Health

The Optimal Policy Response to Hunger Strikes: Identifying the Line Between Medical Treatment and Torture

Physicians from Harvard University are concerned that, rather than helping patients, the US DOD policy requiring military doctors to force feed hunger-striking detainees at Guantanamo Bay violates professional ethics.

Policy Radio | Linda Shapiro, Chief Strategy Officer of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System, on Innovations in Cook County Healthcare

Linda Shapiro of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System speaks about innovative approaches to serving diverse populations and leadership strategies in health care.

No Room for Smoking or Obesity: How North Carolina Dealt with Costly Retiree Insurance

Researchers evaluate North Carolina’s attempts to rein in the escalating cost of retiree healthcare.

India’s Midday Meal Program: A Safety Net for Children’s Health

India’s Midday Meal Program provides a cushion for children’s health during times of drought and economic shock.

The Deadly Vaccine Loophole: Religious Exemptions and the Rise of Pertussis in New York

Exemptions to vaccines have played a large role in the reoccurrence of diseases previously thought to be under control in the United States.

Enduring the Heat: Could residential air conditioning mitigate the danger of global climate change?

From the US experience, the adoption of residential air conditioning appears to be a promising way to reduce heat-related mortality rates in developing countries.

Reducing Poverty: How Medicaid Does More Than Just Improve Access to Healthcare in Cities

Recent research provides evidence supporting the poverty-reducing effects of Medicaid in urban areas.

Buying Health Insurance in Illinois: The Other Item on Your New Year Wish List

The Executive Director of GetCoveredIllinois, the state-federal partnership health insurance marketplace in Illinois, discusses the marketplace’s recent launch and what is next.

Economic Conditions and Health: What was the economy like when you left school?

Study finds a relationship between health and economic conditions at the time individuals leave school.

The Power of the (Medicare) Dollar: Changes in Medicare Payments Affect Private Insurance Payouts

A study of market factors that influence Medicare’s ability to set prices provides interesting and offsetting long term implications.

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