Topic: environmental health

Improving the pollution-mortality link

Harvard, MIT researchers show the need for an improved approach to measuring pollution’s effects on human health For immediate release: Thursday, April 17, 2014 Boston, MA – As the nation celebrates the 45th Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, researchers from…

Deadly environments

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] On a October afternoon in 1948, daylight barely trickled into the storefronts of Donora, Pennsylvania. Stagnant weather had trapped a noxious black cloud of emissions from nearby steel and zinc plants above the town, nestled in a valley…

Federal regulations on chemicals in environment need overhaul

Federal policies regulating the sea of industrial chemicals we encounter in everyday life—and new ones being formulated in laboratories—are “broken” and in need of urgent overhaul to better protect our brains from harmful toxins, a Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researcher…

Harvard professor wins ‘Nobel Prize of water’

For immediate release: Friday, March 21, 2014 Cambridge, MA – A Harvard professor who has made a career of tackling water insecurity challenges around the world will receive the Stockholm Water Prize, known informally as the "Nobel Prize of water." John Briscoe,…

Impact of fluoride on neurological development in children

July 25, 2012 -- For years health experts have been unable to agree on whether fluoride in the drinking water may be toxic to the developing human brain. Extremely high levels of fluoride are known to cause neurotoxicity in adults, and negative…

Long-banned chemical found in yellow dyes

Traces of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) 11—which belongs to a harmful group of chemicals banned in the 1970s—were found in yellow paints and dyes used in common items such as clothing and paper, according to new research from Rutgers University. HSPH’s Aaron Bernstein,…

BPA exposure in pregnant women

Joseph Braun, research fellow in the Department of Environmental Health, discusses BPA exposure in pregnant women. November 3, 2010 (5:48) Please click the player icon above to play this podcast in your browser. Alternatively, you may download the podcast in mp3 format by…

Safer nanoparticles for safer sunscreens

Zinc oxide nanoparticles are used in sunscreens to make them less opaque and more appealing to consumers. But the potential adverse health effects of using nanoparticles in these and other products have not been fully explored, according to Philip Demokritou, associate professor…