Three Harvard Pop Center faculty members are authors of a novel study published in the American Journal of Public Health that shows a link between economic opportunity – as measured by income differences between generations – and health behaviors (such as smoking and obesity), overall health and mortality. Learn more about the findings of this national study by Atheendar Venkataramani, MD, Ichiro Kawachi, MD, and Alexander Tsai, MD, in this piece on medicalxpress.com.
A study published in the journal Annals of Epidemiology by Harvard Pop Center affiliated researchers including Ichiro Kawachi, Sze Yan Liu, and Maria Glymour introduces the use of genetic variants as instruments to help identify the causal effect of educational attainment on dementia risk. The study, based on instrumental variable (IV) analyses, suggests education is protective against risk of dementia in older adulthood. Photo credit: dcJohn
Ichiro Kawachi, SV Subramanian (Subu), Nancy Krieger, and David R. Williams are among the top 25 most productive researchers in the field of health inequalities, according to a study published in the journal Social Science & Medicine. The four Harvard Pop Center faculty members have published 462 studies, in total, on health inequalities between 1966 – 2014. In addition, the study ranked Social Science & Medicine, with co-editors-in-chief Kawachi and Subramanian, as the most productive journal in the field of health inequalities, accounting for 38% of all publications on the topic. Publications on health inequalities by Kawachi, Krieger and Williams were among the top 25 most cited.
Congratulations to Pop Center faculty member Ichiro Kawachi and former Harvard RWJF Health & Society program scholar Christina Roberto on the publication of their book Behavioral Economics and Public Health. This is the first book to apply the groundbreaking insights of behavioral economics to the persisting problems of health behaviors and behavior change. Seed funding to plan the book was provided by the Pop Center in 2014.
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.
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.
Harvard Pop Center faculty members Laura Kubzansky, PhD, Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD, and M. Maria Glymour, ScD, are co-authors on a ground-breaking study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association that indicates that even when depressive symptoms have subsided, the higher risk of stroke still remains, particularly for women. Learn more in this Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health news brief, in this spot on NPR, and in this newswise.com article.
Harvard 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.