Topic: women and health

Women's height declining in many low-income countries

April 25, 2011 -- Over the last four decades the average height of women has declined in Africa, stalled in several South American countries, and varied considerably in other low- to middle-income countries, according to a new HSPH study. The declines or…

Home visits offer window into mother, infant well-being

December 21, 2012 -- A visit to homes of disadvantaged mothers and at-risk newborns can provide a health care team with unique insights into how a family is faring—more than might be revealed at often rushed visits at a clinic or hospital.This…

Selective abortion of girls appears common throughout India

Over the past decade, an increasing number of families in India appear to be aborting their second child if prenatal tests indicate the child is female, presumably to ensure that at least one child in the family will be a boy, according…

Wanted: 100,000 nurses for next generation of landmark study

Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) are recruiting 100,000 nurses to expand the landmark Nurses’ Health Study. Female RNs, LPNs, and nursing students, ages 20 to 46, who live in the U.S. or Canada are eligible to join. The Nurses’…

Inflammatory dietary pattern linked to depression among women

November 7, 2013 – Women whose diet includes more foods that trigger inflammation—like sugar-sweetened or diet soft drinks, refined grains, red meat, and margarine—and fewer foods that restrain inflammation—like wine, coffee, olive oil, and green leafy and yellow vegetables—have up to a…

Health risks from estrogen pills fade after women stop taking them

A new study co-authored by JoAnn Manson, professor in the department of epidemiology at HSPH and chief, division of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, found that for menopausal women who have had hysterectomies, the risks of stroke and other health…

Innovative study documents changing health needs of African women

March 13, 2013 — Public health resources in Africa have long been devoted to infectious diseases such as AIDS and malaria and, for women, reproductive health services. But while these services are vital, the health needs of a growing population of African…

Expert panel releases report on environmental links to breast cancer

While a yearlong study of potential environmental causes of breast cancer in women failed to pinpoint links with any chemicals, pesticides, or consumer products, that doesn’t mean these chemicals are safe, according to David Hunter, dean for academic affairs and professor of…

Health ministry teams gather in South Africa for regional workshop

November 27, 2012 -- In Rwanda, health officials would like to reduce childhood stunting. In Zambia, there’s an interest in improving the quality of service in provincial hospitals. Other African nations hope for further reductions in maternal and neonatal mortality. These were…

Global health: Flood illuminates the struggles of Pakistan's women

September 22, 2010 -- The scene that confronted Nabeel Zafar, MPH ’10, in southern Pakistan’s flood-ravaged Khairpur district was devastating. While visiting displaced persons camps on a medical aid mission, he and his fellow physicians found hundreds of homeless flood victims —…