Topic: epidemiology

Nutrition news: Factors linked to long-term weight gain

Foods are not created equal when it comes to what foods are likely to pack on pounds over time, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers report. In a study published June 23, 2011, in the New England Journal of Medicine looking…

Speaker says epidemiology got its start centuries ago

September 24, 2012 -- Can an academic discipline have an exact birthday? Alfredo Morabia thinks so, and he believes that epidemiology’s 350th birthday is 2012—because 1662 is the year that an Englishman named John Graunt compiled, for the first time ever, 50 years’ worth…

Eat more beans, less white rice, to reduce diabetes risk

A new study by HSPH researchers Josiemer Mattei, Frank Hu, and Hannia Campos has found that beans are the far healthier half of the classic beans and rice dish. The researchers studied the diets of nearly 1,900 Costa Rican men and women…

Nutrition news: Mediterraneans abandon their famous diet

Italians, Greeks, and Spaniards are getting heavier, in spite of the fact that their countries are home to the Mediterranean diet, a diet rich in vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts and healthy fats. Young people in particular are moving toward an “industrial” diet…

Infectious disease: lessons learned from H1N1 pandemic

June 14, 2010 -- For the next new infectious threat—or the next phase of the ongoing H1N1 influenza pandemic—public health decision makers need better data about who’s infected and who’s severely sick. And they need it sooner, said experts who met at…

Sleep apnea among health problems hitting the poor hardest

The poor are disproportionately afflicted with a wide range of health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, infant mortality, and dental disease. Sleep deficiency and disorders including sleep apnea also are particularly common among minority groups and those from economically…

Eating white rice regularly may raise type 2 diabetes risk

Eating white rice on a regular basis may increase the risk for type 2 diabetes, according to new Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) research. HSPH researchers from the Department of Nutrition—led by Emily Hu, research assistant, and Qi Sun, research associate—reviewed…

New HSPH online edX course will reach worldwide audience

October 3, 2012 -- Quantitative Methods Course Teaches Building Blocks of Public Health Research It’s time for biostatistics and epidemiology class. The professor is discussing Scotsman James Lind, who, in the mid-1700s, conducted one of the first-ever clinical experiments. Lind studied the way…