Topic: epidemiology

Translating epidemiology research into real-world policy changes

March 6, 2013 -- To ensure that public health interventions that can save lives and improve overall health actually reach people, epidemiologists must do two things. They must provide clear evidence of the need for such interventions. They must also convince policymakers…

Living near foreclosed homes may raise risk of being overweight

August 12, 2013 — People who live near foreclosed homes may be at greater risk of being overweight than those who don’t have such homes in their immediate neighborhoods, according to a new study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers.…

Expert panel releases report on environmental links to breast cancer

While a yearlong study of potential environmental causes of breast cancer in women failed to pinpoint links with any chemicals, pesticides, or consumer products, that doesn’t mean these chemicals are safe, according to David Hunter, dean for academic affairs and professor of…

Energized, global effort needed to target noncommunicable diseases

October 17, 2011 -- The United Nations, the World Health Organization (WHO), and a small group of disease-specific non-governmental organizations (NGOs) need help to address the mounting toll of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)—such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, and chronic respiratory disease—that…

New chairs of global health and population, epidemiology announced

July 20, 2011 -- Fawzi Assumes Chair of Department of Global Health and Population Wafaie Fawzi assumes the role of chair for the Department of Global Health and Population on September 1. Fawzi succeeds David Bloom, the Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and…

Epidemiology at HSPH: Celebrating an ‘adventurous discipline’

November 14, 2013 — Epidemiologists at Harvard have a long legacy of groundbreaking findings, from a 19th century study on the effectiveness of bloodletting as a treatment for pneumonia to recent work on the role various dietary factors play in chronic disease…

Nutrition news: Widely studied Mediterranean diet linked to good health

Two Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) professors — Dimitrios Trichopoulos, Vincent L. Gregory Professor of Cancer Prevention, and Walter Willett, chair, Department of Nutrition and Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition — discuss what research has shown about the…