Topic: health disparities

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…

Education levels linked to hypertension in African Americans

Education trumps genetics as a predictor of high blood pressure in African Americans, according to a new study led by a Harvard School of Public Health researcher. The findings dispel the widespread belief that West African ancestry is a primary contributor of…

HSPH alum explores role of stress in heart health disparities

Harvard School of Public Health alum Dr. Michelle Albert conducts research on disparities in cardiovascular health across racial and ethnic groups—hypertension, for example, appears at a much younger age in black people than white people—and in particular the role stress might play…

Tobacco companies target poorer neighborhoods with advertising

Prof. Gregory Connolly, director of the Tobacco Control Research Group at HSPH, is quoted in a Boston Globe article about tobacco advertising in Boston. The article notes that storefront tobacco ads are ubiquitous in lower-income neighborhoods, particularly those with higher Hispanic and…

The cost of not helping the world's most vulnerable children

November 1, 2012 -- It’s not enough to refrain from harm. We must take positive action. This is the core message of The Cost of Inaction: Case Studies from Rwanda and Angola, a new book published by the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and…

Mobilizing next generation to reduce health care disparities

October 9, 2013 — Racial disparities continue to exert a harmful influence on the health of non-whites in the United States, affecting such measures as obesity rates, infant mortality, and access to health care. Now, a new collaborative effort launched by Harvard…

In developing nations, the rich get heavier while the poor stay thin

Weight-related ailments such as diabetes and heart disease are growing problems in developing countries. But such diseases are affecting mostly the rich. For the most part, according to a Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) study, the poor in developing nations are…