Press Releases

2003 Releases

Many Americans at High Risk from the Flu Have Not Gotten Vaccinated This Season

December 23, 2003

For immediate release:  December 23, 2003 Audio clips featured below BOSTON, MA -- The latest national poll conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health Project on the Public and Biological...

Adolescents Who Increase the Amount of TV They Watch Decrease the Amount of Fruits and Vegetables They Eat

December 08, 2003

For immediate release:  December 08, 2003 Boston, MA— Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, in the first study to assess the relationship between the amount of...

Strategies to Help AIDS Patients Take Their Medicines are Cost Effective

November 24, 2003

For immediate release:  November 24, 2003 Boston, MA— The effectiveness of antiretroviral therapy for HIV infection depends on how well patients adhere to complicated drug regimens....

James K. Hammitt Named New Director of the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis

November 17, 2003

For immediate release:  November 17, 2003 Boston, MA— James Hammitt, professor of economics and decision sciences in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School...

Pregnant Women Who Smoke Heavily Increase the Risk That Their Children Will Also Smoke Heavily Later in Life

November 01, 2003

For immediate release:  November 01, 2003 Audio clips featuring lead author Stephen Buka can be found below Boston, MA— In the first long-term study to assess the effect of maternal...

Reanalysis of Mad Cow Disease Confirms Risk is Low in the U.S.

October 31, 2003

For immediate release:  October 31, 2003 Boston, MA— A study by the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis (HCRA) at the Harvard School of Public Health, assessing the likelihood of mad...

Harvard School of Public Health and Kennedy School of Government Launch BioTerror Preparedness Academy

October 17, 2003

For immediate release:  October 17, 2003 Boston, MA— The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded a $250,000 start-up grant to Harvard’s School of Public...

NBC Today's Katie Couric to Receive Highest Honor from Harvard School of Public Health for Colon Cancer Work

October 16, 2003

For immediate release:  October 16, 2003  Boston, MA- Harvard School of Public Health will award its highest honor to Katie Couric, the longtime co-anchor of NBC’s Today,...

Smoking Causes Nearly 5 Million Deaths Annually Worldwide

September 12, 2003

For immediate release:  September 12, 2003   Audio clip from researcher Majid Ezzati can be found below  Boston, MA— Globally, nearly 5 million premature deaths were caused...

Regular Use of Anti-Inflammatory Drugs May Reduce Parkinson's Disease Risk

August 18, 2003

For immediate release:  August 18, 2003 Boston, MA— Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, in the first study to investigate the potential benefit in humans of the...

Prevalence of Erectile Dysfunction Increases With Age

August 05, 2003

For immediate release:  August 05, 2003 Boston, MA— In the first large-scale study to assess age and erectile function, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found...

Four in Ten Americans in High-Mosquito Areas Are Not Yet Taking Precautions Against West Nile/Mosquito Bites

July 31, 2003

For immediate release:  July 31, 2003 BOSTON, MA — A new study, conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health Project on the Public and Biological Security shortly after this year’s...

Significant Global Health Gains Could Be Made by Reducing Well-known Risk Factors

July 25, 2003

For immediate release:  July 25, 2003 Boston, MA- Life expectancy could be significantly increased in the poorest areas of the world if well-known, major risk factors are highlighted and...

As Testing Campaigns Identify More People With Asymptomatic Hepatitis C Infection, Benefits, Risks and Cost-Effectiveness of Early Treatment Uncertain

July 08, 2003

For immediate release: July 08, 2003 Boston, MA - In the first analysis that takes into account the variety in progression of hepatitis C infection, researchers at Harvard School of Public Health’s...

Close Adherence to a Traditional Mediterranean Diet Promotes Longevity

June 25, 2003

For immediate release:  June 25, 2003 Boston, MA— Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Athens Medical School, Athens, Greece, assessed the dietary...

Survey Finds SARS Having a Significant Psychological, Economic Impact On Lives of Toronto Residents

June 16, 2003

For immediate release:  June 16, 2003 Boston, MA—A new study by the Harvard School of Public Health Project on the Public and Biological Security and Health Canada (the federal department...

