Topic: Asia

Bee decline could increase malnutrition and disease risk

More than half of people living in four of the world’s poorest countries could be newly at risk for malnutrition if bees and other pollinating animals continue to decline, according to a new study by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of…

Nations need to open borders to Syrian refugees

More nations need to open their doors to Syrian refugees, according to three researchers at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public in a letter to the editor published in the…

Impact of fluoride on neurological development in children

July 25, 2012 -- For years health experts have been unable to agree on whether fluoride in the drinking water may be toxic to the developing human brain. Extremely high levels of fluoride are known to cause neurotoxicity in adults, and negative…

Parenting skills training on Thai-Burmese border

A research project conducted among migrant and displaced Burmese families on the Thai-Burmese border found that, even in adverse situations, brief interventions can improve parenting practices, caregiver-child relationships, and family functioning, and can reduce child behavior problems. The study also found that…

For India’s children, poor sanitation affects growth

Malnutrition and stunted growth impacts both wealthy and poor children in India, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researcher SV Subramanian said at an international research conference held November 10-12, 2014 in New Delhi. The conference, entitled Stop Stunting, was sponsored by…

Instant noodle consumption linked to heart risk in women

Women who consume instant noodles frequently were found to be more likely to have metabolic syndrome—the group of risk factors, including obesity and high blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar, that increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes—according to a new…

Public health politician

August 19, 2014 — When she was running for a seat in Japan’s house of representatives, Mayuko Toyota, SM ’02, one day found herself standing in the rain on crutches, giving a speech at a common venue for politicking in that country:…

Politics and polio

In an effort to keep the polio virus from spreading between countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently recommended that all residents and long-term visitors in Pakistan, Cameroon, and Syria be immunized and obtain a certificate of verification before traveling. According to…

HSPH, Burmese students team up to improve health at refugee camp

May 20, 2014 — The Umpiem Mai refugee camp in western Thailand was erected three decades ago to provide temporary housing for Burmese refugees fleeing the repressive rule of their country’s military government. Today, more than 13,000 people still live in this…