This op-ed in the Toronto Star penned by former Harvard Bell Fellow Fahad Razak, MD, and contributor Lisa Berkman, PhD, explores the concept that what is viewed as extreme within a population may shed light on the average. Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash
Race and socioeconomic status may play role in millions not having access to newly recommended treatment guidelines for cardiovascular disease
New expanded guidelines released by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) include recommendations for statins for more people, many of those who are less likely to have access to these very treatments. Lead author and former Harvard Bell Fellow Fahad Razak, MD, did the research for this study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes while he was a visiting scientist at the Harvard Pop Center, along with co-author and…
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Steps South Asians can take to lower their increased risk for diabetes and heart attacks
Fahad Razak, MD, shares insights into ways that South Asians can lower their elevated risks for diabetes and heart attacks in this article in Health & Wellness section of the Toronto Star. Fahad is a visiting scientist at the Harvard Pop Center and a former Bell Fellow.
Despite economic progress, millions of women in low- and middle-income countries still severely undernourished
Harvard Pop Center faculty and researchers, including Fahad Razak, MD, former Bell Fellow and current visiting scientist, as well as former Bell Fellow Daniel Corsi, PhD, Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, PhD, and faculty member SV Subramanian (Subu), PhD, are among the authors of a novel study published in JAMA on severe, chronic, adult undernutrition. The study provides the first global estimate of severe undernutrition (defined by body mass index…
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South Asian migrants to high-income nations at increased risk for coronary artery disease (CAD), a deeper look
Harvard Pop Center Bell Fellow Fahad Razak, MD, is an author on a paper published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology that reviews the current literature on the status of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in South Asian migrants to high-income nations.
More to obesity than BMI; a cluster analysis exploring subgroups
Harvard Pop Center Bell Fellow Fahad Razak, MD, and Pop Center Executive Committee Member S V Subramanian, PhD, have co-authored a study published in the Journal of Public Health that clusters the obese into subgroups, such as heavy drinking males, and affluent and happy elderly, to better understand and formulate strategies to target obese individuals.
Are socioeconomic & demographic factors driving inequalities in BMI at the population level? Maybe not.
Harvard Bell Fellow Fahad Razak, MD, Pop Center faculty member S V Subramanian (Subu), PhD, and Pop Center doctoral student Aditi Krishna are authors of a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that explores population-level changes in the BMI distribution over time, looking carefully at inequalities in weight gain between groups vs. within groups (interindividual). The findings suggest that future research should focus on understanding factors driving inequalities…
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HCPDS Researchers Challenge Findings of Study on SES and Hypertension in LMICs
Razak and Subramanian challenge some conclusions relating to association between SES and hypertension in LMICs in this Commentary.
The Complexities of Assessing Health Impacts of Urbanicity in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa: A Pop Center Perspective
Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, PhD, and Bell Fellow Fahad Razak, MD have published a Perspective in PLoS Medicine in response to a study titled Urbanicity and Lifestyle Risk Factors for Cardiometabolic Diseases in Rural Uganda: A Cross-Sectional Study.
Bell Fellow Fahad Razak co-authors article in JAMA that examines how physicians can better assist patients with decision making
Pop Center Bell Fellow Fahad Razak has co-authored an article in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that explores the importance of integrating some behavioral science into medical training to allow physicians to better assist patients with medical decision making. This article focuses on the prospect theory, a framework to understand how choices are made, to help gain insight into how patients make choices in the face of uncertainty…
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