Topic: mental health

Solvent exposure may cause long-term brain damage

Workers exposed to solvents may continue to experience cognitive difficulties decades later, according to new findings by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers and colleagues. In a study of retired male utility workers, the researchers found evidence of damage to thinking…

Older American workers more depressed after layoff than Europeans

Laid-off U.S. workers aged 50–64 are more likely to be depressed than their European counterparts, according to a new study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers and colleagues. The researchers found that job loss was related to a 4.8% increase…

David Williams honored by Massachusetts Public Health Association

The Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) presented the Lemuel Shattuck Award to David R. Williams, Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), on June 6, 2014, citing his pioneering leadership in…

Construction workers struggle with pain, stress from injuries

October 28, 2013 – Construction workers are frequently stressed about work-related injuries and pain and often fail to seek help, putting themselves at risk for more injuries and mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and even suicide, according to a new study…

No mental health benefit from fish oil

In spite of conventional wisdom that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish can protect against depression, a large new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) found no such benefit. Researchers examined the link between suicide and fatty acid intake…

Bridging a cultural divide

[Winter 2010] Are better tools needed to identify emotional distress in non-Western refugees? More than 17,000 Iraqi refugees arrived in the United States in 2009, carrying the deep physical and emotional scars of war. Many are widows with young children. Some have…

PTSD raises risk for obesity in women

Women with PTSD gain weight more rapidly than women without disorder For immediate release: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Boston, MA — Women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) gain weight more rapidly and are more likely to be overweight or obese than women…

Drinking coffee may reduce risk of suicide in adults

Caffeine impact on brain chemicals may play role July 24, 2013 — Drinking several cups of coffee daily appears to reduce the risk of suicide in men and women by about 50%, according to a new study by Harvard School of Public Health…

Positive feelings may help protect cardiovascular health

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 Boston, MA – Over the last few decades numerous studies have shown negative states, such as depression, anger, anxiety, and hostility, to be detrimental to cardiovascular health. Less is known about how positive psychological characteristics…