News and Announcements

Rural South Africa seeing increase in mortality in population aged over 50 due to HIV/TB

Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, PhD, and affiliated researchers Kathleen Kahn, PhD, and Stephen Tollman, PhD, have co-authored a study published in the International Journal of Social Epidemiology that examines the social conditions and disability related to the mortality of older people in rural South Africa.

Study shows link between lack of sleep and increased body fat in children

As reported on the Harvard Medical School’s website, a new study by Pop Center affiliated faculty members Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH and Matthew W. Gillman, MD, SM published in Pediatrics shows a strong link between chronic lack sleep (from infancy through mid-childhood) and increased body fat.

Maybe not everything gets better with time; a first long-term study of lifetime exposure to solvents and cognitive functioning

As reported in Time and Reuters, Harvard Pop Center fellow Erika Sabbath, ScD, and Harvard Pop Center affiliated faculty member Cassandra A. Okechukwu, ScD, have published a study in Neurology that examines the effects of lifetime solvent exposure among retired French utility workers. Those at greatest risk for cognitive deficits had experienced long-term exposure, even though the exposure might have ceased as long as 30 years prior.

Do reintegration programs have a positive impact on mental health of young females who had been abducted?

Harvard Pop Center affiliated faculty member Theresa Betancourt has co-authored a study published in Conflict and Health that examines the impact of reintegration programs on the mental health of formerly abducted young females in Northern Uganda.

Study shows increased cardiometabolic risk for female workers prone to work-related stress who don’t get adequate sleep or exercise

Harvard Pop Center affiliated faculty member Orfeu Buxton served as PI on a recently published paper in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine that investigated the effect of work-related stress, sleep deficiency, and physical activity on 10-year cardiometabolic risk among an all-female worker population.

Good news about children’s cognitive development abilities later in childhood after experiencing early growth delays

Harvard Pop Center affiliated faculty member Gunther Fink has co-authored a paper on childhood growth, schooling and cognitive development that suggests that children who have experienced early growth delays can make up for lost time when it comes to their cognitive development.

No Link Found Between Omega-3 Fatty Acids Intake and Lowered Risk of Suicide

Harvard Pop Center affiliated researchers Ichiro Kawachi, MD, Ph.D., and former RWJF scholar Alexander Tsai, MD, Ph.D., are authors of a large study that examined the link between fatty acid intake and suicide, which sets it apart from the majority of similar studies of its size which focused more on just depression.

Can strong community ties compensate for a lack of more personal relationships as far as your health goes?

Harvard Pop Center-affiliated faculty member SV Subramanian (Subu), Ph.D., is an author on a study “The Influence of Social Capital on Individual Health: Is it the Neighbourhood or the Network?” published in Social Indicators Research.

Following ban of Donald Sterling from the NBA, Harvard sociologist David Williams comments on racial inequalities in The Montreal Gazette

The ban of Donald Sterling from the NBA for racist comments has generated increased conversation about the presence and impact of racism in the U.S.  The Harvard Pop Center’s affiliated faculty member sociologist David Williams is one of several experts who share their insights in this feature in The Montreal Gazette.