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Stanford experts spotlight climate and health at Global Climate Action Summit

Stanford experts discuss the linkages between climate change and health, an area that will be a focus of Stanford-led events at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. Marshall Burke, faculty fellow, Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences will be presenting at the summit.


The most essential books for wrapping your head around the opioid crisis

This piece highlights a selection of books about the opioid crisis and inludes "Drug Dealer, MD" written by PHS' diseases of despair working group member, Anna Lembke, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.


Big data confirm Type 2 diabetes treatment approach

As a second-line treatment in addition to metformin, dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitors may have some advantages over other therapies for Type 2 diabetes, a new study has found.  Nigam Shah, associate professor of bioinformatics and PHS's  Analytics working group co-chair, is included here.  (subscription may be required; please contact Becky Bach at retrout@stanford.edu for a copy) 


Study: More children die in Africa from after effects of war than from war itself

Stanford-led analysis of the indirect impact of armed conflict in Africa shows that as many as 3.5 million infants born within 30 miles of combat were killed over two decades. PHS affiliated faculty member, Eran Bendavid, associate professor of medicine the Senior author,  is quoted here and in articles from Deutsche Welle, Global News, NPR, and Reuters.


Courts and the opioid crisis

Law professors, Michelle Mello, PHS Diseases and Despair working group member  and Nora Freeman Engstrom discuss the legal implications of the U.S. opioid epidemic for companies and physicians.


Stemming the opioid crisis

Members of the PHS Diseases and Despair working group have acknowledged the opioid crisis along with Stanford researchers. Increasing the availability of naloxone, cutting opioid prescriptions by 25 percent and expanding drug-treatment programs could reduce opioid-related deaths by 6,000 over 10 years, Stanford researchers estimate.  


Advance directives:  How to talk with patients about

This post describes the approach and content of the online physician education module "Planning for End-of-Life Decisions with Your Patients."  PHS' faculty fellow, VJ Periyakoil, associate professor of medicine and director of palliative care education and training, wrote the module and provides comment here.


State approves $15 million for youth mental health centers

The clinic, which has yet to be named, is inspired by a model in Australia called headspace, which provides early-intervention services — from physical and mental health to alcohol and other drugs, work and academic issues — to young people at low or no cost. There are similar youth mental health centers in Canada and Ireland, but none yet in the United States.  PHS' Adolescent Health working group chair, Steven Adelsheim, clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing, is quoted.
 


Milk myth busting

Milk used to be simple, but not anymore.  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 cuts through the confusion and clarifies misconceptions about milk. 


Typical kid behavior or a mental-health problem?  It can be hard to decide.

Mental-health challenges are a serious - and growing - problem for teenagers. This piece examines how parents can recognize if their behavior is normal or something more serious. PHS' Adolescent Health working group chair, Steven Adelsheim, clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing, is quoted.


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