Topic: chronic disease

Firefighters’ workplace cancer risk explored

Researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute are taking a new approach to studying cancer risk among firefighters. They have partnered with the Boston Fire Department to conduct a novel exposure assessment of cancer risk factors…

The impact of climate change on health

Heat-related illness and death, increases in infectious diseases, injuries and deaths after violent storms—these are some of the serious potential human health impacts of climate change discussed at a recent Climate & Health Meeting. The one-day meeting drew more than 300 attendees…

Tracing the relationship between metabolism and immune response

The delicate balance between our metabolism and our body’s immune response has critical implications for a range of chronic noncommunicable diseases, including obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. In a new review paper, published February 9, 2017, in the journal Nature, Gökhan S.…

Many electronic recycling companies put workers, environment at risk

Companies need to better protect workers and the environment from exposure to heavy metals and toxic chemicals generated during the recycling of electronics such as computers, printers, TVs, cameras, and batteries, according to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers. “This…

Three faculty honored for cardiovascular research

Two Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health faculty members recently received Senior Science Awards from the International Aspirin Foundation. Nancy Cook and Julie Buring, professors in the Department of Epidemiology, were honored on September 30, 2016 along with Michael Gaziano, who…