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Making end-of-life care more humane

Society and modern medicine’s approach to aging and end-of-life care needs to be more focused on extending patients’ quality of life and human connection, according to Atul Gawande, associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard School of…

Older American workers more depressed after layoff than Europeans

Laid-off U.S. workers aged 50–64 are more likely to be depressed than their European counterparts, according to a new study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers and colleagues. The researchers found that job loss was related to a 4.8% increase…

For Medicare patients, being ‘under observation’ can be costly

Medicare patients can incur unexpected out-of-pocket medical bills if they are classified as “under observation” rather than “inpatient” at a hospital, according to Ashish Jha, professor of health policy at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). This is particularly true for those…

Why do we age? Surprising revelations from a worm

[ Fall 2012 ] HSPH’s Will Mair hopes his work in worms will identify molecules that have an effect on aging-related diseases—and which could ultimately be tested as treatments for humans. “How old you are is immutable—you can’t change how old an…

Secrets of sound health

[ Winter 2014 ] Growing up, Francesca Dominici lived about a mile from Ciampino Airport, the second busiest in Rome. As she remembers it, the greatest nuisance from the roar of aircraft over her home was that she couldn’t hear her friends…

Sleep may protect against prostate cancer

Men who sleep well at night may be at less risk of developing advanced prostate cancer, according to researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the University of Iceland in Reykjavik. In a study led by Sarah Markt, a doctoral…

Life and death

From Infographic: Then and now Sources: Life expectancy then: No. HS-16, Expectation of Life at Birth by Race and Sex: 1900 to 2001. Historical Statistics, 2012 Statistical Abstract. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved from http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/hist_stats.html and now: Murphy, B.S., SL; Xu, M.D., J; and Kochanek, M.A., KD. Expectation…

Study finds years living with disease, injury increasing globally

For immediate release: Thursday, December 13, 2012 Boston, MA — No matter where they live, how much education they have, or what their incomes are, people have very similar perceptions on the impact of diseases and injuries. This finding – counter to…