Topic: environmental health

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…

Air pollution may trigger anxiety symptoms

Recent exposure to air pollution raises the risk for anxiety symptoms, according to a new study by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and colleagues. The study of 71,271 women participating in the long-running Nurses’ Health Study found that higher…

Food microbes beware: It’s raining nanobombs

March 18, 2015 -- Can super-tiny droplets of water sprayed at strawberries, spinach, and lettuce kill deadly food pathogens? Philip Demokritou, associate professor of aerosol physics and director of the Laboratory for Environmental Health NanoSciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public…

A call for reducing fluoride levels in drinking water

March 10, 2015 — Controversy over fluoride levels in drinking water in Massachusetts has made headlines in recent months as Cambridge, Gloucester, Newburyport, and other towns in Massachusetts relook at the decades-old practice of adding fluoride to public drinking water to reduce…

Cost of hormone-disrupting chemical exposure in Europe in billions

March 10, 2015 — Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC) is estimated to cost the European Union more than €150 billion ($209 billion) a year in health care expenses and lost earning potential, according to studies by a team of 18 international researchers,…

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…