Early childhood social disadvantage linked to risky health behaviors in adulthood

A new study by former Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar Amy Non, and Pop Center faculty member Laura Kubzansky published in the Annals of Human Biology finds that children who experienced early social disadvantage were, as adults, almost four times as likely to smoke, three times more likely to be obese, and almost five … Continue reading “Early childhood social disadvantage linked to risky health behaviors in adulthood”

Early childhood environments impact development of children’s stress response system development

Harvard Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars program alumnae Kate McLaughlin, PhD, and Margaret Sheridan, PhD, have published a study that shows a link between early caregiving environments and how children’s stress response systems develop. The negative effects of early deprivation can be mitigated if environment is improved before the age of two. The … Continue reading “Early childhood environments impact development of children’s stress response system development”

Study shows link between lack of sleep and increased body fat in children

As reported on the Harvard Medical School’s website, a new study by Pop Center affiliated faculty members Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH and Matthew W. Gillman, MD, SM published in Pediatrics shows a strong link between chronic lack sleep (from infancy through mid-childhood) and increased body fat.