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2005 Releases

New Campaign Urges Baby Boomers to 'Give Back'

December 21, 2005

For immediate release:  December 21, 2005 Boston, MA -- With the Baby Boomer Generation set to celebrate its milestone 60th birthday on January 1, the Harvard School of Public Health and...

Study Finds For-Profit Health Plans Deliver Lower Quality Care Than Not-For-Profit Health Plans

December 20, 2005

For immediate release:  December 20, 2005 Boston, MA - Federal policy has encouraged enrollment of Medicare beneficiaries in health plans, the majority of which are for-profit plans. Eric...

Renewed EPA Funding for Harvard School of Public Health Research Focuses on Major Component of Air Pollution

December 16, 2005

For immediate release:  December 16, 2005 Boston, MA - Continued EPA funding is supporting research at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) to study how particulate matter -- a major...

Michael T. Huguenin, Environmental Research Entrepreneur, Joins Harvard Center for Risk Analysis as Executive Director

December 01, 2005

For immediate release:  December 01, 2005   Boston, MA -- Michael T. Huguenin, an entrepreneur and manager who built highly-regarded consulting organizations, has joined the Harvard...

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Funds Three-Year Grant for Nieman Fellowship in Global Health Reporting

November 29, 2005

For immediate release:  November 29, 2005 CAMBRIDGE, MA --Nieman Fellowships in global health reporting have been established at Harvard University as a joint initiative of the Nieman Foundation...

Harvard School of Public Health Awarded $30 Million to Study Long-term Effects on Children of Antiretroviral Drug Exposure in Utero and as Newborns

November 28, 2005

For immediate release:  November 28, 2005 Boston, MA - Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health have been awarded a $30 million 5-year grant to study the long-term effects on children...

Research Finds Nine Behavioral and Environmental Risk Factors Play a Major Role in Causing Deaths from Cancer Globally

November 17, 2005

For immediate release:  November 17, 2005   Boston, MA - Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and a network of collaborators estimated mortality for 12 types...

Dramatic Worldwide Drop in Cervical Cancer Possible through Use of Simple, Cost-Effective Methods

November 16, 2005

For immediate release:  November 16, 2005   Boston, MA The number of women dying from cervical cancer could be lowered by 30 to 50 percent if simple, cost-effective methods were...

Internal Documents Show Cigarette Manufacturers Developed Candy-flavored Brands Specifically to Target Youth Market Despite Promises

November 10, 2005

For immediate release:  November 10, 2005 Boston, MA – New research from the Harvard School of Public Health finds that cigarette makers are targeting young smokers with candy and liqueur-flavored...

HIV-Infected Adults in Botswana Respond Positively to ARV Therapy Public Treatment Program

November 03, 2005

For immediate release:  November 03, 2005 Boston, MA – With preliminary results from a study in Botswana, Harvard School of Public Health researchers have found that people with HIV-1...

Study Finds Government Advisories on Fish Consumption and Mercury May Do More Harm Than Good

October 19, 2005

For immediate release:  October 19, 2005   Boston, MA – A comparison of the risks and benefits of fish consumption suggests that government advisories warning women of childbearing...

Activist Erin Brockovich and Former Institute Director Kenneth Olden Receive Richmond Awards for Their Promotion of Environmental Health

October 18, 2005

For immediate release:  October 18, 2005   Boston, MA—Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) has awarded its highest honor for the protection of vulnerable populations and...

Harvard School of Public Health Study Finds Vaccines Boost the Economies of Poor Countries

October 14, 2005

For immediate release:  October 14, 2005 BOSTON, MA -- Immunization programs in impoverished countries not only save lives, they boost economies, finds a study by researchers with the Harvard...

HSPH Department Chairs Meir Stampfer and Walter Willett Most Cited Scientists of the Decade in Clinical Medicine

September 23, 2005

For immediate release:  September 23, 2005   Boston, MA – Meir Stampfer, Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) has been ranked...

$500,000 MacArthur 'Genius' Grant Awarded to Sue Goldie, Physician and Researcher Who Applies Decision Science to Global Women's Health

September 20, 2005

For immediate release:  September 20, 2005 Boston, MA -- Public health researcher Dr. Sue Goldie, Associate Professor of Health Decision Science at Harvard School of Public Health,...

Survey of Katrina Evacuees in Houston Finds Half of Those Trapped in Homes Waited Three Days or More for Rescue: Many Had Chronic Health Problems and No Health Insurance

September 16, 2005

For immediate release:  September 16, 2005 Boston, MA -- To give voice to people whose lives have been devastated by Hurricane Katrina and the ensuing floods, The Washington Post, the Kaiser...

Link Suggested Between Regions on Two Chromosomes and Bipolar Disorder

September 15, 2005

For immediate release:  September 15, 2005 Boston, MA-An international team of 53 researchers has offered the most convincing evidence so far linking bipolar disorder, also known as manic...

