Topic: North America

Study of Oregon health insurance experiment wins award

A study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers that used for the first time a randomized, controlled study design to answer questions about how access to public insurance affects health, health care use, and other outcomes, has received a Health Services…

Rate of smokeless tobacco use among youth has leveled off

More than 5% of U.S. teens and adolescents use snuff, chewing tobacco, or dipping tobacco—and that rate has been about the same for a decade, according to new research from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the University of Pretoria in…

Reducing distracted driving requires a dose of creativity

Distracted driving plays a role in thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of injuries each year. And despite near-universal disapproval of texting and emailing behind the wheel, roughly one-third of all drivers do it anyway. Now [[Jay Winsten]], Frank Stanton Director…

Can lack of health insurance increase risk of depression?

A recent study showing that people covered by Medicaid may be less depressed than those who aren’t has prompted new debate about the value of such insurance, according to an article in the June 23, 2013 “Ideas” section of the Boston Globe.…

Consumers may need help navigating health insurance exchanges

Based on a 2010 survey of people who used Massachusetts’ health insurance exchange (“The Connector”) to sign up for a health plan—and who experienced some difficulty with things like understanding and choosing plans—a group of investigators concludes that such exchanges should be…

Will they or won’t they? Examining state Medicaid expansion

In June 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare’s mandated Medicaid expansion for low-income Americans should be optional for states. Since then, health policy experts have been paying close attention to how individual states are proceeding with the rollout of national health…

Years of preparation helped Boston respond to Marathon tragedy

The April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing killed three people and injured 264—20 critically—but every patient who was transported to a hospital survived the tragedy. One reason is that Boston is a “medical mecca,” with an unusually high number of teaching hospitals…