays Healthline 12/6/19 The CDC is reporting that flu activity has picked up in the last four weeks and could peak earlier than usual this year. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted in the piece. 

There's a healthcare crisis, and telemedicine wants to cure it CNET 12/6/19 Virtual appointments could be the answer to overcrowded doctors’ offices and months waiting for care.

FDA approves device for ear tube surgery without anesthesia Forbes 12/4/19 FDA approves device for ear tube surgery without anesthesia. Douglas Sidell, MD, is quoted. 

This woman wants to help regulate your period with food NY Times 12/4/19 Dietary and lifestyle changes that may help women dealing with complex and confounding hormonal issues, usually related to their periods. Jennifer Conti, MD, is quoted.

How a pharmaceutical company developed a breakthrough treatment for cystic fibrosis San Jose Inside 12/4/19 Article highlights a new availability for the treatment for cystic fibrosis and features a Packard Children’s patient. Michael Tracy, MD, is quoted.

Stanford researchers program cancer-fighting cells to resist exhaustion, attack solid tumors in mice Stanford Medicine press release 12/4/19 Stanford researchers found a way to keep cancer-fighting cells effective in mice with human tumors. Crystal Mackall, MD, is senior author of the study.

Taking virtual reality for a test drive The New Yorker 12/2/19 >Loren Sacks, MD, discusses the virtual reality program used to train physicians on how to communicate with patient families regarding diagnosis/treatment.

November 2019

Teens with obesity may have brain damage that produces poor eating habits Healthline 11/24/19 A small study using MRI scans has found signs of damage in the brains of teenagers with obesity. Sophia Yen, MD, is quoted.

Stanford Researchers Find No ‘Magnet Effect’ When States Extend Public Health Insurance to Immigrants Stanford Business Magazine 11/22/19 Fernando Mendoza, MD, is quoted in this article regarding a study he co-authored which found that expanding public health insurance programs to include low-income, legal immigrants, does not lead to out-of-state immigrants moving in search of benefits.

Scientists Discover That Combining Two Drugs Could Help Children Fight an Incurable Brain Cancer That Usually Kills in Five Years Daily Mail (U.K.), 11/21/19 By using robots to test many drug combinations, Stanford researchers have identified a two-drug combination that shows promise against a deadly brain tumor. Additional studies are needed to see how the drug combination fares in the lab and patients. Michelle Monje, PhD, MD, led the research and is quoted in the article.

Developing a Faster, More Accurate Test for Cystic Fibrosis, Without Breaking a Sweat Scope 11/19/19 A new cystic fibrosis test could provide a more accurate, and easier, way to test newborns for the hereditary, lung-clogging disease. Carlos Milla, MD, is senior author of the study, published in PNAS.

Justin’s Journey: Teen’s Positive Outlook Following Diagnosis of Loeffler’s Syndrome Ivanhoe Broadcast News 11/19/19 Story of a patient who was diagnosed at a young age with Loeffler’s syndrome, a rare disease of the heart lining that causes the walls of the heart to be rigid. After receiving a heart transplant at Packard Children’s in 2018, he’s been enjoying life to its fullest. Seth Hollander, MD is interviewed.

See his story on our website.

Anorexia Nervosa Comes in All Sizes, Including Plus Size Los Angeles Times 11/19/19 The hospital is mentioned.

Juul Wanted to Revolutionize Vaping. It Took a Page From Big Tobacco’s Chemical Formulas Los Angeles Times 11/19/19 Robert Jackler, MD, founder of Stanford Research into the Impact of Tobacco Advertising, provides comment.

There's a Shortage of Youth Mental Health Services in East Palo Alto. A New Community Collaborative Hopes to Change That. Palo Alto Weekly 11/18/19 Stanford Medicine Children’s Health is mentioned in this article about the Children’s Health Council.

Thanks to a novel treatment, this Bay Area high school QB beat a tumor and led his team to the playoffs Mercury News 11/16/19 Article features the story of Payton Stokes, a patient who was treated with high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to remove a benign bone tumor. The procedure took place in July and Payton was able to return to football in the fall. Robert Steffner, MD, and Pejman Ghanouni, MD, PhD, are quoted. 

Also see: CalHi Sports

Apple Nixes Vape-Related Apps for iPhone Users NBC Bay Area 11/15/19 Robert Jackler, MD, is interviewed

Virtual Reality Helps Surgeons Remove Tumor from 2-Year-Old’s Brain NBC Today 11/14/19 This story interviews Juan Carlos Fernandez-Miranda, MD, and the patient’s parents about their journey to find a solution for their son’s life threatening brain tumor. Before the procedure, which had never been done on a patient so young, the doctors used virtual reality and a 3-D printed skull to practice and prepare for the surgery.

Also see: NBC Nightly News; Telemundo: Al Rojo Vivo

With New Hospital, Stanford Will Have Separate Adult, Pediatric Emergency Departments Stanford Health Care 11/14/19 With the opening of the new Stanford Hospital on Nov. 17, the Marc and Laura Andreessen Emergency Department will have two locations: one for patients ages 21 and older and trauma patients, at 1199 Welch Road, and one for patients as old as 20, at 900 Quarry Road Extension, which is part of the original hospital.

Peanut allergy shots? A new Stanford-led study shows an antibody injection could prevent allergic reactions Stanford Medicine News 11/14/19 A Stanford-led pilot study has provided early evidence that an antibody is a safe, effective and rapid food allergy treatment. Kari Nadeau, PhD, MD, is senior author and is quoted in this article. The study is also highlighted in a Stanford Medicine press release. Rebecca Chinthrajah, MD, is the study’s lead author.

Also see: USA Today; Healthline; Yahoo!

Videos to Educate Lawyers on Interviewing Migrant Kids at Border Inside Stanford Medicine (online) 11/13/19 Stanford experts have created four short videos to help lawyers at the U.S. border learn to sensitively interview migrant children and teens about traumatic experiences. Paul Wise, MD; Maya Adam, director of health education outreach for the Stanford Center for Health Education; and Ryan Matlow, MD, are mentioned in this article.

Related: US held record number of migrant children in custody in 2019, Washington Post, 11/11/19. Features comment from Ryan Matlow, MD.

Black, Hispanic Mothers Report More Pain After Delivery But Get Less Pain Medication Physician's Weekly 11/12/19 White mothers may receive more pain assessments after delivery and have better access to painkillers than women from other racial and ethnic groups. Brendan Carvalho, MD, provides comment in this article.

Teen Van Takes Medical Care on the Road Ivanhoe Broadcast News 11/8/19 This story profiles the Teen Van Program. Lisa Lestishock, RN, BSN, MSN, CNS, CPNP; Nathalie Servin, MSW, and Megen Vo, MD, interim medical director of the Teen Van are interviewed.

Mom Speaks Out After Having to Pump Breast Milk in Supply Closet During Jury Duty—Why Is Breastfeeding in Public Still So Challenging Yahoo! Lifestyle 11/8/19 Jennifer Conti, MD, MS, MSc, provides comment.

Helping Hospital Employees Find Resilience and Reduce Burnout Children’s Hospitals Today 11/7/19 A feature article for the Children’s Hospital Association’s quarterly magazine discusses the issue of burnout impacting employees at children’s hospitals and what hospitals like Packard Children’s are doing to address these issues. Kelly Johnson, RN, PhD, NEA-BC is featured throughout the piece.

Normal Body Weight Can Hide Eating Disorder in Teens, Study Finds Stanford Medicine Press Release 11/06/19 According to a new study, extensive and rapid weight loss in teens with anorexia makes them severely ill, regardless of their overall weight. Neville Golden, MD, is co-author of the study, and quoted in the release.

Also see: Teens with anorexia may be 'dangerously ill' even if they are not underweight Live Science; Anorexia Nervosa Comes in all Sizes, Including Plus Size Nature World News

Is too much screen time affecting young kids’ brain development? Here’s what parents should know 11/06/19 A recent study in JAMA Pediatrics, reveals that the brains of pre-kindergarten children who spend more than an hour per day of screen time without parental interaction are associated with underdeveloped areas that control language and self-regulation. Elias Aboujaoude, MD, MA, comments on the findings.

CEO Unplugged iHeart Radio podcast 11/5/19 Paul King, president and CEO of Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, is interviewed.

The High Cost of Physician Burnout in Healthcare Organizations Healthcare Business Today 11/5/19 The article sites a longitudinal study conducted on physicians at Stanford Health Care and Stanford Medicine Children’s Health.

Special Report: Juul disregarded early evidence it was hooking teens KFGO 11/5/19 This piece examines Juul, the e-cigarette company. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is quoted in this article.

October 2019

Experts weigh in on health impacts of California wildfires:

The Physical and Mental Toll of Wildfires Forum (KQED) 10/29/19 During this segment, health experts discussed the physical health effects and the toll wildfires take on mental health -- from the stress of evacuations, to the devastation of losing a home, to the strain on firefighters. Mary Prunicki, PhD, MD, was interviewed.

How Bad is Wildfire Smoke For You? Researchers Weigh In San Francisco Chronicle 10/28/19 Kari Nadeau, PhD, MD is quoted in this article discussing the health implications of wildfire smoke.

Wildland Fire Smoke Research to Study Impact on Children’s Immune Systems ABC7 News 10/25/19 Researchers here are investigating how inhaling wildland fire smoke could weaken the immune systems of children. This segment discussed the impact of wildland fire smoke and featured Mary Prunicki, PhD, MD.

How effective is the flu shot? Here's what doctors want you to know about this year's vaccine Yahoo Lifestyle 10/31/19 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Move Over TV: Kids Prefer YouTube San Jose Mercury News 10/30/19 According to a survey, tweens and teens are choosing online videos over most other media. Tom Robinson, MD, MPH, provides comment in this article.

Here's the Truth About the Hormonal IUD and Weight Gain, According to a Doctor Yahoo Lifestyle 10/30/19 Leah Millheiser, MD, is quoted in this article that discusses the many factors you have to weigh when considering using birth control.

Corner Office: Stanford Medicine Children’s CEO Paul King on Why He Always Remembers to Take a JacketBecker’s Hospital Review10/25/19 Paul King, president and CEO, is featured.

Exploring the Science Behind the Vaping Deaths The Face 10/25/19 This piece looks at the science behind vaping-related deaths and explores the safety of e-cigarettes. Robert Jackler, MD, founder of Stanford Research into the Impact of Tobacco Advertising, provides comment.

Pediatric cancer study shows usefulness of gene expression analysis UC Santa Cruz 10/25/19 Analyzing gene expression in tumor cells from children with cancer is more likely to reveal targets for therapy than analysis of DNA mutations, according to a new study led by researchers at UCSC. Packard Children’s Hospital is mentioned as a member of the research consortium.

