Author Archives: Nicole A Goguen

Study projects cardiovascular disease to be most costly non-communicable disease in China & India

Mark McGovernHarvard Pop Center affiliated faculty member David Bloom, PhD,  and and PGDA Fellow Mark McGovern, PhD, are co-authors on a study published in The Journal of the Economics of Ageing that estimates the macroeconomic impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in China and India for the period 2012–2030.

Higher levels of serum Vit. D associated with increased mortality/morbidity in HIV-infected/exposed Tanzanian infants in malaria-endemic setting

fawzi_wafaiHarvard Pop Center affiliated faculty member Wafaie Fawzi is co-author on a study published in the Journal of Nutrition that examines the status of Vitamin D measured in the blood of HIV-infected and HIV-exposed Tanzanian infants in a malaria-endemic setting. The study yields some unexpected findings that call for additional research.

Subu Subramanian speaks at UNICEF South Asia conference “Stop Stunting”

subramania_headshot-for-panelHarvard Pop Center faculty member Subu Subramanian, PhD, spoke in New Delhi at a conference on stunting sponsored by UNICEF South Asia. Subramanian’s appearance at the conference was featured in this HSPH news brief, this New York Times article,  and in this video by UNICEF.

Christina Roberto honored with research grant during Obesity Week in Boston

robertoHarvard RWJF Health & Society Alumna Christina Roberto, PhD, was recently awarded The Obesity Society’s (TOS) 2014 Early-Career Research Grant. Currently an Assistant Professor of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, Roberto was honored with the grant during Obesity Week, the annual scientific and educational conference for obesity professionals which took place in Boston during the week of November 2-7, 2014.  “The award from TOS,” commented Roberto, “will enable us to evaluate how a policy to limit sugary drink container size influences consumers’ perceptions and eating behaviors during a restaurant meal. The goal of this work is to provide timely and valuable data to both scientists and policymakers.”

Height & health; new study looks at adults in China, Ghana, India, Mexico, Russia, South Africa

Mark McGovernPGDA Fellow Mark McGovern, PhD,  has published a paper in The Journal of the Economics of Ageing that shows a positive association between height and various measures of health in adults in six emerging economies, each expected to experience significant increases in the mean age of their populations over the coming decades.

Obese Kids Likely to Become Obese Teens, Study Shows

schuster Mark Schuster, MD, PhD, a Harvard Pop Center affiliated faculty member, is lead author on a study in Pediatrics that shows that over 80% of kids obese at age 11 are obese at age 16.  The study, online now and in the upcoming December print issue, is featured in U.S. News and World Report and Canada’s Global News.

New indices based on local distributions of wealth may offer more accurate insights into health inequalities in India

corsi_black-shirt-for-webRecent Bell Fellow Daniel Corsi, PhD, has co-authored a study published in PLoSOne that introduces a new approach for analyzing nationally representative household survey data. By analyzing local distributions of wealth, Corsi and his colleagues hope to offer wealth index scores that will serve as more valid indicators of wealth and will correlate well with health outcomes.

Receiving text message reminder improves patient adherence to malaria treatment

finkA study published in PLoS One co-authored by Harvard Pop Center faculty member Gunther Fink, PhD, shows that a simple text message reminder increased the odds of adherence to malaria treatment, whereas additional messages did not have a significant impact on completion of treatment.