Women's Midlife Health
Pain at Midlife: Impact on Health and Health Behaviors
Women's Midlife Health is pleased to announce a call for papers for a special theme issue on Pain at Midlife: Impact on Health and Health Behaviors . Guest edited by Carol Derby and Jelena Pavlovic (Albert Einstein College of Medicine), this special issue will highlight the problem of pain in midlife and its impact on health and health behaviors during the midlife years and as women age. We are looking for papers that address the incidence and prevalence of pain in the midlife, risk factors for pain at this lifestage, and its impact on physical and psychological health. Papers addressing how pain may alter physical, psychological, social and cognitive function as well as how it may change health behaviors are also of interest. Papers characterizing care seeking and treatment patterns, including under-treatment or over-treatment are also of interest. We request that papers be submitted by May 15th 2018. Papers can be submitted here.
This ongoing special theme on Stress and Midlife Health, highlights key questions confronting women and clinicians regarding stress and its impact on health and functioning during the midlife years. New manuscripts will be added upon acceptance.
Featured Article: "It is not just menopause: symptom clustering in the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation"
Patterns of symptom clustering in midlife women may suggest common underlying mechanisms or may identify women at risk of adverse health outcomes or, conversely, likely to experience healthy aging. In this article, Siobán D. Harlow (University of Michigan) and co-authors assess symptom clustering longitudinally by stage of reproductive aging and estimate the probability of women experiencing specific symptom clusters. They also evaluate factors that influence the likelihood of specific symptom clusters and assess whether symptom clustering is associated with women’s self-reported health status.