New ways to help people avoid opioid overdose and beat addiction
This is just one example of how Yale School of Medicine researchers and clinicians are pursuing innovations that could both improve treatment of opioid addiction and introduce new painkillers that are effective yet not addictive.Source: Yale Medicine
In a world of chronic pain, individual treatment possible, Yale research shows
An investigation into the molecular causes of a debilitating condition known as “Man on Fire Syndrome” has led Yale researchers to develop a strategy that may lead to personalized pain therapy and predict which chronic pain patients will respond to treatment.
Yale team discovers unexpected source of diabetic neuropathy pain
Nearly half of all diabetics suffer from neuropathic pain, an intractable, agonizing and still mysterious companion of the disease. Now Yale researchers have identified an unexpected source of the pain and a potential target to alleviate it.
Yale Researchers Uncover Source of Mystery Pain
An estimated 20 million people in the United States suffer from peripheral neuropathy, marked by the degeneration of nerves and in some cases severe pain. There is no good treatment for the disorder and doctors can find no apparent cause in one of every three cases.
Rhee and Wilkinson: Characterization of the Quality of Electroconvulsive Therapy Among Older Medicare Beneficiaries
Despite substantial evidence of efficacy, ECT use remains rare among elderly patients with depression. Findings suggest a potential need for efforts to increase the proportion of patients receiving adequate courses of ECT and evidence-based post-ECT follow-up care.Source: The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Lydecker: Among people facing food insecurity, researchers find a hidden health issue: eating disorders
“There is something with the psychology where the overeating isn’t just the amount of food consumed. It’s really that distress and that feeling that they can’t stop even if they wanted to,” said Janet Lydecker, a psychologist at the Yale School of Medicine. “So that creates feelings of failure and also of feelings that I’m not the person I should be.”Source: Stat News
Duman, Pothula: Cell-type speciﬁc modulation of NMDA receptors triggers antidepressant actions
In a new paper published in Molecular Psychiatry, Santosh Pothula, Post Doctoral Associate in the laboratory of Dr. Ronald S Duman, and the late Ronald Duman, PhD, Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Neuroscience, and Director of the Abraham Ribicoff Research Facilities, write that both the NMDA receptor (NMDAR) positive allosteric modulator (PAM), and antagonist, can exert rapid antidepressant effects as shown in several animal and human studies. However, how this bidirectional modulation of NMDARs causes similar antidepressant effects remains unknown.Source: Molecular Psychiatry
Kenneth Keniston, Leading Social Psychologist with Ties to Yale Psychiatry, Dies at 90
Kenneth Keniston, PhD, a leading social psychologist who taught in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine and later founded MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society, passed away earlier this year, after a long illness. He was 90 years old.
Elena Gracheva is a finalist of the 2020 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists
Dr. Elena Gracheva, an Associate Professor of Cellular & Molecular Physiology and of Neuroscience, is a 2020 Finalists of the prestigious Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists, the world’s largest unrestricted prize for early-career scientists.Source: Elena Gracheva is a finalist of the 2020 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists
Southwick: Life after COVID-19: Recovered New Yorkers find hope in helping others
“There is a strong relationship between resilience and altruism,” says Steven Southwick, MD, professor emeritus of psychiatry, post-traumatic stress disorder, and resilience at Yale University School of Medicine. “It’s very well known that giving support increases one’s social and emotional well-being, and decreases our stress responses.”Source: Christian Science Monitor