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2006 Releases

Recurrence of a Flu Pandemic Similar to Infamous 1918 Flu Could Kill 62 Million

December 21, 2006

For immediate release: December 21, 2006 Boston, MA - In recent years, health professionals and the general public alike have been acutely aware of the potential ravages that could result from...

Elkan Blout, former Harvard School of Public Health Academic Dean, National Medal of Science Winner, dies

December 20, 2006

For immediate release: December 20, 2006 Boston, MA -- Elkan R. Blout, a former dean for academic affairs at Harvard School of Public Health, National Medal of Science winner, and a leading contributor...

Andrew Spielman, Professor of Tropical Public Health and International Mosquito Expert, Dies

December 20, 2006

For immediate release: December 20, 2006 Boston, MA -- Andrew Spielman, an expert in vector-borne diseases and professor of tropical health in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases...

High Levels of Vitamin D In the Body May Decrease the Risk of Multiple Sclerosis

December 19, 2006

For immediate release: December 19, 2006 Boston, MA – The possibility that vitamin D could help protect people from developing multiple sclerosis (MS) has been posited by researchers in...

Genetic Map Offers New Tool for Malaria Research

December 10, 2006

For immediate release: December 10, 2006 Boston, MA and Cambridge, MA,- An international research team announced today the completion of a genome-wide map that charts the genetic variability of...

Harvard Study Finds Major Energy Gap Contributes to Obesity Among U.S. Teens

December 04, 2006

For immediate release: December 04, 2006  Boston, MA -- A new study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) shows that America’s overweight teens consumed an average...

USA Today/Kaiser/Harvard Survey Highlights Problems in the Health Care System Through the Experiences of People With Cancer

November 20, 2006

For immediate release: November 20, 2006  A major national survey of people affected by cancer provides an in-depth examination of how families cope with cancer and highlights problems of...

Pioneer of Oral Rehydration Therapy Receives Prince Mahidol Award

November 13, 2006

For immediate release: November 13, 2006   Boston, MA -- Dr. Richard Cash, credited with saving millions of lives by promoting the use of oral rehydration therapy to treat cholera and other...

A 20-Year Study Finds No Association Between Low-Carbohydrate Diets and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease

November 08, 2006

For immediate release: November 08, 2006  Boston, MA – Advocates of low-carbohydrate diets, such as the popular Atkins diet, claim that those diets may help prevent obesity and coronary...

A Silent Pandemic: Industrial Chemicals Are Impairing the Brain Development of Children Worldwide

November 07, 2006

For immediate release: November 07, 2006  Boston, MA – Fetal and early childhood exposures to industrial chemicals in the environment can damage the developing brain and can lead to...

Study Finds Pay-for-Performance Now Common Among U.S. HMO

November 01, 2006

For immediate release: November 01, 2006  Boston, MA – Pay-for-performance plans, which aim to improve the value of health care by paying providers based on quality and cost measures,...

Health Care is Not Playing a Major Role In 2006 Congressional Elections, But Could Be a Factor In Selected Close Races

November 01, 2006

For immediate release: November 01, 2006  Boston, MA -- A New England Journal of Medicine article published November 2, 2006 finds that health care is not likely to play a major role...

Infectious Disease Experts Anthony Fauci and William Foege Receive Richmond Awards for Their Lifelong Efforts at Protecting Health

October 27, 2006

For immediate release: October 27, 2006    Boston, MA- Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) has awarded its highest honor, for the promotion of high public health standards among...

In the Case of an Outbreak of Pandemic Flu, Large Majority of Americans Willing to Make Major Changes in Their Lives

October 26, 2006

For immediate release: October 26, 2006  Boston, MA -- The latest national survey conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Project on the Public and Biological Security finds...

New Study Shows the Benefits of Eating Fish Greatly Outweigh the Risks

October 17, 2006

For immediate release: October 17, 2006 Boston, MA – Many studies have shown the nutritional benefits of eating fish (finfish or shellfish). Fish is high in protein and omega-3 fatty...

