Category Archives: Recently Published

Poverty levels in India vary widely by region

Mohanty_Visiting ScientistHarvard Pop Center Visiting Scientist Sanjay Mohanty, PhD, has co-authored a study published in Economics on the regional estimates of multidimensional poverty in India. Findings suggest that about half of India’s population are multidimensional poor (measured in the dimensions of health, knowledge, income, employment and household environment) with large regional variations.

Early childhood environments impact development of children’s stress response system development

McLaughlin_Sheridan for news itemHarvard Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars program alumnae Kate McLaughlin, PhD, and Margaret Sheridan, PhD, have published a study that shows a link between early caregiving environments and how children’s stress response systems develop. The negative effects of early deprivation can be mitigated if environment is improved before the age of two. The results of the study have received attention on

Living in communities with more bars puts young South African women at increased risk for Herpes Simplex 2

Rosenberg_MollyHarvard Pop Center Bell Fellow Molly Rosenberg, PhD, is lead author of a study published in journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases that examines whether living in communities with more alcohol outlets is associated with increased prevalence of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 (HSV-2) infection among young women living in South African villages. Pop Center faculty members Stephen Tollman, PhD, and Kathleen Kahn, PhD, are also authors on the paper.

Low mortality rate at 24 months postpartum among HIV-infected women in Tanzania given ART during pregnancy

LeynaHarvard Pop Center Spiegelman Fellow Germana Leyna, MD, has co-authored an article published in BioMed Central that examines virologic and immunologic responses, drug resistance and mortality at 24 months postpartum in women in Tanzania who started antiretroviral therapy (ART) for life late in pregnancy. While virologic and immunologic failure was significantly higher among women who reported non-perfect adherence to ART at month 24, the mortality rate was fairly low.

Increased supply of pediatricians leads to better vaccination coverage in Japan

finkHarvard Pop Center faculty members Gunther Fink, PhD, and Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD, are co-authors on a paper published in the Journal of Epidemiology that reveals a positive association between the supply of pediatricians in Japan with vaccination coverage, an indicator of preventive health service utilization.

Why are Indian children so short? Pande’s research makes news.

pandeHarvard Pop Center’s Executive Committee Member Rohini Pande, PhD, has co-authored a working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research that explores the role that India’s culture of eldest son preference may play in stunting. The working paper has received media attention in the The Hindu, Quartz, and

More to obesity than BMI; a cluster analysis exploring subgroups

Fahad-Razak_310_x_440Harvard Pop Center Bell Fellow Fahad Razak, MD, and Pop Center Executive Committee Member S V Subramanian, PhD, have co-authored a study published in the Journal of Public Health that clusters the obese into subgroups, such as heavy drinking males, and affluent and happy elderly, to better understand and formulate strategies to target obese individuals.

Study suggests connection between emotion regulation difficulties & symptoms of anorexia

robertoRobert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar alumna Christina Roberto, PhD, is co-author on a study published in Comprehensive Psychiatry that supports a growing literature that find a positive association between emotion regulation deficits and eating disorder symptoms in anorexia nervosa. The study suggests that certain individuals with anorexia could benefit by developing some emotion regulation skills.

Home foreclosure adversely impacts health & mental health of homeowner & neighboring residents

Tsai_AlexanderHarvard Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society scholar alum and current Harvard Pop Center faculty member Alexander Tsai, MD, has authored a study published in PloS One that examines the effects of home foreclosure (which accounts for approximately 5% of U.S. residential properties) on the health and mental health of the individual homeowner, as well as the effects of the foreclosure on other residents in the community.

Call for institutions to adapt to support older age workers & more productive society

Berkman_Lisa_croppedHarvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, PhD, and faculty member Mauricio Avendano, PhD, have co-authored a paper published in Daedalus that examines the challenges and opportunities posed by an aging U.S. population, particularly as it relates to an aging workforce.