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New Stanford algorithm could improve diagnosis of many rare genetic diseases

Stanford researchers have developed an algorithm that could cut down the time needed to diagnose rare genetic diseases by 90 percent. Gill Bejerano, associate professor of developmental biology, of computer science and of pediatrics; and Jon Bernstein, associate professor of pediatrics & co-chair of the Center for Population Health Sciences Special Populations and Rare Diseases working group are authors.


How more carbon dioxide in the air could lead to more human disease

The rising level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere means that crops are becoming less nutritious, and that change could lead to higher rates of malnutrition that predispose people to various diseases.  Dr. Sanjay Basu, assistant professor of medicine and Faculty Fellow at Stanford's Center for Population Health Sciences is one of the study's authors.


The power of healthy eating

On The Future of Everything radio show, Stanford's Russ Altman and Sanjay Basu explore diabetes care and prevention, including the value of a healthy diet.


Cloudy with a chance of disruption

Cloud-based computing
SIEPR fellow Nicholas Bloom's research shows unprecedented rates of adoption for cloud-based services, especially among smaller, younger firms.


Breathing dirty air

Exposure to particulate matter in sub-Saharan Africa led to 400,000 otherwise preventable infant deaths in 2015, according to a new Stanford study.  Marshall Burke, study co-author and faculty fellow, Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences is quoted in the article.  PHS affiliated faculty member Eran Bendavid is a also a co-author on the study.


Google is training machines to predict when a patient will die

Google is integrating machine learning techniques into health care to better predict patient outcomes. Nigam Shah, associate professor of bioinformatics and PHS's  Analytics working group co-chair, provides comment.


Distributional change of women's adult height in low- and middle-income countries over the past half century.

Adult height reflects childhood circumstances and is associated with health, longevity, and maternal–fetal outcomes. Mean height is an important population metric, and declines in height have occurred in several low- and middle-income countries, especially in Africa, over the last several decades. This study examines changes at the population level in the distribution of height over time across a broad range of low- and middle-income countries during the past half century.  Ivan Mejia-Guevara, senior research scientist with the Center for Population Health Sciences, has recently published a paper.


Research shows that the prevalence of dementia has fallen in the United States

New research about "cognitive life expectancy" - how long older adults live with good vs. declining brain health - shows that after age 65, men and women spend more than a dozen years in good cognitive health on average.  Amal Harrati, an instructor of medicine provides comment in this article.


At 94, Stanford Victor Fuchs celebrates his new book, dispenses wisdom

Victor Fuchs, the Henry J. Kaiser, Jr., Professor of Economics and of Health Research and Policy, emeritus, known for his lifelong contributions to health economics, recently celebrated the publication of his new book “Health Economics and Policy: Selected Writings” with a talk on campus.


Consumer DNA testing promises more than it delivers

This piece discusses the increasing popularity of at-home genetic testing.  Christopher Gardner, the Rehnborg Farquhar Professor and a professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center and PHS's chair of the Food and Nutrition working group provides comment on this article. 


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