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.
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.
Doctors asking how much post-surgical follow-up is needed
On Saturday, Reisman, 52, a former New York lawyer who now freelances for the Shoreline Times, held a party to celebrate two decades of survival. Looking back on the years after her surgery, Reisman said the fear that the cancer could return was compounded by the anxiety she felt about the multiple MRIs she was required to undergo to make sure it hadn’t. Reisman’s experience has buttressed the concern of Dr. Cary Gross, her brother-in-law, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Yale School of Medicine. With new studies showing that multiple surveillance procedures don’t necessarily improve patient outcomes in at least some cancers, he is concerned about whether aggressive post-treatment testing is really necessary, given the anxiety, cost and even occasional false positive results that accompany it.Source: New Haven Register
Female excellence is the rule, not the exception, in new summer program
A new initiative of the Yale Center for Health & Learning Games, created by Dr. Lynn Fiellin, ForAGirl is open to young women who are participating in the Yale Pathways to Science program, the university’s long-running summer program aimed at encouraging middle and high school students from New Haven schools to pursue careers in the sciences. Within Pathways, young scholars select a more specific track; ForAGirl is the latest of these specialized pathways. Its focus is to promote the engagement of female high school students in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields as well as medicine and research, where even today, women are drastically underrepresented.Source: YaleNews
Seeking better health: Yale and New Haven
In the early 1970s, Maria Melendez, recently arrived from Puerto Rico, saw that there were no Spanish-speaking doctors serving her new neighborhood of Fair Haven. With others in the community as well as local groups, she launched a campaign that led first to nursing visits and then to the establishment of the Fair Haven Community Health Center.Source: Yale Medicine
Yale Study: Minority Breast Cancer Patients Less Likely To Have Genetic Test
A genetic test that helps doctors determine how best to treat breast cancer -- and whether chemotherapy is likely to help -- is significantly more likely to be administered to white women than blacks or Hispanics, a Yale study has found.Source: WNPR
Racial Disparities in Genetic Testing of Women With Breast Cancer
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Cary P. Gross, MD Section of General Internal Medicine Yale University School of Medicine New Haven, CT MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Response: Prior work has demonstrated racial and socioeconomic disparities in breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes. As the oncology field has progressed over the past decade, the use of genetic testing to guide treatment decisions is one of the most exciting new developments.Source: Medical Research
Yale Study Published in JNCCN Uncovers Racial Disparities in Treatment of Women with Breast Cancer
In a simple definition, cancer is a disease of the cells, which is caused by gene mutations. For a proportion of patients, including women with hormone receptor positive (HR+) breast cancer, gene expression profiling has a substantial impact on treatment decision-making by determining which patients might—or might not—respond to particular treatment options.
Yale Has One Big Chance to Move in the Right Direction on Race
This week, Yale University committed to creating a working group on race that will consider, among other topics, changing the name of one of its residential colleges, named for slavery advocate and Yale alumnus, John C. Calhoun.Source: Time
Team-based science is focus of new clinician scholars program
When the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) ended its longstanding Clinical Scholars program last year, it was a loss not only for the Yale community but for the city of New Haven as well. Since the program’s inception more than 40 years ago, scholars have worked on projects designed to address health inequities and improve health care throughout the city.Source: Yale Medicine
SLEEP-SMART Intervention Shows Promising Results for Women Suffering from Sleeping Problems, Depression, and Anxiety
Preliminary data indicate SLEEP-SMART can improve sleep patterns, show associated reductions in symptoms of depression and anxiety, and improve the functioning of brain circuits important in emotional and cognitive health.