Press Releases

1999 Releases

New Drug Shows Anti-Viral Benefit Against HIV but Produces Renal Side Effects

December 21, 1999

For immediate release: December 21, 1999 Boston, MA and San Francisco, CA--An experimental drug that fights the AIDS virus by attacking the enzymes that enable it to replicate has proved effective...

Treated Drinking Water Not Safe Enough: Harvard Study Shows Elderly Particularly Sensitive to Waterborne Hazards

December 15, 1999

For immediate release: December 15, 1999  Boston, MA--Ten percent of hospital admissions for people over age 65 for gastrointestinal (GI) illness can be blamed on harmful microbes in drinking...

Approval of Low-Dose Oral Contraceptives in Japan Highlights Need for Better Women's Health Services

December 13, 1999

For immediate release: December 13, 1999  Boston, MA--Last June, after more than 35 years of debate, Japan approved the use of low-dose oral contraceptives. In an article in the Dec. 8...

Moderate Alcohol Consumption Cuts Risk of Heart Attack by at least 25 Percent

December 10, 1999

For immediate release: December 10, 1999  Boston, MA--Two drinks a day will reduce risk of heart attack in individuals by at least 25 percent, according to a report published this week...

Kids More Likely to Sit in Rear in Cars With Airbags

December 07, 1999

For immediate release: December 07, 1999  Boston, MA--The installation of passenger airbags in new cars and light trucks has been associated with a significant decline in the number of...

Cancer-Causing Mutation Strikes Women Smokers at Three Times the Rate of Men

November 30, 1999

For immediate release: November 30, 1999  Boston, MA--Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have discovered that smoking seems to be a prerequisite for a particularly...

President Clinton, Hollywood Studios & TV Networks Join Harvard in Millennium Designated Driver Push

November 29, 1999

For immediate release: November 29, 1999 Boston, MA--With alcohol sales rising in advance of the Millennium celebration, President Bill Clinton and the TV industry have joined forces with the...

Understanding of Low Breast Cancer Rate in Japanese holds Implications for Prevention

November 22, 1999

For immediate release: November 22, 1999 Boston, MA--It has long been known that presence of the estrogen hormone is related to risk of breast cancer. However, researchers have been puzzled...

Germany Honors HSPH Dean Bloom for Lifework in Infectious Disease

November 01, 1999

For immediate release: November 01, 1999 Boston, MA--At a ceremony in Bonn last week, Barry R. Bloom, Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, was awarded the Robert Koch Gold Medal. This...

School-based Program Improves Diet, Reduces Television Viewing of Elementary School Children

November 01, 1999

For immediate release: November 01, 1999 Boston and Baltimore--As a result of an innovative school-based program, elementary school children in Baltimore public schools are eating healthier...

Programs to Track Firearm Injuries Awarded Harvard Grants

October 25, 1999

For immediate release: October 25, 1999 Boston, MA--Maps of Atlanta's gun violence "hotspots" paper the walls of a room where the city's police department task force on reducing gun...

Walking Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in Women

October 19, 1999

For immediate release: October 19, 1999  Boston, MA--Previous research has suggested that an increasing level of physical activity is associated with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. This...

Fruits and Vegetables May Reduce Risk of Stroke: Findings Support Recommended 5 Servings a Day

October 05, 1999

For immediate release: October 05, 1999  Boston, MA--Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have found that eating five servings per...

Dean Bloom Declares Public Health Bill of Rights

October 03, 1999

For immediate release: October 03, 1999  Boston, MA, October 3, 1999--Arguing that the public deserves "a national defense against the risks of illness and accidents," Dean Barry...

Pesticide-Resistant Head Lice Found in US

September 14, 1999

For immediate release: September 14, 1999  Boston, MA--Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health have verified what many parents have suspected: There are head lice in this country...

U.S. Drug Donations Overseas Mostly Meet International Guidelines

August 16, 1999

For immediate release: August 16, 1999  Boston, MA--A Harvard University study of U.S. pharmaceutical donations to developing countries finds that a majority of the donated drugs meets...

Paid Leave Best Predictor of Parents' Ability to Care for Sick Children

August 12, 1999

For immediate release: August 12, 1999  Boston, MA--A parent's ability to care for a sick child depends upon the availability of paid leave, according to new research from the Harvard School...

Harvard review of evidence verifies that eating trans fats increases risk of heart disease

June 23, 1999

For immediate release: June 23, 1999  Boston, MA--Over the course of the last decade, numerous studies have examined the relationship between the consumption of trans fatty acids found...

Oak Foundation Gives Harvard AIDS Institute $2.5 million for Southern African Research

March 24, 1999

For immediate release: March 24, 1999  Boston, MA--To combat the AIDS epidemic scything through southern Africa at a furious rate with particularly devastating results for women and children,...

Women are More Likely than Men to Believe in Technological Hazards

February 03, 1999

For immediate release: February 03, 1999  Boston, MA--In two complementary studies released in this month's issue of the journal Technology, people's degree of confidence in claims of technological...

New booklet contains haircare information for black women who exercise

February 02, 1999

For immediate release: February 02, 1999  Boston, MA--The health benefits of exercise are widely known and frequently discussed. A less common topic of conversation has been the barriers...