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How growing time constraints impact primary care physicians and patients

News / September 19, 2018

Some 450 million patient visits to primary care clinics occur in the United States each year. And as the shortage of doctors grows larger each year, primary care teams face increasing pressure both during patient encounters and outside the examining room.

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Determining the cost-effectiveness of an innvovative cancer therapy for children

News / September 18, 2018

A cutting-edge treatment for blood cancer in children with promising short-term remission rates has nevertheless come under intense scrutiny due to its unprecedented cost. So Stanford researchers set out to determine whether the treatment is cost-effective. 

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An epidemic of poor-quality health care claims 5 million lives each year in lower-income countries

News / September 5, 2018

The number of deaths due to poor-quality health care is estimated to be five times higher than the annual global deaths from HIV/AIDS — and three times more than deaths from diabetes. That amounts to 5 million deaths per year in 137 low- and middle-income countries as a result of poor-quality care.

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A billion guns worldwide lead to public health burden of homicides and suicides, particularly in United States

Commentary / August 30, 2018

In the most comprehensive investigation of its kind, the findings published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), show 64 percent of firearm-related deaths were homicides, 27 percent were suicides and 9 percent were unintentional deaths. “This constitutes a major public health problem for humanity,” said Stanford Health Policy’s David Studdert.

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Are the opioid companies responsible for the epidemic?

Q&A / August 30, 2018

In this Q&A, Stanford Law Professors Michelle Mello, an expert in health law and core faculty member at Stanford Health Policy, and Nora Freeman Engstrom, an expert in tort law and complex litigation, explain the scope of the opioid problem and discuss the latest cases and legal challenges.

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Indirect child casualties of conflict far outnumber direct combatant deaths in Africa

News / August 30, 2018

More children die from the indirect impact of armed conflict in Africa than those killed in the crossfire and on the battlefields, according to a new study by Stanford researchers. The study is the first comprehensive analysis of the large and lingering effects of armed conflicts — civil wars, rebellions and interstate conflicts — on the health of noncombatants.

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Women over 30 can now choose HPV test as only screening for cervical cancer

News / August 21, 2018

Federal health advisors say women can now consider three options when it's time for their cervical cancer screening tests. The influential group, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), has expanded its recommendations for this potentially life-saving exam.

 

 
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Legal US immigrants may be scared to sign up for benefits

News / August 3, 2018

The Trump administration's immigration crackdown may be leading to an unintended consequence: a drop-off in benefits enrollment among legal Hispanic immigrants, according to new research by Stanford Health Policy's Marcella Alsan.

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A better way to measure progress toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals

News / July 23, 2018

A new calculation that combines health and economic well-being at the population level could help to better measure progress toward the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and illuminate major disparities in health and living standards across countries, and between men and women, according to a new study by Stanford and Harvard researchers.

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More racial diversity among physicians would lead to better health among black men, research shows

News / July 18, 2018

African-American doctors could help reduce cardiovascular mortality among black men by 19 percent — if there was more racial diversity among physicians, according to a new study led by Stanford Health Policy’s Marcella Alsan.

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Rosenkranz Prize winner hopes to develop malaria vaccine targeting pregnant women

News / July 11, 2018

Pregnant women and their unborn children are more susceptible to the adverse consequences of malaria. This year's Rosenkranz Prize winner, Prasanna Jagannathan, is investigating new strategies to lay the foundation for a vaccine to prevent malaria in pregnancy.

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Hospitals should consider underused resource to cut costs and promote value-based care

Blog / July 2, 2018

There is a wealth of data that could help hospitals cut costs while still providing high-quality service for patients, if physicians were willing to join forces with administrators to truly understand how much their services cost, according to a new article by Stanford researchers.

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Most clinical trial participants find benefits outweigh risks in sharing personal data

News / June 6, 2018

Most participants in clinical trials believe the benefits of broadly sharing person-level data outweigh the risks, according to new research by Stanford Health Policy's Michelle Mello. 

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Stanford scholars examine causes and consequences of people dropping ACA plans

News / June 6, 2018

The health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could unravel because its enrollees strategically drop in and out of coverage, Stanford scholars write in a new working paper released June 4 by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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Millions could have incorrect statin, aspirin & blood pressure prescriptions

News / June 4, 2018

More than 11 million Americans may have incorrect prescriptions for aspirin, statins and blood pressure medications, according to a study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

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Task Force now believes some men should consider prostate cancer screening

News / May 8, 2018

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is now recommending that men aged 55 to 69 talk to their physicians about whether to get the PSA test for prostate cancer. New evidence indicates screening in this age group can reduce the risk of metastatic cancer and the chance of dying from prostate cancer.

 

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Cuts to Medicaid hurt all kids, rich and poor

News / May 4, 2018

Cuts to Medicaid hurt all children — rich and poor. Because hospitals that deal with serious childhood injuries and illnesses depend on the public funding as much as those poor families who get medical care under the government insurance program.

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Paul Wise elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

News / May 1, 2018

Paul H. Wise, the Richard E. Behrman Professor of Child Health and Society, professor of pediatrics, and a Senior Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, is elected to the 2018 membership class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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The fog of development: Evaluating the Millennium Villages Project

News / April 20, 2018

Renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs launched an ambitious — some would say audacious — experiment back in 2005 in his quest to prove that we can end global poverty if we take a holistic, community-led approach to sustainable development.

 

 
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The growing inequality of life expectancy in the United States

News / April 19, 2018

Recent mortality trends in the United States are disturbing. Life expectancy for the total population decreased in 2015 for the first time since 1993, with larger decreases for some groups than others. Inequality in life expectancy has stopped falling and along some dimensions — such as between low-income and high-income Americans — it is increasing.

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The link between losing a relative during pregnancy and the mental health of the child

News / April 5, 2018

A pair of Stanford scholars focuses on the impact that loss has on often-overlooked family members: babies. A new publication by Petra Persson and Maya Rossin-Slater indicates that losing a loved one during pregnancy may actually impact the mental health of the child as he or she grows into adulthood.

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Research into impact of gun violence on public health highlighted as issue becomes part of national dialogue

Blog / March 26, 2018

As millions marched against gun violence across the country on Saturday, research by Stanford Health Policy experts about the impact of gun ownership on public health was also in the spotlight.

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Global Health Economics Colloquium: universal health care only works if quality of care is high

News / March 22, 2018

Health care has become the largest sector of the global economy, now accounting for more than 10 percent of Gross World Product, or $7.5 trillion. And it’s only going to get bigger as economists expect that figure to approach $18 trillion in two decades. And yet, the quality of care and health outcomes are not keeping pace.

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Medicare's blame game: David Chan finds what conventional wisdom gets wrong

News / February 26, 2018

David Chan's new research finds that even though members of an advisory committee for Medicare are biased toward physician specialties, the partiality often bridges across specialty lines and may improve the quality of its price-setting recommendations.

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