Epi in the News…
Spring and Summer 2014
- The Importance of “Big Data”; Nathan Eagle, adjunct assistant professor in Epi, works on engineering computational tools to explore how data can be used for positive social impact. Read the full article from Harvard News here.
- “Sugar, Salt, and Supplements: Sorting the Science” – Epi faculty members discuss the public health implications of food-product label changes recently announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at a HSPH Forum panel discussion.
- Several members of the department co-authored one of the American Journal of Epidemiology 2013 Articles of the Year, “Incidence of Adult-onset Asthma After Hypothetical Interventions on Body Mass Index and Physical Activity: An Application of the Parametric G-Formula”. The paper’s first author is Judith Garcia-Aymerich, who was a visiting scientist in the department when this paper was written. Co-authors include Raphaëlle Varraso, Goodarz Danaei, Carlos A. Camargo, Jr. and Miguel A. Hernan.
- Epi in Space- An exciting new study led by NASA’s Human Research Program and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute will fund several investigations into the molecular, physiological and psychological effects of spaceflight in an effort to better understand the health impacts of human space exploration. Identical twins Scott and Mark Kelly, both veteran astronauts, will be the focus of this study. Scott Kelly will live aboard the International Space Station for one year while his twin brother, Mark Kelly, remains on Earth as a control. PI Immaculata De Vivo and lab manager Pati Soule are collaborating with researchers at Colorado State University to analyze the effect of spaceflight on telomeres. Telomeres are stretches of DNA found at the end of chromosomes; they shorten over time as cells divide and are associated with aging, cancer, and a higher risk of death. The project, “Differential effects on telomeres and telomerase in twin astronauts associated with spaceflight” will study astronaut Scott Kelly’s telomeres during his year in space and compare them to his twin. The researchers are excited to be a part of this first-of-its-kind investigation.
- “Anger can break your heart” – People who have angry outbursts appear to be at increased risk of heart attack or stroke, especially within the first two hours of an outburst, according to a study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and New York-Presbyterian Hospital researchers including lead author Elizabeth Mostofsky as well as Epi professor, Murray Mittleman . Those with cardiovascular disease (CVD) are at particular risk.
- New school meal standards significantly improve fruit and vegetable consumption- New federal standards launched in 2012 that require schools to offer healthier meals have led to increased fruit and vegetable consumption, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers. The study, the first to examine school food consumption both before and after the standards went into effect, contradicts criticisms that the new standards have increased food waste. HSPH authors included Eric Rimm, senior author and associate professor in the departments of Epidemiology and Nutrition, and Paul Catalano, senior lecturer on biostatistics.
- Nathan Eagle, adjunct assistant professor in Epi, works on engineering computational tools to explore how data can be used for positive social impact. Read the article “Why Big Data is a Big Deal” for the full news story.
- Battling drug-resistant “superbugs”: Watch the FORUM at HSPH from Wednesday, February 5th . The fascinating discussion included Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the CCDD, Marc Lipsitch.
- Study finds Mediterranean diet reduces heart disease risk – coverage of New England Journal of Medicine article in the New York Times featuring HSPH’s Walter Willet on February 28, 2013
- Task force finds no need for healthy women to take daily Vitamin D, calcium – coverage in Annuals of Internal Medicine of findings by the United States Preventive Services Task Force on February 26, 2013, quoting HSPH’s Walter Willett
- Does being overweight really reduce mortality? – coverage of HSPH panel discussing recent Journal of the American Medical Association article, led by Walter Willet on February 20, 2013.
- HSPH researchers support petition calling for limits on added sugars in beverages – coverage in the LA Times and Boston Globe, February 14, 2013, of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) petition to the FDA quoting HSPH’s Walter Willett
- Carotenoids may delay or prevent onset of Lou Gehrig’s disease – coverage in CBS News, January 31, 2013, of a study led by Kathryn Fitzgerald, SM ’11, a doctoral student in epidemiology and nutrition at HSPH, with lead author Alberto Ascherio, HSPH professor of epidemiology and nutrition.
- As work on lethal bird flu research resumes, debate continues – coverage in New York Times, January 31, 2013 and webcast featuring HSPH Professor of Epidemiology Marc Lipsitch
- Obesity studies generate debate on impact of weight, sugar on health – coverage in British Medical Journal, January 18, 2013, of the debate on whether excessive sugar intake, obesity, higher risk of chronic diseases are linked, with comments by HSPH’s Walter Willet
- Berries may lower women’s heart attack risk – coverage in Circulation of joint HSPH – University of East Anglia heart disease study with HSPH’s Eric Rimm on January 15, 2013
- HSPH experts help U.S. News rank top diets – U.S. News & World Report article featuring 22 experts, including HSPH’s JoAnn Manson, on January 11, 2013
- Does a little excess weight help you live longer? – coverage of reaction to Journal of the American Medical Association article on NPR on January 2, 2013 with HSPH’s Walter Willet
- Younger students more likely than older peers to be prescribed ADHD medications – coverage in The Boston Globe with HSPH’s Sonia Hernández-Diaz on November 23, 2012
- Can soda with fiber fight fat? – Time.com article featuring HSPH’s Walter Willet on November 15, 2012
- Interventions recommended to promote healthy behaviors among HIV-infected youth – coverage of the Clinical Infectious Diseases article with HSPH research scientist Katherine Tassiopoulos and HSPH’s George Seage on November 7, 2012
- Fish oil doesn’t prevent irregular heartbeat in cardiac surgery patients – US News & World Report coverage of HSPH’s Dariush Mozaffarian’s study on November 5, 2012
- Lupus may be linked to serious pregnancy complication – coverage of HSPH research fellow Kristin Palmsten’s study on November 2, 2012 in US News & World Report
- Black women with breast cancer more likely to die within 3 years of diagnosis – coverage on CBS News on October 31, 2012 of HSPH research fellow Erica Warner’s research
- Too much dairy, carbs might harm men’s sperm – coverage in US News & World Report featuring HSPH’s Jorge Chavarro on October 26, 2012
- Study results linking diet soda to cancer fall into the ‘gray zone’ of science – NPR story on October 25, 2012 featuring HSPH’s Walter Willett
- Aspirin may lengthen life for colorectal cancer patients with certain gene mutation – coverage in HealthDay of HSPH’s Shuji Ojino’s study published on October 24, 2012
- When embargoes hamper scientific communication – coverage on Medpage Today on October 9, 2012 with HSPH’s Frank Hu
- Debate heats up about contentious bird flu research – coverage on NPR featuring HSPH’s Marc Lipsitch on October 9, 2012
- Tomatoes may help reduce stroke risk – coverage in CNN Health on October 8, 2012 with HSPH’s Walter Willett