Press Releases

2007 Releases

Domestic Violence Identified as Stressor Associated With Smoking

December 19, 2007

Women in India Reporting Abuse Show Higher Tobacco Use For immediate release: December 19, 2007 Boston, MA -- Using a large population survey in India, a new study from Harvard School of Public...

New NPR/Kaiser/Harvard Poll Examines Views of Children's Over-the-Counter Cold Medicines

December 13, 2007

For immediate release: Thursday, December 13, 2007 Boston, MA -- A new survey from NPR, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health examines the public's views of...

Study of Malaria Parasite in Patients' Blood Finds Distinct Physiological States Not Seen in Lab Cell Cultures

November 28, 2007

States may be linked to variable course of disease; Insight flows from unique approaches to analyzing genomic data For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007 Cambridge, MA - The malaria...

Scientists Decode Genomes of Diverse TB Isolates

November 20, 2007

Work of South Africa-US Research Team Gives First Look at Genome of XDR TB; Initial Analysis Highlights Small Number of DNA Differences Among Drug-resistant and -sensitive Microbes For immediate...

Bloom to Step Down as Dean of Harvard School of Public Health

November 15, 2007

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New Study Looks At Long-Term Drug Costs For Treating AIDS In Brazil

November 13, 2007

Findings May Help Other Countries Identify Future Cost Trends For immediate release: Tuesday, November 13, 2007  Boston, MA -- AIDS continues to be a staggering global public health...

Social Epidemiologist Lisa Berkman Named to Direct Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

October 26, 2007

Social epidemiologist Lisa Berkman has been appointed director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard Provost Steven E. Hyman announced today. "I am extremely...

Dean Barry R. Bloom to Receive Honorary Doctorate from Erasmus University Rotterdam

November 08, 2007

For immediate release: Thursday, November 8, 2007 Boston, MA - Barry R. Bloom, PhD, Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), will receive today an Honorary Doctorate from Erasmus...

Changes to Diet and Lifestyle May Help Prevent Infertility from Ovulatory Disorders

October 31, 2007

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 31, 2007 Boston, MA – Women who followed a combination of five or more lifestyle factors, including changing specific aspects of their diets, experienced...

200 Journals Join in Theme Issues on Poverty and Human Development

October 22, 2007

Two HSPH Papers Featured in NIH Webcast: Targeting the Poor for Improved Nutrition, Sanitation and Clean Cooking Fuels Best Reduces Child Mortality Universal AIDS Treatment in Developing...

Mayor Michael Bloomberg Receives Richmond Award for Promotion of Public Health in New York City and the Nation

October 21, 2007

  AWARD IS HIGHEST HONOR FROM HARVARD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH For immediate release: Sunday, October 21, 2007 Boston, MA- Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York City has been named the...

New NPR/Kaiser/Harvard Poll Examines Views On Children's Health Coverage

October 16, 2007

For immediate release: October 17, 2007 Boston, MA -- A new survey conducted jointly by NPR, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health examines the public's views and...

HSPH Professor and Health Policy Expert Katherine Swartz Elected to Institute of Medicine

October 12, 2007

For Immediate Release: Friday, October 12, 2007 Boston, MA -- Katherine Swartz, Professor of Health Policy and Economics at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), has been elected...

Harvard Program Addresses Rape In the Congo

October 11, 2007

For immediate release: October 11, 2007 Cambridge, MA -- Widespread sexual violence toward women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is drawing increasing international concern, as reported...

Data on Life Expectancy Show Many Countries Clustered in High Mortality Traps

October 10, 2007

Article Part of New Sustainable Health Section in PNAS Journal For immediate release: October 10, 2007 Boston, MA – Growing recognition of the importance of health as a contributing factor...

Deficiency of Immune System Peacekeeper Pinpointed in Mice as Cause of Ulcerative Colitis

October 04, 2007

For Immediate Release: Thursday, October 4, 2007   Boston, MA -- In a series of mouse experiments, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have pinpointed a specific...

Weight Gain Between First and Second Pregnancies Associated With Increased Odds of Second Child Being a Boy

September 24, 2007

For immediate release: September 24, 2007 Boston, MA -- A slightly greater number of males than females are born worldwide every year. In recent decades, although there are still more baby boys...

NIH New Innovator Grant Awarded to Sarah Fortune, HSPH Physician and Scientist Who Investigates How TB Persists in Immune Systems

September 18, 2007

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, September 18, 2007 Boston, MA -- Sarah Fortune, Assistant Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), is among the...

Harvard School of Public Health and Other Boston Universities to Host Symposium on Public Health in India

September 12, 2007

For immediate release: Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007 Boston--In a unique collaboration bringing together influential public health figures from Boston and India, Boston's leading research universities...

Socioeconomic Position Associated with Effectiveness of HIV Drugs, Even Among Subjects Adhering to Treatment Schedules

September 07, 2007

For immediate release: Friday, September 7, 2007 Boston, MA – Socioeconomic position is a determinant of antiretroviral treatment effectiveness during initial therapy for HIV-1 infection....

