Yale Physicians Reflect on Covid, Three Years Later
It’s been more than three years since the COVID pandemic began, causing over six million deaths worldwide (as of April 2023). While things have largely returned to normal thanks to vaccines, lockdowns, and public health measures and with the Public Health Emergency recently ending, life is a “new normal.” No one who has come out on the other side of the height of the pandemic has remained unaffected, whether physically, emotionally, or both. This is particularly true for the frontline healthcare workers who cared for very sick patients despite the fear of becoming ill themselves.
Gender and Connecting with Your Health Provider: A Q&A with Dr. Christine J. Ko
Recently, Dr. Christine J Ko wrote a book, published by Routledge, titled “How to Improve Doctor-Patient Connection.” We chatted with Dr. Ko to get her insight into the roles psychology and gender play in health care interactions.
Infections Linked to Hospital Respirators Still Pose Risks to Patients
A new report out of the University of Connecticut is raising concern about hospital-acquired infections from respirators. The paper looked at VAP or ventilator-associated pneumonia. That's an infection acquired in a hospital after a patient is put on a respirator, which can increase the length of stay, costs, and mortality.Source: wnpr Connecticut's Public Media Source for News and Ideas
Connecticut’s own learn getting the right diagnosis takes effort, patience
John Morthanos is doing fine now. He received a lung transplant to treat his idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a rare, fatal, lung disease. He’s back to a normal life. It took a while to get to that point, though, with doctors referring him to others who really didn’t recognize the disease or its seriousness.Source: New Haven Register
A Yale professor's remarkable trip to Everest
When Richard Casten, an asthma patient, was planning a trip to the Mount Everest base camp in Tibet, his doctor had some simple advice: Don’t do it. Geoffrey Chupp, MD, director of the Yale Center for Asthma and Airways Disease (YCAAD), could not dissuade Casten from making the Everest trip, but he did manage to monitor his patient during the adventure.
Kids need to turn off the cell phone long before bed
As the school year approaches, Yale Medical Group sleep expert Meir Kryger, MD, has a message for parents: You must adjust your child’s sleep schedule, and that includes turning off cell phones and other electronic devices at least an hour before they go to sleep. Not doing so could open the door to poor school performance and health problems.
Sang Taek Kim Returns to YSM to Lead Immunotherapy Adverse Events Program
A physician scientist, Sang Taek Kim, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine (rheumatology), is interested in the autoimmune complications induced by cancer immunotherapy. In his new role, he serves as director of the Immunotherapy Adverse Events in Rheumatology Program.
Osteoporosis Prevention: A Q&A with Dr. Cristina Brunet
Bones are constantly being formed and resorbed in our bodies. As we get older, our bones become less dense as formation does not keep up with loss. This can lead to osteoporosis, a condition characterized by weakened bones and a greater risk of fractures. As many as 20% of women and 5% of men older than 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. After menopause, women are at a higher risk of osteoporosis because they no longer produce enough estrogen to keep their bones as healthy as when they were younger. Additionally, people who take medications such as steroids for an extended period are more likely to experience bone loss.
‘Sleep as medicine,’ or how to make a hospital stay less unhealthy
For a long list of reasons, many patients don’t sleep well in U.S. hospitals. Yet while medical errors and health-care acquired infections have inspired major reforms, the toll of poor sleep gets less attention.Source: Washington Post