Topic: Asia

HSPH researchers help boost public health in India

Harvard’s connections in India—research collaborations, academic exchanges and partnerships, business ventures involving alumni and faculty—have expanded in recent years, in tandem with the country’s rapid growth. Those connections, including efforts spearheaded by Barry R. Bloom, [[Atul Gawande]], and [[Richard Cash]] of Harvard…

Risk to U.S. from Japan radiation low, expert says

March 29, 2011 -- A radiation expert at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), says that radiation leakage from the continuing nuclear disaster in Japan poses little risk to the U.S. Edward Maher, adjunct lecturer on environmental science, told AOL's DailyFinance.com on March 23, 2011, "These risks…

Ecosystem alteration linked to human health risks

November 25, 2013 — Across the globe, there are signs that human activity is causing changes to Earth’s natural systems that may result in risks to health—from Indonesia, where fires used to clear land have been linked to cardiopulmonary disease downwind in…

HSPH alum freed from Iranian prison thanks supporters

Kamiar Alaei, who received a Master of Science degree from HSPH in 2007, thanked David Bloom, chair, Department of Global Health and Population at HSPH, and the Physicians for Human Rights organization for working for his freedom from an Iranian prison, a…

Global health news: In Pakistan, controlling water is key

Pakistan is a nation built around a single river, the 1,800-mile Indus. Earlier this summer, rains sent floodwaters raging down the river, killing more than 1,600 and destroying more than a million homes, along with bridges, roads, power lines, and health clinics.…

Eating white rice regularly may raise type 2 diabetes risk

Eating white rice on a regular basis may increase the risk for type 2 diabetes, according to new Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) research. HSPH researchers from the Department of Nutrition—led by Emily Hu, research assistant, and Qi Sun, research associate—reviewed…

Selective abortion of girls appears common throughout India

Over the past decade, an increasing number of families in India appear to be aborting their second child if prenatal tests indicate the child is female, presumably to ensure that at least one child in the family will be a boy, according…

Solar-powered cooker helps reduce toxic indoor air pollution

August 27, 2013 — While studying climate change in the Himalayas, Catlin Powers, SM’11, a Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) PhD candidate in environmental health, was intrigued when a family asked her why scientists were studying outdoor air pollution instead of indoor…

Non-communicable diseases threaten health of India’s population

As India makes development progress, it also faces a growing threat from non-communicable diseases (NCDs)—cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes, and mental health conditions. These NCDs—which many people don’t even realize they have—add to India’s already substantial health burden from infectious…