Study finds health problems persist for women who experienced workplace sexual harassment, assault

Rebecca C. Thurston, PhD, a former Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar, is lead author on a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine that has published these timely findings receiving coverage in The Washington Post , the Huffington Post and the New York Post. Photo: Denkrahm on Flickr

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 … Continue reading “For midlife women, short and poor quality sleep linked to increased carotid atherosclerosis”

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 this 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 sciencedaily.com.

Impact of long-term unfair treatment on cardiovascular health in women found to vary by race

Rebecca C. Thurston, PhD, an alumna of the Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholars program, is an author on a study published in Health Psychology that has found that Caucasian women who were exposed to cumulative (over a 10-year period) unfair treatment had worse cardiovascular health. The same exposures were not found to impact the … Continue reading “Impact of long-term unfair treatment on cardiovascular health in women found to vary by race”

For sexually active women, age not a factor in their sexual satisfaction

RWJF Health & Society program alumna Rebecca Thurston, PhD, is co-author on a study published in the Annals of Family Medicine that found that for women, sexual satisfaction is influenced more by the quality of their relationship, their communication with their partner, and the importance they place on sex than by their age.

Higher emotional vitality associated with lower risk of stroke

Harvard Pop Center faculty member Laura Kubzansky, PhD, and Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars program alumna Rebecca Thurston, PhD, are authors on a paper in Health Psychology that expands on the research linking positive psychological health with lower risk for heart disease to explore the impact of emotional vitality on risk of stroke.

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 Neurosciencenews.com, Sleep Review, MedicalXpress, University Herald, and HealthNewsDigest.com. And this … Continue reading “More frequent overnight menopausal hot flashes linked with increased brain scan changes”

Earlier & frequent hot flashes may be linked to increased risk for cardiovascular disease

Former Harvard Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar Rebecca Thurston, PhD, is lead author on two studies, both to be presented at the American College of Cardiology’s annual Scientific Session in San Diego March 14 – 16, 2015, that suggest that early and frequent menopausal hot flashes may be linked to increased risk for … Continue reading “Earlier & frequent hot flashes may be linked to increased risk for cardiovascular disease”

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. … Continue reading “Can we predict how long phase of menopausal hot flashes & night sweats will last?”