Thousands of Cambodian refugees fleeing the Khmer Rouge genocide ended up in Lowell, Massachusetts needing care for a range of issues—but found western health care intimidating. Instead of expecting traumatized patients to adapt to the sterile exam rooms that reminded them…

As awareness grows about the importance of emotional wellbeing, the power of mindfulness to build resilience is handing public health a powerful tool to help people thrive despite adversity, explains Christina Bethell, a Population, Family and Reproductive Health professor…

A map by MetricMap drives it home: America’s prisons have replaced its public mental health system. A rise in mass incarceration in the 1970s coincided with the collapse of mental health facilities, a time when many psychiatric facilities were defunded because of abuse and…

A sleep deprivation study didn’t just confirm what we know—lack of sleep is bad—it showed that 6 hours of sleep a night, over time, is far too little. In a study published this month in the journal Sleep, subjects were deprived (or not deprived) of sleep to varying degrees…

It’s long been recognized that people with severe mental illnesses have a greater risk of premature death than those without. It’s also known the culprit is often a treatable chronic disease. A lack of regular medical care is frequently the reason. And when they do get…

As scientists amass evidence that social isolation changes the human genome in profound, long-lasting ways, loneliness is increasingly seen as a serious public health hazard. Damage caused by genetic changes from loneliness appears comparable to the injuries to health from…

Grieving suicides puts individuals at heightened risk for attempting suicide themselves, according to new research in BMJ Open. 

The scientific understanding of the biological cause of schizophrenia has been significantly advanced by a landmark study published yesterday in Nature.

For US soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD or a traumatic brain injury, healing is a daunting challenge. Their first step in a healing arts program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center: Make a mask. The papier-mâché masks help them express…

A government study, and subsequent research, have shown that something more than race, individual behavior or genetics is taking a toll on the health of people who live in poor neighborhoods: stress. The body reacts to stressful situations in the same way that it responds…