Increased risk of migraine headache linked to some PTSD symptoms following a natural disaster

Those suffering from certain symptoms of PTSD (particularly intrusion, which is the inability to keep memories of the event from returning) following a natural disaster face an increased risk for migraine headaches. Harvard Pop Center Visiting Scientist Mariana Arcaya, ScD, is lead author on the paper published in Health Psychology.  Other authors include Pop Center faculty … Continue reading “Increased risk of migraine headache linked to some PTSD symptoms following a natural disaster”

Does socioeconomic status matter more to Santa than whether you’ve been “naughty” or “nice”?

Harvard Pop Center faculty member S (“Subu”) V Subramanian, PhD, is author on a paper in the Christmas edition of The BMJ that explores which factors influence a visit from Santa Claus in pediatric wards in hospitals on Christmas Day. Learn more in this news post from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. … Continue reading “Does socioeconomic status matter more to Santa than whether you’ve been “naughty” or “nice”?”

Maternal health literacy linked to child nutrition in India

According to a study published in The Journal of Nutrition, Harvard Pop Center faculty member SV Subramanian, PhD, and colleagues have found that children in India with mothers who were better able to understand, assess and apply maternal health-related information from health promotional materials were half as likely to suffer from several different forms of … Continue reading “Maternal health literacy linked to child nutrition in India”

Are those Americans living longer also living healthier?

It is commonly thought that those who live the longest typically experience a condensed period of illness (compression of morbidity) as opposed to many years of chronic illness. However, a recent study published in Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health by former Harvard Pop Center Bell Fellow Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez, PhD, and faculty member SV Subramanian, … Continue reading “Are those Americans living longer also living healthier?”

Birth weight is a larger contributor to height than the socio-economic conditions in which a child grows up

Former Pop Center student Aditi Krishna is lead author on a new study in Economics & Human Biology that examines the role of birth weight in childrens’ height; Lisa Berkman, Gunther Fink, and SV Subramanian are co-authors. The study shows that prenatal conditions, reflected in birth weight, are more important in setting height trajectories in comparison to postnatal factors, which … Continue reading “Birth weight is a larger contributor to height than the socio-economic conditions in which a child grows up”

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 … Continue reading “Pop Center faculty share insights into U.S. health inequalities in Harvard Gazette’s series on inequality”

Children’s health problems prevent families from moving out of high- to low-poverty neighborhoods

Harvard Pop Center researchers, including visiting scientist and former fellow Mariana Arcaya and faculty members SV Subramanian, and Mary C. Waters are authors on a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology that found that when families were given an option to move out of a high-poverty neighborhood and move to a low-poverty neighborhood, … Continue reading “Children’s health problems prevent families from moving out of high- to low-poverty neighborhoods”

By honing in on top 5 risk factors for child undernutrition in India, findings could lead to more effective interventions

Harvard Pop Center affiliated researchers including recent Bell Fellow Daniel Corsi, PhD,  research associate Iván Mejía-Guevara, PhD,  and faculty and executive committee member SV Subramanian (Subu), PhD, have published a study in Social Science & Medicine that has evaluated the contribution of 15 common risk factors for chronic child undernutrition in India. The findings point … Continue reading “By honing in on top 5 risk factors for child undernutrition in India, findings could lead to more effective interventions”

Eliminating ‘food deserts’ not a panacea for improving diet quality & reducing disparities

Harvard Pop Center faculty members Jason Block, MD, and SV Subramanian (Subu), PhD, have co-authored a paper published in PLOS Medicine that suggests that when it comes reducing dietary disparities and improving dietary quality in the U.S. there are more effective strategies than increasing access to healthy foods (eliminating ‘food deserts’). Learn more in this … Continue reading “Eliminating ‘food deserts’ not a panacea for improving diet quality & reducing disparities”

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. … Continue reading “Despite economic progress, millions of women in low- and middle-income countries still severely undernourished”