Topic: cancer

In memoriam: Fred Li, pioneer of population cancer genetics

June 18, 2015 -- Frederick Pei Li, who helped inaugurate the era of cancer genetics by demonstrating that people can inherit a genetic susceptibility to develop certain malignancies, died on June 12 at the age of 75. A professor at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute…

Overweight teens may have increased risk for colorectal cancer

Teenagers who are significantly overweight appear to have twice the risk of developing colorectal cancer in middle-age compared with teens of normal weight, according to a study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers. Elizabeth Kantor, lead author and…

Muscle-building supplements linked to testicular cancer

Men who take muscle-building supplements may be at increased risk of testicular cancer, according to a new study, which included researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Those who used the supplements, such as pills and powders with creatine or…

Greater focus needed on cancer prevention

While it’s important to develop new therapies to treat cancer, it’s just as important to make progress in cancer prevention and early detection, according to David Hunter, Vincent L. Gregory Professor of Cancer Prevention and Dean for Academic Affairs at Harvard T.H.…

Nancy Krieger receives prestigious American Cancer Society award

Nancy Krieger, professor of social epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, was named recipient of an American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor Award on April 2, 2015. It is one of the most prestigious awards offered by the organization. The Clinical Research…

Aging light fixtures in New York City schools leaking PCBs

Inspections have revealed that elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, are leaking from aging light fixtures in many New York City public schools. HSPH’s Robert Herrick, senior lecturer on industrial hygiene, spoke to the Wall Street Journal on February 14, 2011 about…