Nearly 400 sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders from 15 schools across Boston and Cambridge visited Harvard Medical School as part of the annual program Reflection in Action: Building Healthy Communities. The program works to expand students’ knowledge of health and public health issues.
Collaboration and inclusion, even of political opponents, is critical to forging successful health policy, former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis told a group of health ministers from around the world gathered at Harvard.
Harvard is immersed in understanding the world and improving it. Here’s how the University is making a difference now, and likely will do so in the next decade, in five key fields.
A large study of child growth patterns in 36 developing countries finds that, contrary to widely held beliefs, economic growth has little to no effect on the nutritional status of the world’s poorest children.
The average life expectancy in the United States has fallen behind that of other industrialized nations as the American income gap has widened. Also, particular health habits, including weight control, nutrition, and exercise, clearly influence the effects aging among segments of the U.S. population.
Brandon Liu has been named one of 36 students nationwide to receive a Marshall Scholarship, which will allow him to study for two years at a university in the United Kingdom.
In a question-and-answer session, Jacqueline Bhabha talks about the pervasive crime of rape in India and the impact of the death sentences issued last week to four men who were convicted of the 2012 gang rape of a woman on a Delhi bus.
By synthesizing the data collected in multiple government-sponsored health surveys conducted in recent decades, researchers from the National Bureau of Economic Research, Harvard University, and the University of Massachusetts were able to measure how the quality-adjusted life expectancy of Americans has changed over time.
Working from data collected between 1991 and 2009 from almost 90,000 individuals who responded to the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey, Professor David Cutler has found that, even as life expectancy has increased over the past two decades, people have become increasingly healthier later in life.
Ministers of health from around the world came to the Harvard Kennedy School this week as part of a leadership workshop, co-sponsored with the School of Public Health, to improve health leadership globally.
Today President Drew Faust named Team Nucleik the grand prize winner of the Harvard University President’s Challenge for social entrepreneurship, hosted by the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab).
The Mediterranean Diet has been lauded as a healthy eater’s dream, but it’s still a mystery to many Americans. Greek cooking guru Diane Kochilas and cardiac health expert Frank Sacks — who have worked to enhance the diet’s presence in Harvard’s dining hall menus — visited groups across Harvard last week to share insights and recipes.
Harvard University today announced the selection of 10 teams of finalists in the 2013 President’s Challenge for social entrepreneurship.
he National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) has awarded Harvard Medical School a $100 million grant to create a transformative 10-year initiative — Harvard Integrated Program to Protect and Improve the Health of NFLPA Members.
Patrick O'Callahan has been named the new director of after-hours urgent care and the Stillman Infirmary at Harvard University Health Services.
Planning and executing an outdoor festival for 1,000 people isn’t your typical teenage summer job, but 100 Boston-area teenagers employed as junior counselors in the Phillips Brooks House Association’s summer camps pulled it off without a hitch.
Those interested in health and human rights from around the world gathered at the Harvard School of Public Health this week for an executive education program intended to provide practical lessons in rights litigation and create a community for those who care about extending health care to all.
At a moment of global opportunity for improving maternal and child health, the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School’s Ministerial Leadership Program for Health launched the inaugural Ministerial Health Leaders’ Forum this week, inviting 16 officials from around the world to campus to share experiences and solutions and to create a network to aid their efforts in the future.
Fresh off his own failed venture, Andrew Rosenthal still wanted to build things. At Harvard Business School, he helped to build a bridge between startup-minded students and the broader community.
Harvard Medical School Professor of Medicine Russell S. Phillips has been appointed inaugural director of HMS’s Center for Primary Care by Jeffrey S. Flier, dean of the faculty of medicine.
The world is in the midst of a global health transition, with the population growing older and primary health threats coming from chronic, not infectious, diseases, according to speakers at an Advanced Leadership Initiative think tank.
Forget nutrition labels and calorie counting. Michelle Gallant, a clinical dietitian at Harvard University Health Services, is on a one-woman mission to teach how proper eating means trusting your gut.
