Category Archives: Recently Published

Cumulative lifetime use of marijuana found to impact verbal memory in middle age

Glymour_from SF pageHarvard Pop Center faculty member Maria Glymour is an author on a paper published in JAMA Internal Medicine that explores the long-term effects of lifetime marijuana use on memory and other aspects of cognitive function.

A call for interventions targeting childhood nutrition, exercise & sleep to lower rate of non-communicable diseases

Williiam_Michelle_from hsphHarvard Pop Center faculty member Michelle A. Williams is an author on a peer-reviewed editorial published on Cureus that calls for an increased focus on prevention science to combat the increase in non-communicable diseases. Specifically, the researchers suggest targeting three key areas of lifestyle behaviors during childhood – physical activity, nutrition and sleep –  through multi-level, public health programs.

Are children who lose a parent at greater risk of physical stunting?

Finlay_FinkHarvard Pop Center Research Scientist Jocelyn Finlay, PhD, and faculty members Gunther Fink, PhD, and Wafai Fawzi, DrPH, are authors on a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health that has found young children in low- and middle-income countries who have lost a mother are at increased risk of stunting. Being in the care of the surviving parent (or grandparents), however, was found to mitigate these adverse effects of parental loss. Insights from this study could help to shape social policies so that support could be offered to these key caregivers.

What is role of school context in rapid rise of adolescent e-cigarette use?

e-cigarettes_Flickr_Mike-MozartHarvard Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society program alum Adam Lippert, PhD, and former Harvard Bell Fellow Daniel Corsi, PhD, have authored a study published in the journal Health & Place that examines the influence that particular school environments may have on e-cigarette use among adolescence.

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Novel study shows link between economic opportunity and health, health behaviors and mortality

Venkataramani_Kawachi_TsaiThree Harvard Pop Center faculty members are authors of a novel study published in the American Journal of Public Health that shows a link between economic opportunity – as measured by income differences between generations – and health behaviors (such as smoking and obesity), overall health and mortality. Learn more about the findings of this national study by Atheendar Venkataramani, MD, Ichiro Kawachi, MD, and Alexander Tsai, MD, in this piece on

ICE found to be useful metric for public health monitoring


Harvard Pop Center faculty member Nancy Krieger is lead author on a paper published in the American Journal of Public Health that evaluates the usefulness of the Index of Concentration at the Extremes (ICE) for public health monitoring of privilege and deprivation.

Early childhood social disadvantage linked to risky health behaviors in adulthood

amy-non-and-laura-kubzanksyA new study by former Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar Amy Non, and Pop Center faculty member Laura Kubzansky published in the Annals of Human Biology finds that children who experienced early social disadvantage were, as adults, almost four times as likely to smoke, three times more likely to be obese, and almost five times more likely to drink alcohol excessively (women only).

Children’s health problems prevent families from moving out of high- to low-poverty neighborhoods

Arcaya_Subu_WatersHarvard Pop Center researchers, including visiting scientist and former fellow Mariana Arcaya and faculty members SV Subramanian, and Mary C. Waters are authors on a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology that found that when families were given an option to move out of a high-poverty neighborhood and move to a low-poverty neighborhood, those families with a sick child were less likely to take advantage of the opportunity to move. Learn more in this news brief by MIT.

Homicide rate reverses life expectancy gains for men in Mexico

Hiram-Beltran-Sanchez-pic1Former Harvard Bell Fellow Hiram Beltran-Sanchez, PhD, is author on a study published in the journal HealthAffairs that has found that the unprecedented increase in homicides in Mexico between 2005 – 2010 resulted in reversing life expectancy gains for men, which had been improving for the prior 60 years. The study received much attention in the press, including a piece on and medicaldaily.