CHIME's 2019 Level 9 'Most Wired' hospitals Becker’s Hospital Review 10/24/19 Packard Children’s Hospital is included in this list.

Newborn Antibiotic Use Varies Widely, Worrying Experts Scope 10/23/19 Rates of antibiotic use in newborns vary 27-fold between California hospitals without a medical reason for the large differences, a new study found. Jeffrey Gould, MD, is senior author of the study.

As vaping devices have evolved, so have potential hazards, researchers say Shots (NPR) 10/23/19 Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is quoted in this article on how vaping products aren't regulated.

New Stanford Medicine Children’s Health CEO: Impacting a Child's Life Is 'Intoxicating' HealthLeaders Online 10/23/19 Paul King, president and CEO, is interviewed.

Three Organizations Receive Stanford 2019 Community Partnership Awards Stanford Report - Online 10/23/19 Three community groups that focus on children’s health, welfare and education have won Stanford University 2019 Community Partnership Awards. Stanford Medicine Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital are mentioned

Taking a Look at Past, Present, Future Impact of Stanford Medicine Physician News Network 10/21/19 Reporting on the State of Stanford Medicine forum (10/8/19), the article sites the latest developments across the three organizations. Leaders including Lloyd Minor, MD, dean of the School of Medicine and Paul King, president and CEO of Stanford Medicine Children’s Health are quoted.

New CRISPR Tool Has the Potential to Correct Almost All Disease-Causing DNA Glitches, Scientists Report STAT 10/21/19 Matthew Porteus, PhD, MD, provides comment.

Why Painful Sex Can Plague Women At Any Age SFGate 10/21/19 Leah Millheiser, MD, is quoted in this article that discusses how social taboos can get in the way of diagnosis and treatment.

UCSF Finds Major Clue to the Cause of Sudden-Onset Paralysis in Children San Francisco Chronicle 10/21/19 Study that may have found what’s behind a polio-like illness that’s struck nearly 600 people, mostly children, across the United States. Keith Van Haren, MD, is quoted.

FDA Says Don’t Use CBD, THC Products While Breastfeeding Healthline 10/21/19 The Food and Drug Administration put out a warning this month advising people against using marijuana of any kind during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Jennifer Conti, MD, is quoted in this article.

Near Hands-Off System Can Help Patients Manage Their Diabetes Scope 10/21/19 Bruce Buckingham, MD, is quoted.

Stanford Obstetricians Take Medical Simulations to Central America Scope  10/18/19 The blog discusses Katherine Bianco, MD, who regularly travels to Central America with a Bay Area-based nonprofit called GO MOMS to teach physicians, nurses and medical residents the best techniques for treating serious complications of childbirth. Kay Daniels, MD is mentioned.

‘Complete Disruption’ of Supply of Essential Pediatric Chemo Medscape 10/18/19 Michael Link, MD, is quoted.

Researchers Reveal Kids Who Get More Hugs Have More Developed Brains Power of Positivity 10/17/19 The article sites a Stanford Medicine article by Susan Crowe, MD.

JUUL Suspends All US Sales of Fruity E-Cigarettes Amid Scrutiny USA Today 10/17/19 Robert Jackler, MD, is quoted.

This is your body on vaping Huffington Post 10/16/19 Discusses how vaping affects the body and brain. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, executive director of the Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit, is quoted in this article.

Legislation Moves Back Earliest Start Times in California Schools Forum (KQED) 10/15/19 This segment discussed the new rules and what the latest research says about teenagers and sleep. Rafael Pelayo, MD, was a featured guest.

At State of Stanford Medicine, Reviewing Accomplishments and Looking to the Future Stanford Medicine News Center 10/15/19 Leaders of Stanford Medicine, Stanford Medicine Children’s Health and Stanford Health Care discussed the latest updates at the medical campuses and opportunities for collaboration that have been brought into focus by Stanford Medicine’s integrated strategic plan.

Faced With a Drug Shortfall, Doctors Scramble to Treat Children with Cancer New York Times 10/14/19 A critical chemotherapy medication is in short supply, and physicians say there is no appropriate substitute. Michael Link, MD is quoted.

California Tells Schools to Start Later, Giving Teenagers More Sleep New York Times 10/14/19 A new law pushed back start times at most public middle and high schools, citing research that says attendance and performance will improve if teenagers get more sleep. Sumit Bhargava, MD, is quoted.

'Stay True To Who You Are' KPIX TV-Online 10/14/19 Part of the CBS Bay Area’s “Eye on Her” series, highlighting remarkable women in the Bay Area. This video features Kelly Johnson, PhD, RN, vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer.

Are Ear Tubes a Scam? No, But the Tympanostomy Tango is a Dance. 10/11/19 The article discusses whether implanting ear tubes into children, the most common ambulatory pediatric surgery, is more of a “nice to have” than a “need to have” — as some research demonstrates that they are not necessary for the long-term health of young kids. Kara Meister, MD, is quoted.

Stranger Donates Kidney to Boy in Response to Social Media Plea Scope 10/11/19 A California toddler is doing well after receiving a kidney donated by a stranger who responded to his family's request on Facebook.

Also see: PA Donates Kidney to 2-Year-Old Boy With Rare Disorder AAPA.ORG

Original story: Healthier, Happy Lives 

Recognizing the LGBTQ+ Community at Stanford: “We Should Be a Beacon.” Scope 10/10/19 Paul King, president and CEO of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, is quoted.

How Predictive Analytics is Impacting Patient Care HealthTech 10/08/19 Predictive analytics is helping doctors predict patient outcomes, influencing administered care. Matt Lungren, MD, is quoted.

Watching for Eating Disorders in Transgender Teens Scope 10/7/19 More than half of transgender teenagers intentionally gain or lose weight to align their bodies with their gender identity, a Stanford study found. The study, published recently in the Journal of Adolescent Health, began because caregivers at the pediatric and adolescent gender clinic at Stanford Medicine Children's Health saw worrisome patterns of weight manipulation among their patients. Tandy Aye, MD, is quoted and Jonathan Avila, MD is mentioned.

E-Cigs Market to Teens Using Big Tobacco Tactics CNN 10/5/19 Robert Jackler, MD, provides comment.

Also see: Sirius XM POTUS Channel 10/01/19

Light Flashes Plus Cognitive Behavior Therapy Can Increase Teens’ Sleep Time; MDAlert (Reuters Health) 10/4/19 Stanford researchers increased how long teens slept with light therapy, used to reset their circadian clocks, combined with cognitive behavioral therapy to motivate them to go to bed earlier. Senior author Jamie Zeitzer, MD, is quoted.

Original press release: Teens Sleep 43 More Minutes Per Night After Combo of Two Treatments, Study Finds Stanford Medicine News Center

Rising Stars: 66 Leaders in Healthcare Under 40 Becker’s Hospital Review 10/4/19 Cameron D'Alpe, CAO of Physician Practices and CEO of Packard Children's Health Alliance, is recognized.

How The Trump Administration is Privatizing the Detention of Migrant Children 10/03/19 Ryan Matlow, PhD, director of community research programs for Stanford Medicine's Early Life Stress and Pediatric Anxiety Program, is quoted in this article about children’s welfare.

Do You Want Your Apps to Know About Your Last Doctor's Visit? 10/2/19 Natalie Pageler, MD, chief medical information officer, comments on protecting pediatric patient data while seizing on potential for third-party apps to support kids' health.

Is There Any Science Behind ‘the Labor Inducer’ Burger? 10/2/19 A Minnesota restaurant is claiming its spicy burger called ‘the Labor Inducer’ may help bring on labor for women nearing their due dates. Leah Millheiser, MD, refutes the notion that spicy foods cause labor.

1 Question, 5 Answers: What’s the Biggest Climate-Related Health Concern? 10/1/19 The World Health Organization predicts that if global temperatures continue to rise, so will the associated health risks. Sharon Chinthrajah, MD is interviewed about which global warming–related illnesses will have the greatest impact.

The changing face of transgender youth Bay Area Parent October 2019 issue The feature discusses the positive shifts in how society views gender diversity. Tandy Aye, MD, is quoted.

When Handled by Right Registrar, Tough Patient Encounters Can End Well Hospital Access Management October 2019 issue (email for a PDF of this article) Elena Gonzalez, assistant director of patient experience is quoted.

Stanford ER tech's artistic creations providing smiles to patients, money to charity NBC Bay Area 5/14/19 “Bay Area Proud” segment profiles Stanford Health Care ER technician Jack DeWees, who creates animals and other figures out of compression bandages to keep kids distracted or entertained while they are in the ER.

The impact of early sexual initiation on boys New York Times 5/13/19 A survey finds that most boys who had sex before age 13 had not yet had comprehensive sex education in school. Lee Sanders, MD, is quoted.

Study finds that routine pediatrician-administered screenings could flag autism earlier than other methods Everyday Health 5/13/19 A failure to hit key developmental milestones could signal risk for autism sooner. Antonio Hardan, MD, who was not involved in the research, is quoted.

The story of Cash California Live/NBC Los Angeles 5/10/19 The parents of a three-year-old California boy look to Stanford after their son suffers a stroke. Dr. Gary Steinberg, chair of Neurosurgery, describes the life-saving surgery he performed on the young boy, and how Virtual Reality played a main role in the procedure.

How quality nursing care impacts patient satisfaction, experience PatientEngagementHIT 5/9/19 Article explores how nurses are key to driving patient satisfaction, quality patient communication and patient safety efforts. Kelly Johnson, PhD, RN, chief nursing officer, provides comment.

Study examines how premature babies develop brain injuries U.S. News & World Report 5/8/19 Low oxygen levels during brain development may cause particular cells to differentiate too soon, a Stanford-led study found. The work was co-led by Anca Pasca, MD.

Original press release: Common brain injury in premature babies may be tied to specific cells

Infections and drugs to treat them tied to eating disorders in teens Scientific American 5/8/19 A new study adds to growing evidence that immune system dysfunction and altered gut microbes may contribute to the development of eating disorders. Neville Golden, MD, who was not involved with the research, is quoted.

'The new secondhand smoke': Adults more likely to vape if they live with kids, study says CNN 5/6/19 Adults living with children are more likely to vape than those without, putting kids at risk for what the authors of a new study describe as "the 'new' secondhand smoke." Robert Jackler, MD, who was not involved with the research, provides comment.

The long and winding road to mental health care for your kid Kaiser Health News 5/6/19 Article that discusses the limited access to psychiatrists and therapists for children and adolescents. Steven Adelsheim, MD, is quoted.

