Infant Health is the Top Priority
Breastfeeding (BF) support is one of the most cost-effective interventions to advance mother–child health worldwide. Large-scale BF support may prevent 11.6% of infant deaths and improves cognitive development. Read the joint statement from Dean Sten Vermund and Rafael Pérez-Escamilla.
Why The Breastfeeding Vs. Formula Debate Is Especially Critical In Poor Countries
In poor countries, a mother's decision about breastfeeding can be critical for her baby's survival. That's because formula carries special risks for low-income families. According to Rafael Perez-Escamilla, director of Global Health Concentration at the Yale School of Public Health. "If the water is not clean, formula becomes a death sentence for the infant."
Is Infant Formula Ever A Good Option In Poor Countries?
The long-running breast milk vs. formula debate made headlines earlier this week. The first problem arises because powdered formula requires a dependable source of clean water, which is not available to some 780 million people, according to the World Health Organization.
Trump Administration Denies Threatening Ecuador Over A Breastfeeding Resolution
U.S. officials made threats to Ecuador in an attempt to water down a resolution in support of breastfeeding, according to a report in The New York Times. The news report has garnered strong reaction from the U.S. government. Rafael Perez-Escamilla, a professor at the Yale School of Public Health, told NPR this is part of a larger trend in the current administration "to help maximize profits at the expense of public health."
First Lady says “Nurturing care is the basic right of every child” at Lancet Series’ launch
First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger, Friday evening, joined with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for the Caribbean Regional Launch in Guyana of The Lancet Series on Early Childhood Development (ECD), which focuses on the “the invaluable impact” of a nurturing environment on early childhood development. Yale professor, Rafael Perez-Escamilla (EPH) and other authors of The Lancet Series were in attendance.
Yale School of Public Health Professor Contributes to Advancing Early Childhood Health and Development Globally
The recently released 2016 Lancet Early Childhood Development Series, “Advancing Early Childhood Development: From Science to Scale,” was developed by a steering committee of experts with strong interdisciplinary and global representation. Professor Rafael Pérez-Escamilla of the Yale School of Public Health was one of the committee’s 14 members.
Webcast Oct 5 | The Lancet Series on Advancing Early Childhood Development: From Science to Scale
The World Bank is hosting a live-streamed global launch of the new Lancet Early Childhood Development Series on Oct 5th from 2-4 pm EST at its annual world summit of Economic Ministers. Three Yale faculty are among the noted authors of this series that is a major milestone with major global implications.
Child Psychiatrist Ninivaggi Publishes Book on Mindfulness
"Learned Mindfulness: Physician Engagement and M.D. Wellness" discusses the original technique of "Learned Mindfulness" developed by Ninivaggi to combat stress and burnout. In this book, Ninivaggi uses his Integrity Mindfulness model as a tool to manage stress, prevent burnout, and broaden quality of life, ultimately promoting well-being.
Picciotto to be Recognized with Marion Spencer Fay Award
The Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership of Drexel University College of Medicine will award its 2020 Marion Spencer Fay Award to Marina Picciotto, PhD, Charles B.G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center, of Neuroscience and of Pharmacology at Yale School of Medicine.
A Perfect Day for a Zebrafish
The gargantuan microscope is being built, dedicated to the study of tiny organisms—zebrafish. Ellen Hoffman, MD, PhD ’14, assistant professor in the Child Study Center and of neuroscience, will use this microscope to perform whole-brain functional imaging in zebrafish to better understand the function of genes that increase the risk of autism.
Learning to Play, Playing to Learn
While some may think of academics and play as mutually exclusive, others argue that it’s important to embed the brain-boosting practice of play into the skill-building activities of academics. This summer, the Gesell Program in Early Childhood partnered with New Haven Public Schools to launch a play-based learning pilot focused on pre-K through grade 3.