How accurately have prediction models forecast cases and deaths during previous epidemics?

A review published in the European Journal of Epidemiology finds that during the Ebola epidemic, for example, when there was in increase in forecasting studies, the number of cases and deaths were overestimated by most of the studies. “Only once COVID-19 is behind us will we know whether prediction models did better than their counterparts … Continue reading “How accurately have prediction models forecast cases and deaths during previous epidemics?”

Weighing the value of crowdsourced versus official COVID-19 data in India

A piece on natureindia.com written by researchers affiliated with the Harvard Pop Center — Weixing Zhang, Rockli Kim and S.V. Subramanian— highlights the importance of timely data on COVID-19 infection rates in order to slow the spread of the virus. Crowdsourced data, although not verified by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), has the … Continue reading “Weighing the value of crowdsourced versus official COVID-19 data in India”

Narrowing in on disparities in life expectancy across the U.S. with help of census-tract level data

A study published in PNAS is the first to look at life-expectancy data at the local, state, and county levels across the U.S. Findings reveal significant disparities at the micro level (census-tract) suggesting that analyzing life expectancy data at the typical state and county levels may not be local enough to get an accurate picture … Continue reading “Narrowing in on disparities in life expectancy across the U.S. with help of census-tract level data”

Professor Subramanian named to multi-disciplinary commission launched to address global COVID-19 response

The Journal of Global Health Science has launched a commission comprised of scientific and social science scholars from a wide range of disciplines to help foster global engagement and cooperation in the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. S (Subu) V Subramanian, PhD, Harvard Pop Center faculty member and professor of population health and geography at … Continue reading “Professor Subramanian named to multi-disciplinary commission launched to address global COVID-19 response”

In India, women face higher risk of death from COVID-19 than men

The findings of a study published in the Journal of Global Health Science show that women In India , particularly in certain age groups, do not have the biological advantage over men of fighting off COVID-19. The authors suggest that social determinants of health, such as access to healthcare, and health and nutritional status, could … Continue reading “In India, women face higher risk of death from COVID-19 than men”

Prevalence of diabetes among subset of women in India varies by region

This cross-sectional study published in Journal of Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders by faculty member S. V. Subramanian and his colleagues Shrikant Singh and Parul Puri found that the burden of diabetes among women (ages 35-49) was higher in the southern and eastern parts of India, and was lower in central India. Read more about the … Continue reading “Prevalence of diabetes among subset of women in India varies by region”

How could we get a more accurate picture of prevalence of COVID-19 without universal testing?

Professor S (Subu) V Subramanian, PhD, has co-authored a letter published in Lancet Global Health in which he and co-author K.S. James suggest that a random-sample-based population surveillance framework like the Demographic Health Survey (DHS), or in India’s case, the National Family Health Survey (NFHS), could be cost-effectively leveraged to help establish the prevalence of … Continue reading “How could we get a more accurate picture of prevalence of COVID-19 without universal testing?”

Mothers in India who experienced neonatal death of child found to be at increased risk of additional neonatal deaths

Harvard Pop Center faculty member S (Subu) V Subramanian, PhD, and visiting scientist Rockli Kim, ScD, are among the authors of a study published in the JAMA Open Network that could help to identify high-risk pregnancies and potentially reduce the neonatal mortality rate in India. Read the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health website.

Study of Hurricane Katrina survivors offers unique insights into impact of neighborhood gentrification on health

Researchers affiliated with the Resilience in Survivors of Hurricane Katrina (RISK) project have published a paper that takes a look at the health impacts of being displaced into a gentrified neighborhood. The researchers did not find evidence of significant effects on BMI, self-rated health, or psychological distress. Photo: Ted Eytan on Flickr

Using a machine learning approach to shed light on relationship between SES and women’s height

Even though height is commonly correlated with socioeconomic status (SES), SES is not known as a reliable predictor of height. In this study, Harvard Pop Center Bell Fellow Adel Daoud, Research Associate Rockli Kim, and faculty member S (Subu) V Subramanian utilized machine learning algorithms to assess whether there were non-linear patterns in the data … Continue reading “Using a machine learning approach to shed light on relationship between SES and women’s height”