Topic: women and health

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…

Women’s contribution to health underrecognized, undervalued

June 11, 2015 -- Fact: Around the world, more and more women are struggling with noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Fact: Around the world, women who provide health care are routinely underpaid, undervalued, or not paid at all.…

Women’s contribution to health care nearly 5% of global GDP

A groundbreaking new report on women and health has found that women are contributing roughly $3 trillion to global health care, but that nearly half of this work—2.35% of global GDP—is unpaid and unrecognized. The June 5, 2015 Lancet report, issued by…

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…

In memoriam: Rose Epstein Frisch, expert in women’s fertility

February 13, 2015 -- Rose Epstein Frisch, an associate professor emerita of population sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a pioneer in elucidating the biological mechanisms of fertility and cancer in women, died January 30, 2015 in…

Screening tool helps identify sexually exploited children

It can be challenging for health care providers to identify young victims of sexual trafficking due to its hidden nature, poor understanding by law enforcement and other service providers, and psychological factors experienced by victims. But a new study co-authored by two…