Health and Medicine

Health and Medicine

FSI’s researchers assess health and medicine through the lenses of economics, nutrition and politics. They’re studying and influencing public health policies of local and national governments and the roles that corporations and nongovernmental organizations play in providing health care around the world. Scholars look at how governance affects citizens’ health, how children’s health care access affects the aging process and how to improve children’s health in Guatemala and rural China. They want to know what it will take for people to cook more safely and breathe more easily in developing countries.

FSI professors investigate how lifestyles affect health. What good does gardening do for older Americans? What are the benefits of eating organic food or growing genetically modified rice in China? They study cost-effectiveness by examining programs like those aimed at preventing the spread of tuberculosis in Russian prisons. Policies that impact obesity and undernutrition are examined; as are the public health implications of limiting salt in processed foods and the role of smoking among men who work in Chinese factories. FSI health research looks at sweeping domestic policies like the Affordable Care Act and the role of foreign aid in affecting the price of HIV drugs in Africa.

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Nominations Open for 2023 Shorenstein Journalism Award

December 2022

Sponsored by Stanford University’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, the annual award recognizes outstanding journalists and journalism organizations for excellence in coverage of the Asia-...

New Data on All-Cause Deaths and Economic Impacts in the First Year of Pandemic by Ethnicity, Income, and Education

December 2022

Health economist Maria Polyakova conducts detailed analysis of the first-year impact of the COVID-19 pandemic among people based on their race and ethnicity, employment and education.

Critical metal resources in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

December 2022

While China has most of the world’s REE processing capacity, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) reportedly possesses significant untapped CM resources.

80 countries just signed a declaration on protecting civilians in war

November 2022

If it’s not a binding treaty, how can it influence military action? Here’s what research tells us.

5 Questions with SHP's Adrienne Sabety on Health Care Access for Undocumented Immigrants

November 2022

Adrienne Sabety is an assistant professor at Stanford Health Policy. Her work includes a large, 14-month study in collaboration with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in New York City...

Mexican Perspectives on the Mexican–U.S. War, 1846–1848

November 2022

Stanford’s Center for Latin American Studies and SPICE release new video lecture and teacher’s guide.

The War in Ukraine Will Continue to Evolve. Here's How.

November 2022

Steven Pifer and Francis Fukuyama join Michael McFaul on the World Class podcast to discuss Ukraine’s progress in the war, Crimea’s strategic importance, and the ongoing need for Western support in...

Reluctant to Protect? The Role of Moral Reputation in Joining Military Coalitions

November 2022

How states join coalitions affects the extent to which they are perceived as blameworthy – or praiseworthy – for the outcome of that coalition.

Study: Striking Inequalities in US Infant and Maternal Health Point to Structural Racism and Access Issues

November 2022

Research by Petra Persson and Maya Rossin-Slater on health inequality finds wealthy Black mothers and infants fare worse than the poorest white mothers and infants.

The Kremlin Tones Down the Nuclear Rhetoric

November 2022

As Russia’s military faltered and lost ground in its conventional war against Ukraine, concern grew in the West that Vladimir Putin might resort to nuclear weapons.

Explore the Lives and Shared Legacy of Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King, Jr. with Clayborne Carson

November 2022

Available through Stanford Continuing Studies, "Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King, Jr.: Their Lives and Shared Legacy" is a new online course that will run for four weeks on Tuesdays and...

Study Shows Vitamin D Does Not Reduce Statin-Associated Muscle Pain

November 2022

Statin-associated muscle symptoms are common and may lead to discontinuation of indicated statin therapy. So cardiologist Mark Hlatky and colleagues conducted a randomized, placebo-controlled, double...

Hiroshima Business and Management School Visits the Bay Area

November 2022

Students and alumni of HBMS visit Stanford, Silicon Valley, and Hikari Farms.

Stanford Sociologist Kiyoteru Tsutsui Wins the 44th Suntory Prize for Arts and Sciences

November 2022

The Suntory Foundation recognizes Tsutsui, the Henri H. and Tomoye Takahashi Professor and Senior Fellow in Japanese Studies at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, for his book 'Human...

Notes from the Field

November 2022

FSE Senior Fellow, Emeritus, Walter Falcon shares observations from Iowa on weather, farming, politics and more.

The Midterms Revealed the Real Challenges Facing Our Elections

November 2022

Large-scale voting fraud may be a chimera, but counting a rising number of ballots quickly will require investments in state and local election administration. Published in the Wall Street Journal.

Inaugural Trans-Pacific Sustainability Dialogue Spotlights Climate Finance Mobilization and Green Innovation Strategies

November 2022

Co-organized by Stanford’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center and the Ban Ki-moon Foundation for a Better Future, the inaugural Trans-Pacific Sustainability Dialogue brought together...

Elon puts rockets into space, he’s not afraid of the FTC

November 2022

Moderated Content host Evelyn Douek discusses Twitter’s data security problems and what this says about privacy regulation more generally with Whitney Merrill, the Data Protection Officer and Privacy...

Older Men Who Live Alone at Greater Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

November 2022

New research shows that older men who live alone are at greater risk of managing chronic conditions and medications —a social conundrum that could lead to higher levels of cardiovascular disease.

Who is a Slave? Health of Children at Risk Based on Inequity, Social Acceptance of Servitude

November 2022

A new article co-authored by Health Policy PhD candidate Vincent Jappah reveals that the modern drivers of child servitude in Liberia are largely social vulnerability and cultural acceptance of the...

Walking a Tightrope

November 2022

As U.S.-China tensions escalate, Korea must chart a new path.

Book Review: “Invisible China. How the urban-rural divide threatens China’s rise” by Scott Rozelle and Natalie Hell

November 2022

China expert Aihemaitijiang (Ahmatjan) Rouzi reviewed Scott Rozelle's book, "Invisible China," for the Sino-German Agricultural Magazine.

The Stanford Internet Observatory Joins the Coalition for Independent Technology Research

November 2022

SIO is now part of the new Coalition for Independent Technology Research to share independent, trustworthy research on digital technology and online harms.

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