Topic: environmental health

Solvent exposure and cognitive function

Exposure to solvents on the job may reduce cognitive skills later in life for those with less than a high school education, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers and their French colleagues report in a new study. Cognitive skills of more…

Landmark air pollution study turns 20

January 7, 2014 — Last month marked the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harvard School of Public Health’s groundbreaking Six Cities study, which—by revealing a strong link between air pollution and mortality risk—paved the way for strengthened U.S. regulations on fine particulate matter.…

Climate change topic of inaugural lecture

Two Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) faculty members were among a dozen speakers from Harvard’s 12 graduate and professional schools who outlined concerns about the effects of climate change--and possible solutions--at the inaugural “One Harvard: Lectures that Last” program. [[David Hemenway]],…

Environmental health news: PCBs in schools

Robert Herrick, senior lecturer on industrial hygiene in HSPH’s Department of Environmental Health, discussed the health risks of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in schools, homes, and other buildings in a Dec. 21, 2010, interview on the Leonard Lopate Show on public radio station…

Infant lungs prone to nanoparticle deposits

April 2, 2012 Findings may have implications for how drugs are delivered to infants A new study led by a Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researcher reveals for the first time how airflow patterns in infant lungs differ from those of adults.…

Greenhouse gases pose threat to public health

November 1, 2011 -- Critics who doubt dire predictions about global warming question how much difference, say, a 2-degree temperature increase could mean to the planet. According to Aaron Bernstein, quite a bit. Bernstein, a doctor at Children’s Hospital, instructor in pediatrics…

Postdocs celebrated at Annual Appreciation Day

September 29, 2011 -- HSPH postdoctoral researchers were honored at a reception on September 22, 2011, in the Kresge Cafeteria for their significant contributions to research at the School. The event, sponsored by the Office of Faculty Affairs and the HSPH Postdoctoral Association (PDA), was held in…