Topic: stress

Transgender individuals face discrimination, stress

A survey of over 400 transgender Massachusetts residents found that nearly two-thirds had experienced discrimination over the past year in public places, ranging from hotels, stores, restaurants, and theaters to health clinics, hospitals, and public transportation, according to a new report. Those…

PTSD raises odds of heart attack and stroke in women

Large study finds PTSD raises cardiovascular risk in women For immediate release: June 29, 2015 Boston, MA ─ Women with elevated symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) consistent with the clinical threshold for the disorder had 60% higher rates of having a…

Single mothers may face poorer health

Single mothers may be more likely to have health problems as they reach older age than women who are married, according to a new study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Researchers looked at data from several surveys about…

A link between paid maternity leave and mental health

May 13, 2015 — Paid maternity leave following the birth of a first child appears to have positive benefits on women’s mental health later in life, according to a study published May 2015 in Social Science & Medicine of European women co-authored…

Working long hours linked to heavier drinking

Working long hours appears to drive people to drink more alcohol, according to an international study published January 13, 2015 in the journal BMJ (British Medical Journal). Scientists studied data on more than 430,000 people in 14 countries. Workers who clocked more…

Harvard Public Health Magazine Extra: Stress & Health

April 2014 – Michelle Williams, Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Public Health and chair of the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, discusses the connections between stress, human biology, and financial constraints. Read the HPH magazine…

Harvard Public Health Magazine Extra: Social Capital & Health

April 2014 - Roseto, Pennsylvania was settled by Italian immigrants who were found to have astonishingly low rates of heart disease in the 1950s. Ichiro Kawachi, chair of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, explains…

Transgender youth at risk for depression, suicide

Transgender youth are more at risk for mental illness, including depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and attempts, and self-harm than their non-transgender peers, according to a new study led by Sari L. Reisner, research scientist at The Fenway Institute and postdoctoral research fellow…

PTSD doubles diabetes risk in women

For immediate release: January 7, 2015 Boston, MA — Women with post-traumatic stress disorder are nearly twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared with women who don’t have PTSD, according to researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the…