Topic: North America

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.…

Why no Vermont-style health system transformation in Massachusetts?

The creation of single payer insurance has fallen off the radar in Massachusetts, HSPH Prof. John McDonough wrote in his Health Stew blog on the Boston Globe website on December 12, 2011. Discussing the departure of three leading Massachusetts health policy experts…

HHS official Howard Koh stresses importance of public health work

November 4, 2011 -- Former HSPH Prof Calls Working in D.C. “Sometimes Frustrating but Absolutely Fascinating” Howard Koh spent two decades as a doctor. Working one-on-one with patients is “a noble and almost sacred experience,” he told scores of Harvard Medical School students…