Topic: health disparities

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…

Role of stress in health disparities explored

Twenty-five experts from around the world gathered in Boston recently to discuss the impact of chronic stress stemming from low socioeconomic status and discrimination on health disparities and premature death. The conference was organized by Michelle Williams, Stephen B. Kay Family Professor…

Tuberculosis experts address role of immune response

Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major infectious disease global threat, with 8.7 million new cases and 1.4 million deaths worldwide reported in 2011 alone. In the United States, an estimated 10 million to 15 million people are infected. With multidrug-resistant forms of TB…