Our bodies repair and regenerate with the help of compound structures at the end of chromosomes called telomeres. But as these telomeres weaken, we age. Harvard swimmer Meaghan Leddy COL ’12 explains how Harvard scientists are exploring ways to reverse the symptoms of aging by increasing the levels of a certain enzyme to keep our telomeres healthy.
Daniel Lieberman Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology
Tired of the endless cycle of deprivation and overeating? Harvard University Health Services is offering an intuitive eating seminar, and registration is open now.
The Healthy Eating Plate, a visual guide that provides a blueprint for eating a healthy meal, was unveiled today by Harvard nutrition experts.
First lady Michelle Obama announced Sept. 2 that pediatrician Judith S. Palfrey, the T. Berry Brazelton Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, will lead her Let’s Move! childhood obesity initiative as executive director.
Harvard University Health Services’ Intuitive Eating Seminar is open for registration.
Bioengineers at Harvard have, for the first time, explained how the blast of an exploding bomb can translate into subtly disastrous injuries in the nerve cells and blood vessels of the brain.
In their largest and most comprehensive effort to date, researchers from the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a Harvard affiliate, examined cells from more than 100 tumors, including 25 ovarian cancer tumors, to unearth the genes upon which cancers depend. They call it Project Achilles.
Speakers at a Harvard School of Public Health conference on smoking hailed the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s work to give the Food and Drug Administration new regulatory power over tobacco products and said, if wielded properly, it could prove a key weapon for better health.
Claire Richardson ’11 is an unusual example of what happens after college athletes graduate. Eligible to continue competing in college because of a year lost to injury, she's headed to Georgetown for graduate school, and more running.
One of the continent's richest nations, South Africa also has one of the world's highest HIV infection rates and is home to the world's biggest population of HIV-infected people, an estimated 5.5 million.
The tiny African nation of Lesotho is among those hardest hit by the raging twin epidemics of ADIS and tuberculosis. Harvard faculty members are advising the government and helping to revamp clinics and treat patients in the far-flung mountain regions of this poor country.
Running and walking can do wonders for our physical, mental, and emotional health. At the launch of Harvard on the Move, President Drew Faust and a panel of University experts made the case that it should also be fun — even in winter. The first community walk is noon Feb. 1.
Harvard faculty work through nonprofit to bring health to world's poor.
Scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health and collaborators from other institutions have identified a natural substance in dairy fat that may substantially reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
A treatment model designed to accommodate the beliefs and concerns of Chinese immigrants appears to significantly improve the recognition and treatment of major depression in this typically underserved group.
Columbia University Medical Center presented the 2010 Naomi Berrie Award to Gökhan S. Hotamisligil, the James Stevens Simmons Professor of Genetics and Metabolism and the chair of the Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases at the Harvard School of Public Health.
A Harvard School of Public Health associate professor examines the link between health and neighborhoods to see whether people’s residential landscapes matter.
Partnerships, training of local medical personnel, and practice in delivering services are all key if the effort to improve global health is to be successful, say speakers at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health’s inaugural symposium.
Researchers at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital have shown that those who start using marijuana at a young age are more impaired on tests of cognitive function than those who start smoking at a later age.
The Center for Wellness has a new space in Harvard’s Holyoke Center, but its focus on health and quality of life remain the same.
New mathematical modeling by scientists from Harvard and other institutions reinforces the view of cancer as a complex culmination of many mutations.
The Harvard School of Public Health’s Nutrition Round Table recently presented Sen. Tom Harkin from Iowa with the third annual Healthy Cup Award on May 18.
Daniel Carpenter’s new book, “Reputation and Power: Organizational Image and Pharmaceutical Regulation at the FDA,” probes the workings of a crucial federal safety agency that often is either lionized or demonized.
The world is going to fall well short of achieving the Millennium Development Goals to reduce malnutrition, and child and maternal mortality, by 2015.
Chronically ill elderly patients, when asked to bear a higher share of health care costs, cut prescription drug use and office visits. Consequently, they were hospitalized more often, according to a Harvard Kennedy School study.
Harvard’s research spans the gamut from the sciences to the humanities, examining key questions about this critical challenge facing humanity.
With the debate on health care reform slowing after its passage, media outlets now turn to explaining how the massive legislation will be implemented.