Public Health

Hydrological units with detectable PFASs

Six million Americans drink water with unsafe levels of toxic chemicals

In a new study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, researchers find that industrial chemicals exceed federally recommended safety levels in...
San Francisco Bay

Liver-damaging toxin from freshwater algae is found in San Francisco Bay shellfish

Recently, scientists have detected high levels of a toxin produced by freshwater algae in mussels from San Francisco Bay. Although shellfish harvested from California's coastal...
Fight against lead poisoning

Food fortified with iron can help protect children from lead poisoning

Lead is a toxic heavy metal that was added to petrol for use in cars until as recently as 25 years ago. It is particularly...
How political polarization among voters influences future health policy

How political polarization among voters influences future health policy: views from Harvard research

In a recent analysis of 2016 presidential election polls, researchers find that the two parties' voters have markedly different values, priorities, and beliefs about...
e-cigarette use

Most adults surveyed don’t know e-cigarette use deposits nicotine in their house

Most U.S. adults surveyed in 2015 agree that e-cigarette use should not be allowed in places where smoking is prohibited. However, a recent survey showed...
Public bathroom drug use

Nearly 60% of surveyed managers encounter with drug use in their business bathrooms in...

Drug overdose death rates per year in the United States nearly doubled from 1999 to 2013. In New York City alone, drug overdose deaths had...
shanghai-skyline China

Cardiovascular disease has become the leading cause of death in China

In a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, researchers find that China has a 20-year rise in cardiovascular disease (CVD)...
Elder abuse

Elder abuse is under-identified in the US, says study

In the US, elder abuse affects approximately 1 in 10 older adults and has far-reaching bad effects on physical and mental health. Victims of elder...
pencils lead poisoning

Scientists find causes and risk factors for severe lead poisoning in children

Although national and local policies have reduced the prevalence of lead poisoning in the United States, severe cases still occur. Exposures at blood lead levels...
experts urge the public to get vaccinated against influenza

Prevention is the key: experts urge the public to get vaccinated against influenza

As the weather becomes colder in the fall, people should start thinking about how to prevent the influenza virus, or the flu. According to the...