Harvard Yerby Fellow Mariana Arcaya, ScD, is the focus of this HSPH The Big 3 news feature which asks the lead author of a recent article relating to Hurricane Katrina survivors three key questions about her research.
Harvard RWJF Health & Society Alumna Christina Roberto, PhD, was recently awarded The Obesity Society’s (TOS) 2014 Early-Career Research Grant. Currently an Assistant Professor of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, Roberto was honored with the grant during Obesity Week, the annual scientific and educational conference for obesity professionals which took place in Boston during the week of November 2-7, 2014. “The award from TOS,” commented Roberto, “will enable us to evaluate how a policy to limit sugary drink container size influences consumers’ perceptions and eating behaviors during a restaurant meal. The goal of this work is to provide timely and valuable data to both scientists and policymakers.”
PGDA 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.
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.
Recent 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.
A 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.
Harvard 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.
According to a study co-authored by Harvard Pop Center affiliated faculty members Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD, and Laura Kubzansky, PhD, Harvard RWJF HSS Alumna Amy Non, PhD, and colleagues, prenatal social adversity was associated with a 3-fold risk for elevated levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) in adulthood, which indicates high risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).