STD-related health losses higher among American women than men, study finds
Three sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs)—chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis—cause major health losses in the U.S., and much more so for women than for men, according to a new study led by Harvard Chan School.
Protecting against ‘forever chemicals’
The U.S. Environmental Protectional Agency has proposed strict new limits on six types of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water. Public health experts are positive about the move but say that, ultimately, all types of these…
Sexual fluidity common among American young adults
Sexual fluidity—changes in sexual attraction and orientation—is common among American young adults, according to a new study.
Apple Women’s Health Study advances understanding of menstrual cycles and health
Researchers with the Apple Women’s Health Study have been shedding light on topics such as pregnancy attempts during the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of COVID-19 vaccination on menstrual cycles. Their work will continue, thanks to three years…
Exposure to hormone-disrupting chemical mixtures common among office workers
Office workers in the U.S., the U.K., China, and India were exposed to complex mixtures of chemicals that can disrupt hormonal functions, according to a study that analyzed chemical traces picked up by silicone wristbands worn by the…
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.
When beauty causes harm
A new podcast called Beauty + Justice looks at the history and context surrounding beauty injustices, the potential impacts on health—from asthma to early menstruation to breast cancer—and the sometimes painful emotional toll of trying to attain a…
Toxic environment harming sperm counts
Sperm counts among men around the world are plummeting due to toxins in the environment, according to Harvard Chan School’s Carmen Messerlian.
Epidemiologist Tamarra James-Todd receives Alice Hamilton Award
Tamarra James-Todd, the Mark and Catherine Winkler Associate Professor of Environmental Reproductive Epidemiology, received the 2022 Alice Hamilton Award for her leadership in the area of environmental exposure and women’s health.
Better Off Podcast: Is clean beauty for real?
It seems like every brand of makeup, fragrance, and hair care wants consumers to believe that their products are safe, natural, and clean. Is this all just greenwashing? The beauty industry is remarkably unregulated – and women, particularly…