A Yale doctor is using a video game to fight the opioid crisis
As drug-related deaths have spiked across the United States in recent years, doctors seeking to curb that surge are getting an unlikely new tool: a video game. The game, titled “PlaySmart,” was developed by Dr. Lynn Fiellin and funded in part by the National Institutes of Health.Source: The Washington Post
Yale Study Reveals Social Media Habits of Black Teen Girls and Guides Risk-reduction Video Game
To support the development of a multiplayer risk-reduction videogame for Black teen girls, researchers at Yale conducted a study that sheds light on the social media habits of these teens in evaluating and choosing potential romantic partners. The results were published in the July 24 issue of Social Media & Society.
Virtual Reality Game Is an Effective Tool for Vaping Prevention Among Teens
The game prompts students to practice navigating peer pressure situations involving vaping. By encouraging teens to use their own voices in simulated situations, the researchers hoped they would become better prepared to face real-world scenarios.
Opioid epidemic responses overlook gender
In a commentary published in The Lancet, Women’s Health Research at Yale Director Carolyn M. Mazure, and Yale Program in Addiction Medicine Director David A. Fiellin, M.D., called for researchers, clinicians, and policymakers to account for the different ways in which women encounter opioid addiction and treatment.Source: Yale News
Videogame boosts sex health IQ and attitudes in minority teens
A videogame designed by Yale researchers to promote health and reduce risky behavior in teens improves sexual health knowledge and attitudes among minority youth, according to a new study. The findings validate the value of the videogame as a tool to engage and educate teens at risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), said the researchers.
Yale Investigators Link Higher Levels of Low Density Cholesterol With Decreased Risk of Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
A team of Yale investigators is evaluating whether elevated lipid levels - generally considered to be detrimental to human health due to their effect on cardiovascular disease - can have protective effects on the brain.
Pietro De Camilli Selected for 2021 E.B. Wilson Medal
Pietro De Camilli, professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology at Yale University and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, has been chosen by ASCB to receive the 2021 E.B. Wilson Medal. De Camilli is also the director of the Kavli Institute of Neuroscience at the Yale University School of Medicine.Source: American Society for Cell Biology
Powers Receives the Carol and Gene Ludwig Award for Early Career Research
Albert Powers, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, and Medical Director and Associate Director of the Yale PRIME Psychosis Risk Research Clinic, has received the Carol and Gene Ludwig Award for Early Career Research from the Carol and Gene Ludwig Family Foundation.
Physical activity changes during behavioral weight loss treatment by Latinx patients with obesity with and without binge eating disorder
"This study addresses several important areas that are underrepresented in the literature. Notably, this study focused on Spanish-speaking-only Latinx individuals who are underrepresented in treatment research on both binge-eating disorder and on obesity. Understanding the effects of existing treatments in culturally diverse samples is imperative so that treatments can be refined and effectively disseminated more broadly. Additionally, evaluating specific behavioral changes that are components of complex interventions may contribute to a better understanding of ways to enhance treatment outcomes and to guide more targeted dismantling studies," said Carlos Grilo, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and of Psychology and Director of the Program for Obesity Weight and Eating Research (POWER).Source: Obesity
Psychiatric Sequelae of Stroke Affecting the Non-dominant Cerebral Hemisphere
Stephanie Yarnell-Mac Grory, MD, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, and Robert Blake Werner, Jr., MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, are co-authors of the paper "Psychiatric Sequelae of Stroke Affecting the Non-dominant Cerebral Hemisphere" published in Journal of Neurological Sciences.Source: Journal of Neurological Sciences
Workforce Development in Public Psychiatry: Impact of the Yale Fellowship
Jeanne L. Steiner, DO, Professor of Psychiatry; Walter S. Mathis, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Dale D. Sebastian, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; and Tobias D. Wasser, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry are co-authors of a paper in Academic Psychiatry that highlights the impact and growth of the Yale Fellowship in Public Psychiatry.Source: Academic Psychiatry
Improving the Diagnosis of Heart Disease in Women
Dr. Samit Shah is leading a team to demonstrate the effectiveness of validated, but not widely administered procedures for the many women who have reduced blood flow to the heart without blocked arteries or cholesterol build-up often associated with heart disease.
Assessing an Insomnia Intervention for Black Women
Dr. Soohyun Nam is testing — for the first time — an evidence-based stress-reduction intervention for insomnia that has shown potential for addressing the underlying causes of sleep difficulty in a manner culturally sensitive to the needs of Black women.