Press Releases

2004 Releases

Study Finds that Both Weight and Exercise Are Key to Longevity

December 22, 2004

For immediate release:  December 22, 2004  Boston, MA— New research findings from the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s...

Regular Use of Vitamin E Supplements Linked to Reduced Risk of Death From ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)

December 17, 2004

For immediate release:  December 17, 2004   Boston, MA— Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and the American Cancer Society have found that regular use of...

Six in Ten Seniors and Nearly Half of Chronically Ill Adults who Tried to Get Flu Vaccine Were Successful

December 16, 2004

For immediate release:  December 16, 2004   Boston, MA -- A Harvard School of Public Health national survey released today found 63% of seniors and 46% of adults with chronic illnesses...

January '05 Campaign Targets Baby Boomers: "Share what you know. Mentor a child!"

December 16, 2004

For immediate release:  December 16, 2004  BOSTON — Final plans have been announced for the fourth annual National Mentoring Month (NMM) campaign scheduled for January 2005. For...

Analysis of 1918 Flu Pandemic Suggests Vaccines Could Control Future Flu Threat

December 15, 2004

For immediate release:  December 15, 2004   Boston, MA --  If a flu pandemic similar to the deadly one that spread in 1918 occurs, it may be possible to keep the pandemic in...

Military Casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan Show 10 Percent Mortality Rate, Lowest Ever in Wartime

December 08, 2004

For immediate release:  December 08, 2004   Boston, MA-- In an essay with major implications for military policy, "Casualties of War -- Military Care for the Wounded from...

New Program on the Global Demography of Aging Established

November 15, 2004

For immediate release:  November 15, 2004   BOSTON, MA  -- A new Program on the Global Demography of Aging led by David Bloom, chair of the Department of Population and International...

HSPH Receives NIH Roadmap Funding to Train Predoctoral Students and Postdoctoral Scientists in Interdisciplinary Investigation of Genetics and Complex Diseases

October 29, 2004

For immediate release:  October 29, 2004  BOSTON, MA-- HSPH has established an Interdisciplinary Training in Genetics and Complex Diseases program, funded by the federal government as...

Harvard School of Public Health Raises Alarm on Persistent Smoking Threat

October 21, 2004

For immediate release:  October 21, 2004 Boston, MA-- Harvard School of Public Health today called for a renewed national effort against a persistent smoking threat as prevention efforts...

FAA Establishes Consortium that Includes HSPH to Study Safety of Airliner Cabin Environment

October 20, 2004

For immediate release:  October 20, 2004 Boston, MA - HSPH has been named a member of a new, federally established consortium that will investigate the health and safety of air quality, including...

Scientists Identify Major Molecular Pathway That Leads to Diabetes

October 14, 2004

For immediate release:  October 14, 2004 Boston, MA— Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health have discovered what they believe is the fundamental mechanism within cells that links...

Repeated Retesting of Women with Chlamydia Proves to be a Cost-Effective Strategy for Preserving Reproductive Health

October 04, 2004

For immediate release:  October 04, 2004 Boston, MA— Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health assessed the cost-effectiveness and clinical benefits of currently existing...

Harvard-Based National Preparedness Leadership Initiative Awarded $750,000 Grant from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

September 29, 2004

For immediate release:  September 29, 2004 Boston, MA— The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded a $752,000 grant to Harvard’s School of Public Health and...

New Model Finds that Current Strategies May Not Contain Multidrug- resistant TB

September 19, 2004

For immediate release:  September 19, 2004  Boston, MA- Challenging the notion that multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) poses a low threat to populations, epidemiologists at the...

Residents of States Reporting Most West Nile Virus Cases are Less Likely to Take Precautions Against Mosquitoes

September 15, 2004

For immediate release:  September 15, 2004  BOSTON, MA — A new national study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health Project on the Public and Biological Security finds...

Frequent Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Linked to Greater Weight Gain and Type 2 Diabetes in Women

August 24, 2004

For immediate release:  August 24, 2004  Boston, MA— Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s...

Caulking Found to be Unrecognized Source of PCB Contamination in Schools and Other Buildings

July 20, 2004

For immediate release: July 20, 2004  Boston, MA—Environmental health researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have identified caulking and sealing materials as an unrecognized...

Survey Finds Most Air Travelers Want to Be Contacted After Possible Exposure to a Serious Contagious Disease

July 19, 2004

For immediate release: July 19, 2004 Boston, MA – A new study by the Harvard School of Public Health Project on the Public and Biological Security finds that the vast majority (94%) of air...

Study Finds "Ratings Creep": Movie Ratings Categories Contain More Violence, Sex, Profanity than Decade Ago

July 13, 2004

For immediate release: July 13, 2004 Boston, MA - Violence, sex, and profanity increased significantly in movies between 1992 and 2003 according to a study by researchers from the Kids Risk Project...

New Center at HSPH to Research Health Effects of Children's Exposure to Heavy Metals

July 07, 2004

For immediate release: July 07, 2004 Boston, MA – A newly funded Center for Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)...

