Category: Health News

Julie Palmer, Principal Investigator of BWHS, on women and medical research

March 31st, 2014 in Health News

Dr. Julie Palmer discusses the importance of research specific to women’s health and why women subjects are under-represented in much medical research in the Boston University publication BU Today article “Why Medical Research Often Ignores Women“.

BWHS looks at fast food and obesity

December 23rd, 2013 in Health News

Recent BWHS research that found a link between fast food burgers and the risk of becoming obese.  Read about the study on WBUR’s Common Health Blog (a Boston area NPR news station) and the Jersey Tribune, an online news source.


Studying Asthma and Racism

October 27th, 2013 in Health News

Stress can have an adverse effect on health; BWHS researcher Patricia Coogan, PhD looked at the association between the experience of racism and the diagnosis of adult-onset asthma.  Read about the study on

Childhood trauma and fibroids

April 29th, 2013 in Health News

An article on features recent BWHS work looking at a possible link between a history of abuse in childhood and fibroids in adulthood..

Sugar-sweetened beverages and health

January 11th, 2013 in Health News

Research brief published by the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network titled “The Impact of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption on Black Americans’ Health”. (January 2011)

AACORN was founded in 2002 by BWHS Advisory Board member Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD.  Dr. Kumanyika is an African American public health and nutrition researcher and professor of epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

BWHS Participant Speaks About Breast Cancer Survival

January 4th, 2013 in Health News

Hear a message from Sylvia Tyree.  She is a breast cancer advocate and past president and board member of the organization Sisters Conquering Cancer, a Virginia-based non-profit that works to increase cancer awareness in African American communities.  She is also a BWHS participant.

Childhood abuse linked to adult-onset asthma

December 15th, 2012 in Health News

Read a report of BWHS research looking at the link between childhood abuse and adult-onset asthma.  (12/2012) on the BWHS

August 29th, 2012 in Health News

Read an article about the BWHS, with Advisory Board member Ellen Grant, PhD, LICSW-R, Principle Investigator Lynn Rosenberg, ScD and Co-Principle Investigator Julie Palmer, ScD  (8/29/2012)

Abuse victimization and obesity

July 15th, 2012 in Health News

Read the Los Angeles Times article about the BWHS study that examines the link between childhood abuse and obesity.

Exploring sarcoidosis in the BWHS

May 15th, 2012 in Health News

BWHS preliminary research on sarcoidosis in black women reported by CBS.