For midlife women, short and poor quality sleep linked to increased carotid atherosclerosis

Rebecca C. Thurston, PhD, a Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar program alumna, is lead author on a paper that has found links between short and poor quality sleep, and carotid atherosclerosis (the buildup of plaque inside the carotid artery wall which reduces blood flow to the brain). The study was adjusted for other cardiovascular risk factors and hot flashes.

Insights into hot flash variants, including “super flashers,” sheds light on women’s health in midlife

Rebecca Clark Thurston, PhD, Harvard RWJF Health & Society program alumna, comments in a New York Times article on the latest findings based on the SWAN (Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation) and published in journal Menopause. Her findings are also is featured on

More frequent overnight menopausal hot flashes linked with increased brain scan changes

Rebecca Thurston, PhD, Harvard Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar program alumna, is lead author on a study published in Menopause that explores a link between brain health (measured by white matter hyperintensities (WMH)) and menopausal hot flashes. The study has received attention in, Sleep Review, MedicalXpress, University Herald, and

Can we predict how long phase of menopausal hot flashes & night sweats will last?

Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar alumna Rebecca Thurston, PhD, is co-author of a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine that found that more than half of the women in the study who experienced frequent vasomotor symptoms (VMS) – which include hot flashes and night sweats – experienced these symptoms for more than 7 years. African American women reported the longest duration of symptoms, compared to other racial/ethnic groups. Women…