California: Combating Aquifer Contamination in the Midst of Drought

California has been suffering through a state of drought for at least 3 years. Recently, the conditions have worsened, and with all of California presently in some sort of drought, the Governor has declared a state of emergency. This not only affects California, but the rest of the world, as California produces more than 50% […]

Ineffective Family Cap Policies: The Misdiagnosis and Contributor to Women’s Poverty

The year 1996 marked the establishment of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) that dismantled an entitlement system known as the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) which had been in operation for over 60 years. In its place, PRWORA created the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant program […]

The Ethics, Science, and Politics of Ebola Quarantines

What’s New, Ebola? Ebola is a nuanced disease. Many comics and media outlets have spun the morbid, grave virus into “fearbola” rather than the public health crisis that it is. Yet, it’s serious enough that, in October, a flight passenger’s Ebola joke prompted a HAZMAT crew to remove him from the US Airways plane.1 The […]

Towards A Post-Antibiotic Era: AMR and the State of Global Health Policy

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a tremendously important issue on a global scale- drug resistance, specifically to antibiotics, is on the rise, and R&D in antibiotics has not kept up. This AMR ‘gap’ won’t be closed without fixing how returns are awarded; it requires scrapping the traditional approach that ties revenues to volume for an innovative approach that rewards value. ‘Delinkage’ of value and volume is an exciting, emerging topic among those involved in the antibiotic space. This review will attempt to introduce some of the ideas central to resolving the AMR crisis.

How Excise Taxes Can Reduce Obesity

Last year, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, attempted to pass legislation prohibiting the sale of soda over 16 ounces in restaurants, movie theaters, and sports arenas. What has since been twice overruled and deemed reflective of an emerging “nanny state” that is “un-American” and “paternalistic,” the “New York City Soda Ban” brought much needed […]

UN Inaction and Rape as a Weapon of War in Syria

As the Syrian civil war continues, international bodies are taking notice of the atrocities committed on both sides of the conflict. Rape has been used as a weapon of war—a tool of political and social subjugation—and it is one of the most important issues that ought to be addressed by the United Nations and other […]

The Francis Report: Why the World Should Listen

Medicine in the 21st century continues to advance and bring unprecedented benefits to patients. Many people across the world now have access to safe, high quality healthcare.  However, even in the world’s leading healthcare systems, patients still experience needless suffering and harm. This was exemplified by the recent Francis inquiry, which investigated care delivered at […]

Pay-for-Delay: A Costly Practice in the Pharmaceutical Industry

As U.S. health care costs continue to increase, the cost of prescription drugs are often a topic of debate surrounding health care reform discussions. Last year, prescription drug expenditures exceeded $326 billion, which accounted for approximately 11% of total health care expenditures in the U.S.1 With costs only expected to increase over the next several […]

Photograph taken by Gustau Nacarino (Reuters).

Revisiting the Ban on Federal Funding for Syringe Exchange Programs

With HIV infection rates persisting at high levels in the United States, it’s time we faced the facts. Science and policy are disconnected. In the United States, the sharing of contaminated needles during injection drug use accounts for 7-14% of new HIV infections each year.

How the ACA affects low-income Americans

HHPR hosted an open lunch with Professor Benjamin Sommers, M.D., Ph.D.  December 7, 2012 1:00PM-2:00PM Eliot Memorial Dining Hall   Benjamin Sommers, M.D., Ph.D is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Economics at the Harvard School of Public Health. His research focuses on addressing barriers to care for low-income Americans and the uninsured especially […]