COVID-19 pandemic illuminates need to tackle obesity
People with obesity who catch COVID-19 are more likely to be admitted to the hospital and to die from the disease than those at lower weights, evidence suggests.
Harvard Chan experts featured in year’s top stories in Harvard Magazine, Harvard Gazette
Experts from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health were featured in some of the top stories of 2020 in both Harvard Magazine and the Harvard Gazette.
In liver, a stressed cell can be bad news for its neighbors
Findings provide new insights into obesity, diabetes, and fatty liver disease For immediate release: December 18, 2020 Boston, MA – A key protein in the communication channels between cells can allow a stress response in one liver cell…
Exploring the connection between U.S. diet and COVID-19 outcomes
Are Americans’ poor eating habits—which contribute to obesity—partly to blame for the country’s high rates of deaths from COVID-19?
Advertising by chain restaurants linked to adult weight gain in low-income areas
Unhealthy food and beverage marketing by chain restaurants is associated with modest weight gain among adults living in low-income U.S. counties.
Viewpoint: Unhealthy food sold in the U.S. should carry clear warning labels
Food products sold in the U.S. that contain high levels of unhealthy nutrients should be marked with prominent warning labels on the front of the product packaging, according to an October 1, 2020 JAMA Viewpoint article. The article…
Pregnant women, babies at risk from everyday chemicals
Evidence suggests that per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), a family of industrial chemicals used in a wide range of everyday products, may harm pregnant mothers and their babies.
Warning labels on sugary drinks impact sales, consumer behavior
Adding warning labels to sugary beverages such as soda and sports drinks led to a drop in sales of such beverages and strengthened perceptions among consumers that sugary drinks contribute to disease, according to new research from Harvard…
Off the cuff—Lipids and Aging: Mapping the Next Frontier
If you look at the big noncommunicable diseases of aging that the Harvard Chan School is concerned about, lipid metabolism is critical in every case.
Q&A: The fits and starts of science
January 21, 2020—It’s been a busy year for Robert Farese, Jr. In January 2019, Farese was appointed chair of the Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases—now known as the Department of Molecular Metabolism—and he continues to co-run a…