It is well known that adolescent body mass index (BMI) shows school-level
clustering. And now a new study by SV Subramanian and Adam Lippert shows that years after leaving school, respondents’ BMIs are persistently clustered by the school they attended during adolescence. The study was published in Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
David Canning and Michael Reich recently co-authored a study in BMJ analyzing the effects of Social Security and Seguro Popular health insurances in Mexico. Previous studies have documented the benefits of these insurances as compared to no insurance, but how do they compare to each other?
Alexander Tsai and Ichiro Kawachi have just published a paper in JAMA looking at the association between social integration and suicide among women in the United States. Tsai spoke to Reuters Health about this research, pointing out that factors beside mental illness contribute to suicidality in women.
Ann Forsyth was recently lead author on a paper titled “Perceived and Police-Reported Neighborhood Crime: Linkages to Adolescent Activity Behaviors and Weight Status.”
Published in Journal of Adolescent Health, the study addressed the relationships of perceived and objective reports of neighborhood crime to adolescent physical activity, screen media use, and BMI. BMI was positively associated with perceived crime among girls, reported crime in girls, and perceived crime in boys.
Ichiro Kawachi recently published a study in BMC Public Health revealing that higher level of neighborhood social capital was associated with higher probability of participating in the health check phase of a population-based lifestyle intervention, suggesting that activating social relations in the community may be an avenue for boosting participation rates in population-based health checks.
This past May, Nancy Krieger had the honor of giving a commencement address at the University of California-Berkeley School of Public Health. Krieger’s talk reflected on events spanning from 1990 to the present and offered insights on the integral role of health equity in building a just and sustainable world.
Hiram Beltran-Sanchez, PhD, a former Harvard Pop Center Bell Fellow, is lead author on a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that reveals that “excess male mortality” appears to be caused by cardiovascular disease and smoking-related deaths, as opposed to just biological differences between the genders. Learn more about the study in this article in the Los Angeles Times.
Harvard Pop Center faculty member Theresa Betancourt, ScD, is lead author on a study published in Pediatrics that assesses the longer-term impact of mental health interventions on war-affected youth in Sierra Leone. Learn more about the study in this Reuters article.
Recent Harvard Pop Center Fellow Erika Sabbath, ScD, and Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, PhD, are co-authors on a study published in European Journal of Ageing that suggests that disparities in social engagement may become apparent across the retirement transition.
Harvard Pop Center Visiting Scientist Sanjay K. Mohanty, PhD, and faculty member SV Subramanian, PhD, are co-authors on a study published in Social Indicators Research that explores poverty and inequality throughout the regions of India over two decades.