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A few simple precautions can help fight the common cold

Whether riding the subway or sitting in a meeting at work, if someone nearby sneezes, coughs, or sniffles, it’s a good idea afterwards to wash your hands with soap and water to remove dirt and bacteria or use a generous amount of…

Green public housing may reduce health risks from environmental pollutants

For immediate release: October 15, 2015 Boston, MA ─ Low-income housing residents who live in “green” buildings that are built with eco-friendly materials and energy-efficient features appear to have fewer “sick building” symptoms (SBS) than residents of traditionally constructed low-income housing, according…

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…

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…

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…