How much does age contribute to the wide variation in COVID-19 case fatality rates across nine countries?

Recent Bell Fellow Nikkil Sudharsanan, PhD, and Harvard Pop Center faculty member Till Bärnighausen, MD, PhD, ScD and their colleagues have published a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine that finds… “Selective testing and identifying of older cases considerably warps estimates of the lethality of COVID-19 within populations and comparisons across countries.” The findings … Continue reading “How much does age contribute to the wide variation in COVID-19 case fatality rates across nine countries?”

Community-based screening may help to raise awareness and control hypertension among aging adults in China

Recent Harvard Bell Fellow Nikkil Sudharsanan, along with faculty member Till Bärnighausen and their colleagues, have published a study that shows an association between the intervention and lower systolic blood pressure in an adult population in which nearly half (many, unknowingly) are at risk for hypertension, a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

Study projections indicate that middle-income countries will need to significantly expand health care services to keep up with aging population

Recent Harvard Bell Fellow Nikkil Sudharsanan, PhD, and a colleague have authored a paper published in the journal Hypertension that estimates that by 2050 demographic changes alone will increase the number of adults in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa who will be in need of hypertension care by 319.7 million.  

Controlling blood pressure at the population level is associated with large life expectancy gains in Indonesia

Harvard Bell Fellow Nikkil Sudharsanan, PhD, has authored a paper published in the International Journal of Epidemiology that reveals that population policies to control systolic blood pressure in Indonesia could result in large (5-6 year) gains in adult life expectancy for men and women across the entire wealth distribution of the country. Given that hypertension … Continue reading “Controlling blood pressure at the population level is associated with large life expectancy gains in Indonesia”

Sudharsanan and Bloom share insights into demography of aging in LMICs in new guidebook

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has produced a guide (based on papers that were presented at a public workshop in 2017) to demography of aging research trends and future directions. Harvard Bell Fellow Nikkil Sudharsanan, PhD, and faculty member David E. Bloom, PhD, have contributed a chapter that more closely examines the … Continue reading “Sudharsanan and Bloom share insights into demography of aging in LMICs in new guidebook”