Topic: North America

The science behind the new dietary guidelines report

February 27, 2015 -- What should we eat to be healthy—and to stay that way? More fruits and vegetables. Less red and processed meat. Whole grains instead of refined. Nonfat dairy foods, legumes, nuts, and seafood. Fewer foods with added sugars or…

Will arming women on campuses make them safer? No, says expert

Ten states are currently considering measures that would allow people to carry firearms on college campuses. And some lawmakers say that arming students could help make women safer by preventing rapes. But all evidence points to the contrary, according to an expert…

NCAA highlights teaching case on eating disorders among college athletes

A new teaching case developed by the STRIPED program (Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders) at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health exploring issues around eating disorders among college athletes was chosen by the NCAA Sport Science Institute as part of…

Surgical complications are top reason for hospital readmissions

Problems related to surgery—mostly from surgical wound infections—are the most common reason that people wind up readmitted to the hospital, according to a new study. Patient safety expert Lucian Leape says such complications are a significant problem that causes much pain and…

Howard Koh honored for tobacco and drug prevention efforts

Howard Koh, professor of the practice of public health leadership at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, received a 2015 National Leadership Award from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) on February 5, 2015. Presented during CADA’s 25th Annual National…

Stephen Gilman appointed to head NICHD branch

Stephen Gilman, associate professor of social and behavioral sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, was appointed acting chief of the Health Behavior Branch (HBB) of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Gilman, SM…

Sugary drinks linked with earlier menstruation

Young girls who drink lots of sugary beverages—such as soda and other drinks with added sugar—may start their first menstrual periods earlier than girls who consume fewer such drinks, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.…

A bold pathway in life—and biology

[ Winter 2015 ] Anthony Covarrubias, PhD ’15, grew up in a working-class neighborhood in South Los Angeles. While celebrities in sports cars whizzed to the beach just a few miles away, Covarrubias’s neighbors waited in long lines at the local health…

The ACA and jobs

February 2014 – Katherine Baicker, professor of health economics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, talks about the potential effects of the Affordable Care Act on employment. (Conversations in Public Health, 5:01) Please click the play icon above to play…