Topic: North America

Americans mistrust medical profession, but like their own doctors

Americans are less likely to trust the medical profession than people in many other countries, but they often like their own doctors, according to a new report from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The seemingly contradictory findings—based on an examination of…

U.S. hospitals prepare for Ebola

Ashish Jha, K.T. Li Professor of International Health at HSPH, and director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, has done a number of interviews with national media outlets over the last few days on controlling the spread of Ebola in the U.S.…

Improved compliance needed with NCAA concussion guidelines

For immediate release: Thursday, October 23, 2014 Boston, MA — Though most NCAA colleges and universities have created programs to help athletes deal with concussions, a new Harvard study has found that, when it comes to specific components of those plans, many institutions…

Obamacare hasn’t led to higher health care costs for businesses

Predictions that Obamacare would lead to substantially higher costs for employers have not materialized three years after the U.S. health care overhaul became law. In an October 16, 2014 Bloomberg News article, health economist Katherine Baicker of Harvard School of Public Health…

Mass shootings becoming more frequent

The rate of mass shootings in the United States has tripled since 2011, according to a new analysis by researchers from Harvard School of Public Health and Northeastern University. In the last three years, there have been 14 mass shootings—defined as public…

Healthy diet and cancer risk: What do we know?

Studies have shown that diets rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish, and chicken—and low on sugar and red meat—can reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. But evidence that healthy diets also reduce cancer risk remains less conclusive. Walter…