Topic: chronic disease

Cost of hormone-disrupting chemical exposure in Europe in billions

March 10, 2015 — Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC) is estimated to cost the European Union more than €150 billion ($209 billion) a year in health care expenses and lost earning potential, according to studies by a team of 18 international researchers,…

Retooling primary care to tackle chronic diseases

February 13, 2015 — Primary care can be redesigned to combat the burgeoning global epidemic of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in developing countries by promoting healthy lifestyles, preventing disease complications, and other strategies, according to an article by Margaret Kruk, associate professor of…

Cystic fibrosis and arsenic poisoning linked to same damaged protein

A new Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health co-authored study provides further evidence linking both arsenic poisoning and the chronic respiratory disease cystic fibrosis (CF) to damage in the CFTR protein. An examination of arsenic-exposed patients in Bangladesh found that they…

Gawande discusses end-of-life care on Frontline

Doctors who ask patients nearing the end of life about their goals and priorities can help shape decisions about the individual’s end-of-life care and help the person and their families come to terms with their questions and fears, according to Atul Gawande,…

A bold pathway in life—and biology

[ Winter 2015 ] Anthony Covarrubias, PhD ’15, grew up in a working-class neighborhood in South Los Angeles. While celebrities in sports cars whizzed to the beach just a few miles away, Covarrubias’s neighbors waited in long lines at the local health…

More whole grains linked with lower mortality

For immediate release: January 5, 2015 Boston, MA -- Eating more whole grains is associated with up to 15% lower mortality—particularly cardiovascular disease (CVD)-related mortality, according to a large new long-term study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study also found that bran,…