Topic: social determinants

Poor suffer disproportionately from cancer

Cancer is increasingly a disease of the poor and a disease in which the poor suffer disproportionately, according to Harvard health economist Felicia Knaul. In a Q&A in the March 18, 2013 Boston Globe, Knaul spoke of how the poor suffer from…

'Widowhood effect' greatest in first three months

New research led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) found that the so-called ‘widowhood effect’—an increased chance of dying after a spouse dies—is greatest in the first three months after the loss. The researchers found that widows and widowers were more…

Jamaican dancehall music promoting skin bleaching sends harmful message

Popular Jamaican dancehall performers who promote skin bleaching in their music are sending a harmful message to their fans, according to Dustin Duncan, an Alonzo Smythe Yerby Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard School of Public Health. The use of over-the-counter bleaching creams —…