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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,…

Society is his patient

[ Spring 2009 ] Julio Frenk's arrival in January as the seventh Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) was, in a sense, a homecoming. It was in 1953 that his father, a research fellow at Boston's Children's Hospital, was doing experiments…

The DNA of public health

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] When at first nothing may seem more removed from the broad, humanistic canvas of public health than research on genetics, studies of the molecular mechanisms of disease occupy a central place at Harvard School of Public Health. By…

Rebuilding shattered lives

[Fall 2010] When an earthquake struck in Chile, HSPH alum Karen Anderson and the community health group she founded were the first on the scene—and they’re still there. At 3:34 a.m. on February 27, 2010, an 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit Chile, killing…

Waging peace, saving lives

[ Spring/Summer 2011 ] A renowned physician explains how defeating militarism could solve global health problems. During his career, Harvard School of Public Health’s Bernard Lown has traveled two roads. The First Road unraveled the secrets of sudden cardiac death and developed…

Bridging a cultural divide

[Winter 2010] Are better tools needed to identify emotional distress in non-Western refugees? More than 17,000 Iraqi refugees arrived in the United States in 2009, carrying the deep physical and emotional scars of war. Many are widows with young children. Some have…