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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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      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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      A Case Study: the Mosul Trauma Response

      News / February 16, 2018

      Stanford Health Policy's Paul Wise traveled to Iraq last year with a small delegation of physician-academics to evaluate the World Health Organization's system to treat civilians injured in the battle for Mosul. Now, the team members have published their findings in an in-depth report put out by Johns Hopkins University's Center for Humanitarian Health.

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      Study shows expanding hepatitis C testing to all adults is cost-effective and improves health outcomes

      News / February 15, 2018

      Screening all adults for hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) is a cost-effective way to improve clinical outcomes of HCV and identify more infected people compared to current recommendations, according to a new study by SHP’s Joshua Salomon and colleagues.


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      Vic Fuchs on health care: A diagnosis, a proposal

      News / February 8, 2018


      At age 94, with an extensive collection of health policy research and publications under his belt, Victor Fuchs has a lot to say about the health care system. The high cost. The uninsured. The fragmentation. During a speech at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), the pioneering health economist narrowed his gaze to whether a single-payer system is the fix to those problems.

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      Addressing the religious-objection conundrum of mandated hospital influenza vaccination

      Q&A / January 31, 2018

      In April 2016 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued Mission Hospital, a large North Carolina health system, after it denied employee requests for religious exemptions from an influenza-vaccination requirement. The lawsuit, which alleges that the hospital violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, is one of a trio of lawsuits in the past two years in which the EEOC has intervened to challenge vaccination mandates for health-care workers. Facing a full-blown trial in February, the hospital agreed to settle the case on January 12, compensating the employees and revising its vaccination mandate policy.

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      Jay Bhattacharya considers Medicaid policy change that allows states to require eligible patients to work

      Q&A / January 22, 2018

      The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a letter to state Medicaid directors on January 11 announcing a policy change that allows states to experiment with how they deliver the public health insurance for low-income residents of their states. The provision that prompted headlines was its suggestion that state officials seek a waiver to Medicaid regulations allowing them to attach work requirements, or what CMS calls “community engagement,” for eligibility among able-bodied adults.

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      Suing drug companies could help stem the national opioid epidemic

      News / December 21, 2017

      At least 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. The epidemic has claimed more than 300,000 lives since 2000 and is expected kill another half million over the next decade. So perhaps it’s time to step up lawsuits against the drug manufacturers that sell the opioids to the tune of $13 billion per year, Stanford Health Policy’s Michelle Mello argues in a commentary in the current issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

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      Is Single Payer the Answer for the US Health Care System?

      Commentary / December 19, 2017

      In this JAMA commentary, Stanford Health Policy's Victor Fuchs asks whether a single-payer system is an answer to the embattled U.S. health-care industry.

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      Family planning programs in low-income countries appear to keep young girls in school longer

      News / December 18, 2017

      Family planning programs in developing countries that offer contraceptives and reproductive health advice apparently do more than prevent pregnancies — they can keep girls in primary school for up to a year longer, even before the youngsters start to think about marriage and babies.

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