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April 22nd, 2014

Health care aid for developing countries boosts life expectancy, study finds

FSI Stanford, CHP/PCOR News

Health care aid is directly linked to an increase in life expectancy and a decrease in child mortality in developing countries, according to a new study by CHP/PCOR researchers. Read more »

March 25th, 2014

Rosenkranz Prize winner aims to understand a population’s health, one genetic ancestry line at a time

FSI Stanford, CHP/PCOR News

Andres Moreno is piecing together the genetic medical history of understudied populations in Latin America and the Caribbean. His work is also leading to a deeper understanding of migratory patterns. Read more »

March 22nd, 2014

Michelle Obama promotes study abroad during speech at Stanford center in Beijing

CISAC, CDDRL, FSE, FSI Stanford, CHP/PCOR, The Europe Center, Shorenstein APARC, REAP, SCPKU, SCP News

Speaking at the Stanford Center at Peking University in Beijing on Saturday, Michelle Obama said study abroad allows students to realize that countries all have a stake in each other's success. Following her remarks, she held a conversation with students on the Stanford campus via a high-tech videoconference. +VIDEO+
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March 17th, 2014

Stanford researchers launch new approach to health policy in India

FSI Stanford, CHP/PCOR News

Grant Miller and Nomita Divi are spearheading the Stanford India Health Policy Initiative, a program that rethinks health care in India. The initiative’s focus comes from the people who regularly confront problems with the country's health care services and strives to understand why patients and providers don’t always make seemingly logical decisions. Read more »

March 7th, 2014

FSI Implementation Lab puts focus on international policy in practice

FSI Stanford, Shorenstein APARC, CDDRL, CHP/PCOR, CISAC, FSE, The Europe Center, Governance Project, PESD, Program on Poverty and Governance, REAP, SPICE News

The International Policy Implementation Lab will bolster research, teaching and long-term engagement with urgent problems around the world. The lab, which is being supported in part with an initial $2 million gift from two anonymous donors, launches by supporting six projects led by Stanford faculty. Another round of funding will be available later this year. Read more »

February 25th, 2014

At Stanford, IMF chief discusses promise, risk of global economy

CISAC, CDDRL, FSE, FSI Stanford, CHP/PCOR, The Europe Center, Shorenstein APARC News

Christine Lagarde says she is optimistic that the world’s economic leaders are committed to taking the steps that will guard against another large-scale financial collapse. But she’s worried that unless more sustainable jobs are created, economic disparities will increase. Read more »

December 16th, 2013

CHP/PCOR’s three new faculty members bring a varied background in behavioral health economics, law and children’s health outcomes

Three researchers, whose work spans the globe as well as disciplines, have joined CHP/PCOR. They include a health law professor, a physician economist interested in how behavioral issues influence patient outcomes, and another physician economist who will focus on health economic issues among children in developing countries. Read more »

October 29th, 2013

Lewit receives national state association award for work in children's health

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Eugene Lewit, a CHP/PCOR adjunct affiliate, received a top National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) award this month for improving children’s access to health care. Read more »

September 11th, 2013

Stanford researchers: Feds likely miscalculated health care costs

FSI Stanford, CHP/PCOR News

With millions of Americans eligible for subsidies to buy health insurance, Stanford Health Policy's Jay Bhattacharya shows the government may have underestimated its costs by billions of dollars. Read more »

August 27th, 2013

Integrating technology and context into bioethics training for health delivery system researchers in Southeast Asia

Stanford pediatrician Jason Wang and researcher Mildred Cho have received $1,087,920 to launch a center in Taiwan and Stanford dedicated to training medical professionals about ethics. Wang -- an associate professor of pediatrics and a CHP/PCOR affiliate, and Cho -- a professor of pediatrics at the School of Medicine’s Center for Biomedical Ethics -- received one of five of this year’s bioethics grants from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health. Read more »

July 1st, 2013

Austerity programs hurt children, say Stanford scholars

FSI Stanford, CHP/PCOR News

As governments slash programs for the poor, FSI Senior Fellow Paul Wise says there is an urgent need to discuss the impact of austerity measures on children's health. Read more »

