Multiple episodes of depressive symptoms over time linked to higher risk of stroke

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This study published in the journal Stroke aims to build upon (and refine) existing evidence linking depression to higher risk of stroke by assessing the relationship between depressive symptoms and stroke risk over time, “given the remitting-relapsing nature of depressive symptoms.” Authors include HCPDS Director Lisa Berkman, and faculty members Ichiro Kawachi and Laura Kubzansky.

Longitudinal study finds link between whole blood microRNAs and stroke

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Joel Salinas, MD, is an author on a study that, using data from the Framingham Heart Study, revealed that a particular whole blood microRNA (miR-574-3p) expression was significantly lower in participants with chronic stroke, signaling the need for further research aimed at developing better diagnostic and treatment options for cerebrovascular disease.

Possible molecular link to stroke and dementia may be associated with level of social support

Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, PhD, and faculty member Joel Salinas, MD, are among the authors on a paper published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions that reveals that those with more social support were found to have higher serum levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which is linked to reduced risk of dementia and stroke in certain subsets. Photo: Patrick on Flickr

Relieving persistent depression may help to prevent a stroke

While persistent depression is associated with increased risk of stroke, the findings of a study by Pop Center faculty members Laura Kubzansky, Ichiro Kawachi and Maria Glymour, and colleagues, suggest that this elevated risk can be eliminated if depressive symptoms are reduced. Photo: Timothy Krause on Flickr

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.

Long-term depression may double stroke risk in adults over 50

Harvard Pop Center faculty members Laura Kubzansky, PhD,  Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD, and M. Maria Glymour, ScD, are co-authors on a ground-breaking study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association that indicates that even when depressive symptoms have subsided, the higher risk of stroke still remains, particularly for women. Learn more in this Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health news brief, in this spot on NPR, and…

A reason to reduce anxiety, and an opportunity to do so!

We’ve long known that anxiety puts people at risk for coronary heart disease, but now a nationally representative longitudinal study of the US population has shown that anxiety also increases the risk of stroke. Pop Center faculty member Laura Kubzansky and RWJF alum Rebecca Thurston co-authored the study, which was published in Stroke. And speaking of reducing anxiety, please join us for a cup of tea on April 28th, when we kick off…