Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

News and Press Releases: Public Health

Island Foxes

Tackling wildfire, health and environmental risks  »

July 12, 2018

The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment announces winners of new grants supporting innovative research and technology solutions to pressing environmental issues.

By Devon Ryan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Poor Air Quality Responsible for One in Five Infant Deaths in Sub‑Saharan Africa »

June 27, 2018

Satellite measurements of air quality across sub-Saharan Africa revealed small improvements in air quality could be one of the most effective interventions to curb infant mortality rates.

By Michelle Horton, Stanford Center on Food Security and the Environment

Microscopic view of Nipah virus.

The Next Global Pandemic? »

May 25, 2018

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

girl washing hands

Reducing infection could improve academic performance, reduce poverty »

May 11, 2018

Tapeworm infection from eating contaminated pork can damage the brain, causing learning impairments and possibly enforcing cycles of poverty. A new study is the first to look at...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

People play by a newly installed hand pump in Jedane, Ethiopia.

Toward a New Water Paradigm »

April 18, 2018

Four-year $1.9 million grant renews a partnership aimed at accelerating access to safe, reliable and affordable water services.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Study data collectors measure a child’s growth in Dhaka, Bangladesh, to assess impact of water, sanitation and hygiene interventions.

Surprising Sanitation Findings »

January 29, 2018

Improving water, sanitation and hygiene in poor regions of Bangladesh helped overall health but, contrary to expectations, did not improve children’s growth and development,...

By Rachel Leslie, Stanford News Service

A man collects water from a river in Senegal

Seeking Disease Solutions in Nature »

January 24, 2018

New program aims to pioneer cost-effective ecological solutions to disease.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

hand holding cell phone amid mosquitoes

Seeking Citizen Scientists to Track Mosquitoes »

October 31, 2017

A simple recording of a mosquito’s buzz on a cellphone could contribute to a global-scale mosquito tracking map of unprecedented detail.

By Taylor Kubota, Stanford News Service

Bricks dry outside a kiln in Bangladesh.

Stanford Researchers Team up to Reduce Pollution and Improve Health »

September 14, 2017

Brick kilns and their pollution are ubiquitous in South Asia. An interdisciplinary team is combining satellite data and political persuasion to track kilns, raise public awareness and...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

wind turbines

Collaboration Meets Innovation »

July 19, 2017

Stanford funding kickstarts research aimed at developing a range of transformative environmental solutions.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Herding goats in rural Senegal

Ecological Underpinnings of Rural Poverty »

July 14, 2017

A first-of-its-kind effort combines economic, ecological and epidemiological models. The lessons learned could inform interventions to lift people out of poverty.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Corals May Hold Cancer Insights »

June 28, 2017

Stanford researchers are exploring how corals that re-colonized Bikini Atoll after nuclear bomb tests 70 years ago have adapted to persistent radiation. Their work is featured in a...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

mouse lemur

World’s Smallest Primate Could Provide Huge Health Insights »

June 8, 2017

Stanford researchers have identified more than 20 mouse lemurs with genetic traits for conditions such as heart disease and eye problems, making the tiny primates potentially useful...

By Ruthann Richter, Stanford Medicine

Map depicting estimate of the number of days that various parts of the United States can expect temperatures topping 100 degrees by 2100 if nothing is done to slow greenhouse gas emissions.

How to Reduce Impact of Climate Change on Human Health »

May 5, 2017

Report offers wide-ranging recommendations to U.S. president for mitigating the grave effects of climate change on human health. The paper was produced in conjunction with the Climate...

By Jennie Dusheck, Stanford Medicine

Workers in Ecuador spray insecticide to kill Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which spread dengue, chikungunya and Zika diseases.

What a Warming Planet Means for Mosquito-Borne Diseases »

May 3, 2017

A new analysis by Stanford researchers reveals that the ideal temperature for the spread of mosquito-born diseases like dengue, chikungunya and Zika is 29 degrees C. This finding...

By Sarah Derouin, Stanford News Service

Stanford Law Professor Deborah Sivas

Legal Expert on President Trump’s Environmental Plan »

March 30, 2017

In Q&A, Woods Senior Fellow Deborah Sivas discusses legal implications of Trump administration's moves on environmental policy.

By Sharon Driscoll, Deborah A. Sivas, Stanford Law School

Aedes aegypti, the yellow fever mosquito

Students Become Zika Experts, Publish Paper »

March 22, 2017

Introductory freshman seminar students study the epidemic’s sparse, rapidly changing history. In an unusual twist, their coursework culminated in a journal publication.

By Taylor Kubota, Stanford News Service

Professor Stephen Luby talking with local

Winning with Water: Funding Awarded to Revitalize Urban Slums  »

January 24, 2017

Stanford’s Stephen Luby to direct health evaluation of prestigious research collaboration led by Monash University to revitalize slums through water management strategies.

By Rachel Leslie, Stanford University Center for Innovation in Global Health

Researcher Gene Richardson training for in-field Ebola study.

People With Ebola May Not Always Show Symptoms »

November 15, 2016

Research confirms previous suspicions that Ebola virus does not uniformly cause severe disease, and that people may be infected without showing signs of illness, and suggests the...

By Ruthann Richter, Stanford Medicine

An unused LifeStraw filter hangs in a rural Kenyan home.

Study Finds flaw in Global Effort to Mitigate Carbon Emissions »

November 4, 2016

International mechanisms in which companies earn valuable credits for offsetting greenhouse gas output are subject to inaccurate self-reporting and need third-party monitoring,...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment