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Racial misrepresentation in clinical trials: a call for health equity

Much of the contemporary discussions on racial representation and minority empowerment have been focused on increased participation in politics, higher education, and the workforce. A facet that warrants increased public scrutiny is the lack of minority representation in randomized clinical trials, which plays a critical role in perpetuating health inequities. Today’s clinical trials fail to represent the rich diversity of this country, which effectively tailor promising treatment options to non-Hispanic whites due to study over-representation.

Source: CT Mirror
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  • Science in the Time of Coronavirus

    How do we trace the origins of viral outbreaks? How do viruses change hosts? What can evolution tell us how long a recovered person will be immune before reinfection? And how do a marine biologist and a fungal geneticist end up working together on virus evolution?

    Source: Virtual Science Cafe
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  • Is Covid-19 growing less lethal? The infection fatality rate says ‘no’

    Recent reports have suggested that Covid-19 has become markedly less lethal in the United States. Our analysis of death rates and infection fatality rates from Arizona, the U.S. as a whole, and New York City shows it isn’t, indicating that public health measures to reduce infections should not be relaxed.

    Source: Stat News
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  • YSPH Researchers Find that Vitamin D Supplementation Does Not Lower Children’s Risk of TB Infection

    Yale faculty members Drs. Xin Zhou and Donna Spiegelman at the Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science and Department of Biostatistics at the Yale School of Public Health, along with colleagues from several other universities, including lead author Dr. Davaasambuu Ganmaa of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, published findings last week in the New England Journal of Medicine, demonstrating that vitamin D supplementation does not lower children’s risk of TB infection.

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  • Senior YSPH Professors Retiring

    Three senior professors who made substantial contributions to their scientific fields and provided many years of service and leadership at the Yale School of Public Health are retiring on July 1.

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  • Bilateral Forum on International Public Health Policy Research Directions between Yale and Shanghai Jiao Tong University

    A Bilateral Forum on International Public Health Policy Research Directions was held on May 23, 2020. The forum took place at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and included Yale participants by videoconference. Paul D. Cleary, the Anna M.R. Lauder Professor of Health Policy at the Yale School of Public Health and Director of SJTU-Yale Joint Center for Health Policy delivered closing remarks. He drew attention to the importance of increasing information exchanges between countries to jointly fight the COVID-19 pandemic as well as prepare for future global public health challenges. He noted that “sharing information openly about how infectious diseases spread as well as the strengths and limitations of different containment and mitigation strategies will be essential for more effectively addressing future outbreaks, as well as for continuing to address the current pandemic.”

    Source: Yale and the World
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