Topic: North America

Improved compliance needed with NCAA concussion guidelines

For immediate release: Thursday, October 23, 2014 Boston, MA — Though most NCAA colleges and universities have created programs to help athletes deal with concussions, a new Harvard study has found that, when it comes to specific components of those plans, many institutions…

Obamacare hasn’t led to higher health care costs for businesses

Predictions that Obamacare would lead to substantially higher costs for employers have not materialized three years after the U.S. health care overhaul became law. In an October 16, 2014 Bloomberg News article, health economist Katherine Baicker of Harvard School of Public Health…

Mass shootings becoming more frequent

The rate of mass shootings in the United States has tripled since 2011, according to a new analysis by researchers from Harvard School of Public Health and Northeastern University. In the last three years, there have been 14 mass shootings—defined as public…

Healthy diet and cancer risk: What do we know?

Studies have shown that diets rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish, and chicken—and low on sugar and red meat—can reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. But evidence that healthy diets also reduce cancer risk remains less conclusive. Walter…

‘Multiple failures’ in handling of first U.S. Ebola patient

Health officials’ handling of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. appeared to involve “literally multiple failures,” according to Harvard School of Public Health’s Ashish Jha. Jha, professor of health policy and management, was quoted in an October 3, 2014 New…

Financial well-being and health

October 6, 2014 -- A new study by HSPH’s Reginald Tucker-Seeley and colleagues found that the depletion of a family’s financial resources was a significant predictor of intensive end-of-life care. In particular, their study found that families facing financial hardship were three…

Ebola epidemic is stoppable

The Ebola epidemic is stoppable—if health professionals use procedures that are known to be effective in quelling such outbreaks, and by widening the international response to Ebola in West Africa, according to Atul Gawande. Writing in The New Yorker on October 3,…