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      Vaccination rates climb in California after personal belief exemptions curbed by state law

      Blog / January 6, 2020
      Measles came back with a vengeance in 2019, with cases quadrupling globally and 1,276 cases reported in the United States since the beginning of the year — the largest increase in 27 years. But there's some good news in California. 
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      Stanford Researchers Uncover the Silent Cost of School Shootings

      News / December 16, 2019

      At least 245 primary and secondary schools in the United States have experienced a shooting — killing 146 people and injuring 310 — since the country's first mass school shooting at Columbine High School in April 1999.

      Now, new Stanford-led research sounds an alarm to what was once a silent reckoning: the mental health impact to tens of thousands of surviving students who were attending schools where gunshots rang out.

      A study has found that local exposure to fatal school shootings increased antidepressant use among youths.

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      CDC Supports Salomon's Prevention Policy Modeling Lab

      News / November 22, 2019

      Stanford Health Policy researchers, led by Josh Salomon, have been awarded a five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct health and economic modeling to guide national and local policies and programs focusing on some of the most important infectious diseases in the United States.

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      Videos to Educate Lawyers on Interviewing Traumatized Migrant Kids at Border

      News / November 14, 2019

      A team of Stanford experts, including SHP's Paul Wise, has produced a series of videos aimed at benefiting children detained at the U.S. border. Intended for lawyers who work with detained migrants, the videos describe how to interview young people using techniques informed by scientific knowledge on trauma. 


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      SHP's Kathy McDonald named Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins

      News / November 6, 2019

      Stanford Health Policy’s Kathy McDonald — one of the nation’s leading experts in patient safety and health-care quality — has been named a distinguished professor at Johns Hopkins University, and will soon be leaving the Stanford Cardinal for the Hopkins Blue Jays.

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      Lessons from California's Vaccine Exemption Laws

      Commentary / November 5, 2019

      Stanford Health Policy’s Michelle Mello, a professor of law and professor of medicine, writes in this Annals of Internal Medicine editorial that California’s experience is a cautionary tale about what happens when vaccination exemption laws have holes.

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      The Pitfalls of Outsourcing Public Welfare & Healthcare

      News / October 22, 2019

      When it comes to rooting out wasteful spending in federal entitlement programs, attention has long focused on preventing beneficiaries from gaming the system. A new Stanford study identifies a fresh cause for concern: the for-profit companies that the U.S. government increasingly tasks with providing benefits to Americans who are often poor, elderly or both.

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      Global Warming and Extreme Heat Harming Pregnant Women

      News / October 21, 2019

      Global warming and more days of extreme heat are exacerbating the health risks of pregnancy, particularly among African-American women, according to new Stanford-led research.

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      Big and exciting merger news at Stanford Health Policy

      News / October 17, 2019

      Stanford Medicine has announced a merger of its Division of Health Services Research from the Department of Health Research and Policy with the Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research — joining together the School of Medicine’s leading researchers in the field of health policy.

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      Mentoring workshop aims to support women economists

      News / October 11, 2019

      Women are underrepresented in the economics profession, as recent research and the public spotlight have shown. But changes are afoot as both men and women in the field try to understand the scope of the gender gap.

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      Stanford Legal Experts on the Oklahoma Opioids Verdict and Ongoing Litigation

      Q&A / August 29, 2019

      On August 26, Judge Thad Balkman delivered a $572 million judgment against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson for the company’s role in fueling the opioid epidemic in Oklahoma. In the discussion that follows, Stanford Law Professors Michelle Mello and Nora Freeman Engstrom discuss the decision and how other cases tied to the national opioid crisis are developing.

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      All Adults Should Be Tested for Hepatitis C; It Now Kills More Americans Than All Other Reportable Infectious Diseases Combined

      News / August 27, 2019

      A task force of national health experts has released a draft recommendation to screen all adults 18 to 79 years for the hepatitis C virus (HCV), noting the opioid epidemic has fueled what has become the most common chronic bloodborne pathogen in the United States.


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      Surprise Out-of-Network Billing Skyrockets

      News / August 26, 2019

      Surprise, out-of-network charges billed to privately insured Americans who received inpatient care at in-network hospitals more than doubled between 2010 and 2016, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

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      Task Force: Breast and Ovarian Cancer Survivors and Women of Certain At-Risk Ancestry Added to Patients Who Should Be Assessed for Risk of Having the BRCA1/2 Gene Mutation

      News / August 20, 2019

      The risks of ovarian and breast cancer are as high as 45% and 70%, respectively, in women carrying genetic mutations. So the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is updating its recommendation for primary-care clinicians: They should now consider women with previous breast cancer or ovarian cancer who are considered cancer-free for genetic counseling — and more explicitly include ancestry as a risk factor.


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      Mass Shootings: Public Face of a Much Larger Epidemic

      News / August 8, 2019

      Americans have witnessed repeated mass shootings. The carnage in Texas and Ohio last weekend, which claimed 31 lives, has left the nation stunned and angry. Stanford Health Policy's David Studdert notes, however, that mass shootings only represent less than 1% of all the firearms deaths in the United States each year.

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      Multispecialty practices cut costs among Medicare patients with chronic conditions

      News / July 25, 2019

      Stanford Health Policy’s Loren Baker and Kate Bundorf set out to analyze whether the trend toward multispecialty practices has impacted health-care use and spending.

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      Paul Wise Heads Up Global Initiative to Boost Humanitarian Health Response to Violent Conflict

      News / July 23, 2019

      The American Academy of Arts & Sciences appoints Stanford pediatrics professor Paul Wise and two other global health experts to lead a new initiative to develop new strategies to protect civilians, health care and cultural heritage in areas of extreme violence. 


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      The Effects of Multispecialty Group Practice on Health-Care Spending and Use

      News / July 11, 2019

      Primary care physicians in the United States are increasingly joining multispecialty group practices, such as the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Stanford Health Care. Stanford Health Policy’s Loren Baker and Kate Bundorf analyzed how a physician’s single practice vs. a multispecialty practice (MSP) affects health-care spending and use.


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      After limits on residency work hours, did doctors perform worse? New study says no

      News / July 11, 2019

      New research by Jay Bhattacharya and colleagues finds that cutting back medical residents' workweek to 80 hours has not impacted the quality of their work.

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      U.S. Foreign Policy to Restrict Abortion Funding Results in More Abortions

      News / June 28, 2019

      A foreign policy enacted by American presidents opposing abortion results in less funding for family planning and birth control, leading to more unwanted pregnancies, according to new research by SHP's Eran Bendavid and Grant Miller.

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      Dr. George Rosenkranz Prize winners honor his legacy

      News / June 24, 2019

      Dr. George Rosenkranz —a world-renowned scientist who devoted his life to improving global health and established a prize to foster innovative research among emerging Stanford scholars — leaves behind an extraordinary legacy of science and humanitarianism.

      Rosenkranz was 102 when he died Sunday after a prolific scientific career, one that would forever change the course of women’s reproductive lives.

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      Meet the Inaugural Class of Stanford Health Policy Undergraduate Research Fellows

      News / June 14, 2019

      Meet the six Stanford undergraduates chosen for the inaugural class of Stanford Health Policy Undergraduate Research Fellows. From a variety of disciplines, they will spend this summer partnered with SHP faculty to work on research projects. 

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      USPSTF: Americans 15-65 should be screened for HIV; those at risk offered prevention drug

      News / June 11, 2019

      U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issues two final recommendations: All Americans 15 to 65 should be screened for HIV and those at high risk offered prevention drug. 

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