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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Cybersecurity Lessons From the Pandemic, or Pandemic Lessons From Cybersecurity

June 2020

Important pandemic lessons from cybersecurity would have saved the U.S. economic and medical heartbreak had those lessons been heeded earlier.

Preventing and Managing Hospital-Based Infections During Coronavirus

June 2020

SHP's Jason Wang and colleagues provide five key steps to managing infections in hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic in this Journal of Hospital Medicine study, drawing on lessons from...

Stanford course on human extinction and cognitive biases strikes a chord with students in time of COVID-19

June 2020

CISAC senior fellows Stephen Luby, professor of medicine, and Paul N. Edwards, director of the Program in Science, Technology and Society, teach plausible scenarios that could result in human...

APARC Scholars Discuss the Economic Impact of COVID-19 in China

May 2020

Karen Eggleston, Scott Rozelle, and Xueguang Zhou join the King Center on Global Development’s Hongbin Li to examine how COVID-19 has impacted urban and rural employment in China’s health care...

The COVID-19 Crisis Can Be A Historic Opportunity for Morocco

May 2020

[The following article originally appeared in French in Le Soir]Over the past 20 years of exile, I returned to Morocco sporadically to visit family and friends.

APARC Fellow Thomas Fingar on the U.S. Intelligence Report that Warned of a Coronavirus Pandemic

April 2020

In our online conversation, Fingar discusses the 2008 National Intelligence Council report he oversaw and that urged action on coronavirus pandemic preparedness, explains the U.S. initial failed...

Launch of New Modeling Framework to Investigate COVID-19

April 2020

The Stanford-CIDE Coronavirus Simulation Model — or SC-COSMO — incorporates realistic demography and patterns to investigate resource planning and policy evaluations for diverse populations and...

Covid-19 Crisis: Is a Showdown Between Public Health Imperatives and Civil Liberties Inevitable?

April 2020

David Studdert addresses the tradeoff between basic liberties and societal health in the current coronavirus pandemic in a New England Journal of Medicine perspective.

Standing Up against Gender Bias and Harassment Among Medical Professionals

April 2020

Half of the medical students in the United States are women, as are two-thirds of the health-care workers taking care of patients in hospitals, clinics and residential communities.

Opinion: The Coronavirus Crisis Presents An Opportunity To End War In Ukraine

April 2020

In the midst of the damage to public health and the global economy, the COVID-19 crisis could present an unexpected opportunity both to resolve the only hot war in Europe and to address Russian...

COVID19: Can Masks Help with Reopening the Economy?

April 2020

Once businesses reopen and people head back to stores and restaurants, will wearing a medical mask still offer a smart level of protection?

Jay Bhattacharya: Questioning Conventional Wisdom of the COVID-19 Crisis

April 2020

Jay Bhattacharya questions the conventional wisdom that the coronavirus would kill millions without shelter-in-place orders and quarantines.

APARC Announces New Fellowship and Internship Opportunities for Stanford Students

April 2020

Amid the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, students are facing summer internship cancelations and hiring freezes.

Coronavirus Conspiracy Claims: What’s Behind a Chinese Diplomat’s COVID-19 Misdirection

March 2020

As scientists continue to study how the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in Wuhan, China, and around the world, the infection’s early pathways have proven fertile ground for speculation and conspiracy...

IFPRI Blog: Lockdowns are Protecting China's Rural Families from COVID-19, but the Economic Burden is Heavy

March 2020

BY SCOTT ROZELLE, HEATHER RAHIMI, HUAN WANG AND EVE DILLCOVID-19 lockdowns have major impacts on migrant workers and supply chains that depend on them.

How We Can Manage the Pandemic and Preserve our Democracy

March 2020

COVID-19 presents us with both our worst public health crisis in a century and the greatest challenge to our democracy since World War II.

How Taiwan Used Big Data, Transparency and a Central Command to Protect Its People from Coronavirus

March 2020

Taiwan is only 81 miles off the coast of mainland China and was expected to be hard hit by the coronavirus, due to its proximity and the number of flights between the island nation and its massive...

Coronavirus Crisis Exposes Fundamental Tension in Governing China, Says Stanford Sociologist and China Expert Xueguang Zhou

February 2020

Organizational sociology may not be the first academic field people tend to look to for an explanation of the origins of a public health crisis such as the spreading Wuhan coronavirus, but from the...

Vaccination Rates Climb in California After Personal Belief Exemptions Curbed by State Law

January 2020

Measles came back with a vengeance in 2019, with cases quadrupling globally and 1,276 cases reported in the United States since the beginning of the year — the largest increase in 27 years.

APARC Delegation Visits Hanoi and Bangkok

December 2019

Southeast Asia, home to over 640 million people across 10 countries, is one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest growing regions.

Smallpox Was Eradicated 40 Years Ago, So Why Are the U.S. and Russia Still Holding Stocks of the Virus?

December 2019

/*-->*/ On 9 December, 1979, health officials declared smallpox as the first and only human disease to be eradicated in what is considered the greatest achievement of modern medicine.

Stanford Researchers Uncover the Silent Cost of School Shootings

December 2019

At least 245 primary and secondary schools in the United States have experienced a shooting — killing 146 people and injuring 310 — since the country's first mass school shooting at Columbine High...

Stanford Researchers Find No ‘Magnet Effect’ When States Extend Public Health Insurance to Immigrants

December 2019

Immigrants, once settled in a particular state, will not move to another state in search of public health benefits, Stanford researchers find.

People

Scott Rozelle Senior Fellow, Helen F. Farnsworth Endowed Professorship
Matthew Kohrman Senior Fellow, by courtesy Associate Professor, Anthropology
David Relman Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Stephen P. Luby Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Rosamond L. Naylor Senior Fellow William Wrigley Professor of Earth System Science, Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Professor, by courtesy, Economics, Senior Fellow and Founding Director, Center on Food Security and the Environment
Alberto Díaz-Cayeros Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Douglas K. Owens Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Senior Fellow , Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
Grant Miller Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Pascaline Dupas Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Economics, Senior Fellow, SIEPR
Jay Bhattacharya Senior Fellow by Courtesy Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Lanhee J. Chen Affiliate at the Center on Democracy Development and the Rule of Law