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Elderly Asian woman with back pain.

Study Shows Vitamin D Does Not Reduce Statin-Associated Muscle Pain

News / November 23, 2022
Statin-associated muscle symptoms are common and may lead to discontinuation of indicated statin therapy. So cardiologist Mark Hlatky and colleagues conducted a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trial of vitamin D supplementation.
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Older Men Who Live Alone at Greater Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

News / November 16, 2022
New research shows that older men who live alone are at greater risk of managing chronic conditions and medications —a social conundrum that could lead to higher levels of cardiovascular disease.
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Who is a Slave? Health of Children at Risk Based on Inequity, Social Acceptance of Servitude

News / November 16, 2022
A new article co-authored by Health Policy PhD candidate Vincent Jappah reveals that the modern drivers of child servitude in Liberia are largely social vulnerability and cultural acceptance of the practice, rather than traditional factors based on race and ethnicity.
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Physicians or Nurse Practitioners: Evidence From the Emergency Department

News / November 15, 2022
In this National Bureau of Economic Research working paper, Stanford Health Policy's David Chan and Yiqun Chen consider the productivity of emergency room physicians vs. nurse practitioners.
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Stanford Medicine-led study aims to ‘STOP’ sexual harassment in biomedical research

Blogs / November 10, 2022
The NIH is funding a Stanford Medicine-led study, "Sexual harassment Training Of Principal investigators," or STOP. Through virtual, multimodal trainings that incorporate interactive gaming elements, the goal of the five-year study is to decrease sexual harassment and improve the retention of women in science. SHP Director Douglas Owens is one of the collaborators and notes, "It's crucially important that we create inclusive, welcoming environments, especially for people training in T32 programs."
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Screening for Depression at Home Is a Promising Strategy

News / October 28, 2022
A new study by PhD student Melissa Franco finds that screening for depression via patient portals offers hope for wider detection.
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Protection Against Omicron from Vaccination and Previous Infection

News / October 26, 2022
Research using data from residents and staff in the California prison systems show that vaccinations offer good protection against infection with Omicron, even among patients who had previous infections.
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Medical Malpractice Law — Doctrine and Dynamics

Commentary / October 26, 2022
David Studdert, a professor of health policy and professor of law, writes in this New England Journal of Medicine commentary that while clinicians face the specter of medical malpractice lawsuits, the number of paid claims against physicians has actually decreased by 75% in the past 20 years and looks at the the medical malpractice system and its impact on medical decision making.
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Stanford Program Empowers Next Generation of Public Health Experts

News / October 18, 2022
The School of Medicine's AHEaD program provides training and experience in population health research for college students who are from underrepresented and historically excluded groups in the health sciences. This summer's co-director Sherri Rose, an associate professor of health policy, says the program is intended to empower students from underrepresented populations.
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5 Questions for Eran Bendavid on Global Food Insecurity

Q&As / October 4, 2022
The Center for Innovation in Global Health speaks with Bendavid about which populations are most vulnerable to malnutrition and food insecurity driven by poverty, climate change, and natural disasters — as well as the increasing role that conflicts and politics play in access to food.
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Sherri Rose Wins Prestigious NIH Director's Pioneer Award

News / October 4, 2022
The five year, $5.5 million award will be used by Rose — an associate professor of health policy — to develop a framework to investigate the social impacts of algorithms on health care.
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How the Inflation Reduction Act Impacts Health Policy

Q&As / September 16, 2022
Michelle Mello — a professor of heath policy and law — attended the Sept. 13 gathering at the White House to celebrate the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act 2022. She was invited for her contributions on Medicare price negotiation modeling for the landmark piece of legislation. In this Q&A, she discusses the bill's impact on health policy.
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Private Equity Investment in Nursing Homes: Increasing Profits at the Cost of Human Life

Commentary / September 2, 2022
When private equity buys nursing homes, death rates go up by 10 percent. Yasmin Rafiei halted her studies at Stanford School of Medicine to investigate.
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Keith Humphreys Wins VA Under Secretary Award for Outstanding Health Services Research

News / July 22, 2022
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs awards Keith Humphreys top honors for his research on treatments for substance use and psychiatric disorders.
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The Biden Administration’s Abortion Care Guidance

Q&As / July 16, 2022
In this Q&A with Stephanie Ashe at Stanford Law, SHP's Michelle Mello — a professor of health policy and a professor of law — examines the guidance for health-care providers recently issued by the Biden Administration.
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SHP Undergraduate Fellows 2022

Undergraduate Fellows Conduct Health Policy Research with SHP Faculty

News / July 1, 2022
After a two-year pandemic hiatus, our Stanford undergraduate fellows are back on campus, spending their summer working with Stanford Health Policy faculty on research and projects. All four are rising seniors yet have varied academic backgrounds and aspirations. Learn more about them, their goals and why they are interested in health policy.
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Protecting Reproductive Health Information after Fall of Roe v. Wade

News / June 30, 2022
Michelle Mello writes that the overturning of Roe v. Wade — ending federal protection over a woman's right to an abortion — could also expose her personal health data in court.
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Preparing US Quarantine Stations for the Next Pandemic

News / June 13, 2022
Stanford Medicine's Jason Wang and Michele Barry sit on an expert committee of the National Academies examining ways the CDC's national quarantine network can better prepare for the next pandemic.
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Investigation Into the ‘Dirty List’ of Slave Labor in Brazil Focus of Prize-Winning Thesis

News / June 9, 2022
Maria Clara Rodrigues worked with SHP's Grant Miller at the Stanford Human Trafficking Data Lab to uncover ways in which politically connected predators of human trafficking often avoid punishment.
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The Lasting Impact of School Shootings on Those Who Survive Them

News / May 31, 2022
Maya Rossin-Slater and colleagues write in The Conversation that their research shows survivors of school shootings like the one in Uvalde, Texas, suffer long-term health, economic and financial burdens from their trauma.
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SHP Welcomes 2 New Knight-Hennessy Scholars to PhD Program

News / May 17, 2022
The new Knight-Hennessy Scholars are both working toward improving health equity here at home and around the world.
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Missed diagnoses: Study highlights the importance of physician skills in health care

News / May 10, 2022
Research by David Chan and Matthew Gentzkow points to how much diagnostic skills matter in patient care and how policies to boost skills can improve health care efficiency.
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Stanford Health Policy's Vincent Jappah in Nepal for medical research.

Health Policy PhD Candidate Vincent Jappah Overcomes Childhood Amid Civil War Through His Determination To Get an Education

Q&As / May 5, 2022
From education in displaced persons camps to working on his PhD at Stanford Health Policy, Vincent Jappah is applying his childhood experiences during the civil war in his native Liberia toward a career helping to bring quality health care to all corners of the world.
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How Has Africa Largely Evaded the COVID-19 Pandemic?

News / April 27, 2022
SHP master's student Tofunmi Omiye looked at why so few Africans have been hit by the coronavirus compared to the rest of the world. He recently presented this conundrum at Stanford’s 8th Annual Global Health Research Convening.
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Does Free Speech Protect COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation?

Q&As / April 22, 2022
While some might say making or spreading known false statements related to the COVID-19 vaccine should be criminalized, the First Amendment, which guarantees free speech, continues to provide protection for people who promulgate such faulty information. So, how can the spread of misinformation be stopped without quashing free speech?
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