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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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Sanjay Basu joins Stanford Health Policy faculty to answer the world's big health-care questions

May 2017

A glimpse of Sanjay Basu’s work begs the question, “What doesn’t he do?”From testing a San Francisco nutrition program, to breaking down some of the world’s largest data sets, to inspiring a...

Stanford conference examines new immigration policies' impacts on children's health

May 2017

As immigration policy ideas dance around Washington, children’s health rarely enters the discussion.

Paul Wise challenges Just War

April 2017

When one thinks of the casualties of war, it is easy to imagine severed limbs, bullet holes, shrapnel, perhaps even sarin gas or Agent Orange.

Congratulations to the first Stanford Health Policy PhD students to win awards

April 2017

Yiqun Chen and Tess Ryckman are the first students in the Stanford Health Policy PhD program to win research grants.

Task Force: Older men should discuss prostate cancer screening with physicians

April 2017

A panel of experts has released a draft recommendation that men aged 55 to 69 with no sign of prostate cancer should still talk to their physicians about whether they should be screened for the...

Remembering Ken Arrow: A student's reflection

March 2017

If there is such a person as a universally respected and universally loved scholar, Professor Arrow was such a man.

Lack of health care, food and shelter typically kill more civilians than bombs and bullets

January 2017

Most civilian casualties in war are not the result of direct exposure to bombs and bullets; they are due to the destruction of the essentials of daily living, including food, water, shelter, and...

Closing the gap between rich and poor in developing countries

December 2016

The health gap between rich and poor children in developing countires is staggeringly high, but Assistant Professor of Medicine Eran Bendavid found that it is shrinking.

How might the election affect Obamacare?

November 2016

Stanford Health Policy faculty members Michelle Mello, David Studdert and Laurence Baker discuss repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how it could affect health coverage in the United States.

Watch Live: Health Policy through 2020: The ACA, Payment Reform and Global Challenges

September 2016

Watch Live: Health Policy through 2020: The ACA, Payment Reform and Global Challenges. The event begins at 1 p.m. PST and will end at approximately 5:45 p.m.

Surgeries increase risk of chronic opioid use

July 2016

A study of health insurance claims showed that patients undergoing 11 of the most common types of surgery were at an increased risk of becoming chronic users of opioid painkillers, according to...

Call for papers: Conference on the economics of ageing

July 2016

The Asia Health Policy Program at Stanford’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, in collaboration with scholars from Stanford Health Policy's Center on Demography and Economics of Health and...

“Doctor Pablo’s” Children in Crisis Initiative creates app to improve child health

June 2016

A Stanford team has created a “nutrition surveillance” app that can help boost nutrition for children in some of the world’s poorest and most remote regions.

Stanford researchers: Ramping up treatment of parasitic worm disease is cost-effective

June 2016

A study supports a greatly expanded treatment program for parasitic worm diseases that could save millions from disability and possible death in sub-Saharan Africa.

Nancy Lonhart, ‘heart, soul and engine’ of Stanford Health Policy, wins 2016 Amy J. Blue Award

May 2016

When Nancy Lonhart arrives at her office in Encina Commons she is ready to “hit the ground running” while maintaining a patient and understanding demeanor with everyone – faculty, researchers,...

Health economists press for chronic disease as top agenda item

March 2016

Nearly 100 health economists from across the United States signed a pledge urging U.S. presidential candidates to make chronic disease a policy priority.

Stanford Health Policy marathoners practice what they preach by living healthy lifestyles

March 2016

Stanford Health Policy runners don’t just study how to improve health policy and live a healthy lifestyle. They practice what they preach by engaging in healthy activities every day.

Fieldwork Fail: FSI Faculty Share Lessons Learned the Hard Way

March 2016

"What do I do about the chickens?"When assistant professor of medicine Eran Bendavid began a study on livestock in African households to determine impact on childhood health, he'd already...

Boston’s antique sewage system is model for impoverished nations today

March 2016

New research by Stanford Health Policy’s Marcella Alsan indicates that the sewage systems installed in Boston and surrounding municipalities in the late 1800s complemented the water treatment...

Grant Miller: A team approach to international health

January 2016

Stanford Health Policy's Grant Miller says the collaborative community and institutes at Stanford help global health projects succeed.

Opioid crisis not limited to a few bad apples

December 2015

Most prescriptions for opioid painkillers are made by the broad swatch of U.S. general practitioners, not by a limited group of specialists.

Envisioning the Future, Building on Our Past

December 2015

As we move toward the future, it’s important to reflect on the past, which created the culture of the Stanford Department of Medicine.

Health and law

November 2015

When Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg took a stand on sugary drinks, banning large sizes to encourage moderation, his efforts were met with some applause—but also with jeers of derision...

People

Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
Stephen P. Luby Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Grant Miller Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Jay Bhattacharya Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Michele Barry Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Medicine
Douglas K. Owens Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
David Relman Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Daniel P. Kessler Professor, Law, Professor, Political Economy
Randall S. Stafford Professor, Medicine
Stefanos A. Zenios Professor, Operations, Information and Technology, Professor, Health Care Management
Jonathan Shaw Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine
Maria Polyakova Assistant Professor, HRP