Statement on R.J. Reynold's Agreement to Stop the Sale of Candy-flavored Cigarettes

October 11, 2006

For immediate release: October 11, 2006   Boston, MA-- In a settlement with the Attorneys General of 38 states, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company today agreed to end the sale of candy, fruit...

Secondhand Smoke in Cars May Lead to Dangerous Levels of Contaminants For Children

October 05, 2006

For immediate release: October 05, 2006   Boston, MA – Secondhand tobacco smoke (SHS) can have harmful effects on children. Some of the adverse health outcomes include a greater likelihood...

Gaining Weight Between Pregnancies Could Lead to Pregnancy Complications

September 29, 2006

For immediate release: September 29, 2006   Boston, MA – A number of studies over the years have found an association between obesity and pregnancy complications, including pre-eclampsia...

Independent Evaluation finds GAVI Funding to Poor Countries can Boost Childhood Vaccine Coverage

September 17, 2006

For immediate release: September 17, 2006   Boston, MA -- The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) was created in 1999 with the goal of enabling even the poorest countries...

Dramatic Increase in Life Expectancy Possible for HIV-Infected Patients in Poor Countries using Cost-Effective Antiretroviral Therapy

September 14, 2006

For immediate release: September 14, 2006   Boston, MA --The use of potent antiretroviral medications has transformed the AIDS epidemic where people have access to these drugs.  Markedly...

New, Comprehensive Analysis Shows Rofecoxib (VIOXX), But Not Other COX-2 Inhibitor Drugs, Increases Risks of Adverse Kidney and Heart Rhythm Disorders

September 12, 2006

For immediate release: September 12, 2006   Boston, MA – Although COX-2 inhibitors were developed as a class of pain-relieving drugs without the adverse gastrointestinal effects of...

Harvard to Host International Conference on the Costs and Benefits of HIV/AIDS Interventions in Developing Countries

September 08, 2006

For immediate release: September 08, 2006   EVENT ADVISORY WHAT: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE COSTS AND BENEFITS OF HIV/AIDS INTERVENTIONS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES WHEN: Wed.,...

Chemical Compounds Restore Normal Glucose Levels and Insulin Action in Obese Mice

August 24, 2006

For immediate release: August 24, 2006    Boston, MA – Treatment of obese and diabetic mice with compounds that act as chemical chaperones called PBA and TUDCA restored healthy...

Exposure to PCBs May Reduce the Effectiveness of Vaccines in Children

August 22, 2006

For immediate release: August 22, 2006     Boston, MA -- New epidemiological evidence suggests that exposure to environmental pollutants may have an adverse impact on immune responses...

Jim Yong Kim, Former HIV Director at WHO, Named Head of FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard School of Public Health

August 10, 2006

For immediate release: August 10, 2006   Boston, MA-- Dr. Jim Yong Kim, a former director of WHO's HIV/AIDS unit, has been appointed Director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center...

Study Finds Firearms Are Stored Less Safely in Homes With Older Children

August 07, 2006

For immediate release: August 07, 2006   Boston, MA – More than 1.6 million U.S. children live in homes with firearms that are stored loaded and unlocked. Because the guns used in youth...

Poor Countries With Least-Developed Health Systems Best Able to Make Rapid Use of Grants

August 03, 2006

For immediate release: August 03, 2006   Boston, MA-- The Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria was launched in 2002 to attract and rapidly disburse money to combat these three...

Extreme Heat: Who is Most Likely to Die

August 03, 2006

For immediate release: August 03, 2006   Boston, MA--Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have recently co-authored a study that aimed to identify if certain population...

Shortening the Duration of Tuberculosis Therapies Could Lead to Substantial Reductions In Cases and Deaths

July 31, 2006

For immediate release: July 31, 2006   Boston, MA—New, shorter therapies to treat tuberculosis (TB), which kills millions worldwide each year, may make TB control efforts substantially...

Despite Last Year's Devastating Hurricane Season, One-Third In High-Risk Areas Say They May Ignore Evacuation Order

July 20, 2006

For immediate release: July 20, 2006   Boston, MA -- According to a new survey of high-risk hurricane areas in eight states--Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina,...

