Topic: health disparities

Painting the big picture on a Navajo reservation

November 1, 2012 -- Once upon a time, Anne Newland wanted to go to film school. But because life unfolds with its own logic, she instead became a doctor with the federal Indian Health Service (IHS). And shaped by her experience working…

Life expectancy declines among least-educated whites

Life expectancy among the least-educated white Americans has fallen markedly over the past two decades, according to recent research, including some studies by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) experts. A front-page article in the September 20, 2012 New York Times outlined…

Federal payment changes may harm hospitals serving poor

Hospitals that treat mostly poor and uninsured patients generally perform slightly worse than others when patients rate their hospital experiences, according to a study led by Harvard School of Public Health researchers. The lower patient ratings could negatively impact these so-called safety-net…

Stress plays key role in racial disparities in health

May 2, 2011 -- Despite the widespread belief that racial differences in stress exist and that stress is linked to poor health, relatively few studies have investigated the topic. A new study conducted by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers shows…

Much can be done to ease cancer burden in poorer nations

Although more than half of all new cancers and two-thirds of annual cancer deaths worldwide occur in low- and middle-income countries, with the cancer burden disproportionately affecting the poor, a new report offers upbeat, realistic recommendations on ways to alleviate the problem,…

Study raises questions about 'double malnutrition' theory

It has been thought that both underweight and overweight people co-exist in low- and middle-income countries, especially among low socioeconomic status groups. A new study by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton,…

Progress, but challenges in reducing racial disparities

September 19, 2013 -- Disparities between blacks and whites in the U.S. remain pronounced—and health is no exception. A panel of experts at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) discussed these disparities—what they are, why they persist, and what to do about…

Sleep apnea among health problems hitting the poor hardest

The poor are disproportionately afflicted with a wide range of health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, infant mortality, and dental disease. Sleep deficiency and disorders including sleep apnea also are particularly common among minority groups and those from economically…

Researcher looks for links between neighborhoods and health

The environments where people live and work may be linked to health, according to S.V. Subramanian, associate professor of society, human development, and health at the Harvard School of Public Health and a researcher at the Center for Population and Development Studies. In…

Examining racial disparities in cancer and mortality rates

March 14, 2012 African Americans face higher cancer rates than whites for many types of cancer, but the reasons why are largely unknown. Epidemiologist Lisa Signorello hopes to help explain the disparities in her role as co-principal investigator on a long-term study…