Press Releases

2000 Releases

President Clinton, Hollywood Studios and TV Networks Join Harvard in Holiday

December 15, 2000

For immediate release: December 15, 2000 Boston, MA. -- In anticipation of an increase in alcohol-related traffic fatalities during the holiday season, President Bill Clinton and the TV industry...

Large Racial Differences in Kidney Transplant Rates Due to Inappropriate Care for Both Black and Whites

November 22, 2000

For immediate release: November 22, 2000 Boston, MA.-- In the most comprehensive study to date of the factors behind racial differences in the rates of a surgical procedure, Harvard researchers...

Study Finds Work Interruptions to Care for Family Endemic; Lack of Paid Leave and Parents' Night Work Linked to School Children's Lower Test Scores

November 15, 2000

For immediate release: November 15, 2000 Boston, MA--Quantifying for the first time how much family caregiving interrupts the work lives of American parents, S. Jody Heymann from the Harvard...

Increased Sick Leave Associated with Decreased Ventilation in Office Buildings

November 14, 2000

For immediate release: November 14, 2000 Boston, MA--Office employees who work in areas that receive less fresh air from outside are more likely to call in sick than their colleagues who breathe...

HSPH Receives $25 Million From Gates Foundation to Prevent Spread of AIDS in Nigeria

November 13, 2000

For immediate release: November 13, 2000 Boston, MA--As part of ongoing efforts to affect the course of the AIDS epidemic in Africa, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has granted $25 million...

UCSF-Harvard Team Publishes Major HIV Therapy Study Over Objections of Sponsor; Compound Shows No Effect on Slowing Disease Progression

October 31, 2000

For immediate release: October 31, 2000 SAN FRANCISCO, CA and BOSTON, MA--Researchers led by University of California, San Francisco and Harvard School of Public Health are reporting the largest...

Frequent Fruit and Vegetable Consumption May Not Protect From Colorectal Cancer

October 31, 2000

For immediate release: October 31, 2000 BOSTON, MA--Results from the largest research study to date on the topic indicate that frequent consumption of fruit and vegetables may not reduce the...

Airbags Hurt Young Kids But Protect Older Children, New Study Finds

October 30, 2000

For immediate release: October 30, 2000 BOSTON, MA--It has become widely accepted that airbags are dangerous to young children sitting in the front seat of a motor vehicle. A new study by scientists...

Survey Finds Increased Use of Marijuana and Other Illicit Drugs at U.S. Colleges in the 1990s

October 27, 2000

For immediate release: October 27, 2000 BOSTON, MA--According to a new report from Harvard School of Public Health researchers, the prevalence of recent marijuana use among U.S. college students...

Following the Government's Food Pyramid Has Limited Effect on Risk of Major Chronic Disease

October 26, 2000

For immediate release: October 26, 2000 Boston, MA -- The government's Dietary Guidelines for Americans and its companion educational tool, the food guide pyramid, aim to reduce the risk of...

Risk of Lung Cancer May Be Reduced by Eating a Wide Variety of Fruits and Vegetables

October 12, 2000

For immediate release: October 12, 2000 Boston, MA--Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), and Harvard Medical School have found that...

Doctors in Five Countries See Decline in Quality of Care

October 12, 2000

For immediate release: October 12, 2000 WASHINGTON, D.C., OCTOBER 12, 2000 – More than half of all physicians in the United States and a large percentage of those in four other English-speaking...

Researchers Identify Genes that Control Development of Fat Tissues

October 05, 2000

For immediate release: October 05, 2000 Boston, MA--Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have identified two genes that control the development of fat tissues in mice, providing...

Shorter Treatment as Effective and Less Costly than Standard AZT Treatment in Reducing Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

October 05, 2000

Boston, MA--A shorter course of AZT (zidovudine) therapy than currently prescribed for HIV-infected pregnant women may allow developing countries to afford treatment that could reduce babies’...

Community Youth Violence Prevention Center Established Through Harvard School of Public Health

September 28, 2000

For immediate release: September 28, 2000 Boston, MA - A major anti-violence community initiative has been funded through the Harvard Injury Control Research Center at the Harvard School of...

Airbag Deployment in Low Speed Crashes Increases Injuries

September 28, 2000

For immediate release: September 28, 2000 Boston, MA--Approximately 50 million vehicles in America, from model years 1986-1997, are equipped with first-generation driver-side airbags. A study...

Nicotine Levels in Children?s Hair Can Measure Exposure to Passive Smoking

September 25, 2000

For immediate release: September 25, 2000 Boston, MA--The amount of nicotine found in strands of hair can accurately measure children's exposure to household passive smoking, according to a...

Survey Finds Students Have Largely Accurate Perceptions of College Binge Drinking

September 08, 2000

For immediate release: September 08, 2000 Boston, MA — According to a new report released today by the Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study, college students have largely...

Women Are Often Unaware of Presence and Unsafe Storage of Guns in Their Homes

September 05, 2000

Boston, MA--Though women often have primary responsibility for children, researchers at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center at the Harvard School of Public Health have found that women with children...

Sharp Declines in Heart Disease in Women Attributable to Improving Diet, Quitting Smoking, and Other Lifestyle Changes

August 23, 2000

For immediate release: August 23, 2000 Boston, MA--Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) found a 31 percent decline in coronary heart...

Head Lice Are Frequently Misdiagnosed Resulting in Missed School Days and Inappropriate Medication

August 09, 2000

For immediate release: August 09, 2000 Boston, MA--With a new school year beginning in a few weeks, researchers at the Laboratory of Public Health Entomology at the Harvard School of Public...

