Topic: North America

Keeping guns out of the wrong hands

Requiring those seeking gun permits to apply in person to local police departments is likely a more effective way to prevent gun-related violence than requiring a federal background check, according to David Hemenway, professor of health policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School…

New standards push Massachusetts toward healthier school foods

New Massachusetts standards that ban the sale of unhealthy snacks and beverages—the kind often sold in vending machines—appear to be working, according to a new study co-authored by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Along with colleagues from at…

Off the Cuff: Making the case for childhood immunization

[Spring 2015] Kasisomayajula “Vish” Viswanath, professor of health communication, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences Q: There has been an uptick of measles, whooping cough, and other infections in the United States. Many of these infections, which are routinely prevented by childhood…

Q&A: A public health lens on police-associated violence

[Spring 2015] In 2014, the police killings of three unarmed African-American males—Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York; Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; and Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio— sparked a national conversation on police brutality and on endemic racism in U.S. society.…

High formaldehyde exposure linked with ALS

Men exposed to high levels of formaldehyde on the job—mostly funeral directors—may have triple the death risk from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, as men with lower levels of exposure, according to a new study from Harvard…

Sudden weather shifts linked with more deaths

Lots of heat waves and cold snaps can increase mortality rates, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Previous studies have shown that more people die when it gets very hot or very cold. But those…

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…