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  • New Science Suggests How to Shorten Quarantine

    As people in the United States ponder how to safely reunite with family for Thanksgiving, a new study that includes data from offshore oil rig workers could help clarify the best strategy.

    Source: Elemental
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  • New Insights on Genetic Risks for Cigarette Smoking

    Scientists have long understood that genes play an important role in a person’s smoking behavior, and a new genome-wide association study by Yale and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researchers is helping to explain why some people start to smoke, while others are able to quit.

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  • Transportation and Access to COVID-19 Testing

    Adequate COVID-19 testing services are essential for combating the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. In the United States, the number of testing sites has grown dramatically in the effort to provide a universal and uniform availability of tests to all regions of the country. However, different communities still experience disparate levels of access to testing.

    Source: Story Map on ArcGIS
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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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