Yale Scholars Tackle Opioid Crisis in Groundbreaking Journal Issue
More than two dozen Yale professors, doctors, and students have published a series of groundbreaking articles on the opioid crisis in the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics. The special issue is notable for tackling the opioid epidemic from a variety of angles — including health law, criminal law, addiction science, and social justice and race. It features prominent voices from across Yale University, including Yale Law School, the Yale School of Medicine, the Yale School of Public Health, and the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.
Yale researchers receive federal grants to study pain management in veterans, active military members
Three Yale and VA Connecticut Healthcare System research teams have been awarded federal grants as part of a multi-year study of how to manage chronic pain in veterans and active military members without the use of drugs.
Patients with opioid addiction benefit from treatment initiated in ED
Patients addicted to opioids often seek care in the emergency department (ED). They are more likely to receive addiction treatment, and reduce opioid use long-term if they are started on medication to reduce cravings in the ED, according to a new Yale study.
Yale authored CDC report lauds New Haven’s response to fentanyl overdoses
The quick-acting response by city medical, law enforcement and public health officials to last summer’s string of fentanyl overdoses likely limited the potential impact of the drug’s deadly outbreak, according to a report by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Experts: Combination of genes, environment contribute to opioid, other addictions
Genetics plays a 50 percent role in a person’s chances of developing addiction, according to Dr. Stuart Gitlow, executive director of the Annenberg Physician Training Program in Addictive Disease at the Frank Foundation.
ED-Initiated Buprenorphine Outperforms Referral or SBIRT for ED Patients With Opioid Addiction
Drs. Gail D’Onofrio, David Fiellin, and colleagues at the Yale School of Medicine and School of Public Health screened 71,000 patients who presented for emergency care at a large urban hospital. Of 329 who met the researchers’ study criteria and were found to be addicted to opioids, one-third (34 percent) came to the ED seeking treatment for their opioid addiction, and another 8.8 percent were experiencing opioid overdoses.
Emergency department treatment for opioid addiction better than referrals
Yale researchers conducted the first known randomized trial comparing three treatment strategies for opioid-dependent patients receiving emergency care. They found that patients given the medication buprenorphine were more likely to engage in addiction treatment and reduce their illicit opioid use.
Yale Review: How Brain Alterations Contribute to Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors
How brain alterations contribute to suicidal thoughts and behaviors is the subject of a new published review of brain scanning studies by Yale and international researchers. Hilary Blumberg, MD, John and Hope Furth Professor of Psychiatric Neuroscience, and Professor of Psychiatry, in the Child Study Center and of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at Yale, is the paper's lead and corresponding author.
Lin, Chang Place 5th in International Natural Language Processing Competition
Eric Lin, MD, a fourth-year resident in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, and David Chang, a student in Yale's Computation Biology & Bioinformatics program, placed fifth in the National NLP Clinical Challenges (n2c2) Clinical Semantic Textual Similarity (STS) Task.
Liu Emphasizes Collaboration in His Sports Neuroscience Research
Sports neuroscientist Kun Liu, PhD, Visiting Associate Professor of Psychiatry, spoke to the Chinese news service Ecns.cn about his program Physical Exercise Affecting on Cognition and Emotion (PEACE). The program incorporates the interdisciplinary field of sports science, neuroscience, and analytical chemistry in studying how and why physical activities can have a unique effect on certain cognitions.