Study Links DDT Residues to Early Miscarriages

September 14, 2005

For immediate release:  September 14, 2005   Boston, MA – Healthy, nonsmoking women with high levels of DDT residues in their bloodstream are far more likely to miscarry during...

USA Today/Kaiser/HSPH Release Comprehensive Survey Examining How Americans Are Being Affected By Health Care Costs

September 01, 2005

For immediate release:  September 01, 2005   USA Today, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health today released results from a new comprehensive survey...

Harvard Researchers Gather More Evidence Implicating Menthol in Health Disparities Between White and Black Smokers

August 18, 2005

For immediate release:  August 18, 2005   Boston - In two papers appearing in the August 2005 issue of Nicotine & Tobacco Research, Harvard University researchers describe new...

New Study Shows African-American Seniors Receive Fewer Life-Saving Surgeries than Whites

August 17, 2005

For immediate release:  August 17, 2005 Boston, Mass. – A major study examining differences in the health care that black and white seniors receive will be published in the August 18th...

Research on Female Twins Finds Adult Occupational Class Influences Adult Health, Above and Beyond Early Life Conditions

July 25, 2005

For immediate release:  July 25, 2005 Boston, MA – Nancy Krieger, professor of society, human development and health at the Harvard School of Public Health and colleagues, compared...

First Study to Assess Quality of Care in Hospitals Across the U.S. Finds High Variability Among Regions and Even Within Individual Hospitals

July 20, 2005

For immediate release:  July 20, 2005 Listen to Dr. Ashish Jha discuss the study at the bottom of the page. Boston, MA – Ashish Jha, assistant professor of health policy and management...

Despite Conflicting Studies about Obesity, Most Americans Think the Problem Remains Serious

July 14, 2005

For immediate release:  July 14, 2005 Boston, MA -- The past year has seen scientific studies that have varied in their estimates of the seriousness of obesity and overweight and their impact...

Harvard Scientists Report Public Health Impact of 1990 Iraq Invasion of Kuwait: Higher Rates of Mortality Evident Among Kuwaiti Civilians Who Remained in Kuwait During Occupation

June 29, 2005

For immediate release:  June 29, 2005 Boston, MA-- Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) made public today the findings of Phase I of their investigation of the public...

Harvard School of Public Health Student Kevin Chan Wins $160,000 Trudeau Foundation Scholarship

June 23, 2005

For immediate release:  June 23, 2005 Boston, MA -- A Harvard School of Public Health doctoral student, Dr. Kevin Chan, has been awarded Canada's largest scholarship for doctoral studies...

Inner Structure of Cells Behaves Much as Molten Glass

June 20, 2005

For immediate release:  June 20, 2005 Boston, MA - An international team led by Jeffrey Fredberg, professor of bioengineering and physiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, has found...

Researchers Find High Levels of Phthalates in Infants Receiving Treatment in Neonatal Intensive Care Units That Use Medical Devices Containing Phthalates

June 08, 2005

For immediate release:  June 08, 2005   Boston, MA - Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), two Harvard-affiliated hospitals, and the U.S. Centers for Disease...

Research Finds Diabetics Susceptible to Compromised Cardiovascular Function From High Levels of Air Pollution

June 07, 2005

For immediate release:  June 07, 2005 Boston, MA - Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and colleagues assessed the effect of high air pollution levels, specifically emissions...

Statistical Method Provides Unprecedented Look at Genetic Underpinnings of Complex Diseases

June 05, 2005

For immediate release:  June 05, 2005 Boston, MA-In a conceptual breakthrough, a team of researchers led by statisticians at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) has figured out how...

Air Pollution Linked to Increased Risk for Dangerous Arrhythmias Among People with Implanted Cardioverter Defibrillators

June 01, 2005

For immediate release:  June 01, 2005 Boston MA – Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and colleagues from Boston area medical institutions have linked short term...

Tobacco Companies Designed Cigarettes "To Addict Women" According to New Study

May 29, 2005

For immediate release:  May 29, 2005 Boston, MA --A new analysis of tobacco industry documents provides evidence that cigarette companies intentionally modified their products to promote...

Leprosy Microbes Lead Scientists to Immune Discovery

May 27, 2005

For immediate release:  May 27, 2005  Boston, MA-With the unusual opportunity that human leprosy infections provide for study of human immune responses, scientists have discovered how...

Survey of Academic Medical Centers' Agreements with Industry Finds Differing Standards for Control of Clinical Trial Results

May 25, 2005

For immediate release:  May 25, 2005 Boston MA – Approximately 70 percent of clinical drug trials in the U.S. are funded by industry sponsors. A survey of academic medical centers found...

The State of Colorectal Cancer in Massachusetts: Despite Decrease, Rates Remain High

May 23, 2005

For immediate release:  May 23, 2005 (Boston, MA) -- The Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention at the Harvard School of Public Health, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Cancer Registry,...

