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Stanford Health Care

MAY 2022

How to prepare for a longer life

Of the babies born in the United States today, more than half can expect to celebrate their 100th birthday. Laura Carstensen, psychologist and founder of Stanford’s Center on Longevity, has five tips for preparing for those decades of “extra” time.

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Nerve decompression surgery for migraine

About 12% of Americans know the head-splitting, skull-pounding pain of a migraine. Plastic surgeon Dr. Catherine Curtin discusses a little-known treatment for migraines: surgery that involves decompressing a nerve.

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Gene-therapy gel shows promise for butterfly disease

Stanford Medicine researchers have been working on gene therapies for epidermolysis bullosa, or “butterfly disease,” for over a decade. In a clinical trial, a new topically applied gel helped wounds heal and stay healed.

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It’s not your imagination ⁠— your teen is tuning you out

Around age 13, kids’ brains shift from favoring their mothers’ voices to tuning in to unfamiliar ones, part of the biological signal driving teens to separate from their parents, a new study found.

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Diabetes drug linked to genital birth defects in boys

Boys were more likely to be born with genital birth defects if their fathers took the common diabetes drug metformin in the three months before conception, according to a new study. The finding adds to a limited but growing understanding of how paternal factors can affect the health of children.

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Avoid a Stroke

The most important controllable risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure. Other risks are age, sex, ethnicity, and family history. We offer rapid access to every type of diagnosis and treatment for stroke or potential stroke.

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Stop the Bleed

Join Stanford Medicine for a free, hands-on training to learn techniques to quickly control severe bleeding with pressure, packing, or a tourniquet until help arrives. Space is limited.

June 27 | 4:00-5:00pm

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Mental Hygiene

Spending even 15 minutes on mental health hygiene each day can bring benefits like improved mood, better relationships, deeper concentration, and enhanced creativity.

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myHealth Tip

Second booster doses are available to individuals over age 50, those over age 18 who received a J&J vaccine for their primary dose and first booster, and those over 18 who are immunocompromised.

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Perfect scores from LGBTQ rights group

The Healthcare Equality Index, a project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, awarded Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health perfect scores for LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices.

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