Human Ecology Forum

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 3, Summer

Breast Cancer Is Health Issue for Teens
To teenagers, death and disease seem like things that happen only to others, not to them. As hard as we try to teach them that actions have consequences, many teens still engage in risky behavior, sometimes with disastrous effects. Scientists now are...
Health Care in Crisis
As the costs of health care increase, the quality and availability of services are diminishing. Despite recent innovations in the way health services are provided, the health care industry and consumers face a showdown over what services will be available,...
Hospitals Have a Lot to Learn - from One Another
Hospital quality in the United States is surprisingly inconsistent. New efforts to facilitate the sharing of information on clinical and administrative procedures show promise in making them better-and safer. We've all heard the horror stories: A man...
Kids near Airports Don't Read as Well
Children in schools bombarded by frequent aircraft noise don't learn to read as well as children in quiet schools, college researchers have confirmed. And they have discovered one major reason: kids tune out speech in the racket. "We've known for a...
Let's Talk about It
Sea changes in health care now make it imperative for residents to have a voice in the administrative decisions that are made about health care in rural communities. One way to do his is through rural health networks. It was to many in the community...
New Policies Needed to Encourage Home Ownership
The American dream of owning a home is increasingly out of reach for many families, but some new government policies could help make that dream possible, according to housing specialist Joseph Laquatra. While wages have stagnated, the cost of building...
Paying the Price for Bad Habits
Americans are paying for their tobacco use, poor diets, and lack of exercise with health care dollars. New attitudes toward the preventive aspects of health care may not only help people live longer but reduce the burden on the health care system. Human...
Teenage Girls in Jeopardy
Teenage girls are at increasing risk of depression, suicide, pregnancy, eating disorders, and substance abuse. One cause, says social historian Joan Jacobs Brumberg, is the interaction between the declining age of menarche and the influences of popular...
Women with Low Body Iron Work Harder
In some of the first studies to look at iron-depleted women who are not anemic - about 16 percent of U.S. women and 40 to 80 percent of women in developing countries - Cornell nutritionists have determined that work capacity and physical performance...