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Making Boston streets safer for bicyclists

More than painted bike lanes are needed to keep bicyclists safe on Boston’s busy streets, a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researcher said September 14, 2015 at a Boston City Council public hearing on how to make roads safer for…

Living more safely with guns

There are ways to bring together both sides of the nation’s gun debate to address the public health threat of firearm violence in the United States, which claims an estimated 33,000 lives annually and puts the nation at the top of the…

Antidepressants may cause bone fractures in women

Women who take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Celexa, Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft to treat menopausal symptoms are up to 76% more likely to break a bone, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.…

Mass public shootings increasing in U.S.

June 19, 2015 — On June 17, nine people were killed when Dylann Roof allegedly opened fire in Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. David Hemenway, director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center, weighed in on…

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…

Robotic driving systems need regulation

With automobile manufacturers racing to bring self-driving vehicles to the marketplace, policy makers need to get up to speed and start examining the issues surrounding the transition, according to Jay A. Winsten, associate dean of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health,…

Doctors fight gun ‘gag laws’

Doctors across the country are taking action against ‘gag laws’ that would prevent then from asking patients if they have guns in their homes. One such law, passed in Florida in 2011, is currently being fought in the courts by a coalition…

Ramping up efforts against deadly distracted driving

Texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving are responsible for more than 1 million crashes, 400,000 injuries, and 3,000 deaths in the U.S. each year—and those numbers are likely to increase with the proliferation of in-car infotainment systems. Given the…