Autism risk spotted at birth in abnormal placentas
Researchers at the Yale School of Medicine have figured out how to measure an infant’s risk of developing autism by looking for abnormalities in his/her placenta at birth, allowing for earlier diagnosis and treatment for the developmental disorder. The findings are reported in the April 25 online issue of Biological Psychiatry.
Breaking the Egg Barrier: A Sperm Story
Yale Physiology researchers found that sperm hyperactivation is an evolutionary conserved mechanism to penetrate the egg barriers, used as early as in monotreme but diverged to use it as a way of navigation in the female reproductive tract when it become more complicated in placenta mammals.
WHRY Launches Studies on Endometrial Cancer, Addiction to Opioids, and Stroke
While continuing to focus on the impacts of COVID-19, the center has enlarged its research portfolio to include new projects on the prevention of endometrial cancer in a growing cohort of women at high risk, non-opioid pain management following a cesarean section for women with opioid use disorder who are in recovery, and sex differences in stroke.
WHRY Funds Studies on Stroke, Endometrial Cancer, and Addiction to Opioids
Women’s Health Research at Yale today announced funding for three studies investigating sex differences in stroke, endometrial cancer, and alternate pain relief for women recovering from past opioid use who are giving birth via cesarean section.
Carocari Gift to Support Dr. Schwartz’s Ovarian Cancer Research
Deborah Carocari was only 36 when she was diagnosed with a rare form of advanced but low-grade ovarian cancer. At that time she received a prognosis of several months to a year from her physician, Peter Schwartz, MD, now the John Slade Ely Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and Vice Chair, Gynecology. Debbie went on to defy those odds and battle the cancer for the next two decades. Although she ultimately succumbed to the disease, a generous gift from her estate is now making possible further ovarian cancer research by Dr. Schwartz.
Tiny Miracle: Amidst Pandemic, Connecticut's First Fetal Surgery for Spina Bifida
On March 21, the Yale Fetal Care Center team performed the state’s first fetal surgery to correct myelomeningocele, a serious form of spina bifida that has a limited correction window in an unborn child's development.
Professional Society Issues Pregnancy-related COVID Guidance Co-authored by Yale OB/GYN Professor
The International Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) has released a guideline on management of COVID in pregnancy. Joshua Copel, professor and vice chair of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences—and past president of ISUOG—is a co-author.
Ravven, Budde, Among Authors of New Review on Impact of Paid Maternity Leave on Mothers, Children
Simha Ravven, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, and Kristin Budde, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, are among the authors of a new systematic literature review that explores the impact of paid maternity leave on the mental and physical health of mothers and children.
Taylor Receives the “Distinguished Scientist Award” from Society for Reproductive Investigation for 2020
The 2020 Society for Reproductive Investigation “Distinguished Scientist Award” is given to Hugh S. Taylor, MD, chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale.
The harmful effects of stress during pregnancy can last a lifetime
Mice exposed to stress in the womb and soon after birth can expect a lifetime of immune system deficiencies that hinder the ability to ward off infections and cancer, Yale University researchers report March 5 in the journal Cell.
Innovations and Discoveries on the Horizon
On the evening of November 20, Dr. Hugh Taylor welcomed just over 20 guests to an intimate event at the Boyer Center, focusing on the department’s advances for women in gynecological cancer research and infertility. It was an inspiring opportunity for all the guests to gain a more nuanced understanding of the many contributions the Department has made—and is poised to continue make—in these critical aspects of women’s health.
Yale Cancer Center Scientists Build Genomic Research Platform to Help Treat Cervical Cancer
Yale Cancer Center scientists have built a powerful genomic research platform to study cervical cancer, a disease that often is untreatable if it progresses after surgery or primary chemo-radiation treatment.