Topic: heart disease

Shrinking the effects of the obesity epidemic

[ Winter 2011] If we can’t stop Americans from getting heavier, can we at least develop drugs that prevent them from getting sick with obesity-related diseases? The research career of Gökhan Hotamisligil, chair of the Harvard School of Public Health Department of Genetics and…

Forging new pathways in cardiovascular disease

Hearts too good to die: Remembering how the defibrillator was invented In the 1950s, cardiac death was the leading cause of fatality in the U.S., claiming 500,000 victims annually. The problem was ignored, largely because it happened outside hospitals and was deemed…

Secrets of sound health

[ Winter 2014 ] Growing up, Francesca Dominici lived about a mile from Ciampino Airport, the second busiest in Rome. As she remembers it, the greatest nuisance from the roar of aircraft over her home was that she couldn’t hear her friends…

Winter 2014 Frontlines

[ Winter 2014 ] Quick updates about the latest public health news from across the School and beyond. The end of trans fats? A proposal issued in November 2013 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), if finalized, would eliminate trans fat from…

Men with prostate cancer more likely to die from other causes

Study Suggests Prostate Cancer Management Should Emphasize Healthy Lifestyle Changes Boston, MA – Men diagnosed with prostate cancer are less likely to die from the disease than from largely preventable conditions such as heart disease, according to a new study from Harvard…

Foods identified as ‘whole grain’ not always healthy

New Standard Needed to Help Consumers, Organizations Choose Foods Rich in Whole Grains For immediate release: Thursday, January 10, 2013 Boston, MA – Current standards for classifying foods as “whole grain” are inconsistent and, in some cases, misleading, according to a new…

Eating nuts may lengthen lives

Eating a small handful of unsalted nuts seven or more times a week may reduce risk of death by 20%, according to a new study co-authored by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers. Even just a once-weekly serving of nuts reduced…