Press Releases

2001 Releases

High Levels of Epstein-Barr Virus Antibodies in Women Linked to Risk of Multiple Sclerosis

December 26, 2001

For immediate release:  December 26, 2001 Boston, MA— Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health have found that elevated levels of specific antibodies that fight a range...

Survey Shows Anthrax Incidents Have Impact on People?s Worries and Behaviors in Three Cities Where Bioterrorism Reported

December 17, 2001

For immediate release:  December 17, 2001  BOSTON, MA – The latest study by the Harvard School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation polling attitudes toward...

Analysis of Potential Mad Cow Risk in US Finds Little Chance of Disease Spread

November 30, 2001

For immediate release:  November 30, 2001  Boston, MA – Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE, or Mad Cow disease) has not been detected in the United States. The first major...

Study Shows HIV-1 Infected Children and Adolescents Benefit Greatly from Combination Therapy Including Protease Inhibitors

November 21, 2001

For immediate release:  November 21, 2001  Boston, MA— In the first prospective study in the US to look at the effect of combination therapy that includes protease inhibitors...

Research Suggests Optimistic Attitude Can Reduce Risk of Heart Disease in Older Men

November 21, 2001

For immediate release:  November 21, 2001  Boston, MA – Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs have linked a more optimistic...

Survey Shows Americans Not Panicking over Anthrax, but Starting to Take Steps to Protect Themselves Against Possible Bioterrorist Attacks

November 08, 2001

For immediate release:  November 08, 2001 Members of postal worker households significantly more worried about contracting anthrax Americans show weak trust of various public officials...

Research Highlights Ways Parents Can Reduce Children's TV Viewing Time

September 24, 2001

For immediate release:  September 24, 2001  Boston, MA — Access to television has a direct association with children’s hours of viewing and school-related activity, according...

Study Links Combination of Health Risk Behaviors with a Greater Risk for Type 2 Diabetes in Women

September 13, 2001

For immediate release:  September 13, 2001  Boston, MA – Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health have linked a combination of lifestyle behaviors such as poor diet,...

Study Shows Strong Public Interest in Genetic Testing for Alzheimer?s Disease

September 06, 2001

For immediate release:  September 06, 2001  Boston, MA—Approximately 80 percent of adults responding to a random telephone survey would be willing to take a test to determine...

Medicaid Coverage for Anti-AIDS Drugs Would be Cost Effective

August 31, 2001

For immediate release:  August 31, 2001  Boston, MA - People without health insurance who are HIV-positive cannot get Medicaid coverage for antiretroviral drugs, the so-called "AIDS...

Study Examines Hazardous Seating of Children in Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes

August 10, 2001

For immediate release:  August 10, 2001  Boston, MA – A study of fatal automobile crashes by the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis shows that more children are being seated in...

Dating Violence Against Adolescent Girls Linked with Teen Pregnancy, Suicide Attempts, and Other Health Risk Behaviors

July 31, 2001

For immediate release: July 31, 2001  Boston, MA -- Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, the Boston University School of Public Health and the Massachusetts Department...

Study Finds Significant Amounts of Violence in Video Games Rated as Suitable for All Ages

July 31, 2001

For immediate release: July 31, 2001  Boston, MA -- Public concern about the amount of violence in video games led to the 1994 creation of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB)...

New Research Shows Deadliest Form of Malaria is Younger Than Previously Believed and Comes From a Single Parasite Ancestor

July 19, 2001

For immediate release: July 19, 2001 Boston, MA— Researchers from the Harvard-Oxford Malaria Genome Diversity Project studying the genome sequence of the most lethal strain of malaria,...

No-Fault Compensation for Medical Injury Proposed as Incentive for Reporting and Correcting Hospital Error, Improving Patient Safety

July 10, 2001

For immediate release: July 10, 2001 Boston, MA— A blameless system for compensation of medical injury, similar to that used in Sweden, should cost no more than the current malpractice...

Preventing Cervical Cancer in Developing Nations

July 26, 2001

For immediate release: July 26, 2001 Boston, MA-- An analysis of cervical cancer in the developing world, where the disease is the leading cause of cancer death in women, finds that between...

Increasing Daily Servings of Green Leafy Vegetables and Fruits Rich in Vitamin C Reduces Risk of Heart Disease

June 18, 2001

For immediate release: June 18, 2001 Boston, MA--Individuals who regularly consume fruits and vegetables, in particular green leafy vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin C, reduce the risk...

Depiction of Alcohol and Tobacco Use in G-Rated Animated Films Still High Despite Decline

June 04, 2001

For immediate release: June 04, 2001  Boston, MA--A study by researchers of the Harvard School of Public Health's Center for Risk Analysis finds that nearly half of all the G-rated animated...

