Topic: North America

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…

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…