June 6th, 2013

Stanford study draws attention to childhood obesity screening

Analyzing data stretching over four decades, Stanford researchers suggest early intervention treatments of obese children will have a surprisingly meager impact on reducing obesity-related illness in adulthood. Read more »

February 11th, 2013

Stanford law professor, security expert to lead FSI

CISAC, CDDRL, FSE, FSI Stanford, CHP/PCOR, The Europe Center, Shorenstein APARC News

When Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar takes the helm of FSI in July, he'll oversee the institute's 11 research centers and programs along with a variety of undergraduate and graduate education initiatives on international affairs. His leadership will be marked by a commitment to build on FSI’s interdisciplinary approach to solving some of the world’s biggest problems. Read more »

December 4th, 2012

SHP trainees and affiliates earn high honors

Three student researchers with Stanford Health Policy have been awarded the Lee B. Lusted Student Prizes by the Society for Medical Decision Making. Read more »

November 27th, 2012

Stanford researchers show a better way to curb TB where the disease is rampant

FSI Stanford, CHP/PCOR News

Genetic testing is the best and most cost-effective way to screen prisoners for tuberculosis and drug-resistant strains of the disease, according to a Stanford study. And the authors say using the test on inmates in former Soviet Union countries will curtail TB in a region where it's widespread. Read more »

November 23rd, 2012

A Vaccine to Curb Addicts' Highs

Op-ed: The Wall Street Journal on November 23, 2012

New research shows that our immune system can mute the effects of cocaine and other stimulant drugs.

November 20th, 2012

Newly minted Rhodes Scholar has strong research ties to FSI’s health policy center

FSI Stanford, CHP/PCOR News

Margaret Hayden chose to focus on mental illness as a way to better understand her sister's suicide. Hayden, one of two Stanford students to be named a 2013 Rhodes Scholar, has worked closely with researchers at Stanford Health Policy and will pursue a master's in medical anthropology at Oxford. Read more »

November 19th, 2012

Screening all adults would slow spread of AIDS

FSI Stanford, CHP/PCOR News

Douglas Owens is a member of the government-backed panel encouraging all Americans between the ages of 15 and 65 to be tested at least once during their lifetimes for HIV. Read more »

November 9th, 2012

How marijuana legalization will affect Mexico’s cartels, in charts

Op-ed: The Washington Post on November 9, 2012

The decision by voters in Colorado and Washington state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana has “changed the rules of the game” for the administration of Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto in the U.S.-backed drug war, according to a report by the Washington Post’s William Booth.

October 9th, 2012

CISAC names Stanford biosecurity expert as next co-director

CISAC, FSI Stanford, CHP/PCOR News

Dr. David Relman, a Stanford microbiologist and professor of infectious diseases, has been named the next CISAC co-director. An adviser to the federal government on emerging biological threats, Relman's new role will strengthen CISAC's core mission of making the world a safer place. Read more »

October 2nd, 2012

Respiratory conditions account for many unplanned ICU transfers, study finds

A small percentage of patients admitted to hospital beds from emergency rooms — about 5 percent, according to recent studies — are then transferred to intensive care units due to an unexpected decline in their condition. What is striking about these so-called unplanned ICU transfers is that they account for 25 percent of all in-hospital deaths. Read more »

September 4th, 2012

Stanford study shows little evidence of health benefits from organic foods

FSI Stanford, CHP/PCOR News

Researchers did not find strong evidence that organic foods are more nutritious or carry fewer health risks than conventional alternatives. But they do note that consumption of organic foods can reduce the risk of pesticide exposure. Read more »

September 3rd, 2012

Little evidence of health benefits from organic foods, Stanford study finds

in the news: Stanford Press Release

You’re in the supermarket eyeing a basket of sweet, juicy plums. You reach for the conventionally grown stone fruit, then decide to spring the extra $1/pound for its organic cousin. You figure you’ve just made the healthier decision by choosing the organic product — but new findings from Stanford University cast some doubt on your thinking. Read more »

