Recent Highlights

Chemicals in hair products, making rent as a grad student, and more: A conversation with Dr. Tamarra James-Todd (April 2021)

Our Center’s Organic Chemicals Research Core Director Tamarra James-Todd, Mark and Catherine Winkler Assistant Professor of Environmental Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, discussed her background and research in an April 1, 2021, Q&A on the Environmental Health Defense Fund Health blog.
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Harvard Chan School study shows negative impacts of burning natural gas and biomass have surpassed coal generation in many states (May 2021)

New inventory of air pollution impacts from stationary sources over past decade shows trend may continue

A new study finds that burning natural gas, biomass, and wood now have more negative health impacts than burning coal in many states, and is a trend that may continue. The study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health published in Environmental Research Letters is the first to provide an inventory of the health impacts of each type of fuel burned at stationary sources from 2008-2017, based on available data.

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Center’s Mid-Career Principal Investigator Jin-Ah Park helps investigate cellular host factors required for SARS-CoV-2 infection (Nov 2020)

The paper, titled “In well-differentiated primary human bronchial epithelial cells, TGF-β1 and TGF-β2 induce expression of furin,” was recently published by the American Journal of Physiology-Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology.
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Center Member Nancy Krieger Leads Geocoding COVID-19 and Inequities Analyses (2020)

Center Member Nancy Krieger and colleagues are utilizing their Public Health Disparities Geocoding Project to “document inequities in the population distribution of COVID-19.” They make methods, data, & code freely available for analyses.
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Vaping-Induced Acute Lung Injury (Mar 2020)

Read David Christiani’s editorial (+audio interview) in The New England Journal of Medicine on the epidemic of vaping by young people and related severe lung injuries.
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Professional Sports and Health (July 2019)

Center Director Marc Weisskopf led a new research comparing the health of athletes in the National Football League and Major League Baseball. The study looked at 6,000 athletes between the years of 1979 and 2013. During that period, there were 517 deaths among NFL players and 431 deaths among MLB players, translating into a 26% higher mortality rate among football players compared with baseball players. The findings showed that while NFL players died of neurodegenerative diseases at a higher rate than MLB players, both groups of athletes were more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than brain diseases.
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Study finds hair-straightening products contain potentially harmful chemicals

Many of the hair relaxing and straightening products primarily used by black women and children contain hormone-disrupting chemicals associated with early puberty, preterm birth, and reproductive diseases, according to a recent study published in Environmental ResearchTamarra James-Todd, Mark and Catherine Winkler Assistant Professor of Environmental Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who previously studied the potential health risks of chemicals in hair products, shared product information with the researchers.
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Major Harvard Chan studies concur: Air pollution boosts U.S. death rates

Twenty-five years ago, the Harvard Six Cities Study drew a strong link between exposure to fine particulate air pollution and increased risk of early death in six U.S. cities. Last year, another Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health study using new technologies and innovations in statistical analysis drew the same main conclusion.
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