Topic: behavioral sciences

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Binge drinking

[Winter 2009] Harvard College Alcohol Study calls for changes at U.S. Schools Fed up with their inability to deter underage students from binge drinking on campus, 120 U.S. college presidents proposed this past summer to open up a national debate about the…

Happiness & health

[ Winter 2011] The biology of emotion—and what it may teach us about helping people to live longer Could a sunny outlook mean fewer colds and less heart disease? Do hope and curiosity somehow protect against hypertension, diabetes, and respiratory tract infections? Do…

Spring 2013 Frontlines

[ Spring 2013 ] Quick updates about the latest public health news from across the School and beyond. HSPH cracks secrets of the malaria parasite HSPH researchers, led by Manoj Duraisingh, HSPH associate professor of immunology and infectious diseases, have discovered the…

Accentuating the positive

[ Spring/Summer 2012 ] It’s an all too common scene: A girl looks at a photo in a fashion magazine and compares the model’s thin, airbrushed figure to her own rounder shape. She tells her friend, “I am so fat. I hate…

Women, welfare & human rights

[ Spring/Summer 2010 ] HSPH student examines government policies and social forces that affect the sexual and reproductive health of women. Should poor women on welfare have additional babies while receiving cash assistance? In the wake of welfare reform in 1996, some U.S. policymakers…

Can neighborhoods hurt our health?

[ Spring/Summer 2011 ] A single mother living in public housing may want to feed her children healthy food, but if the nearest affordable grocery store is a crowded bus ride or expensive taxi trip away, that goal may feel unattainable. At…

Champion social and economic equality

If you want to narrow health inequities, be bold. The most practical action you can take is not narrow incrementalism, but to spark wide-reaching initiatives to reduce U.S. socioeconomic, racial/ethnic, and gender inequalities while also promoting public health. The evidence is in:…

Encourage investments in long-term health

The health of the nation depends on more than ensuring health insurance coverage for all. According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates, only about 10 percent of premature mortality in America can be traced to inadequate health care coverage.…

Navigating health on the information superhighway

[Fall 2009] Researcher removes roadblocks for people with limited income and literacy With debate over unequal access to health care raging in the U.S., one place where the racial and economic divide in health is greatest is getting scant attention: the Internet.…