Category Archives: Recently Published

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.

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.

Study estimates tobacco tax increases from 1970-2005 saved over 50,000 lives in U.S. in 2010

canning for videoA study published in Tobacco Control co-authored by Harvard Pop Center Associate Director David Canning, PhD, has shown that higher tobacco taxes lead to lower total mortality rates and avoided deaths, and suggests that strong tobacco tax policies are essential to improving overall population health.

Differences in maternal diagnoses may not be the driver in widely varying Cesarean delivery rates across hospitals

Arcaya_SubuHarvard Pop Center Yerby Fellow Mariana Arcaya, ScD, and faculty member S V Subramanian (Subu), PhD, and colleague have published a study in PLOS Medicine that examines whether the current wide variation in Cesarean section rates across US hospitals is attributable to differences in maternal clinical diagnoses and patient characteristics, or to hospital-level differences in the use of Cesarean delivery. Learn more from this HSPH news post.