Topic: North America

A critical voice on biosafety

Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, has become a leading critic of experiments creating dangerous flu strains that are transmissible between mammals. Earlier this year, he co-authored an editorial calling for greater scrutiny of these so-called “gain-of-…

U.S. health reform can be ‘source of inspiration’ for Canadians

Canada—which adopted universal health care about 50 years ago—can learn from U.S. efforts at health reform, according to a September 3, 2014 Globe and Mail article co-authored by Andrew Boozary, SM ’14, visiting scientist in the Department of Health Policy and Management…

Mercury exposure may cause birds to change their tune

The amount of methylmercury, a neurotoxin, in the earth’s atmosphere has quadrupled since the days before industrialization, and its toxic effects are changing the songs being sung by birds in the area of Waynesboro, Virginia. An article in Environmental Health News explores…

Ebola epidemic in U.S. unlikely

While Ebola continues to spread in West Africa, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials call the risk of an outbreak in the United States very low. Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Professor Michael VanRooyen, director of the Harvard Humanitarian…

Caffeine may reduce women’s tinnitus risk

Women who consume higher amounts of caffeine may have a lower risk of developing tinnitus — a steady ringing in the ear — than women who consume less, according to a new study by a Harvard School of Health (HSPH) researcher and…

Reforming the 2012 Farm Bill

[FORUM VIDEO] Amid calls for federal budget cuts, this Forum webcast focused on the implications for feeding the nation when politics, economics and nutrition collide.

Do women talk more than men?

Research could lead to better picture of patients facing mood disorders July 23, 2014 — It’s a common stereotype that women talk more than men. But a new study suggests that context is the key to whether or not that is actually…