Obesity kills more Americans than previously thought

Contact: Timothy S. Paul tp2111@columbia.edu 212-305-2676 Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health 1 in 5 Americans, Black and White, die from obesity — nearly 3 times previous estimates Obesity is a lot more deadly than previously thought. Across recent decades, obesity accounted for 18 percent of deaths among Black and White Americans between the…

“We have a corrupt politics to the core” Top economist Jeffrey Sachs says Wall Street is full of ‘crooks’ and hasn’t changed since the financial crash

The IMF adviser also blamed ‘a docile president, a docile White House and a docile regulatory system’ James Legge Monday, 29 April 2013 In a cutting attack on America’s financial hub, one of the world’s most respected economists has said Wall St is full of “crooks” and hasn’t reformed its “pathological” culture since the financial…

Wastewater injection spurred biggest earthquake yet, says study / 5.7 earthquake

Contact: Kevin Krajick kkrajick@ei.columbia.edu 212-854-9729 The Earth Institute at Columbia University 2011 Oklahoma temblor came amid increased manmade seismicity A new study in the journal Geology is the latest to tie a string of unusual earthquakes, in this case, in central Oklahoma, to the injection of wastewater deep underground. Researchers now say that the magnitude…

BPA raises risk for childhood asthma

Contact: Timothy S. Paul tp2111@columbia.edu 212-305-2676 Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health Children exposed to the plastics chemical bisphenol A had an elevated risk for asthma Researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public Health are the first to report an association between early childhood exposure to…

Stanford University raises $1 Billion in Donations

Wednesday, 20 February 2013 Stanford University has set a new record for college fundraising, becoming the first school to collect more than $1 billion in a single year, according to a report released Wednesday. . For the eighth straight year, Stanford ranked first in the Council for Aid to Education’s annual college fundraising survey, which…

Folic acid supplements early in pregnancy may reduce child’s risk of autism by 40 percent

Contact: Timothy S. Paul tp2111@columbia.edu 212-305-2676 Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health Large study in Norway finds early timing of supplements is critical Prenatal folic acid supplements appear to reduce the risk for autistic spectrum disorders, according to a study published today (February 13) in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The…

Pesticide chlorpyrifos is linked to childhood developmental delays

2010 study posted for filing Contact: Stephanie Berger sb2247@columbia.edu 212-305-4372 Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health March 18, 2010—Exposure to the pesticide chlorpyrifos—which is banned for use in U.S. households but is still widely used throughout the agricultural industry—is associated with early childhood developmental delays, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University’s…

Stiglitz: Greece and Spain are ‘in depression’ : Blaming it on tough austerity measures

By Agence France-Presse Wednesday, October 17, 2012 16:17 EDT Topics: international monetary fund ♦ joseph stiglitz ♦ spain Greece and Spain are in “depression, not recession”, Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said on Wednesday, blaming tough austerity measures for their downward economic spiral. Stiglitz also maintained that the International Monetary Fund was “a little too…