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New York Times features SWAN and MsBrain Studies

Published on February 1, 2023

The Link Between Hot Flashes and Cardiovascular Disease

Published on Oct 31, 2022
Dr. Thurston speaks with Fox 5 Atlanta about the link between hot flashes and cardiovascular disease risk.


What Women Need to Know About Stress

Published on Sep 14, 2018
In this latest video, What Women Need to Know About Stress, Dr. Shapiro interviews Dr. Rebecca Thurston, Director of the Women’s Biobehavioral Health Laboratory and Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, Epidemiology, and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Relationship Between Sleep & Heart Disease in Menopause

Published on Oct 8, 2016
At The North American Menopause Society 27th Annual Meeting (NAMS), Rebecca Thurston, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, discussed her research on the relationship between sleep and cardiovascular disease in menopause patients. Thurston also shared that there are several effective treatments for sleep problems: traditional behavioral interventions like brief behavioral therapy. There are an array of sleep medications, which are good in the short term, but in the long term, we really want to go the behavioral route. Thurston stressed that a class of meds to avoid are benzodiazepine. Don’t use Xanax or the like for sleep — these are not sleep medications. Stick with the BBTI, CBTI, and connect with the sleep center in your area.” Thurston concluded that women should seek treatment for their sleep issues, since they have implications for their physical health.

Obesity and Menopausal Hot Flashes: Challenging Traditional Paradigms

Part of an ongoing video lecture series called “Grand Rounds” presented by The Office of Continuing Medical Education at Quillen College of Medicine/East Tennessee State University. Originally recorded May 18, 2012