The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (formerly Harvard School of Public Health) is the public health graduate school of Harvard University, located in the Longwood Medical Area of Boston, Massachusetts adjacent Harvard Medical School. The Chan School is considered a preeminent school of public health in the United States. The school grew out of the Harvard-MIT School for Health Officers, the nation's first graduate training program in population health, which was founded in 1913 and became the Harvard School of Public Health in 1922. Michelle Williams, faculty and chair of the school's Department of Epidemiology, became the school's dean in July 2016, following the departure of former dean Julio Frenk and interim service of acting dean David Hunter. She will become the first African American individual to head a Harvard faculty.

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  • More than a half million deaths each year around the world result from flu-related respiratory illnesses. This year, flu has grabbed particular headlines, driven by an early start to flu season and the dominance of a particularly severe flu strain, H3N2. The flu is most dangerous to people with underlying health problems, as well as individuals over age 65 and young children. However, each year fl...

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  • The Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion was linked to better access to surgery and higher quality surgical care, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Researchers found that Medicaid expansion was associated with: A 7.5-percentage point decrease in the probability of patients being uninsured An 8.6-percentage point increased probability of patients having Med...

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  • Does eating a diet rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) lead to reduced risk of heart disease? Study results have been mixed. A new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that it makes a difference whether the MUFAs come from plant or animal products. The study is the first to separately examine types of MUFA sources in relation to heart disease. The researchers found th...

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  • January 25, 2018 — Researchers are now harnessing vast amounts of information to assess what works in medicine and public health. In this week’s podcast, we explore why this approach holds promise—but why it also comes with potential risks. You’ll hear from Miguel Hernan, Kolokotrones Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, who is a leading expert in the field of causal inference, which inclu...

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  • These aren’t your typical coffee shop muffins, loaded with refined flour and added sugar. These are made with a mixture of whole wheat, white, and almond flour. (You don’t need to buy almond flour; you can make your own almond flour by grinding whole almonds in your food processor.) All of the butter was replaced with canola oil. And the amount of fresh blueberries was doubled. Orange zest adds a ...

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  • Try these 100 percent whole wheat muffins for a healthy, filling breakfast. The yogurt helps develop the delicate texture and the toasted walnuts combined with the walnut oil provide an appealing flavor and texture. If you don’t have walnut oil, just use all canola oil. You can enjoy these muffins warm or cool, but the banana flavor intensifies when the muffins cool to room temperature. View the ...

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  • These are a twist on typical muffins. Lemon and cardamom is a classic flavor pairing that make these muffins fragrant and delicious. Using pureed, canned chickpeas creates a very moist, tender muffin because the chickpea starch holds water so well. The addition of ground almonds to the batter contributes a hearty nuttiness as well as healthy fats. Pair these muffins with fresh fruit and yogurt for...

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  • Does volunteering lead to better health care use among older adults? A 2016 study from Harvard Chan researcher Eric Kim was the first to explore this question Kim and colleagues studied 7,000 adults aged 50 and older Those who regularly volunteered were more likely to engage in preventive health care than non-volunteers Volunteers were 47% more likely to get cholesterol checks 30% more likely to g...

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  • Each day women are exposed to about 168 chemicals and men to approximately 85 through personal care products Research suggests chemicals such as parabens and phthalates in makeup, nail polish, and products for skin and hair may cause health problems Health risks include allergic reaction, hair loss, asthma, and cancer But it's challenging to know exactly which chemicals are dangerous Experts say C...

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  • Discrimination against women is pervasive in America, according to a 2017 poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Harvard Chan School Overall, 68% of women think there is discrimination against women in America today Women reported facing sexual harassment as well as discrimination in employment, education, housing, and interactions with law enforcement, the courts, and government Y...

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  • The world produces more food than ever before yet an estimated 200 million people in Africa lack adequate nutrition Drought, civil unrest, crop-destroying insects, and poor sanitation contribute to the problem Experts at a recent Harvard conference agreed that a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach is needed to address these health and development challenges There are efforts by producers to gr...

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  • New medicines to fight drug resistance and new technologies to curb parasite transmission are needed to rid the world of malaria, according to a new series of papers by Harvard Chan School researchers and co-authors According to the World Health Organization, 91 countries and territories have ongoing malaria transmission More than 180 scientists from Harvard Chan School and elsewhere spent a year ...

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  • If current trends in child obesity continue more than 57% of today's children in the U.S. will have obesity at age 35, according to a new Harvard Chan School study Excess weight in childhood, even among young children, is predictive of adult obesity, the study found Only kids currently at a healthy weight have less than a 50% chance of having obesity as adults The findings were based on a simulati...

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  • The health risks associated with energy drinks outweigh any short-term pep they may provide. Risks include high blood pressure, diabetes, and kidney damage. Energy drinks contain high amounts of sugar and caffeine, which likely contribute to their negative effects. Other stimulants such as guarana, taurine, and ginseng, may also play a role. Drinking water provides a healthier energy boost, say Ha...

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  • A checklist and coaching intervention in India markedly improved childbirth care, according to a new study from Ariadne Labs While the intervention improved care during labor and delivery, it did not reduce death rates The results come from the BetterBirth study, a two-year project involving 300,000 women and newborns in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state Every day, more than 800 women and...

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  • Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health traces its roots to public health activism at the beginning of the last century, a time of energetic social reform. From the start, faculty were expected to commit themselves to research as well as teaching. In 1946, no longer affiliated with the medical school, the School became an independent, degree-granting body. Today, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of...

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  • January 18, 2018 — In May 2018, the U.S. government will be rolling out broad new menu labeling regulations. As part of the Affordable Care Act, restaurants and other food outlets with more than 20 locations will be required to post calorie counts right on their menus. And new research shows those rules may already be having an impact before they even go into effect. A study led by Sara Bleich, pr...

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  • January 11, 2018— Basic science is at the heart of many of our greatest health advances. And in this week’s episode we speak with two scientists who are asking fundamental questions about how our bodies work. The answers could help crack the secrets of diseases ranging from diabetes to dementia. For the past three-plus years those two scientists, Robert Farese and Tobias Walther, have done somet...

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