Topic: environmental health

John Briscoe offers bold, unorthodox ideas for managing scarce water

[Fall 2009] What do people in developing nations understand about water that people in wealthy nations do not? "They understand the absence of it," says John Briscoe, newly appointed Professor of the Practice of Environmental Health at HSPH.  If it doesn't rain, women who haul…

Secrets of sound health

[ Winter 2014 ] Growing up, Francesca Dominici lived about a mile from Ciampino Airport, the second busiest in Rome. As she remembers it, the greatest nuisance from the roar of aircraft over her home was that she couldn’t hear her friends…

Growing number of chemicals linked with brain disorders in children

For immediate release: Friday, February 14, 2014 Boston, MA – Toxic chemicals may be triggering the recent increases in neurodevelopmental disabilities among children—such as autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and dyslexia—according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and…

Use of common pesticide linked to bee colony collapse

For immediate release: Thursday, April 5, 2012 Boston, MA – The likely culprit in sharp worldwide declines in honeybee colonies since 2006 is imidacloprid, one of the most widely used pesticides, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health…

A burning passion

[ Winter 2014 ] When Catlin Powers first stepped into a nomadic family’s canvas tent in the Chinese Himalayas, she was overpowered by the smell of burning yak dung, the traditional source of fuel. She almost choked on the thick yellow smoke that spewed…

Our world our challenge

March 2009 -- Explore HSPH's contribution to environmental health science -- from protecting workers from toxic exposures to investigating the subtler health impacts of air pollution -- through interviews and footage of faculty and students in the Department of Environmental Health. Segments…

Why Public Health? Peter James

April 2011 -- In our new series "Why Public Health?" we ask Harvard School of Public Health students to talk about why they chose to enter the field. Above, Peter James, a doctoral student of Environmental Health and Epidemiology, hopes to use his research to…

Pesticides tied to ADHD in children

July 2010 -- Marc Weisskopf, Mark and Catherine Winkler Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology, discusses a study that finds children exposed to higher levels of pesticides known as organophosphates could have a higher risk of being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity…

Aircraft noise linked with heart problems

For immediate release: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 Boston, MA — Older people exposed to aircraft noise, especially at high levels, may face increased risk of being hospitalized for cardiovascular disease, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)…