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.

Scholarly Publications

Estimation of global insulin use for type 2 diabetes, 2018–30: a microsimulation analysis

November 2018

Background:The amount of insulin needed to effectively treat type 2 diabetes worldwide is unknown.

The fog of development: evaluating the Millennium Villages Project

August 2018

 Shira Mitchell and colleagues' endline evaluation of the Millennium Villages Project (MVP) in The Lancet Global Health marks an important chapter in our understanding of Africa’s meandering path...

Cost Effectiveness of Radiation and Chemotherapy for High-Risk Low Grade Glioma

August 2018

The standard of care treatment for maximally resected, high risk (≥ 40 years old or sub-totally resected) low grade glioma (LGG) patients was established by RTOG 9802, which showed an overall...

Other Publications

The Efficiency of Slacking Off: Evidence from the Emergency Department

June 2015

Abstract:  Work schedules play an important role in utilizing labor in organizations.

Half-Baked — The Retail Promotion of Marijuana Edibles

March 2015

FSI Fellow Robert MacCoun and co-author Michelle Mello argue for regulation of marijana-infused edible products.

News

It’s good for health of new moms when dads can stay home

May 2019

A new study by Stanford economists shows that giving fathers flexibility to take time off work in the months after their children are born improves the postpartum health and mental well-being of...

Financing Longevity: Addressing the Challenges of an Aging World

May 2019

People today can generally expect to live longer and, in some parts of the world, healthier lives.

Events

Research in Progress: David Studdert

September 24, 2019

David Studdert, LLB, ScD, MPHProfessor of MedicineProfessor of LawStanford UniversityDavid M. Studdert is a leading expert in the fields of health law and empirical legal research.

Research in Progress: Gillian Sanders-Schmidler

April 12, 2019

Evidence-Based Decision Making for Patients, Providers, and Policymakers in the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac DeathGillian Sanders-Schmidler, PhDProfessor of MedicineDuke Clinical Research Institute...

Conversations in Global Health: Providing Healthcare in Conflict Zones with Dr. Tom Catena

January 31, 2019

Conversations in Global Health: Providing Healthcare in Conflict ZonesDr.

Projects

Pigs and Parasites: Developing Interventions to End Cycles of Poverty Caused by Taenia solium and Neurocysticercosis

Neurocysticercosis is a neglected infectious disease caused by larval forms of the pig tapeworm, Taenia solium, infecting people's brains.
English

Reducing lead exposure among residents of Bangladesh

Lead is a potent neurotoxin that irreversibly impairs child cognitive development.
English

Adapting the Future Elderly Model to Japan

This project adapts the Future Elderly Model (FEM), a demographic and economic Markov microsimulation model that projects the health conditions and functional status of an elderly population, to...
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Multimedia

Jay Bhattacharya discusses health and aging

September 2015

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a professor of Medicine and a CHP/PCOR core faculty member, speaks about the Center on the Demography and Economics of Health and Aging (CDEHA).

People

Kathryn M. McDonald Senior Research Scholar Executive Director, CHP/PCOR, Senior Scholar, CHP/PCOR
David Relman Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Douglas K. Owens Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Stephen P. Luby Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Senior Fellow , Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
Jay Bhattacharya Senior Fellow by Courtesy Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Grant Miller Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Henry T. Greely Professor, Law
Julie Parsonnet Professor, Medicine, Professor, Health Research and Policy
Stefanos A. Zenios Professor, Operations, Information and Technology, Professor, Health Care Management
Jonathan Shaw Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine
Michelle Mello Professor, HRP Professor, Law