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IN THE NEWS: “How racism skewed estimates of heart disease in women” in Science magazine, with comments from lead author and Center affiliate Alexis N. Reeves, MPH
Alexis N. Reeves, MPHAlexis N. Reeves, MPH
“Weathering” due to racist experiences can lead women of color to experience some medical conditions earlier than their white counterparts, often leading to these vulnerable women being left out of crucial studies. “I wasn’t expecting to see how much the selection [of study participants] changed these estimates. We’re overestimating the timing of onset of these diseases for everyone in SWAN, regardless of race. It basically amounts to only telling part of the story.”
» Read more at Science Magazine
» Read the original study at JAMA network open
Posted: November 14 2022
PUBLISHED: “Living Well With Lupus: A Toolkit for Women” by the Society for Women’s Health Research; with contributions from Center Core Faculty Emily Somers, PhD, ScM
Emily Somers, PhD, ScMEmily Somers, PhD, ScM
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease where the body attacks its own tissues, creating widespread inflammation and symptoms throughout the body, which often results in organ tissue damage commonly in the joints, skin, brain, heart, lungs, kidneys, and blood vessels. The Society for Women’s Health Research created “Living Well With Lupus: A Toolkit for Women” to support women and their families in the lupus diagnosis and care journey. The toolkit explores symptoms, options for treatment, insurance coverage support, and tips for maintaining wellness at school, at work, and elsewhere.
» Read more at swhr.org
Posted: November 14 2022
PUBLISHED: “The Michigan Farmworker Project: Development and Implementation of a Collaborative Community-Based Research Project Assessing Precarious Employment and Labor Exploitation” authors include Postdoctoral Research Fellow Lisbeth Iglesias Rios, MS, MPH and Center Core Faculty Alexis Handal, PhD, MPH
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“Farmworkers are among the most underserved and marginalized populations of workers despite their essential role in the U.S. food supply chain. The Michigan Farmworker Project (MFP) evolved as a collaborative, community-based participatory project among state and regional service entities, legal service organizations, and the university. The overarching goal of the project was to study the relationship of precarious working conditions and labor exploitation with occupational and environmental health inequities and social justice for farmworkers in Michigan.
» Read more at the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship
Posted: October 30 2022
IN THE NEWS: “Evidence of PFAS found in tampons — including organic brands”
Photo of tampon. Credit: Marco Verch Professional Photographer/flickr
While the health impacts of PFAS exposure via skin contact are still somewhat unclear, Linda S. Birnbaum, Scientist Emeritus and Former Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program, told Mamavation “we already know that PFAS has the ability to impact almost every organ of the body. The vagina is an incredibly vascular area and dermal exposure is often higher there than in other places of the body.”
» Read more at Environmental Health News
Posted: October 27 2022
IN THE NEWS: “Michigan Farmworker Project seeks to improve social and environmental health for marginalized population” Q & A with Center Core Faculty Alexis Handal, PhD, MPH and Postdoctoral Research Fellow Lisbeth Iglesias Rios, MS, MPH
An image of an apple orchard.
“We focus on farmworkers because the work of this workforce is inherently precarious and often exploitative. It promotes unsafe and sometimes unfair or unlawful labor practices by employers, performed sometimes in conditions of inequality, or in violation of human dignity. Labor exploitation is a consequence of precarious employment and has negative consequences for workers, their families and their communities, and is a hindrance for a cohesive society. ”
» Read more at the Michigan Public Health News Center
Posted: October 25 2022
CONGRATULATIONS!: Center affiliate Alexis N. Reeves, MPH, awarded “Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Poster Award”
Center affiliate Alexis N. Reeves, MPHCenter affiliate Alexis N. Reeves, MPH
Center affiliate, SWAN Co-Investigator and current Postdoctoral Scholar at the Stanford School of Medicine Alexis N. Reeves, MPH has been awarded “Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Poster Award” by the Gerontological Society of America for her poster on “The Influence of Selection Bias on Racial Differences in Reproductive Aging and Accelerated Health: Declines in the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation”. The Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization offers an award for the best interdisciplinary research poster on a topic related to aging by a GSA student member. Congratulations Alexis!
Posted: October 20 2022
IN THE NEWS: “Air pollution tips the scale for obesity in women” in Michigan News, with comments from Center Core Faculty Xin Wang, PhD, MPH
Xin Wang, PhD, MPHXin Wang, PhD, MPH
Women in their late 40s and early 50s exposed long-term to air pollution—specifically, higher levels of fine particles, nitrogen dioxide and ozone—saw increases in their body size and composition measures, said Xin Wang, epidemiology research investigator at the U-M School of Public Health and the study’s first author.
