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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,, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and

An epigenetic “primer” for social scientists interested in link between genome & environment

non.resizedHarvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar program alumna Amy Non, PhD, is co-author of a study published in the American Journal of Human Biology that serves as a type of primer for anthropologists and human biologists interested in incorporating epigenetic (chemical modifications to the genome that may alter gene expression) data into their research programs.

Focus groups in Uganda shed light on ways to increase diagnostic testing of malaria

Cohen-HSPH-head-shot_resizedHarvard Pop Center faculty members Jessica Cohen, PhD, and Günther Fink, PhD, are co-authors on a paper published in Malaria Journal that explores ways to boost demand for diagnostic testing of malaria, particularly in the private (retail) sector.

Pop Center researchers publish paper on use of life course work-family profiles to predict mortality risk among US women

Photo of Erika SabbathResearchers affiliated with the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies have published a study in the American Journal of Public Health that examines the use of sequence analysis as a exposure assessment tool for life course research. Visiting Scientist Erika Sabbath, ScD, who is lead author on the study, collaborated with Research Associate Iván Mejía Guevara, PhD, faculty member M. Maria Glymour, ScD, and Director Lisa Berkman, PhD.

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.

More generous maternity leave benefits linked to better mental health for women into older age

Berkman_Lisa_croppedHarvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, PhD, is co-author of a study published in Social Science & Medicine that explores the relationship between comprehensive maternity leave benefits and women’s mental health in later life, based on evidence from European countries.  The researchers, including Pop Center faculty member and former Bell Fellow Mauricio Avendano, PhD, who is lead author on the study, along with Giacomo Pasini, PhD, who was a visiting scientist at the Harvard Pop Center during the month of January, found that women who received more generous maternity leave benefits with their first born child experienced better mental health that extended in older age.

Dropping out of school puts South African youth at increased risk for teen pregnancy

Rosenberg_MollyHarvard Pop Center Bell Fellow Molly Rosenberg, PhD, is lead author on a study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology that examines whether teen pregnancy is associated with school enrollment in South Africa. Pop Center faculty members Kathleen Kahn, PhD, and Stephen Tollman, PhD, are also authors on the paper.

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.