Topic: epidemiology

FDA axes trans fats

Partially hydrogenated oils — the primary source of artificial trans fats in processed foods — are no longer “generally recognized as safe” for use in human food, according to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration decision announced June 16, 2015. Companies will…

Improved safeguards needed at biosafety labs

More needs to be done to improve safety and public accountability at the nation’s high-containment biosafety laboratories that work with deadly viruses and bacteria, according to Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard…

Tackling malaria using the art of deception

May 27, 2015 — Francisco Cai could have parlayed his Stanford computer science degrees into opportunities developing a smartphone app or increasing a website’s ad revenues. Instead, he sought out a way to use his formidable coding skills to tackle problems affecting…

Overweight teens may have increased risk for colorectal cancer

Teenagers who are significantly overweight appear to have twice the risk of developing colorectal cancer in middle-age compared with teens of normal weight, according to a study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers. Elizabeth Kantor, lead author and…

Using genomics to shed light on malaria transmission

May 13, 2015 -- To fight malaria, it’s crucial to assess the effectiveness of interventions against the mosquito-borne disease. But when malaria transmission declines, traditional methods for estimating transmission—based on mosquito sampling—become difficult. Now, a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School…

A link between paid maternity leave and mental health

May 13, 2015 — Paid maternity leave following the birth of a first child appears to have positive benefits on women’s mental health later in life, according to a study published May 2015 in Social Science & Medicine of European women co-authored…