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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.

Smokers who received proactive support to help quit smoking had higher quit rate

williamsHarvard Pop Center affiliated faculty member David R. Williams, PhD, is co-author on a study published in JAMA that explores the effectiveness of an intervention designed to assist smokers of low socioeconomic status quit smoking by offering them telephone-based motivational counseling, free nicotine replacement therapy, and other services.

Employees with financial incentives more likely to participate in wellness programs

blockIn this The St. Louis American article, Harvard Pop Center affiliated faculty member Jason Block, MD, MPH,  comments on his new research that shows that a financial incentive can drastically increase employee participation in a health coach program, a wellness initiative that involves one-on-one phone calls with a personal health coach.

Study finds poverty & social isolation put older men at increased risk for higher resting heart rate, a known risk factor for CVD

McCrory_CathalVisiting Scientist Cathal McCrory, PhD, is lead author on a paper published in The Journals of Gerontology: Series B that examines the impact of poverty and psychosocial factors, such as social connectedness and loneliness, on resting heart rate (RHR) in older adults.

Increases in U.S. diurnal temperature associated with increased mortality, especially in elderly

Reid_ColleenHarvard RWJF Scholar Colleen Reid, PhD, has co-authored a study published in International Journal of Biometeorology that explores  the association between diurnal temperature range (DTR) and mortality in 95 large U.S. communities. While much research has focused on Asia, Reid’s study examines the U.S., and shows a statistically significant association between DTR and mortality, driven mainly by effects of DTR on cardiovascular and respiratory mortality in the elderly.