Nearly half of college students used tobacco in one-year period, according to JAMA study

August 08, 2000

For immediate release: August 08, 2000 CHICAGO, IL--The first national study to report on both cigarette and non-cigarette tobacco use by college students finds that nearly one-half of college...

Study Finds That Restricting Cell Phones While Driving May Be Premature, That Benefits May Be More Compelling Than The Risks

July 24, 2000

For immediate release: July 24, 2000 Boston, MA--As public concern about driver distraction increases, a risk-benefit study by the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis finds that: Cellular...

Combination of Exercise, Healthy Diet and Not Smoking May Prevent the Vast Majority of Heart Disease

July 05, 2000

For immediate release: July 05, 2000 Boston, MA--Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have found that women who exercise, eat healthily,...

Researchers Identify Protein that May Play Key Role in Congenital Heart Disease

June 27, 2000

For immediate release: June 27, 2000 Boston, MA--Some severe heart deformities in newborns may result when a key protein is missing during heart formation, according to researchers at the Harvard...

WHAT IS YOUR RISK?

June 21, 2000

For immediate release: June 21, 2000 Recommendations Could Help Prevent 50% of All Cancers in the US BOSTON, MA--The Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention announced the expansion of the...

Underage College Drinkers Have Easy Access to Alcohol, Pay Less, and Consume More Per Occasion Than Older Students

June 19, 2000

For immediate release: June 19, 2000 BOSTON, MA -- Despite the national 21-year minimum drinking age law, underaged drinking is pervasive on college campuses, according to a new study released...

Active Girls Who Drink Colas Are Five Times More Likely to Fracture Bones

June 14, 2000

For immediate release: June 14, 2000 Boston, MA--Active girls who drink cola drinks are five times more likely to have had bone fractures than girls who don't drink soda pop, according to a...

Exercise May Reduce Risk of Stroke

June 13, 2000

For immediate release: June 13, 2000 Boston, MA--Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Harvard School of Public School (HSPH) have found that women who exercise regularly may...

Anal Cancer Screening for Gay and Bisexual Men Would Save Lives and be Cost Effective

May 30, 2000

For immediate release: May 30, 2000 Boston, MA and San Francisco, CA--Just as use of Pap smears has led to a dramatic drop in cervical cancer, so screening for anal cancer among gay and bisexual...

Job Stress Taxes Health

May 26, 2000

For immediate release: May 26, 2000  Boston, MA--Women in jobs that entail high work demands, low levels of job control, and who have little workplace social support are more likely to...

Violence in G-rated Animated Feature Films

May 23, 2000

For immediate release: May 23, 2000  Boston, MA--G-rated animated feature films are not as violence free as their rating suggests. A study of G-rated animated feature films available for...

Children Are Less Active Than They Think

May 14, 2000

For immediate release: May 14, 2000  Boston, MA--In a study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers, children demonstrated a misperception of their physical activity, estimating...

US Seniors Bear Drug Cost Hardship Compared to Similar Nations

May 08, 2000

For immediate release: May 08, 2000  Boston, MA--An international survey of five government sponsored health care programs for the elderly, including Medicare in the United States, revealed...

HSPH Report Quantifies Health Impact of Air Pollution From Two Massachusetts Power Plants

May 04, 2000

 For immediate release: May 04, 2000 Boston, MA--Air pollution from two Massachusetts coal-fired power plants contributes to particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone...

Higher Intake of Dairy Products May Be Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk

April 04, 2000

Boston, MA--New data from a long-term study suggest an association between consumption of higher quantities of dietary calcium and risk of prostate cancer. According to researchers from the Harvard School...

Uncontrolled, but Controllable, Variabilities Hold Greatest Potential for Managing Health Costs and Quality Improvement

March 22, 2000

For immediate release: March 22, 2000  Boston, MA--New methods for optimizing cost effectiveness in managed care are proposed by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and...

College Student Binge Drinking Rates Remain High Despite Efforts by School Administrations

March 14, 2000

For immediate release: March 14, 2000 Boston, MA--Despite several years of increasing efforts on the part of school administrations, binge drinking has remained constant while, alarmingly, the...

Air Pollution Deadlier Than Previously Thought

March 02, 2000

For immediate release: March 02, 2000 Boston MA: "Air pollution kills about 70,000 Americans each year," said Joel Schwartz, associate professor of environmental health at HSPH. "That's...

Studies Analyze Prevalence of Medical Adverse Events and Negligence During Hospitalization

March 01, 2000

For immediate release: March 01, 2000 Boston, MA--In two separate studies examining medical adverse events, which occur during hospitalization, researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH)...

Researchers Find Possible Link Between Snoring and Cardiovascular Disease in Women

February 01, 2000

For immediate release: February 01, 2000 Boston, MA--Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have found that snoring may be a marker for...

WHAT IS YOUR RISK?

January 19, 2000

For immediate release: January 19, 2000 Web Site Recommendations Could Help Prevent 50% of All Cancers in the US Boston, MA--The Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention announced the availability...

First Healthcare Report on US Children in a Decade Quantifies Hospitalizations, Insurance, and Ambulatory Care

January 13, 2000

For immediate release: January 13, 2000 Boston, MA, January 13, 2000--Taking a comprehensive look at healthcare delivery to children for the first time in more than a decade, a report by the...

Diesel or Natural Gas? New Harvard Study Finds Environmental Pros and Cons with Both

January 10, 2000

For immediate release: January 10, 2000 Boston, MA--Which fuel is the right choice for heavy trucks and buses? It's a decision facing policymakers in California, at the EPA, and at government...