Being Overweight As a Teen Associated With Premature Death in Adulthood

July 17, 2006

For immediate release: July 17, 2006   Boston, MA – Children and adolescents in the U.S. and around the world are becoming more overweight. A new study from the Harvard School of Public...

Adopting Multiple Healthy Habits May Significantly Lower Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Men

July 03, 2006

For immediate release: July 03, 2006   Boston, MA -- A prospective study of 42,847 middle-aged and older U.S. men participating in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study has found that...

Violence From Male Partners Associated With Serious Health Threats to Pregnant Women and Newborns

June 28, 2006

For immediate release: June 28, 2006   Boston, MA -- In the first national study of the effects of intimate partner violence on the health of women during pregnancy and the health of newborn...

Smoking and Obesity May Increase the Risk of Erectile Dysfunction

June 27, 2006

For immediate release: June 27, 2006   Boston, MA -- A prospective study by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) has found that obesity and smoking are strongly associated...

Pesticides Exposure Associated With Parkinson's Disease

June 26, 2006

For immediate release: June 26, 2006   Boston, MA -- In the first large-scale, prospective study to examine possible links between chronic, low-dose exposure to pesticides and Parkinson’s...

Research Identifies Protein In Mice That Regulates Bone Formation

June 22, 2006

For immediate release: June 22, 2006   Boston, MA -- Osteoporosis, a disease characterized by a decrease in bone mass and density and which makes people more susceptible to bone fractures...

Children With Special Health Care Needs and Their Families Report Unmet Needs for Mental Health Care Services

June 22, 2006

For immediate release: June 22, 2006   Boston, MA -- Children with special health care needs (CSHCN) and members of their families are at risk of not getting the mental health care services...

Three Human Gene Variants Appear to Influence TB Susceptibility

June 22, 2006

For immediate release: June 22, 2006   Boston, MA -- Three variations of a human gene appear to impact human tuberculosis susceptibility, providing insight into why some patients infected...

Nieman Foundation and Harvard School of Public Health Announce 2006-2007 Fellowships in Global Health Reporting

June 01, 2006

For immediate release: June 01, 2006   Boston, MA -- Three journalists have been awarded Nieman Fellowships in Global Health Reporting for the 2006-2007 academic year. The fellowships, a...

Study Casts Doubt on Claims That the Medical Malpractice System Is Plagued By Frivolous Lawsuits

May 10, 2006

For immediate release: May 10, 2006   Boston, MA – The debate over medical malpractice litigation, which raged during the last presidential campaign, continues as a hot-button political...

"Virginity Pledges" by Adolescents May Bias Their Reports of Premarital Sex

May 02, 2006

For immediate release: May 02, 2006   Boston, MA -- Adolescents who sign a "virginity pledge" and then go on to have premarital sex are likely to disavow having signed such a pledge,...

Obesity Levels in U.S. States Are Grossly Underestimated

May 01, 2006

For immediate release: May 01, 2006   Boston, MA – The prevalence of obesity in the U.S. states has been greatly underestimated. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)...

Health Services Researcher and HSPH Professor Marie McCormick Receives Douglas K. Richardson Award

April 27, 2006

For immediate release: April 27, 2006   Boston, MA - Harvard School of Public Health Professor Marie McCormick, M.D., Sc.D., will receive the Douglas K. Richardson Award for Perinatal and...

Autism Has High Costs to U.S. Society

April 25, 2006

For immediate release: April 25, 2006   Boston, MA – It can cost about $3.2 million to take care of an autistic person over his or her lifetime. Caring for all people with autism over...

Gene Variant Protects Against Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Hypertriglyceridemia

April 24, 2006

For immediate release: April 24, 2006   Boston, MA -- A rare gene variant in humans helps to protect against two of the country's top killers -- type 2 diabetes and heart disease -- as well as against...

Ads for Unhealthy Foods May Explain Link Between Television Viewing and Overweight in Children

April 20, 2006

For immediate release: April 20, 2006   Boston, MA -- Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Children's Hospital Boston found that kids who spend more time watching...

Treating Populations Infected with Both HIV and Latent TB Could Speed the Emergence of Drug-Resistant TB

April 17, 2006

For immediate release: April 17, 2006   Boston, MA -- In 2005, 46 regional Ministers of Health in Africa declared that a dramatic rise in tuberculosis (TB) cases was cause for emergency....

