Relieving persistent depression may help to prevent a stroke

While persistent depression is associated with increased risk of stroke, the findings of a study by Pop Center faculty members Laura Kubzansky, Ichiro Kawachi and Maria Glymour, and colleagues, suggest that this elevated risk can be eliminated if depressive symptoms are reduced. Photo: Timothy Krause on Flickr

Borrowing marketing tactics of Big Food industry to cultivate healthier habits

In this news piece on (Western Australia), Harvard Pop Center faculty member Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD, shares his views on how the field of public health could perhaps more effectively influence people to develop healthier eating habits by leveraging techniques, such as nudging and framing, successfully used to market junk food. Photo: Kate Dollarhyde on Flickr

Is there a link between rotating night shift work and coronary heart disease in women? A deeper look…

Harvard Pop Center faculty member Ichiro Kawachi, MD, and colleagues examined the data collected from nearly 190,000 women nurses followed over a 24-year period, expanding the outcomes and measures to include more than just heart attacks and death by CHD. Their findings are published in JAMA. Photo: Diabetes Care on Flickr

Pop Center faculty share insights into U.S. health inequalities in Harvard Gazette’s series on inequality

Pop Center faculty members Amitabh Chandra, PhD, Ashish Jha, MD, Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD, Joshua Salomon, PhD, SV Subramanian, PhD, and David Williams, PhD, are among the Harvard scholars cited on health inequalities in this Harvard Gazette article, the fourth in a series on what Harvard scholars are doing to address inequality in the United States. The piece was covered in this issue of U.S. News and World Report.

Novel study shows link between economic opportunity and health, health behaviors and mortality

Three Harvard Pop Center faculty members are authors of a novel study published in the American Journal of Public Health that shows a link between economic opportunity – as measured by income differences between generations – and health behaviors (such as smoking and obesity), overall health and mortality. Learn more about the findings of this national study by Atheendar Venkataramani, MD, Ichiro Kawachi, MD, and Alexander Tsai, MD, in this piece…

Novel use of genetic variants may shed light on link between education level & dementia in older age

A study published in the journal Annals of Epidemiology by Harvard Pop Center affiliated researchers including Ichiro Kawachi, Sze Yan Liu, and Maria Glymour introduces the use of genetic variants as instruments to help identify the causal effect of educational attainment on dementia risk. The study, based on instrumental variable (IV) analyses, suggests education is protective against risk of dementia in older adulthood. Photo credit: dcJohn

Harvard Pop Center faculty among top 25 most productive researchers of health inequalities

Ichiro Kawachi, SV Subramanian (Subu), Nancy Krieger, and David R. Williams are among the top 25 most productive researchers in the field of health inequalities, according to a study published in the journal Social Science & Medicine. The four Harvard Pop Center faculty members have published 462 studies, in total, on health inequalities between 1966 – 2014. In addition, the study ranked Social Science & Medicine, with co-editors-in-chief Kawachi and…

Seeds for new book on behavioral economics planted at Pop Center

Congratulations to Pop Center faculty member Ichiro Kawachi and former Harvard RWJF Health & Society program scholar Christina Roberto on the publication of their book Behavioral Economics and Public Health. This is the first book to apply the groundbreaking insights of behavioral economics to the persisting problems of health behaviors and behavior change. Seed funding to plan the book was provided by the Pop Center in 2014.