Healthy sleep may lower risk of long COVID
Female health care workers who had healthier sleep prior to COVID-19 infection had a lower risk of developing long COVID than their colleagues’ whose sleep was less healthy, according to a new study led by Harvard Chan School.
Probing links between trauma and reproductive health harms
Early life trauma is an important and overlooked cause of adverse reproductive health outcomes in women such as endometriosis, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and infertility, according to a recent investigation from researchers at Harvard Chan School.
Improving global maternal mortality outcomes
Zachary Ward, research scientist in the Center for Health Decision Science, explains his recent pair of studies predicting trends in global maternal mortality and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions to curb maternal deaths.
Federal action needed to halt maternity ward closures, says expert
As maternity wards continue to close around the country, some states are implementing “bold and innovative” solutions—though none that will be as effective as federal intervention, according to Harvard Chan School’s Alecia McGregor.
Intimate partner violence early in pandemic linked with worse mental and overall health in women
Women who experienced intimate partner violence during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic were more likely to suffer worse mental health and other adverse health effects, according to a new study led by Harvard Chan School.
STD-related health losses higher among American women than men, study finds
Three sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs)—chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis—cause major health losses in the U.S., and much more so for women than for men, according to a new study led by Harvard Chan School.
Hormone therapy benefits may outweigh risks for many younger menopausal women
Despite recent reassuring findings, many doctors remain reluctant to prescribe hormone replacement therapy.
Exposure to hormone-disrupting chemical mixtures common among office workers
Office workers in the U.S., the U.K., China, and India were exposed to complex mixtures of chemicals that can disrupt hormonal functions, according to a study that analyzed chemical traces picked up by silicone wristbands worn by the…
When beauty causes harm
A new podcast called Beauty + Justice looks at the history and context surrounding beauty injustices, the potential impacts on health—from asthma to early menstruation to breast cancer—and the sometimes painful emotional toll of trying to attain a…
Irregular or long menstrual cycles linked with increased risk for CVD
Women with irregular or long menstrual cycles may have increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a new study.