Topic: environmental health

Police face higher risk of sudden cardiac death during stressful duties

For immediate release: November 18, 2014 Boston, MA — Police officers in the United States face roughly 30 to 70 times higher risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) when they’re involved in stressful situations—suspect restraints, altercations, or chases—than when they’re involved in…

A mother's crusade for clean water

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] In 1972, Anne Anderson’s life changed forever. Her 3-year-old son Jimmy, the youngest of her three children, was diagnosed with leukemia—and other children who lived nearby were suffering from leukemia, too. “Everywhere I went—to the library, to the…

Harvard plans for ‘a more sustainable future’

Harvard launched a new five-year plan on October 22, 2014, aimed at improving the University’s environmental footprint, as well as the health and well-being of its students, faculty, and staff. The plan centers around five core topics: emissions and energy, campus operations,…

HSPH and Mexico: Ties that bind

This month, Harvard University President Drew Faust, Harvard School of Public Health Dean Julio Frenk, and other Harvard administrators and faculty traveled to Mexico to celebrate the university’s strong and longstanding relationship with that nation. Dean Frenk served as that country’s minister…

Power plant standards could save thousands of U.S. lives every year

New study from Harvard, Syracuse, and Boston University scientists links strong carbon standards to substantial reductions in air pollution and widespread health benefits For immediate release: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Boston, MA -- Power plant standards to cut climate-changing carbon emissions will…

Mediterranean diet and workplace health

Research suggests that “eating like a Greek”—with lots of olive oil, fruits, vegetables and fish, and smaller amounts of dairy, eggs, meats and sweets—can lead to longer, healthier lives. This “Mediterranean diet” will be the focus of a two-day conference at Harvard…

Student profile: Sandra Pirela SD '15

Q: Why did you choose Harvard School of Public Health? A: The decision to attend the Harvard School of Public Health was not a hard one. The state of the art research facilities and expertise of the faculty combined with the positive…

Mercury exposure may cause birds to change their tune

The amount of methylmercury, a neurotoxin, in the earth’s atmosphere has quadrupled since the days before industrialization, and its toxic effects are changing the songs being sung by birds in the area of Waynesboro, Virginia. An article in Environmental Health News explores…

Smog or Jobs?

[FORUM VIDEO] This Forum webcast examined the scientific and economic arguments around Barack Obama's 2011 announcement of his request that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdraw draft air

Disaster Response

[FORUM VIDEO] Ten years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, 1 1/2 years after the Haiti earthquake, and six months after the Japanese tsunami, earthquake and nuclear crises, this Forum event examined ho