Gene Variant Associated with Obesity Risk Found with New Statistical Technique

April 13, 2006

For immediate release: April 13, 2006   Boston, MA - A pioneering statistical technique developed at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) has helped identify a common gene variation...

Stronger Evidence Found Linking Epstein-Barr Virus and Risk of Multiple Sclerosis

April 10, 2006

For immediate release: April 10, 2006   Boston, MA – Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, Kaiser Permanente, and a team of collaborators have found further evidence...

Study Finds M-Rated Video Games Contain Violence, Sexual Themes, Substances, and Profanity Not Labeled on Game Boxes

April 03, 2006

For immediate release: April 03, 2006   Boston, MA -- According to a study led by Associate Professor Kimberly Thompson of the Kids Risk Project at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH),...

Irish Pubs Under Smoke-free Law in Ireland Show 91% Lower Indoor Air Pollution Than "Irish Pubs" in Cities Around the World

March 16, 2006

For immediate release: March 16, 2006   Boston, MA - A survey of air pollution levels in "Irish pubs" around the world has found that indoor air pollution in authentic Irish...

Harvard Six Cities Study Follow Up: Reducing Soot Particles Is Associated with Longer Lives

March 15, 2006

For immediate release: March 15, 2006   Boston, MA - An eight-year follow up to the landmark Harvard Six Cities Study has found an association between people living longer and cities reducing...

Prenatal Pesticide Exposure May Lead to High Blood Pressure and a Decreased Neurological Ability to Copy Shapes In Childhood

March 06, 2006

For immediate release: March 06, 2006   Boston, MA - Children in Ecuador whose mothers were exposed to pesticides while pregnant had increased blood pressure and diminished ability to copy...

Globalization: Children and Working Parents Pay Too High a Price

February 27, 2006

For immediate release: February 27, 2006   Montreal, Quebec -- What do a Baltimore nurse, a Honduran sweatshop worker, and a Vietnamese shoe factory laborer have in common? If they are parents,...

While Concerned, Most Americans Do Not Expect Widespread Human Cases of Avian Flu in U.S. in the Next Year

February 23, 2006

For immediate release: February 23, 2006   Boston, MA -- The latest national poll conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Project on the Public and Biological Security finds...

Newly Identified Mechanism Helps Explain Why People of African Descent Are More Vulnerable to TB

February 23, 2006

For immediate release: February 23, 2006   Boston, MA -- A team of scientists has identified a cellular mechanism that may help explain the puzzle of why people of African descent are more...

Containment Buys Time but Unlikely to Prevent Flu Pandemic Due to Probable Multiple Introductions of Virus

February 20, 2006

For immediate release: February 20, 2006     Boston, MA -- Containing an emerging bird flu pandemic at its source will probably only delay--not stop--the illness' spread because...

Roxbury Community Coalition and Harvard School of Public Health Receive Funding to Encourage Participation of Minority Groups in Cancer Clinical Trials

February 13, 2006

For immediate release: February 13, 2006   Boston, MA Cherishing Our Hearts and Souls (COHS), a Roxbury-based community-centered coalition affiliated with the Harvard School of Public Health...

Survey Finds Association Between Presence of Gun in Vehicle and Aggressive Driver Behavior

February 07, 2006

For immediate release: February 07, 2006   Boston, MA -- Riding in a vehicle with a firearm is one of a number of markers for aggressive and dangerous driver behavior, according to the results...

$5 Million Pritzker Gift to Fund Potential Solutions For Childhood Obesity Including Testing of Exercise and Nutrition Programs at YMCAs Nationwide

February 02, 2006

For immediate release: February 02, 2006   Boston, MA -- To address the national and global epidemic of childhood obesity, Harvard College alumna Penny Pritzker '81 and her husband, Bryan...

Monitoring System Needed to Prevent Safety Hazard of Problem Physicians

January 16, 2006

For immediate release: January 16, 2006   Boston, MA -- Asserting that "physician performance failures are not rare and pose substantial threats to patient welfare and safety,"...