Topic: North America

Overcoming the opioid crisis

In response to opioid abuse that has skyrocketed in the U.S. in recent years, communities, clinicians, state and local leaders, and federal officials have been working on several fronts to stem the crisis—but there’s still much more to do. So wrote Howard…

The public health case for gun control

In the wake of the shooting of two journalists on live television in Virginia on August 25, 2015, several news stories have referenced gun violence research by David Hemenway, professor of health policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and…

Processed meats may affect male fertility

A new study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers found that frequent consumption of processed meats may harm a man’s ability to fertilize an egg, while eating more poultry may improve his chances. The study was published online…

Racial bias and its effect on health care

August 12, 2015 -- Eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health in the U.S. isn’t just the job of the health care sector—it’s the job of society as a whole, argues David R. Williams, Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of…

Today’s racial violence has long roots in the past

August 3, 2015 -- A recent string of racially motivated violence in the U.S.—including the horrific shooting deaths of nine people in a black church in Charleston, South Carolina in June—is deeply connected with a violent past that stretches back to the…

Consumers overwhelmed in sea of health information

While health information is more widely available than ever, most consumers are unable to understand it well enough to make appropriate decisions, according to a new editorial by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers. While education levels are a barrier…