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NOV 2021

Addictive potential of social media, explained

Dopamine is the main chemical involved in addiction. It’s secreted in the brain when we engage in a rewarding experience like finding food, clothing, shelter, or a mate. Psychiatrist Anna Lembke, MD explains how social media gives us a comparable dopamine dump—and that there is an antidote.

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How to make (and keep) genetic data private

The growth of genetic databases, like consumer websites dedicated to ancestry and health, unlock valuable insights for individuals. They also raise privacy concerns for entire families. Stanford University professor Kuang Xu shares how we can create methods for accessing genetic data that maximize the privacy of all involved.

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Can major surgery increase risk for Alzheimer’s?

About half of cardiac surgery patients experience memory and cognitive impairment at the time of hospital discharge. A new study, looking at 14 patients, shows that blood levels of a substance highly predictive of Alzheimer’s disease jumped more than five-fold during the procedure.

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NBA playing style linked to knee injury

Basketball players who weave through defense to shoot a basket face a higher risk of tears in the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), according to a new study. After repair, they typically return to the same level of play.

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Lung Cancer

Adults age 50 to 80 who have a history of smoking two packs a day for 10 years and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years should be screened for lung cancer.

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Vaccinating Kids

Children age 5 to 11 can now receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. They will receive one-third the dose used in teens and adults using smaller needles.

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Clinical Trials

Stanford Health Care is an academic medical center, where new medical strategies, treatments, and devices are tested in clinical trials. By enrolling in one of these research projects, you help advance science and possibly receive the latest treatment.

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Pandemic Puzzle

COVID-19 won’t be the last global health threat of its kind. In this webinar series, leading experts discuss the global pandemic response, lessons for recovery, and how we can build resilience.

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myHealth Tip

Need same-day care for a minor injury or illness? See a provider through Express Care in person or by video.

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