Tag: Public Health

The Obesity Epidemic on Campus

| April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments
The Obesity Epidemic on Campus

With an unlimited meal plan and buffet-style meals, do we Harvard students know how big our portions should be? Portions have more than doubled in the past twenty years, and the actual recommended portion sizes may be surprising. Both the type and size of food we consume are positively associated with weight gain, as seen at campus and country level.

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At the Epicentre of Humanitarian Aid

| April 6, 2013 | 0 Comments
At the Epicentre of Humanitarian Aid

Epicentre’s research agenda has offered some bold research in a sector that can often be bound by conventional thinking.

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From Jurassic Park to H5N1: Is There a Human Threat?

| November 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
From Jurassic Park to H5N1: Is There a Human Threat?

This past summer, Nature and Science published a pair of studies, identifying mutations and other biological modifications that significantly elevate the contagiousness of H5N1, or bird flu. The set of articles sparked a heated discussion regarding both public access to and the appropriateness of potentially dangerous research on infectious disease. Although much of the concern surrounding studies of this nature is warranted, scientists and public health officials should err on the side of scientific freedom when considering restrictions on research and its public access.

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The Sugar Dilemma

| October 24, 2012 | 1 Comment
The Sugar Dilemma

The global burden of non-communicable disease has skyrocketed in the past decade. For the first time in human history, chronic non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes pose a greater health burden worldwide than do infectious diseases, contributing to 35 million deaths annually. Developing countries must now bear the crippling double burden of both non-communicable and communicable disease. Although there are many drivers for recent surge in non-communicable disease, one of the biggest is undisputedly increased dietary use of refined sugar.

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The UN High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases: Raising Awareness But Little Else

| October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments
The UN High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases: Raising Awareness But Little Else

This September, representatives of UN member states convened in New York to discuss the prevention and control of non-communicable disease (NCDs) through action and research. This was the second UN General Assembly meeting on a global health topic, but it failed to achieve much beyond raising awareness of one of the most pressing and understated problems of global health this century.

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