Topic: behavioral sciences

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Encourage investments in long-term health

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Navigating health on the information superhighway

[Fall 2009] Researcher removes roadblocks for people with limited income and literacy With debate over unequal access to health care raging in the U.S., one place where the racial and economic divide in health is greatest is getting scant attention: the Internet.…

Put research on early childhood development into action

The path to a nation that is strong and prosperous, with healthy, well-educated citizens and vibrant communities, begins with our youngest children. Thanks to a remarkable convergence of new scientific knowledge about the developing brain, the human genome, and the long-term impact…

Combatting the health consequences of poverty and stress

[Fall 2009] Couple's combined expertise forges new directions for treatment On their way to school one morning, two middle-school boys skirted a crime scene where a high-schooler lay dead, shot just a few minutes earlier while waiting at a bus stop. By…

Growing number of chemicals linked with brain disorders in children

For immediate release: Friday, February 14, 2014 Boston, MA – Toxic chemicals may be triggering the recent increases in neurodevelopmental disabilities among children—such as autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and dyslexia—according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and…

PTSD raises risk for obesity in women

Women with PTSD gain weight more rapidly than women without disorder For immediate release: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Boston, MA — Women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) gain weight more rapidly and are more likely to be overweight or obese than women…

Drinking coffee may reduce risk of suicide in adults

Caffeine impact on brain chemicals may play role July 24, 2013 — Drinking several cups of coffee daily appears to reduce the risk of suicide in men and women by about 50%, according to a new study by Harvard School of Public Health…

Graphic warnings on cigarettes effective across demographic groups

Disadvantaged Groups Stand to Benefit from Hard-Hitting Tobacco Warnings For immediate release: Monday, January 14, 2013 Washington, D.C. – Quitting smoking is a common New Year’s resolution for Americans each year, but research has repeatedly shown it is not an easy task.…