How to ease loneliness and feel more connected

Harvard experts suggest using creativity and looking out for others as ways to get over our own loneliness as keeping socially distanced grinds on.

Alvin Powell • harvard
May 4, 2020 ~8 min

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Rising mental health concerns in the coronavirus era

Uncertainty, unemployment, and ill health are combining to feed a rise in concern about America’s mental health as people shelter from the coronavirus and each other, a Harvard Chan School psychiatric epidemiologist said Thursday.

Alvin Powell • harvard
April 16, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: health-medicine alvin-powell anxiety basic-research coronavirus covid-19 depression harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health karestan-koenen mental-health ptsd

Harvard Chan School forum offers advice for dealing with stress

Third in series of Chan School forums offers tips for dealing with COVID-19 anxieties.

Clea Simon • harvard
April 3, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  health-medicine  amantia-ametaj  anxiety  archana-basu  harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health  kristina-korte  mental-health  stress

Chan School session breaks down ways to ease stress

Chan School online forum aims to teach how to deal with pandemic stress.

Clea Simon • harvard
March 26, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  health-medicine  christy-denckla  coronavirus  covid-19  harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health  karmel-choi  mental-health  resilience  stress

Chan School hosts online meetings to discuss updates

The Harvard Chan School of Public Health will launch a series of weekly interactive forums to discuss issues and options.

Clea Simon • harvard
March 17, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  health-medicine  archana-basu  children  clea-simon  coronavirus  depression  isolation  karestan-koenen  mental-health  post-traumatic-stress-disorder  therapy

Psychologist explains how to improve the holiday blues

Natalie Dattilo discusses how the holiday season can trigger the blues — and how to help avoid them.

Colleen Walsh • harvard
Dec. 16, 2019 ~8 min

Tags:  health-medicine  basic-research  brigham-and-womens-hospital  holidays  mental-health  natalie-dattilo

Feeling of alienation could account for higher rates of mental illness among minority students

Experts gathered at the Harvard Chan School said despite progress at making college student bodies more diverse, work still needs to be done to make students of all backgrounds feel welcome, a key step in heading off increased rates of mental illness such students experience on campus.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Sept. 19, 2019 ~9 min

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Harvard history professor traces the rise of psychiatric drugs

The Gazette spoke with History of Science Professor Anne Harrington about her new book, “Mind Fixers: Psychiatry’s Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness,” which traces the treatment of mental disorders from its early years to the Prozac Nation of today.

Jed Gottlieb • harvard
June 17, 2019 ~10 min

Tags:  health-medicine  mind-fixers  anne-harrington  biology  fas  history-of-science  jed-gottlieb  mental-health  mental-illness  psychiatry

Harvard scientist finds microbial contaminants in e-cigs

New research from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has examined 75 popular e-cigarette brands and found that 27 percent contained traces of bacterial and fungal toxins associated with myriad health problems.

Chris Sweeney • harvard
April 25, 2019 ~4 min

Tags:  health-medicine  david-christiani  e-cigarettes  electronic-cigarettes  environmental-health-perspectives  fungi  gluten  gram-negative-bacteria  joseph-allen  mi-sun-lee  microbial-contaminants

Pushup capacity may be inexpensive way to assess cardiovascular disease risk

Harvard researchers have found that the number of pushups middle-aged men can do may be a useful, no-cost tool to help clinicians assess cardiovascular disease risk during routine examinations.

Amy Roeder • harvard
Feb. 15, 2019 ~3 min

Tags:  health-medicine  coronary-artery-disease  department-of-environmental-health-at-harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health  jama-network-open  justin-yang  pushups

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