Topic: environmental health

Environmental chemicals may harm fertility

Chemicals such as phthalates, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and biphenyl A (BPA)—endocrine disruptors that can mimic the body’s natural hormones—could be contributing to fertility problems. Although it’s likely that such chemicals are involved in infertility, it’s notoriously hard to tease out the root…

Taking the temperature of climate change

June 23, 2015 -- Antonella Zanobetti, principal research scientist in the Department of Environmental Health, discusses a new study that found that people appear to adapt over time as temperatures creep higher, but also may face increased mortality risk from extreme temperature swings—and…

Nickel may contribute to air pollution’s cardiovascular effects

Nickel appears to contribute to adverse cardiovascular outcomes associated with fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5) according to a study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers. The study was published online June 19, 2015 in Environmental Health Perspectives. Lead…

Improved safeguards needed at biosafety labs

More needs to be done to improve safety and public accountability at the nation’s high-containment biosafety laboratories that work with deadly viruses and bacteria, according to Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard…

Type 2 diabetes may protect against ALS

People with type 2 diabetes may have a lower risk for being diagnosed with the serious neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, according to a study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers.…

A bench scientist with a passion for the environment

May 21, 2015 – On a Friday afternoon in May, Peter Wagner was about to give his dissertation defense. Quan Lu, associate professor of environmental genetics and pathophysiology—introducing Peter before a group of about 50 of his fellow students, faculty, friends, and…

Building safety into construction sites

May 8, 2015 — Emily Sparer may be the first Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health student to have construction workers cheering her on at her dissertation defense. Sparer, who is graduating in May with a ScD in occupational safety and…