At Harvard, heroes and villians, sugar and supplements

Gary Taubes' sugar takedown continued in the NYTimes SundayReview, including reference to the late Fred Stare, founder of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health. In the 1970s Stare was  reportedly paid to exonerate sugar in journal supplement, “Sugar in the Diet of Man,” STATNews refers to the case of another Harvard … Continue reading At Harvard, heroes and villians, sugar and supplements

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Video: Harvard School of Public Health: The Chronic #Pain Epidemic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Xs_K5Mb4Rw

Health Leaders: #Lacks family members now have a say in #Henrietta’s immortal scientific legacy

My report from Health Leaders on a recent talk by members of Henrietta Lacks' family. The ongoing story of the late Henrietta Lacks, the African-American woman who unwittingly provided cells for years of medical research, has much to offer those battling disparities in healthcare, according to family members who spoke in Boston last week. That … Continue reading Health Leaders: #Lacks family members now have a say in #Henrietta’s immortal scientific legacy

Would you take a pill to prevent AIDS? Those at risk should consider it, says Massachusetts.

The Globe reports today on the push to make an AIDS prevention drug available. After many years of struggling to come up with a vaccine, this was a true breakthrough. (We don't use that word lightly on this page.) But instead of a shot that stays with you for year, here you have to take … Continue reading Would you take a pill to prevent AIDS? Those at risk should consider it, says Massachusetts.

Service dogs add to the debate over environment and fertility, but what does that mean for humans?

A study of generations of services dogs raised in identical conditions adds new evidence to the much-debated theory that common chemicals in the environment may impact fertility. This from a story buried in this morning's paper.  From 1988 to 2014, researchers studied between 42 and 97 stud dogs annually. Between 1994 and 2014, they also … Continue reading Service dogs add to the debate over environment and fertility, but what does that mean for humans?

Germs not bugs: Harvard SPH finds that not all the #microbes on the #Boston subway surfaces will make you sick #MBTA

Or, in more technical terms: Urban Transit System Microbial Communities Differ by Surface Type and Interaction with Humans and the Environment   https://youtu.be/LtX8BNpBdNc

Under #ACA and #IRS rules, hospitals to play larger role in public health #NEU

Gary Young, director of the Northeastern University Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Research in Boston spoke to me for my quality column in Health Leaders Media this week.  The column looked at the role social services play in promoting health. He said the Accountable Care Act's  Community Health Needs Assessment requirement is intended to integrate … Continue reading Under #ACA and #IRS rules, hospitals to play larger role in public health #NEU