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Laurence Baker named chair of Health Research and Policy

News / October 9, 2015
Health economics expert Laurence Baker has been appointed chair of the Department of Health Research and Policy (HRP) in the Stanford School of Medicine. He says he wants students and faculty within the department to take advantage of emerging data and analytic tools for health research.
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McDonald answers 5 questions about diagnostic errors

Q&A / October 7, 2015
Kathryn McDonald, CHP/PCOR executive director, is a member of the Institute of Medicine committee that wrote the report, “Improving Diagnosis in Health Care.” She answers five questions about the report’s findings and also got her suggestions for limiting one of the most overlooked health-care dilemmas today.
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Photo Essay: The Next Great Discovery

News / October 5, 2015
In this multimedia photo essay, Magnum Photographer Peter van Agtmael and FSI digital media associate Kylie Gordon, shine light on the medical and scientific research being conducted across campus that could lead to the #NextGreatDiscovery.
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Karen Eggleston named FSI senior fellow

News / September 30, 2015

Stanford health policy expert Karen Eggleston has been appointed as a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), effective Sept. 1, 2015, on a continuing term.

Eggleston, who leads the Asia Health Policy Program at Stanford’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center (APARC), is a recognized authority on comparative health policy and the economics of the demographic transition in Asia, especially China.

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Landmark report on diagnostic errors unveiled by Institute of Medicine

News / September 22, 2015
Most Americans will get at least one faulty diagnosis in their lifetime, sometimes with devastating consequences and “urgent change is warranted to address this challenge,” a panel of medical experts said Tuesday.
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Stanford unveils first PhD program in Health Policy

News / September 21, 2015
The three women who are the first doctoral candidates in the School of Medicine’s new PhD in Health Policy program have one guiding belief: economics, decision science and data are now key to global health care.
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How one pesky parasite impacted economies across Africa

News / September 17, 2015
The tsetse fly has plagued Africa for centuries — having sent millions of people into the confusing stupor of sleeping sickness, while killing the cows and other livestock needed to plough their fields and feed their families.
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An aspirin a day should not keep doctor away

News / September 15, 2015
An aspirin a day may keep heart attacks and cancer away, according to new recommendations by a medical panel. But that doesn’t mean everyone should run to the drugstore without talking to his or her doctor first.
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Stanford students investigate India's pharmaceutical networks

News / September 9, 2015
Four Stanford students spent seven weeks this summer investigating India’s complicated health-care system on a fellowship with the Stanford India Health Policy Initiative.
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Charming Prince Lee Sanders helps East Palo Alto patient's dream come true

News / September 8, 2015

Many little girls imagine being a Disney princess, but few have the chance to live their dream. Josselin is one of the lucky few. She suffers from retinoblastoma and is blind, and what she wanted most for her 14th birthday was a princess party. The Make-A-Wish Foundation made her dream a reality with help from Dr. Lee Sanders, a member of her Stanford medical team and a CHP/PCOR core faculty member.

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Adding cardiac resynchronization therapy could increase quality of life

News / August 25, 2015
A new study by Stanford researchers indicates adding cardiac resynchronization therapy to an implanted cardio defibrillator (CRT-D) for patients with mild heart failure may increase the quality of life and do so cost-effectively.
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Learning to Deliver Consistent Healthcare

News / August 21, 2015

In a Queen's School of Business (QSB) article, David Chan, an assistant professor of Medicine and CHP/PCOR core faculty member, discusses his new study on the cost of variation in medical practices.  The article shows that large variation in medical testing caused by "weak best practices" leads to greater healthcare spending.  According to Chan, there is sign

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A career in Economics: It's much more than you think

News / August 19, 2015

Marcella Alsan, an assistant professor of Medicine and CHP/PCOR core faculty member, shows how economics is a broader field than most people realize in this video produced by the American Economic Association (AEA).  Along with other top economists, she discusses the interdisciplinary nature of economics, specifically as it relates to global health.  Alsan states that "without understanding economic principals and economic forces, [there is] a real gaping hole in actually practicing medicine."  Understanding economics

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Travel with India Health Policy Initiative fellows

Blog / August 12, 2015
Follow the 2015 Stanford India Health Policy Initiave fellows as they investigate informal pharmaceutical networks around urban Mumbai. We'll be updating this blog and tweeting at #StanfordHealthIndia over the next few weeks.
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Dental coverage for patients with Medicaid may not prevent tooth-related ER visits

News / August 3, 2015
More than 2 percent of all emergency department visits are now related to nontraumatic dental conditions, according to a study by researchers at Stanford University, the University of California-San Francisco, Truven Health Analytics and the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
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California vaccination law could serve as a national model despite challenges

News / July 23, 2015

Despite potential legal and enforcement challenges, California’s new vaccination law may set a precedent for other states, according to Stanford scholars.

The law, SB 277, ends exceptions to vaccination mandates based on religious and philosophical beliefs, leaving only medical exemptions as a path to avoid the vaccinations children are required to have before entering school.

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Foreign aid should be realigned to target malaria & TB

News / July 13, 2015
Reallocating foreign aid to step up the fight against malaria and TB could lead to greater overall health improvements in developing nations. And it could be done without spending more money, CHP/PCOR researchers have found.
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Finding the sweet spot to regulate sugary drinks

News / July 7, 2015
Two Stanford public health law experts say one of biggest culprits of the obesity epidemic – on top of fast foods and our sedentary lifestyle – are sugary drinks.
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Rosenkranz Prize winners devoted to innovative health care in developing countries

News / June 19, 2015
This year's Rosenkranz Prize winners embody the spirit of innovation into health care research in the developing world. Jason Andrews is looking at cheap, effective diagnostic tools for infectious diseases, while Marcella Alsan is researching how older girls in poorer countries are impacted by the health of their younger siblings.
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Maria Polyakova wins Ernst-Meyer Prize

News / June 16, 2015
Maria Polyakova, an assistant professor of health research and policy at the Stanford School of Medicine, is this year’s recipient of the Ernst-Meyer Prize, which recognizes original research about risk and health insurance economics.
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The impact of war and conflict on child health

News / June 15, 2015
In this video, Paul Wise, the Richard E. Behrman Professor of Child Health and Society at the Stanford School of Medicine and a core faculty member at CHP/PCOR, talks about the impact of war and conflict on the health of children.
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Stanford-India healthcare partnership grows

News / June 5, 2015
Stanford School of Medicine Dean Lloyd Minor told a distinguished group of visiting physicians, engineers, economists and businessmen from India that it was the perfect time to be collaborating with the world’s largest democracy.
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NIH director highlights David Chan's work on electronic medical records

News / May 28, 2015

 

Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, highlights in a NIH blog post the research of CHP/PCOR's David Chan, who is exploring the impact of electronic health record reminders on the quality of primary care. 

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