Topic: cancer

Cancer patients at increased risk for suicide, cardiac deaths

Patients diagnosed with cancer have an increased risk of suicide and death from heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular (CVD) event within weeks of diagnosis, according to a new study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and a group of international…

Non-communicable diseases threaten health of India’s population

As India makes development progress, it also faces a growing threat from non-communicable diseases (NCDs)—cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes, and mental health conditions. These NCDs—which many people don’t even realize they have—add to India’s already substantial health burden from infectious…

Health risks from estrogen pills fade after women stop taking them

A new study co-authored by JoAnn Manson, professor in the department of epidemiology at HSPH and chief, division of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, found that for menopausal women who have had hysterectomies, the risks of stroke and other health…

Franziska Michor honored at second annual Alice Hamilton lecture

May 11, 2012 Franziska Michor, associate professor of computational biology, received Harvard School of Public Health’s second annual Alice Hamilton Award on April 11, 2012 in recognition of her pathbreaking work applying evolutionary theory to cancer. The award, sponsored by the School’s…

New research explores role of genetics in smoking and lung cancer

May 15, 2012 In 2008, three different studies found that certain genetic variants associated with nicotine dependence and smoking were also associated with lung cancer. The findings raised a question: Were the variants linked with lung cancer only through their association with…

Expert panel releases report on environmental links to breast cancer

While a yearlong study of potential environmental causes of breast cancer in women failed to pinpoint links with any chemicals, pesticides, or consumer products, that doesn’t mean these chemicals are safe, according to David Hunter, dean for academic affairs and professor of…

HSPH researchers identify key mechanism in cellular growth process

March 13, 2013 — A new study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers is the first to identify the primary mechanism controlling a metabolic process essential for cell growth and proliferation. This pathway is centered around the mTOR protein, which…