HSPH Researchers Develop New Tool for Monitoring Health Disparities

July 06, 2004

For immediate release: July 06, 2004 Boston, MA – Five years in the making and available at no charge, the Public Health Disparities Geocoding Project Monograph (http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/thegeocodingproject/webpage/monograph/)...

Multivitamin Supplements Delay Progression of HIV Among Women

June 30, 2004

For immediate release: June 30, 2004 Boston, MA— A simple daily regimen of multivitamins can significantly delay the progress of the AIDS virus according to the results of a study of HIV...

Harvard Expands Popular Website to Include Risk Assessments for Cancer, Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes, and Osteoporosis

June 28, 2004

For immediate release: June 28, 2004  Boston, MA – The Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention announced the launch of Your Disease Risk (http://www.yourdiseaserisk.harvard.edu/), an expanded...

Research Finds U.S. Lags Far Behind Scores of Countries Globally in Guaranteeing Working Conditions that Support Working Families

June 16, 2004

For immediate release: June 16, 2004  Boston, MA— A new report of research on 168 countries led by Jody Heymann, Associate Professor of Society, Health and Human Development at the...

Government of Cyprus Commits to Establish International Initiative for the Environment and Public Health in Association with the Harvard School of Public Health

June 02, 2004

For immediate release: June 02, 2004  Boston, MA—The Government of the Republic of Cyprus will establish an international research, education and training effort for the environment...

Researchers Say Massachusetts Family Courts Fail to Protect Battered Women and Their Children

May 27, 2004

For immediate release: May 27, 2004  Boston, MA- Taking a novel approach to the analysis of child custody awards in cases where domestic violence is involved, researchers at Harvard School...

Study Measures Literacy Skills Critical to Good Health

May 05, 2004

For immediate release: May 05, 2004   Boston, MA and Princeton, NJ -- With billions of dollars being spent every year on health care, a new study from Educational Testing Service (ETS)...

Airborne Transmission Underestimated As Cause When Investigating Disease Outbreaks

April 21, 2004

For immediate release: April 21, 2004   Boston, MA— Current thinking on how most communicable respiratory infections are spread --- by large droplets over short distances or...

Study on Patterns of Drinking and Poor Mental Health in College Finds Depressed Young Women at Highest Risk of Alcohol Abuse

April 08, 2004

For immediate release: April 08, 2004    Boston, MA – In a study undertaken to describe patterns of depression and alcohol abuse among young adults in college, research...

Reanalysis Finds Mammograms Are Effective

April 02, 2004

For immediate release: April 02, 2004    Boston, MA--The effectiveness of mammography (screening for breast cancer by x-rays) is addressed in the latest issue of the International...

Harvard School of Public Health's AIDS Treatment Care and Prevention Initiative in Africa Receives $107 million 5 year Grant from White House For Rapid Antiretroviral Program Expansion

February 23, 2004

For immediate release: February 23, 2004    Boston, MA— At a State Department press conference today in Washington D.C., Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson,...

Higher Body Iron Stores Predict Future Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes in Women

February 10, 2004

For immediate release: February 10, 2004  Boston, MA— In the first large study to assess iron stores and risk of type 2 diabetes in an apparently healthy population, researchers...

Prenatal Exposure to Mercury From a Maternal Diet High in Seafood Can Irreversibly Impair Certain Brain Functions in Children

February 06, 2004

For immediate release: February 06, 2004  Boston, MA— With methylmercury a worldwide contaminant of seafood and freshwater fish and known to produce adverse nervous system effects,...

Report Finds Massachusetts Girls Lag Behind Boys in Sports Participation

February 03, 2004

For immediate release: February 03, 2004  Boston, MA— A report from the Harvard Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Harvard School of Public Health...

Most Americans Not Concerned About Getting Mad Cow Disease

February 02, 2004

For immediate release: February 02, 2004  BOSTON, MA- A new national study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health Project on the Public and Biological Security finds that most...

U.S. Awards $20.5 Million Biodefense Grant to Harvard School of Public Health to Study Immune System Response to Pathogens

January 26, 2004

For immediate release: January 26, 2004  Boston, MA- The federal government has awarded Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) a $20.5 million biodefense grant to study the immune system...

High Intake of Vitamin D Linked to Reduced Risk of Multiple Sclerosis

January 12, 2004

For immediate release: January 12, 2004 Boston, MA— In the first prospective study to assess the relationship between vitamin D intake in women and the risk of developing multiple sclerosis...

FAMU and HSPH Receive $6 Million from NIH to Help Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

January 12, 2004

For immediate release: January 12, 2004 Boston, MA - Florida A&M University, in partnership with the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), has received a $6 million grant from the National...

For-Profit Health Plans Did Not Restrict Medicare Beneficiaries' Use of High-Cost Operative Procedures

January 07, 2004

For immediate release: January 07, 2004 Boston, MA— Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, comparing data on the rates of use of 12 specific high-cost operative procedures...

Long-Term Coffee Consumption Linked to Reduced Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

January 05, 2004

For immediate release: January 05, 2004 Boston, MA— A study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital has found that participants who...