Topic: environmental health

New findings on mercury contamination and seafood

Mercury released into the air and then deposited into oceans is increasingly contaminating seafood commonly eaten by people in the United States and globally, report scientists from Dartmouth College, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), and colleagues from other institutions in new…

Toxic chemicals used to build older Mass. schools

A Massachusetts elementary school closed earlier this month to remove caulk containing PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, but the potentially harmful chemicals are likely present in hundreds of other public buildings in the state. PCBs were added to commercial-grade caulking between 1950 and…

Improved sanitation vital to safe drinking water

September 10, 2013 – To help ensure clean drinking water for future generations, it is important to understand the links between clean water and sanitation. Antiquated sanitation systems must be replaced in many parts of the world, particularly in developing nations. That…

Emissions from traffic congestion may shorten lives

Air pollution from traffic congestion in 83 of the nation’s largest urban areas contributes to more than 2,200 premature deaths annually, costing the health system at least $18 billion, according to a study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers featured…

HSPH to launch second public health course on edX

January 2, 2013 -- Harvard School of Public Health’s new online course, “Health in Numbers: Quantitative Methods in Clinical and Public Health Research,” an introduction to biostatistics and epidemiology, has drawn 53,857 students from all over the world. The three-month course, which…

Risk to U.S. from Japan radiation low, expert says

March 29, 2011 -- A radiation expert at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), says that radiation leakage from the continuing nuclear disaster in Japan poses little risk to the U.S. Edward Maher, adjunct lecturer on environmental science, told AOL's DailyFinance.com on March 23, 2011, "These risks…

Ecosystem alteration linked to human health risks

November 25, 2013 — Across the globe, there are signs that human activity is causing changes to Earth’s natural systems that may result in risks to health—from Indonesia, where fires used to clear land have been linked to cardiopulmonary disease downwind in…

Energy-efficient buildings can be hazardous to health

Buildings that are being weatherized and made energy-efficient and air tight can be hazardous to one’s health, according to a new Institute of Medicine (IOM) report. The report, “Climate Change, the Indoor Environment, and Health,” prepared by a committee chaired by Harvard…

HSPH center promotes health, safety in the workplace

November 28, 2011 -- Developing ways for nurses to minimize back strain when lifting patients and procedures to help construction workers avoid injury on the job site are two initiatives being conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Center for…