Topic: environmental health

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…

Muscle-building supplements linked to testicular cancer

Men who take muscle-building supplements may be at increased risk of testicular cancer, according to a new study, which included researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Those who used the supplements, such as pills and powders with creatine or…

A pivotal moment in push for sustainable development

April 7, 2015 — This is a critical year for turning the world’s economic development toward a more sustainable course — maybe “the” critical year, economist and United Nations advisor Jeffrey Sachs told a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health audience on…

To improve bicycle safety, crash reports need to capture more data

For immediate release, April 2, 2015 Boston, MA – Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers are calling upon police in all states to improve their reporting of crashes involving vehicles and bicycles, according to a new study. Currently, details on…

Tracking down toxins in schools

Parents, teachers and others from Malibu to Massachusetts are grappling with what to do about toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in schools. These chemicals—which are associated with ills including cancer, endocrine disorders, and reproductive troubles—were used in window caulk and other sealants in…

Aging light fixtures in New York City schools leaking PCBs

Inspections have revealed that elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, are leaking from aging light fixtures in many New York City public schools. HSPH’s Robert Herrick, senior lecturer on industrial hygiene, spoke to the Wall Street Journal on February 14, 2011 about…