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.
Child deaths from opioids nearly tripled in recent years, says Yale study
Close to 9,000 children and teens in the United States died from opioid poisonings over the last two decades, representing a nearly three-fold increase in mortality rates, Yale researchers said. These findings illustrate how the opioid epidemic continues to evolve and harm children even as efforts to confront the crisis through treatment and limits on opioid prescribing ramp up, they said.
There's a lack of US leadership on breastfeeding
In July, the World Health Assembly in Geneva made news when delegates passed a resolution promoting breastfeeding. The controversy wasn’t that the resolution passed (it was expected to, without fanfare), but rather that it almost didn’t due to the energetic efforts of a surprising antagonist.
Infant Health is the Top Priority
Breastfeeding (BF) support is one of the most cost-effective interventions to advance mother–child health worldwide. Large-scale BF support may prevent 11.6% of infant deaths and improves cognitive development. Read the joint statement from Dean Sten Vermund and Rafael Pérez-Escamilla.
Breast Milk Block Inspires Call To Action
A day after Sten Vermund felt “kicked in the gut,” he found himself talking about a new opportunity to fight back. The kick came from the news that the U.S. government used its influence to water down and almost completely derail a resolution by the World Health Assembly calling on countries to recognize that breast milk is the healthiest beverage for children and to limit misleading marketing of substitutes like infant formula.
Ep. 66 Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly
Breast milk is often called “liquid gold” because it has so many benefits. Most experts recommend mothers breastfeed for six months exclusively after birth – but most women don’t do so. Professor Rafael Pérez-Escamilla of the Yale School of Public Health has been working on a way to boost and sustain breastfeeding rates – and he’s doing it on a country-by-country basis.
School of Public Health to launch breastfeeding campaign
The School of Public Health of the University of Ghana will on April 19, launched a media campaign to promote breastfeeding in Ghana through social media. It is the first breastfeeding social media campaign in Ghana and has been designed in response to the recommendations of the “Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly” process that was completed last year.
Tackling Asthma’s Genetic Causes May Yield New Therapies and ID Higher-risk Patients, Yale Study Says
More insight into the genetic causes of asthma may open new therapeutic avenues and help identify people at higher risk of developing the disease, say researchers at the Yale School of Public Health.