Topic: heart disease

Nickel may contribute to air pollution’s cardiovascular effects

Nickel appears to contribute to adverse cardiovascular outcomes associated with fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5) according to a study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers. The study was published online June 19, 2015 in Environmental Health Perspectives. Lead…

FDA axes trans fats

Partially hydrogenated oils — the primary source of artificial trans fats in processed foods — are no longer “generally recognized as safe” for use in human food, according to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration decision announced June 16, 2015. Companies will…

Sudha Biddinger receives 2015 Armen H. Tashjian Jr. Award

May 21, 2015 — Sudha Biddinger, assistant professor of pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital, is the 2015 recipient of the Armen H. Tashjian Jr. Award for Excellence in Endocrine Research. She spoke on “FMO3 as a novel player in diabetes-associated cardiovascular disease” at…

Long-term depression may double stroke risk for middle-aged adults

Study finds stroke risk remains elevated even after depressive symptoms improve For immediate release: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Boston, MA ─ Adults over 50 who have persistent symptoms of depression may have twice the risk of stroke as those who do not, according…

Binge drinking linked with higher heart attack risk

People who binge drink are 72% more likely to have a heart attack than those who don’t, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Researchers looked at interview data from nearly 4,000 people across the U.S.…

China considering tobacco tax to reduce smoking deaths

Adding a 50% excise tax onto tobacco products in China – which has the highest number of tobacco users in the world – could significantly reduce smoking-related deaths while generating substantial financial risk protection and poverty alleviation benefits to households, according to…

New model for predicting cardiovascular disease risk worldwide

For immediate release: March 25, 2015 Boston, MA — New research from Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and Imperial College London shows that more people are at high risk of developing fatal cardiovascular disease (CVD) in many developing countries than in developed countries,…

Childhood trauma’s devastating impact on health

Exposure to trauma during childhood can dramatically increase people’s risk for 7 out of 10 of the leading causes of death in the U.S.—including high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer—and it’s crucial to address this public health crisis, according to Harvard…