Topic: North America

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.…

Medicaid expansion faces challenges as January 1 deadline looms

July 24, 2013 — With just months remaining before the January 1, 2014 rollout of changes to the  Medicaid program that will expand health care coverage to as many as 10-20 million Americans, substantial implementation challenges remain — namely, uncertainty regarding costs…

Healthy aging: Unlocking the science of frailty and resilience

December 19, 2013 —“The diseases of aging are not inevitable,” geriatrician Linda Fried told a Harvard School of Public Health audience on December 16, 2013. As people live longer around the world—largely due to successes in public health over the past century—understanding…

IOM panel: FDA should continue to carefully monitor approved drugs

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should develop a more systematic and rigorous approach to determining the safety, over time, of already-approved drugs, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). It’s important to monitor drugs even after they’re…

Living near foreclosed homes may raise risk of being overweight

August 12, 2013 — People who live near foreclosed homes may be at greater risk of being overweight than those who don’t have such homes in their immediate neighborhoods, according to a new study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers.…