Topic: cancer

TREC center at HSPH tackles obesity, cancer prevention

May 11, 2012 Research has linked obesity with the development and progression of many health problems including multiple forms of cancer. But questions remain about the complex mechanisms by which obesity develops and how it affects cancer risk and survivorship. Now, Harvard…

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 about PCBs and their…

Symposium explores cancer stem cells and tumor metabolism

November 16, 2012 -- An emerging area of science is looking at not just how low-dose radiation harms cells, but also how cells respond to deal with this stress—and how science might harness those same mechanisms to benefit human health. On October 26-27,…

Coffee appears to protect against heart failure, skin cancer

Two new studies led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers provide more good news for coffee drinkers. The research links coffee consumption to reduced risk of heart failure and skin cancer. A study led by [[Elizabeth Mostofsky]], research fellow at…

Examining racial disparities in cancer and mortality rates

March 14, 2012 African Americans face higher cancer rates than whites for many types of cancer, but the reasons why are largely unknown. Epidemiologist Lisa Signorello hopes to help explain the disparities in her role as co-principal investigator on a long-term study…

Coffee consumption linked to lower risk of endometrial cancer

Drinking several cups of coffee daily appears to reduce women’s risk of developing endometrial cancer, according to a new Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) study.The study of 67,500 Nurses’ Health Study participants showed that the women aged 34 to 59, who…

Cancer patients at increased risk for suicide, cardiac deaths

Patients diagnosed with cancer have an increased risk of suicide and death from heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular (CVD) event within weeks of diagnosis, according to a new study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and a group of international…

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…