Stanford Medicine receives $6 million for pediatric cancer research Philanthropy News Digest 5/5/19 Silicon Valley philanthropists Tad and Dianne Taube have committed $6 million to the Stanford University School of Medicine to establish the Taube Initiative in Pediatric Cancer Research, which will further the development of innovative therapies to improve the cure rates for childhood cancer.

Experimental autism drugs aim to improve social communication Scientific American 5/2/19 In a Stanford study of 30 children with autism, intranasal vasopressin improved social skills more than a placebo, suggesting that the hormone may treat core features of the disorder. Antonio Hardan, MD, senior author, is quoted.

Also see: Cosmos Magazine, Gizmodo, Telegraph UK, Healthday, Medscape, Science Mag, The Scientist; Scope

Original press release: Hormone reduces social impairment in kids with autism

Role of technology in transforming the HR space CIO Applications May 2019 Ekta Vyas, PhD, human resources director, answers questions about leveraging technology to support HR. To make a workplace digital, says Vyas, you first have to make its workforce and culture digitally agile.

Also see: HR Exchange Network

April 2019

Teen heart transplant recipient celebrates launch of new heart-healthy cookbook Fox Bay Area (KTVU-TV) 4/30/19 When Justin Wang was two-years-old, he was diagnosed with Loeffler’s syndrome, a rare disease of the heart lining. At age four he underwent his first open heart surgery at Packard Children’s, and last April he received a heart transplant. One-year post-transplant Justin is celebrating with his wish from Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area to publish a cookbook with heart healthy recipes. The cookbook was unveiled at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford this week.

NBC Bay Area & AACI celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - Dr. Stephanie Chao NBC Bay Area (KNTV-TV) 4/30/19 Stephanie Chao, MD, has been nominated as an honoree by the Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) organization for her work in children’s health and in the Asian community, and will be recognized at a ceremony at NBC Bay Area in May.

Bay Area families cope with ‘epidemic’ in food allergies Mercury News 4/29/19 With food allergies on the rise, doctors are struggling to understand what causes them. Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, explains some of the possible reasons behind the epidemic and the treatment available.

Steve Young: Football needs ‘sea change’ in approach to concussions The Mercury News 4/28/19 This article highlights the recent Stanford Sports Concussion Summit which included a panel discussion with former 49ers quarterback Steve Young and Gary Steinberg, MD (the 49ers’ team neurosurgeon during the 1990s), and William Maloney, MD (team physician for the 49ers and the Golden State Warriors). The talk was moderated by Jamshid Ghajar, MD.

Also see: NBC Bay Area (video), NBC Bay Area (online article); CBS Bay Area

Teen Cancer America announces new advisory council Third-party press release 4/25/19 Gerald Grant, MD, is a member of the Teen Cancer America Board of Directors and is mentioned in this press release.

Why aren’t men talking about fertility? Glamour Magazine online 4/22/19 Studies show that about a third of all cases of infertility is attributed to male issues. The article describes why the burden of fertility challenges falls disproportionally on women. Michael Eisenberg, MD, is interviewed.

Peer networks drive software decisions among hospital CIOs Modern Healthcare 4/20/19 Article discusses the ways rankings and peer reviews are used to drive EHR software decisions for hospitals. Lisa Grisim, VP and associate CIO of Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, is interviewed.

This care bundle cut pediatric cardiac surgical site infections by 74% HealthLeaders 4/19/19 Thomas Caruso, MD, is featured.

Women getting C-sections best judge of own pain medication needs Stanford Medicine News Center 4/19/19 New Stanford-led research tested an approach that allowed women to choose the level of pain management they wanted during a cesarean section. Brendan Carvalho, MD, is lead author of the study and is quoted in the press release, and Pamela Flood, MD, is senior author of the study.

Tad and Dianne Taube Commit $6 Million to the Stanford University School of Medicine for pediatric cancer research Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health Press Release 4/18/19 Silicon Valley philanthropists Tad and Dianne Taube have committed $6 million to the Stanford University School of Medicine to establish the Taube Initiative in Pediatric Cancer Research, which will further the development of innovative therapies to improve the cure rates for childhood cancer. Mary Leonard, MD, is quoted in the press release.

Media coverage of violent events is found to fuel a cycle of stress Los Angeles Times 4/18/19 A new study has found viewing media coverage of traumatic events may fuel long-term distress. David Spiegel, MD, who was not involved with the study, provides comment on how our brains process images of traumatic events.

Orygen and The Jed Foundation launch #chatsafe in the U.S., first evidence-based guidelines to help young people talk safely online about suicide Third-party press release 4/17/19 Orygen, in collaboration with the Stanford Psychiatry Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing, and The Jed Foundation (JED), announced the U.S. launch of #chatsafe: A young person's guide for communicating safely online about suicide. Originally launched in Australia, the guidelines are now available in the U.S.

Workshop explores the future of artificial intelligence in medical imaging News Medical Life Sciences 4/17/19 A National Institutes of Health workshop explored the future of AI in medical imaging. Curtis Langlotz, MD, is quoted.

Risky AEDs still prescribed to women of childbearing age Medscape 4/17/19 Hyunmi Kim, MD, is quoted.

Some viruses help protect harmful bacteria in CF patients Stanford Medicine News Center 4/17/19 Some viruses sequester antibiotics in the lungs of CF patients, possibly helping drug-resistant bacterial infections develop in the face of large antibiotic doses, a Stanford-led study has shown. Elizabeth Burgener, MD, is lead author, and Carlos Milla, MD, is a co-senior author.

Gene therapy advances to better treat ‘bubble boy’ disease All Things Considered (NPR) 4/17/19 This segment discussed the latest gene therapy advances for treating severe combined immunodeficiency disease, or SCID. Matthew Porteus, MD, is interviewed.

Physicians exploring new approaches to glioblastoma Clinical Oncology News 4/12/19 One major challenge thwarting efforts to improve treatments for the deadly brain cancer glioblastoma is developing drugs that can cross the blood-brain barrier. Gerald Grant, MD, is quoted.

You’ve apparently been lying to yourself every time you get a “sugar rush” 4/11/19 Thomas Robinson, MD, MPH, is quoted.

CRISPR yields new potential “bubble boy” gene therapy Stanford Medicine News Center 4/10/19 Stanford scientists and collaborators have harnessed CRISPR to replace the mutated gene underpinning the immune disease, SCID-X1, in mice. Matthew Porteus, MD, is quoted.

What is pediatric and adolescent gynecology? Contemporary OB/GYN 4/9/19 In this opinion piece, Paula Hillard, MD, discusses her role in providing care to girls, adolescents, and young adult women at the Stanford Program for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.

Prenatal testing can ease minds or heighten anxieties NPR 4/8/19 Segment and article explore the growth of the prenatal genetic testing industry. Meg Homeyer, genetic counseling supervisor, provides comment on how Stanford Medicine Children’s Health’s genetic counseling program helps prospective parents make sense of complex genetic test results, implications and risk.

How Juul took a page from big tobacco's playbook Wall Street Journal 4/3/19 Some experts say in its early days Juul mirrored the tobacco industry’s promotional playbook in an effort to hook young people. Robert Jackler, MD, is featured in this video about Juul use.

Fertility services are becoming the hottest, new employee benefit. Here's why Fortune 4/3/19 Jennifer Conti, MD, MS, MSc, is mentioned.

You missed a spot! Patchy sunscreen application leaves skin vulnerable to cancer NPR 4/3/19 Skin on eyelids can be particularly susceptible to sunburns. Andrea Kossler, MD, is quoted.

Improving patient outcomes from the bedside to the journals  Children’s Hospitals Today 4/3/19 Article profiles nurse-scientist Kimberly Pyke-Grimm, PhD, RN, CNS, her research exploring how teen and young adult patients make treatment decisions about genomic cancer treatments, and her to motivation improve outcomes for this patient population.

Ralph Greco, pioneering advocate of work-life balance for surgery trainees, dies at 76 Stanford Medicine News Center 4/3/19 Claudia Mueller, MD, and Bryan Bohman, MD, are quoted in this obituary of Ralph Greco, MD, who created the first program to promote well-being among general surgery residents in the United States.

Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, UCSF team up to fund innovation in pediatric care San Francisco Business Times 4/2/19 Article shares highlights from the Pediatric Innovation Showcase held at Stanford on Friday, March 29. It focuses on the collaboration between Stanford Medicine Children’s Health and UCSF and the growth of the pediatric device market. Charlette Stallworth, VP of strategic partnerships, is featured.

How can doctors be sure a self-taught computer is making the right diagnosis? All Things Considered (NPR) 4/1/19 This segment discussed the promises and pitfalls of applying artificial intelligence (AI) to medical care. Matthew Lungren, MD, is featured.

Clearing the air about e-cigarettes, vaping, nicotine and health Washington Post 4/1/19 This article discusses how people under the age of 25 are more susceptible to becoming addicted to nicotine. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, provides comment.

Ask the doctor: Risky business Bay Area Parent April 2019 Katherine Hill, MD, and Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, authored this article, which addresses questions related to teen health, including weight control, drug and tobacco use, and sexual health.

March 2019

Teens need Zs Bay Area Parent April 2019 Caroline Okorie, MD, is quoted in this article about teen sleep.

How to deal with a cancer diagnosis Huffington Post 3/29/19 In this piece, experts share what patients and families can do to manage anxiety after a cancer diagnosis. David Spiegel, MD, is quoted.

Want to keep nurses at the bedside? Here’s how. HealthLeaders 3/27/19 Kelly Johnson, PhD, RN, VP of patient care services and chief nursing officer, discusses the importance of fostering a healthy work environment and offering professional development programs in this feature article about recruiting and retaining nurses.

The risks to babies of older fathers New York Times 3/25/19 Michael Eisenberg, MD, is quoted.

Cancer therapy's impact on cognitive function The Future of Everything (Stanford Radio) 3/25/19 In a recent segment on Stanford Radio, Michelle Monje, MD, PhD, discussed immunotherapy as a promising new approach to the treatment of brain cancer in children.

In Juul crackdown, some see ‘double standard’ for SF smoking rules San Francisco Chronicle 3/24/19 Robert Jackler, MD, is quoted.

Low adoption of telemedicine may spur patient migration away from traditional providers Modern Healthcare 3/23/19 Stanford Medicine Children’s Health is featured in this article about the increased integration of telehealth in medical practice. The article highlights the increase in virtual visits at Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, which rose from just 192 in 2017 to more than 1,100 in 2018, and more than 1,500 already in the first few months of 2019. Natalie Pageler, MD, chief medical information officer, is interviewed.

