Topic: environmental health

New molecule links asthma, cancer

A newly discovered molecule may play a role in controlling both asthma-induced airway muscle thickening and tumor growth—and manipulating it may lead to new asthma and cancer drugs, according to a new study led by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health…

Rising CO2 poses significant threat to human nutrition

For immediate release: May 7, 2014 Boston, MA — At the elevated levels of atmospheric CO2 anticipated by around 2050, crops that provide a large share of the global population with most of their dietary zinc and iron will have significantly reduced…

Affordable cancer treatments are few, lack research funding

Research is lacking on potential low-cost cancer treatments because the drugs involved won’t provide big profits for pharmaceutical companies, according to an April 23, 2014 ProPublica article. The article describes the experience of Michael Retsky of Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), who…

Improving the pollution-mortality link

Harvard, MIT researchers show the need for an improved approach to measuring pollution’s effects on human health For immediate release: Thursday, April 17, 2014 Boston, MA – As the nation celebrates the 45th Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, researchers from…

Deadly environments

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] On a October afternoon in 1948, daylight barely trickled into the storefronts of Donora, Pennsylvania. Stagnant weather had trapped a noxious black cloud of emissions from nearby steel and zinc plants above the town, nestled in a valley…

Federal regulations on chemicals in environment need overhaul

Federal policies regulating the sea of industrial chemicals we encounter in everyday life—and new ones being formulated in laboratories—are “broken” and in need of urgent overhaul to better protect our brains from harmful toxins, a Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researcher…

Harvard professor wins ‘Nobel Prize of water’

For immediate release: Friday, March 21, 2014 Cambridge, MA – A Harvard professor who has made a career of tackling water insecurity challenges around the world will receive the Stockholm Water Prize, known informally as the "Nobel Prize of water." John Briscoe,…