Topic: epidemiology

Yogurt may reduce type 2 diabetes risk

A new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers found that higher consumption of yogurt was associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Other forms of dairy were not found to offer similar protection. Drawing on health…

Predicting Ebola’s spread using cell phone data

Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) epidemiologist Caroline Buckee and her team are using cell phone data to track travel patterns across West Africa to help fight the Ebola epidemic. Such data—including unique cell phone “pings” from cell phone towers—can show where…

Drones may be boon to public health research

From tracking changes in landscapes and animal behavior that could be linked to disease transmission, to hunting for survivors in the wake of a humanitarian disaster, aerial drones are proving an effective tool in public health research. Nathan Eagle, adjunct assistant professor…

Ebola: U.S. should learn from West Africa’s response

In the weeks since the first case of Ebola was diagnosed in the United States, officials have repeatedly tried to reassure Americans that this is “not West Africa.” This is a wrong-headed attitude, according to an editorial by Michelle Holmes, associate professor…

Meredith Rosenthal, Paula Johnson elected to Institute of Medicine

Meredith Rosenthal, professor of health economics and policy at Harvard School of Public Health, was one of 70 new members elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the National Academies announced October 20, 2014. Election to the IOM is considered one of…

Healthy lifestyle may cut gestational diabetes cases by half

Healthy lifestyle habits—maintaining a normal weight, not smoking, and staying physically active—may help prevent about half of all diabetes cases that develop in pregnant women, according to a new study. Looking at data from more than 14,000 American women, the researchers found…

A critical voice on biosafety

Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health and director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, has become a leading critic of experiments creating dangerous flu strains that are transmissible between mammals. Earlier this year, he co-authored an…

Big data's big visionary

[ Fall 2014 ] As cholera swept through London in the mid-19th century, a physician named John Snow painstakingly drew a paper map indicating clusters of homes where the deadly waterborne infection had struck. In an iconic feat in public health history,…

Q & A: When lab research threatens humanity

[ Fall 2014 ] Is bench research that creates a lethal, contagious bird flu virus worth the risk that the virus could escape the lab? Not according to Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health. With Alison P.…