Topic: North America

New findings on mercury contamination and seafood

Mercury released into the air and then deposited into oceans is increasingly contaminating seafood commonly eaten by people in the United States and globally, report scientists from Dartmouth College, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), and colleagues from other institutions in new…

Four HSPH faculty weigh in on Affordable Care Act

The Harvard Crimson spoke with Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) faculty members for a Year in Review article on implementing the Affordable Care Act. HSPH researchers, including [[John McDonough]], [[Katherine Baicker]], and [[Meredith Rosenthal]], have been at the forefront of the…

La Niña weather patterns linked to flu pandemics

A new study co-authored by HSPH’s Marc Lipsitch links the four most recent influenza pandemics (1918, 1957, 1968, and 2009) to the weather pattern known as La Niña. During these periods, the surface temperature in the equatorial Pacific cools and can alter…

Toxic chemicals used to build older Mass. schools

A Massachusetts elementary school closed earlier this month to remove caulk containing PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, but the potentially harmful chemicals are likely present in hundreds of other public buildings in the state. PCBs were added to commercial-grade caulking between 1950 and…

Painting the big picture on a Navajo reservation

November 1, 2012 -- Once upon a time, Anne Newland wanted to go to film school. But because life unfolds with its own logic, she instead became a doctor with the federal Indian Health Service (IHS). And shaped by her experience working…