Black Americans, low-income Americans may benefit most from stronger policies on air pollution
Stronger regulations lowering levels of fine particulate air pollutants (PM2.5) would benefit the health of all Americans, but Black Americans and low-income Americans would likely reap the most benefits, including a lower risk of premature death, according to…
Air pollution exposure may increase risk of depression in elderly people
Long-term exposure to air pollution may lead to higher risk of depression later in life, according to a new study led by Harvard Chan School.
The dangers of heat during pregnancy
Stefania Papatheodorou, lecturer in epidemiology, discusses the implications of a new study that linked higher temperatures with impaired fetal growth, and how pregnant people can protect themselves during days of extreme heat.
Time spent in nature may reduce hospitalization risk for neurodegenerative diseases
Living near green spaces, parks, or bodies of water may help protect older adults from first-time hospitalizations for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, according to a large new study led by Harvard Chan School.
A push to remove gas stoves from public housing
Environmental advocates are pushing for the removal of gas stoves—which emit harmful pollutants that may lead to adverse health effects—from federally funded housing.
Better Off Podcast: Is cooking with natural gas unhealthy?
40 million American homes cook their meals with natural gas. But most people don’t think of the little blue flame on their gas range as the end of a very long natural gas pipeline. New research shows that…
Climate change–driven health threats continue—as does fossil fuel use
Climate change continues to pose dire threats to people’s health and health care systems around the world, according to a new report in The Lancet.
Alzheimer's disease causes, treatments examined at JBL Symposium
Experts discussed some of the latest research on Alzheimer’s causes and potential treatments at the the 25th annual John B. Little Symposium.
Radioactivity in air pollution linked with cardiovascular harms
Radioactivity in fine particulate air pollution may be harming people’s cardiovascular health, according to a new study.
Wildfire smoke may be leading cause of air quality decline
The number of people experiencing an “extreme smoke day”—a day with unhealthy air quality because of dangerous smoke—has jumped 27-fold over the past decade, according to a new study.