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How social media can reveal overlooked drug reactions

Social networks and online patient communites can help researchers and clinicians discover unreported side effects from medications. Analytics working group co-chair, Nigam Shah, associate professor of medicine and of biomedical data science, included in this article as one of the study authors.


Laura Carstensen elected to National Academy

The academy elected Stanford faculty members Laura Carstensen, Christopher Garcia, Mark Krasnow, Mark Musen and Thomas Rando to its membership.


AI can immmprove diagnostics and help docotors make better decisions

Artificial intelligence can be helpful, but physicians and scientists should carefully consider ethical issues related to its use, a team of Stanford Medicine researchers wrote in a perspective piece. Analytics working group co-chair, Nigam Shah, associate professor of medicine and of biomedical data science contributed to this article.


Diet wars: How low-carb and low-fat weight-loss schemes are based on the same homespun wisdom

Stanford researchers have found that, contrary to previous studies, insulin levels and specific genotype patterns don’t predict weight-loss success.  Christopher Gardner, chair of the Food and Nutrition Health working group is the lead author on the study.


Growth failure, child dietary diversity, & clusters of stunted children in India

Ivan Mejia-Guevara, senior research scientist with the Center for Population Health Sciences, has recently published papers on; Anthropometric status & growth failure in low & middle-income countries, Ecological & social patterning of child dietary diversity in India, and Distinct clusters of stunted children in India.


Matching DNA to a diet doesn't work:  We didn't even come close

A new study that compared low-fat and low-carb diets did not find a difference in weight loss. The study also did not find a correlation between insulin levels or a specific genotype pattern and weight loss. Christopher Gardner, chair of the Food and Nutrition Health working group is the senior author on the study.


Vic Fuchs on healthcare: A diagnosis, a proposal

At age 94, with an extensive collection of health policy research and publications under his belt, Victor Fuchs has a lot to say about the health care system.  The high cost. The uninsured. The fragmentation.  During a speech at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), the pioneering health economist narrowed his gaze to whether a single-payer system is the fix to those problems.


No evidence for increased cardiovascular risk factors with higher living wages

A higher socioeconomic status corresponds to better health in high income coutries, but the opposite is often argued for poorer nations where an increase in income is said to cause obesity and related health issues.  David Rehkopf, Faculty Fellow, Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences & Assistant Professor of Medicine (Primary Care & Population Health), observed in a recent study with colleagues.  


Health Leadership award from India Community Center (ICC)

Latha Palaniappan, Associate Faculty Director, Education with the Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences & Professor of Medicine (Primary Care & Population Health) was recently awarded the Health Leadership award from India Community Center (ICC) for representing understudied communities, espeically Asian communities, in medicine.


Why you should talk to your doctor about your bucket list

A Stanford study has found that a majority of people make bucket lists and suggests they can be useful in doctor-patient discussions about care plans.  Faculty Fellow with the Center for Population Health Sciences, VJ Periyakoil, clinical associate professor of medicine, is quoted in this article. 


Stanford's AI predicts death for better end-of-life care

In this article, Analytics working group co-chair, Nigam Shah, associate professor of medicine and of biomedical data science is referenced.  Stanford researchers are using artificial intelligence algorithms to predict the mortality of patients in time for palliative care physicians to identify and treat patients who could benefit from end-of-life care.


One family's story illuminates the Bay Area housing crisis

As the home prices and rents soar in the San Francisco Bay Area, many families are struggling to keep their children healthy and retain access to medical services.  Lisa Chamberlain, Associate Faculty Director, Policy and Advocacy with the Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences is quoted in this magazine article and video.


U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Douglas K. Owens, the Henry J. Kaiser, Jr. Professor and director of both the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research in the Department of Medicine and the Center for Health Policy at Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, was named vice chairperson of the task force in spring 2017. He will serve as vice chair for two years, then chair the independent body of experts who issue evidence-based guidelines about preventive care.


How gaining and losing weight affects the body

Michael Snyder, co-chair of the PHS Gene-Environment Interaction working along with other Stanford scientists have discovered links between a person's weight fluctuation and shifts in their microbiome, immune system and cardiovascular system.


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