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Positive feelings may help protect cardiovascular health

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 Boston, MA – Over the last few decades numerous studies have shown negative states, such as depression, anger, anxiety, and hostility, to be detrimental to cardiovascular health. Less is known about how positive psychological characteristics…

Off the cuff: Science of the spirit

[ Winter 2013 ] You are an epidemiologist who focuses on quantitative methods. Yet you study an area that seems almost unquantifiable: the intersection of religion and health. Can public health researchers, objectively study spirituality? If so, how might their findings be…

Should young children use iPads?

Experts quoted in a December 17, 2012 Washington Post article—including Michael Rich, MPH ’97 and an associate professor in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at Harvard School of Public Health—raised doubts about the wisdom of allowing very young children…

Savor every bite with mindful eating

Eating more slowly and relishing each bite could help people eat less or eat healthier, according to Lilian Cheung, lecturer in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. Cheung, who also is the editorial director of the department’s nutrition…