Social Demography Seminar with Ichiro Kawachi

Ichiro Kawachi, MBChB, PhD, John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Social Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will present “Ten years on: Residential displacement and health outcomes following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.” Please REGISTER.

When is the best time to prevent early childhood obesity?

Harvard Pop Center faculty members Tracy Richmond, Mauricio Avendano, and Ichiro Kawachi, along with their colleague Inyang A. Isong, have published a study that takes a longitudinal look at the weight and growth status of kindergarten-aged children from various racial/ethnic backgrounds. Photo: Courtesy of Penn State on Flickr

Affirmative action bans linked to increased smoking among minority students in their teens (and beyond)

Affirmative action bans may do more damage to minority students than just negatively impact their educational and socioeconomic opportunities; a study has linked these bans with an increase in health risk behaviors, such as smoking, among those in the 11th and 12th grade. Authors include Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholars program alumni Rourke O’Brien … Continue reading “Affirmative action bans linked to increased smoking among minority students in their teens (and beyond)”

Parenting style carries weight when it comes to offspring’s mid-life BMI

A study published in Preventive Medicine has found that an authoritative parenting style (one that blends both warmth and control) is associated with healthier mid-life weight among offspring. Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, and faculty members Ichiro Kawachi and Laura Kubzansky, are among the authors*. *Other authors include: lead author Ying Chen and Claudia … Continue reading “Parenting style carries weight when it comes to offspring’s mid-life BMI”

Middle and high school racial composition linked to misuse of non-medical prescription painkillers later in life

A study by Harvard Pop Center director Lisa Berkman, faculty members Ichiro Kawachi and Mauricio Avendano, and colleagues has revealed that both white and black students who attended majority-white schools were at higher risk of lifetime, non-medical use of prescription painkillers. Blacks who attended predominantly white schools were twice as likely to report misuse compared … Continue reading “Middle and high school racial composition linked to misuse of non-medical prescription painkillers later in life”

Eminent social scientists explore RCTs & evidence-based policy in special issue of research journal

In a special issue of the journal Social Science & Medicine, 26 social scientists comment on the usefulness of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) when it comes to evaluating health interventions. This interdisciplinary discussion—inspired by an article by Angus Deaton and Nancy Cartwright— includes articles by Harvard Pop Center faculty members, including Ichiro Kawachi, and  S V Subramanian (who, … Continue reading “Eminent social scientists explore RCTs & evidence-based policy in special issue of research journal”

Self-perceived obesity/weight linked to increased cardiometabolic risks

A study by three faculty members—S. Bryn Austin, SV Subramanian, and Ichiro Kawachi—and their colleague found that Koreans who merely perceived themselves to be overweight or obese faced increased cardiometabolic risks, such as high blood pressure and elevated triglycerides.

Long-term effects on sleep of older natural disaster victims

Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD, and Orfeu Buxton, PhD, are authors on a study that evaluated the sleep of those aged 65 and older who were impacted by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Two and a half years after the event, those who experienced material loss, such as financial and home, were still at … Continue reading “Long-term effects on sleep of older natural disaster victims”