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Fighting the fallout of childhood cancer

Fighting the fallout of childhood cancer

A personal encounter with a deadly cancer inspires a $3 million contribution to advance psychosocial care, research for child survivors

Riva Ariella Ritvo, Ph.D., has a favorite quote from Gandhi: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

For much of her life, Ritvo, known to friends as “Ari,” has aimed to follow that maxim, treating and studying children with autism spectrum disorders at the Los Angeles–area Ritvo Clinic and as a clinical instructor of long standing at the Yale Child Study Center (YCSC). Ritvo’s husband, Alan B. Slifka, M.B.A., a 1951 alumnus of Yale College and founder of...

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Fighting the fallout of childhood cancer

As science moves faster, the world gets smaller

In a giant leap forward for personalized medicine—one of the most highly anticipated benefits of the Human Genome Project—Yale researchers have applied new technology to diagnose and recommend therapy for a rare intestinal disorder in a seriously ill baby half a world away.

Doctors in Ankara, Turkey, were stumped as to the cause of chronic dehydration in a 5-month-old baby boy, and they called on the School of...

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Medical school mounts mission of mercy for Haiti

Medical school mounts mission of mercy for Haiti

On January 18, Martin Luther King Day, people around the world were still struggling to grasp the extent of the devastation wrought in Haiti by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake, the epicenter of which lay just 15 miles from the nation’s densely populated capital, Port-au-Prince.

That...

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