News and Announcements

Social Security assets & solvency overestimated, studies find

kingTwo new studies co-authored by faculty member Gary King, PhD,  find that the Social Security Administration’s forecasts have been  overstating the health of the program since 2000. The studies, one in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, and the other in the journal Political Analysis, have received media attention in Forbes, Harvard Gazette, CNBC, and HNGN, amongst other outlets.

Gay youth bullied more than their peers

schusterHarvard Pop Center faculty member Mark Schuster, MD, PhD, is lead author of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that found that not only did sexual minority kids in tenth grade experience more bullying than their peers, but so did youth in the fifth and seventh grades. The study has received media attention in LGBT Weekly.

Poverty levels in India vary widely by region

Mohanty_Visiting ScientistHarvard Pop Center Visiting Scientist Sanjay Mohanty, PhD, has co-authored a study published in Economics on the regional estimates of multidimensional poverty in India. Findings suggest that about half of India’s population are multidimensional poor (measured in the dimensions of health, knowledge, income, employment and household environment) with large regional variations.

Early childhood environments impact development of children’s stress response system development

McLaughlin_Sheridan for news itemHarvard Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars program alumnae Kate McLaughlin, PhD, and Margaret Sheridan, PhD, have published a study that shows a link between early caregiving environments and how children’s stress response systems develop. The negative effects of early deprivation can be mitigated if environment is improved before the age of two. The results of the study have received attention on ScienceDaily.com.

David Bloom named Andrew Carnegie Fellow

David BloomHarvard Pop Center faculty member and principal investigator of the Program on the Global Demography of Aging (PGDA) David E. Bloom, PhD, was named one of 32 inaugural Andrew Carnegie Fellows. This newly established fellowship supports scholarly work in the areas of social sciences and humanities, and can enable recipients to devote between one to two years to research. Read more in this Harvard Chan School news item and in this article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Living in communities with more bars puts young South African women at increased risk for Herpes Simplex 2

Rosenberg_MollyHarvard Pop Center Bell Fellow Molly Rosenberg, PhD, is lead author of a study published in journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases that examines whether living in communities with more alcohol outlets is associated with increased prevalence of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 (HSV-2) infection among young women living in South African villages. Pop Center faculty members Stephen Tollman, PhD, and Kathleen Kahn, PhD, are also authors on the paper.

Low mortality rate at 24 months postpartum among HIV-infected women in Tanzania given ART during pregnancy

LeynaHarvard Pop Center Spiegelman Fellow Germana Leyna, MD, has co-authored an article published in BioMed Central that examines virologic and immunologic responses, drug resistance and mortality at 24 months postpartum in women in Tanzania who started antiretroviral therapy (ART) for life late in pregnancy. While virologic and immunologic failure was significantly higher among women who reported non-perfect adherence to ART at month 24, the mortality rate was fairly low.

Increased supply of pediatricians leads to better vaccination coverage in Japan

finkHarvard Pop Center faculty members Gunther Fink, PhD, and Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD, are co-authors on a paper published in the Journal of Epidemiology that reveals a positive association between the supply of pediatricians in Japan with vaccination coverage, an indicator of preventive health service utilization.