Better Science, Better Lives: Women's Health Research at Yale is Working for You
Across the country, it’s becoming clearer every day: We must study the health of women. We must study the influence of sex-and-gender differences on health. And it’s time for all aspects of medical research and practice to embrace this change.
Women’s Health Research at Yale funds studies on pain relief, cannabis, and genetic origins of sex differences in disease
Women’s Health Research at Yale (WHRY) today announced funding for first-of-their-kind studies on pain relief, cannabis, and the genetic basis of sex differences across a broad range of ailments, including Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease.
Yale Launches New Policy Lab to Elevate Mental Health and Disrupt Poverty
Elevate is a new policy laboratory stemming from the successful work of the Mental health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership and joining forces with Women’s Health Research at Yale (WHRY) to apply science to the creation and spread of evidence-based interventions for socially and economically disadvantaged families in partnership with government agencies.Source: YaleNews
Poor and minority women face widening barriers to depression treatment
Megan Smith, DrPH, MPH, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and in the Child Study Center, is featured in a Connecticut Health Investigative Team story and podcast about depression in women and barriers to care.Source: Connecticut Health I-Team
Breast cancer care in U.S. territories lags behind care in states
Older women residing in the U.S territories are less likely to receive recommended or timely care for breast cancer compared with similar women residing in the continental United States, according to Yale researchers. Their findings were published in the March issue of Health Affairs.
Frozen vs. fresh embryos for IVF? Study finds little impact on fertility
Many women struggling to have a baby turn to in-vitro fertilization to improve their chances, and then face further uncertainty and anxiety when confronted with the decision of whether to use frozen or fresh embryos. A new study by a researcher at Yale School of Public Health and co-authors in China finds an insignificant difference in live birth rates between the two methods.
Opportunities to vaccinate young women against HPV missed at alarming rate
en aged 18-26 who were eligible to receive Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine have missed at least one opportunity to receive the vaccine during a visit to an obstetrics and gynecology clinic, Yale researchers report. This study also confirms previous research showing racial disparities in vaccination for HPV: Women who identify as black are 61% more likely have had a missed opportunity than women who identify as white. These findings are published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. HPV is a well-known cause of pre-cancerous cervical lesions, which, if untreated, could develop into cervical cancer. Immunization against HPV has been shown to be safe and effective in preventing these pre-cancerous lesions. The two-dose HPV vaccine is recommended for administration to It is recommended that girls ages 11-12 receive the two-dose HPV vaccine, and that those through age 26 receive the three-dose vaccination for “catch-up.”
Study correlates maternal depression with diaper need
Researchers at the Yale School of Medicine have found a strong correlation between the diaper need of low-income mothers and the occurrence of maternal depression. According to their study, which was published in the journal Health Equity in September, diaper need — even more than food insufficiency — is a daily stressor that leads to maternal hardship and mental health struggles.Source: Yale Daily News
Can Digestive Chemistry Uncover Sex-Specific Causes of Colon Cancer?
Dr. Caroline Helen Johnson received this year’s Wendy U. and Thomas C. Naratil Pioneer Award and co-funding from the Yale Cancer Center to explore hormones and environmental factors related to metabolite production (such as sugars and amino acids) and beneficial bacteria that live in the colon as possible sources of gender difference.
Mystery of breast cancer risk gene solved, 20 years after its discovery
More than 20 years after scientists revealed that mutations in the BRCA1 gene predispose women to breast cancer, Yale scientists have pinpointed the molecular mechanism that allows those mutations to wreak their havoc. The findings, reported Oct. 4 in the journal Nature, will not only help researchers design drugs to combat breast and ovarian cancers, but also help identify women who are at high risk of developing them, the authors say. “There have been about 14,000 papers written about BRCA1, and you would think we already know everything about the gene, but we don’t,” said senior author Patrick Sung, professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry and of therapeutic radiology and member of the Yale Cancer Center.
Women, Leadership and Public Health
Madam Halimah Yacob was sworn in as the eighth President of Singapore on the 14th of September, becoming its first female head of state. Many people with whom I spoke, both Singaporeans and ex-pats, discounted this recognition because of the “reserved election” and lack of other candidates. I acknowledge the controversy and recognize that this role is largely ceremonial here (the Prime Minister leads the government). Nonetheless, as an American and a feminist, I was excited to witness this historical moment of an extraordinary woman taking the oath of Presidential office.