Topic: North America

With exchanges launched, ACA rollout begins

On October 1, 2013, state and federal health exchanges began enrolling uninsured individuals for health care coverage, which is scheduled to begin on January 1, 2014. John McDonough, a professor of the practice of public health at Harvard School of Public Health…

Preventing suicides by reducing access to guns

The national debate about gun violence has focused on mass shootings and assault weapons, but statistics show that most gun deaths are suicides. A number of recent articles and interviews featured Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) experts commenting on the topic.…

Hospital CEO pay not linked to quality of care

CEO compensation at nonprofit hospitals varies widely across the United States and is influenced by such factors as hospital size, setting, use of technology, and patient satisfaction — but not quality of care, according to a new study led by Harvard School…

Physician payment under the Affordable Care Act

Robert Blendon, senior associate dean for policy translation and leadership development and Richard L. Menschel Professor of Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health, recently spoke with the website Medpage Today for its “Conversations with …” video interview series. Blendon discussed…

Avoiding pesticide residue on fruits and veggies

Chensheng (Alex) Lu, associate professor of environmental exposure biology at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), discusses the problem of pesticide residue on fruits and vegetables in a new video on the website of Environmental Working Group (EWG), a leading environmental health…

Does a little excess weight help you live longer?

Being a little overweight may be associated with a longer life, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). But some researchers, including Harvard School of Public Health’s [[Walter Willett]], disagree. “We have a huge…

Report gives U.S. low marks on health and wellness

According to the World Economic Forum’s first Human Capital Report, the U.S. ranked 43rd among 112 countries in the Health and Wellness category, which measured a country’s ability to develop and deploy a healthy workforce. It received particularly low scores in obesity,…

Boston Marathon aftermath: Searching for resilience

Eric McNulty and Leonard Marcus of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI), a joint program of Harvard’s School of Public Health and Kennedy School of Government, commented on resilience in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings in a May 10, 2013…

Regulations needed to compel safer hospital practices

Patient safety expert Lucian Leape has called for the creation of a federal agency to compel safer hospital practices. He thinks regulation is the only way to effectively reduce the avoidable harm that takes place in the nation’s hospitals. “I’ll put my…