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Big data holds big potential

January 2014 – Winston Hide, associate professor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, discusses the enormous promise big data holds for public health researchers. (Harvard Healthcast, 8:06) Please click the play icon above to play this podcast in your browser.…

In memoriam: Prof. Marvin Zelen, a 'tremendous force' in biostatistics

November 18, 2014 The Harvard School of Public Health community was saddened to learn that Professor Marvin Zelen—a driving force behind both the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology at…

The heat is on: Causes of hospitalization due to heat waves identified

For immediate release: December 23, 2014 Boston, MA ─ In the largest and most comprehensive study of heat-related illness to date, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers have identified a handful of potentially serious disorders—including fluid and electrolyte disorders, renal failure,…

Digging for research gold in electronic medical records

September 25, 2014 — For scientists who study rare diseases, hospitals’ vast data banks hold tantalizing potential. Access to anonymized electronic medical records allows researchers to track the progress of a larger group of patients than would be possible in a traditional…

Big data's big visionary

[ Fall 2014 ] As cholera swept through London in the mid-19th century, a physician named John Snow painstakingly drew a paper map indicating clusters of homes where the deadly waterborne infection had struck. In an iconic feat in public health history,…

Do women talk more than men?

Research could lead to better picture of patients facing mood disorders July 23, 2014 — It’s a common stereotype that women talk more than men. But a new study suggests that context is the key to whether or not that is actually…

Zip code better predictor of health than genetic code

August 4, 2014 — In St. Louis, Missouri, Delmar Boulevard marks a sharp dividing line between the poor, predominately African American neighborhood to the north and a more affluent, largely white neighborhood to the south. Education and health also follow the “Delmar…