» Read more at news.umich.edu
Posted: October 18 2022
IN THE NEWS: Center Director and Fulbright Scholar Siobán D. Harlow, PhD featured in Women’s Health In Focus at NIH
Siobán  Harlow, PhDSiobán Harlow, PhD
“Good mentoring produces innovative science. By encouraging my students to pursue their insightful questions, I encourage them to address critical gaps in scientific knowledge. Thus, I see my role in women’s health not only in relation to my own scientific legacy but also in relation to my success in supporting the scientific growth—and, more importantly, scientific courage—of my students and junior colleagues as they tackle difficult, emergent scientific problems.”
» Read more at Women’s Health In Focus at NIH (PDF, page 12)
Posted: July 26 2022
IN THE NEWS: SWAN Study featured in featured in Women’s Health In Focus at NIH
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“The depth and breadth of SWAN’s longitudinal data and the large biospecimen repository are remarkable scientific resources and will continue to help us understand reproductive aging and midlife health,” says Dr. Harlow. “However, we have much more to learn to improve women’s health and experience as they age.”
» Read more at Women’s Health In Focus at NIH (PDF, page 6)
Posted: July 26 2022
IN THE NEWS: “‘Forever chemicals’ linked to high blood pressure in women” in the Washington Post, with comments from Center Postdoctoral Research Fellow Ning Ding, PhD, MPH
Ning Ding, PhD, MPHNing Ding, PhD, MPH
“Women seem to be particularly vulnerable when exposed to these chemicals,” said Ning Ding, research fellow in epidemiology, whose research found a link between PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) and high blood pressure in middle-aged women — adding to the long list of health risks associated with the man-made pollutants.
» Read more at washingtonpost.com
Posted: June 22 2022
IN THE NEWS: “Why Is My Sleep So Messed Up in the Summer?” in the New York Times, with comments from Center Associate Faculty Leslie Swanson, PhD
Leslie Swanson, PhDLeslie Swanson, PhD
“We’re not built to go from 60 miles an hour to zero. We need time to slow down or else it will be hard for us to sleep,” said Leslie Swanson, associate professor of psychiatry, who recommends shutting off electronic devices and avoiding aerobic exercise, large meals and alcoholic drinks close to bedtime — and instead do something quiet and relaxing to transition into sleep mode.”
» Read more at newyorktimes.com
Posted: June 22 2022
IN THE NEWS: “Exceptions to Abortion Bans May Be Hard for Women to Access” in U.S. News and World Report; interview with Center Director Siobán D. Harlow, PhD and others
Protestors participate in a rally against one of the nation's most restrictive bans on abortions, May 19, 2019, Montgomery, Ala.(JULIE BENNETT/GETTY IMAGES)
“Maternal mortality will go up. We know that,” says Harlow. “Throughout the globe, throughout the world, maternal mortality increases as the level of access to safe abortion decreases. ”
» Read more at U.S. News and World Report
Posted: June 03 2022
CONGRATULATIONS!: Epidemiology doctoral candidate Wade Sanders has been awarded a Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant
Epidemiology doctoral candidate Wade SandersEpidemiology doctoral candidate Wade Sanders
Epidemiology doctoral candidate Wade Sanders has been awarded a Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant in the amount of $3,000 from the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan. The Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant is designed to support Rackham graduate students who need assistance to carry out research that advances their progress toward their degree.
“I am broadly interested in chronic disease and inflammation, as well as measuring, predicting, and understanding chronic disease progression through the use of biomarkers. I have been working with Dr. Daniel McConnell at the CLASS lab since April of 2016, where we conduct assays for a variety of projects such as SWAN, PROTECT, and ELEMENT. I have recently become an investigator-in-training on the new SWAN grant and will be continuing my work with Drs. Siobán Harlow and Carrie Karvonen-Gutierrez.”
Posted: May 02 2022
CONGRATULATIONS!: Center Co-Director Carrie A. Karvonen-Gutierrez, PhD, MPH among awardees of pilot grant from the Michigan Integrative Musculoskeletal Health Core Center
Center Co-Director Carrie A. Karvonen-Gutierrez, PhDCenter Co-Director Carrie A. Karvonen-Gutierrez, PhD
A pilot grant submitted by Center Co-Director Carrie A. Karvonen-Gutierrez, PhD, MPH, Daniel Whitney, PhD (University of Michigan), and Todd Bredbenner, PhD (University of Colorado - Colorado Springs), has been funded by the Michigan Integrative Musculoskeletal Health Core (MiMHC) which in turn is funded by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). Their research project is titled “Structural and biological mechanisms of bone fragility among midlife adults with cerebral palsy”.
Posted: February 23 2022