Topic List : Health Policy
Medical marijuana does not reduce opioid deaths
Revisiting a 2014 study that suggested states with medical marijuana saw fewer opioid deaths, Stanford researchers in fact found no connection between marijuana availability and fatal opioid overdoses.
Moms’ health benefits when new dads can stay home
A policy change in Sweden that introduced more flexibility into the parental leave system resulted in some benefits for mothers’ health, including reductions in childbirth-related complications and postpartum anxiety.
Project aims to reduce doctor burnout
The California Medical Association and Stanford Medicine have launched a multimillion dollar project to reduce physician burnout by providing support to doctors statewide.
Tobacco merch promotes teen use
Many teens own e-cigarette samples, coupons or branded promotional items, and this makes them more likely to try the products, a Stanford study found.
U.S. reputation better after AIDS, malaria programs
Stanford researchers find favorability ratings of the United States increased in proportion to health aid, particularly after the implementation of AIDS relief and anti-malaria programs.
Ovarian cancer mutations undertested
A large study of women with breast and ovarian cancer has revealed significant gaps between national guidelines for genetic testing and actual testing practices, according to researchers from Stanford and five other institutions.
Colon cancer testing at 45 would avert deaths
A Stanford-led study found that increasing the participation of older adults in colorectal cancer screening would help prevent more deaths than expanding testing to people in their 40s.
Opioid deaths jump fourfold in 20 years
The opioid epidemic is no longer concentrated among whites in Appalachian and Midwestern states, according to a new study from Stanford, Harvard and the University of Toronto.
Modest drop in physician burnout
A national epidemic of physician burnout showed signs of improvement in 2017, according to researchers at Stanford, the Mayo Clinic and the American Medical Association.
Computer v. patient: Fighting for residents’ attention
Stanford researchers found that medical trainees spent an average of 5.38 hours — or nearly half of a 12-hour work day — in front of a screen.