Topic: epidemiology

Harvard events highlight benefits of Mediterranean diet

Recent events at Harvard highlighted the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, capitalizing on growing interest after a recent study provided strong new evidence of the diet’s ability to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. An event held Wednesday, April 3…

Buckee named a top 100 global thinker by Foreign Policy

Caroline Buckee, assistant professor of epidemiology and associate director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), was named one of the top 100 global thinkers of 2013 by Foreign Policy (FP). Buckee was listed among…

Eating more red meat may increase risk of type 2 diabetes

People who increase their red meat consumption may also increase their risk of type 2 diabetes, according to new research from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Researchers found that people who started eating more red meat than usual—about 3.5 servings more…

Mediterranean diet boosts women's physical, mental health

A Mediterranean diet—rich in fish, nuts, vegetables, and fruits—appears to reduce the chances of developing chronic disease later in life, according to new research from Harvard School of Public Health. Tracking the dietary habits of over 10,000 women beginning in late middle…

Cell phone data mining dubbed “breakthrough technology”

Caroline Buckee’s research on mining cell phone data to track how people’s movements correlate with the spread of disease has been named one of the top 10 “breakthrough technologies” for 2013 by MIT’s Technology Review magazine. Research published in October 2012 in…

Carotenoids may delay or prevent onset of Lou Gehrig’s disease

Carotenoids—the substances that give many vegetables and fruits their vivid red, orange, and yellow colors and are also found in many dark green vegetables—may play a key role in preventing or delaying amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease,…

Obesity studies generate debate on impact of weight, sugar on health

Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) nutrition experts, including Walter Willett, Frederick John Stare professor of nutrition and epidemiology and chair of the Department of Nutrition, were quoted widely by the media about two obesity studies published in January 2013. Evidence Grows…