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Cutting children’s screen time

Parents who want to cut the amount of time their children spend in front of screens—from televisions, computers, smartphones, and video games—should start by setting reasonable limits on those devices. That’s the advice from Steven Gortmaker, professor of the practice of health sociology…

School smoking bans reduce teen smoking

An international study of junior high- and high school-aged students who attended schools where smoking was banned were less likely to smoke than those where smoking was permitted, according to a study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public…

Harvard Public Health Magazine Extra: Social Capital & Health

April 2014 - Roseto, Pennsylvania was settled by Italian immigrants who were found to have astonishingly low rates of heart disease in the 1950s. Ichiro Kawachi, chair of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, explains…

Transgender youth at risk for depression, suicide

Transgender youth are more at risk for mental illness, including depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and attempts, and self-harm than their non-transgender peers, according to a new study led by Sari L. Reisner, research scientist at The Fenway Institute and postdoctoral research fellow…

PTSD doubles diabetes risk in women

For immediate release: January 7, 2015 Boston, MA — Women with post-traumatic stress disorder are nearly twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared with women who don’t have PTSD, according to researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the…

Vaccinating Children

[FORUM VIDEO]: This Forum event examined the drivers of public perceptions of vaccinations, the threats that vaccine-preventable illnesses pose, and the steps to be taken to restore trust in one of pu

A survivor's empathy

[ Fall 2014 ] HSPH alumna's immigrant journey inspires career transforming teens' health. Angela Diaz, MPH '02, knows what it's like to overcome nearly impossible odds—and to pay forward the hard lessons she learned along the way. She spent her childhood in extreme…

Do women talk more than men?

Research could lead to better picture of patients facing mood disorders July 23, 2014 — It’s a common stereotype that women talk more than men. But a new study suggests that context is the key to whether or not that is actually…

Living Longer and Happier Lives

[FORUM VIDEO] This Forum event explored the latest science in nutrition, exercise, cognition and social connectedness to promote healthy and happy aging.

Delaying Pregnancy and Parenthood

[FORUM VIDEO] This Forum examined the societal factors driving delayed pregnancy, delve into the health risks to older mothers and their babies, and explore both the risks and the benefits to older pa