Reducing C-section rates doesn't harm mother or baby Medscape 3/22/19 An almost 25 percent reduction in cesarean deliveries for low-risk pregnancies in a California hospital quality improvement initiative did not result in worse maternal or neonatal outcomes, according to a new study. Elliott Main, MD, is quoted.

Impact Pediatric Health announces results of startup pitch competition at SXSW 2019 Press Release 3/22/19 Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, one of seven children’s health care organizations that makes up the Impact Pediatric Health organization, is mentioned.

Pioneering pediatric transplant surgeon Oscar Salvatierra dies The Almanac 3/21/19 Oscar Salvatierra Jr., MD, professor emeritus of surgery and of pediatrics at the School of Medicine and a leader in the effort to enact national legislation regulating organ donation, died March 16 at his home in Menlo Park, California. Waldo Concepcion, MD, is quoted in this obituary.

Music therapy may benefit children on hemodialysis Healio 3/21/19 The hospital’s music therapist, Rebekah Martin, is mentioned.

Touching gift from nurse brings teen awaiting transplant to tears NBC Bay Area (KNTV-TV) 3/21/19 Colin James, RN, a nurse at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, gave a guitar signed by singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran to a 15-year-old patient awaiting a kidney transplant. James and music therapist Rebekah Martin are featured in this segment.

This company wants to help women hack their fertility 3/20/19 Lynn Westphal, MD, is interviewed in this article about the validity of at-home fertility testing products.

To help fight vaping, schools look to their own students CNN 3/18/19 Teen vaping is on the rise and schools are searching for solutions. This segment highlights a pilot program designed to teach middle and high schoolers about the potential dangers of vaping and how to deliver that message to their fellow students and resist peer pressure that experts say has contributed to students' vaping. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is featured.

Inspirational athlete with Nathalie Morales from North Salinas Basketball Cal-Hi Sports 3/17/19 Segment profiles a teen patient who was treated for a rare type of sarcoma at Packard Children’s. Allison Pribnow, MD, is interviewed.

Opinion: Teens with anti-vax parents should have right to be vaccinated Mercury NewsEast Bay Times 3/17/19 Recent outbreaks of measles raise the issue of whether teens should have the right to be vaccinated even if their parents are opposed. This op-ed, written by Alyssa Burgart, MD, argues that teens should be able to make that decision.

Boy, 15, receives Ed Sheeran autographed guitar from nurse while awaiting kidney transplant Fox Bay Area (KTVU-TV) 3/15/19 Awaiting a kidney transplant, 15-year-old aspiring musician and Ed Sheeran fan, Kayano Lizardo-Bristow, received a surprising gift from Colin James, RN, at Packard Children’s Hospital.

Also see: ABC Radio, Appeal Democrat

Original press release: Nurse gifts guitar inscribed by Ed Sheeran to teen undergoing kidney dialysis

Becker’s 10th Annual Meeting Speaker Series Questions with Dennis Lund, Chief Medical Officer for Stanford Medicine Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Becker’s Hospital Review 3/13/19 Dennis Lund, MD, is interviewed.

A voice for families in need Our Health California 3/12/19 Article spotlights the hospital’s Family Advisory Council, a group of parents and caregivers, and outlines how families’ experiences helped shape the new hospital building design.

With metabolic profiles of children, new center hopes to head off disease early Stanford News 3/12/19 Researchers from throughout Stanford Medicine are planning to study thousands of metabolites in babies, children and pregnant women to understand the origins of disease. Karl Sylvester, MD, is co-director of the new Metabolic Health Center alongside Michael Snyder, PhD, and is quoted in this press release.

Just say no: Scrutinizing the harms of overly intense medical care for kids Scope 3/12/19 Pediatricians can improve the risk-benefit profile of many common interventions by scaling back what they do, according to a new review article. Alan Schroeder, MD, is quoted in this article.

Treating children with scoliosis US News & World Report 3/9/19 Most kids who have scoliosis never require treatment. For those who do, it ranges from bracing to surgery. Article profiles the experience of a Packard Children’s patient being treated with an innovative magnetic technology. Lawrence Rinsky, MD, is quoted.

Disease detectives Ivanhoe Broadcast News 3/9/19 Some patients have medical symptoms so rare that doctors are left baffled; misdiagnosis often follows. Segment profiles two patients who were misdiagnosed with cerebral palsy before undergoing whole genome sequencing at the Stanford Center for Undiagnosed Diseases. Jon Bernstein, MD, PhD, is interviewed.

International Women’s Day: 3 women to know in health IT HealthTech Magazine 3/8/19 Natalie Pageler, MD, chief medical information officer, is featured.

U.S. states with stricter gun controls have fewer mass shootings Newsweek 3/6/19 U.S. states with stricter gun controls have fewer reported mass shootings, and states with higher levels of gun ownership also see more mass shootings. Stephanie Chao, MD, is quoted.  

Virtual reality hypnosis cuts post-op pain, anxiety in kids Medscape 3/6/19 Virtual reality hypnosis can reduce the need for postoperative opioids and anti-anxiety medication, and lead to improved outcomes in children, new research suggests. David Spiegel, MD, who was not involved with the study, is quoted.

New study confirms measles vaccine does not cause autism KQED Forum 3/5/19 Amid an outbreak of measles and other preventable diseases, a new study of more than 650,000 children supports prior research asserting that the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine does not increase the risk for autism. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses the issue on the radio program.

Also see: USA Today

Inspirational athlete with Robby Cleveland from Liberty Basketball Cal-Hi Sports 3/3/19 The story of a high school athlete who collapsed without warning during basketball practice. Airlifted to John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek, he was diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation (AVM). After undergoing two surgeries to repair the ruptured blood vessel, he made a rapid recovery and within two months was back on the court. Gerald Grant, MD, provides comment.

February 2019

Healthcare leaders' top advice for hospitals considering clinical partnerships Becker’s Hospital Review 2/28/19 Charlette Stallworth, VP of strategic partnerships, provides comment.

Impact Pediatric Health announces twelve finalists for startup pitch competition at SXSW 2019 Press Release 2/27/19 Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, one of seven children’s health care organizations that makes up the Impact Pediatric Health organization, is mentioned.

Stanford Medicine Children’s Health looks beyond numbers to propel telehealth mHealthIntelligence 2/25/19 Stanford Medicine Children’s Health aims to double its telehealth visits in 2019; its providers are looking to create a connected care network that highlights access and convenience rather than numbers. Vandna Mittal, director of digital health, provides comment.

Rare pulmonary defect prompts parents’ nationwide search for answers Stanford Medicine News Center 2/21/19 With no blood flow to his right lung, infant Carter Johnson was diagnosed with a rare condition called absent right pulmonary artery. His parents turned to Stanford Medicine Children’s Health for help.

Surgeries filmed for virtual reality now available on Oculus headsets MedGadget 2/20/19 The hospital is mentioned.

For parents of ill children, a growing recognition of PTSD Wall Street Journal 2/19/19 Article discusses post-traumatic stress among parents of children with life-threatening medical conditions. The work of Richard Shaw, MD, is mentioned.

First pediatrician elected to Congress prioritizes health care, gun safety American Academy of Pediatrics 2/19/19 Newly elected congresswoman Kim Schrier, MD, who completed her residency at Packard Children’s, represents Washington state’s 8th district and will prioritize children’s issues.

Trustees address Stanford’s national, regional and global engagement Stanford Daily 2/19/19 Stanford’s off-campus engagement was a central theme of its Board of Trustees’ February 11-12 meetings, which included a presentation from Paul King, president and CEO of Stanford Medicine Children’s Health and Packard Children’s Hospital.

Stanford Medicine Children’s Health share key takeaways from WSJ Tech Health. LinkedIn 2/15/19 Stanford Medicine Children’s Health executives and physicians comment on highlights from the recent Wall Street Journal Tech Health event. Matthew Lungren, MD, Grace Lee, MD, Vanda Mittal, director of digital health, and Anshul Pande, chief technology officer, are quoted. Natalie Pageler, MD, chief medical information officer, and Charlette Stallworth, VP strategic partnerships, are mentioned.

Bloodless open-heart surgery benefits tiny pediatric patient Children’s Hospitals Today 2/13/19 Weighing 7 pounds, Lola was less than half the weight usually considered for bloodless heart surgery. For Lola's cardiothoracic surgical care team at Packard Children's, this meant her case required a novel approach.          

Why combining nurse perspective with scientific approach improves care Becker’s Hospital Review 2/12/19 A nurse-scientist at Packard Children's is using her experience as a pediatric oncology nurse to examine how teens and young adults with cancer make decisions.

Kopetsky receives 2018 CIO of the Year award Health Data Management 2/12/19 CIO Ed Kopetsky received the 2018 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year award at the 2019 CHIME/HIMSS CIO Forum.

CDC: PCPs must help curb growing youth tobacco ‘crisis’ Healio 2/11/19 The CDC has recently urged primary care physicians to step up their efforts to identify smokers among their patients who are younger than 18. Research by Robert Jackler, MD, is mentioned.

100 hospital and health system CIOs to know | 2019 Becker’s Hospital Review 2/11/19
CIO Ed Kopetsky is included in Becker’s 2019 annual CIO list.

Stanford, UCSF consortium fosters innovation in pediatric medical devices Stanford Medicine News Center 2/11/19 Few medical devices are approved specifically for babies and children. Researchers at Stanford and the University of California-San Francisco are working to develop new medical devices through the UCSF-Stanford Pediatric Device Consortium, established last year with an award of $6.7 million from the FDA. James Wall, MD, is quoted.

5 Questions: Robert Jackler says Juul spurs ‘nicotine arms race’ Stanford Medicine News Center 2/11/19 Robert Jackler, MD, discusses the rapid rise of e-cigarettes among youth and the impact of Juul, a high-nicotine vaping device. Jackler has found that the high nicotine content of Juul has prompted other e-cigarette manufacturers to increase their nicotine levels, spurring a "nicotine arms race."

Stanford releases 2017–18 fundraising results Stanford News 2/11/19 In 2017–18, gifts to Stanford provided $1.1 billion for financial aid, interdisciplinary research, faculty support and patient care. Funds raised for key priorities across the university included $99.3 million for Stanford Health Care and Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, which includes Packard Children’s and the new Stanford Hospital.

Dance Marathon surpasses previous fundraising by $12,000 Stanford Daily 2/11/19 Stanford University Dance Marathon has raised over $75,000 for Packard Children’s, surpassing its fundraising total from last year.

