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Press Releases

September 2, 2015

Aric Prather (Alumnus) Short Sleepers May Catch More Colds

Sept 2, 2015 (New York Times) “Sleep plays a role in regulating the immune system, and that’s how we think it influences susceptibility to the common cold,” said Aric A. Prather, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, who is the lead author of the study, published online this week in the journal Sleep.
August 25, 2015

Cate Taylor (Alumna) Women in Male-Dominated Jobs Have More Stress

Aug 25, 2015 (TIME Magazine) Women working in jobs dominated by men have high levels of interpersonal stress that could harm their health, shows a new study presented at the American Sociological Association’s annual meeting.
August 10, 2015

Patrick Sharkey (Alumnus) America's Biggest Problem Is Concentrated Poverty, Not Inequality

Aug 10, 2015 (CityLab, The Atlantic) While income inequality has worsened considerably over the past couple of decades, America and its cities face a far deeper problem of increasing racial and economic segregation, along with concentrated poverty. Urban sociologists like Harvard’s Robert Sampson and NYU’s Patrick Sharkey have shown how concentrated neighborhood poverty shapes everything from higher crime rates to limited social mobility for the people—and especially the children—who live in these neighborhoods.
December 17, 2012

Adam Reich (Cohort 10) BeyondChron - San Francisco

In case you missed it, Michigan—the birthplace of the United Auto Workers—became last week the 24th state in the nation to pass “Right-to-Work” legislation
July 23, 2012

Margaret Sheridan (Cohort 5) The Wall Street Journal Market Watch

MRI shows decreased grey and white matter among children in institutional care
June 18, 2012

Thomas Fuller-Rowell (Cohort 9) Association for Psychological Science

Social-Class Discrimination Contributes to Poorer Health
June 14, 2012

Amy Non (Cohort 9) American Journal of Public Health

New Study Finds Education Trumps Genetics as Predictor of Hypertension
June 5, 2012

Sarah Burgard (Cohort 1) American Sociology Association

Family Matters When It Comes to a Good Night’s Sleep

April 6, 2010

A. Janet Tomiyama (Cohort 7) Can Dieting Make You Fat?

New Study Finds That Counting and Cutting Calories Causes Women to ‘Stress Out’ and May Lead to More Inches Around the Waist
July 7, 2009

Jason Block (Cohort 5) Worries About Paying Bills Can Cause People to Pack on Pounds

BOSTON—Stressing out can cause people to gain weight, according to a study appearing in the July 15 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology. This new study is believed to be one of the first of its kind to look at the relationship between weight gain and multiple types of stress—job-related demands, difficulty paying bills, strained family relationships, depression or anxiety disorder—in the U.S. population.
June 15, 2009

Sabrina McCormick (Cohort 5) No Family History

Are Everyday Products From Cosmetics to Household Cleaners Causing the High Rates of Breast Cancer?
May 26, 2009

Kate Strully (Cohort 3) Job Loss and Health in the U.S. Labor Market

In the face of rising unemployment and businesses declaring bankruptcy, a new study has found that losing your job can make you sick.
April 23, 2009

James Macinko (Cohort 4) More African Americans Die from Causes That Can be Prevented or Treated

More African Americans die before age 65 than their white counterparts, and preventable causes explain most of the racial gap, a new study finds.
April 20, 2009

Jeffrey Niederdeppe (Cohort 4) and Dominck Frosch (Cohort 1) Trans Fat Prompts Shoppers to Avoid Certain Products—

News coverage about the harmful effects of trans fat, combined with labeling information, may influence consumers’
April 13, 2009

Announcing the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Cohort 7

 RWJF Health & Society Scholars Program Selects 2009–2011 Participants
Scholars will Work to Reduce Health Disparities, Improve Health System
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society
February 5, 2009

Jennifer Dowd (Cohort 4) Poor people suffer disproportionately from chronic infections

Kids from low-income families are much more likely to suffer from serious infections such as herpes or hepatitis A than their counterparts in wealthier households.
January 26, 2009

Lindsey Leininger (Cohort 6) Short Coverage Lapses Limit Children’s Access to Health Care Services Improving Retention in SCHIP, Medicaid and Private Coverage Needed

New Study: Short Coverage Lapses Limit Children’s Access to Health Care Services
Improving Retention in SCHIP, Medicaid and Private Coverage Needed
Children's access to health care suffers when they
January 15, 2009

David Van Sickle (Cohort 4) Department of Homeland Security Identifies Chlorine Attack as Top-15 Scenario

A new study examining the aftereffects of a chlorine gas disaster in a South Carolina town gives larger metropolitan areas important insight into what to expect and how to prepare emergency response systems for an accidental or terrorist release of the potentially deadly gas.
September 1, 2008

Now Accepting Applications for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program

Eighteen individuals will be selected to engage in an intensive two-year program and be trained to: investigate rigorously the connections among biological, genetic, behavioral, environmental, economic and social determinants of health; and develop, evaluate and disseminate knowledge and interventions that integrate and act on these determinants to improve health.