Topic: mental health

Depression linked to stroke risk in women

A new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers reports a 29% increased risk of stroke among women who are depressed or have a history of depression compared with women who are not depressed.…

Painting the big picture on a Navajo reservation

November 1, 2012 -- Once upon a time, Anne Newland wanted to go to film school. But because life unfolds with its own logic, she instead became a doctor with the federal Indian Health Service (IHS). And shaped by her experience working…

JP Onnela wins NIH Director's New Innovator Award

October 1, 2013 -- Jukka-Pekka “JP” Onnela, assistant professor of biostatistics at Harvard School of Public Health, has won a prestigious Director’s New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a proposal to collect and analyze cell phone communication…

Drinking coffee may decrease depression risk in women

A new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers found that, among women, drinking coffee may reduce the risk of depression. The researchers, led by Michel Lucas, research fellow in nutrition, found the risk of depression to be 20%…

Stress plays key role in racial disparities in health

May 2, 2011 -- Despite the widespread belief that racial differences in stress exist and that stress is linked to poor health, relatively few studies have investigated the topic. A new study conducted by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers shows…

Home stress, work stress linked with increased smoking

September 12, 2012 -- According to new research from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), there’s a strong association between work-family conflict and the likelihood of smoking. Candace Nelson, research fellow in the Department of Environmental Health, Lisa Berkman, director of the Harvard Center for…

Searching for answers to causes of childhood depression

February 1, 2012 Over the past decade, scientists have produced a flurry of studies exploring the role of genetic (nature) and environmental factors (nurture) in youth depression, but there has been little consensus on how depression is jointly impacted by specific genes and external…

New study finds stronger link between depression and stroke

Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) in Boston have published a new meta-analysis in the September 21, 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association that links depression to stroke risk. The…

Take it to heart: Positive emotions may be good for health

August 15, 2011 Negative thinking or depression can adversely affect your health, according to a number of studies. But what about positive emotions? Can they actually make you healthier? Laura Kubzansky thinks they can. Kubzansky, associate professor of society, human development, and…