Topic: North America

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…

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…

Study finds inadequate hydration among U.S. children

Findings could have implications for children’s health, well-being For immediate release: Thursday, June 11 Boston, MA – More than half of all children and adolescents in the U.S. are not getting enough hydration—probably because they’re not drinking enough water—a situation that could have…

Strengthened laws could help curb distracted driving

State and local laws can help reduce drivers’ use of handheld devices, according to a June 4, 2015 op-ed in the Boston Globe by Jay Winsten, Frank Stanton Director of the Center for Health Communication and associate dean for health communication at Harvard T.H.…

Identifying individuals by their microbial ‘companions’

Eric Franzosa, research fellow in the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, spoke on the public radio program Science Friday on May 15, 2015, about new findings that the microbial communities we carry in and on our…

Building safety into construction sites

May 8, 2015 — Emily Sparer may be the first Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health student to have construction workers cheering her on at her dissertation defense. Sparer, who is graduating in May with a ScD in occupational safety and…