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A baby box aims to save infant and maternal lives

September 14, 2015 -- Under a new student-led nonprofit aimed at reducing infant and maternal mortality in South Asia, expectant mothers would receive a free box full of newborn essentials like baby clothes, diapers, and wipes, as well as health-related items such as a…

Exposure to pesticides in childhood linked to cancer

Young children who are exposed to insecticides inside their homes may be slightly more at risk for developing leukemia or lymphoma during childhood, according to a meta-analysis by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers. The article was published online September…

Short lunch periods in schools linked with less healthy eating

For immediate release: September 11, 2015 Boston, MA ─ Students with less than 20 minutes to eat school lunches consume significantly less of their entrées, milk, and vegetables than those who aren’t as rushed, according to a new study from Harvard T.H.…

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…