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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — In 2010 a young San Francisco company was nagging uninsured teenagers with severe asthma into being healthier. The firm, BeWell Mobile, offered customized disease management software via devices like cell phones, and was trying to grow. An eight month study of the effectiveness of the BeWell system asked the [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY  — Wall Street continued to careen wildly Thursday, signaling a great deal of nervousness and uncertainty in the markets. Stanford News Service asked economist Roger Noll, co-director of the Program on Regulatory Policy at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, to offer some guidance. The Dow tumbled 635 points Monday, climbed back [...]

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 STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — It’s not hard to find critics of the medical malpractice system in the United States. There is widespread agreement that it simply does not do what it should. “It both fails to compensate patients who have suffered from bad medical care, and compensates those who haven’t,” writes Daniel P. [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — Tobacco companies increased the advertising and lowered the sale price of menthol cigarettes in stores near California high schools with larger populations of African-American students, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine. Although cigarette makers have denied using race or ethnicity to target customers, the lead researcher [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS —A new generation of medical “rock stars” are blending cutting-edge technology with reams of old-fashioned data to help drive innovation in health care, according to Todd Park, chief technology officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. One of more than two-dozen experts who spoke during the 2011 Stanford [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Each day in Tanzania, 220 people — most of them children — die of complications from malaria, a curable disease. In part those deaths occur because health facilities in extremely rural areas throughout sub-Saharan Africa have immense problems keeping the anti-malarial drugs in stock. That reality is unacceptable to [...]

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Twenty years ago, people diagnosed with autism were relatively rare, and the public’s awareness of the disorder was chiefly limited to Hollywood depictions such as that in the 1988 Academy Award-winning movie Rain Man. Today, many people know a neighbor, friend or classmate who is dealing with autism—prevalence has risen about twenty-fold since 1990. But [...]

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Matthew Callaghan, MD, had an epiphany about medical device design during a planning meeting, when his hospital was drafting a worst-case scenario protocol to decide which types of patients would receive life support from the hospital’s limited number of breathing ventilators. “The physicians assumed that we’d have to ration the ventilators, and that if we [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — Almost 1 billion people worldwide live without safe drinking water and more than twice that number people don’t have basic hygiene facilities. As a result, 1.8 million children die from diarrhea each year — one of the most pervasive and preventable causes of child mortality. For many households in Tanzania, diarrheal disease [...]

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From Stanford Report STANFORD UNIVERSITY – After the biggest congressional sweep since 1948, Democrats fell victim in Tuesday’s midterm elections to a troubled economy and growing discontent and frustration with their party and President Obama’s agenda. Republicans won control of the House by picking up at least 60 seats, and whittled the Democratic Senate majority [...]

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