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FEB 2022

World record: Fastest genome sequencing technique

The new approach diagnosed rare genetic diseases in an average of 8 hours, a feat nearly unheard of in standard clinical care. The quickest sequence took just 5 hours and 2 minutes.

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Embrace food for heart

February is Heart Month. Improve your health with small, easy changes to the food you eat. Stanford Health Care dietitians have simple suggestions for cooking, shopping, and dining out to help you make healthier choices and prevent cardiovascular disease.

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Building evidence for gender-affirming care

Transgender adults who started gender-affirming hormone therapy as teens had better mental health than those who waited until adulthood or wanted the treatment but never received it, according to a new analysis of data from the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey.

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Blood injections transfer the benefits of exercise

Physical exercise is great for a mouse’s brain, and for yours. A new study shows blood transfusions from running mice reduced neuroinflammation in sedentary mice and improved their cognitive performance. A single protein appears largely responsible.

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Arm sleeve simulates touch

A squeeze of the arm or pat on the hand can convey more than words. Researchers have developed an electronic sleeve that brings touch to virtual communication. The forearm device is shown to communicate emotions like attention seeking, calmness, and gratitude.

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Black History

Learn from Stanford historian Michael Hines in this short video about the beginnings and evolution of Black History Month.

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Give Blood Now

It’s easy, and more urgent than ever. Your donation will make a big difference to someone in need. Let’s end the shortage together.

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Cancer Screenings

The earlier a disease is diagnosed, the more likely it is that it can be cured or successfully managed. World Cancer Day was Feb. 4 – a reminder to learn what screenings are right for you.

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Diabetes Group

Join the Diabetes Wellness Group on Zoom the second Thursday of every month. It’s free and open to all adults. The Feb. 10 session will offer ideas for a lower carb diet.

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myHealth Tip

Schedule a COVID‑19 test or vaccine in MyHealth. Children 5-11 can receive the Pfizer vaccine, and everyone 12+ can get a booster.

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At-home COVID‑19 Tests

Private health plans now cover at-home tests at up to $12 per test. Also, all households can order 4 free rapid tests from the federal government.

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US News Best Hospitals Honor Roll 2021-22

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