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Chef in school kitchens helps students eat healthier

With one in three U.S. children considered overweight or obese, food served in schools is being scrutinized closely. For many low-income students who eat free breakfasts and lunches at school, the cafeteria offerings may represent more than half of their daily calories.…

Mother's trans fat consumption linked to baby's size

A new study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers and colleagues found that women who ate more food containing trans fats, such as fried foods and baked goods, gave birth to larger babies. The study will appear in the November 2011…

Vitamin A supplement programs improve child survival

Further research needed on more frequent supplementation and alternative dosing approaches, says HSPH’s Fawzi Vitamin A supplementation is an “important child survival initiative,” HSPH Prof. Wafaie Fawzi and doctoral candidate Andrew Thorne-Lyman wrote in the August 25, 2011 British Medical Journal. Their…

Alumna hopes video will help stem the cholera tide

February 9, 2012 -- A new animated video about cholera—how people get infected, how it spreads, and how to treat it—is drawing attention from health workers around the globe. The video’s producer, Deborah Van Dyke, is a nurse practitioner in Vermont, a longtime…

Searching for answers to causes of childhood depression

February 1, 2012 Over the past decade, scientists have produced a flurry of studies exploring the role of genetic (nature) and environmental factors (nurture) in youth depression, but there has been little consensus on how depression is jointly impacted by specific genes and external…

Home visits offer window into mother, infant well-being

December 21, 2012 -- A visit to homes of disadvantaged mothers and at-risk newborns can provide a health care team with unique insights into how a family is faring—more than might be revealed at often rushed visits at a clinic or hospital.This…

Stress may add to pollution risks for low-income children

Children living in low-income neighborhoods, often exposed to unsafe levels of pollution, may also face additional risk from the stress of growing up in poverty, according to a new body of research. Such children may actually be more biologically susceptible to contaminants…

Selective abortion of girls appears common throughout India

Over the past decade, an increasing number of families in India appear to be aborting their second child if prenatal tests indicate the child is female, presumably to ensure that at least one child in the family will be a boy, according…

Secondhand smoke may cause mental health problems in children

Living in a household with secondhand smoke may increase children’s odds of developing certain neurobehavioral disorders, such as learning disabilities and conduct and behavior disorders, by 50%, according to Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) research reported in The Huffington Post. Research…