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Childhood abuse linked to mental illness among chronically homeless

Adam.LippertHarvard Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar Adam Lippert, PhD, is lead author on a study published in Sociological Inquiry that finds that the chronically homeless –  a population much more likely to suffer from mental illness – are also more likely to have experienced early childhood abuse, a risk factor frequently overlooked during clinical intake, which typically focuses more on current risks, such as chronic illness, nighttime sleeping arrangements, and access to services.

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.

Peers influence sexual activity among adolescents in Ghana

5d57ed7af789847cbedc9b5eab9f6a11_400x400Former Harvard Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar Jeffrey “Bart” Bingenheimer, PhD, is lead author on a study published in Studies in Family Planning that explores the influences of peers on the sexual activity of adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. Findings suggest that the most effective strategy to target at-risk adolescent boys would include peer-based interventions.

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.

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.

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.

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.