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Dena M. Bravata, MD, MS

Stanford Health Policy Adjunct Affiliate (former)

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September 4th, 2012

Stanford study shows little evidence of health benefits from organic foods

FSI Stanford, CHP/PCOR News

Researchers did not find strong evidence that organic foods are more nutritious or carry fewer health risks than conventional alternatives. But they do note that consumption of organic foods can reduce the risk of pesticide exposure. Read more »



September 3rd, 2012

Little evidence of health benefits from organic foods, Stanford study finds

CHP/PCOR in the news: Stanford Press Release

You’re in the supermarket eyeing a basket of sweet, juicy plums. You reach for the conventionally grown stone fruit, then decide to spring the extra $1/pound for its organic cousin. You figure you’ve just made the healthier decision by choosing the organic product — but new findings from Stanford University cast some doubt on your thinking. Read more »



May 11th, 2010

No clear criteria for diagnosing food allergies, researcher finds

CHP/PCOR Press Release

A new study shows that confusion over how to identify and treat food allergies is creating the potential for misdiagnosis of this condition. In a review of existing literature on the subject, researchers with RAND Corp., Stanford Health Policy and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System found differing definitions of food allergy. +HTML+
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November 10th, 2009

Dena Bravata's pedometer research featured in Washington Post article

CHP/PCOR in the news: Washington Post on November 12, 2009

Stanford Health Policy affiliate Dena Bravata's research on the health benefits of pedometer use is featured in the Washington Post. The article, "The Misfits: A look at pedometers' impact on weight loss," quotes Bravata at length and references Stanford's successful pedometer program. Read more »



August 17th, 2009

Stanford Health Policy/UCSF team finds inducing labor need not increase cesarean risk

CHP/PCOR Press Release

Contrary to a belief widely held by obstetricians, inducing labor need not increase a woman's risk for cesarean section delivery in childbirth, scientists at Stanford Health Policy and the University of California, San Francisco have found. +HTML+
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Studies show misuse of expensive blood-clotting drug
The other Stanford co-authors of the first study include Randall Stafford, associate professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center; Dena Bravata MS '00, an adjunct associate of the Center for Health Policy/Center for Primary Care and ...
April 20, 2011 in The Stanford Daily

Will healthcare price transparency deliver ROI?
This is the transcript of my recent podcast interview with Castlight Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dena Bravata. David E. Williams: This is David ...
November 17, 2010 in MedCity News

No Clear Criteria for Diagnosing Food Allergies
Other Stanford authors on the study are Dena Bravata, MD, a PCOR affiliate; and Vandana Sundaram, MPH, assistant director of research for CHP/PCOR.
May 15, 2010 in HealthNewsDigest.com