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  • Unique Case of Mucormycosis Presented in JAMA Clinical Challenge

    Faculty from the Yale Department of Internal Medicine’s Section of Infectious Diseases have recently contributed a clinical case to JAMA’s Clinical Challenge series. The case involved a patient with poorly controlled type 1 diabetes, who presented to the emergency room with a one-week history of weakness.

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  • Unhealthy Alcohol Use Among Men who have Sex with Men Taking PrEP for HIV Prevention

    A recent study conducted by Yale researchers focused on the intersection of unhealthy alcohol use and adherence to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men. The research, undertaken between February 2019 and July 2020, involved semi-structured interviews with 15 men who have sex with men in Providence, Rhode Island and New Haven, Connecticut, who were prescribed PrEP and had screened positive for unhealthy alcohol use.

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  • Tick-Borne Diseases in the United States: An Escalating Challenge

    Tick-borne diseases, primarily transmitted by Ixodes scapularis (black-legged or deer tick), are increasingly prevalent in the United States, surpassing diseases spread by mosquitoes. With over 490,000 annual cases, these diseases, including Lyme disease, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, and Powassan virus, present significant public health challenges.

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  • Novel Gene Controlling Mosquito Reproductive Cell Development and Immune System

    The Anopheles mosquito species is the primary vector responsible for transmitting malaria, a potentially fatal blood-borne illness. Since previous studies have identified various factors influencing mosquitoes' ability to transmit malaria, Yale researchers in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Section of Infectious Diseases sought to understand the factors affecting the resistance to malaria in mosquitoes lacking the mosGILT protein.

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  • Interdisciplinary Curriculum Boosts Women's Health and Gender-Affirming Care in Internal Medicine Residency

    A novel interdisciplinary curriculum has been successfully implemented in Internal Medicine residency programs to enhance education in women's health, gender-affirming care, and health disparities. Led by Janet Henrich, MD, and created by a collaborative team of faculty from various disciplines, including Internal Medicine; Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences; Surgery; and community experts, this curriculum comprises half-day modules on interrelated topics, emphasizing health equity and interactive learning.

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  • Power Imbalance on Global Health Collaborations in Liberia

    Global health collaborations, typically designed to address specific public health needs in low-resource settings, can be significantly affected by hierarchical power imbalances between participants. This can lead to participants from low-resource settings having a decreased opportunity to fully engage in decision-making and can allow for outcomes more likely to favor higher-resource groups. Investigators from Yale School of Medicine and the University of Liberia’s College of Health Services sought to better characterize the experiences of collaborators involved in global health work in the setting of post-war, post-Ebola Liberia.

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  • Gender Gap in Promotion Within Academic Medicine

    The gender gap in promotion in academic medicine has been well documented, which can ultimately lead to negative consequences not only for women faculty but for trainees and patients as well. Yale researchers performed a systematic review and meta-analysis that examined gender disparities in promotion to full professorship, in particular, considering factors such as scholarly production, grant funding, and leadership positions.

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