19 trends, technologies and techniques that will change the way children's hospitals deliver care Children’s Hospitals Today 2/1/19 Article spotlights trends and innovations in pediatric healthcare, including virtual reality, organ donor compatibility, NICU MRI advances and gene editing research at Stanford. Stanford Medicine Children’s Health is featured; David Axelrod, MD, John Dykes, MD, and Shreyas Vasanawala, MD, PhD, provide comment.

The quandary of genetic testing when you’re pregnant KQED Science 2/11/19 Segment and article explore the growth of the prenatal genetic testing industry, including the more extensive “expanded carrier screening” for inherited genetic risks. Meg Homeyer, genetic counseling supervisor, provides commentary on how Stanford Medicine Children’s Health’s genetic counseling program helps prospective parents make sense of complex genetic test results, implications and risk.

Packard nurse aims to advance patient care through research Stanford Medicine News Center 2/11/19 Article profiles Kimberly Pyke-Grimm, a nurse-scientist at Packard Children’s, who’s discovered a passion for science and advocates for bringing the nursing perspective into clinical research.

Stanford, UCSF consortium fosters innovation in pediatric medical devices Stanford Medicine News Center 2/11/19 Few medical devices are approved specifically for babies and children. Researchers at Stanford and the University of California-San Francisco are working to develop new medical devices through the UCSF-Stanford Pediatric Device Consortium, established last year with an award of $6.7 million from the FDA. James Wall, MD, is quoted.

Stanford releases 2017-18 fundraising results Stanford News 2/11/19 Stanford Medicine Children’s Health and the hospital are mentioned.

Juul ramped up nicotine levels, study says, and competitors followed CNN 2/7/19 Segment and article discuss concerns over increased nicotine concentrations in e-cigarettes. Robert Jackler, MD, senior author of a study that asserts Juul has sparked nicotine one-upmanship in the e-cigarette industry, is interviewed.

Also see: Fortune,, Stanford Medicine News Center

102 women in health IT to know | 2019 Becker’s Hospital Review 2/7/19 Lisa Grisim, VP and associate CIO of Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, is included in this list of women who are making significant contributions to health IT.

Children at risk for cancer find hope with new preventive treatment Stanford Daily 2/6/19 Article highlights the research of Agnieszka Czechowicz, MD, who is working on a preventive, gene therapy solution to help children born with diseases, such as certain types of anemia, accept healthy stem cells and avoid radiation and other toxic treatments that are currently necessary. Harvey Cohen, MD, is also quoted.

January 2019

Some states allow parents to get out of vaccinations CNN 1/29/19 Article and segment examine the recent measles outbreaks in Washington state and Oregon. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, provides comment on vaccine exemptions that allow parents to opt out if they have religious, personal, moral or philosophical beliefs against immunizations.

What does screen time do to toddler brains? San Jose Mercury News 1/29/19 A new study has found that, when used in excess, screen time can have consequences for children’s development. David Wanderman, MD, a pediatrician at Stanford Medicine Children’s Health who was not involved with the study, provides comment.

Balancing the risks and benefits of opioids for children New York Times 1/28/19 Prescribing opioids to children raises a host of questions. Pediatric pain specialists including Elliot Krane, MD, offer their perspectives.

The vape company Juul said it doesn’t target teens. Its early ads tell a different story. Vox 1/25/19 A new analysis of Juul’s marketing campaign suggests it targeted youth from its inception. Robert Jackler, MD, led the research and is quoted.

A roadmap of Stanford Medicine Children's telehealth program: 6 questions with Dr. Dennis Lund Becker’s Hospital Review 1/25/19 Dennis Lund, MD, chief medical officer, discusses how Stanford Medicine Children's Health telehealth program works, how Stanford supports its clinicians with telehealth and what makes the program unique.

How to stop rogue gene editing of human embryos New York Times 1/23 Some U.S. researchers knew of a Chinese scientist’s intentions to implant edited embryos but were unable to stop him. Matthew Porteus, MD, was among those scientists who expressed strong opposition to the experiment. Now scientific institutions are trying to devise global safeguards.

13 of the best virtual reality uses in industry to date Forbes 1/23/18 The Forbes Technology Council shares the best uses of VR and reasons why these cases are so effective. Packard Children’s use of virtual 3D imaging software for surgery is highlighted in the medical treatment and diagnosis category.

Advice to healthcare CIOs: Be willing to share wins and losses Tech Target January 2019 Being a successful CIO means building relationships across the healthcare industry and establishing a good team within an organization, says CIO of the Year Ed Kopetsky. In this Q & A, Kopetsky talks about the challenges healthcare CIOs face and why networking is key to success.

Also see: Becker’s Hospital Review

Paul King appointed president and CEO of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Stanford Daily 1/23/19 On November 2, Packard Children’s and Stanford Medicine Children’s Health appointed Paul King the organization’s new president and CEO.  Jeff Chambers, board chair, is interviewed about the appointment; Lloyd Minor, MD, dean of Stanford School of Medicine, is quoted.

The FDA is considering drugs to help kids quit vaping CNN 1/18/19 The FDA is considering the role of drug therapies to get kids to quit vapes and other nicotine products, with medical organizations and vaping groups weighing in during a recent public hearing on how to address rising levels of e-cigarette use among youth.  Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is quoted.

Also see: CNN 1/11/19

Engineered immune cells target broad range of pediatric solid tumors in mice Stanford Medicine News Center 1/17/19 In mouse studies, a Stanford-led team including Robbie Majzner, MD, and Crystal Mackall, MD, has developed an engineered immune cell that eliminates several types of childhood tumors. The innovation may help patients with relapsed or metastatic disease.

Also see: Science Daily

To lead well, think hard about the legacy that you'll leave Forbes 1/16/19 Forbes recaps the legacy-defining insights of social sector leaders, including Chris Dawes, former president and CEO of Packard Children’s and Stanford Medicine Children's Health. Like the other profiled leaders, Dawes left behind a powerful engine of impact that will drive positive change beyond his tenure; in his case, that includes a focus on mission and vision.

New food allergy tests hold hope for reliable results Allergic Living 1/16/19 New diagnostic tests are being developed that aim to more accurately diagnose a patient’s food allergy. Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is quoted.

This artificial heart can save the youngest patients CNET 1/15/19 This magazine piece discusses medical advances in ventricular assist device systems, which help the youngest patients survive until a new heart becomes available. David Rosenthal, MD, provides comment.  

For children with cancer, hope for new treatment Wall Street Journal  1/15/19 Federal legislation that takes effect in 2020 requires pharmaceutical companies to test potential cancer treatments on children as well as adults. Crystal Mackall, MD, and Norman Lacayo, MD, provide context.

Also see: BioSpace

Stanford Health launches an online program for second opinions Digital Commerce 360 1/14/19 Research says that one in five patients learns they had been misdiagnosed after getting another take on their medical condition by a new doctor; Stanford Medicine is looking to rectify this through digital healthcare. Packard Children’s and Stanford Medicine Children Health are mentioned.

Expanding care for kids through telehealth Healthier, Happy Lives Blog 1/14/10 This year, Stanford Medicine Children’s Health plans to more than double its telehealth services – from 1,100 visits in 2018 to 2,500 visits in 2019. The pediatric medical network is also offering patients and their families better access to Stanford Medicine pediatric experts through digital health technology.

Also see: PatientEngagementHIT, Healthcare Informatics, Becker’s Hospital Review,, Stanford Medicine News Center, Stanford Daily

Pain relief during labor varies across U.S. Reuters 1/11/19 Access to pain relief during childbirth in the U.S. may vary depending on where women live, a study suggests. Alexander Butwick, MD, provides comment.

Q&A: Lucile Packard Children's Hospital CIO Ed Kopetsky on Embracing Health IT Innovation HealthTech 1/11/19 Named Healthcare CIO of the year, Ed Kopetsky speaks to the pitfalls and promise of working in health technology.

Also see: Healthcare Informatics, Stanford News
Original press release: Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Chief Information Officer receives Healthcare CIO of the Year Award

‘Why is there not something better?’ Teen creates DNA test for food allergies San Francisco Chronicle 1/10/19 A local high-school student is hoping to develop a test that looks for genetic markers that a person is allergic — not just sensitive — to certain foods. The teen has been working with Joseph Hernandez, MD, is quoted.

JUUL’s answer to its PR crisis? The millennial Marlboro Man Wired 1/8/19 The e-cigarette company JUUL, fighting accusations of targeting an addictive product to young people, is planning a national TV ad campaign featuring adults who used the product to quit smoking traditional cigarettes. Robert Jackler, MD, provides insights.

Stanford doctor finds strict gun regulations linked to lower adolescent firearm deaths Stanford Daily 1/8/19 States with strict gun laws have lower rates of gun deaths among children and teenagers, and laws to keep guns away from minors are linked with fewer gun suicides in this age group, a Stanford study has found. Senior author Stephanie Chao, MD, is quoted.

When the illness is a mystery, patients turn to these detectives New York Times 1/7/19 More than 100 patients afflicted by mysterious illnesses have been diagnosed through a network of detective-doctors who investigate unidentified diseases, reports a study conducted by scientists at the School of Medicine and multiple collaborating institutes. The Undiagnosed Diseases Network — a program created by the National Institutes of Health — now has 12 clinics nationwide, including one at Stanford. Euan Ashley, MD, the network’s co-chair, is quoted in this piece.

This Stanford Medicine Children's Health executive was just named CIO of the Year by HIMSS, CHIME FierceHealthcare 1/7/19 Article highlights CIO Ed Kopetsky’s career, his contributions to healthcare IT and his leadership in the fight against the opioid epidemic.

Also see: Healthcare Informatics, Healthcare IT News, Becker’s Hospital Review

New treatments for peanut allergies sound promising, but questions remain Washington Post 1/5/19 Tina Sindher, MD, provides comment on new treatments for peanut allergies.

Controversy grows over teens ‘juuling’ at school KTVA-Alaska/Ivanhoe newswire 1/3/19 More than 3.5 million teens used e-cigarettes last year; the U.S. Surgeon General is calling vaping an epidemic among adolescents. According to Stanford research, most kids don’t realize the serious health risks vaping engenders. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is interviewed.

Related content: New York Times, Business Insider, San Francisco Chronicle

Virtual reality transforms hospital stay for kids WNDU-South Bend, IN 1/3/19 Segment explores how Packard Children’s Chariot program helps alleviate anxiety for children undergoing medical procedures. Tom Caruso, MD, Sam Rodriguez, MD, and Molly Pearson, child life specialist, are interviewed.

Related content: Becker’s Hospital Review

Using nurse leader rounding to improve patient experience PatientEngagementHIT 1/2/19 Kelly Johnson, VP of patient care services and chief nursing officer, is interviewed on transforming the patient experience through nurse leader rounding, personalized care and other key patient experience drivers.

