Topic: North America

Your phone knows how you feel

Scientists are using cellphone data to track everything from depression and mood disorders to crowd behavior. On a difficult day, the patient’s data stream includes very few pings. Her GPS sensor shows her going slowly from the bedroom to the bathroom and back again. She…

The Supreme Court surprise that wasn’t

June 26, 2015 -- John McDonough, professor of public health practice, was a senior advisor on health reform in the Senate from 2008-2010, where he worked on the development and passage of the Affordable Care Act. He weighs in on the Supreme…

Taking the temperature of climate change

June 23, 2015 -- Antonella Zanobetti, principal research scientist in the Department of Environmental Health, discusses a new study that found that people appear to adapt over time as temperatures creep higher, but also may face increased mortality risk from extreme temperature swings—and…

Proven strategies to tame the childhood obesity epidemic

New findings by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers and colleagues have identified strategies that are effective in helping keep kids’ weight down and that get a significant bang for the health care buck. The five-year collaborative Childhood Obesity Intervention…

Mass public shootings increasing in U.S.

June 19, 2015 — On June 17, nine people were killed when Dylann Roof allegedly opened fire in Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. David Hemenway, director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center, weighed in on…

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…

Study finds inadequate hydration among U.S. children

Findings could have implications for children’s health, well-being For immediate release: Thursday, June 11 Boston, MA – More than half of all children and adolescents in the U.S. are not getting enough hydration—probably because they’re not drinking enough water—a situation that could have…

Strengthened laws could help curb distracted driving

State and local laws can help reduce drivers’ use of handheld devices, according to a June 4, 2015 op-ed in the Boston Globe by Jay Winsten, Frank Stanton Director of the Center for Health Communication and associate dean for health communication at Harvard T.H.…