Women: Coronavirus Vaccines Won’t Make You Infertile
The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a disproportionate toll on women’s careers, finances and home lives. Although the vaccines may represent a solution, as scientists studying coronavirus infection and immune responses in women, we are now hearing from young women who say they might skip the shots out of fear for their fertility or nursing child. We are concerned about how inaccurate, extreme and widespread these theories have become, because getting vaccinated is the best way for women to protect themselves and their families.Source: The New York Times
Scientists Unravel Mystery of Sex Disparities in COVID-19 Outcomes
"Age and sex are where immunological changes intersect,” says Akiko Iwasaki, PhD. Over the past year, Iwasaki and her colleagues from around the globe have compiled a rich literature of research that reveals in detail these and other factors that make the virus more lethal for men.Source: YaleNews
Understanding Immune System Blunders in Response to the Coronavirus
Genetics, gender, and even botched timing on the part of the immune response all appear important in the development of COVID-19. Akiko Iwasaki, PhD, is leading research to help us better predict who is likely to sail through a bout with COVID-19 and who may need targeted lifesaving care.
Akiko Iwasaki and Gregg Gonsalves named among “50 experts to trust in a pandemic”
Yale Professor of Immunology Akiko Iwasaki and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology Gregg Gonsalves ’11 GRD ’17 were named on the “50 experts to trust in a pandemic” list. The list, curated by editors of the health and wellness publication “Elemental,” presents 50 professionals that people should follow on social media for evidence-based guidance during the pandemic.Source: Yale Daily News
Immune System Variation Can Predict Severe COVID-19 Outcomes
The differing immune system responses of patients with COVID-19 can help predict who will experience moderate and severe consequences of disease, according to a new study by Yale Cancer Center researchers published July 27 in the journal Nature.
Sullivan: Yale-Community Partnership Hatches Vital HIV Prevention Research from Seed
Drs. Tami Sullivan and Jaimie Meyer are the latest affiliates of the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS to successfully turn a pilot project into a full-scale HIV prevention research project.Source: Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University
Yale Psychiatry's Smith, Sestan Elected to Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering
Megan Smith, DrPH, MPH, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Mental health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership, and the Yale Child Study Center Parent and Family Development Program, and Nenad Sestan, MD, PhD, Harvey and Kate Cushing Professor of Neuroscience, and Professor of Comparative Medicine, of Genetics and of Psychiatry, were recently elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE).
Yale Talk Podcast: Salovey, Iheanacho, Dike, Mandhry Discuss The HAPPINESS Project
Yale President Peter Salovey; Yale Department of Psychiatry faculty Theddeus Iheanacho, MD, and Charles Dike, MD; and Eddie Mandhry, Director for Africa and the Middle East for the Yale Office of International Affairs, discussed The HAPPINESS Project, which aims to improve mental health care delivery in Nigeria, on a recent Yale Talk podcast. The four men were in Lagos, Nigeria, in January, when they announced expansion of The HAPPINESS Project, which trains primary care workers in Imo State, Nigeria, to screen for, assess, and treat mental health conditions like depression, psychosis, and anxiety.Source: Yale University Office of the President
MoMba App: Hopelab and Elevate Team Up on Social Media Application
Elevate, a policy lab at Yale School of Medicine and Hopelab, a social innovation lab in San Francisco, Calif., recently teamed up in a collaboration focused on the MoMba® app, a social media application designed to strengthen the mental health of mothers as well as their connections with their young children.
How Ageism Negatively Affects Older People’s Health
Bias against age is prevalent in many societies, embedded into societal institutions and expressed in individual perceptions and behaviors, and studies have shown that ageism can negatively affect older people’s health. As the aging population around the world continues to grow, these biases could add to already skyrocketing health care costs, say experts.Source: time.com
National Academy of Medicine Elects Six Yale Faculty Members
Six Yale School of Medicine faculty members have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). The six are among 100 new members elected by the organization to receive the honor, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service in the fields of health and medicine.Source: YaleNews
How Non-Profit Hospitals Are Driving Up The Cost Of Health Care
Last year, when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was battling to win the Democratic primary, his campaign solicited a donation from the Greater New York Hospital Association, according to a recent report from The New York Times. The hospital lobbying group gave over $1 million to the New York State Democratic Party. And not long after, according to the Times, "the state quietly authorized an across-the-board increase in Medicaid reimbursement rates." The increase is expected to cost taxpayers around $140 million a year.Source: NPR news
Zika: Researchers Are Learning More About The Long-Term Consequences For Children
In 2015, Zika virus swept through Brazil and the Americas. It was the first time a mosquito-borne virus was known to cause severe birth defects, and the World Health Organization declared it a "public health emergency that warranted a global response." "This was a truly unprecedented phenomenon," says Dr. Albert Ko, an epidemiologist at the Yale School of Public Health who has worked in Brazil for over two decades.Source: NPR