Topic: epidemiology

Experiments with potential pandemic flu strains pose deadly risk

In the wake of the recent accidental exposure of at least 75 workers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to anthrax, Harvard School of Public Health’s (HSPH) [[Marc Lipsitch]] argues that experiments aimed at creating deadly pathogens—particularly those that could…

Influenza forecasting system wins prize from CDC

A new system for predicting seasonal peaks of influenza in cities across the U.S., developed by a team of scientists including Marc Lipsitch of Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), has won first place out of 11 teams in the Centers for…

Older American workers more depressed after layoff than Europeans

Laid-off U.S. workers aged 50–64 are more likely to be depressed than their European counterparts, according to a new study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers and colleagues. The researchers found that job loss was related to a 4.8% increase…

FDA’s plan to issue salt guidelines for food industry is good news

The Food and Drug Administration recently announced that it will issue a proposal to the food industry aimed at encouraging voluntary sodium reductions in products. That’s good news, wrote Dariush Mozaffarian, associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard School of…

HIV by the numbers

June 6, 2014 -- With a bachelor’s degree in mathematical biology, Nadia Abuelezam once considered herself a mathematician who used her skills to tackle public health problems. But after five years as a doctoral student at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH),…

Harvard Public Health Magazine Extra: Stress & Health

April 2014 – Michelle Williams, Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Public Health and chair of the Department of Epidemiology at HSPH, discusses the connections between stress, human biology, and financial constraints. Read the HPH magazine article about the Great Recession's toll…

Bird flu experiments pose risk of accidental release

Research in mammals that aims to prevent future influenza pandemics raises ethical, public health concerns For immediate release: May 20, 2014 Boston, MA — Experiments creating dangerous flu strains that are transmissible between mammals pose too great a risk to human life from…

High blood pressure top risk factor in heart disease deaths

High blood pressure is the leading risk factor for death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) around the world, according to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers. The report provides a global view of how blood pressure, cholesterol,…

HSPH’s Christopher Golden named ‘Emerging Explorer’

Christopher Golden, research associate in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and recently appointed director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages (HEAL), has been named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic magazine.…

Off the cuff: The $1.50 difference

[ Spring 2014 ] Dariush Mozzafarian, Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology In a recent study, you found that the cost per person of a healthy diet was $1.50 more per day— $550 more per year—than the cost of an unhealthy diet. What…