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Respecting Disability Rights During a Pandemic and Other Emergencies

Commentary / May 19, 2020
Disabled patients must not be categorically excluded from access to treatment during a pandemic or at any other time of national emergency, writes Stanford Health Policy's Michelle Mello in the...
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Study Finds .07% COVID-19 Antibodies Among MLB Employees

News / May 12, 2020
The test kits were sent to some 10,000 MLB employees and 5,754 of them responded, using a pin prick to draw blood.

Our Future Depends on Achieving Immunity to COVID-19 Together

News / May 11, 2020
On the World Class podcast with Michael McFaul, guests David Relman and Michelle Mello say progress will likely be uneven with states each pursuing varying degrees of social distancing and shelter-in...
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Ethics and Governance of Digital Epidemiology

News / May 11, 2020
Many countries have taken digital epidemiology to the next level in responding to COVID-19. Focusing on core public health functions of case detection, contact tracing, and isolation and quarantine,...
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Federal Funding for State and Local Contact Tracing Efforts Is an Urgent Priority — and a Bargain

Blog / May 11, 2020
Joshua Salomon makes the case for a $20 billion relief bill to fund state and local contact-tracing efforts in this Health Affairs blog.
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The Ethics and Law Behind So-Called Immunity Passports

Commentary / May 6, 2020
David Studdert writes in this JAMA Viewpoint that, ideally, a clear scientific understanding and careful deliberation would precede any public or private policy that selectively relaxes restrictions...
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Launch of New Modeling Framework to Investigate COVID-19

News / April 17, 2020
The Stanford-CIDE Coronavirus Simulation Model — or SC-COSMO — incorporates realistic demography and patterns to investigate resource planning and policy evaluations for diverse populations and...
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Rosenkranz Prize Winner: Infectious Diseases Physician Examines High Stillborn Incidence in Bangladesh, Helps With COVID-19 Preparedness

News / April 17, 2020
Stanford postdoc Ashley Styczynski will investigate the epidemiology behind the alarmingly high rate of stillbirths in Bangladesh while helping prepare for the coming onslaught of coronavirus in the...
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Covid-19 Crisis: Is a Showdown Between Public Health Imperatives and Civil Liberties Inevitable?

Commentary / April 10, 2020
David Studdert addresses the tradeoff between basic liberties and societal health in the current coronavirus pandemic in a New England Journal of Medicine perspective.

Standing Up against Gender Bias and Harassment Among Medical Professionals

Commentary / April 8, 2020
Half of the medical students in the United States are women, as are two-thirds of the health-care workers taking care of patients in hospitals, clinics and residential communities. And the majority of the nurses on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic? Women. Yet gender bias and workplace harassment continue to plague women who have dedicated their careers to taking care of others.
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New Research Led by Eran Bendavid Reveals If You've Been Exposed to Coronavirus

News / April 5, 2020

(This is excerpted from a story from The Mercury News.)

Long motorcades of volunteers converged at three Stanford University research sites this week, donating blood for a new test that identifies the prevalence of coronavirus in our community – and could help reveal the full scope of Santa Clara County’s epidemic.

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Jay Bhattacharya: Questioning Conventional Wisdom of the COVID-19 Crisis

Commentary / April 5, 2020
Jay Bhattacharya questions the conventional wisdom that the coronavirus would kill millions without shelter-in-place orders and quarantines.
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COVID19: Can Masks Help with Reopening the Economy?

News / April 5, 2020
Once businesses reopen and people head back to stores and restaurants, will wearing a medical mask still offer a smart level of protection?
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Federalism Meets the COVID-19 Pandemic: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally

Commentary / April 2, 2020
The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed major weaknesses in the federalist system of public health governance, which divides powers among the federal, state and local governments, argues SHP’s Michelle Mello in this New England Journal of Medicine commentary.
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Is the Coronavirus as Deadly as They Say?

Commentary / March 25, 2020
Current estimates about the Covid-19 fatality rate may be too high by orders of magnitude, Stanford Health Policy's Eran Bendavid and Jay Bhattacharya write in this editorial published in the Wall Street Journal.
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SHP faculty to Teach Students How To Build COVID-19 Mathematical Projection Models for Policymakers

News / March 24, 2020
Stanford Health Policy's Jeremy Goldhaber-Fiebert and Stanford Medicine's Jason Andrews will be teaching a class for Stanford undergrads and graduate students on how to build mathematical models to help combat global infectious diseases like the COVID-19.
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Examining the Value of Pharmacy Benefit Managers

News / March 20, 2020
Most Americans don’t realize there are silent brokers helping to fix the price of their prescription drugs — or that it’s a $100 billion annual business accounting for half of Big Pharma sales.
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How Taiwan Used Big Data, Transparency and a Central Command to Protect Its People from Coronavirus

News / March 3, 2020
Taiwan is only 81 miles off the coast of mainland China and was expected to be hard hit by the coronavirus, due to its proximity and the number of flights between the island nation and its massive neighbor to the west. Yet it has so far managed to prevent the coronavirus from heavily impacting its 23 million citizens, despite hundreds of thousands of them working and residing in China.
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Task Force Makes Final Recommendation to Screen All Adults for Hepatitis C

News / March 2, 2020
A task force of national health experts recommends clinicians screen all adults 18 to 79 for the hepatitis C virus (HCV), noting that the viral infection is now associated with more deaths in the United States than the top 60 reportable infectious diseases combined.
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Karen Eggleston Examines China’s Looming Demographic Crisis, in Fateful Decisions

Q&A / February 26, 2020

China has tremendous resources, both human and financial, but it may now be facing a perfect storm of challenges. Its future is neither inevitable nor immutable, and its further evolution will be highly contingent on the content and efficacy of complex policy choices.

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Task Force: Not Enough Evidence to Recommend Screening for Cognitive Impairment in Elderly

News / February 25, 2020
More evidence-based research is needed before the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force can recommend that clinicians screen their older patients for cognitive impairment such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
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What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus

News / February 24, 2020
FSI Senior Fellows Karen Eggleston and David Relman joined host Michael McFaul on the World Class podcast to discuss all things COVID-19 — also known as the coronavirus.

What You Need To Know About the Coronavirus

News / February 24, 2020

The coronavirus — officially known as COVID-19 — has infected more than 75,000 people and killed more than 2,000 since it was first identified in Wuhan, China, in late December. Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) experts Karen Eggleston and David Relman joined host Michael McFaul on the World Class podcast to discuss what you should know about the virus, its impact on China and the world, and whether there is any truth to the rumors about its origins. 

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Study Finds Transitional Care Services Cost-Effective After Hospitalization for Heart Failure in Elderly

News / January 27, 2020

Elderly patients hospitalized with congestive heart failure have a poor prognosis and high risk of death and hospital readmission. So, their post-discharge care can strongly influence their outcomes.

Yet despite data showing that transitional care interventions, such as home visits by nurses, can reduce death rates and hospital readmission by more than 30%, many health systems have not implemented such programs. Health policy experts say this is due in part to cost concerns and doubts about the effectiveness of these delivery services.

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