VR in healthcare is changing the patient care game TechTarget January 2019 Healthcare professionals are using virtual reality to provide better care for patients and better training for doctors. David Axelrod, MD, comments on the Stanford Virtual Heart; Christine Be, child life specialist, comments on the Chariot program’s use of VR.

September 2019

A model for c-section solutions U.S. News & World Report 9/26/19 Reducing the number of cesarean sections performed in the U.S. has been a top priority for maternal health care experts for several years, and successful efforts in California offer a blueprint for other states. Elliott Main, MD is featured in this article.

How Close Are We to the End of Infertility? Seeker 9/25/19 This video report explores the question of whether there is an end in sight to the issue of infertility. Lusine Aghajanova, PhD, MD, provides comment on common factors of infertility, IVF, new potential methods for reproduction and future possibilities.

Juul CEO steps down amid controversy over vaping All Things Considered (NPR) 9/25/19 Robert Jackler, MD, was interviewed for the program.

Racial disparity in care starts in NICU WebMD 9/29/19 Jochen Profit, MD, PhD, is quoted.

The value of telehealth and digital health – key thoughts from CMIO Natalie Pageler Becker’s Hospital Review 9/27/19 Feature interview with Natalie Pageler, MD, discussing Stanford Medicine Children's Health’s comprehensive digital program focused on improving the quality of care for pediatric patients.

What to know about tonsillitis and when it’s time to worry 9/27/19 Kara Meister, MD, was interviewed for this article.

Teens sleep 43 more minutes per night after combo of two treatments, study finds Stanford Medicine News Center 9/25/19 Stanford researchers increased how long teens slept with light therapy, used to reset their circadian clocks, combined with cognitive behavioral therapy to motivate them to go to bed earlier. Jamie Zeitzer, MD, is quoted.

Vaping-linked lung illnesses are spreading. Should we be freaking out? Mother Jones 9/24/19 Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is quoted.

Also see: Palo Alto Online

Column: studies show how JUUL exploited social media to get teens to start vaping LA Times 9/24/19

Also see: Bloomberg, TIME, MSNBC

One adult and one child die of flu in Santa Clara County KTVU 9/24/19 Christine Halaburka, MD offers expert perspective.

Why do babies put their feet in the air? It's more than a cute quirk Romper 9/23/19 Courtney Wusthoff, MD is quoted.

Why babies lose their hair 9/21/19 Katie Ellgass, MD, is quoted.

Mild head trauma can damage brain’s protective barrier, study finds Stanford Medicine News Center 9/19/19 Study co-authors David Camarillo, PhD, and Gerald Grant, MD, FACS, are quoted.

Also see:

Peanut allergy advances stir excitement, caution Forbes 9/19/19 Sharon Chinthrajah, MD, is quoted.

Check your pantry: Gold Medal flour recalled over E.coli fears 9/19/19 General Mills is voluntarily recalling batches of unbleached all-purpose flour due to a potential contamination with a harmful strain of E. coli. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, provides comment on E. coli contamination and precautions that people should take.

Ambassadors for Lucile Packard Children's Hospital support mental health Nob Hill Gazette Online 9/18/19 Article highlighting a new clinical psychiatry role in our NICU to support families in the unit. Richard Shaw, MD, is quoted.

Patients explore heart through virtual reality Voice of America 9/18/19 Story features the Stanford Virtual Heart, David Axelrod, MD is interviewed.

Brain tumors form synapses with healthy neurons, Stanford-led study finds Stanford Medicine News Center 9/18/19 Scientists have shown for the first time that severe brain cancers integrate into the brain’s wiring. Michelle Monje, MD, PhD, is highlighted. Hannes Vogel, MD, is mentioned.

Also see: Deadly Brain Cancers Act Like 'Vampires' By Hijacking Normal Cells To Grow NPR 9/18/19

The US and UK see vaping very differently. Here’s why CNN 9/17/19 Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is quoted.

Clinician burnout: Physicians name the technologies they think could best solve it Healthcare IT News Online 9/17/19 Lisa Grisim, RN, associate chief information officer is quoted. 

How teens are hiding their vaping habits Today Show 9/16/19 Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, MD, was interviewed for this feature story.

First drug for peanut allergy nears FDA approval 9/16/19 An FDA panel is recommending a new treatment option for peanut allergy that helps reduce the risk of severe reactions in case of accidental exposure. Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD; Sharon Chinthrajah, MD; Tina Sindher, MD provide comment on the findings and the benefits of the new treatment option.

Why don't newborns have tears or sweat? LiveScience 9/15/19 General pediatrician, Katie Ellgass, MD, is quoted.

Cures for hearing loss may be found in new drugs Wall Street Journal 9/15/19 Biotech companies seek to cure hearing loss in children is by using a healthy gene to compensate for a defective gene that causes deafness. Kay Chang, MD, and Robert Jackler, MD, are quoted.

How this CEO is charting a course forward for Stanford Medicine Children's Health San Francisco Business Times Online; Silicon Valley Business Journal 9/13/19 An Executive Profile on Paul King, president and CEO of Stanford Medicine Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.

Facebook plea prompts mother of 3 to donate kidney to stranger NBC Bay Area 9/12/19 NBC’s Bay Area Proud told the story of a stranger who gave the ultimate gift of life to a two-year-old patient after following his story on Facebook and learning he would need a kidney transplant to survive.

Also See: Fresno hospital celebrates organ donor with a special surprise Fresno Bee 9/6/19

'Sugar Tax' on sweet treats could slim waistlines ABC News 09/11/19 A new study suggests that a tax on sugary snacks could have an impact on weight loss. Lisa Chamberlain, MD, who was not involved with the research, provided comment in this article.

Health officials are investigating 62 cases of vaping related lung disease and 1 death in CA KQED Forum 9/11/19 Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, MD, was a guest on the program to discuss vape use and the potential dangers.

Stanford Medicine Children's Health appoints Rick Majzun Vice President and COO PR Newswire; Beckers Hospital Review 9/9/19 Press release and coverage announcing appointment of Rick Majzun as chief operating officer.

Disney quizzes, star-athlete interviews help young patients smile again Palo Alto Online 9/7/19 Article highlighting on the hospital’s Broadcast Studio. The studio’s media coordinator, Matt Vido is quoted.

12 Things All High-Performing Teams Have In Common Forbes Online 9/5/19 Etka Vyas, PhD, director of human resources is quoted.

Magic Leap sees a bright future in AR healthcare Fast Company 9/5/19 The hospital is mentioned.

Also see: Venture Beat

Stanford CHARIOT uses virtual and augmented reality to improve pediatric patient experience Immersive Learning News 9/4/19
Packard Children’s physicians are working to change the outcome of hospital visits for pediatric patients using virtual and augmented reality via the Childhood Anxiety Reduction through Innovation and Technology (CHARIOT) program. Thomas Caruso, MD, is quoted; Sam Rodriguez, MD, is mentioned.

The case for a course of virtual reality U.S. News & World Report 9/4/19 Researchers and clinicians are investigating how VR can be applied to health care, from treating phobias to physical rehabilitation. The hospital’s CHARIOT program, which uses VR to help alleviate anxiety for children undergoing medical procedures, is highlighted. Thomas Caruso, MD, is quoted.

Can artificial intelligence help pediatric radiologist burnout? Imaging Technology News 9/4/19 A new study reveals high levels of job dissatisfaction among pediatric radiologists, and some suggest AI can help streamline workflow to alleviate workload burdens. Safwan Halabi, MD, is quoted.

Children with autism show social improvement when treated with the hormone vasopressin Stanford Medicine Magazine Summer 2019 Scientists see promise in a study showing that use of the hormone vasopressin helps children with autism improve their social skills. Antonio Hardan, MD and Karen Parker, PhD are featured.

‘When you don’t know, you feel alone in the world’ Stanford Magazine September 2019 A feature story on the Undiagnosed Disease Network, a research initiative created by the National Institutes of Health in 2014 in conjunction with six clinical sites at academic medical centers, including Stanford. Featuring Jon Bernstein, MD, PhD; Matthew Wheeler, MD, PhD; Euan Ashley, MD, PhD; and patients of Packard Children’s Hospital. Paul Fisher, MD, is also mentioned.

Podcast: Just-In-Time Cafe, Episode 58 – Stanford Medicine Children’s Health cures HR bureaucracy with lean, featuring Ekta Vyas September 2019 Etka Vyas, director of human resources, discusses tips for transforming an organization’s HR.

Ambassadors of Health Nob Hill Gazette September 2019 The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Packard Children’s welcomes a clinical psychologist, thanks to efforts by the hospital’s affiliated Ambassadors organization. Richard Shaw, MD, is quoted.

August 2019

CDC warns of ‘alarming’ strain of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella: What you need to know 8/23/19 The CDC is sounding an alarm about increasing cases drug-resistant Salmonella which has infected at least 255 people across the country. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is interviewed about the outbreak and how to protect yourself from infection.

Unlicensed marijuana vaping products eyed in 21 lung disease cases in California San Francisco Chronicle 8/21/19 California public health authorities are investigating 21 cases of severe lung disease that appear to be connected to vaping unlicensed cannabis products and may be part of a larger outbreak that has sickened at least 150 people around the United States since June. Robert Jackler, MD, provides comment.

E-cigarettes change blood vessels after just one use CNN 8/20/19 A new study shows changes in cardiovascular function after vaping e-liquids, temporarily impacting blood vessel function in healthy people. Robert Jackler, MD, who was not part of the research, provides comment.

Global pharmacy repackaging systems market overview 2019 Medgadget 8/20/19 The hospital is mentioned.

DVHS teen closing in on $10K fundraising effort for sick kids Patch 8/20/19 A greeting card company created in 2017 benefits patients at Packard Children’s.

A peanut allergy cure? Big news on new treatments for 6 million kids NBC Today Show 8/19/19
Promising new treatments are being tested for people who suffer from food allergies, especially children. At Stanford, research is currently being conducted on peanut pills and powder that gradually increase tolerance to peanuts. Kari Nadeau, MD, is featured.

105 physician leaders to know Becker’s Hospital Review 8/18/19 Dennis Lund, MD, chief medical officer, is included on Becker’s latest list of physician leaders to know.

Joe Camel was forced out of ads. So why is Juul allowed on TV? Healthline 8/19/19
This story discusses the e-cigarette company Juul’s advertising methods and quotes Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, and Robert Jackler, MD.

