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To help kids get more sleep & feel better rested, researchers suggest limiting access to screens (small & big) in bedrooms

gortmakerSteven Gortmaker, PhD, and Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH, have published a study in Pediatrics that found that kids who slept in rooms that had devices with electronic screens (smartphones, TV, etc.)  slept for shorter durations and were more likely to report that they received insufficient rest.

To better understand impact of context on health, exploring multiple contexts simultaneously might help

Tracy RichmondIn a study published in Health & Place, co-authors Harvard Pop Center affiliated faculty members Tracy Richmond, MD, and SV Subramanian (Subu), PhD, examined the effect of neighborhood and schools  on smoking behavior in adolescents. The contexts were examined one at a time, as well as simultaneously, and the results suggest that cross-classified multilevel modeling (CCMM) — evaluating multiple contexts simultaneously– may lead to more accurate results.

Gita Sen on sexual and reproductive health and rights in context of health care reform

sen.headshotHarvard Pop Center affiliated faculty member Gita Sen, PhD, is lead author on a paper published in Global Public Health that explores sexual and reproductive health and rights in light of health systems reform and universal health coverage/care.

Papachristos suggests ways to curb gun violence “epidemic” in Chicago in Huffington Post

papachristos.resized Former Harvard RWJF Scholar Andrew Papachristos, PhD was lead author in a study in Social Science & Medicine that is highlighted in this Huffington Post article. Papachristos compares the majority of nonfatal gun violence in Chicago to a blood-borne pathogen transmitted within networks for specific reasons.

Report suggests that health disparities should be part of retirement age debate

montezHarvard RWJF Alum Jennifer Karas Montez, PhD, has co-authored a Brief Report in the Journals of Gerontology: Series B that examines the self-reported health of individuals ages 40-70 and their education levels. The findings suggest that age alone is not necessarily enough to consider when debating retirement age.

Does income level have impact on one’s response to calorie menu labeling?

Block_Jason_better qualityrobertoHarvard Pop Center affiliated faculty member Jason Block, MD, MPH, and former Harvard RWJF scholar Christina Roberto, PhD, have published a Reply in JAMA in response to a letter that raises the issue of calorie labeling across socioeconomic backgrounds. The letter was in response to their September 3 Viewpoint entitled “Potential Benefits of Calorie Labeling in Restaurants.”

For unemployed men, the more generous the unemployment benefits, the better their health

glymourHarvard Pop Center faculty member M. Maria Glymour, PhD, and former Bell Fellow Mauricio Avendano Pabon, PhD, are co-authors on a paper published in the American Journal of Public Health that explores the relationship between unemployment benefits and the self-reported health of the unemployed.

Differences in high school quality may impact racial & socioeconomic inequalities more than previously thought

jennings_headshotHarvard RWJF Alum Jennifer Jennings, PhD, has co-authored a study that looks at more than just test scores to evaluate the role that high schools play in explaining socioeconomic and racial inequalities in educational outcomes, such as college attendance. The study is published in Sociology of Education.