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COPD heightens deadly lung cancer risk in smokers

For immediate release: September 25, 2015 Boston, MA ─ Smokers who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) may face nearly twice the risk of getting small cell lung cancer (SCLC)—the deadliest form of lung cancer—than smokers who don’t have COPD, according to…

Smoking linked with higher risk of type 2 diabetes

For immediate release: September 17, 2015 Boston, MA ─ Current smokers and people regularly exposed to second-hand smoke have a significantly increased risk for type 2 diabetes compared with people who have never smoked, according to a new meta-analysis conducted by researchers from…

Reducing teen smoking in Chile

A national tobacco prevention campaign launched in 2006 in Chile that banned smoking at high schools and sale of tobacco near school grounds helped dramatically reduce smoking among adolescents, and was particularly effective in discouraging young teens from starting to smoke, according…

Long-term depression may double stroke risk for middle-aged adults

Study finds stroke risk remains elevated even after depressive symptoms improve For immediate release: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Boston, MA ─ Adults over 50 who have persistent symptoms of depression may have twice the risk of stroke as those who do not, according…

Working long hours linked to heavier drinking

Working long hours appears to drive people to drink more alcohol, according to an international study published January 13, 2015 in the journal BMJ (British Medical Journal). Scientists studied data on more than 430,000 people in 14 countries. Workers who clocked more…

Friends, family can influence your weight—for good or bad

Efforts to lose weight and lead a healthy lifestyle can be influenced positively—or negatively—by people closest to you, including your friends, family, spouse, and co-workers, according to Walter Willett, Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and chair of the Department…

Off the cuff: The $1.50 difference

[ Spring 2014 ] Dariush Mozzafarian, Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology In a recent study, you found that the cost per person of a healthy diet was $1.50 more per day— $550 more per year—than the cost of an unhealthy diet. What…