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SPH researchers can now access the health care data of 149 million Americans. But how to make sense of the numbers? When environmental health professor Jonathan Levy and his colleagues wanted to study the effects of airport-related noise pollution on cardiovascular health, they turned to one of the nation’s largest available health databases, the data set of Medicare billing claims. Using statistical modeling, the scientists assessed thousands of zip codes’ exposure to aircraft noise and cross-referenced their geographical data with cardiovascular hospital admissions in the Medicare database. Working with a sample of more than 6 million patient records from the
A series of small studies in Ghana may spark big changes in that country’s response to HIV The science of global health is propelled by statistics. The larger a research study’s sample size, the more accurately researchers can map trends in health issues from infant mortality to the spread of HIV. But it’s not always about the numbers. That’s what Jennifer Beard, a School of Public Health assistant professor of global health and a principal investigator in the BU Center for Global Health & Development (CGHD), found when she and several University colleagues teamed with leading HIV scientists from Ghana’s
The study was so explosive that an entire Harvard conference was convened to debunk it: research published last year concluding that being mildly obese does not shorten life span, while being slightly overweight actually could lengthen it. Spearheaded by epidemiologist Katherine Flegal of the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the research reviewed 97 weight studies covering almost three million people. It found that overweight people had lower death rates than people whose weight was normal and that mildly obese people didn’t die at greater rates than normal-weight people. Researchers call this counterintuitive conclusion the “obesity paradox.” Skeptics cautioned that the normal-weight