Health

Wildfire smoke and early births

Smoke from wildfires may have contributed to thousands of additional premature births in California between 2007 and 2012. The findings underscore the value of reducing the risk of big, extreme wildfires and suggest pregnant people should avoid very smoky air.

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Proof of vaccination and the ongoing fight against COVID-19

A U.S. District Court judge for Northern Indiana ruled on Monday, July 19, that Indiana University could require that its students be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus before coming to campus. Stanford health law experts Michelle Mello and David Studdert discuss the decision and how the law is developing.

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Immune system ‘clock’ predicts illness and mortality

Scientists at Stanford and the Buck Institute have found a way to predict an individual’s immunological decline as well as the likelihood of incurring age-associated diseases and becoming frail.

An accurate wearable calorie burn counter

A system made with two inexpensive sensors proves to be more accurate than smartwatches for measuring calories burned during activity – and the instructions for making the system yourself are available for free online.

Tips to protect against wildfire smoke

Warnings of another severe wildfire season abound, as do efforts to reduce the risk of ignition. Yet few are taking precautions against the smoke. Stanford experts advise on contending with hazardous air quality.

How to recharge: tips from a Stanford wellness coach

The first step to regaining your energy is understanding what relaxation is and why you need it, says Jordana Harshman, wellness manager and certified wellness coach at Stanford Children’s Health.