Leading Patient Safety Advocates Assess Progress in Reducing Medical Error Five Years After Landmark IOM Report, To Err is Human

May 17, 2005

For immediate release:  May 17, 2005 Boston, MA – It has been five years since the release of the Institute of Medicine’s landmark report on medical errors, “To Err is Human.”...

HSPH Receives NCI Grant to Establish Network of Professionals for Reducing Cancer Deaths and Illnesses in Minority and Underserved Populations

May 13, 2005

For immediate release: May 13, 2005 Boston, MA-The Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) has received a grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health,...

Researchers Consider Possible Mechanistic Links Between Obesity and Asthma

May 10, 2005

For immediate release:  May 10, 2005 Boston, MA – Obesity is a known risk factor for type II diabetes, heart disease and some forms of cancer. Evidence is now mounting that obesity...

Statement from Harvard School of Public Health Researchers Regarding Misinterpretation of Findings on Vitamins and HIV/AIDS

May 06, 2005

For immediate release:  May 06, 2005 Boston, MA--Published statements in the United States and South Africa by businessman Matthias Rath, whose company Matthias Rath Inc. sells vitamin formulas,...

Study Links Cigarette Smoking with Progression of Multiple Sclerosis

April 20, 2005

For immediate release:  April 20, 2005 Boston, MA – Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) recently discovered that cigarette smoking may contribute to the progression...

Researchers locate gene in mice that may play significant role in determining susceptibility to tuberculosis in humans

April 06, 2005

For immediate release:  April 06, 2005 Boston, MA - Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health studying tuberculosis resistance and susceptibility in animals have identified a gene...

Study Finds No Association Between Dietary Patterns and Pancreatic Cancer Among Men and Women

April 05, 2005

For immediate release:  April 05, 2005 Boston, MA – Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), assessing dietary patterns among men and women and risk of pancreatic...

Harvard Launches Popular Website in Spanish

April 04, 2005

For immediate release:  April 04, 2005 Boston, MA - The Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention at the Harvard School of Public Health, has announced the launch of a Spanish-language version...

Study Points to Cleaner Charcoal and Forest Management as Best Strategy in Africa to Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Save Lives

March 31, 2005

For immediate release:  March 31, 2005 Berkeley, CA & Boston, MA — A study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Harvard School of Public Health, finds...

Rural America Vulnerable to Bioterrorism and Natural Disaster Threats

March 21, 2005

For immediate release:  March 21, 2005 Boston, MA - The Harvard School of Public Health Center for Public Health Preparedness, in collaboration with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services,...

Epidemiologist Trichopoulos Receives $5.8 Million DoD Innovator Award

March 17, 2005

For immediate release:  March 17, 2005 Boston, MA - A renowned cancer epidemiologist, HSPH Professor Dimitrios Trichopoulos has received a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) "Innovator...

Study Shows Acrylamide in Baked and Fried Foods Does Not Increase Risk of Breast Cancer in Women

March 15, 2005

For immediate release:  March 15, 2005 Boston, MA— Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, have found no association...

Physical Activity Linked to Protection from Parkinson's Disease

February 21, 2005

For immediate release:  February 21, 2005 Boston MA - In the first comprehensive examination of strenuous physical activity and the risk of developing Parkinson's disease, researchers from...

Routine HIV Screening Recommended for Most Americans

February 09, 2005

For immediate release:  February 09, 2005  Boston, MA -- Routine HIV screening should be extended to most Americans, according to the findings of two research teams described in the...

Fineberg Professorship Established at HSPH to Advance Practice of Public Health

January 06, 2005

For immediate release:  January 06, 2005  Boston, MA -- Howard K. Koh, associate dean and professor at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), has been named the inaugural recipient...

Disaster Relief Requires Long Term Strategies and Commitment, New Logistics

February 03, 2005

For immediate release:  February 03, 2005  Boston, MA—In two journal articles, humanitarian disaster experts Drs. Jennifer Leaning and Michael VanRooyen from Harvard School of...

Harvard School of Public Health and Common Good to Develop New Medical Injury Compensation System

January 10, 2005

For immediate release:  January 10, 2005  Boston, MA--Harvard School of Public Health and Common Good, the nation’s bipartisan legal reform coalition, have been awarded a $1.5...

Comprehensive Response to HIV Prevention and Care Could Avert 10 Million Deaths in Africa by 2020

January 10, 2005

For immediate release:  January 10, 2005  Boston, MA-- A new study published in the January, 2005 issue of PLoS Medicine shows that a combination of wide access to AIDS treatment and...

Safer, Self-Extinguishing Cigarettes Designed by Manufacturers Sold in NY, While Less-Safe Full-Burning Version Sold in MA & throughout U.S.

January 23, 2005

For immediate release:  January 23, 2005  Boston, MA-- Smoldering cigarettes are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States causing more than 800 deaths per year. The technology...