Although the United States is one of the most technologically advanced nations on earth, its healthcare system ranks last out of 11 developed countries. This is according to data published in an extensive Commonwealth survey. More worryingly, the United States has consistently ranked last in this annual survey since 2004. As such, stakeholders in the United States healthcare industry should take urgent measures to improve service delivery and patient outcomes.
The health care industry has been profoundly affected by recent laws. The impact on Medicare and Medicaid merits a closer look given the number of people who are affected. Under the Affordable Care Act, the criteria for eligibility to these programs have been modified.
The enormous health benefits of breast-feeding for children and mothers cannot be disputed. However, all across the country, discrimination and shaming still plague women who do so, especially in the workplace and in public. Greater public awareness is necessary to increase acceptance.
The average life expectancy in America today is higher than in any other period in history. More specifically, data from a United Nations report shows that the number of people 65 years and older rose from 8% to 12% of the total population between 1950 and 2000. What’s more, this figure will rise to 20% by 2050 and is likely to continue rising steadily thereafter.
This week, like many of us, I’m thinking ahead. I’m not much of a believer in New Year’s resolutions, and, in any case, the kinds of things I’m thinking about aren’t in my (sole) power to bring about, so these are more along the lines of wishful thinking. Let’s say they might be what I’d be dreaming of if I were just now blowing out the candles on a birthday cake for the nation:
The scholarship and teaching of BBH faculty focuses on how biological, behavioral, psychological, sociocultural, and environmental variables interact to influence health. Departmental research examines substantive areas in which biology and behavior are inextricably interconnected such as stress, mental health, and sleep, chronic diseases such as addiction, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, as well as pertinent areas of scholarship that provide important windows into those aspects of health such as ethics, genetics and epigenetics, neuroscience, prevention science, health d
Lonnie Golden is a Professor of Economics and Labor & Employment Relations at Penn State University, Abington College. His research analyzes trends in working hours, overtime, overwork, overemployment and underemployment, work schedule flexibility and variability, labor market and workplace flexibility, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), work-sharing, part-time work, time-use, work-family and health consequences, non-standard and contingent employment and employment policies.