Category Archives: News

Christina Roberto in the news on reframing obesity debate

robertoIn this article in MedicalXpress, Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholars program alumna Christina Roberto, PhD, (who was lead author of this recent article in a special series of The Lancet devoted to obesity) shares insights into the complex relationship between individuals and their environments.

Matt Wray comments in “Poor Whites Need Jesus and Justice Too”

9-bow-streetHarvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar program alum Matt Wray, PhD, shares some insights from his 2006 book Not Quite White: White Trash and the Boundaries of Whiteness in this op-ed in The Christian Post on evangelicals and their apparent lack of focus on lower-class white people.

Lisa Berkman speaks on NPR’s Here & Now on American Workplace Policies

Forum_What-Shapes-Health_Lisa Berkman_headshotHarvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman shares findings from the Work, Family & Health Network intervention study with Robin Young in this NPR story that aired on Here & Now. This news story, “Are American Workplace Policies Stuck in the 1950s?,” is part of NPR’s focus this month on what factors shape health, the topic of a recent poll by NPRthe Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, as well a recent Forum panel discussion.

Earlier & frequent hot flashes may be linked to increased risk for cardiovascular disease

thurstonFormer Harvard Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar Rebecca Thurston, PhD, is lead author on two studies, both to be presented at the American College of Cardiology’s annual Scientific Session in San Diego March 14 – 16, 2015, that suggest that early and frequent menopausal hot flashes may be linked to increased risk for heart disease. These findings, which focus on endothelial (the inner lining of blood vessels) function, have been receiving attention in the press; learn more from cbsnews.com, medicalxpress.com, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and DailyRx.com.

Researchers, learn to access & use WFHN data at free workshop at PAA annual meeting

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????There will be a free workshop on how to access and use the datasets from Work, Family & Health Network study at the upcoming 2015 annual meeting of the Population Association of America (PAA) in San Diego. The hands-on workshop will take place on Wednesday, April 29, 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront (Room Aqua 311ab). Advanced registration is required; please visit this link to register. For additional information, please visit WFHN website.

Today’s Forum “What Shapes Health” with Lisa Berkman topic on NPR Morning Edition

Berkman_Lisa_croppedToday’s live webcast of The Forum “What Shapes Health” at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, presented in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and NPR, is a topic on today’s morning edition on NPR. Kate Strully, a former Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at the Harvard Pop Center, shares her research on the impact of job loss on health in this news story.

Air pollution in India reducing life expectancy for 660 million by 3.2 years

pandeRohini Pande, PhD, director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Evidence for Policy Design and Harvard Pop Center faculty member, is co-author of a special article published in Economic & Political Weekly that reveals the deadly impact of the air quality for 660,000 residents in India, and outlines government policies that could help to reduce pollution and increase life expectancy. The findings of the study are explored in this vox.com article.

How can global obesity epidemic be reversed? A call for “smart food policies.”

robertoHarvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar program alumna and current Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health faculty member Christina Roberto, PhD, is lead author of a paper that is one in a six-part series devoted to obesity in The Lancet. The paper has received much attention in the press including articles in Harvard Gazette, reuters.com, FoxNews, skynews, livescience, medicalnewstoday, The Toronto Star, Huffington Post, and medicalXpress. Learn more from this Harvard Chan School press release.

Can we predict how long phase of menopausal hot flashes & night sweats will last?

thurstonHarvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar alumna Rebecca Thurston, PhD, is co-author of a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine that found that more than half of the women in the study who experienced frequent vasomotor symptoms (VMS) – which include hot flashes and night sweats – experienced these symptoms for more than 7 years. African American women reported the longest duration of symptoms, compared to other racial/ethnic groups. Women who experienced frequent symptoms early in premenopause or perimenopause, who also experienced greater negative affective factors, such as depressive symptoms and anxiety, had a higher chance of hot flashes spanning over an even longer duration. The study has received attention in newsworks.org.