Category Archives: Recently Published

Risk of stunting in rural Rwanda lowered by enrollment in community-based health-financing program

african women.babyNew findings suggest that for those in rural Rwanda enrolled in the program Mutuelles, which provides health insurance and access to health care (including nutrition services), the risk of being stunted was significantly lower. Harvard Pop Center faculty members Chunling Lu, PhD, Kenneth Hill, PhD, and S.V. Subramanian, PhD, along with Pop Center Research Associate Iván Mejía-Guevara, PhD, are among the authors of the paper published in the American Journal of Public Health.

Could temperature deviation from past neighboring years increase mortality risk for elderly?

Colleen_for-Twitter_864-x-522Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar Colleen Reid, PhD is an author on a paper published in International Journal of Biometeorology that examines the effects of abnormal weather patterns (temperature deviation compared to previous years) on elderly mortality.

Among older workers, are recessions linked to lowered CVD risk? It depends.

avendanoHarvard Pop Center faculty member Mauricio Avendano and former Bell Fellow Clemens Noelke have published a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology that suggests that economic recessions may be protective against CVD disease among older workers who remain employed, but may increase risk of CVD among those who experience a job loss during this period.

Novel use of genetic variants may shed light on link between education level & dementia in older age

74907741_c2d59deb64_oA study published in the journal Annals of Epidemiology by Harvard Pop Center affiliated researchers including Ichiro Kawachi, Sze Yan Liu, and Maria Glymour introduces the use of genetic variants as instruments to help identify the causal effect of educational attainment on dementia risk. The study, based on instrumental variable (IV) analyses, suggests education is protective against risk of dementia in older adulthood. Photo credit: dcJohn

Does work stress combined with family circumstances impact mortality of US mothers?

ivanMany previous studies have separately linked job stress and family circumstances with later-life mortality among working mothers, but a new study published in Social Science & Medicine by Recent Pop Center Fellow Erika Sabbath, Harvard Pop Center Research Associate Iván Mejía-Guevara, former Bell Fellow Clemens Noelke, and Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman explores how job stress combined with family circumstances, such as being a single mother, may jointly impact mortality risk.

Israel National Institute for Health Policy Research to hold international health policy conference

Call-for-Papers-–-The-6th-International-Jerusalem-ConferenceThe 6th International Jerusalem Conference on Health Policy will be held May 23-25, 2016 in Jerusalem. Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman and faculty member Mauricio Avendano will be speaking at the conference. There is also a Call for Papers with a submission deadline of December 17, 2015. Learn more!

Berkman, Canning and Pop Center faculty featured in cover story on “Silver Tsunami”

Berkman_Lisa_254_OFFICIAL_300x220Harvard Public Health, The Magazine of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is out with its Fall issue featuring a cover story entitled The Aging Game, Perils and Promises of a Graying Society. The Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, along with Associate Director David Canning, and faculty members David Bloom and Ichiro Kawachi, are among the experts who share their thoughts on “successful aging” including physical, financial and psychological health, social connection, and employment status.

Do racial disparities in cognitive outcomes in US adults vary by state of primary school attendance?

Sam-for-twitter_864-x-522Harvard Pop Center Principal Analyst Sze Yan (Sam) Liu is lead author on a paper in Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society that explores whether variability in cognitive outcomes in adults is attributable to state of school attendance, especially during formative years of primary school. Pop Center faculty member Maria Glymour, PhD, is also an author on the paper.

In South Africa, child support grants not found to incentivize having more children

Molly Rosenberg_twitter_300x181Harvard Bell Fellow Molly Rosenberg, PhD, is lead author on a paper published in PLOS One that examines how receiving a social protection grant may influence fertility. Exposure to a child support grant was not found to incentivize pregnancy, however, it could result in longer spacing between pregnancies. Harvard Pop Center faculty members Till Bärnighausen, Kathleen Kahn, and Stephen Tollman are also authors on the paper.