Health

Low-cost coronavirus testing, surveillance

Vera was designed as an expanded testing platform that’s nationally scalable, rapidly deployable and more affordable than other current options.

Free flu shots available to Stanford community beginning Oct. 7

Stanford Occupational Health Center and Vaden Health Center are teaming up to safely bring flu immunization clinics to members of the campus community. Faculty, staff, retirees, postdocs and graduate and undergraduate students can receive free flu shots starting Oct. 7.

COVID-19 spread in American prisons

With few opportunities for social distancing and relatively low sanitary conditions, prisons and jails have become hotspots for novel coronavirus infections.

Understanding devastating wildfires

With California’s wildfire season already having devastating effects, Stanford faculty have been exploring ways of preventing fires and managing health risks.

Mosquito-borne disease threat

A warming climate and urbanization will likely lower rates of malaria, while increasing rates of other mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue fever, in Sub-Saharan Africa. Public health strategies must adapt to avoid a public health crisis.

Modeling behaviors that spread disease

In a new mathematical model, Stanford researchers have coupled disease dynamics with cultural behaviors harmful to health – such as anti-vaccination sentiment or aversion to mask-wearing – that can spread like pathogens themselves.

Scientists turn yeast cells into drug factories

Stanford engineers have genetically reprogrammed the cellular machinery of yeast to create microscopic factories that convert sugars and amino acids into plant-based drugs.

Wildfires’ health impacts

California’s massive wildfires bring a host of health concerns for vulnerable populations, firefighters and others. Kari Nadeau and Mary Prunicki of Stanford’s Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research discuss related threats, preparedness and ongoing research.

Researchers develop a portable ammonia detector

This device offers a significantly faster and easier method for detecting ammonia levels in blood, which can reach dangerous levels in people with certain diseases and genetic conditions.