Topic: chronic disease

HSPH researchers seek to understand Africa's chronic diseases

A group of researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, led by Department of Epidemiology Chair Hans-Olov Adami and Associate Professor of Epidemiology Michelle Holmes, are seeking to enroll 500,000 people from four African countries--Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Tanzania--in a…

Panelists examine effects of stress on health at Forum talk

March 8, 2013 -- Most Americans say they have higher stress levels than they believe are healthy, according to the American Psychological Association’s recent Stress in America survey. One in three report living with extreme stress. Such stress can take a big toll…

First step in fighting Lyme Disease is understanding its scope

Lyme disease is now endemic in Massachusetts, with 2,000 to 4,000 officially confirmed cases and as many as 10,000 additional unconfirmed cases each year, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. But the disease is not spread uniformly across the state,…

Skipping breakfast may increase coronary heart disease risk

July 23, 2013 — A new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) adds to evidence that eating breakfast is important for good health. HSPH researchers found that men who regularly skipped breakfast had a 27% higher risk of heart attack or…

New computer model system shown effective in toxicology testing

Tests link DDT exposure to asthma, possibly autism A new environmental toxicity study by a Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Danish researcher has found a link between DDT exposure and asthma–and possibly also a link between DDT and autism–using a…

HSPH paper on inflammation and metabolic disorders widely cited

An article published in Nature by Gökhan S. Hotamisligil, chair of HSPH’s Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases and James S. Simmons Professor Genetics and Metabolism, has been selected by Essential Science Indicators, a compilation of science performance statistics and science trends data…

Global health focus transitions to the elderly, chronic disease

Global health needs are evolving from a focus on infectious diseases to chronic disease and from diseases of the young to those of the growing elderly population, according to international experts who spoke in March 2012 at Harvard Business School. The “Innovations…

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…

HSPH researchers pursue risk factors for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Study part of collaborative effort to boost understanding of disorder Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) is among several leading research institutions collaborating on new research projects to better understand chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). HSPH received funding from the newly formed nonprofit…