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Breastfeeding may expose infants to toxic chemicals

For immediate release: August 20, 2015 Boston, MA ─ A widely used class of industrial chemicals linked with cancer and interference with immune function—perfluorinated alkylate substances, or PFASs—appears to build up in infants by 20%–30% for each month they’re breastfed, according to…

A picture of health

[Spring 2015] Alumna’s instructional videos transform frontline health care globally In rural South Sudan, the population barely tops four people per square mile. Vehicles are a rarity. And when night falls, a limitless silence descends. Despite this isolation, Deborah Van Dyke, MPH…

Reducing teen smoking in Chile

A national tobacco prevention campaign launched in 2006 in Chile that banned smoking at high schools and sale of tobacco near school grounds helped dramatically reduce smoking among adolescents, and was particularly effective in discouraging young teens from starting to smoke, according…

New standards push Massachusetts toward healthier school foods

New Massachusetts standards that ban the sale of unhealthy snacks and beverages—the kind often sold in vending machines—appear to be working, according to a new study co-authored by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Along with colleagues from at…

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…

Off the Cuff: Making the case for childhood immunization

[Spring 2015] Kasisomayajula “Vish” Viswanath, professor of health communication, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences Q: There has been an uptick of measles, whooping cough, and other infections in the United States. Many of these infections, which are routinely prevented by childhood…

Treating depression, anxiety in child soldiers pays off long-term

A study of former child soldiers and other youth impacted by the civil war in Sierra Leone shows that treating the youngsters’ depression and anxiety can have long-lasting payoffs. “We were surprised to see the large role that targeting symptoms of hopelessness…

Proven strategies to tame the childhood obesity epidemic

New findings by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers and colleagues have identified strategies that are effective in helping keep kids’ weight down and that get a significant bang for the health care buck. The five-year collaborative Childhood Obesity Intervention…

Study finds inadequate hydration among U.S. children

Findings could have implications for children’s health, well-being For immediate release: Thursday, June 11 Boston, MA – More than half of all children and adolescents in the U.S. are not getting enough hydration—probably because they’re not drinking enough water—a situation that could have…