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Fine particulate air pollution linked with increased autism risk

For immediate release: December 18, 2014 Boston, MA — Women exposed to high levels of fine particulate matter specifically during pregnancy—particularly during the third trimester—may face up to twice the risk of having a child with autism than mothers living in areas…

Parenting skills training on Thai-Burmese border

A research project conducted among migrant and displaced Burmese families on the Thai-Burmese border found that, even in adverse situations, brief interventions can improve parenting practices, caregiver-child relationships, and family functioning, and can reduce child behavior problems. The study also found that…

For India’s children, poor sanitation affects growth

Malnutrition and stunted growth impacts both wealthy and poor children in India, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researcher SV Subramanian said at an international research conference held November 10-12, 2014 in New Delhi. The conference, entitled Stop Stunting, was sponsored by…

Rolling back school lunch nutrition standards a bad idea

Congressional efforts to undermine school lunch nutrition standards implemented in 2012 could threaten progress in the fight against childhood obesity, according to an opinion piece in the October 29, 2014 New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Critics of the standards, including some…

Vaccinating Children

[FORUM VIDEO]: This Forum event examined the drivers of public perceptions of vaccinations, the threats that vaccine-preventable illnesses pose, and the steps to be taken to restore trust in one of pu

Step by Step

[FORUM VIDEO] This Forum event examined the painstaking but crucial steps that can be taken to save children at risk from dying from preventable causes such as malaria, pneumonia and poor nutrition.

Premature deaths could be reduced by 40%

The number of premature deaths worldwide could be reduced by 40% by 2030 with political commitment and sustained international efforts, according to a new study in The Lancet. The study suggests that half of all deaths under age 50 and a third…

A survivor's empathy

[ Fall 2014 ] HSPH alumna's immigrant journey inspires career transforming teens' health. Angela Diaz, MPH '02, knows what it's like to overcome nearly impossible odds—and to pay forward the hard lessons she learned along the way. She spent her childhood in extreme…

Saving Lives that Give Life

[FORUM VIDEO] Investing resources in the health and well-being of women benefits societies in multiple ways. Recent years have witnessed the global development community focused increasingly on advanc