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Improving the pollution-mortality link

Harvard, MIT researchers show the need for an improved approach to measuring pollution’s effects on human health For immediate release: Thursday, April 17, 2014 Cambridge, MA – As the nation celebrates the 45th Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, researchers from…

Intensive course in Brazil immerses students in public health fieldwork

Students from Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard College traveled to Brazil in January 2014 for an intensive-three week Winter Session course exploring public health in the world’s fifth-largest country. In addition to classwork, the students visited shantytowns, infectious-disease hospitals, and…

Global child TB infection estimates doubled

Approximately one million children contract tuberculosis (TB) annually, with 32,000 suffering from a multi-drug resistant (MDR) strain, according to a new study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers and colleagues. These findings are double previous childhood TB estimates. The study,…

Economic growth no cure for child undernutrition

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Boston, MA — A large study of child growth patterns in 36 developing countries finds that, contrary to widely held beliefs, economic growth has little to no effect on the nutritional status of the world’s…

The global organ market

Daniel Wikler, Professor of Ethics and Population Health, on the market for kidneys: "In the past, the idea that the kidneys you're born with will stay in your body as long as you stay healthy has been an unspoken assumption ... now…

Rethinking HIV prevention

Daniel Halperin, Lecturer on International Health, on why HIV prevention strategies need a fresh look. (May 2008, 18:46) Please click the player icon above to play this podcast in your browser. Alternatively, you may download the podcast in mp3 format by right-clicking…

Role of lung lesions in tuberculosis explored

For years scientists have sought to unravel the mystery of why about 90% of people infected by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB), remain symptom-free for years, while the remaining 10% become sick and may die. A December 15, 2013…

You have to be there

[ Spring 2008 ] Michael Von Clemm traveling fellows experience public health in the real world There's a world of difference between studying public health and working in the field. If you're going to stop sexual genocide, stem the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa,…