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.

Recent Scholarly Publications

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Handgun Ownership and Suicide in California

June 2020

Research has consistently identified firearm availability as a risk factor for suicide.

Archaeology and contemporary emerging zoonosis: A framework for predicting future Rift Valley fever virus outbreaks

January 2020

Modelling of emerging vector borne diseases serves as an important complement to clinical studies of modern zoonoses.

Expanding the Agnotological Toolbox: Methods of Sex and Gender Analysis (Chapter in Science and the Production of Ignorance: When the Quest for Knowledge Is Thwarted)

January 2020

An introduction to the new area of ignorance studies that examines how science produces ignorance—both actively and passively, intentionally and unintentionally.

Public Health Insurance Expansion for Immigrant Children and Interstate Migration of Low-Income Immigrants

November 2019

Federal policy changes in 2002 and 2009 led some states to expand public health insurance coverage to non-US-born children and pregnant women who are lawful permanent residents during their first 5...

Sex and gender analysis improves science and engineering

November 2019

The goal of sex and gender analysis is to promote rigorous, reproducible and responsible science.

Assembly of the LongSHOT cohort: public record linkage on a grand scale

September 2019

Background Virtually all existing evidence linking access to firearms to elevated risks of mortality and morbidity comes from ecological and case–control studies.

Asperger's Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna

May 2018

Hans Asperger, the pioneer of autism and Asperger syndrome in Nazi Vienna, has been celebrated for his compassionate defense of children with disabilities.

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.

Toward a Systems Continuum: On the Use of Neuroscience and Neurotechnology to Assess and Affect Aggression, Cognition and Behaviour

December 2013

Health, Illness, and Disease - Adjusting the Coordinates

February 2013

Overexpression of alpha2A-adrenergic receptors contributes to type 2 diabetes

December 2010

Abstract: Several common genetic variations have been associated with type 2 diabetes, but the exact disease mechanisms are still poorly elucidated.

Culture and Pain. Toward Pain Care for a Global Community: From Philosophy to Economic Considerations

December 2009

This book, edited and written by leading scholars in the field(s) of neuroscience, ethics, law and healthcare policy, provides a unifying perspective of how a philosophical understanding of pain...

Polymorphisms in the gene encoding the voltage-dependent Ca2+ channel CaV2.3 (CACNA1E) are associated with type 2 diabetes and impaired insulin secretion

December 2007

Abstract: Aims/hypothesis Glucose-stimulated insulin secretion is dependent on the electrical activity of beta cells; hence, genes encoding beta cell ion channels are potential candidate genes for...