General Colin L. Powell to Headline National Mentoring Month 2008

September 05, 2007

Powell to be Joined by Maya Angelou, Clint Eastwood, Quincy Jones, Sting and Usher  For immediate release: September 5, 2007  BOSTON, MA -- General Colin L. Powell will headline...

Income Inequality Associated with Double Disease Burden of Overnourishment and Undernourishment in India

September 04, 2007

For immediate release: September 4, 2007 Boston, MA – It has been known that countries with rapidly developing economies may experience a double-disease burden that results from undernutrition...

Overweight Prevention Program May Cut Risk of Eating Disorders Among Girls

September 03, 2007

For immediate release: September 3, 2007  Boston, MA -- Eating disorders among adolescent girls and boys can have substantial negative impact on their health and lead to dangerous weight-control...

Survey of Hurricane Preparedness Finds One-Third on High Risk Coast Will Refuse Evacuation Order

July 24, 2007

Many Could Face Shortages of Food and Water Most New Orleans Residents Do Not Know Location of Evacuation Shelters   For immediate release: Tuesday, July 24, 2007    Boston, MA --According...

High Rates of HIV Infection Documented Among Young Nepalese Girls Sex-Trafficked to India

July 31, 2007

Study Provides Support for Overlooked Phenomenon in Global HIV Spread For immediate release: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 Boston, MA -- A study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers...

Senior Health Executives From China Visit Harvard School of Public Health for Leadership Training

July 19, 2007

Will Identify Problems and Solutions for China's Healthcare System For immediate release: Thursday, July 19, 2007 Boston, MA - The Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) China Initiative...

Lower Mortality Rates Associated With Hospitals That Rank Highest on Quality of Care Indicators

July 16, 2007

For immediate release: July 16, 2007  Boston, MA -- A new study from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) shows that patients who go to hospitals ranked higher according to specific...

Research!America Names Dr. Richard Cash An Ambassador for Global Health Research

July 11, 2007

Pioneer in oral rehydration therapy will advocate for U.S. investment in international efforts For immediate release: Wednesday, July 11, 2007 Boston, MA - Dr. Richard Cash, a pioneer in oral...

Poll Finds Most Mass. Residents Support New Health Reform Law, Including Individual Mandate, As Initial Deadline Nears

June 27, 2007

The Main Reason: They Believe It is “the Right Thing to Do” Many Residents Are Skeptical About the Affordability of Health Coverage for Families Required to Buy Insurance Without State...

Chronic Conditions in Children Will Pose Future Health and Welfare Challenges

June 26, 2007

Investigators describe probable causes, forecast impact on health, welfare system For immediate release: Tuesday, June 26, 2007 Boston - The increased incidence of chronic conditions among...

High Blood Levels of Urate Linked to Lower Risk of Parkinson's Disease

June 21, 2007

For immediate release: Thursday, June 21, 2007 Boston, MA -- In a new, large-scale, prospective study exploring the link between levels of urate in the blood and risk of Parkinson's disease,...

In Mice, Drug Protects against Diabetes and Atherosclerosis

June 06, 2007

For immediate release: June 6, 2007 Boston, MA - Blocking a single protein with an experimental drug prevented and treated both type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis in laboratory mice that had been...

Gene Variants Significantly Increase Risk for Breast Cancer

May 27, 2007

For immediate release: May 27, 2007  Boston, MA - Newly identified inherited variants of a single gene increase breast cancer risk for women of European ancestry approximately 20 percent if...

Nieman Foundation and Harvard School of Public Health Announce 2007-2008 Fellowships in Global Health Reporting

May 24, 2007

For immediate release, May 24, 2007  Boston, MA -- Three journalists have been awarded Nieman Fellowships in Global Health Reporting for the 2007-2008 academic year. The fellowships, a joint...

Statement on Inclusion of Smoking in Film Ratings

May 10, 2007

For immediate release: May 10, 2007  Boston, MA -- Statement from Dean Barry R. Bloom regarding the announcement today by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Chairman Dan Glickman...

Beyond Calories: Molecule Ensures Healthy Immune Response to Daily Meal Pattern

May 03, 2007

For immediate release: May 3, 2007     Gökhan Hotamisligil sketches a diagram depicting how STAMP2 affects a cell.  Boston, MA - Too much food over time is bad...

Dean Barry R. Bloom Receives Leadership Award from UN Association of Greater Boston

May 07, 2007

For immediate release: May 7, 2007  Boston, MA - Dean Barry R. Bloom (l) received a Leadership Award from the United Nations Association of Greater Boston on April 27....

Research Demonstrates Link Between Domestic Violence and Asthma

May 01, 2007

Asthma Risk Raised for Victims and for Other Household Members   For immediate release: May 1, 2007  Boston, MA - The link between environmental exposures and asthma has been...

New Analysis Says Eradicating Polio a Better Option Than Extended Control of the Disease

April 11, 2007

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 11, 2007 Boston, MA - Concerns about the high perceived costs of eradicating the relatively low number of polio cases worldwide have led to recent suggestions...

