Topic: health disparities

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…

Author discusses transformative battle with breast cancer at book launch

November 6, 2012 -- The difficult but transforming experience of facing and surviving cancer takes center stage in the personal and professional saga, Beauty Without the Breast, by Felicia Marie Knaul (Harvard University Press, 2012). An economist who has lived and worked on health and…

Diets of low-income adults in federal food program SNAP need improvement

October 9, 2012 -- Researchers offer policy recommendations to better address dual challenges of food insecurity and obesity in low-income Americans More than 44.7 million Americans — roughly one in seven — receive benefits to purchase food from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program…