News and Announcements

Nearly half of children in Tanzania whose mother died during or near birth don’t survive past 10th birthday

finlay_headshotHarvard Pop Center Research Core Director Jocelyn Finlay, PhD, is lead author on a study published in Maternal and Child Health Journal that reveals a much higher mortality rate for those children who lost their mother during or shortly after birth, suggesting that improving health care of mothers, particularly while pregnant and during birth, will help to save children’s lives. Harvard Pop Center Associate Director David Canning, PhD, is also an author on the study.

More years of secondary schooling, particularly for women, reduces HIV risk in Botswana

Fink_SubuA study published in the Lancet Global Health authored by Harvard Pop Center faculty members Gunther Fink, PhD, and S “Subu” V Subramanian, PhD, and colleagues, suggests that secondary schooling could be a cost-effective HIV prevention measure in HIV-endemic settings. Read more in this Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health press release.

Higher emotional vitality associated with lower risk of stroke

KubzanskyHarvard Pop Center faculty member Laura Kubzansky, PhD, and Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars program alumna Rebecca Thurston, PhD, are authors on a paper in Health Psychology that expands on the research linking positive psychological health with lower risk for heart disease to explore the impact of emotional vitality on risk of stroke.

Are block parties associated with higher social capital, better health?

Photo of Ichiro KawachiHarvard Pop Center faculty members Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD,
S V Subramanian, PhD, and David R. Williams, PhD, are authors on a paper published in Social Science & Medicine that explores the impact of block parties in Black neighborhoods on bonding social capital and self-rated health.

How does female literacy, under-5 mortality rate, and poverty level influence declining fertility rates in India?

Mohanty_Visiting ScientistHarvard Pop Center researchers, including visiting scientist Sanjay K. Mohanty, PhD, faculty member Gunther Fink, PhD, and associate director David Canning, PhD, have produced a PGDA working paper that explores the distal determinants of fertility decline across 640 Indian districts.

More frequent overnight menopausal hot flashes linked with increased brain scan changes

thurstonRebecca Thurston, PhD, Harvard Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar program alumna, is lead author on a study published in Menopause that explores a link between brain health (measured by white matter hyperintensities (WMH)) and menopausal hot flashes. The study has received attention in Neurosciencenews.com, Sleep Review, MedicalXpress, University Herald, and HealthNewsDigest.com. And this mention in The Wall Street Journal.

In India, is child’s BMI influenced more by mother’s BMI than father’s?

subramania_headshot-for-panelHarvard Pop Center faculty member S V Subramanian (Subu), PhD, and former Harvard Bell Fellow Daniel Corsi, PhD, are co-authors on a paper published in Archives of Disease in Childhood that explores the fetal roots of body mass index (BMI) in India.