Ensuring kids start life with solid foundations
Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child has illuminated the ways that early influences shape us for life. Now, it’s launching new efforts to give every child a healthy start.
Climate change could be worsening children’s asthma
Climate change poses a risk to current and future generations of children with asthma, according to a new report by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Symposium highlights lesser-known members of the microbiome
Lesser-studied members of the microbiome, including viruses and fungi, were the focus of the fifth annual symposium of the Harvard Chan Microbiome in Public Health Center, held May 15 at Harvard Medical School’s Joseph B. Martin Center.
Regulations reducing lead and copper contamination in drinking water generate $9 billion of health benefits per year, according to new analysis
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Lead and Copper Drinking Water Rule Revision (LCRR) costs $335 million to implement while generating $9 billion in health benefits annually—far exceeding the EPA’s public statements that the LCRR generates $645 million in…
Timing of HIV treatment during pregnancy could affect developmental delays in children
During pregnancy, the timing of when mothers start taking antiretroviral drugs to treat HIV may impact the risk of developmental delays in children, according to a study co-authored by researchers at Harvard Chan School.
To help prevent eating disorders, regulate social media algorithms, expert says
To halt the rise of eating disorders among Americans, experts say policymakers must focus not only on improving treatment quality and accessibility, but also on prevention. One key tactic toward this goal would be to regulate social media,…
Rising dengue cases disproportionately affect children in U.S. territories
In U.S. territories in the Caribbean, cases of dengue are on the rise in children because of inequities in the effects of climate change and the accessibility of vaccines, according to experts.
What’s behind ‘shocking’ U.S. life expectancy decline—and what to do about it
U.S. life expectancy has declined to 76.4 years, the shortest it’s been in nearly two decades, according to December data from the CDC. Two experts from Harvard Chan School—Dean Michelle Williams and Ariadne Labs’ Asaf Bitton—discussed the problem…
Study adds to evidence of ‘dangerous link’ between lead ammunition and child blood lead levels
Ten years’ worth of data from Massachusetts shows that children living in communities with higher rates of firearm licensure are more likely to have elevated blood lead levels, according to a study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School…
Children and their caregivers in ‘low-opportunity neighborhoods’ face increased risk of early death
Children in low-opportunity neighborhoods—where employment options are few, transportation is unreliable, and crime and poverty rates are high—face an increased risk of premature death and of experiencing the premature death of a caregiver, according to a new study…