Children’s health insurance program in jeopardy
The federal Children’s Health Insurance Program covers more than 17,000 children and teenagers in Connecticut. But as congressional Democrats and Republicans struggle to reach a compromise on funding for the program, low-income families and government officials alike face uncertainty about the status of the state’s most vulnerable population.
Rep. DeLauro Urges YSPH students to Continue Fight for Quality Health Care
Public health crises and infectious diseases know no gender, no socioeconomic group and no borders, U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-3rd District) said during a visit to Yale School of Public Health on Monday. “We need to protect, detect and respond collaboratively to outbreaks around the world.”
More than 8 million children could face higher insurance costs without CHIP
More than 8 million children enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) could be at risk of losing coverage if federal funding for the program is not extended this year. Children with chronic conditions are most vulnerable, and their families could face substantial cost increases if they lose CHIP coverage and need to shift their insurance to a Marketplace plan, according to a Yale study.
New method can assess quality of centers performing colonoscopies
Colonoscopies are now a routine preventive diagnostic test for millions of Americans each year. While rates are low, complications like perforation, bleeding, and anesthesia-related heart failure can occur. Yale School of Medicine researchers have now developed a quality measure that uses follow-up hospital visits to track the variation in colonoscopy quality among outpatient facilities.
Genetic, Environmental Factors Identified in Social Networks
“Birds of a feather,” as the maxim goes, may “flock together,” but a new study by a Yale School of Public Health researcher suggests that a complex array of environmental and genetic factors influence which friendships and social networks people enter into.
Diabetes takes a heavy economic and educational toll on young patients
While the health implications of diabetes are well understood, new research led by the Yale School of Public Health finds that the disease also comes with high non-medical costs for young patients in the form of lost education and future earnings potential.
Teenage Fatherhood Found to Have Far-reaching Educational, Social Consequences
Teenage fathers face a range of life consequences compared with their peers who do not have children, including decreased educational achievements and increased likelihood of early marriage or cohabitation, a new study co-authored by a Yale School of Public Health researcher has found.
Current Anti-Soda Strategies Not Curbing Childhood Obesity
Efforts to curb childhood obesity through school vending machine restrictions and making soft drinks more expensive with low levels of additional taxation have had a negligible effect, to date, on the waistline of America’s youth, a new study led by the Yale School of Public Health has found. The paper appears online in Health Affairs.
Research Identifies Link Between Childhood ADHD and Adult Crime
Schoolchildren with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder are “substantially” more likely to engage in many types of criminal activity, such as burglary, theft and drug dealing, as they grow older, a new study conducted by the Yale School of Public Health has found.
Coverage for Children's Mental Illness Reduces Out-of-Pocket Spending
State regulations requiring equal insurance coverage for mental illness does not increase usage and reduces out-of-pocket expenditures for families who have children with mental illness, a Yale School of Medicine study reports in the journal Health Services Research.
Early Intervention for Reading Disability Aids Development of Brain System Responsible for Skilled Reading and Improves Reading Fluency
Effective reading intervention given to reading disabled children at an early age can change the brain system that underlies skilled reading and improve reading fluency and comprehension, researchers at Yale report.
Parental Age Linked to Increased Autism Spectrum Disorder Risk in Children
In a recent study published in JAMA Network Open, “Association of Grandparental and Parental Age at Childbirth With Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children,” a Yale researcher, Dr. Zeyan Liew, and collaborators, investigated ages of parents and grandparents to estimate associations for increased risk for autism spectrum disorders in children using data from health registries available in Denmark. Advanced parental ages have been associated with autism spectrum disorders in children, but scientists are trying to understand the mechanisms to explain the associations. Dr. Liew, from the Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology, suggested that the age of grandparents at the time of the birth of the parents and future risk for autism spectrum disorders in the grandchildren may indicate possible transmission of autism spectrum disorder risk across generations.