Topic: North America

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…

More drugs being approved for rare diseases in kids

A Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) health policy expert says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should more closely monitor the increasing number of “orphan” drugs on the market, particularly those designed to treat rare diseases in children. Orphan drugs…

Omega-3s tied to lower risk of irregular heartbeat

People with higher-than-average levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood may be roughly 30 percent less likely than those with the lowest levels to develop atrial fibrillation, according to new Harvard School of Public Health research. Atrial fibrillation is a dangerous…

Hsiao helps Vermont overhaul its health care system

The economic climate and demographic shifts around the globe have pushed the work of William Hsiao, the K.T. Li professor of economics at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), to the forefront of international health policy, impacting millions of lives around the…

Working healthy snacks into after-school programs

February 22, 2012 Nutritious snacks don’t have to bust budgets, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers conclude in a new study that analyzed the cost of foods served in YMCA after-school programs in four U.S. cities. While the prices of individual…

New safety measures needed to reduce gun violence

July 18, 2013 — Among developed countries, rates of violence are roughly similar. But in the United States, the chance of dying from a violent act exceeds that of other countries by a wide margin. It’s because of guns, says [[David Hemenway]]. The…