Author Archives: Nicole A Goguen

Children consumed less salt, sugar and calories when they ate snacks provided by after-school programs than when they ate snacks from home or other sources

gortmakerHarvard Pop Center affiliated faculty member Steven Gortmaker, PhD, is co-author on a study published in Preventing Chronic Disease that identifies the source of children’s consumption of junk food in Boston’s after-school programs in April-May, 2011.

Decline in HIV mortality due to antiretroviral treatment not same for all groups in rural South African community

kahn headshotHarvard Pop Center affiliated researchers Kathleen Kahn, PhD, and Stephen Tollman, PhD, and colleagues have published a study in Global Health Action that evaluates the HIV mortality rates on a rural South African community from 2007-2010, when antiretroviral treatment (ART) was rolled out. Factors such as gender, age, location (distance from health center), length of residence, country of origin, transportation ownership, and level of education had an impact on the risk of dying of HIV/TB over the period of the roll-out of ART.

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.