Health Care Industry Is a Major Source of Harmful Emissions
Climate change presents an unprecedented public health emergency and the global healthcare sector is contributing to the worldwide crisis, argues Jodi Sherman, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology at the Yale School of Medicine in a commentary published Aug. 2 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Text Messages Show Promise as Next Step for Improving Heart Health in China
Motivational text messages are a well-liked, feasible new way to provide additional support to Chinese patients with heart disease, reports a preliminary study by researchers at Yale and in China. However, the study did not prove that these targeted text messages led to an improvement in blood pressure control amongst the recipients, the intended outcome.
Don't Jump for Joy over New FDA-approved Postpartum Depression Medicine Yet
Kimberly Yonkers, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences cautions new mothers who may consider taking the new FDA-approved medication for postpartum depression in an opinion piece published in USA Today.
Doctors asking how much post-surgical follow-up is needed
On Saturday, Reisman, 52, a former New York lawyer who now freelances for the Shoreline Times, held a party to celebrate two decades of survival. Looking back on the years after her surgery, Reisman said the fear that the cancer could return was compounded by the anxiety she felt about the multiple MRIs she was required to undergo to make sure it hadn’t. Reisman’s experience has buttressed the concern of Dr. Cary Gross, her brother-in-law, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Yale School of Medicine. With new studies showing that multiple surveillance procedures don’t necessarily improve patient outcomes in at least some cancers, he is concerned about whether aggressive post-treatment testing is really necessary, given the anxiety, cost and even occasional false positive results that accompany it.
Older adults with multiple conditions benefit from CaRe-Align initiative
To help meet the complex needs of older patients with multiple chronic conditions, a new health care initiative called CaRe-Align, has been launched and will be led by Yale MacArthur Fellow Dr. Mary E. Tinetti and Dr. Caroline Blaum of New York University.
Yale-New Haven’s ‘Checkup from the Neck Up’ to screen for cancer
Michael Maze makes his living with his voice, so a tumor running from his ear to near his shoulder was particularly frightening. He was a smoker, a major cause of the disease, but that had nothing to do with it. He got head and neck cancer from a virus. To detect head and neck cancers, Yale-New Haven Hospital will hold a free screening this week, “Checkup from the Neck Up,” that takes only five minutes.
For older hypertension patients, an unwelcome tradeoff
Medications used by many older people to control their blood pressure also increase the risk of serious fall injuries by 30% to 40% — injuries that have a similar effect on mortality and functional loss as the strokes and heart attacks the blood pressure drugs are meant to prevent — according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers in the Feb. 24 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.
5 Ways to Prevent Post-Hospital Syndrome
Re-hospitalization is a big problem, especially among the elderly population. As many as one-fifth of adults over age 65 who are released from the hospital are re-admitted within a month — typically for a different health condition than the one they were initially admitted for.
Vigorous athletic activity is safe with implanted arrhythmia devices
There has long been concern that people with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) should not participate in any kind of strenuous sports activity for fear that their devices could fail. But a new Yale study finds that many athletes with ICDs can engage in vigorous and competitive sports without physical injury or failure to stop cardiac arrhythmia, despite ICD shocks that may occur to the heart during athletic activities.
Are Your Gut Bacteria Increasing Your Risk of Heart Disease? 3 Things to Know
Over the last decade the number of articles focusing on our microbiota – a term that refers to vast number of bacteria that colonize our bodies- has grown rapidly. Recently, some of these studies are attracting considerable public attention because of their relevance to human health – and the potential that they may represent targets for treatment.
Seniors face "catastrophic" setbacks after leaving hospital
One out of every five seniors returns to the hospital within a month of leaving. Dr. Harlan Krumholz, of Yale School of Medicine, speaks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about some simple tips that can prevent that from happening to you.