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A skeptical look at popular diets: How ketogenic should you go?

In the fourth post in the series A Skeptical Look at Popular Diets, Randall Stafford, professor of medicine and director of the Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices, along with Christopher Gardner, the Rehnborg Farquhar Professor and a professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center and PHS' chair of the Food and Nutrition working group, examines pros and cons of a ketogenic diet.


Rhode Island has regulations to curb the cost of health care - and they work

Rhode Island has instituted cost controls to limit the growth in health care spending. A Stanford analysis suggests they are effective.Sanjay Basu, assistant professor of medicine, faculty fellow at the Center for Population Health Sciences, is quoted in this blog post.


Purdue cemented ties with universities and hospitals to expand opioid sales, documents contend

Newly released details about the close relationship Purdue Pharma pursued with universities and hospitals have raised conflict-of-interest concerns.  Michelle Mello, professor of law and health research and policy and member of the Center for Population Health Sciences' Data Governance & Health workgoup, provides comment in this story. In a separate piece that appears on Wired, Keith Humphreys is quoted about a new study showing a correlation between direct-to-physician opioid marketing and opioid deaths.


The prescription drug epidemic no one's talking about

In this piece,  Keith Humphreys discusses how many health care organizations, physicians and patients remain unaware of the country’s benzodiazepine epidemic that has been contributing to a growing number of overdose deaths across the United States. Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor. 


Higher percentages of saturated fat in low-carb diets may not harm cholesterol levels, new analysis suggests

A secondary analysis of a diet study showed that low-carbohydrate dieters who consumed the most saturated fats had better levels of lipids in their blood. Christopher Gardner, the Rehnborg Farquhar Professor and a professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center and PHS' chair of the Food and Nutrition working group is quoted here.


Overdose deaths tied to antianxiety drugs like Xanax continue to rise

As public health officials tackle opioid addiction and overdoses, another class of prescription drugs, benzodiazepines, has been contributing to a growing number of deaths across the United States. Anna Lembke, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and chief of the Stanford Addiction Dual Diagnosis Clinic & member of Population Health Sciences' Diseases of Despair working group is quoted in this article.


Precision health approach tapped to identify causes of poverty

This post highlights a recent story in Insights by Stanford Business that discusses an approach inspired by precision health that examines the factors linked to poverty. David Rehkopf, Faculty Fellow, Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences and associate professor of medicine, is referenced here.


This new app turns opioid users' phones into overdose detectors

Researchers have developed a smartphone app that can potentially detect a reduction in breathing due to an overdose and send out an alert. Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial Professor and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, who was not involved with the research, is quoted here. 


Deeper learning

New technology and improvements in machine learning are providing insight into psychiatric disorders. Leanne Williams, co-chair of the PHS Health Behavior working group & professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is featured here. 


The physical activity guidelines for Americans

Approximately 80% of US adults and adolescents are insufficiently active.  Physical activity fosters normal growth and development and can make people fee, function, and sleep better and reduce risk of many chronic diseases. Abby King phs' working group co-chair chaired the committee who established new physicial activity guidelines for Americans. 


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