Topic: environmental health

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…

New findings on mercury contamination and seafood

Mercury released into the air and then deposited into oceans is increasingly contaminating seafood commonly eaten by people in the United States and globally, report scientists from Dartmouth College, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), and colleagues from other institutions in new…

Toxic chemicals used to build older Mass. schools

A Massachusetts elementary school closed earlier this month to remove caulk containing PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, but the potentially harmful chemicals are likely present in hundreds of other public buildings in the state. PCBs were added to commercial-grade caulking between 1950 and…

Improved sanitation vital to safe drinking water

September 10, 2013 – To help ensure clean drinking water for future generations, it is important to understand the links between clean water and sanitation. Antiquated sanitation systems must be replaced in many parts of the world, particularly in developing nations. That…

Emissions from traffic congestion may shorten lives

Air pollution from traffic congestion in 83 of the nation’s largest urban areas contributes to more than 2,200 premature deaths annually, costing the health system at least $18 billion, according to a study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers featured…

HSPH to launch second public health course on edX

January 2, 2013 -- Harvard School of Public Health’s new online course, “Health in Numbers: Quantitative Methods in Clinical and Public Health Research,” an introduction to biostatistics and epidemiology, has drawn 53,857 students from all over the world. The three-month course, which…