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China considering tobacco tax to reduce smoking deaths

Adding a 50% excise tax onto tobacco products in China – which has the highest number of tobacco users in the world – could significantly reduce smoking-related deaths while generating substantial financial risk protection and poverty alleviation benefits…

Obama plan could boost health care for immigrants

Millions of undocumented immigrants could get a reprieve from the threat of deportation and a chance for legal employment in the U.S. under a recent proposed executive action from President Obama. Although the plan is currently under court…

Air pollution may trigger anxiety symptoms

Recent exposure to air pollution raises the risk for anxiety symptoms, according to a new study by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and colleagues. The study of 71,271 women participating in the long-running Nurses’ Health…

Cleaner air, better lungs

Reducing air pollution was associated with increased lung function in children ages 11 to 15, according to a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine. The new findings suggest that it’s important to continue efforts to…

Which hospitals are best or worst? Hard to tell

Consumers using national hospital rating systems to judge the quality of particular hospitals may have a tough time doing so because those ratings often disagree, according to a new study that included two authors from Harvard T.H. Chan…

Gawande discusses end-of-life care tonight on Frontline

Tune in tonight, Tuesday, February 10, to see Atul Gawande, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health interviewed on PBS' Frontline about his book, Being Mortal, in which…

Surgical complications are top reason for hospital readmissions

Problems related to surgery—mostly from surgical wound infections—are the most common reason that people wind up readmitted to the hospital, according to a new study. Patient safety expert Lucian Leape says such complications are a significant problem that…