Topic: North America

‘Multiple failures’ in handling of first U.S. Ebola patient

Health officials’ handling of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. appeared to involve “literally multiple failures,” according to Harvard School of Public Health’s Ashish Jha. Jha, professor of health policy and management, was quoted in an October 3, 2014 New…

Financial well-being and health

October 6, 2014 -- A new study by HSPH’s Reginald Tucker-Seeley and colleagues found that the depletion of a family’s financial resources was a significant predictor of intensive end-of-life care. In particular, their study found that families facing financial hardship were three…

Ebola epidemic is stoppable

The Ebola epidemic is stoppable—if health professionals use procedures that are known to be effective in quelling such outbreaks, and by widening the international response to Ebola in West Africa, according to Atul Gawande. Writing in The New Yorker on October 3,…

Power plant standards could save thousands of U.S. lives every year

New study from Harvard, Syracuse, and Boston University scientists links strong carbon standards to substantial reductions in air pollution and widespread health benefits For immediate release: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Boston, MA -- Power plant standards to cut climate-changing carbon emissions will…

A critical voice on biosafety

Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health and director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, has become a leading critic of experiments creating dangerous flu strains that are transmissible between mammals. Earlier this year, he co-authored an…

Student profile: Sandra Pirela SD '15

Q: Why did you choose Harvard School of Public Health? A: The decision to attend the Harvard School of Public Health was not a hard one. The state of the art research facilities and expertise of the faculty combined with the positive…

Student profile: Michael Gilbert SM '15

Q: Why did you choose HSPH? A: I chose HSPH because it provides a unique combination of top-tier faculty, an ambitious, inspired student body, and an unparalleled setting for exploring new ideas. I knew I wanted to work on evaluation and deployment…

U.S. health reform can be ‘source of inspiration’ for Canadians

Canada—which adopted universal health care about 50 years ago—can learn from U.S. efforts at health reform, according to a September 3, 2014 Globe and Mail article co-authored by Andrew Boozary, SM ’14, visiting scientist in the Department of Health Policy and Management…

Mercury exposure may cause birds to change their tune

The amount of methylmercury, a neurotoxin, in the earth’s atmosphere has quadrupled since the days before industrialization, and its toxic effects are changing the songs being sung by birds in the area of Waynesboro, Virginia. An article in Environmental Health News explores…

Ebola epidemic in U.S. unlikely

While Ebola continues to spread in West Africa, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials call the risk of an outbreak in the United States very low. Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Professor Michael VanRooyen, director of the Harvard Humanitarian…