Topic: North America

HSPH researchers call new Florida gun law unconstitutional

September 20, 2011 -- Restrictions on physician-patient conversations could threaten public health A new Florida law aimed at preventing health care practitioners from asking patients whether guns are stored safely in their homes “sets a dangerous precedent” by limiting patient-physician discussions and could…

Education levels linked to hypertension in African Americans

Education trumps genetics as a predictor of high blood pressure in African Americans, according to a new study led by a Harvard School of Public Health researcher. The findings dispel the widespread belief that West African ancestry is a primary contributor of…

HSPH healthy pyramid helps guide offerings at Google's cafés

The healthy eating pyramid developed at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) is front and center in the cafés of one of the world’s most prominent companies: Google. A May 11, 2012 Los Angeles Times article, on Silicon Valley tech companies’ efforts…

Surgery common among elderly Medicare patients at end of life

Nearly one-third of elderly Americans covered by Medicare have surgery in their last year of life—especially in the last month or final week of life—that often is unnecessary, unwanted by the patient, and may be influenced by financial interests of the health…

Students take sides in legal battle over health care reform

March 5, 2012 Later this month, the Supreme Court will hear challenges to the constitutionality of the landmark health care reform law known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On February 2, the law was tested by HSPH students in a Public…

Obama appoints Donald Berwick head of Medicare and Medicaid

July 7, 2010 -- President Obama appointed Donald M. Berwick, a professor at Harvard Medical School who has a secondary appointment in the HSPH Department of Health Policy and Management, as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The agency…

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…