Topic: epidemiology

Can brown rice slow the spread of type 2 diabetes?

January 3, 2012 The worldwide spike in type 2 diabetes in recent decades has paralleled a shift in diets away from staple foods rich in whole grains to highly refined carbohydrates, such as white rice and refined flours. Now, a group of…

Most cancers strike men, but reasons are enigmatic

February 9, 2012 -- It is well known that most cancers strike men more often than women. In many cases these differences can be explained by known risk factors such as smoking, drinking, or occupational hazards. But more than one-third of the cancers…

Drinking coffee may decrease depression risk in women

A new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers found that, among women, drinking coffee may reduce the risk of depression. The researchers, led by Michel Lucas, research fellow in nutrition, found the risk of depression to be 20%…

Why epidemiologists should get involved with policy

May 13, 2013 -- In 1854, in the midst of a cholera epidemic in Soho, London, English doctor John Snow drew up a map that showed a cluster of cholera cases surrounding a water pump on Broad Street. The pump was removed,…

Recent bereavement greatly increases heart attack risk

A new study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers and their colleagues finds that the death of a loved one greatly increases the risk of having a heart attack. Researchers found that bereaved individuals were 21 times more likely to have…

Nutrition news: Factors linked to long-term weight gain

Foods are not created equal when it comes to what foods are likely to pack on pounds over time, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers report. In a study published June 23, 2011, in the New England Journal of Medicine looking…

Speaker says epidemiology got its start centuries ago

September 24, 2012 -- Can an academic discipline have an exact birthday? Alfredo Morabia thinks so, and he believes that epidemiology’s 350th birthday is 2012—because 1662 is the year that an Englishman named John Graunt compiled, for the first time ever, 50 years’ worth…