Also see: Healthline

Tech helping to alleviate nurse shortage, experience gaps Modern Healthcare 8/17/19
Hospitals are revamping recruitment strategies and restructuring workflows for nurses, who are projected to be in steep demand in key markets and specialties within the next decade. Lisa Grisim, VP and associate CIO of Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, is quoted.

Scientists seek better guidelines for editing genes in human embryos Scientific American 8/15/19 The International Commission on the Clinical Use of Human Germline Genome Editing met in Washington, D.C., in August in an effort to develop a framework for assessing the scientific, medical and ethical considerations for any experiments to edit the genomes of human cells that can be passed on to future generations. Matthew Porteus, MD, is quoted.

Op-ed: Let’s call this youth vaping crisis what it is: A Juuling epidemic Los Angeles Times 8/15/19 This opinion piece, written by Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, discusses the e-cigarette company, Juul, and its role in the youth vaping epidemic.

British Airways testing VR headsets for first-class passengers this year ARS Tecnica 8/14/19 Article mentions the hospital’s use of VR to relieve anxiety among pediatric patients.

Formerly conjoined Sacramento Co. twins start kindergarten NBC Sacramento (KCRA-TV) 8/13/19 An update on formerly conjoined twin sisters Erika and Eva Sandoval, who were separated at Packard Children’s in 2016. The twins recently turned five, started kindergarten, and are each walking with the help of a prosthetic and a walker.

How to reduce air exposure to pollution New York Times 8/13/19 This piece discusses ways to reduce exposure to air pollution. Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is quoted.

Brentwood’s John Muir urgent care, outpatient center expand Mercury News 8/8/19 Stanford Medicine Children’s Health’s partnership with John Muir for pediatric cardiology is mentioned.

New gel may prevent scarring after cardiac surgery UPI 8/8/19 Applying a gel to internal tissues of animals after cardiac surgery significantly limits the formation of adhesions, a problematic form of scar tissue, Stanford researchers have found. Co-senior author Joseph Woo, MD, is quoted.

Another food is primed to join the 'big eight' allergens Popular Science 8/6/19 Sesame allergies are more common than previously thought. Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is quoted.

Why parents are turning to a controversial treatment for food allergies Undark 8/5/19 Debate continues to surround the use of oral immunotherapy to treat food allergies. Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is quoted.

Creating places to heal for children Marin Independent Journal 8/2/19 The hospital is mentioned in this article about the volunteer organization “Dec My Room,” which works to decorate the hospital rooms of children who are hospitalized for at least three weeks.

Silicon Valley is eyeing the giant market for infant formula CNBC 8/2/19 Segment discusses the use of formula compared to breastmilk and features several Bay Area-based companies working to create new formulas. Susan Crowe, MD, is quoted.

Expanding care in the Tri-Valley San Francisco Business Times 8/2/19 Article highlights the presence of Stanford Medicine Children’s Health within the Tri-Valley area. Sherri Sager, chief government and community relations officer, is quoted.

New study launched to evaluate experimental treatment for food allergy News Medical 8/2/19 Though food allergies affect more than 4.8 million children in the United States, no approved preventative treatments currently exist. Sharon Chinthrajah, MD, provides comment. 

Lucile Packard Children's improves finances: 4 things to know Becker’s Hospital Review 8/1/19 The hospital’s improved operating performance is reviewed.

Best Pediatricians in the Bay Area Bay Area Parent August 2019 Bay Area Parent readers have named Silicon Valley pediatricians at Stanford Medicine Children’s Health as the Bay Area’s 2019 “Best of the Best.”

Reloaded: The Blaine Baxter story Amazon Prime August 2019 Arash Momeni, MD, and Elliot Krane, MD, are interviewed in this documentary film about a former Packard Children’s patient who is pursuing a career in race car driving.

Formerly limited, patient portals offer more online options Hospital Access Management August 2019 Article discusses the integration of electronic medical records (EMRs) and revenue cycle systems. Andrew Ray, director of physician revenue cycle, is quoted.

July 2019

E-cigarettes could lead to lung irritation: Study ABC-Good Morning America 7/31/19 Researchers looked at Juul e-cigarettes and found chemicals they say can irritate airways and prompt the respiratory system to become inflamed. Segment includes Robert Jackler, MD.

Also see: NPR

The Gilroy shooting and what the Democratic candidates should remember about Justice John Paul Stevens The New Yorker 7/30/19 Stephanie Chao, MD, is quoted in this article about the efficacy of gun control.

Mired in traffic, Stanford Medicine Children’s ramps up telehealth, remote work San Francisco Business Times 7/29/19 Paul King, president and CEO, is interviewed in this article that highlights the hospital’s expansion of telehealth services, along with other technology-based efforts to improve delivery of care to patients. 

Tips for getting the most out of payer negotiations Becker’s Hospital Review 7/29/19  Gary May, VP of managed care and payer relations, is among healthcare leaders who share their tips for getting the most out of payer negotiations.

Racial disparity in care starts with youngest, frailest patients US News & World Report; HealthDay News 7/29/19 Racial disparities in perinatal care persist in neonatal intensive care units. Jochen Profit, MD, is quoted.

Also see: MedPage Today, Romper

Virtual reality program distracts and entertains pediatric patients ahead of surgery Texas Medical Center News 7/29/19 The Packard Children’s Chariot program is mentioned.

Crowded shelves and melting skulls: Why so many vape stores look the same Vox 7/26/19 E-juice brands and the stores that carry them often share a dark, cartoonish aesthetic. Robert Jackler, MD, is quoted.

Juul targeted schools, camps and youth programs, House panel claims New York Times 7/25/19 Robert Jackler, MD, and Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, are among the tobacco experts testifying before Congress as it scrutinizes the e-cigarette company Juul. 

Also see: CNBC , Yahoo Finance, CNN, Roll Call, Courthouse News

7 symptoms of endometriosis every woman should know, according to gynecologists Prevention 7/24/19 Article highlights symptoms of endometriosis, a painful condition where the tissue from inside the uterus grows outside the uterus. Jennifer Conti, MD, is quoted.

Ekta Vyas finds fulfillment through being a lifelong learner Profile Magazine 7/22/19 Ekta Vyas, PhD, human resources director, discusses leading organizations through transformational change, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and how technology impacts recruiting and employer branding.

Inside Stanford's new $2 billion hospital, a decade in the making San Francisco Business Times 7/19/19 The hospital is mentioned.

Optimum’s John Muir Health provides a new model for health system collaboration Med City News 7/18/19 Stanford Medicine Children’s Health is mentioned.

Vaporized: America’s e-cigarette addiction CNBC 7/17/19 In this documentary segment about e-cigarette addiction, Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, discusses her work studying teens‘ e-cigarette use.

Google Glass may have an afterlife as a device to teach autistic children New York Times 7/17/19 Google Glass could help autistic children learn to recognize emotion and make eye contact. Dennis Wall, PhD, led the work and is quoted in this article.

VR helps young patients say goodbye to pain medication Voice of America 7/17/19 Segment highlights ways Packard Children’s is using virtual reality to help lessen pain and anxiety among pediatric patients in the hospital. Sam Rodriguez, MD, is featured.

Death of 9-year-old Milpitas boy to common virus perplexes doctors San Francisco Chronicle 7/14/19 This article discusses the mysterious death of a 9-year old boy with an infection from a virus most often associated with the common cold. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, was not involved with this case but provides comment. 

Babies born prematurely less likely to have romantic partners, sex, or be parents as adults Newsweek 7/12/19 Heidi Feldman, MD, PhD, provides comment on the need for continued research into the effects of preterm birth.

The maddeningly inscrutable world of IVF costs Washington Post 7/11/19 Lusine Aghajanova, MD, is quoted in this article about the costs of IVF treatments.

Recreational marijuana legalization tied to decline in teens using pot, study says 7/8/19 A recent paper suggests that in states where recreational marijuana has been legalized, marijuana use among youth may actually be falling. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, who was not involved with the paper, is quoted.

Young 'patient hero' teaches classmates about his heart condition Los Altos Town Crier 7/3/19 Article profiles Packard Children’s patient Drew Yasutake who is helping to spread awareness about congenital heart disease, and is supporting families whose children are currently receiving care at the Betty Irene Moore Children’s Heart Center at Packard Children’s. Drew was a 2019 Summer Scamper Patient Hero.

#Juul: Study makes the case for stricter regulation on e-cigarette marketing 7/3/19 Robert Jackler, MD, is quoted.

Also see: NPR

Christopher Dawes, former CEO of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, dies Palo Alto Weekly; Mountain View Voice 7/2/19 Obituary honors Christopher Dawes, who passed away on June 29 after a courageous battle with ALS. Chris served 30 years at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, including 18 years as CEO of the hospital.

New guidelines aim to enlist primary care physicians in transgender care STAT 7/1/19 Juno Obedin-Maliver, MD, MPH, is quoted.

Zipper boy returns Bleacher Report July 2019 In 2018, a rare heart condition nearly cost Shareef O'Neal his life. Now, after open-heart surgery, the UCLA basketball player making a comeback. Frank Hanley, MD, who performed the surgery, is quoted.

June 2019

Journal Club: New protein structure reveals hotspot for cystic fibrosis drug binding Journal Club (PNAS) 6/29/19 The newly revealed structure of a cystic fibrosis drug, captured in tandem with its target channel protein, could help scientists design better medications for the condition. Richard Moss, MD, who was not involved with the research, provides comment in this blog post.

ACIP endorses catch-up hepatitis A vaccinations MDEdge 6/28/19 Grace Lee, MD, is a member of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and is quoted in this article.

At what age should kids be making their own medical decisions? Healthline 6/27/19 Alyssa Burgart, MD, provides comment in this article exploring what the appropriate age is for children to make their own medical decisions.

‘The Dinner’ inspires, entertains Nob Hill Gazette 6/27/19 The hospital is mentioned in this article about a fundraiser hosted by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health.

San Francisco's e-cigarette sales ban is an unprecedented health experiment 6/26/19 Seeking to "curb the epidemic of youth vaping," San Francisco officials voted on Tuesday to effectively ban the sale of e-cigarettes. Robert Jackler, MD, is quoted.

Food allergy answer? Today Show (NBC) 6/25/19 More than six million children in the U.S. suffer from food allergies. The first of a two-part series looks at the reasons behind the dramatic rise in food allergies, and how researchers are trying to counteract that trend. Kari Nadeau, MD, is interviewed about the mystery surrounding the uptick, and how parents can help prevent allergies.

New research is focusing on treating teens' suicidal thoughts with support of friends, family 6/24/19 Michele Berk, PhD, provides comment in this article on suicide prevention.

A boy who had spinal surgery in the womb stands on his own two feet New York Times 6/24/19 The hospital is mentioned.

