Topic: North America

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…

Fatalities due to medical errors likely underreported

Although a groundbreaking 1999 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report suggested that between 44,000 and 98,000 Americans die each year as a result of medical errors, recent studies suggest that the real number is likely much higher, according to patient safety expert [[Lucian…

With flu season approaching, experts push vaccination

Even though flu season isn’t in full swing, now is the time to get vaccinated, say health experts. More children than ever got vaccinated last year, but health experts say the U.S. needs to do better, as many young and middle-aged adults…

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.…