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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.

Lisa Berkman streaming live on uptick in death rates of middle-aged white Americans on MPR Tues., Nov. 10

MPR_Lisa-Berkman_Nov-10_2015Join Kerri Miller of Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) on Tuesday, November 10 at 10:00 a.m. ET when she will talk with Lisa Berkman, PhD, director of the Harvard Pop Center, about the recent piece in the New York Times on the increase in deaths among middle-aged white Americans.

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!

Lisa Berkman’s expertise on aging takes center stage as we prepare to live longer & our population grows

Berkman_Lisa_254_OFFICIAL_300x220Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman’s expertise on aging societies and healthy aging is being called on as we prepare to live longer and grow our population to 9 billion. In the piece “Can You Get Smarter?” in today’s New York Times, Lisa comments on the impact of social networks on cognitive decline; today’s Harvard Gazette headline directs readers to the piece entitled “The Aging Game” in Harvard Public Health magazine that features extensive commentary by Lisa; and she will be a featured speaker at Harvard University’s inaugural, university-wide TEDx event entitled “9 Billion: Surviving & Thriving in 2050” on November 7.

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.