Topic: North America

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…

New findings on mercury contamination and seafood

Mercury released into the air and then deposited into oceans is increasingly contaminating seafood commonly eaten by people in the United States and globally, report scientists from Dartmouth College, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), and colleagues from other institutions in new…