Scientists find clues to mystery of Williams Syndrome’s peculiar symptoms
Patients with Williams Syndrome often are extremely social and possess a remarkable affinity and talent for music. They also experience life-threatening cardiovascular problems and developmental disabilities. The mystery is what happens during development to cause such peculiar symptoms.
Hypertension medication that targets stress may help smokers quit
Smokers trying to quit often light up a cigarette to deal with stress. Now an interdisciplinary team of Yale researchers has shown that guanfacine, a medication approved for treating hypertension that reduces stress and enhances cognition, shows promise as a smoking cessation aid.
New finding suggests a way to block stress’ damage
Ketamine, an anesthetic sometimes abused as a street drug, increases the synaptic connections between brain cells and in low doses acts as a powerful antidepressant, Yale researchers have found. However, stress has the opposite effect, shrinking the number of synaptic spines, triggering depression.
Human cognition depends upon slow-firing neurons, Yale researchers find
Good mental health and clear thinking depend upon our ability to store and manipulate thoughts on a sort of “mental sketch pad.” In a new study, Yale School of Medicine researchers describe the molecular basis of this ability — the hallmark of human cognition — and describe how a breakdown of the system contributes to diseases such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Are you a female over 50 experiencing stress and sleep difficulties?
If you are a female over 50 and feel overwhelmed or stressed and experience difficulty sleeping, you may be eligible to participate in a free and confidential study that provides talk therapy that may help improve your emotional and cognitive health and also looks at how the brain works with advanced MRI scanning techniques.
The Yale Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science Launches Its Global Mental Health Promotion Program, Led by Dr. Theddeus Iheanacho, with an Inaugural Lecture by Dr. Vikram Patel
The Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science (CMIPS) is launching its Global Mental Health Promotion (GMHP) Program to help bridge the gap between knowledge and practice in mental health promotion, especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Although there is ample evidence for the effectiveness of various interventions for common mental disorders, access to and availability of these interventions remain low. Up to 65% of people in LMICs suffering from mental disorders do not get treatment.
WHRY and Elevate Expand Help for Women and Families in Need
Recognizing the urgent need to ensure the health of women in our communities, Women’s Health Research at Yale and Elevate, the university’s health policy lab, are collaborating to deploy interventions grounded in the latest and most reliable research directly to women and families.
Using Behavioral Science and Economics to Help Women and Families Rise from Poverty
Women’s Health Research at Yale, Elevate, and The Tobin Center for Economic Policy at Yale, are working to meet the urgent health needs of under-resourced and overburdened pregnant and parenting women, harnessing the science of sex and gender for policy change that can overcome the potentially devastating impact of economic inequality on women’s health.