School of Medicine opens outdoor workout facility

Members of the School of Medicine community can now do a reps on TRX equipment between meetings, shoot hoops at lunch or participate in fitness classes after work at the medical school’s recently opened outdoor fitness facility.

Last Thursday, a crowd of 200 gathered at the new School of Medicine Sports Complex to test out the equipment and join in the ceremonial cutting of basketball nets. My colleague Margarita Gallardo covered the event and offers more details about the facility in an Inside Stanford Medicine story:

Just a few months ago, the complex was nothing but a dirt lot that served as the staging area for the Lokey Building. Now the area, the first of its kind at the medical school, is equipped with a full basketball court with a Nike Grind surface, Kompan outdoor exercise equipment, a TRX frame, benches and a water fountain. For those who want to play volleyball, the court is lined so that players can bring their own portable net and ball.

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Study suggests early-childhood anesthesia exposure may affect the brain

Research published this week in Pediatrics takes a newly rigorous approach to investigating whether anesthesia exposure harms young children’s developing brains. The results suggest that even a single anesthesia exposure before age 3 could hurt kids’ language skills and abstract reasoning abilities.

Earlier studies, including those in animals, had suggested that anesthesia drugs harm young brains, but none had taken such a direct approach to the question as the new paper. In the latest study, Columbia University’s Caleb Ing, MD, and colleagues studied a group of 2,608 Australian children, 321 of whom received anesthesia at least once before age 3. At age 10, the children’s cognitive function was rigorously tested. Scores for skill in expressive language (the ability to form words and sentences) and receptive language (understanding what others say) were both lower in children who had been exposed to anesthesia than those never exposed, as were abstract-reasoning scores. Motor skills, behavior, and visual tracking and attention were not different between the groups. Leer más “Study suggests early-childhood anesthesia exposure may affect the brain”

How flatworms may advance research on tissue maintenance and organ regeneration

Here’s an interesting video recently posted by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences that you may have missed.

The video explains how scientists at Stowers Institute for Medical Research are studying the flatworm Schmidtea mediterranea to gain insights into tissue maintenance and organ regeneration, specifically the evolutionary origin of mammalian kidneys. Leer más “How flatworms may advance research on tissue maintenance and organ regeneration”

Even low blood lead levels are associated with gout

Gout, which has been called “the disease of kings,” is associated with the lifestyle that most people in the industrialized world enjoy these days. It will affect about 1-2 percent of adults in richer countries at one point or another over the course of their lives, which have lengthened considerably since the days when kings were the rule rather than the exception. About half of all cases of the painful arthritic condition occur in the big toe.

Lead exposure has long been known to be strongly associated with susceptibility to gout. But in a new study published in Annals of Internal Medicine, Stanford rheumatologist Eswar Krishnan, MD, and his colleagues used data from an annual federal health survey, the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey, to show that the risk of gout increases even at very blood levels of lead – about one-twentieth of that considered to be “elevated” under current standards promoted by organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. Leer más “Even low blood lead levels are associated with gout”

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La importancia del título o asunto de tus emails



Llevamos años usando el email y sin embargo, seguimos teniendo un problema con la gestión de los emails que recibimos. Parece raro por lo menos que usando el email como una de nuestras principales formas de comunicación, a diario y en casi todos los ámbitos de nuestra vida, aún hoy sea un gran dolor de cabeza para muchas personas.

Uno de los detalles en los que muchos no reparan es el del asunto (subject en inglés) del email, y sin embargo es uno de los más importantes para la transmisión del mensaje, el desarrollo de la conversación y las búsquedas posteriores.

Mira los emails no leídos de tu bandeja de entrada. Probablemente haya muchos (sí, es un mal de nuestro tiempo), pero ahora detente en los títulos de esos emails. Seguramente tu vista irá rápidamente a algunos y leerás primero esos, o entenderás mejor un mensaje cuando haya tenido un buen asunto o subject. El subject o asunto permite preparar al destinatario del email sobre lo que va a leer a continuación, y eso puede agilizar mucho la comprensión del mensaje, la toma de acción o evitar malentendidos posteriores.

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