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

Catherine Lei CV

October 2019

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

SHP's Kathy McDonald named Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins

November 2019

Stanford Health Policy’s Kathy McDonald — one of the nation’s leading experts in patient safety and health-care quality — has been named a distinguished professor at Johns Hopkins University, and...

Lessons from California's Vaccine Exemption Laws

November 2019

Stanford Health Policy’s Michelle Mello, a professor of law and professor of medicine, writes in this Annals of Internal Medicine editorial that California’s experience is a cautionary tale about...

Global Warming and Extreme Heat Harming Pregnant Women

October 2019

Global warming and more days of extreme heat are exacerbating the health risks of pregnancy, particularly among African-American women, according to new Stanford-led research. 

Events

Research in Progress: Michelle Mello & David Studdert

November 25, 2019

Title: Why Do Data-Use Agreements Take So Long? A Study of Top-50 Research Universities Dr. Michelle M.

Research in Progress: Maria Polyakova & Victoria Udalova of the U.S. Census Bureau: What is the Financial Return to Being a Physician?

October 16, 2019

Maria Polyakova, PhDAssistant Professor of Health Research and PolicyMaria Polyakova, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Health Research and Policy at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

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.
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Reducing lead exposure among residents of Bangladesh

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

Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Senior Fellow , Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
Grant Miller Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Jay Bhattacharya Senior Fellow by Courtesy Professor, Medicine (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)
Bradley Efron Professor, Statistics, Professor, Health Research and Policy
Ross D. Shachter Associate Professor, Management Science and Engineering
Susan M. Frayne Associate Professor, Medicine
Glenn M. Chertow Professor, Medicine
Eric Sun Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology
Joshua Salomon Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine CHP/PCOR