Meet doctors, see tech advances at popular Stanford health fair 

click to enlarge A fairgoer and member of the Life Flight crew are shown inside the Life Flight helicopter at last year's Health Matters event. - ALEX JOHNSON
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  • A fairgoer and member of the Life Flight crew are shown inside the Life Flight helicopter at last year's Health Matters event.
If weather permits, a Life Flight helicopter will soon make a dramatic landing on the Stanford University campus, where spectators will be invited to hop on board and check out the airborne lifesaving technologies — from the ground — that are employed in the transport of everything from trauma patients to transplant organs.

Stanford Medicine is inviting people of all ages to participate in free talks and demonstrations during its second annual Health Matters event. The May 16 fair will give attendees hands-on experience with modern medical technologies, along with opportunities to get their health questions answered by Stanford doctors, researchers and trainers.

Highlights at the event’s Health Pavilion will include TechEdge, in which participants can use the latest 3-D imaging equipment to take virtual tours of the human body.

Stanford athletic trainers — including those who work with the university’s athletes — will also be on hand to provide functional-movement screenings to assess participants’ flexibility, balance and body symmetry. And the trainers will provide advice and activity checklists to help participants safely make improvements in any weak areas.

Margaret Raffin, who chairs the Stanford Medicine Community Council and is a Stanford Health Care board member, said the turnout from last year’s event was a good indicator of which workshops might be especially popular this year.

Med School Morning, in which high school students are invited to learn what it would take to become doctors, is expected to be popular, Raffin said.

Another workshop that is relevant to high school students, but likely to attract parents and educators, is the talk on teen mental health.

Older participants and their caregivers might be interested in a talk on strategies for maintaining cognitive health and preventing dementia. And part of the discussion will focus on dispelling the myths that surround these topics.

Another event highlight will be a talk by the Stanford football team’s head physician, Dr. Jason Dragoo, who will offer advice on safe workouts and discuss the latest advancements in knee cartilage repair.

“Millions of people suffer from pain due to articular cartilage defects in the knee joint. Our new research could change that,” Dragoo said.

“Stanford is the only medical center to offer clinical trials using the patient’s own stem cells to regrow cartilage in their knee, potentially eliminating pain and the need for knee replacement surgery.”

All the health talks are free, but several are expected to fill up. Organizers recommend that attendees pre-register online by Monday. For registration and the full event schedule, visit healthmatters.stanford.edu

If you go

Health Matters

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 16

WHERE: Stanford University School of Medicine Campus, Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge, 291 Campus Drive, Stanford

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