Chen and Team Win Award from 2019 NIDA $100K SUD Startup Challenge
Kevin Chen, MD, fellow, National Clinical Scholars Program, and his team recently won an award as part of the 2019 NIDA $100K SUD Startup Challenge. Sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the award is given to 10 winners for their startup projects to improve the well-being of those with substance use disorders.
Preprint Server for Health Sciences Will ‘Accelerate’ Research
Yale University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), and publisher BMJ have announced the forthcoming launch of medRxiv [pronounced “med-archive”], a free online archive and distribution service for preprints in the medical and health sciences.
Yale Study Finds Link Between Medicaid Expansion and Equity in Cancer Care
Racial disparities in timely cancer treatment disappeared in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to an analysis of over 30,000 health records led by researchers at Yale Cancer Center. The findings were presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2019 annual meeting.
A Better Way to Classify Young Women’s Heart Attacks
A new study, sponsored by Women’s Health Research at Yale, shows how a sex-specific classification system can define and group types of heart attacks that are more common for women. In doing so, the researchers have produced a more accurate guide to treatment and prognosis.
Low mobility predicts hospital readmission in older heart attack patients
Close to 20% of elderly adults who have suffered a heart attack will be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. Performance on a simple mobility test is the best predictor of whether an elderly heart attack patient will be readmitted, a Yale-led study reports.
Text Messages Show Promise as Next Step for Improving Heart Health in China
Motivational text messages are a well-liked, feasible new way to provide additional support to Chinese patients with heart disease, reports a preliminary study by researchers at Yale and in China. However, the study did not prove that these targeted text messages led to an improvement in blood pressure control amongst the recipients, the intended outcome.
Since 1990s, Heart Attacks Have Become Less Deadly and Frequent for Americans
Heart attack prevention and outcomes have dramatically improved for American adults in the past two decades, according to a Yale study in JAMA Network Open. Compared to the mid-1990s, Americans today are less likely to have heart attacks and also less likely to die from them, said the researchers.
Krystal and Nunez-Smith Are Honored by Association for Clinical and Translational Science
John H. Krystal, MD, Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Translational Research, chair and professor of psychiatry, and professor of neuroscience; and Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, associate professor of medicine (general medicine) and of epidemiology (chronic diseases), have been chosen for awards by the Association for Clinical and Translational Science.
Diversity efforts drive rise in female and minority medical school students
Medical schools in the United States are accepting more women and minority students a decade after diversity standards were introduced by a national accrediting body. According to Yale researchers, the standards are associated with an increase in both the number and proportion of applicants from underrepresented groups, suggesting that the pool of minority talent is sufficient to boost diversity.
Krumholz, Spatz receive funding to develop new 24/7 blood pressure monitor
The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering has awarded a $1.2 million, four-year grant to investigators at Texas A&M University and Yale University for the development of a wrist-worn, cuffless blood pressure monitoring system.
CERSI Obtains FDA Grant Renewal
Joseph S. Ross, MD, MHS, associate professor of medicine (general medicine) and public health (health policy and management) was awarded a U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) grant renewal up to $20M for work on the Yale-Mayo Clinic FDA Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSI). The grant was recently renewed for years three through seven.
As body mass index increases, blood pressure may as well
Body mass index is positively associated with blood pressure, according to the ongoing study of 1.7 million Chinese men and women being conducted by researchers at the Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE) and in China. These findings appear in the Aug. 17 issue of JAMA Network Open.
Yale study: Mapping tumors’ genes doesn’t improve survival
In this age of personalized medicine, sequencing the genes in a patient’s tumor can reveal mutations that may be treatable with targeted medications. But a new Yale School of Medicine-led study published Aug. 7 in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that testing for many such mutations does not improve the chances of a patient’s survival. Data was analyzed from 5,688 patients with non-small cell lung cancer who were treated in a community cancer clinic rather than a large research institution. About 15 percent received broad-based sequencing of the tumor’s genome; the rest were tested only for two mutations, known as EGFR and ALK, for which medications are available. Incorporating variables into the analysis, the researchers found that mortality rates after 12 months were 41.1 percent for those who had the broad-based sequencing and 44.4 percent for those who just had the tests for EGFR and ALK.Source: New Haven Register
Broad genetic testing for advanced lung cancer may not improve survival
Testing for dozens of genetic mutations in tumors of patients with a common form of advanced lung cancer did not appear to improve survival compared to routine genetic testing, a study led by Yale Cancer Center (YCC) scientists has found.
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.Source: Yale Law School
Improving the World’s Largest Health System—Scholars Convene at YSPH to Plan for Future
Some 200 researchers and health leaders gathered at Yale University for the second biennial conference of the China Health Policy and Management Society (CHPAMS), focusing on the Healthy China 2030 national blueprint for the health of the 1.3 billion Chinese.