Follow-up: Results of first round of COVID-19 survey released

Professors David Bloom and David Canning, along with Rashmi Dayalu (all associated with the Program on Global Demography of Aging (PGDA) at Harvard, and Boston University Assistant Professor Mahesh Karra, have released the results of the first round of their survey focused on social distancing behavior and COVID-19 symptoms. Are older people practicing social distancing … Continue reading “Follow-up: Results of first round of COVID-19 survey released”

Professors Bloom and Canning pen op-ed proposing a scientific, cost-effective way to get needed data on COVID-19 infection rate

In today’s Boston Globe, David Bloom and David Canning, both Harvard Pop Center faculty members, call for conducting COVID-19 tests on a representative sample of the population, leveraging already collected data from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, along with additional information currently being culled by the COVID-19 Symptoms & Social Distancing Web Survey … Continue reading “Professors Bloom and Canning pen op-ed proposing a scientific, cost-effective way to get needed data on COVID-19 infection rate”

PGDA joins fight against COVID-19 with symptoms and social distancing web survey

Professors David Bloom and David Canning, along with Rashmi Dayalu (all associated with the Program on Global Demography of Aging (PGDA) at Harvard, and Boston University Assistant Professor Mahesh Karra, have created a 5-minute survey that can be taken by U.S. residents age 18 and over to help gather information on COVID-19 symptoms and social … Continue reading “PGDA joins fight against COVID-19 with symptoms and social distancing web survey”

Exposure to air pollution in utero linked to child stunting in Bangladesh

Harvard Pop Center faculty member David Canning is co-author of a study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health that reveals that children who were exposed to fine particulate ambient air pollution in utero in Bangladesh—a densely populated country that recently ranked last on air quality—were significantly more likely to suffer … Continue reading “Exposure to air pollution in utero linked to child stunting in Bangladesh”

In South Africa, $5 food voucher linked to increase in HIV testing rate

A study by former Harvard fellow Mark McGovern, PhD, along with faculty members David Canning, PhD, and Till Bärnighausen, PhD, and colleagues, has found that efforts to scale up HIV testing through home-based testing are supported by offering a $5 dollar (US) food voucher to residents in South Africa.

Children living even slightly further from health facilities at increased risk of death in 21 LMICs

A study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology by Harvard Pop Center faculty member Gunther Fink, PhD, and Center Associate Director David Canning, PhD, reveals that even small increases in the distance between children’s homes and the health facilities that serve them increases their mortality risk.    

Berkman, Canning and Pop Center faculty featured in cover story on “Silver Tsunami”

Harvard Public Health, The Magazine of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is out with its Fall issue featuring a cover story entitled The Aging Game, Perils and Promises of a Graying Society. The Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, along with Associate Director David Canning, and faculty members David Bloom and Ichiro … Continue reading “Berkman, Canning and Pop Center faculty featured in cover story on “Silver Tsunami””

Access to healthcare and financial risk protection for older adults in Mexico

David Canning and Michael Reich recently co-authored a study in BMJ analyzing the effects of Social Security and Seguro Popular health insurances in Mexico. Previous studies have documented the benefits of these insurances as compared to no insurance, but how do they compare to each other?

Nearly half of children in Tanzania whose mother died during or near birth don’t survive past 10th birthday

Harvard Pop Center Research Core Director Jocelyn Finlay, PhD, is lead author on a study published in Maternal and Child Health Journal that reveals a much higher mortality rate for those children who lost their mother during or shortly after birth, suggesting that improving health care of mothers, particularly while pregnant and during birth, will … Continue reading “Nearly half of children in Tanzania whose mother died during or near birth don’t survive past 10th birthday”

How does female literacy, under-5 mortality rate, and poverty level influence declining fertility rates in India?

Harvard Pop Center researchers, including visiting scientist Sanjay K. Mohanty, PhD, faculty member Gunther Fink, PhD, and associate director David Canning, PhD, have produced a PGDA working paper that explores the distal determinants of fertility decline across 640 Indian districts.