Topic: North America

Landmark air pollution study turns 20

January 7, 2014 — Last month marked the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harvard School of Public Health’s groundbreaking Six Cities study, which—by revealing a strong link between air pollution and mortality risk—paved the way for strengthened U.S. regulations on fine particulate matter.…

Health care law: New regulations kick in

Meredith Rosenthal, associate professor of health economics and policy at HSPH, was interviewed Sept. 24, 2010, by Fox25 Morning News in Boston about what changes will result from the first wave of the new federal health care regulations that took effect Sept.…

Rising health care costs mean lower wages

Over the past decade, employers have cut back on wage increases in order to cover the ever-increasing cost of health insurance, according to economists. Recently released figures—from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Health Research & Educational Trust—show…

Use anti-smoking tactics to combat obesity

While overall cancer death rates in the United States have decreased over the past two decades, increasing numbers of people are suffering from obesity-related cancers such as esophageal, pancreatic, liver, and kidney cancers, according to the American Cancer Society’s annual report. To…

The legal battle over health care reform

March 16, 2012 From March 26-28, 2012, the Supreme Court will hear challenges to the constitutionality of the landmark health care reform law known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Read how Harvard School of Public Health researchers have been contributing to…

Can Massachusetts reign in health care costs?

While many health care reform experts are confident that the Massachusetts State Legislature by end of summer will pass a law intended to cut health care costs by $150 billion in 15 years, HSPH’s [[John McDonough]] and [[Nancy Turnbull]] are among the…

Confused about carbs? HSPH expert offers tips

Carbohydrates, a nutritional energy source found in many foods, are an important part of a healthy diet—as long as you stick to the good ones. But what constitutes a good or a bad carbohydrate is “the biggest lack-of-consensus issue in the U.S.…

The state of health care reform in Massachusetts

Massachusetts residents are more likely to receive regular medical care since the passage of a state health care law in 2006 that requires individuals and small businesses to have health insurance or pay fines, however concerns continue about the costs of providing…