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First-year class brings more than smarts to school

Gaining entry to the School of Medicine remains among the academic world’s most competitive selection processes. With more than 3,000 applicants for the approximately 100 slots in each first-year class at Yale, being smart and well-prepared are givens. It takes more than that to get in. “We’re looking for people who have shown that they are truly concerned about other people and have done something in their lives that really illustrates that spirit,” says Deputy Dean for Education Robert H. Gifford, M.D., HS ’67. The 102 members of the Class of 2002 arrived in New Haven at summer’s end with just that experience.

The 57 men and 45 women represent a broad cross section of backgrounds and interests. They include 21 Yale graduates, 15 Harvard graduates, at least one lawyer, a mother of three, and two children of faculty members. The mean age of the class is 24. About half the class is...

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A clean room for gene therapy and stem cell transplantation

In 1989 leukemia patient Richard D. Frisbee III became the first child in Connecticut to receive a bone marrow transplant. He died later that year, but were he alive today he might be a candidate for a stem cell transplant, which has emerged as a promising way to halt leukemia and other cancers. To help pursue new treatments and honor this young patient, the Richard D. Frisbee III Laboratory of Stem Cell...

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From cough medicine to deadly addiction, a century of heroin and drug-abuse policy

A century ago, scientists at a German pharmaceutical firm investigated a chemical modification to morphine that made it...

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A pediatrician’s frank talk about fibs

Long before Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr’s report and possible presidential lies were the topic of the day, Diane...

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Improving public health from the ground up

Faculty in epidemiology and public health are joining forces with Griffin Hospital in Derby to create an innovative...

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Lessons of healing: Exploring the link between spirituality and health

Throughout the ages, men and women have thanked deities for favors bestowed. Such blessings may be good health, fortune...

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With a mechanical heart, a patient goes home—and waits

Everywhere Robert Kenyon goes these days a bundle of electrical wires connects him to a battery pack that powers an...

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Yale epidemiologist leads study of risks from radon in drinking water

Radon in Connecticut’s drinking water poses a minimal health risk, primarily when it is released into household air,...

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School, government settle suit over credit balances

A federal investigation into the medical school’s billing practices ended in September with a $5.6 million settlement...

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State-of-the-art imaging for neurovascular disease

One of the nation’s most advanced diagnostic neuroangiography suites for diagnosis and treatment of neurovascular...

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New research clinic seeking to identify schizophrenia earlier

While traditional treatment of schizophrenia, or psychosis, seeks to reduce symptoms after they have affected people’s...

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'Jumping DNA' may help explain evolution of immune system

A bit of DNA that has the ability, heretofore unseen in humans, to “jump” from one organism to another may have given...

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Early study suggests new way to treat schizophrenia

A drug under development for anxiety has been found to reverse schizophrenia-like effects of “angel dust” in rats...

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Women under 75 fare worse than men after heart attacks

Many clinicians have long believed that men were more prone to death from heart attack than women. Evidence from a Yale...

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A little testosterone may aid estrogen replacement therapy

A dose of testosterone may be a good thing for post-menopausal women undergoing hormone replacement therapy. Estrogen...

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Many heart-failure patients would rather not be revived

Nearly one-quarter of all patients hospitalized for severe congestive heart failure say they do not wish to be...

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Imaging RNA enzyme a step toward understanding hepatitis

Using X-ray crystallography, researchers have solved the three-dimensional structure of an RNA enzyme that plays a role...

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