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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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      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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      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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