Researchers Develop Mice Resistant to Atherosclerosis

May 30, 2001

For immediate release: May 30, 2001  Boston, MA--A team of researchers, led by Gökhan S. Hotamisligil, Associate Professor of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, has successfully...

Caffeine Linked to Protection from Parkinson's Disease

May 03, 2001

For immediate release: May 03, 2001  Boston MA – In the first comprehensive examination of caffeine consumption from a variety of sources and the risk of developing Parkinson’s...

Nurse Staffing Levels Directly Impact Patient Health and Survival

April 23, 2001

For immediate release: April 23, 2001  Boston MA – The size and mix of nurse staffing in US hospitals has a direct impact on the outcome of patient health. The finding comes from...

The Harvard Malaria Initiative, Medicines for Malaria Venture, and Roll Back Malaria Receive Funding for Malaria Prevention from ExxonMobil

April 17, 2001

For immediate release: April 17, 2001 BOSTON, MA– Three key programs in malaria prevention, the Harvard Malaria Initiative, Medicines for Malaria Venture, and Roll Back Malaria, have...

Measures of Hair Nicotine Show Non-Smoking Bar and Restaurant Workers Inhale Smoke Equivalent to Active Smokers

April 04, 2001

For immediate release: April 04, 2001 Boston, MA--- The exposure of bar and restaurant staff to tobacco smoke from patrons can be as high as the exposure of active smokers, according to a study...

Students Entering College as Nonsmokers 40 Percent Less Likely to Take Up Smoking When They Live in Smoke-Free Dorms

March 22, 2001

For immediate release: March 22, 2001 BOSTON, MA – College students who live in smoke-free dorms are 40 percent less likely to take up smoking than their counterparts who live in unrestricted...

Expensive Multi-drug Treatment For HIV is Cost Effective

March 15, 2001

For immediate release: March 15, 2001 Boston, MA--Combination drug therapy for AIDS, despite its great expense, is a cost-effective use of resources, according to a study in the March 15 edition...

Genetic Testing of HIV to Identify Resistance to Drug Treatment Found to be Cost-effective

March 19, 2001

For immediate release: March 19, 2001 Boston, MA--Despite significant gains in treating people with HIV, antiretroviral drug therapy initially fails in nearly half of those patients. A common...

Raising Teens: Harvard Study Defines Clear Roles for Parents in Preventing Violence, Drug Abuse and Mental Illness

March 12, 2001

For immediate release: March 12, 2001 Boston, MA - Adolescence creates turmoil, not only because of changes in teens but also because parents and communities don't always know how to help. And...

President Bush to Nominate Risk Analysis Leader Graham to Regulatory Post in Office of Management and Budget

March 08, 2001

For immediate release: March 08, 2001 Boston, MA-- President George W. Bush has announced his intention to nominate John D. Graham, founding director of the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis...

Study Shows Gene Variety Provides Health Benefits for Moderate Drinkers

February 21, 2001

For immediate release: February 21, 2001 Boston, MA - Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have found that moderate alcohol consumption among...

Study Finds Increased Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Promotes Childhood Obesity

February 15, 2001

For immediate release: February 15, 2001 Boston, MA -- Researchers from Children’s Hospital Boston and the Harvard School of Public Health have conducted the first long-term study to examine...

Study Finds Increased Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Does Not Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer

February 13, 2001

For immediate release: February 13, 2001 Boston, MA.-- In the largest study of diet and breast cancer to date, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and institutions from four...

Study Finds No Link Between Hepatitis B Vaccine and Risk of Multiple Sclerosis

January 31, 2001

For immediate release: January 31, 2001 Boston, MA. – A research team led by Alberto Ascherio, associate professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health,...

Harvard Study Shows Drivers are Placing Children in Rear Seat After Enactment of Law and Penalties

January 29, 2001

For immediate release: January 29, 2001 Boston, MA.-- A study by the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis finds that a state law requiring children to ride in the rear seat of motor vehicles has...

Lowering Iron Levels Does Not Cut Risk of Heart Attack for Men

January 08, 2001

For immediate release: January 08, 2001 Boston, MA. -- Harvard School of Public Health researchers have determined that men in the US who donate blood do reduce iron stores in the body but do...

Study Quantifies Children's Mouthing of Objects

January 08, 2001

For immediate release: January 08, 2001 Boston, MA.--A study evaluating children's mouthing of non-food objects finds that children under three years old spend an average of 36 minutes per day...

Study Details Impact of Pollution on Public Health from Nine Older Fossil Fuel Power Plants in Illinois

January 03, 2001

For immediate release: January 03, 2001 Boston, MA -- Air pollution from nine older coal-burning power plants in Illinois contributes to particulate matter, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide...

Strict enforcement of lead-exposure-prevention policies shows clear benefits

March 30, 2001

For immediate release: March 30, 2001 Boston, MA – Children who live in communities that strictly enforce lead poisoning prevention regulations are less likely to be lead poisoned than...