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      Study finds China’s population control policy before the One Child Policy was responsible for 200,000 'Missing Girls'

      News / March 21, 2019

      An estimated 210,000 girls may have “gone missing” due to China’s “Later, Longer, Fewer” campaign, a birth planning policy predating the One Child Policy, according to a new study led by Stanford Health Policy researchers published by the Center for Global Development. 


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      Douglas K. Owens named chair of USPSTF, the body of experts behind many health-care decisions

      News / March 14, 2019

      Stanford Health Policy’s Douglas K. Owens was named chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Tasks Force, an independent panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine that makes health-care recommendations to Congress and the American public.

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      Stanford scholars examine the advantages of informal health expertise

      News / March 5, 2019


      A helpful reminder — something as simple as "Are you taking your medications?" — could conceivably prolong a life.

      And now, a Stanford study provides novel, concrete evidence on the power of exposure to health-related expertise – not only in improving mortality rates and lifelong health outcomes, but also in narrowing the vexing health gap between the rich and poor.

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      Machine-learning expert recommendations can influence Medicare Part D choice

      News / March 4, 2019

      Stanford Health Policy’s M. Kate Bundorf and Maria Polyakova developed an online decision-support tool to test whether machine-based expert recommendations would influence choice among Medicare Part D enrollees — and make it easier.

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      Opioid epidemic makes eastern inroads and targets African-Americans

      News / February 21, 2019

      New research led by Stanford shows that not only have opioid-related deaths jumped fourfold in the last 20 years, but that those most affected by the epidemic, and where they live, has also shifted dramatically. In fact, the District of Columbia has had the fastest rate of increase in mortality from opioids, more than tripling every year since 2013.

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      Choice of Medicare drug plan reduces opioid use

      News / December 21, 2018

      New research by a trio of Stanford scholars shows how different insurance strategies affect the volume of opioid use and could help stem inappropriate prescribing behaviors. 

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      Paul Wise: Yemen's cholera epidemic hits children hardest

      News / December 11, 2018

      Since 2016, two severe cholera outbreaks have impacted more than 1.2 million people. Children account for 30 percent of the infections; more than 2,500 people have died.

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      A Q&A with Hank Greeley: The First Gene-Edited Babies

      Q&A / December 6, 2018

      Last month, He Jiankui, a Chinese researcher, announced the birth of the world’s first gene-edited babies, whose DNA had been edited to reduce the risk of HIV infection.

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      Encouraging Edge Science through NIH Funding Practices

      News / November 29, 2018

      Science moves forward when scientists take risks in their work and explore new, untested ideas, writes SHP's Jay Bhattacharya. For example, one of the hottest new ideas in cancer treatment involves using patients’ own immune cells to treat their cancer.

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      Task Force: Patients at high risk of HIV should take daily preventive drug

      News / November 20, 2018

      A national panel of medical experts is recommending for the first time that clinicians offer daily preventive medication to patients who are at high risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS.

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      Proposed CMS rule about disclosing drug costs on TV ads could have public health & legal concerns

      Commentary / November 20, 2018

      The Trump administration has proposed a new rule that would require direct-to-consumer TV advertisements for prescription drugs to disclose the price of their products.

      The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said the disclosures would help consumers “make informed decisions that minimize not only their out-of-pocket costs, but also expenditures borne by Medicare and Medicaid, both of which are significant problems.”

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      Meet Suhani Jalota: PhD candidate in health policy who wants to help women help themselves

      Q&A / November 15, 2018

      Suhani Jalota was only 20 years old when she established a foundation to help impoverished women in the slums of her native city, Mumbai. She was 23 when Forbes named her one of Asia’s 30-Under-30 Social Entrepreneurs as her foundation was taking off. Now, at the ripe old age of 24, she is embarking on her pursuit of a PhD in health policy on the econ track at Stanford Medicine’s Department of Health Research and Policy.

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      Beijing Workshop Explores Options for Interventions in Civil Wars

      News / November 13, 2018

      Shorenstein APARC’s U.S.-Asia Security Initiative (USASI), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), and the School for International Studies at Peking University recently co-hosted the security workshop “Civil Wars, Intrastate Violence, and International Responses.” Held in Beijing...

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      Understanding the link between preeclampsia and heart disease later in life

      News / November 7, 2018

      Stanford researchers are awarded a 4-year, $6 million NIH grant to study the links between preeclampsia and subsequent risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) as they grow older.


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      It's a win-win: Hospitals should apologize for mistakes

      Q&A / November 6, 2018

      Research by Stanford Health Policy’s Michelle Mello looks at what happens when a group of hospitals started systematically acknowledging adverse outcomes in care by  apologizing and proactively offering compensation where substandard care caused serious harm. 

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      Q&A: Paul Wise and World Bank leader Jim Yong Kim

      Q&A / October 15, 2018

      Stanford Health Policy's Paul Wise held a conversation with Dr. Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group about improving the health of the poorest communities around the world.

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      Subsidizing private insurance plans to provide Medicare and Medicaid benefits. Is it working?

      News / October 10, 2018

      U.S. social insurance programs traditionally have been paid out to beneficiaries directly by the federal government. But the last two decades have seen an accelerated effort to subsidize private health insurance plans to provide Medicare and Medicaid benefits.

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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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