Global Momentum for Smoke-Free Indoor Environments at Tipping Point

April 11, 2007

For immediate release: April 11, 2007 Boston, MA - In a Perspective in the April 12, 2007 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health...

Guns in Homes Strongly Associated with Higher Rates of Suicide

April 10, 2007

Suicidal Acts Using Firearms Highly Lethal Compared to Other Means For immediate release: Tuesday, April 10, 2007  Boston, MA -- In the first nationally representative study to examine...

Multivitamins Improve Birth Outcomes Among Children Born to HIV-Negative Women in Developing Countries

April 04, 2007

Recommendation to Consider Multivitamin Supplements for All Pregnant Women in Developing Countries For immediate release: Wednesday, April 4, 2007 Boston, MA -- Each year an estimated 20...

HSPH Releases Presentations Made to Motion Picture Association of America on the Depiction of Tobacco Smoking in Movies

April 03, 2007

Recommends MPAA Take Substantive Action to Eliminate Smoking in Youth-Accessible Films For immediate release: Tuesday, April 3, 2007 Boston, MA -- Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) today is...

Higher Trans Fat Levels in Blood Associated With Elevated Risk of Heart Disease

March 27, 2007

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 Boston, MA -- High consumption of trans fat, found mainly in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils and widely used by the food industry, has been...

Emergency Responses Greatly Increase Risk to Firefighters of Dying on Duty From Heart Disease

March 21, 2007

For immediate release: March 21, 2007 Boston, MA -- Firefighters engage in a dangerous occupation, risking life-threatening burns and smoke inhalation, among other hazards. So it may surprise some...

HSPH Dean Bloom Awarded Grand Cross of the Order of Makarios III

March 20, 2007

Highest honor given by the Republic of Cyprus For immediate release: Tuesday, March 20, 2007 Boston, MA -- Harvard School of Public Health Dean Barry R. Bloom has been awarded the Grand Cross of...

Taking the Wraps Off Drug Safety Data From Clinical Trials

March 06, 2007

Current Rules Allow Data to be Kept Secret, Hinder Discovery of Dangerous Side Effects For immediate release: Tuesday, March 6, 2007 Boston, MA -- For years, pharmaceutical companies have sought...

New Study Shows Naps May Reduce Coronary Mortality

February 12, 2007

For immediate release: Monday, February 12, 2007 Boston, MA -- Is taking naps good for your heart? New research from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the University of Athens Medical...

Report Describes How Metropolitan Areas Are Failing U.S. Children

January 23, 2007

Related website reveals socioeconomic inequalities and names best and worst metropolitan areas for children by race/ethnicity For immediate release: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 Boston, MA -- A new...

Quincy Jones and Harvard School of Public Health Launch Global "Q Prize" to Spotlight Extraordinary Advocacy for Children

January 22, 2007

School Honors Quincy Jones as 'Mentor of the Year' For immediate release: Monday, January 22, 2007 BOSTON, MA- Music impresario Quincy Jones will be honored by the Harvard School of Public Health...

Billions of Dollars Saved in U.S. By Polio Vaccination

January 19, 2007

For immediate release: Friday, January 19, 2007 Boston, MA - A new study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) finds that polio vaccination in the United States has resulted...

Reanalysis of Cigarette Content Confirms Tobacco Companies Have Increased Addictive Nicotine 11 Percent Over Recent Seven-Year Period

January 18, 2007

For immediate release: Thursday, January 18, 2007 Boston, MA--A reanalysis of nicotine yield from major brand name cigarettes sold in Massachusetts from 1997 to 2005 has confirmed that manufacturers...

Review Study Finds Substantial Evidence of Association Between Tobacco Smoking and Increased Risk of Tuberculosis

January 16, 2007

For immediate release: January 16, 2007  Boston, MA – Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease that causes an estimated 2 million deaths each year. The majority of those deaths occur...

Link Found Between Periodontal Disease and Pancreatic Cancer

January 16, 2007

For immediate release: January 16, 2007  Boston, MA -- Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.; more than 30,000 Americans are expected to die from the disease...

States With Higher Levels of Gun Ownership Have Higher Homicide Rates

January 11, 2007

For immediate release: January 11, 2007  Boston, MA -- Firearms are used to kill two out of every three homicide victims in America. In the first nationally representative study to examine the relationship...

Six-Month Delay in Use of Nevirapine-Based AIDS Treatment Can Improve Outcomes Among Postpartum Mothers

January 10, 2007

For immediate release: January 10, 2007  Boston, MA -- Delaying the use of nevirapine-containing antiretroviral therapy (ART) for at least six months after labor may improve treatment...

Mental Health Risks Vary Within the U.S. Black Population

January 04, 2007

For immediate release: January 4, 2007  Boston, MA – The longer Black Caribbean immigrants stay in the U.S., the poorer their mental health becomes. That’s one finding from a new...

Men With High Blood Pressure Who Drink Moderate Amounts of Alcohol May Have a Lower Risk of Heart Attack

January 01, 2007

For immediate release: January 1, 2007 Boston, MA -- Hypertension affects some 65 million people in the United States, making it a massive public health burden. It’s associated with a...