Two Members of Department are Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
Dr. Haifin Lin, PhD and Dr. Gunter Wagner, PhD have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. The faculty members have been elected to receive one of the highest honors for an American scientist in recognition of their achievements in research. Each member has a secondary appointment in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences.
New lead on endometriosis could generate non-hormonal treatments
Researchers in the Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences have made a key finding about endometriosis in humans and mice that could lead to new nonhormonal treatments for the disease.
More Than Half Full: Our Bodies, Water, and Balance
The ways in which our bodies regulate water content remain a subject of ongoing investigation. With the help of Women’s Health Research at Yale, Stachenfeld’s lab has helped pioneer research to understand the role of female sex hormones in the regulation of body fluids.
Women’s Health Research at Yale funds studies on colon cancer, infections in pregnancy, and domestic violence
“Through our competitive peer review process, these three studies stood out as extremely promising opportunities to improve and even save lives,” said Dr. Carolyn M. Mazure, director of WHRY. “With these new grants, we continue to expand a broad scope of existing work to focus on questions vital to the health and well-being of millions of women, men, and children.”
Low Levels of Vitamin B12 in Pregnancy May Increase the Risk of Preterm Birth, Study Finds
Nutrition during pregnancy affects the growing fetus, and identifying appropriate nutritional supplementation in pregnancy has been a hot topic for decades. Vitamin B12 is an essential nutritional component found only in animal-derived products like meat, milk and eggs. Low intake of such products increases the risk of vitamin B12 deficiency. The proportion of pregnant women with vitamin B12 deficiency ranges from a small percentage in some Western countries, like Norway, to over two thirds in developing countries, such as India. In a newly published paper, all previous studies on effects of vitamin B12 levels in pregnancy were evaluated and their results pooled in a meta study. The question asked was whether vitamin B12 deficiency during pregnancy was harmful for the fetus?
Finalists Named for the Blavatnik Fund Highlighting Promising Research Across Yale
Seventeen applications from Yale innovators have been named finalists for grants and resources from the Blavatnik Fund for Innovation at Yale, competing for up to $300,000 in Development grants or up to $100,000 in Pilot grants to accelerate their life science research into the marketplace. The $10 million fund supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation launched this year to advance entrepreneurship in the life sciences at Yale and is managed by the Yale Office of Cooperative Research. Over 60 researchers applied for funding from across the Yale science disciplines, including chemistry, pharmacology, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, obstetrics, biophysics and immunobiology.
Size matters when it comes to keeping blood sugar levels in check
Keeping blood sugar levels within a safe range is key to managing both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. In a new finding that could lead to fewer complications for diabetes patients, Yale School of Medicine researchers have found that changes in the size of mitochondria in a small subset of brain cells play a crucial role in safely maintaining blood sugar levels.
Researchers find genes behind aggressive ovarian and endometrial cancers
In a major breakthrough for ovarian and uterine cancers, Yale researchers have defined the genetic landscape of rare, highly aggressive tumors called carcinosarcomas (CSs), pointing the way to possible new treatments. The findings are published in the Oct. 10 online early edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Constipated? Study finds surprising cause
A Yale-led study has shown a surprising link between constipation and herpes infection. The finding, published June 8 in Cell Host & Microbe, advances the science on herpes, and could help patients with chronic gastrointestinal diseases with no clear cause.
Sparing ovaries and removing fallopian tubes may cut cancer risk, but few have procedure
During hysterectomies for non-cancerous conditions, removing both fallopian tubes while keeping the ovaries may help protect against ovarian cancer while preserving hormonal levels, but few women receive this surgical option, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers.