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DEC 2021

Tinnitus or vertigo? It could be COVID

During the peak of the pandemic, odd sensory side effects of COVID-19 were well known, such as loss of taste and smell. Research now also links coronavirus to hearing and balance disorders.

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A job program embracing neurodiversity

The Stanford Neurodiversity at Work program asks the question: what if we viewed neurological differences as assets, rather than deficits? The program matches job seekers with autism to employers and provides training to prepare both for success.

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Alexa, should I get screened for cancer?

Is health information from voice assistants reliable? To answer this, researchers asked popular voice assistants whether they should be screened for 11 different cancers. Some did not provide any verbal answer while others offered unreliable sources or inaccurate information.

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Anti-vaping policies have failed

When the FDA in early 2020 banned the sale of most flavored cartridge e-cigarettes, the intent was to stop young people from vaping. A new study shows that, instead, many switched to permitted disposable e-cigarettes and continued to vape.

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Noninvasive Parkinson’s treatment

Symptoms of Parkinson’s arise when large groups of neurons abnormally fire at once. A clinical trial underway demonstrates that vibrating the fingertips can reset these neurons and alleviate symptoms, including tremors, depression, and loss of taste and smell.

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Vaccines Work in Cancer Patients

The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines prevented COVID-19 infection in cancer patients, researchers found.

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Keeping Resolutions

Making a New Year’s resolution? Here is insight—and a little inspiration—for how to accomplish any goal, plus specific tips on achieving some of the most common resolutions.

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Health Library

Rather than asking Alexa, Google, or Siri, Stanford Medicine librarians can tackle your health questions with resources you won’t find browsing online. This service is free and available to everyone.

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Omicron & Winter

Dr. Roshni Mathew answers five questions families have about the new coronavirus variant Omicron, kids, and the winter season.

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myHealth Tip

Everyone age 16+ who completed an initial COVID-19 vaccine series is eligible for a booster shot. Kids 5 to 11 are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.

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