You're Never Too Old to Be StudiedOp-ed: The New York Times on May 22, 2014
When older patients seek health care, they are unwittingly enrolling in an experiment: Will medical procedures that have been proved effective mainly on the young also help the elderly?
Op-ed: The New York Times on March 17, 2014
Insurance coverage for addiction treatment has been expanded more in the past five months than in the preceding five decades. Contrary to the common complaint that nothing is changing in the “war on drugs”, the U.S. has never been closer to providing universal addiction treatment on demand. Read more »
A Vaccine to Curb Addicts' HighsOp-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.
How marijuana legalization will affect Mexico’s cartels, in chartsOp-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.
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- » The Washington Post: How marijuana legalization will affect Mexico's cartels, in charts
Why I Do Not Like Providing Health Insurance to My EmployeesOp-ed: Washington Monthly on April 6, 2012
Harold Pollack notes a number of advantages of employer-based health insurance, including the potential for large employers to serve as more reliable (and potentially wiser) purchasing agents than are individuals at sea in the health insurance market. But my experience as an employer makes me intensely dislike this feature of the U.S. health insurance system nonetheless.
Towards a smarter drugs policyOp-ed: The Guardian
US drugs debate is dominated by a Manichean divide between prohibitionists and liberalisers, obscuring real scientific solutions
Reframing the Debate Over Using Phones Behind the WheelOp-ed: The New York Times on December 17, 2011
For years, policy makers trying to curb distracted driving have compared the problem to drunken driving. The analogy seemed fitting, with drivers weaving down roads and rationalizing behavior that they knew could be deadly.
In Economist debate, SHP director Garber focuses on value of comparative effectiveness researchOp-ed: the Economist on October 7, 2009
Stanford Health Policy director Alan Garber offers his take on comparative effectiveness research in the Economist's online debate forum. Garber writes that our current system of "ignoring value ... has failed to limit expenditures or to deliver superior health outcomes." Part of the series "Economists Debates," Garber is the featured guest in the most recent online version of Oxford style of debating. Read more »
In Washington Post op-ed Alain Enthoven lays out steps necessary to improve health care valueOp-ed: Washington Post on June 6, 2009
In their June 6th opinion piece, core faculty member Alain Enthoven and Mayo Clinic CEO Denis Cortese point to two fundamentals for cost savings in health care reform. They write that the President and Congress must focus on organized health-care delivery and aligned incentives to bring value to the health care system. Read more »
Humphreys guides consumers in navigating the latest health studiesOp-ed: San Francisco Chronicle
Humphreys writes of lack of evidence in use of "brain enrichment" videos for infantsOp-ed: San Francisco Chronicle on October 28, 2007
CHP/PCOR associate Keith Humphreys writes in this San Francisco Chronicle Op/Ed about infant enrichment through DVDs and videos. He cites a recent study published by the Journal of Pediatrics that found a lack of evidence that brain enrichment DVDs and videos for infants did much in the way of helping them learn about shapes, words, patterns, and more. Read more »
Humphreys stresses importance of sleepOp-ed: SFGate on September 2, 2007
In an article, The More You Sleep, The Longer You Live, by CHP/PCOR associate Keith Humphreys, he discusses the importance of getting enough sleep. Humphreys gives an overview of leptin and ghrelin in regulating appetite and the effect of these levels on other important daily activities, such as working out and immune system health. He cites one study in particular that found that almost 7,000 Alameda County residents who routinely slept six or fewer hours a night had about a 70 percent higher risk of dying than did people of similar age who slept seven or eight hours a night. Read more »
Obesity epidemic more of a "private health affliction" than public health crisis, Bhattacharya saysOp-ed: Hoover Digest on August 1, 2007
CHP/PCOR core faculty member Jay Bhattacharya argues that the obesity epidemic should not qualify as a public-health crisis. The article appears in a recent issue of the Hoover Digest. An analysis of Bhattarcharya's piece appears in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
- » Hoover Digest: Dollars to doughnuts
- » Chronicle of Higher Education: "A glance at the current issue of the Hoover Digest: The obesity non-crisis"
Humphreys comments on health, adopting two French habitsOp-ed: San Francisco Chronicle on July 1, 2007
In this San Francisco Chronicle Op/Ed piece, CHP/PCOR associate Keith Humphreys describes how Americans could improve their health by adopting two French habits.
Track money flow to stop movement of addictive drugsOp-ed: Mercury News on May 28, 2007
In this Op/Ed piece published in the San Jose Mercury News, CHP/PCOR associate Keith Humphreys writes about the merging of drug dealing and the Internet that results in non-medical use of prescription drugs.
Op-ed: San Jose Mercury News on December 22, 2006
In a Dec. 22 op-ed piece, CHP/PCOR core faculty member Paul H. Wise writes that children with chronic illness require two key things -- comprehensive health insurance and access to specialty care -- and that both of these are in jeopardy in California, due to policy changes that fail to adequately consider the health needs of children. Read more »
Op-ed: New York Times on January 18, 2005
No one can dispute the high cost of and the harm caused by alcohol and drug addiction. But is genetic research the best way to reduce it? Probably not, according to an essay co-authored by CHP/PCOR associate Keith N. Humphreys, published in the New York Times on Jan. 18. The essay asserts that "environmental approaches may not be as sexy as high-tech gene-based solutions, but they work," citing a 10 percent reduction in smoking rates in California due to policy changes such as anti-smoking laws and higher cigarette taxes. Read more »
Op-ed: Wall Street Journal on May 4, 2004
A lengthy opinion piece co-authored by CHP/PCOR fellow Daniel P. Kessler, published May 4 in the Wall Street Journal, argues that the U.S. healthcare system is "in deep trouble" due to rising costs and the expanding ranks of the uninsured. The piece advocates a free-market solution that would promote nationwide insurance, make all medical expenses tax-deductible, ease barriers to entry, and subsidize care for the cronically ill. Read more »
Op-ed: New York Times on November 18, 2003
In this co-written opinion piece published in the New York Times Nov. 18, CHP/PCOR core faculty member Victor R. Fuchs and bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel assert that the current employment-based health insurance system should be replaced by universal health-care vouchers. All families or individuals would be given a voucher to buy a private health-insurance policy covering basic health services and catastrophic coverage. Read more »