Topic: North America

First step in fighting Lyme Disease is understanding its scope

Lyme disease is now endemic in Massachusetts, with 2,000 to 4,000 officially confirmed cases and as many as 10,000 additional unconfirmed cases each year, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. But the disease is not spread uniformly across the state,…

Taxing soda could help curb obesity epidemic, says HSPH expert

Taxing sugar-sweetened drinks is a good step to take toward fighting the national obesity epidemic, said Eric Rimm, associate professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health, on the WBUR show Radio Boston on June 11,…

Creating a healthy America doesn't end with insurance reform

September 9, 2010 -- For the first time in history, many children in the United States may be facing shorter, sicker lives than their parents. While improving access to health care is essential, insurance reform alone will not make America healthier and…

A neurosurgeon returns to Louisiana focused on public health

October 12, 2011 -- Anil Nanda did not really need to seek a master’s degree in public health. He’s quite accomplished in his field already; Nanda is chief of neurosurgery at Shreveport’s Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, an academic center for medicine…

With no insurance, ‘permanent’ patients linger in hospitals

Many thousands of patients in the U.S. who lack health insurance but who need long-term care wind up lingering in hospitals for many weeks, months, or even years because the current health care system doesn’t offer workable solutions for them. Speaking with…

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…

Social media campaign could help stop teen drivers from texting

With a growing number of teens texting behind the wheel, policy makers are looking for ways to combat this risky behavior. One blueprint that could work is the successful “designated driver” campaign attacking drunken driving led by Harvard School of Public Health’s…

HSPH experts on health care ruling: Good news; more work to do

June 28, 2012 -- Two experts at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) say they’re cheered by the Supreme Court’s decision today to uphold most of the Obama administration’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the health care law that aims…

HSPH profs offer new recipes for addressing U.S. obesity epidemic

HSPH Prof. Walter Willett renews his criticism that the healthy eating recommendations in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines—source of the well-known food pyramid and the new MyPlate icon—don’t go far enough in a Perspective article in the October 27, 2011 issue of the…

Depression in nursing home workers linked to work-family stress

December 5, 2011 Financial strain, insufficient food often to blame A study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers, published November 17, 2011, in the American Journal of Public Health, shows that symptoms of depression are common among low-wage nursing home employees.…