Pregnant Women Carrying Boys Eat More Than Those Carrying Girls

June 06, 2003

For immediate release:  June 06, 2003 Boston, MA – In the first study to examine why newborn boys are heavier than girls, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and...

Conclusion of U.S. Government's Inquiry into HSPH Genetic Research in China

May 30, 2003

For immediate release:  May 30, 2003  In a letter dated May 2, 2003, the U.S. Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) has informed us that its last few remaining questions have...

SARS Model Shows Virus Has Potential To Spread Widely in the Absence of Effective Public Health Interventions

May 23, 2003

For immediate release:  May 23, 2003 Boston, MA—Using a computer model to quantify and predict the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), researchers at Harvard School...

Survey Finds SARS Worries Down: But One-Third of Americans Think SARS Made Canada Travel Unsafe

May 21, 2003

For immediate release:  May 21, 2003  Boston, MA – A new study by the Harvard School of Public Health Project on the Public and Biological Security finds that concern about a...

Study Shows Association between Phthalates and Poor Human Semen Quality

May 20, 2003

For immediate release:  May 20, 2003  Boston, MA—In a study of the possible association between phthalate exposure and human semen quality, researchers at Harvard School of Public...

Survey Finds Many Americans Avoiding International Air Travel, Asian Retailers Due to Fear of SARS

April 29, 2003

For immediate release:  April 29, 2003  Boston, MA— A new study by the Harvard School of Public Health Project on the Public and Biological Security finds that 17 percent of...

CNG Yields More Health Improvement Than 'Clean Diesel' for Urban Buses

April 03, 2003

For immediate release:  April 03, 2003 Boston, MA - An analysis of the two most popular alternative propulsion technologies for reducing air pollution from urban transit buses finds that...

Survey Shows Few Americans Making Preparations In Case of a Terrorist Attack Despite Department of Homeland Security Warnings and Recommendations

April 17, 2003

For immediate release:  April 17, 2003 BOSTON, MA –  A new study by the Harvard School of Public Health Project on the Public and Biological Security finds that although most...

Kids Risk Symposium Yields Findings on Role of Baby Bath Seats in Unintentional Drownings; Evaluates Corporate Commitment to Helping Children

April 14, 2003

For immediate release:  April 14, 2003 Boston, MA— A study released from the Harvard School of Public Health’s Kids Risk Project, led by Kimberly Thompson, associate professor...

Women Who Reduce Sedentary Behaviors Significantly Reduce Risk for Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity

April 08, 2003

For immediate release:  April 08, 2003 Boston, MA— A new study from the Harvard School of Public Health finds that women who avoid sedentary behaviors such as watching television...

Multiple Sclerosis Linked to Previous Infection with Epstein-Barr Virus

March 25, 2003

For immediate release:  March 25, 2003 Boston, MA -- Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research have linked elevated blood levels...

Study Shows Acrylamide In Baked And Fried Foods Does Not Increase Risk Of Certain Cancers In Humans

January 28, 2003

For immediate release:  January 28, 2003 Boston, MA— In the first study to assess the role of high levels of dietary acrylamide (found in certain cooked or fried foods) and risk of...

Massachusetts Health Commissioner Howard Koh To Join Faculty At Harvard School Of Public Health

January 14, 2003

For immediate release:  January 14, 2003 Boston, MA—Dr. Howard K. Koh, Commissioner of Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 1997, has agreed to join the faculty...

Many Americans in High-Mosquito Areas Think Their Family Likely to Get West Nile Virus Within Next 12 Months

January 13, 2003

For immediate release:  January 13, 2003 BOSTON, MA — A new study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers suggests that a substantial number of people in high-mosquito areas...

Study Finds Frequent Consumption of Alcohol Linked to Lower Risk of Heart Attack in Men

January 08, 2003

For immediate release:  January 08, 2003 BOSTON – Daily or near-daily servings of beer, wine or spirits may help protect men from heart attacks, according to the results of a large,...

Nutrition Source Web Site Offers the Latest News and Research on Diet and Health from Trusted Authority

January 02, 2003

For immediate release:  January 02, 2003 Boston, MA— The Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health has created a comprehensive web site designed to inform and...