New research is focusing on treating teens' suicidal thoughts with support of friends, family TIME 6/24/19 Michele Berk, PhD, provides comment in this article on suicide prevention.

How parents can talk to teens about marijuana legalization Healthline 6/24/19 Marijuana use among U.S. teens has risen since the early 1990s, even as alcohol and tobacco use has fallen. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, provides comment.

Berry mix being recalled over hepatitis A fears Healthline 6/24/19 The FDA issued a public health alert in light of a recall of frozen berries that may be contaminated with hepatitis A. Amanda Cheung, MD, comments on the serious health risk of hep A.

Teen patient uses 'Wish' to pay it forward NBC Bay Area 6/21/19 Packard Children’s patient Justin Wang, who received a heart transplant at Packard Children’s, is helping others with his new heart-healthy cookbook.

Wearable tech supports home therapy for kids with autism AMA News 6/21/19 A team of Stanford researchers has found that children with autism improved measurably on a test of socialization and learning when their therapy included an at-home intervention with Google Glass. Dennis Wall, MD, led the work and is quoted.

UCSF Benioff Children’s, Packard Children’s hospitals ranked among best in nation Mercury News 6/20/29 U.S. News’ annual survey recognizes Packard Children’s once again for excellence in pediatric care.

Frozen avocados recalled after listeria detected Healthline 6/20/19 A brand of frozen avocados is being voluntarily recalled due to possible listeria contamination. Yvonne Maldonaldo, MD, is interviewed about symptoms and health risks.

When children get worse on antidepressants: Activation or bipolar? Psychiatric Times 6/19/19 There are many reasons why symptoms worsen in younger patients who are prescribed antidepressants. Manpreet Singh, MD, discusses the five possible scenarios in this podcast.

Debate: Should San Francisco ban the sale of e-cigarettes? KPFA Radio 6/18/19 Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is featured in this discussion.

Artificial intelligence could revolutionize medical care. But don’t trust it to read your x-ray just yet. Science 6/17/19 The hospital is mentioned.

First Lady of Poland at Packard Children’s Hospital Official website of the President of the Republic of Poland 6/17/19 The First Lady of Poland visited Packard Children’s Hospital in June (article in Polish, with images.)

Golf’s longest drives are creeping up and changing the sport WIRED 6/14/19 In this video, Jessica Rose, PhD, director, Motion & Gait Analysis Lab, discusses how a professional golfer’s swing differs from an amateur golfer’s swing; the Motion and Sports Performance Laboratory team uses motion capture analysis to compare swings.

Fix the health of your work environment and retain nurses HealthLeaders 6/14/19 Kelly Johnson, PhD, RN, VP of patient care services and chief nursing officer, is featured in this article. Johnson discusses Stanford Medicine Children’s Health’s commitment to creating a healthy work environment and a culture that supports nurses in delivering optimal patient care.

Margin for error 'almost zero' in testing pediatric devices MedTechDive 6/14/19 Through FDA-backed partnerships, regulators, researchers and companies are rethinking how to overcome development barriers and commercialize pediatric medical devices in a limited market. James Wall, MD, is interviewed.

Congressman is latest to announce probe into leading vaping company Juul CNN 6/13/19 A House committee is launching an investigation into e-cigarette manufacturer Juul, seeking a host of information about whether the company has actively marketed its product to youth. Robert Jackler, MD, provides comment.

Fentanyl overdose deaths: Why was this doctor allowed to study and practice medicine? USA Today 6/12/19 This op-ed, co-written by Alyssa Burgart, MD, argues that applicants with serious criminal histories should not be admitted to medical school.

Stanford hospitals reverified as Level I trauma center Stanford Medicine News Center 6/12/19 The American College of Surgeons has reverified Stanford Health Care and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford as an adult and pediatric Level I trauma center, the highest possible ranking for trauma centers. David Spain, MD, and Stephanie Chao, MD, are quoted.

Senators seek drop-in centers for youth in mental health crisis California Health Report 6/11/19 A bill making its way through the California legislature seeks to establish 100 youth drop-in centers across the state to support young people with mental health, substance use and physical health issues. Steven Adelsheim, MD, is quoted.

In wake of East Bay child’s death, dental group releases new guidance on anesthesia San Jose Mercury News 6/10/19 In newly released guidelines, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, in conjunction with the American Academy of Pediatrics, recommends that two people credentialed to administer anesthesia be present in the room any time a child is deeply sedated. Rita Agarwal, MD, provides comment.

Palo Alto to consider one of the Bay Area’s strictest bans of plastic straws, produce bags San Jose Mercury News 6/9/19 Sherri Sager, chief government and community relations officer, is mentioned.

Also see: The Daily Post; Palo Alto Online

As the care continuum expands, patient-matching remains a problem without a single solution Modern Healthcare 6/8/19 Brendan Watkins, administrative director of enterprise analytics at Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, provides commentary in this article about EHR patient-matching.

2-year-old with rare prune belly syndrome gets kidney from a mom of 3 who followed his story on Facebook Good Morning America (ABC) 6/6/19 A stranger gives a Packard Children’s patient a second chance at life by donating her kidney.

The iPhone's new dark mode: Why you should care 6/5/19 Euna Koo, MD, is quoted.

T1D Exchange names Glooko as data management partner in Quality Improvement Collaborative Third party press release 6/4/19 Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is one of 11 U.S. hospitals that make up the T1D Exchange Quality Improvement Collaborative (QIC), which comprises a robust data platform and a learning collaborative to study Type 1 diabetes in an effort to advance treatment for the disease.

That weird leg jerk as you're falling asleep? Here's what it's called and why it happens Popsugar 6/4/19 Hypnic jerks are normal and not a sign of any major sleep issue, but you should take them as a sign that it's time to go to sleep. Rafael Pelayo, MD, is quoted.

App may help reduce migraine attacks by nearly 30% Healthline 6/4/19 A new study found relaxation techniques can help cut monthly migraine attacks. Robert Cowan, MD, is quoted.

When to see a fertility specialist New York Times 6/3/19 At least one in seven couples has trouble conceiving. Fertility experts provide advice on when and how to reach out for help. Michael Eisenberg, MD, is quoted.

61 hospital and health system CISOs to know Becker's Hospital Review 6/3/19 Auston Davis, chief information security officer  is included on this list.

Here’s why you might get nightmares if you sleep in this one position – and how to fix it 6/3/19 Sleeping in a certain position may make you prone to nightmares. Rafael Pelayo, MD, explains how it has to do with breathing.

Neoadjuvant immune checkpoint inhibitor combo promising for NSCLC Cancer Network 6/2/19 Article discusses results from an immunotherapy clinical trial for non-small cell lung cancer. Maximilian Diehn, MD, is quoted.

The Future of Everything with Russ Altman: Got food allergies? Here's what you need to know with guest Kari Nadeau Stanford Radio 6/3/19 (originally aired on SiriusXM 6/1/19) In this podcast, Kari Nadeau, MD, explains the difference between food allergies and sensitivities, and discusses effective treatments for both.

May 2019

More than the bottom line PenTV 5/31/19 Sherri Sager, chief government and community relations officer, is featured in this interview. Sager discusses the new hospital and the role of Stanford Medicine Children’s Health within the community.

Morgan Hill teen gets creative to teach children kindness NBC Bay Area (KNTV) 5/31/19 The hospital is mentioned.

Controlled burns not only help forest health but human health, study finds San Francisco Chronicle 5/30/19 Article reports on new Stanford research that suggests immune markers and pollutant levels in the blood indicate wildfire smoke may be more harmful to children’s health than smoke from a controlled burn. Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is senior author of the study.

Also see:

Original press release: Wildfire smoke worse for kids’ health than smoke from controlled burns

Simulation: A lab of human behavior and cognition CIO Applications 5/30/19 Lillian Su, MD, authored this opinion article about the impact of simulation training on healthcare.

Opioids in court & war crime prisoner HBO—VICE News 5/28/19 Alyssa Burgart, MD, provides commentary on the first major opioid trial against drug manufacturers in Oklahoma.

Prescription stimulant abuse in youth rising again Medscape 5/28/19 A new survey suggests that teens misusing prescription stimulants to treat ADHD is on the rise again. John Leikauf, MD, is quoted.

Scientists wanted: Recruited by Juul, many researchers say no New York Times 5/27/19 Juul has reached out to numerous researchers with offers to pay for studies on its products. Many have said no. Robert Jackler, MD, provides comment.

Also see: Yahoo! Finance

How virtual reality technology revolutionizes education on congenital heart disease Z6 Mag 5/27/19 Article discusses the Stanford Virtual Heart, a virtual reality experience used for instruction of heart anatomy and congenital heart defects, and as an educational tool for patients and families.

Managing the measles KCBS Radio 5/24/19 In this episode of In Depth, Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses the United States’ current measles outbreak, reasons it has made a comeback, and what can be done to help stop it.

Why virtual office visits can be a parent’s best friend PopSugar 5/21/19 Sponsored article highlights how Stanford Medicine Children’s Health is using virtual visits to make it easier than ever to access medical care for kids. Jennifer Kaufman, MD, is featured.

This year's Bay Area pollen season is really bad. Here's why KQED 5/20/19 Heavy rain, climate change and a pollen season that is starting earlier and lasting longer may be contributing to the Bay Area’s severe allergy season. Kari Nadeau, MD, provides commentary.

Are kids who own tobacco promotional materials more likely to start products like Juul? 5/19/19 Many teens own e-cigarette samples, coupons or branded promotional items, and these teens are more likely to try the products, a Stanford study found. Senior author, Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is quoted.

Also see: Stanford Medicine News Center

Trans dads tell doctors: 'You can be a man and have a baby' NBC News 5/18/19 Transgender men say they face misinformation, bias and a lack of understanding from the medical establishment when they decide to start a family. Juno Obedin-Maliver, MD, provides comment.

Redefining family San Francisco Chronicle 5/17/19 Genetic testing can reveal unexpected results about families, but many people may not be prepared for what they learn. Lynn Westphal, MD, is quoted.

The most powerful women in healthcare IT for 2019—CIOs and IT execs Health Data Management 5/15/19 Natalie Pageler, MD, CMIO, has been named to Health Data Management’s list of Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT in 2019.

Mallory Smith’s ’14 posthumous memoir ‘Salt in My Soul’ to come to campus Stanford Daily 5/15/19 In her memoir released in March, “Salt in My Soul: An Unfinished Life,” Stanford graduate Mallory Smith detailed her account of living with and combating cystic fibrosis from age 3 to 25. Her parents and David Cornfield, MD, spoke about Mallory story and impact.