Health

Quitting Smoking Can Increase Weight More Than We Thought

Obesity is a growing health problem in the United States with prevalence rates rising from 13 percent in the 1960s...

Healthy Habits: Using Behavioral Science in Health Policy

Encouraging healthy behaviors is a significant policy challenge because efforts to spark conversation around a health topic often fail to...

Is Patient Activation the Answer? Engaged Patients Could Yield Lower Costs for Hospitals

This piece, first published on June 22, 2016, is being republished as part of the Chicago Policy Review‘s 20th Anniversary Series. Please visit us here to...

Enduring Damage: The Effects of Childhood Poverty on Adult Health

This piece, first published on November 27, 2013, is being republished as part of the Chicago Policy Review‘s 20th Anniversary Series. Please visit us here to...

Is Patient Activation the Answer? Engaged Patients Could Yield Lower Costs for Hospitals

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are growing rapidly in the United States because of new pay-for-performance incentives under the Affordable Care...

Getting Older and Getting Around: Transportation Options for Senior Citizens

A new study reviews the transportation preferences of senior citizens.

Taking a Closer Look at Elderly Medicaid Recipients

Understanding how elderly individuals ultimately rely on Medicaid could be key to implementing changes that protect the fiscal longevity of both Medicaid and Medicare.

Hidden Costs of High-Deductible Plans

A very large firm switched from completely subsidized insurance plans to high-deductible insurance plans, resulting in a reduction of 13 percent in total health spending. Evidence suggests that consumers are potentially reducing both wasteful and needed medical care, thus behaving counter to their financial and medical interests.

The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games: Spillover Effects on Air Quality and Health

A study links special government controls on pollution enacted during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing to significant increases in air quality and significant decreases in mortality rates associated with cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

The Role of Drought and Climate Change in Syrian Conflict

A recent study shows how climate change contributed to the 2007-2010 drought and how this affected conflict in Syria.

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