Topic: epidemiology

Using genomics to shed light on malaria transmission

May 13, 2015 -- To fight malaria, it’s crucial to assess the effectiveness of interventions against the mosquito-borne disease. But when malaria transmission declines, traditional methods for estimating transmission—based on mosquito sampling—become difficult. Now, a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School…

A link between paid maternity leave and mental health

May 13, 2015 — Paid maternity leave following the birth of a first child appears to have positive benefits on women’s mental health later in life, according to a study published May 2015 in Social Science & Medicine of European women co-authored…

Binge drinking linked with higher heart attack risk

People who binge drink are 72% more likely to have a heart attack than those who don’t, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Researchers looked at interview data from nearly 4,000 people across the U.S.…

For a longer life, more exercise is better than less

What is the optimal amount of exercise needed to live a long life? It’s slightly more than you may think, but not as much as you might expect, according to two studies published April 6, 2015 in JAMA Internal Medicine. I-Min Lee,…

Folic acid may help significantly lower stroke risk

A new study by Chinese researchers has found that folic acid supplements are associated with significantly lower risk of stroke in people with high blood pressure. In an editorial accompanying the study—which appeared March 15, 2015 in the Journal of the American…