Topic: Epidemiology

COPD heightens deadly lung cancer risk in smokers

For immediate release: September 25, 2015 Boston, MA ─ Smokers who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) may face nearly twice the risk of getting small cell lung cancer (SCLC)—the deadliest form of lung cancer—than smokers who don’t have COPD, according to…

A call to action on food systems and climate change

September 30, 2015 — Researchers and policy makers must take steps to address air pollution, climate change, and other environmental issues related to crop and livestock production that, left unchanged, could one day severely impact the world’s food supply and human health,…

Drink up: Health benefits of coffee are numerous

Your morning cup of coffee provides more than a jolt of caffeine—it can also have significant health benefits. A September 28, 2015 Harvard Gazette article highlighted several studies by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers illustrating the positive effects of…

Smoking linked with higher risk of type 2 diabetes

For immediate release: September 17, 2015 Boston, MA ─ Current smokers and people regularly exposed to second-hand smoke have a significantly increased risk for type 2 diabetes compared with people who have never smoked, according to a new meta-analysis conducted by researchers from…

Childhood abuse linked to sleep disturbances in pregnancy

A history of childhood abuse is associated with increased odds of stress-related sleep disturbances for women during pregnancy, according to researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and colleagues. The study is believed to be the first to associate abuse…

Fish oil supplements may not improve memory

For brain health, it’s better to eat a nutritious diet and be physically active than to take omega-3 fatty acid supplements or fish oil pills, Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said in…

Is it okay to eat fish every day?

Government dietary guidelines recommend that people eat fish twice a week. And we know that fish are full of omega-3 fatty acids—which can benefit both heart and brain. But is it safe to eat fish every day? “For most individuals it’s fine…

Breakfast and heart disease risk

  July 2013 -- A new study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers Leah Cahill and Eric Rimm finds that skipping breakfast led to a 27% increase in coronary heart disease risk among men. (Conversations on Public Health podcast…