Topic: environmental health

Aging light fixtures in New York City schools leaking PCBs

Inspections have revealed that elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, are leaking from aging light fixtures in many New York City public schools. HSPH’s Robert Herrick, senior lecturer on industrial hygiene, spoke to the Wall Street Journal about PCBs and their…

Questioning the safety and necessity of flame retardants

March 23, 2012 Did you know that your couch most likely contains up to a pound of flame retardants? And that these are toxic chemicals that may cause cancer, harm reproduction, or adversely impact brain development? In a March 6, 2012 talk…

Face masks recommended to help prevent flu transmission

March 13, 2013 — During flu season, sufferers are advised to prevent spreading the virus by covering their mouths when coughing or sneezing and by washing their hands. But these methods may not be enough, according to a new study by Harvard…

HSPH awarded $8 million from EPA for air pollution research

The Harvard School of Public Health was awarded an $8 million grant by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to launch one of four new university-based Clean Air Research Centers. Aiming to advance understanding of the effects of exposure to particulate matter,…

Symposium explores cancer stem cells and tumor metabolism

November 16, 2012 -- An emerging area of science is looking at not just how low-dose radiation harms cells, but also how cells respond to deal with this stress—and how science might harness those same mechanisms to benefit human health. On October 26-27,…

Earth week at HSPH: "handprinting," stairwalking, cleaning

April 27, 2012 The Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) community marked Earth Week 2012 with a wide variety of activities, ranging from a talk on “handprinting” (the opposite of “footprinting”) to a neighborhood clean-up. In an April 27, 2012 talk, HSPH…

Solar-powered cooker helps reduce toxic indoor air pollution

August 27, 2013 — While studying climate change in the Himalayas, Catlin Powers, SM’11, a Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) PhD candidate in environmental health, was intrigued when a family asked her why scientists were studying outdoor air pollution instead of indoor…

New computer model system shown effective in toxicology testing

Tests link DDT exposure to asthma, possibly autism A new environmental toxicity study by a Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Danish researcher has found a link between DDT exposure and asthma–and possibly also a link between DDT and autism–using a…