August 20th, 2012

Stanford experts propose new ideas for governments dealing with old age

CHP/PCOR, Shorenstein APARC, FSI Stanford, AHPP News

Stanford health economists Karen Eggleston and Victor Fuchs offer an innovative view of the global aging phenomenon in an article published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives. Read more »

July 20th, 2012

Jeremy Goldhaber-Fiebert on disconnect between child and adult obesity


A recent study by Stanford Health Policy's Jeremy Goldhaber-Fiebert, and colleagues at the School of Medicine showed that targeting obesity prevention to small children who are overweight might not be effective. That's because a higher-than-normal weight at age 5 provides an accurate predictor of adult obesity only 50 percent of the time. +HTML+
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The human touch in medicine
Modern medicine is in danger of losing a powerful, old-fashioned tool: human touch. Physician and writer Abraham Verghese describes our strange new world where patients are data points, and calls for a return to the traditional physical exam.
Mention of Abraham Verghese in WWNO on March 16, 2013

Doug Owens on universal HIV screening
In this podcast, Douglas Owens, MD, professor of medicine and a task force member, discusses how he believes the recommendation, if implemented, could have a substantial impact on the course of the epidemic in the United States. Length: 15 min.
Mention of Douglas K. Owens in Scope (blog) on November 21, 2012

Rosamond Gifford speaker Abraham Verghese mixes medicine with writing
“My real calling to medicine came because of a book,” said Verghese, an internist, novelist and memoirist at this season’s final Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series in Syracuse Monday evening.
Mention of Abraham Verghese in on May 8, 2012

Ask Stanford Med: Stefanos Zenios taking questions on health-care innovation and entrepreneurship
Later this month, business and government leaders, entrepreneurs, academics and students will gather at Stanford for the 2012 Healthcare Innovation Summit to examine the forces shaping the future of health care and discuss practical solutions to some of our toughest health-care problems.
Mention of Stefanos Zenios in Scope (blog) on April 9, 2012

Weighty Matters: A Q&A with John Morton on Obesity and Bariatric Surgery
Roughly 300,000 people in the United States die prematurely each year as result of obesity. What can be done to stem the tide of chronic disease, death and red ink caused by this epidemic? John Sanford, a writer for Stanford Hospital & Clinics, spoke with John Morton, MD, MPH to find out.
Mention of John Morton in Stanford Hospital & Clinics Report on March 10, 2012

The challenges of dieting and the promises of bariatric surgery
During a recent interview, Morton, one of the nation’s top weight-loss surgeons, reflected on the challenges of obesity in America and how bariatric surgery may be part of the solution for some.
Mention of John Morton in Scope (blog) on March 6, 2012

Role of private health insurance examined in health care debate
The national insurance program Medicare and the part private health insurance plays in it will come into sharper focus next month when Stanford University researcher M. Kate Bundorf visits Western Michigan University.
Mention of M. Kate Bundorf in WMU News on March 5, 2012

Stanford Medicine magazine's best of 2011 now on Amazon
We’ve gathered our favorite 11 stories from 2011 in our first eBook anthology, debuting today on Amazon ...
Mention of Abraham Verghese in Scope (blog) on March 2, 2012

Benefits of hepatitis C treatment outweigh costs for patients with advanced disease, study shows
Using a computer model of hepatitis C disease — which accounts for different treatments, outcomes, disease stages and genetics — a research team led by Jeremy Goldhaber-Fiebert, PhD, found that new triple-therapies for genotype-1 hepatitis C are cost-effective for patients with advanced disease. Their results were published Feb. 21 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Mention of Jeremy Goldhaber-Fiebert in Scope (blog) on February 21, 2012

Junk foods still plentiful at elementary schools
Junk food remains plentiful at the nation's elementary schools despite widespread efforts to curb childhood obesity, a new study suggests. Dr. Thomas Robinson, a Stanford University pediatrician and obesity prevention researcher, called the study results "sobering". The study appears in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, released Monday. Robinson wrote an accompanying editorial.
Mention of Thomas Robinson in on February 6, 2012

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