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Better communication, less violence

May 1, 2015 -- Steven Hafner is constantly asking the question “why?” And at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health he’s directing that question to the issue of violence against Native American women. “They experience high, high rates of violence, whether…

Screening tool helps identify sexually exploited children

It can be challenging for health care providers to identify young victims of sexual trafficking due to its hidden nature, poor understanding by law enforcement and other service providers, and psychological factors experienced by victims. But a new study co-authored by two…

Scientists agree: Guns don’t make society safer

Scientists who conduct research on gun violence overwhelmingly agree that firearms make society more dangerous, according to a recent poll conducted by David Hemenway of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Hemenway, an expert on the public health impact of gun…

The draw of ISIS for Western youth

A desire for a new identity and a taste for excitement and violence are among the factors that are attracting a growing number of educated teens and young adults from middle-class backgrounds in the U.S., Canada, and Europe to join the so-called…

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…

Nations need to open borders to Syrian refugees

More nations need to open their doors to Syrian refugees, according to three researchers at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public in a letter to the editor published in the…

Parenting skills training on Thai-Burmese border

A research project conducted among migrant and displaced Burmese families on the Thai-Burmese border found that, even in adverse situations, brief interventions can improve parenting practices, caregiver-child relationships, and family functioning, and can reduce child behavior problems. The study also found that…

Cutting crime in a cocaine capital

The city of Cali, Colombia—considered the hub of the world’s cocaine industry in the 1980s—is now a safer, better place to live, even as drug gangs continue to war with each other, thanks to the efforts of Rodrigo Guerrero, a Harvard School…

Helping doctors talk to patients about guns

Doctors don’t have good ways to talk to their patients about guns—and that’s why an upcoming conference aimed at helping them do so is important, according to David Hemenway, director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. Hemenway was quoted in an…