Assessing the scale for assessing depression in rural South Africa

Researchers from the Harvard Pop Center in Cambridge, MA and the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa who are affiliated with the HAALSI study have published a paper … Continue reading “Assessing the scale for assessing depression in rural South Africa”

Why are more women than men dying of coronavirus in Massachusetts? Berkman, Krieger provide some possible reasons…

Globally and nationally, the gender divide is clear; more men than women are dying of the coronavirus. The Boston Globe spoke with Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, PhD, and … Continue reading “Why are more women than men dying of coronavirus in Massachusetts? Berkman, Krieger provide some possible reasons…”

Education is not only factor in cognitive health disparities between older men and women in rural South Africa

Researchers affiliated with HAALSI, a longitudinal project focused on an aging population in South Africa, have published a study that emphasizes the need for additional research focused on strengthening the … Continue reading “Education is not only factor in cognitive health disparities between older men and women in rural South Africa”

Can the socioeconomic status of a neighborhood influence the cognitive health of its residents?

A study published by researchers affiliated with the French Constances cohort (a nationally representative sample of 200,000 adults aged between 18 and 69) reveals that neighborhoods suffering from socioeconomic deprivation … Continue reading “Can the socioeconomic status of a neighborhood influence the cognitive health of its residents?”

Testing = Knowledge = Power: Factoring in cognitive function and literacy level in effort to increase HIV testing in South Africa

A team of researchers has found that those older adults in South Africa participating in the HAALSI study who demonstrated higher cognitive function and literacy levels were more likely to … Continue reading “Testing = Knowledge = Power: Factoring in cognitive function and literacy level in effort to increase HIV testing in South Africa”

Lisa Berkman addresses Harvard community in Seattle about widening inequalities and shifting workplace demographics

Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman joined Harvard University President Larry Bacow in Seattle and addressed nearly 300 alumni and students. Based on her work as a social epidemiologist, Berkman … Continue reading “Lisa Berkman addresses Harvard community in Seattle about widening inequalities and shifting workplace demographics”

Study of Hurricane Katrina survivors offers unique insights into impact of neighborhood gentrification on health

Researchers affiliated with the Resilience in Survivors of Hurricane Katrina (RISK) project have published a paper that takes a look at the health impacts of being displaced into a gentrified … Continue reading “Study of Hurricane Katrina survivors offers unique insights into impact of neighborhood gentrification on health”

Untangling depression and anxiety using hair samples in India

Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, PhD, and her colleagues have published a study that has found a connection between higher levels of the sex hormone dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and lower … Continue reading “Untangling depression and anxiety using hair samples in India”

A population-level look at subjective well-being after the 2014 Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion

Researchers affiliated with the Harvard Pop Center, including Director Lisa Berkman, have published a study that looks at the impact of the Medicaid expansion on subjective well-being among low-income and … Continue reading “A population-level look at subjective well-being after the 2014 Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion”

Harvard Chan School reports: Lisa Berkman in CNN piece on importance of social connections as we age

Lisa Berkman shares her thoughts with CNN on how having strong social connections can help us weather the challenges of aging. Learn more in this news item by the Harvard … Continue reading “Harvard Chan School reports: Lisa Berkman in CNN piece on importance of social connections as we age”