Topic: environmental health

Improving the food system

Food-related research was on the plate at a Harvard-wide symposium in late February. The Harvard Food+ Research Symposium, hosted by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Harvard Kennedy School Sustainable Science Program, and the Harvard Center for the Environment, featured 22…

Cleaner air, better lungs

Reducing air pollution was associated with increased lung function in children ages 11 to 15, according to a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine. The new findings suggest that it’s important to continue efforts to improve air quality, say…

‘DNA clock’ can help predict lifespan

Scientists have found a biological clock that can provide clues about how long a person might live. The researchers found that people whose biological age was greater than their true age were more likely to die sooner than those whose biological and…

Cystic fibrosis and arsenic poisoning linked to same damaged protein

A new Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health co-authored study provides further evidence linking both arsenic poisoning and the chronic respiratory disease cystic fibrosis (CF) to damage in the CFTR protein. An examination of arsenic-exposed patients in Bangladesh found that they…

New Ph.D. program in Population Health Sciences announced

February 10, 2015 Dear Faculty, Academic Appointees, and Staff, I am pleased to announce that the Faculty of Arts and Sciences has unanimously approved a new Ph.D. program in Population Health Sciences, which will be based at the Harvard T.H. Chan School…

Bee decline could increase malnutrition and disease risk

More than half of people living in four of the world’s poorest countries could be newly at risk for malnutrition if bees and other pollinating animals continue to decline, according to a new study by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of…

Air Force reservists possibly exposed to Agent Orange from planes

Between 1,500 and 2,100 U.S. Air Force reservists who trained and worked on C-123 cargo planes that were used during the Vietnam War to spread the toxic defoliant Agent Orange may have been exposed to potentially dangerous levels of the carcinogenic chemical,…

Living green

[ Winter 2015 ] On a clear day, the air outside Anthony Cortese’s office in downtown Boston is filled with the unmistakable smell of the ocean—a pungent, brinelike perfume that hangs in the morning air. It floats in from the Inner Harbor,…

The heat is on: Causes of hospitalization due to heat waves identified

For immediate release: December 23, 2014 Boston, MA ─ In the largest and most comprehensive study of heat-related illness to date, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers have identified a handful of potentially serious disorders—including fluid and electrolyte disorders, renal failure,…

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…