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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

Secret Cures of Slaves: People, Plants, and Medicine in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World

October 2017

In the natural course of events, humans fall sick and die.

Protecting unauthorized immigrant mothers improves their children’s mental health

August 2017

The United States is embroiled in a debate about whether to protect or deport its estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants, but the fact that these immigrants are also parents to more than 4...

Ethnic differences in the relationship between insulin sensitivity and insulin response

December 2013

Abstract:OBJECTIVE Human blood glucose levels have likely evolved toward their current point of stability over hundreds of thousands of years.

Other Publications

Wer hilft den Opfern?

August 2011

Der diesjährige "Freedom in the World"-Bericht des Forschungsinstituts "Freedom House" weist bereits zum fünften Jahr in Folge auf einen alarmierenden Rückgang von Freiheit, Demokratie und Achtung...

News

Sergio Rebeles '17

July 2017

One of Sergio's earliest impetuses towards a global focus for his education was becoming aware of the Sinjar massacre of Yazidis in northern Iraq in 2014.

Cuéllar looks back on leading FSI

December 2014

For 14 years, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar has been a tireless Stanford professor who has strengthened the fabric of university’s interdisciplinary nature.

Stanford law professor, security expert to lead FSI

February 2013

When Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar takes the helm of FSI in July, he'll oversee the institute's 11 research centers and programs along with a variety of undergraduate and graduate education...

Events

Stanford Interdisciplinary Conference on Conscience

November 8, 2012

Conference organizer: Nancy Ruttenburg What is conscience, what was conscience, and what is its future?

The Narcissism of Minor Differences: How America and Europe are Alike

December 1, 2009

It is commonly believed that America and Europe are very different societies, and growing apart.

Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery

May 7, 2009

In a culmination of years of research, travel, and experience, Siddarth Kara puts together his thesis on how to tackle the business of modern sex slavery in his Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business...